In GET LAMP, there is a sequence about a newer commercial era for Interactive Fiction. Among those are Andrew “Zarf” Plotkin, game creator of master class, who says that if he had a chance for a working company to hire him to make a game, he would be there and write games forever.
Well, he’s going to try.
Plotkin has announced a Kickstarter campaign where he will create a game called Hadean Lands, full-time. Designed for the iPhone with other platforms available during the fundraising, he will quit his job, write the game, work on the development environment, and release a bunch of code so others can follow in his footsteps.
He opened it for a little more than 30 days of potential funding, with a goal of $8000 to supplement his savings. He made $8000 in thirteen hours.
He’s now past $20,000 and growing. If you want to show support for someone doing interactive fiction, this is a great way to do it; Plotkin is the real deal and as his page explains, he has a very long pedigree both as an excellent author, and as a coder who has advanced the state of the programs that drive interactive fiction’s development.
I contributed almost immediately; I suggest others do as well.