(News) New Interactive Fiction Project
Some time ago I casually mentioned on Facebook about how interactive fiction was making something of a come back. You know the sort of thing. Choose your own adventure. Turn to entry 101 if you do that or entry 242 if you do the other and so on.
As a youth I spent a *lot* of time reading/playing that sort of thing. Even now I have a Tekumel themed one that I love installed on my tablet and a post apocalyptic one I'm just starting on my phone. I also occasionally play a few on line in a browser on the rare occasions that time permits it.
Anyway, when I mentioned it on FB people enthusiastically suggested I write some and one friend even sent me a link to some software that is designed to help you create interactive fiction. I determined that at some point I would, but it sort of went on the back burner for a while.
Yesterday I decided that I would make a start on the project and so I chose a plot and made a start. I decided that I'd use the plot of my 'Blood Money' scenario for Haunts and Horrors. Creating a solo version of it as a piece of interactive fiction. I had a couple of spare hours after finishing up hosting my radio show (Tales Fromm Beyond A Darkened Sky) so I started work on it. So far I am very pleased with it.
Here is the first entry of what will become the Blood Money game book. although I've included the 4 options at the end, they aren't clickable as I'm only including the first entry here. The finished product will be available as an Ebook and paperback once the project is complete and, if I can figure out the technical side, I may make it available online too.
As usual comments and constructive criticism are welcome.
Blood Money: Single Player Interactive Fiction
The year is 1839 and the young queen Victoria sits upon the throne of England. Her reign, as yet, has had little impact upon most of her British subjects but then she has yet to have sat upon the throne a full 3 years. The railways that criss-cross this great nation of yours are still a hotchpotch. It will be some years before their integration does away entirely with the need for long distance coach travel.
Beyond the windows of the coach you can see that the dusk is deepening towards night. You wonder how much longer until you reach the coaching inn, 'The Little Drummer Boy'. There you and your companions will spend the night before journeying on afresh tomorrow.
The coach jounces uncomfortably along the rural road. You are tired and weary and your back aches from the long hours of sitting still and the jarring ride. Your travelling companions seem no more comfortable than do you. Sat across from you are Mr. and Mrs Middlemiss who, like you, have been travelling in the coach all day.
From the idle conversation you exchanged it seems that Mr. Albert Henry Middlemiss and his young wife Bethany Jane are visiting her parents in the Midlands. Their route, like your own, takes them off the main train lines and so you find yourselves thrust together in a carriage that plies the old wagon ways and roads.
Mr. and Mr's Middlemiss, having enquired as to your line of work seemed genuinely excited to hear that you are a writer. In truth, their excitement is a little out of proportion to your, to date, middling success. However, they have been kind enough to listen as you speak effusively of your calling. Mrs Middlemiss even ventures so far as to avow she will take great pains to seek out and read your next tale.
Ask the Driver how much Longer
Ask Mr. Middlemiss about his Employment
Sit in Silence, lost in your own contemplations
Draw the curtains over the coach window