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= CONGRATULATIONS EVERYBODY! =
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We threw an event to remember.
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=== IF Summit 2010 at PAX-East ===
 
[[http://www.paxsite.com/paxeast/ Penny Arcade Expo East]] -- [[http://www.paxsite.com/paxeast/schedule.php PAX East official schedule]]
 
[[http://www.paxsite.com/paxeast/ Penny Arcade Expo East]] -- [[http://www.paxsite.com/paxeast/schedule.php PAX East official schedule]]
  
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; Storytelling in the world of interactive fiction
 
; Storytelling in the world of interactive fiction
: (Friday, March 26th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Wyvern Theatre)
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: (Friday, March 26th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Wyvern Theatre (312))
  
Text adventures have been quietly experimenting with narrative gaming for thirty years. Five authors from the amateur interactive fiction community discuss the design ideas in their games -- reordered storylines, unreliable narrators, deeply responsive NPCs -- and how they apply to other kinds of games. (Rob Wheeler (mod.), Robb Sherwin, Aaron Reed, Emily Short, Andrew Plotkin)
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Text adventures have been quietly experimenting with narrative gaming for thirty years. Five authors from the amateur interactive fiction community discuss the design ideas in their games -- reordered storylines, unreliable narrators, deeply responsive NPCs -- and how they apply to other kinds of games. (J. Robinson Wheeler (mod.), Robb Sherwin, Aaron Reed, Emily Short, Andrew Plotkin)
  
 
; GET LAMP Panel/Screening
 
; GET LAMP Panel/Screening
: (Friday, March 26th, 9:30pm, Naga Theatre)
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: (Friday, March 26th, 9:30pm, Naga Theatre (210))
  
 
Premiere of [[Get Lamp]]!
 
Premiere of [[Get Lamp]]!
  
The current plan: the main GET LAMP episode at 9:30, followed by a panel on stage of people interviewed for the film, and then some showings of a few more features of the DVD, including the Infocom and Bedquilt episodes. (Hosted by Jason Scott. Panel: Brian Moriarty, Andrew Plotkin, others)
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The current plan: the main GET LAMP episode at 9:30, followed by a panel on stage of people interviewed for the film. (Hosted by Jason Scott. Panel: Steve Meretzky, Dave Lebling, Brian Moriarty, Nick Montfort, Andrew Plotkin, Don Woods)
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; [[PAX Speed-IF]]
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: (Saturday, March 27th, 1:30pm-2:30 pm, IF Suite)
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Write a short IF game in two hours! Actually, we'll give you until 10pm, so you can attend the rest of the convention too. Work alone or in groups. The game theme will be a surprise, but I will provide I7 and TADS 3 templates for people to jump start their work. Included in the template will be standard Infocom spellcasting capabilities which will be required for the Speed-IF. I would actually like as many people as possible to code up at least one minimally implemented spell. We'll share all the coded spells before starting the event. (Hosted by me, David Cornelson)
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[[ClubFloyd]] Update (from Jacqueline): We'll be playing some of the PAX East Speed IFs over the next ClubFloyd or two.  If you didn't attend PAX but want to submit a game, or if you already wrote a game but would like to update your game file, David Cornelson will continue to accept files and update the list below over the next week.  See you at 2pm EST on April 3 in the Toyshop on ifMUD!
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;The Premise, developed in the IF Suite. two hours, GO!
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* Spellcasting
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* Travel trains, plains, taxis, elevators
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* Gravity changes
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* Lobster
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* GET LAMP movie
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* Mangoes
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* Fetuccini
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* Actinic
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* Queue maze
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* Irish Potato Famine
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* Revolutionary War
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;List of submissions:
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/Safehouse.z5 Safe House by Ben Sokal]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/speedif.z5 Speed-IF by Jesse McGrew and Kate]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/MidairMadness.z5 Midair Madness by Paul J. Furio]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/Apoptosis.zblorb Apoptosis by Kate KcKee]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/Food%20Magic.zblorb Food Magic by Carl Muckenhupt]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/lobster.z8 Lobsters on a Plane by Jack Welch and Ben Collins-Sussman - updated 4-3-2010]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/mango.zblorb Mango by Aaron Reed, Duncan Bowsman, and Alexei Othenin-Girard]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/Queuelty.z8 Queuelty by Sarah Morayati - updated 4-3-2010]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/Vortex2305.zblorb Vortex 2305 by Jacqueline Ashwell (version 3 - updated-1:05am EDT)]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/WizShop.z5 A Wizard Goes Shopping by Kevin Jackson-Mead]
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* [https://www.textfyre.com/PAXSpeedIF/ All Games]
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; Dispelling the Invisibility -- [[IF Outreach]]
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: (Saturday, March 27th, 7:00pm-8:00pm, IF Suite)
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What's working? What's not working? Why? What hasn't been tried?
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(Harry Kaplan, moderator; Andrew Plotkin, Jason McIntosh, Chris Dahlen, John Bardinelli)
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; PAX [[Speed-IF]] wrap-up
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: (Saturday, March 27th, 10:00pm-11:00 pm, IF Suite)
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Everybody shows off the games they wrote.
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; Action Castle!
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: (Sunday, March 28th, 10:30am-11:30am, Wyvern Theatre (312))
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Parsely: Action Castle is the runaway hit of 2009, debuting at GenCon and PAX! Now you can “ GO EAST ” and “ LIGHT LAMP ” with the best of them. Canst thou master Action Castle before death claims thee? Parsely games are inspired by Ye Olde Text Parsers from days of yore, but substituting a live human for the computer parser. This was the secret event at PAX Prime for two years running, coming finally to the light of day with PAX East. Audience participation required!
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; No Hints Please -- Adaptive Difficulty Strategies
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: (Sunday, March 28th, 1:30pm-2:30pm, IF Suite)
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Jim Munroe, Aaron Reed, Dave Gilbert.
  
 
; Purple Blurb
 
; Purple Blurb
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Emily Short and Jeremy Freese present IF at MIT. ([http://nickm.com/post/2010/02/purple-blurb-spring-2010/ Purple Blurb] hosted by Nick Montfort.)
 
Emily Short and Jeremy Freese present IF at MIT. ([http://nickm.com/post/2010/02/purple-blurb-spring-2010/ Purple Blurb] hosted by Nick Montfort.)
  
== IF Fans Attending ==
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== IF Fans Who Attended ==
  
(People who have said they're attending at least some of the con)
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{| border=0 cellpadding=16 cellspacing=0
 
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|-valign="top"
NOTE: Is there a way we can turn this into a table and find out exactly when people are arriving and departing? It would also be good to create a mailing list to communicate with people as most people will have smart phones. People could offer phone numbers for texting as well, but not on the wiki page of course. That would have to be a private document. Not sure how that could work as some people are very private.
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|
 
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* [[Christopher Armstrong]]
* [[Andrew Plotkin]]
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* [[Emily Short]]
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* [[Aaron Reed]]
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* [[J. Robinson Wheeler]]
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* [[Robb Sherwin]]
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* [[David A. Cornelson]] Arriving Friday early afternoon, leaving Sunday night.
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* [[Jason Scott]]
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* [[Jacqueline A. Lott]]  
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* [[Sam Kabo Ashwell]]
 
* [[Sam Kabo Ashwell]]
* [[Christopher Armstrong]] -- "hopefully"
 
* [[Jeremy Freese]]
 
* [[John Cater]] 
 
* [[Jesse McGrew]]
 
* [[Iain Merrick]]
 
 
* [[Jon Blask]]
 
* [[Jon Blask]]
* [[Nick Montfort]]
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* [[Duncan Bowsman]]
* [[Dan Schmidt]]  
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* [[Ben Collins-Sussman]]
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* [[David A. Cornelson]]
 
* [[Liza Daly]]
 
* [[Liza Daly]]
* [[Carl Muckenhoupt]]
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* [[Jake Eakle]]
* [[Juhana Leinonen]]
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* [[Jeremy Freese]]
* [[Jason McIntosh]]
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* [[Stephen Granade]]
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* [[Michael D. Hilborn]]
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* [[Christopher Huang]]
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* [[Sean Huxter]]
 
* [[Kevin Jackson-Mead]]
 
* [[Kevin Jackson-Mead]]
* [[Ben Collins-Sussman]]
 
* [[Jack Welch]]
 
* [[Duncan Bowsman]]
 
 
* [[Harry Kaplan]]
 
* [[Harry Kaplan]]
 
* [[Mary Kaplan]]
 
* [[Mary Kaplan]]
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* [[Chris Klimas]]
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* [[Dave Lebling]]
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* [[Juhana Leinonen]]
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* [[Jacqueline A. Lott]]
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* [[Jesse McGrew]]
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* [[Jason McIntosh]]
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* [[Kate McKee]]
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* [[Steve Meretzky]]
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* [[Iain Merrick]]
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* [[Kazuki Mishima]]
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* [[Nick Montfort]]
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* [[Sarah Morayati]]
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* [[Brian Moriarty]]
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* [[Carl Muckenhoupt]]
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* [[Jim Munroe]]
 
* [[Mark Musante]]
 
* [[Mark Musante]]
 
* [[Paul O'Brian]]
 
* [[Paul O'Brian]]
* [[Kazuki Mishima]] -- on the 29th, I hope
 
* [[Mike Sousa]]
 
* [[Jim Munroe]]
 
* [[Chris Klimas]]
 
* [[Jenni Polodna]]
 
* [[Sean Huxter]]
 
 
* [[Doug Orleans]]
 
* [[Doug Orleans]]
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* [[Andrew Plotkin]]
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* [[Jenni Polodna]]
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* [[Aaron Reed]]
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* [[Dan Schmidt]]
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* [[Jason Scott]]
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* [[Robb Sherwin]]
 
* [[Dan Shiovitz]]
 
* [[Dan Shiovitz]]
* [[Stephen Granade]]
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* [[Emily Short]]
* [[Sarah Morayati]]
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* [[Mike Sousa]]
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* [[Jack Welch]]
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* [[J. Robinson Wheeler]]
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* [[Don Woods]]
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== The IF Suite ==
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In addition to the fans and panelists, a number of Infocom alumni attended, including [[Stu Galley]], Chris Reeve, and Mike Dornbrook.
  
I (zarf) have reserved a large suite on the top floor of the Back Bay Hilton. (Room number TBA.) We have the room from Thursday afternoon until Monday morning, although I currently plan to clear out on Sunday evening.
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== The IF Suite ==
  
This shall be called the "[[People's Republic of Interactive Fiction]] Hospitality Suite".
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I (zarf) have reserved a large suite on the top floor of the [http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BOSBHHH-Hilton-Boston-Back-Bay-Massachusetts/index.do Back Bay Hilton], room number 2305. This shall be called the "[[People's Republic of Interactive Fiction]] Hospitality Suite". It is currently open for business, from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, and from noon to 4pm on Sunday, March 27.
  
 
The plan is to have the door open through Friday, Saturday, and some of Sunday. It will be both a rendezvous/hangout point for mudders and IF community folks, and a publicity center for newcomers interested in IF.
 
The plan is to have the door open through Friday, Saturday, and some of Sunday. It will be both a rendezvous/hangout point for mudders and IF community folks, and a publicity center for newcomers interested in IF.
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=== Plans ===
 
=== Plans ===
  
(Final scheduling details will have to wait until we have a PAX event schedule. Hopefully that won't be ''too'' late in February...)
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The room will be open noon to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to 4 pm Sunday.
  
The room will be open noon to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to (4 pm?) Sunday.
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* Chips, soda, M&Ms in mass quantities ''(Kevin Jackson-Mead and Michael D. Hilborn)''
 
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* Chips, soda, M&Ms in mass quantities ''(Kevin Jackson-Mead)''
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* Computers to demo games and IF development ''(Jason Scott)''
 
* Computers to demo games and IF development ''(Jason Scott)''
* A [[Speed-IF]] at some point in the weekend ''(Dave Cornelson)''
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* A [[Speed-IF]] (see event list above) ''(Dave Cornelson)''
* In-room panel discussions
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* In-room panel discussions (see event list above)
** No Hints Please: Adaptive Difficulty Strategies ''(Jim Munroe, Aaron Reed, Dave Gilbert)''
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** Dispelling Invisibility: IF Outreach ''(Harry Kaplan, Andrew Plotkin, Chris Dahlen, John Bardinelli)''
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* Badge ribbons for all IF authors and community members: >FROTZ BADGE ''(Zarf)''
 
* Badge ribbons for all IF authors and community members: >FROTZ BADGE ''(Zarf)''
 
* Badge stickers for any visitors and guests who want 'em: prompt-and-cursor logo '''>∎''' ''(Rob Wheeler)''
 
* Badge stickers for any visitors and guests who want 'em: prompt-and-cursor logo '''>∎''' ''(Rob Wheeler)''
 
* Sticky nametags "YOU SEE HERE... ___ >SAY HELLO" ''(Zarf)''
 
* Sticky nametags "YOU SEE HERE... ___ >SAY HELLO" ''(Zarf)''
* Fliers advertising the IF Suite, to be left on freebie tables in the convention center ''(Lea Albaugh, after Zarf decides final schedule)''
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* Fliers advertising the IF Suite, to be left on freebie tables in the convention center ''(Lea Albaugh)''
* "How to play IF" cheatsheets (one-page summary of IF commands) ''(Zarf deciding final format)''
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* "How to play IF" cheatsheets (postcard-size summary of IF commands, with Rob's art on the back) ''(Lea Albaugh)''
 
* Photo printer for wall-of-faces ''(Ben Collins-Sussman)''
 
* Photo printer for wall-of-faces ''(Ben Collins-Sussman)''
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* IF Primer CDs ''(Robb Sherwin)''
  
 
People willing to help be room-watchers: (add your name)
 
People willing to help be room-watchers: (add your name)
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* Dan Shiovitz
 
* Dan Shiovitz
 
* Stephen Granade
 
* Stephen Granade
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* Aaron Reed
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* Michael D. Hilborn
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* Kate McKee
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==See also==
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* [[PAX Prime 2010]]
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* [[Get Lamp]]
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* [[IF Outreach]]
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* [[PAX Speed-IF]]
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* [[PAX USB Drive]]
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== Links ==
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===PAX East 2010 itself===
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* [http://www.paxsite.com/paxeast/ Penny Arcade Expo East]
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* [http://www.paxsite.com/paxeast/schedule.php PAX East official schedule]
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===Blog posts===
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* [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/381978.html Post-PAX IF braindump] and [http://maga-dogg.livejournal.com/382329.html PAX IF things: Purple Action Blurb Castle] by [[Sam Kabo Ashwell]].
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* [http://www.joltcountry.com/index.php/features/the-pax-east-files-from-the-desk-of-roody-yogurt The PAX East Files: From the Desk of Roody Yogurt] by [[Jon Blask]].
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* [http://chicagodave.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/return-from-pax/ Return From PAX], [http://chicagodave.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/get-lamp-review/ Get Lamp Review], and  [http://chicagodave.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/if-outreach/ IF Outreach] by [[David Cornelson]].
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* [http://twofoldsecret.com/2010/04/01/the-two-worlds-of-pax-east/ The two worlds of PAX East] by [[Chris Klimas]].
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* [http://nitku.net/blog/2010/04/pax-east-vibes/ PAX East vibes] by [[Juhana Leinonen]]
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* [http://isquiesque.livejournal.com/472439.html Yet Another Retrospective on the IF Summit] by [[Jacqueline A. Lott]].
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* [http://huskyscotsman.livejournal.com/90345.html Busman's holiday] by [[Iain Merrick]].
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* [http://nickm.com/post/2010/04/pax-blurb/ PAX Blurb] by [[Nick Montfort]].
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* [http://selfasfractal.blogspot.com/2010/04/pax-east.html PAX East] and [http://selfasfractal.blogspot.com/2010/04/pax-east-more-miscellany_06.html PAX East: more miscellany] by [[Sarah Morayati]].
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* [http://ministryofpeace.com/blog/?p=474 Second Thoughts on PAX East 2010] by [[Mark Musante]].
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* [http://paulobrian.livejournal.com/25231.html Prelude to PAX: Drive Like The Wind], [http://paulobrian.livejournal.com/25435.html PAX East Part 1: The Suite Life of Zarf & Co.], [http://paulobrian.livejournal.com/25752.html PAX East Part 2: There's More At The Door], [http://paulobrian.livejournal.com/25914.html PAX East Part 3: Do You Like Movie?], and [http://paulobrian.livejournal.com/26345.html PAX East Part 4: Saturday They'll All Be Back Again] by [[Paul O'Brian]].
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* [http://gameshelf.jmac.org/2010/04/pax-east-2010-zarfs-story.html PAX East 2010: Zarf's story] by [[Andrew Plotkin]].
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* [http://pissylittlesausages.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/pax-east-storytelling-in-if-panel-notes/ PAX East Storytelling in IF Panel Notes] by [[Jenni Polodna]].
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* [http://lacunagame.blogspot.com/2010/03/pax-takeaways.html PAX Takeaways] by [[Aaron A. Reed]].
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* [http://inventory.getlamp.com/2010/03/31/pax-east-premiere-success/ PAX East Premiere: Success!] by [[Jason Scott]].
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* [http://www.joltcountry.com/index.php/features/the-pax-east-files-the-panel The PAX East Files: The Panel] by [[Robb Sherwin]].
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* [http://emshort.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/pax-closed/ PAX, closed.], [http://emshort.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/more-post-pax/ More post-PAX], and [http://emshort.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/wil-wheaton-at-pax-east/ Wil Wheaton at PAX East] by [[Emily Short]].
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* [http://granades.com/2010/03/31/i-survived-pax-east/ I Survived PAX East] by [[Stephen Granade]].
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* [http://siriusstar.livejournal.com/145112.html Pax East!] by [[siriusstar]].
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===Articles===
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* [http://www.sparkynet.com/spag/backissues/spag58.html#pax IF at PAX East 2010] - [[SPAG]] #58, May 29, 2010. By [[Harry Kaplan]], [[Duncan Bowsman]], and [[Robb Sherwin]].
  
=== Ideas Still In Progress ===
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===Forum threads===
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* [http://www.joltcountry.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=6023 Text Game: PAX Boston, 2010] - Jolt Country forum.
  
(I have shifted all of this to the Talk page; click the "discussion" tab at the top of this page. --Z)
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===Photos===
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* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/30695675@N07/sets/72157623738564802/ Pictures from IF gatherings at PAX] by [[Ben Collins-Sussman]].
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* [http://picasaweb.google.com/david.cornelson/PAXEast# PAX East] and [http://picasaweb.google.com/david.cornelson/Imps#5453200129112234386 Imps] by [[David Cornelson]].
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* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/48310948@N03/sets/72157623607639899/ PAX East 2010 IF] by [[Juhana Leinonen]].
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* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/textfiles/sets/72157623744495804/ PAX East 2010] by [[Jason Scott]].
  
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===Video/Audio===
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* [http://inventory.getlamp.com/2010/04/04/pax-east-panel-video-rough-cut/ Video] and [http://inventory.getlamp.com/2010/04/04/audio-only-version-of-get-lamp-pax-east-panel/ audio] of the GET LAMP post-screening panel (recorded by [[Jason Scott]]).
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* [http://gameshelf.jmac.org/2010/04/pax-east-2010-the-if-videos-mo.html Video] of the "Outreach" and "Adaptive Difficulty" panels, plus Purple Blurb (recorded by Jason McIntosh). Also has links to jscott's video, so you can watch 'em all.
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMjZdByphrE IF Suite playing Speed-IF games] by [[David Cornelson]].
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:31, 19 January 2011

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYBODY!

We threw an event to remember.


IF Summit 2010 at PAX-East

[Penny Arcade Expo East] -- [PAX East official schedule]


IF-Related Events

Storytelling in the world of interactive fiction
(Friday, March 26th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Wyvern Theatre (312))

Text adventures have been quietly experimenting with narrative gaming for thirty years. Five authors from the amateur interactive fiction community discuss the design ideas in their games -- reordered storylines, unreliable narrators, deeply responsive NPCs -- and how they apply to other kinds of games. (J. Robinson Wheeler (mod.), Robb Sherwin, Aaron Reed, Emily Short, Andrew Plotkin)

GET LAMP Panel/Screening
(Friday, March 26th, 9:30pm, Naga Theatre (210))

Premiere of Get Lamp!

The current plan: the main GET LAMP episode at 9:30, followed by a panel on stage of people interviewed for the film. (Hosted by Jason Scott. Panel: Steve Meretzky, Dave Lebling, Brian Moriarty, Nick Montfort, Andrew Plotkin, Don Woods)

PAX Speed-IF
(Saturday, March 27th, 1:30pm-2:30 pm, IF Suite)

Write a short IF game in two hours! Actually, we'll give you until 10pm, so you can attend the rest of the convention too. Work alone or in groups. The game theme will be a surprise, but I will provide I7 and TADS 3 templates for people to jump start their work. Included in the template will be standard Infocom spellcasting capabilities which will be required for the Speed-IF. I would actually like as many people as possible to code up at least one minimally implemented spell. We'll share all the coded spells before starting the event. (Hosted by me, David Cornelson)

ClubFloyd Update (from Jacqueline): We'll be playing some of the PAX East Speed IFs over the next ClubFloyd or two. If you didn't attend PAX but want to submit a game, or if you already wrote a game but would like to update your game file, David Cornelson will continue to accept files and update the list below over the next week. See you at 2pm EST on April 3 in the Toyshop on ifMUD!

The Premise, developed in the IF Suite. two hours, GO!
  • Spellcasting
  • Travel trains, plains, taxis, elevators
  • Gravity changes
  • Lobster
  • GET LAMP movie
  • Mangoes
  • Fetuccini
  • Actinic
  • Queue maze
  • Irish Potato Famine
  • Revolutionary War
List of submissions
Dispelling the Invisibility -- IF Outreach
(Saturday, March 27th, 7:00pm-8:00pm, IF Suite)

What's working? What's not working? Why? What hasn't been tried? (Harry Kaplan, moderator; Andrew Plotkin, Jason McIntosh, Chris Dahlen, John Bardinelli)

PAX Speed-IF wrap-up
(Saturday, March 27th, 10:00pm-11:00 pm, IF Suite)

Everybody shows off the games they wrote.

Action Castle!
(Sunday, March 28th, 10:30am-11:30am, Wyvern Theatre (312))

Parsely: Action Castle is the runaway hit of 2009, debuting at GenCon and PAX! Now you can “ GO EAST ” and “ LIGHT LAMP ” with the best of them. Canst thou master Action Castle before death claims thee? Parsely games are inspired by Ye Olde Text Parsers from days of yore, but substituting a live human for the computer parser. This was the secret event at PAX Prime for two years running, coming finally to the light of day with PAX East. Audience participation required!

No Hints Please -- Adaptive Difficulty Strategies
(Sunday, March 28th, 1:30pm-2:30pm, IF Suite)

Jim Munroe, Aaron Reed, Dave Gilbert.

Purple Blurb
(Monday, March 29th, 5:30pm-7:00pm, MIT 14-310 -- map)

Emily Short and Jeremy Freese present IF at MIT. (Purple Blurb hosted by Nick Montfort.)

IF Fans Who Attended

In addition to the fans and panelists, a number of Infocom alumni attended, including Stu Galley, Chris Reeve, and Mike Dornbrook.

The IF Suite

I (zarf) have reserved a large suite on the top floor of the Back Bay Hilton, room number 2305. This shall be called the "People's Republic of Interactive Fiction Hospitality Suite". It is currently open for business, from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, and from noon to 4pm on Sunday, March 27.

The plan is to have the door open through Friday, Saturday, and some of Sunday. It will be both a rendezvous/hangout point for mudders and IF community folks, and a publicity center for newcomers interested in IF.

Plans

The room will be open noon to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to 4 pm Sunday.

  • Chips, soda, M&Ms in mass quantities (Kevin Jackson-Mead and Michael D. Hilborn)
  • Computers to demo games and IF development (Jason Scott)
  • A Speed-IF (see event list above) (Dave Cornelson)
  • In-room panel discussions (see event list above)
  • Badge ribbons for all IF authors and community members: >FROTZ BADGE (Zarf)
  • Badge stickers for any visitors and guests who want 'em: prompt-and-cursor logo >∎ (Rob Wheeler)
  • Sticky nametags "YOU SEE HERE... ___ >SAY HELLO" (Zarf)
  • Fliers advertising the IF Suite, to be left on freebie tables in the convention center (Lea Albaugh)
  • "How to play IF" cheatsheets (postcard-size summary of IF commands, with Rob's art on the back) (Lea Albaugh)
  • Photo printer for wall-of-faces (Ben Collins-Sussman)
  • IF Primer CDs (Robb Sherwin)

People willing to help be room-watchers: (add your name)

  • Andrew Plotkin
  • Robb Sherwin
  • Harry Kaplan, Mary Kaplan (schedule together)
  • Kevin Jackson-Mead
  • Mark Musante
  • David Cornelson
  • J. Robinson Wheeler
  • Emily Short
  • Jake Eakle
  • Jacqueline A. Lott, Sam Kabo Ashwell (schedule together)
  • Dan Shiovitz
  • Stephen Granade
  • Aaron Reed
  • Michael D. Hilborn
  • Kate McKee

See also

Links

PAX East 2010 itself

Blog posts

Articles

Forum threads

Photos

Video/Audio