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Posts tagged “Jon Ingold”

Feature: An attempt to make commercial parser IF viable

IF Only: Remembering Textfyre

For quite a lot of the 2000s, IF enthusiasts hoped for a future in which parser IF would become commercially viable again. There were various theories about how to do that, but one company made a more serious attempt than most. Dave Cornelson put together Textfyre, a company that would create interactive fiction aimed at roughly middle school-aged children. The games would have a custom…

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Feature: And how other RPGs should learn from it

How Little Choices Make Sorcery! Feel Epic

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Sorcery! [official site]. From Warlock of Firetop Mountain on I was pretty much obsessed with the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. Of course I was: they presented richly drawn fantasies in which I could play a part, my imagination spinning on their words and illustrations. (My favourite illustrator?…

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Feature: >ACCUSE

IF Only: What Will You, The Detective, Do Next?

The first piece of interactive fiction I ever played was Infocom's locked-room murder mystery Deadline. With a plot that turned on embezzlement and unfaithfulness, not to mention a fiendishly unforgiving set of scheduling puzzles, this is not the game I myself would recommend for a six-year-old. But I suppose my parents figured it wouldn't do me any harm, and it left me with a long-term…

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Feature: An Interview With Jon Ingold, Joseph Humfrey And Meg Jayanth

How 80 Days Adapted The Modernist Spirit Of Verne

80 Days [official site] has finished its journey around mobile platforms and finally arrived at its ultimate destination, the PC. If you read our review earlier this week, you might know I like it. Back in March, long in advance of the PC version's announcement or release, I met Inkle founders Jon Ingold and Joseph Humfrey alongside 80 Days writer Meg Jayanth. They told me…

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Book ‘Em: Make It Good Is IF About An Alcoholic Detective

"Word is: if you don't crack this one, you're out of a job." I've previously established that Where's An Egg? is the best game about being a detective, but Make It Good is probably the best text adventure about being an alcholic detective. It was released in 2009 but I only discovered it this past week. It's free and you can play it right now…

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