Monday, June 29, 2009
A few days ago
released their first IF game, Jack Toresal and the Secret Letter. The aim of the company
is to release games targeted to a younger audience, not only bringing new readers to the
genre, but hopefully helping to educate children, exposing them to reading and the world
of imagination that lies inside.
This is also one of the first attempts to sell interactive fiction since the late 80s
early 90s. Other stuff like
Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom
has been released too, but it's not aimed at a large audience like the Secret Letter or
The Shadow in the Cathedral.
Textfyre has also made some advances in the interface, making it easier to use, along with
adding options like auto mapping. They've even thrown in some artwork on the side.
I wish David and all the guys over at Textfyre the best as they try to expose a new
generation to this unique form of entertainment. When I finished my first IF game
in 1984 it left something with me that seems to have risen 22 years later. I hope
others will enjoy the same experience, and who knows, maybe become writers themselves.
Currently Playing: Magic: The Gathering
Sunday, June 07, 2009
"Open Design's Podcast"
Podcasts now are a pretty common thing, everybody from
Grammar Girl to
seems to have gotten behind the microphone to create segments that inform and entertain. Now
I’ve been following the guys over at Open Design for a while, not because I play pen & paper
RPGs, but because I want to design my own pen & paper someday. They're the guys behind
a publication dedicated to D&D and considered the successor to Dragon Magazine, and they’ve
created a number of modules using a sort of open forum, creating it collectively, with people
that buy in.
Well they’ve jumped on the podcast wagon and have opened a sight dedicated to the broadcast:
The first episode is up there now, and it has some kick ass segments, but my favorite
has to be the interview with Jeff Grub, the creator of Manual of the Planes.
Plus they have RSS Feeds, and when I subscribed to them I found an mp3 from R. A. Salvatore about
how he broke into the industry. It’s worth it to get plugged in, there’s so much cool stuff out there
that you could miss it. I’m glad I was on Kobold’s mailing list and I found out about there new podcasts,
and I hope that they keep at it, I already subscribe to their magazine so it feels like a real treat
to be getting this on the side. If you’re a fan of D&D check it out, these guys have a pretty cool show.
Enjoy the new link - D
Currently Playing: Sims 3