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General Discussion / Submit to sub-Q!
« on: October 08, 2015, 07:15:03 PM »
Hey there!

I'm here to talk about sub-Q, a new literary magazine for interactive fiction! We are up and running now, and are currently accepting submissions! sub-Q pays authors and developers for original work and reprints made in any of the various IF tools out there.

We are primarily looking for works of speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, horror, or genre-bending) but are open to seeing what you've got. You can find out more about sub-Q by checking out our submission guidelines here:

Thanks for your time, and looking forward to seeing your work!

General Discussion / IF Lit Mag Musings
« on: November 15, 2013, 09:51:30 AM »
I've been doing a lot of searching in the publishing industry, especially the world of literary magazines. As far as I can tell, there's really not any literary element aiding in the distribution and promotion of interactive fiction as a literary medium.

Right now, many sites dedicated to IF--think ChoiceofGames or to focus mainly on the "game" aspect of the genre rather than other uses of the medium. It's not that I don't think literary works can't be entertaining or that games can't be literary, it's that this tends to exclude a large range of IF--IF can be used for more than the narrative structure, for instance. There are remarkably few examples of, say, poetry or vastly multimedia works without these traditional IF elements--but I think that there is a lot of untapped potential for the genre. Some of my favorite IF games are ones that mess with tradition (think The Space Under the Window [])--the same as the role of innovative new fiction of any sort.

The problem with promoting IF as a literary genre is the same as any medium that has been used in the past primarily for entertainment. As far as the literary world goes it might even be "lower" than so called "genre fiction" especially for the low caliber of writing and production for much time--the old CYOA books were not exactly fine literature, and IF is infamous for parser bugs and "guess-the-verb" nightmares.

On another tangent, what about other mediums? There are clearly many examples where "entertainment" genres have been groundbreaking and done more than just entertain--I'm thinking of rock opera, but there are many other examples. Could there be a "literary album?" Could web comics be considered fine literature?

Workshop my Game / "The Abyss" Workshop
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:20:22 PM »
I guess I'll throw this piece out there too. My only advice would be to read the FAQ after the game is completed--it does give some nice juicy spoilers.

The Abyss:!abyss/c21jb

Also, the Android version if you'd prefer:

Technical Support / Viewing your story
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:23:16 PM »
This isn't a bug, just a bit of a technical issue for me. When I'm on Adventure Cow and click the "Write a Story" tab, I see a list of the stories I'm working on. If I click the title of one of these stories, I get the main page for the story. But if on this page I click Play Story, and my story is private, it will say I don't have permission to see this page -- or something to that effect.

This is because that is the main page from which anyone can play your game, but it'd be nice if the site recognized that it was me so that I could play the game from the beginning at that link instead of navigating to Start in the editor...

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