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The Best Interactive Fiction Resources
Our list of the best interactive fiction resources will help you get started writing! From a list of authoring tools to useful websites, competitions, and even communities to meet other authors!
Not sure what program or tool to use? Our list of interactive fiction authoring tools has your back! It has the most common and popular writing tools for interactive fiction. Personally, our favorite is Twine!
The interactive fiction wiki has everything you could ever want. From a list of the different authoring tools/engines, in-depth definitions, events, and conferences. It’s worth taking a look!
The interactive fiction database is a catalog for interactive fiction games/novels, as well as recommendations! All the games are added by the community, you can type up reviews, and exchange recommendations. The best way to learn is to play!
Looking for some theory/resources you can read and learn more? The links down below are the best place to get started.
Emily Short’s blog on interactive storytelling is nothing short of amazing (pardon the pun). She delves in-depth into the theory and design behind crafting a good interactive fiction novel—her posts are a gold mine. She also has plenty of recommendations for authors just starting out.
The IF Theory Reader is a book by Kevin Jackson-Mead and J. Robinson Wheeler. It’s about both—the craft and theory of interactive fiction. It’s completely free to read, and is generally the go-to recommendation if you want to read theory about interactive fiction. Just keep in mind, a lot of the text surrounds more parser-based games.
Looking for a more specific resource on how to actually use engines and create your first interactive fiction novel? Writing Interactive Fiction with Twine by Melissa Ford is perfect! It delves deep into how to actually use the engine.
The Twine Cookbook has everything you need to get started with the Twine authoring tool. Twine is fairly easy to pick up, and requires no code editing. The engine’s cookbook has everything you need from tutorials to guides explaining every aspect of the tool.
Here is a list of the few well-known interactive fiction communities. They’re a great place to meet like-minded people and get feedback on your novels!
The Interactive Fiction Community Forum has served as the meeting place for interactive novel authors for a long time. Whether you need feedback, help, or just want to toss around ideas—the forum is the perfect place.
The saying is true—Reddit really does have a community for everything! The Interactive Fiction subreddit is a great place to post your game for testing, get feedback, and meet other people interested in IF.
Finally written a story? Maybe you want to join a competition? These events can be a great way to connect with other authors, explore other interactive novels, and get feedback on your own! As well as putting your name out there.
The Interactive Fiction Competition (better known as IFComp) is the biggest event. It’s a great way to get your name into the world of interactive fiction, and good critique on your work.
The Spring Thing (also known as the Autumnal Jumble depending on where you live) is the other big interactive fiction comp. The aim is to celebrate all things interactive fiction! Everyone is welcome.
Working on a parser-based game, like the classic Zork? Well, then the Text Adventure Literacy Jam might be more your thing! It encourages designing new text adventure-specific games.