Writing Interactive Fiction with Inform 7

Writing interactive fiction is a fun way to create a simulated environment that includes creating a game world with items, characters, and puzzles. The best part is that you don’t need to learn complex graphics application programming interfaces (API).

Using Inform 7, it is easy to write your own interactive fiction without knowing how to program.  That’s right, you can create your own game world by writing natural language descriptions, that the Inform 7 compiler can use to build your game world.

Inform 7 is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The Inform 7 IDE is an all-in-one editor, compiler, and game interpreter.  Inform 7 runs on OS X, Linux, and Windows.


We’ve created a simple exploration simulation, that you can play:

Using your favorite Secure Shell client, open a SSH session to:


Interested in learning more?

HacDC will be hosting an introductory class at the end of January.  The class will show you how to create a simple game world with items, characters, and puzzles. To sign up, send an e-mail to: rdegraci _at_ gmail.com with the subject line “Interactive Fiction: Sign me up”. The deadline to sign up is January 21, 2009.

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