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Update about gist-txt: a text adventure engine

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Monday, March 16th, 2015 9:19 pm

Twelve days ago I posted about gist-txt: a tool I created to build text adventures.
Since then it grew with simple, but powerful, new features.

I’d like to cite some that could be really helpful to create non trivial adventure games:

The tool is still underdevelopment, but I think it’s almost ready and it would be great if you would like to use it to develop a game for the next Mini LD #58. I’m definitely going to use it to build a text adventure for the AdventureJam!

If you’re interested about gist-txt you can watch the repo at https://github.com/potomak/gist-txt, I’ll also post periodic updates about its development at /r/gamedev.

A minimal tool to create text adventures

Posted by (twitter: @johnnyaboh)
Thursday, 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.

“Loop Desert” Post mortem

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Friday, December 20th, 2013 3:04 am

The 28th Ludum Dare has been the first for me. I really wanted to attend this game jam and now I did and this is the first huge win for me. I built something in 48 hours, specifically a video game about choice, a hostile environment, and lack of resources.

Don’t forget to play and rate “Loop Desert”.

Loop Desert by Giovanni Cappellotto

What went right

  • I finished the game!
  • I loved to use the Crafty.js engine as the main tool to develop the game, I would thank for this @starwed and @kevinsimper two of the most productive Crafty.js contributors.
  • I was happy with the final concept and I conceived it quickly enough.

What went wrong

  • I used pixel art as I’m not an artist and it was the only way for me to get the job done in 48 hours.
  • I didn’t publish anything (posts, timelapse) during development because I can’t manage coding and sharing together.
  • I would have done more work on music and sound effects but I hadn’t enough time.

Note: I made this game at H-Farm, one of the official gatherings of the jam, the only one in Italy. I’d like to thank Hackatron for the organization of the event, great job guys.

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