The Lost Art of Finding Our Way

My wife asked me to get this book from the university library, and once I had it in my hands, I couldn’t give it to her until I had a chance to read it. It’s fantastic!

The Lost Art of Finding Our Way by John Edward Huth

It’s all about how people found their way around before GPS and cellphones. This is of particular interest to our family because we’ve developed some outdoorsy hobbies, plus we don’t own a car, so when we rent or borrow cars for our camping/hunting trips, we don’t use GPS. But as I read it, I can’t help thinkiing about IF. It’s full of cool ideas for navigation which would be applicable for map creation, place description, and puzzles in IF. I recommend it to authors who are looking for ideas in any game that features travel outdoors.

It may also be useful to authors who are looking for alternatives to the standard IF system of directions: