Bluebeard’s Bride is a game about the wife, left at home, exploring the strange house of her monstrous husband, gradually uncovering the secrets of the place. The players portray different aspects of her psyche, pushing her towards different actions and interpretations. When a particular part of her mind becomes too traumatized, it shatters, and that player … Continue reading “Three Kickstartable RPGs”
I’ve written before about the storygame Microscope, in which players collaboratively generate the timeline for a fictional place or institution. Microscope Union is a spinoff of that, focusing on the development of a single family tree. You start by naming a person who did something — it should probably be something extraordinary, but you can … Continue reading “Tabletop Storygames: Microscope Union”
Events February 1 is the next meeting of the SF Bay Interactive Fiction Meetup. February 8 will be the next meeting of the Baltimore/DC Interactive Fiction Meetup, discussing Mike Spivey’s Sugarlawn. February 15-16, Rob Sherman is running an interactive fiction masterclass at the British library. This is a paying event; tickets here. February 29 will be the … Continue reading “End of January Link Assortment”
Events January 17 is the deadline for proposals for Narrascope 2020. January 19 is the next meeting of the Seattle/Tacoma Interactive Fiction Meetup, playing Matt Wigdahl’s Aotearoa in honor of its 10th anniversary. January 21 is the next Boston Interactive Fiction Meetup, in room 14E-304 at MIT. The Oxford/London IF Meetup next convenes January 29, … Continue reading “Mid-January Link Assortment”
Hamlet’s Hit Points breaks down classic storylines into structures that can be deployed in tabletop (and sometimes digital) RPGs.
The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative is a book I’ve been chewing on now for several months, since it raises a number of issues about how to describe and think about narration but doesn’t (except occasionally and briefly) attempt to apply those terms or concepts to interactive literature. So this series has become less anything resembling a … Continue reading “The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative (H. Porter Abbott) – Chapters 10-14”