I posted this into our ZIL group on Facebook a few days ago.
What I didn’t know, and do now thanks to various replies I had, was that I’m essentially describing something that already happened (I’m 17 years late) in the very early 2000s. Games made for the IF Art Show, particularly The Fire Tower, is exactly what I’ve had rattling around my brain for at least a year now.
Here’s my post anyway…
"I keep coming back to a game/experience that I want to create (in ZIL of course ). I can’t shake it out of my head! The problem is I can’t articulate it properly, it’s not fully formed as an idea.
A type of exploration game, beautifully written, that plays out like an ambient experience - almost like a relaxing sleep story or a meditation if that makes sense.
Not for everyone (possibly not for anyone but me!) Certainly it would bore to death anyone who prefers a good puzzle fest or treasure hunt. Nevertheless I think it would be interesting."
This may just have been a thing that was popular for a while and now isn’t, but if anyone did want to explore this again then let me know. Aside from anything else it would be good to discuss this with others who may be interested. I suppose if there was enough people we could do something, anyways… I’m getting ahead of myself.