But you see, the same interface around an Inform or TADS parser would automatically be better, because TADS and Inform have been improving their parsers for decades.
And as for "starting point"... Legend Entertainment was a starting point too. So was, in a sense, Textfyre. Surely we've had enough of "starting points", we want quality now. And CYPHER seems to fall short on some key points on the briefest of glances (and while there *may* be a good game under there, who's going to actually pay for it if the very first impressions are like "have these guys even been playing IF lately?").
I bought the Textfyre games, and I'm glad I did, and I'll keep buying them. I couldn't afford to help Kickstart Haedan Lands, but I'm buying it when it comes out (for PC, anyway). But this? It isn't worth my money.
...ok, so I turned a bit hostile myself. But maybe you can know understand the reasons.