How to Play IF: A Postcard

Posted: May 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Interactive Fiction | 2 Comments »

During PAX East, a postcard was released with a ground-up explanation of interactive fiction and how to play it.  It’s meant to be something you can print out or put on a card and show people who’ve either never played text adventures or who could use a quick brush-up of what the whole thing means. Written by Andrew “Zarf” Plotkin, it’s a lot of information nicely presented in a small space.

The card is available at screen resolution, PDF format, 300dpi printable  and a number of other formats at the People’s Republic of Interactive Fiction.  The PRIF is a new Cambridge-based initiative to discuss contemporary IF and what it all means, plus discuss projects and outreach.  I interviewed several people involved with this project, although not about the project itself. Still, I can vouch that these are very smart people who have done a lot for interactive fiction and it’s great they’re reaching out like this.

Grab the card for yourself, friends, or anyone else you want to introduce to the world of IF.

2 Comments on “How to Play IF: A Postcard”

  1. 1 Harry said at 3:31 pm on May 14th, 2010:

    Lea Albaugh, a graphic artist/designer who has also written IF, helped Andrew put the card in its final format as well. And I don’t know if Andrew has put up the illustration that was on the back of the cards handed out at PAX East, but, if so, that was contributed by Rob Wheeler.

  2. 2 Advocatus D. said at 1:39 pm on May 16th, 2010:

    I love this. Making IF more accessible for everyone is great. Reminds me of those one-page RPG systems floating around.

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