Week 9: Interactive Fiction

Digital Writing pioneer Professor Kate Pullinger will be with us for the first part of the class to talk about how the field has developed over the last ten years by focusing on one of her earliest digital works, Inanimate Alice, and one of her most recent, Jellybone for Oolipo.

In the second half of the class, we will look at Interactive Fiction, discuss the form and work through a Twine 2 tutorial together, learning some of the design basics of the medium.

Twine Tutorial: 2 Doors Kayt will lead the class through a twine tutorial that will cover links, media, and some variables.
Shared World Exercise #4 Create a Twine set in our Shared World in which the player encounters at least one existing character and/or supernatural entity.
Reading/ Viewing

Inanimate Alice
Flight Paths

Twine Games

The Domovoi
My father’s long long legs
Depression Quest (cw: mental illness)
Queers in Love at the End of the World (cw: language, sexuality)
With Those we Love Alive (cw: violence, mature themes)
You Will Select a Decision
Creatures Such as We

Interactive Fiction Reading

Writing Interactive Fiction with Twine by Melissa Ford
A Game Design Vocabulary by Anna Anthropy and Naomi Clark
Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form by Anna Anthropy



Twine 2 Guide

Twine Hosting Sites

Interactive Fiction Database
Adventure Cow

For larger projects, consider a web host service.

Other Interactive Fiction Engines

Inform 7
TextAdventures (Quest)
Cloudnovel (Visual Novel browser-based creator)
Ren’py (Visual Novel engine)

Creative Commons and Royalty Free Media Sites (continued)

Sound Bible
Vimeo (CC)

New Media Prize Information

Bartle Type Quiz (Includes group code)