This springs from some dissatisfaction directed against Cloak of Darkness. I feel like I posted quite critical of that important touchstone without providing any valuable alternative. So I have taken a bit of time to come up with something more constructive instead.
It might not be to everyone’s taste, so please feel free to be as honest in your displeasure as frequently I am on this forum at this time of night .
Rather than try to redefine this canonical construct, I thought I’d have a look at all the features one might hope to see in a game framework.
And when I say ‘one’ I mean ‘one or a few’. Hobby authors. Small collaborations. And I don’t want to try to impose my definition of ‘Interactive Fiction’ either. So I came up with the designation of ‘Incremental Authorship’.
It strikes me that what characterises this genre of work is that the author cannot commit full time to writing. Nevertheless, due to the very powerful free tools for text editing and source control, it is possible over time to construct a significant corpus of well-written art. In fact, the length of incubation, if well socialised, can actually serve to build a network of supporters and contributors which would otherwise be very hard to assemble.
Anyway, what I came up with was eight themes. I’ll list them below. Each theme has 4 articulations. They chart the sophistication of the embodiment of each theme.
Here are my 8 themes in support of Incremental Authorship. They have slightly romantic names, for reasons I will explain in a moment:
Yes, I know that sounds nuts. I am working on a full description of each theme, and I hope to post all that over the next few days.
Part of the challenge I am facing is to avoid using terminology which in this community has accrued a very specific meaning. So for example, the idea of INVENTORY in Interactive Fiction. It’s there in this model, but I call it Burden.Ownership .
I was hoping by this evening to have a full specification, but there is still some work for me to do. But I’m not going to be able to sleep unless I post something so here it is
More tomorrow, hopefully. I intend throughout to be attentive to your reaction.