A minimal tool to create text adventures

Posted by (twitter: @johnnyaboh)
March 5th, 2015 11:55 am

Yesterday I published the very first version of a minimal tool to create and publish text adventures.
It’s called gist-txt and you can find the source code at https://github.com/potomak/gist-txt.

The inspiration for this project came from two pieces of software:

  1. Twine (http://twinery.org/), an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories
  2. bl.ocks.org (http://bl.ocks.org/), a simple viewer for code examples hosted on GitHub Gist

Tool’s features are very limited. What it does is basically reading GitHub public gists and handle links to browse between files of the gist (scenes in gist-txt’s vocabulary). The cool part is that you can create your text adventure simply by creating a new gist. This lets you easily share and track updates of your work (gists are git repositories). Another cool part of this tool is that the hosting is as simple as a specially crafted url: just share an URL in the form http://potomak.github.io/gist-txt/#<your-gist-id> to let people play your game.

I made simple example gist at https://gist.github.com/potomak/acebd8fe14942fab4e8e, this can be shared as a text adventure with the link http://potomak.github.io/gist-txt/#acebd8fe14942fab4e8e.

I’m going to use it to prototype text adventures, but I’d like to know what do you think about it and I’m looking forward to see what people could achieve with this minimal set of features.

Update 03/16/2015: I posted about tool’s updates and new features as of version 1.6.0.

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