What is Twine?
Twine is an open-source tool for interactive, text-based storytelling. People use it for all kinds of purposes! People build their first games with Twine, and use it to tell deeply personal stories. Game developers prototype games with it. Authors design silly books with it. Students develop their writing skills with it.
How are you involved with it now?
I'm the lead on the Twine 2 release series, which means I guide the project's overall course, manage feedback through the issue tracker, and write a lot of code. I also created one of Twine 2's built-in story formats, Snowman, and maintain that too.
Beyond that, I am one of the folks in charge of the official Twine Twitter account, @twinethreads. Not only does it post news related to the Twine project, the Twitter account increases awareness of people using Twine in really cool ways -- whether publishing a new game or using it in the classroom.
I also handle maintenance of the official Twine web site, which includes making sure that the wiki and forum stay running and spam-free.
I do all of this and hold a fulltime job at the same time. It's a lot!
How do pledges work?
You choose how much you'd like to give me whenever I put out a software release related to the Twine project. It might be a small bugfix release or a large overhaul. It might be the Twine editor itself, or the Snowman story format. If you'd like to know more about my future plans before pledging, check out the Creator Posts tab above.
If I happen to have two or more releases within a single month, you'll only be charged once. That only seems fair to me.
Are there other ways I can help Twine grow?
- If you are a coder, take a look at the bug trackers for Twine and Snowman and see if a bug or feature request catches your interest.
- If you don't know a programming language but are fluent in a non-English language, a localization of Twine would be really helpful, too! Please take a look at these instructions.
- Or, take a look at the wiki and see what could be fleshed out better. We especially could use more tutorials and how-tos.
Can I send you a one-time contribution on PayPal instead?
PayPal restricts donation recipients to registered nonprofits. Since I'm not one, I can't accept contributions this way.