I have made some updates to the I7 syntax document to reflect changes in the latest build of Inform, including changed names of action rules, and some new syntax for defining variables that apply only during the duration of a rulebook/activity/action.
I’ve just uploaded to Inform’s extension page a couple of new extensions: “Simple Graphics Window”, which allows the author to create a single graphical window, and “Location Images”, a much smaller item which uses this ability to illustrate rooms automatically as the player moves through them (assuming the author has assigned an image to each room).
They’ve kindly taken on a review I wasn’t quite sure where to place, of “Ron Weasley and the Quest for Hermione”. It’s a work of Adult IF, but I don’t mostly talk about the sex scenes; the review focuses on some craft and adaptation issues, since I’ve been interested lately in adaptation IF.
This may well mean that the target audience of the review consists of about three people. If one of those people is you, though, enjoy!
I’m delighted to hear that Reviews from Trotting Krips is posting some new reviews of IF — they were always an entertainingly irreverent site, but haven’t had much new material lately. And I see that the IF Ratings site, after being inactive for a while, is now loaded with a bunch of recent games ready for ratings. So hooray, and thanks to the admins of these sites.
I had already played the opening of “Epic Origins of CamelGirl!”, but it turned out that the bug I encountered was due to interpreter problems, not the game, so I went back and gave it another chance with a different interpreter (under Windows XP).
I’ll continue with some more comments and my overall impressions of Spring Thing after the cut; but if you’ve played the games at all, remember to vote! The deadline is Wednesday, April 25. Spring Thing sometimes suffers from a relatively low number of votes and reviews, which is too bad, because the games tend to be interesting and more fully developed than the average IF Comp game; so if you have a chance to play and vote, please do so.