After more than a year of privately funded development I am now at liberty to announce the existence of the TaleSpinner Interactive Fiction Project to the community.
TaleSpinner is a system that facilitates the design, development and play of IF titles entirely online. More than that, when the project is complete it will provide a robust system for submitting a completed title to our online store for sale to the public.
I am not yet at liberty to relate the details of how we will market TaleSpinner titles, but I can say that the target audience will be the casual gamer. A significant portion of this demographic enjoys a good read, and it is ripe for introduction to this wonderful art form. As such, titles accepted for publication will need to adhere to certain guidelines. These will become available on the official website at TaleSpinner Interactive as we grow closer to releasing our development tools to the public. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
Our goal of returning IF to the market is nothing new, and has already been achieved with various levels of success by members of the intfiction community. Consider what we are attempting as something like an App Store for IF. If we are able to complete the TaleSpinner Interactive Fiction Project, it will enable all members of this community to have a very real opportunity to be financially rewarded for your work. As you should be.
To move the project to the next stage, we need your help! We have initiated an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign. Visit there and you will get a lot more detail on the project and what we are planning for the future. Even if you can’t contribute, please pause there and leave a comment, as this helps increase the campaign’s visibility. Also, please Tweet, FB, Google+, Blog, and otherwise spread the word.
Interactive fiction has been my passion since the seventies. I’ve had a long history in the game development industry, beginning back in 1984 when I started my first game company. All this time, I’ve longed to assist in presenting IF to a new and enthusiastic audience. Finally, with the TaleSpinner Interactive Fiction Project and the assistance of the community and my team, I believe we can fulfill a lifelong dream. And the best part is if we are successful, it’s good for everyone who shares in the passion.
Again, please check it out and let me know your thoughts. Your input will be invaluable.