I've just finished migrating all of our subscribers from the old mailing list to the new Google Group, which functions exactly the same but is easier to manage and more transparent (to the list owners). This is the first step in a process of modernization and upgrades we'll see in the next couple months.
One cool addition, as you'll see when you head over to the SPAG site, is a never-before-featured magazine cover, designed by Rob Wheeler, which will be a regular part of SPAG in the future.
Once you get past Rob's immersive Demo Fair send-up, you'll find the issue packed with observations from the Demo Fair itself, game reviews, a book review, interviews with IF Comp and XYZZY winners, an actions flow chart, and a SPAG Specifics on Gigantomania by Victor Gijsbers which may make you reconsider the work.
Come on inside and check it out!http://www.sparkynet.com/spag/index.html
IF Demo Fair 2011
Interviews with IF Comp and XYZZY 2010 Award Winners:
--Colin Sandel & Carolyn VanEseltine
--Action Flow Chart -- Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home
--Death off the Cuff
--Gris et Jaune
--The People's Glorious Revolutionary Text Adventure Game
--Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7
It's not too early to start thinking about submissions for SPAG #61, so if you have a paper you're working on related to IF, or would like a forum in which to cover a technical issue, concepts in game design, story craft, or other topic (e.g., incorporating cultural differences in interactive fiction), send it in! If inspiration fails, drop by Planet-IF for leads or e-mail me at davidm.spag SP@G gmail.com.
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