Tuesday, 20 September 2016

It's Time To Interact

It's probably no mystery that I've been fairly lax with blog updates as of late. I'd like to say that the reason for it is because I've been busy planning a marketing strategy for the release of Reading The Dead: Street Savior, but anyone who knows me would see right through that lie in a heartbeat. I'm a writer, not a marketer. If blind luck is what it takes for people to discover my books, so be it...

No, what has been occupying much of my time over the past several weeks has been a burst of creativity in an old passion of mine - interactive fiction. I grew up with a love of Infocom text adventures, and spent many hours writing my own. I was so enamored with text-based games that my final project for my BSc in Computer Science was even an advanced text parser for an adventure game. It understood near perfect english, allowing for any variation of instructions, including full sentences, simple commands, conjunctions, even "please" and "thank you." (If you're wondering, I got an "A" on the project.)

Lately, I've been returning to my roots. Interactive fiction has seen a resurgence recently, both online and on Android phones. As such, I've been occupying my time crafting a couple of CYOP ("Choose Your Own Path") stories on Inklewriter. The system is more advanced than your typical CYOP books, in that it allows for greater custom text variation and looping, providing the infrastructure to turn a text-based story into a more interactive gaming experience.

I'm far enough along with my second tale, Pod 19, to break my silence and let you in on the details of the adventure. Unlike my first adventure, a science fiction romance tale entitled Meeting The End, Pod 19 offers a greater gaming experience, with several scenes throughout the tale that require you to work in a logical progression to advance the storyline. It gives you the option to play as a member of either sex and engage in a heterosexual relationship with a key character in the story. (Sorry, but due to your character's motivation to bear children, I've purposefully opted to exclude homosexual relationships in this tale. If you're interested in that sort of thing, Meeting The End will be more to your liking.)

Stay tuned for more on Pod 19, Meeting The End, my adventures with writing in Inklewriter, and interactive fiction in general.