Continuing a discussion from the CoG/HG business model thread, I’m curious to hear people’s answers to the following questions. You don’t have to answer them all, but any thoughts you have would be great to hear!
- How did you first find out about Interactive Fiction?
- What’s your favorite thing about IF, particularly CoG/HC/HG text-based games?
- Where do readers for text-based RPGs hang out?
- Have you ever recommended a game to others?
A few years ago, I had no idea IF was a thing. I stumbled across Heart’s Choice looking for writing opportunities and fell in love with the way interactive fiction lets you enjoy a story in a completely different way than reading a linear novel.
I feel like the vast majority of people who enjoy reading don’t know IF exists. As an author, I’m curious to know what you love about interactive fiction and how we, as fans and writers, might find more people who would also enjoy these games.
Personally, I love how playing text-based RPGs gives me agency as a player and lets me decide which direction I want the story to go. As a writer, one of the best things about this method of storytelling is that I can provide options for so many different readers who enjoy different levels of spice, different interests, different romance options, and varied perspectives.
I think a lot of the content people are writing for CoG/HC/HG is exceptional art. I’d love to see more readers find these games. If you enjoy a game and know others who might like it, please share it with them! A personal recommendation is one of the highest compliments you can give an author.
I look forward to reading your thoughts!