Archive for October, 2007|Monthly archive page


I just thought this was cool.


I don’t know for sure but I think they’re going to have real-time chat within the text that you’re reading. Or it could just be commenting. But real-time chat would be kind of hilarious to do while you’re reading something. Talk about the ADD generation.


Quiet please (part one)

Live! straight from the…

from far away

The first time I saw the design for the Central Library, man, it was ugly.

I eventually came around. By the time of opening day, when I volunteered and got a half hour of crowd-free blissful wandering through all the floors, practically alone, I was hooked.

not so far away

I go to the library all the time, so this was my natural spot for my IFComp in Public (IFCP) day.

However I got a little too ambitious, and in attempting to sandbox an IF playing account on the ubuntu set up on my old laptop I spent way more time installing, compiling, and configuring then actually playing any IF. The sandbox is on the right.

up close

And I still can’t get Gargoyle to compile.

Anyway, I’ll work on this for the next IFCP day (November 10th). Meanwhile I’m up here on the top floor. It’s about 4 o’clock and the light is starting to come in over the sound, you can just see it down Spring street. There’s the library hum, every so often someone coughs or drops a book. Hey, that just happened. Different footsteps, shuffling feet, heavy feet, squeaking feet. A lot of tourists. Sometimes the floor shakes when someone walks by. The area I’m in is elevated, must be some kind of floating riser.

the game I am kind of playing right now is pretty good, Lord Bellwater’s Secret, at least so far.


It has a nice way of opening the game even though it’s infodumping all over myself.

About this IFCP thing. Of course I’ve been having mixed feelings about the whole deal. The whole public/private line. Nevertheless it is pretty fun. I may have a strange sense of fun, I don’t know. I may end up doing this more often just for the hell of it. It does fit with the library so well, everyone here as I type this, doing their own thing in this public square/private headspace. I do quite like the idea of sandboxing an IF account and putting it on a desk with the sign, and just seeing what happens.

Interesting thing with the new IFDB announced by Mike Roberts — you can almost get a good survey of the active users on RAIF by watching the registered users count go up on IFDB. During the early beta it was steady at about 12 users — after Mike announced it shot up to about 50. These are the most active people on RAIF, say, about 40 people. The count slowly has climbed, currently it’s at 83, so another 30 people or so have trickled in over the last few days. Maybe these are people who don’t read RAIF every day. So we have about 70 active on a day to day basis. What percentage of the active RAIF users is this? Or of RAIF lurkers for that matter?

Oh well, got to do what we can before the sun burns out.

close enough

sf markets

(and another page to post)

Frankly the world of market lists, e-zines, fan zines, pro markets, semi-pro markets, 181 day response times, the SFWA pro list, and everything else baffles me. So in an effort to simplify I’m just going to troll pages of writers who seem to know what they’re doing and collate a list of sf markets it would be worthwhile to submit to. We’ll see how useful this becomes. Think of it as a market list in larval form, drenched in pus.

Courtesy of (as in, copied from) Jay Lake

Realms of Fantasy
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet
Apex & Abyss
Strange Horizons
Revolution SF

Courtesy of David Levine

Darker Matter
Infinity Plus
Aeon Speculative Fiction
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Black Static

Courtesy of Ruth Nestvold

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

(special note: Mary Soon Lee basically rocks the world here)

Deadline Enchanter

What can I say. I feel like the standard deviation on this one is going to be big. I almost was going to write a review at Intfiction but I’m waiting a day to do it — I noticed that Victor Gijsbers has it next on his list, so maybe he’ll get to it first. It’s the kind of thing where I really do feel that what I would write at this moment would not be a balanced review. Let me just quote from my notes:

Deadline Enchanter by Anonymous (Plotkin?)

absolutely fascinating.

sucked me in immediately. the railroad. but nevertheless…but at some points the rails, lack of synonyms, etc. does hurt the game. breaks the immersion?

I have no other title to give this post.

Blood-hound and Opium-beetle take a walk

Ghost of the fireflies: Paul Panks’ apotheosis or apocalpyse?

You decide!11!!


Courtesy of the fine stylings of Renga in Blue, I give you:

The B-Game Competition!

If you don’t have a sense of humor, don’t click that link! Maybe not work safe.

BUT ONLY IF in the blood-hair bow is the key to finding Dabih…

So it is simply fantastic, I’ve started a game of Polaris via IRC. We have our characters up on this Google doc. Only three players, as one had to drop out, unfortunately, but three in fact works superbly, as speeding up play is of the essence in IRC. Polaris also is well suited to the text chat medium.

A sample from the log — I hope to get the whole thing cleaned up soon —

Heart: Yad draws back, a deep frown forming on his face. “Girl…where do you hail from? Tallstar?” He pushes his winter cloak back over his right shoulder.

Mistaken: “I don’t know.” the girl mockingly spits out. she starts to get up from her game, staring at Yad judgementally. “Where were you when your daughter dissapeared? Huh?”

Moon: The girl looks more and more like Yad’s wife, when she was little.

Heart: Yad’s face twists in a mask of agony. “I…I was in the Library, girl. She left without a word. No one said they saw her go. Have you seen her, child!”

Mistaken: The girl’s face twist into a bittersweet smirk, and she seems to have an odd kind of pity for Yad “That’s what I thought. You always had to get away. You couldn’t stand it either. Now I had to find a place to be by myself, and now you have to be lonely.”[…]

Mistaken: The girl fiddles with her bow, removing it, but its revealed that it is not made out of any natural red material, but black hair, dyed red with blood “Maybe we could play together sometime?”

Mistaken: She hands the blood-hair bow to Yad as a present

Heart: Taking the blood-hair bow in his hands, Yad’s eyes widen in horror. “Witch!” he snarls, and in one fell motion, his starlight sword sweeps through the night air and cleaves the girl’s head from her shoulders, spraying black blood over the snow.

Mistaken: BUT ONLY if only when the girl’s black blood spew out did Yad know for sure that she was a Mistaken.

Heart: BUT ONLY IF in the blood-hair bow is the key to finding Dabih…


Psychic Robot Teens in Snowland!

One thing I thought I could do is make up titles of games for the games that I’ve played in the Comp but wished were also other games with that made up title…anyway, if that makes sense, you’re speaking my language! And hence the first game I played, and the title of this post. I played about an hour into My Mind’s Mishmash and there’s a lot to like. Got bogged down a little but I’m going to give it another go when I’m feeling a little smarter.

Carrying on with last year’s rating system of Creativity, Execution, and WTF!?. IntFiction has set up some nice threads for tracking reviews and who’s playing what. In this forum in particular.