For those in the Boston area (or those who will be in the Boston area on September 28), you are cordially invited to attend the monthly Boston IF Meetup. We've been meeting for the past 6 months, and we've got a pretty steady core group (which includes 4 Gameshelfers). We usually just randomly chat about IF (interactive fiction) and games in general. Sometimes we have something more focused, like when we played the commercial IF game Jack Toresal and the Secret Letter, or when Nick demonstrated his IF system Curveship to us.
So, please come to the next meetup, which is Monday, September 28, at 6:30 PM, in Nick Montfort's office at MIT (14N-233). We have two main items on the agenda.
- Andrew Plotkin, aka Zarf, award-winning IF author of such games as Spider and Web, A Change in the Weather, and So Far, will be presenting a new work-in-progress that he describes as a "kung fu text adventure." [Zarf adds in comments: "By the way, my game demo is an experiment in a particular way of handling combat interaction in an IF game. So I want to let people play the game (jointly) for a little while, and then talk about why I did what I did, whether it worked, etc."]
- First-time IF author Kevin Jackson-Mead (that's me) will be showing off his first entry into the annual Interactive Fiction Competition, where he hopes to place not-last.
RSVP not necessary, but if you feel like joining our mailing list and saying hello, please do. And if you can't make this month's meetup, we'll be doing it again every month.