Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7 / Edition 1

Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7 / Edition 1

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by Aaron Reed
     
 

ISBN-10: 1435455061

ISBN-13: 9781435455061

Pub. Date: 08/18/2010

Publisher: Cengage Learning

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435455061
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
08/18/2010
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
801,315
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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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Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Silogram More than 1 year ago
I'm a writer who recently decided to try my hand at creating Interactive Fiction (IF). I knew from my online research that Inform 7 was the way to go since game creation used coding similar to the English language. While the built-in documentation for Inform 7 is good, it merely provides information; it doesn't give you any direction or guidance. This book does. The book was easy to read and the examples easy to follow and understand. This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn IF creation using Inform 7.
wgm003 More than 1 year ago
It is unfortunate that Mr. Reed felt it was more important to tout his games that to take the time to provide an adequate index and expanded explanations. The book began to make sense only after learning the language from several other sources.