I did send a letter to the “publisher”.
First, a little history…
Little Golden Books are icons in the world of literature (at least to me ). I was surprised at their recent history. Published by Western Printing and Lithographing Company in Racine, Wisconsin. Mattel (the toy company) bought Western in 1984 and sold it the same year. Golden Books Family Entertainment was acquired by Classic Media Inc. and Random House in a bankruptcy auction in 2001.
(data from Wikipedia)
Take a look at the website for Classic Media Inc. (http://www.classicmedia.tv/). I was shocked at the extent of their portfolio.
In any case, I sent an email to Classic Media, requesting permission to use text and graphics from the Frosty the Snow Man Little Golden Book. After one month, I haven’t received a response.
Questions for the forum:
- How long should I wait for a response?
- How do I eventually interpret no response? Silence means assent?
Now, on to my soapbox…
I picked a Little Golden Book as my first TADS 3 project for several reasons, including…
I’ve read many comments about the slow death of interactive fiction. If IF wants to gain wider popularity, I think the path lies not in creating new works but rather in bringing to life old classics such as Little Golden Books.
Yeah, I thought about it, too.
I haven’t decided on the preferred way to package a TADS 3 creation yet. Frosty’s .zip file includes a .t3 file because I wanted to try it. In the future, however, I’ll probably settle on keeping everything, even the source code, unbundled. For the sake of “openness”. So other TADS 3 programmers can modify whatever they want.
Again, thanks for your comments, RealNC.