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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 12:03 am 
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So you all don't know me. I'm a game developer but I've never written interactive fiction before. I recently was looking into it and found that there's not really a good list of interactive fiction engines out there despite being legions of them. So I made one. Not sure if there's a need for it anymore but last I could find was mentions of making one without there actually being one so I just went ahead and did it.

In advance, sorry I didn't add this all to the IFWiki. I wasn't up to making full entries for each one.

Currently, there are 70 entries. I tried to keep it to engines that can potentially run on modern systems. If there's anything I got wrong (I only took cursory glances at most of them, though I've attempted to use several of them in the past), if there's a descriptor I used that you don't like, if I missed anything, if you want editing access, let me know, either by leaving a comment on the sheet (which you can highlight the issue with) or here. Otherwise, I hope it's of some use.

Web version: https://ifengines.twocredits.co/
Spreadsheet version: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 6:14 am 
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Awesome! Another one you might want to think about is chooseyourstory.com.


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 6:53 am 
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Thanks for making this. Even if you don't want to make full entries to IFWiki you could add a link to it so that people can find it later.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 8:35 am 
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This is fantastic, thank you!

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 8:40 am 
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Super! I've been thinking for a while that it would be great to have a comparison resource like this. I'm delighted that someone else did it. :)

You might throw in Ren'Py -- it has some modes that are mostly text, and it's got a pretty big community, even if it's not mostly focused here. Ren'Py games have occasionally shown up in IF competitions, including one in the Spring Thing that just ended.


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 9:45 am 
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I would like to see this hosted on IFWIki. If you use the right page names for the platforms, the links will be right. Even if you don't implement wiki-links, DavidW is quite good at supporting updates like this.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 10:10 pm 
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matt w wrote:
Awesome! Another one you might want to think about is chooseyourstory.com.

I'll take a look at it and add it later tonight.

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You might throw in Ren'Py -- it has some modes that are mostly text, and it's got a pretty big community, even if it's not mostly focused here. Ren'Py games have occasionally shown up in IF competitions, including one in the Spring Thing that just ended.

Ah, right. Hadn't thought of that. Yeah, I'll get it added.

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I would like to see this hosted on IFWIki. If you use the right page names for the platforms, the links will be right. Even if you don't implement wiki-links, DavidW is quite good at supporting updates like this.

I would be happy to sit down and turn it into a Wiki table when I get another day off if that works.


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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 12:09 pm 
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Looks like you missed AXMA: sm.axmasoft.com

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 1:25 pm 
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Very cool! I kind of sauntered toward maybe doing this a while back, so I'm very glad to see it.

One tiny thing: you should "freeze" row 4 (the header row) so it stays visible when you scroll down. That way, it's always possible to see what each column means.


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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 1:55 pm 
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Raconteur is a framework for using Undum, so I don't know if it counts, but it might be helpful to list. There's also Twee, the underlying engine that Twine is built on, which can be written for directly using a special DSL.


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