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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:18 pm 
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I teach middle school students. My supervisor wants me to teach students how to play and create text adventures for students. I have 20 minutes per day, for as long as is needed.

I'd prefer it be in a traditional format (e.g. where players type in commands such as "go north"), if such is available. It is okay if some simple programming is needed, but I don't want students to program the engine from scratch, as the focus should be 99% on the writing of the world.

Our school has iPads and keyboards for each student, so it is convenient for them to enter in typed commands.

But I cannot find any authoring tools that run on iOS. Does anyone know of an authoring tool that works for iOS?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:19 pm 
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Playfic.com runs Inform 7 in a browser. You’d need to be online but that’s a possibility.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:21 pm 
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Also check out Quest at http://textadventures.co.uk which is also browser based.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:47 am 
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Unfortunately there are lots of complicated laws when having children use the Internet, such as privacy policies and communication polices, and the two Web sites you mention don't seem to comply. If the students created accounts there, and an adult contacted the students, etc., the teacher could be held liable for whatever communication occurred.

Does anyone know of a software-based version? Or even just a way to compile and test the games on an iPad (even from a Web site that does not require an account), from source typed into a text editor?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:28 am 
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I didn't think Playfic had any sort of communication or messaging features? The accounts are so that you can save your work and access it again later.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:27 pm 
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Sounds like an issue of a teacher cannot allow underage students online in any respect due to privacy and protection issues. Sad, but it makes sense to protect the school from lawsuits and the children from the Wild West that is the internet without specific approval from a parent or guardian.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:11 pm 
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Another possibility might be to contact the creators of Playfic and see if they can add whatever legalese or restrictions are necessary to make the site child-friendly - although I don't know the details of the requirements, so I don't know how hard that would be.

Alternatively, Quest is open-source, so you might be able to set it up to run on your own webserver inside the school network.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:05 am 
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If you are looking at Quest, then the author also has set up ActiveLit which is "Interactive fiction for schools and groups"
I haven't used it but looks like it might fit your requirements.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:40 pm 
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Not sure if Wunderverse suits your needs, but you might take a look at it ...

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You should give http://twinery.org a try. It has an online option. Files are local. I just did a quick test with my iPad. It seems to work. It should work well with a keyboard. A textbook is also available on Amazon.

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