Hello, new to IxDA

10 Nov 2010 - 12:15am
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interactive fiction
2010

Hi folks!  I signed up recently and wanted to get acquainted with the members here. I work in the marketing dept. of my company, and the manager asked me to look into anything that could help me develop Web skills for web development marketing (social networking, "Web 2.0", etc).

I thought this would be a good opportunity to develop interactive design skills in general. Some years back I picked up the book "Writing for Interactive Media", and it inspired me into taking a programming class for the purpose of building interactive media (interactive storytelling, presentations, Internet-savvy theatre, and so on. In retrospect, I'm not sure what I was thinking). Unfortunately, that's about as far as things went due to work and life in general. I've done a few small progamming projects, but nothing worth showing to anyone. Now it seems I have an opportunity to expand my horizons.

I think what works for me best are discussion boards, seminars, trainings and workshops. Books are good, but it seems being face-to-face with someone and sharing experiences is what really helps me get going on something. It's close to the end of the year now, so I expect there's not much going on right now. If anyone has any recommendations for something in the Southern California area, I'm all ears.

Thanks!

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10 Nov 2010 - 1:35am
Samuel Lee
2009
Have you tried hooking up with the closest local IxDA chapter? Also the mentorship program sounds like it might be helpful. I too am sort of a newbie.
10 Nov 2010 - 11:18pm
interactive fiction
2010

I must admit, I haven't checked out the local IxDA chapter yet. I just signed up a few days ago, so I'm pretty much starting at the ground floor, so to speak.  Right now I'm just slowly working my way through the site and getting acquainted with the community culture, if that makes sense.

10 Nov 2010 - 3:05am
chrischandler
2008

Why hello entity known as "interactive fiction!"

In SoCal, try: http://www.meetup.com/ia-55/

For local f-2-f meetings. There are local ixda and UX book club groups too.

I look forward to many future interactions!!

-cc

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On Nov 9, 2010, at 9:28 PM, interactive fiction wrote:

> Hi folks! I signed up recently and wanted to get acquainted with the members here. I work in the marketing dept. of my company, and the manager asked me to look into anything that could help me develop Web skills for web development marketing (social networking, "Web 2.0", etc). > > I thought this would be a good opportunity to develop interactive design skills in general. Some years back I picked up the book "Writing for Interactive Media", and it inspired me into taking a programming class for the purpose of building interactive media (interactive storytelling, presentations, Internet-savvy theatre, and so on. In retrospect, I'm not sure what I was thinking). Unfortunately, that's about as far as things went due to work and life in general. I've done a few small progamming projects, but nothing worth showing to anyone. Now it seems I have an opportunity to expand my horizons. > > I think what works for me best are discussion boards, seminars, trainings and workshops. Books are good, but it seems being face-to-face with someone and sharing experiences is what really helps me get going on something. It's close to the end of the year now, so I expect there's not much going on right now. If anyone has any recommendations for something in the Southern California area, I'm all ears. > > Thanks! > >

10 Nov 2010 - 11:20pm
interactive fiction
2010

Thanks for the info!  I'll check them out!

10 Nov 2010 - 12:34pm
Terry Bailey
2010

I am an interactive author (currently a new media biography-memoir; past podcast novel; etc.) and would love to discuss interactive fiction and nonfiction. I am also teaching this subject at the college level. Maybe we could  establish a new media writer get-together group? I am in Los Angeles.

11 Nov 2010 - 12:00am
interactive fiction
2010

That certainly sounds like something I'd be interested in. IF is something I've been circling for a while. I tried playing with the Inform 7 system, but just didn't have the time to make a thorough go of it. Also, at the time interpreters seemed to vary about how to handle graphics, especially across platforms. I still have the software installed on my systems, but I haven't had a chance to play with them further. 

We should talk more. You profile indicates you have large background in interactive media and marketing, and I think it would be beneficial for me to pick your brains a bit. 

11 Nov 2010 - 11:21am
Terry Bailey
2010

Won't be able to start it until February, but I am thinking of initiating a new media / interactive writing club or seminar series at The Art Institute of California - Hollywood, in North Hollywood. The upper division college students there have been asking for such a thing, too. Would there be interest? I will post this in the LA group, too.

BTW I have steered clear of template "systems" for creating interactive literature. We are inventing these genres, and I have no interest in confining my writing explorations to someone's preconceived-as-to-what-IF-or-INF-is box. These systems do make interesting historical studies; most designed by people trying to find a tool to sell to writers rather than by writers creating needed tools. We have plenty of non-boxy, non-limiting tools already with HTML, Flash, CSS, Javascript and contemporary writing, sound, animation, video and graphics tools. It is way too early to confine ourselves!

11 Nov 2010 - 11:58pm
interactive fiction
2010

I think a seminar series would be very interesting.

I completely understand your stance on pre-packaged software. I hope I didn't leave the impression that I was forcing the Inform software package on anybody! What had made it attractive to me in the beginning was it's pedigree and community. As you might know, the Inform community began by reverse engineering the Z-Machine, the text adventure interpreter used in games made by Infocom before it went out of business. Infocom's games were very popular, and so Inform was able to pick up where Infocom left off and became one of the leading interactive fiction engines available (for free, anyway). Of course, being primarily a text game interpreter, support for other media can be choppy depending on a variety of factors.  That's probably one reason why I haven't played with it much.

I wonder if you know of Emily Short, one of the more well-known IF authors. She posts here thoughts on IF here: http://emshort.wordpress.com/. I'd be curious to know your impressions.

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