Illuminismo Iniziato (Michael J. Coyne, Spring Thing 2018)

Illuminismo Iniziato is a parser-based puzzle game in Spring Thing 2018, and a sequel to Risorgimento Represso (2003). The protagonist has come from our world, but been drawn into a universe of wizardry. You’ve got an overarching quest to solve, but getting through it requires breaking into various locations and getting access to various objects, as … Continue reading “Illuminismo Iniziato (Michael J. Coyne, Spring Thing 2018)”

Spring Thing 2016: Ms. Lojka, Tangaroa Deep, Sisters of Claro Largo

I’ve been playing more of the games from this year’s Spring Thing. (You too can play! And vote! And review, if you wish!) Ms. Lojka is a horror Twine about a beastly supernatural killer in New York City, with some references to Babel and Rasputin, backed by some (I thought) rather effective illustrations, as well as … Continue reading “Spring Thing 2016: Ms. Lojka, Tangaroa Deep, Sisters of Claro Largo”

Spring Thing 2013: A Roiling Original

A Roiling Original is a wordplay game by Andrew Schultz, a sequel to 2012’s Shuffling Around (my review). It uses a similar mechanic of changing one object into another via anagrams, and is an entrant in Spring Thing 2013. More detailed thoughts after the break. If you’re planning to play and vote on Spring Thing … Continue reading “Spring Thing 2013: A Roiling Original”

Beyond Branching: Quality-Based, Salience-Based, and Waypoint Narrative Structures

This blog post has a more than usually technical title, for which I apologize. It’s inspired by some recent conversations in which I hear people saying “branching narrative” to mean “narrative that is not linear and in which the player has some control over story outcome,” apparently without realizing that there are many other ways of … Continue reading “Beyond Branching: Quality-Based, Salience-Based, and Waypoint Narrative Structures”

Brief Bibliography about IF History

Recently someone contacted me asking to link an article explaining the difference between “old” and “new” IF. I don’t know of any such article that’s remotely up to date. Besides, this is not as easy to answer as they might have hoped, even if you agree on what we’re counting as “old” for these purposes. But … Continue reading “Brief Bibliography about IF History”