Been lurking for a little while. I have rapidly consuming IF information that I can find, and learning Inform 7 in my spare time. I have always been fascinated by Interactive Fiction ever since playing Hitchhikers Guide on an old Apple 2 I got at a garage sale as a kid. I have also been quite engaged with Alternate Reality Games and Transmedia, and different ways of developing and delivering narrative structures through multiple channels while keeping a coherant centralized organization and narrative format.
IF seems to fulfill many of my desires as a means of creating engaging stories with depth, choice, and engagement. I am very interested in expanding the scope of delivery of the medium, as well as the ways narratives are written and delivered for the modern world. I want to expand the scope of narrative beyond the bounds of just one interface and deliver it through websites, twitter, geolocation technologies, email, text message, etc, all the while maintaining a centralized form of scripting and persistence.
Finally, I want to build out a development platform that would allow for the collaborative coding of the games code in realtime with others as a form of modifying the game environment in real time, possibly even while inside the IF universe.
Currently, I am limited by my understanding of how the z-machine-esque compilers/interpreters work, and what I would need to learn/do to build one that has more persistance and JS integration, either into existing code, like Glulxe and inform 7 extensions, or whether I need to consider building something up from scratch.
As far as I can tell, many modern stories are moving to a Twine type format, perhaps for ease of use; however, I am not a huge fan of the hyperlink type games. I love the old school command line, the freedom and experimentation that comes with the NLP type interface, and the immersive engagement it creates.
Any resources, pointers, suggestions, or even better collaborators, would be amazing. I am happy to lend my skills to projects that might help me meet my goals, or collaborate with some other programmers to create an IF platform for the modern web and world. While I have been working as a JS dev for over 5 years now, I am a relative noob to the deeper complexities of assembly, and feel like I am in the midst of giants of the IF software industry. Help and guidance appreciated!