GGD Dinner #11 - Exploring Interactive Fiction - sponsored by Bloc.io

What:

Join Amanda Lange, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, as she explores the world of interactive fiction gaming. We’ll explore some of the deep variety in interactive fiction games about action, mystery, horror and even romance. And then we’ll learn to write basic interactive stories with little or no computer coding, using the tools Twine and Inform 7. It’s Choose Your Own Adventure, and beyond: create anything you want, and output your own games as web pages you can easily share with friends and family!

It's hands on and fun! This event is BOYL - Bring your own laptop. 

It is highly recommended that you download the software beforehand! Twine can be downloaded from www.twinery.org and Inform7 from www.inform7.com. Please be advised that while Cipher Prime does have wireless, it's not always the best, so your best bet would be to download the software beforehand. Both programs work on Mac and PC, so bring whatever you have (tablets are not a substitute for a laptop).

Where:

Join us at Cipher Prime on Wednesday, March 26, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Space is limited to 25 attendees.

Food:

Dinner for all will be provided by Bloc. 

Price:

To dissuade no-shows and help cover the costs of meetup.com we are now charging $5 for all large events (dinners). If you pay your yearly dues (also $5), this fee is waived! Just send us a message and let us know you paid your dues and want to attend. We'll take care of the rest.

About our sponsor:

Bloc offers online developer apprenticeships! Learn web, mobile, or front-end development under the guidance of a professional. Meetup members will save $100 off their enrollment with coupon code 'phillygeek'

Why Bloc?

• Continuous coaching: Meet 3 times per week, one-on-one, with a Bloc mentor vested in your success

• Intensive: Plan on spending 25 hours per week learning. We aren't a self-paced content company, we get results!

• Real-World projects: Build applications like Reddit, Wikipedia, and Google Analytics with industry standard tools used by professional developers

• Jumpstart your passion project: Pick your own capstone project to work on for the final module.

• Adaptable: Focus on the skills you want to learn and work on your own time.

Contact Juline at [masked]

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We're looking for volunteers to help out! We're hoping to find three ladies - one to help with check-ins, one to take photos, and one to do the write-up for our website after the event. Interested? Email us! [masked]


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  • Sheila S.

    This was a fun class! It was great to meet everybody. Thanks : )

    2 · March 27

  • nicole

    Amanda - you are amazing. Thank you so much. And thanks everyone for a really terrific night!! LaMaia, I will get back to you soon - got an idea about what we can do at your location on the weekend. :)

    March 27

  • Zoe

    Thanks, Amanda!

    1 · March 27

  • LaMaia

    I wanted to invite everyone from last night's meet up to join me on irc (internet relay chat) in the "#philly-chix" group. It's a small group set up specifically for local women in technology. If you need help setting up a chat client (like pidgin) let me know!

    2 · March 27

  • LaMaia

    Amanda was awesome.

    1 · March 27

  • Amanda L.

    (pt two...)

    For all the games you could ever want, look at the IF DB: http://ifdb.tads.org/­

    If you made a Twine you love and aren't sure where to host it, there is http://philome.la/­

    And if you have questions for me or hunger for more, Tweet me at @second_truth or feel free to hit me up on Skype during my Open Office Hours today or any time I post them! http://ohours.org/officehours/8...­

    And ONE MORE THING - since you did a workshop with me you are eligible to enter the BAM! contest with Microsoft to win a Dell Venue Pro tablet! Details are at http://aka.ms/BAMPhilly­ ! Competition is very light this month so let's beat Boston :) If you know anyone who might be interested in this contest but wasn't at the workshop, just have them mail me at [masked] !

    Whew! Happy game making everyone!

    March 27

  • Amanda L.

    Hi everyone! I got a lot of questions about the resources I linked last night, so here they are:

    The Inform 7 textbook: http://www.amazon.com/Creating-...­
    Twine tutorial for beginners:
    http://www.auntiepixelante.com/...­
    Additional Twine resources (more advanced):
    http://aliendovecote.com/resour...­

    Games in Twine:
    Porpentine's games (we played Crystal Warrior Ke$ha): http://aliendovecote.com/my-gam...­
    Fear of Twine: (Lots of variety, some adult content): http://www.fearoftwine.com­
    Twine Hub: (Good but hasn't been updated in a while): http://twinehub.weebly.com/­

    Games in Inform and other Styles:
    We played Lost Pig: http://grunk.org/lostpig/­ and Violet: http://jayisgames.com/games/vio...­
    Also check out Emily Short: http://emshort.wordpress.com/my...­
    and Adam Cadre (Photopia is good for beginners): http://adamcadre.ac/if.html­

    March 27

  • Sheila S.

    Hi, I would also like to get my payment applied toward my membership due for 2014. Thanks : )

    March 26

  • Jessica Polly M.

    Looking forward to this! I couldn't remember if I paid my membership dues (I don't think I did), and my friend wants to join GGD. Can we apply the cost of this event toward our 2014 dues?

    March 25

    • LaMaia

      Me too, please.

      March 26

    • Karissa

      All set.

      March 26

  • Sheila S.

    Hi, I would like to attend, but the RSVPs are closed?

    March 25

    • nicole

      Sheila - I've fixed it - you should be able to RSVP now!

      March 25

    • Sheila S.

      Thanks Nicole!

      March 25

  • Siobhan

    D'oh! I really wanted to do this, but I have a screening scheduled for the same night & time. :(

    March 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    Drag, this looks awesome, but I can't make it.

    March 14

    • Karissa

      Bummer! Maybe next time.

      March 14

  • Cindy K.

    This sounds like a great event. I wish I could make it, but I can't :-(

    March 14

    • Cindy K.

      buggers even though you changed the date to wednesday (which I can usually make) I can't do the 26th - going to see Phantom!

      March 14

    • nicole

      Boo! Well hopefully people will really like it and we'll do it again!

      March 14

  • LaMaia

    Is this Tuesday the 25th or Wednesday the 26th? The meetup says the 26th, but the text says the 25th.

    March 14

    • nicole

      I'm so sorry - it's Wednesday, the 26th!

      March 14

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