WordPlay is the Hand Eye Society's free one-day festival celebrating the most interesting uses of writing and words in contemporary games. Like last year, there will be a curated game showcase, talks by creators about the craft, and ways for the public to try their hand at making games.
“INTERACTIVE FICTION, WHICH ONCE WENT BY THE NAME ‘TEXT ADVENTURE,’ IS HAVING A MOMENT.” — NEW YORK TIMES (JULY 7, 2014)
Featuring international special guests!
* Boston’s Andrew Plotkin (Shade, Spider and Web) will be talking about the just-released iPhone text game he Kickstarted, Hadean Lands: an alchemical interplanetary thriller.
* Santa Cruz’s Deirdra “Squinky” Kiai (Dominique Pamplemousse) will be presenting their interactive play, Coffee: A Misunderstanding, where all the actors are audience members.
* Montreal’s Brent Ellison and Tanya X. Short will be talking about their cult narrative game Dungeons of Fayte, which was a big inspiration to The Yawhg.
Also: tutorials and demos of easy-to-use interactive fiction tools like Ren’py, Inform, and more!
Plus: live audience game playing of interactive fiction, with voice actors! Local multiplayer texty funtimes!