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Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7by John Ransley
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CREATING INTERACTIVE FICTION WITH INFORM 7 is a jargon-free, step-by-step guide to mastering the basics of creating dynamic, text-based story worlds. Inform 7 is a free multiplatform interactive fiction authoring environment that uses an intuitive natural language syntax. A tool focused on writers, not programmers, Inform allows users construct complex, rich storytelling worlds by writing sentences as simple as "Tom is a person," or as complicated as "Instead of attacking Tom when something lethal is held, now every nearby watchdog owned by Tom hates the player." No prior programming experience is required. Throughout the book, readers develop a full-length, release-quality example game, exploring the real-world issues involved in authoring participatory narratives and gaining skills that can be applied to the creation of future games and stories.
"Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7" is a jargon-free, step-by-step guide to mastering the basics of creating interactive fiction using Inform 7. For students, computer hobbyists and authors of all ages, this book requires no programming experience. Interesting and engaging code examples, demos and complete adventures & all of which can be run instantly within Inform 7 & allows the reader to dive right in and create, from first principles to constructing an attractive location and puzzle-rich example of interactive fiction complete with multiple graphics, music and sound effects.
About the Author
John Ransley entered journalism in the late 1960s and worked as a reporter, sub-editor and editor for several magazines and organizations, including National Bookseller and Short Stories Magazine, before joining the editorial staff of the Official Report (Hansard) in the House of Lords in 1981. Soon after acquiring his first home PC in the early 1980s, he contributed numerous articles on BASIC, adventure programming and other topics to Your Computer, Computer and Video Games, INPUT, Compute! and other publications. After moving to Hansard in the House of Commons, he was closely involved in its transition to electronic publishing of the daily parliamentary proceedings. His other published works of reference include Chambers Dictionary of Political Biography. He is a member of the Society of Authors.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Interactive Fiction? 1. Understanding Interactive Fiction Chapter. 2. Introducing the Inform Application Chapter. 3. Creating a Story World Chapter. 4. Describing the Story World Chapter. 5. Making Things Happen Chapter. 6. Understanding the Player Chapter. 7. Logic and Control Chapter. 8. Time, Scenes, and Pacing Chapter. 9. Creating Other Characters Chapter. 10. Challenging Assumptions Chapter. 11. Polishing and Finishing Chapter. 12. Further Pursuits.
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