Next Meetup Sunday, March 22, 2020

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Greg Frost

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Feb 20, 2020, 10:47:04 PM2/20/20
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The next meetup of the Seattle/Tacoma IF group will be Sunday, March 22, from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. in Room 409 of Thompson Hall at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

Given the recent interest, the plan is to play Mike's game A Beauty Cold and Austere, read by and with commentary from the author. 

Hope to see you there!

Paul

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Feb 21, 2020, 12:14:21 AM2/21/20
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I had a great time last time.  I'll be there.

I wonder if I could spend 15 minutes or so at the start to talk about how I developed The House on Sycamore Lane.  Sound OK?

Greg Frost

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Feb 21, 2020, 12:18:51 AM2/21/20
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Sure, that sounds good. We can also dedicate the meeting after this one to play it and discuss more thoroughly if you prefer. I sent you an email about dates if you want to do that option.

Mike Spivey

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Feb 21, 2020, 12:20:06 AM2/21/20
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Fine with me, too.  I'd like to hear a more thorough discuss of your game as well, Paul.

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Paul Malolepsy

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Feb 21, 2020, 12:38:50 AM2/21/20
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We don’t have to play it through.  It was my first IF attempt and I was under the gun to finish it, so it could have used a lot more testing and polish.  

I was more interested in showing you guys how I developed it, and getting feedback.  I’m a software developer by trade and I find the Inform 7 english parser to be elegant but frustrating.  So I experimented with a meta language over it using Kotlin that outputs Inform 7 text.  (I know, pretty crazy.  But it was fun).

Anyway, we can do that either at the start of March’s meeting or hold off to the next one.  I’m good with either.

Lance Campbell

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Feb 24, 2020, 10:55:08 AM2/24/20
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I updated the download link to Paul's game at IFDB so people can take a look at it:


Greg Frost

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Mar 16, 2020, 12:55:20 AM3/16/20
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Hey everyone, in light of the governor's emergency declaration limiting gatherings of all kinds, Mike and I have decided to change the meetup to an online-only event. Details to follow.

Greg Frost

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Mar 21, 2020, 1:35:04 PM3/21/20
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Cross-posted from Mike's post on Intfiction.org:

"As promised, we’ll be having the Seattle/Tacoma IF meetup virtually at 2pm PDT on Sunday, March 22. We’ll be playing A Beauty Cold and Austere. PM me [Mike Spivey] for the link to the meeting. Feel free to join in, even if you don’t live anywhere near Seattle."

We're all still figuring out how to do this; I expect in a month or so most people will be experts with video conference software.


Mike Spivey

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Mar 21, 2020, 4:25:12 PM3/21/20
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Follow-up: If you don't have an intfiction.org account, you can also just email me for the link to tomorrow's meetup.

Mike


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Greg Frost

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Sep 14, 2020, 12:26:05 AM9/14/20
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Here are my notes from the March meeting:

Attendees: Brian, David D, David L, Gene, Greg, Jared, Joshua, Lance, Mike, Paul
Location: Online (Google Hangout)

Program (2 PM - 4:30 PM):
2:00 Introductions and opening discussion.

2:20 Played A Beauty Cold and Austere by Mike Spivey.
 -Discussed writing style; Mike noted that the game is written in his voice.
 -Discussed style influences from Curses!, Zork.
 -Discussed puzzle organization and process of integrating clues.
 -Tutorial was created late in development along with hinting to keep players from getting stuck.
 -Discussed use of number space rooms as basis for Junior Arithmancer.
 -All references in the game to "professor" were changed to "Professor Glasser" for Lynnea Glasser, who won Best Reviewer at IFComp 2017.
 -Noted the several Plato jokes in ancient Athens section of the game.
 -Discussed using items from one area to solve puzzles in other areas, balancing progression.
 -Mike noted that the hint system is ~15% of the total game size.
 -Discussed historical accuracy (or lack thereof) in game design, rule of cool.

4:30 PM Final discussion and wrap-up.
 -Paul will show his Inform 7 creation tool at the next meeting. 
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