Join us to make stories into interactive games using Twine, a free and open source interactive fiction tool. The event is designed as a mini game jam: the goal is for everyone to have a finished game available online by the end of the day.
WHAT IS TWINE?
Twine is a free tool for creating interactive fiction. It's gained notoriety because it enables people who are not programmers to make text games. It's simple to use and requires no programming skills – though if you're really interested it can be expanded using a little programming, but this isn't necessary.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This event is for anyone who has an interest in games and stories. We're especially welcoming to people who are first-time game makers, as well as artists, designers and writers who may not have thought about making a game before. We also welcome experienced game designers and programmers. Twine is a simple-to-use tool, but developers can feel free to expand or extend it by using available modules, or writing their own (GitHub repo (https://github.com/tweecode/twine)).
WHY SHOULD I COME?
A game jam is a great way to spend an afternoon with friendly people making and finishing something! You'll go through the whole process from concept to completion. You can work alone or in small groups, and you don't need any programming skills at all. We present themes at the beginning of the day that you can use to create a story, as well as some short talks that will tell you everything you need to know about using Twine and participating in a game jam. We'll also have people on hand to help with creative and technical questions.
HOW'S THE EVENT STRUCTURED?
1200: Short talks telling you everything you need to know about using Twine and getting things done on time
1230: START JAMMING!
1730: Upload your finished product
1800: Presentations (open to everyone)
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT TWINE?
Some Twine games you should try: Panic! (http://astridbin.com/games/panic.html), Howling Dogs (http://aliendovecote.com/uploads/twine/howling%20dogs.html#2m), Brooklyn Trash King (http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1104925/BK/brooklyntrashking.html), Reset (http://www.lifeinneon.com/games/reset.html), Memorial (http://www.theautumnalcity.org/Memorial.html)
A list of Twine resources (http://twinehub.weebly.com/resources.html)
An interesting article about the "Twine revolution" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/apr/10/anna-anthropy-twine-revolution)
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This event is organised in collaboration with the monthly Berlin Mini Game Jam (http://www.meetup.com/game-developers-berlin/)