Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Official Book Website

The official website for Creating Interactive Fiction with Inform 7 is now online. This also means the book's example game, Sand-dancer, is released: it can be played online and downloaded. As previously mentioned, this is a real interactive fiction that you'll build line by line as you progress through the book. Versions of the story as it exists at the end of each chapter are on the website for those who aren't up for quite that much typing.

Amazon lists the book as shipping tomorrow, which means it's quite possible some of you will see it in print before me. On a related note: if anyone with the ear of an audience who might be interested in this sort of thing is interested in a review copy, let me know.

13 comments:

Morbus Iff said...

Amazon sent me a note today, the 19th, saying it now doesn't know when it's going to ship :(

johnmurphy said...

I got the same note -- don't forget to say that you still want it! the email I got had a link and said, "If you still want this, click this link"

Aaron A. Reed said...

Apologies for this, it caught me totally by surprise too. My editor is looking into what the holdup is-- I'll post here as soon as I hear anything about the new shipping date.

Hymen Atomie said...

Hey Aaron,

One thing I'm curious about. I consider myself an intermediate user of Inform 7 -- I've been learning it incrementally for about a year now, but still haven't read 100% of the docs that come with the IDE.

My main question is whether your book is designed for beginners, or whether it's just as useful for intermediate users?

And what specifically does the book NOT cover?

Thank you.

Aaron A. Reed said...

The book starts on a beginner level, but introduces nearly all of the major concepts, although usually not getting into some of the finer nitty gritty near the end of each of the built-in documentation's chapters. Specific things _not_ covered by the book include indexed text, tables, equations, mapping/indexing, the map-maker, and Inform 6 inclusions.

I certainly hope that the book will be useful to people at all levels of skill with Inform. I made a concerted effort to try to find the clearest, most I7-like ways of doing things, and in the process learned a lot about how the language is really meant to work that I'd never picked up on before, even on really basic levels. My hope is that if you already know some Inform, you'll still be able to get a little clearer sense of why things work the way they do and learn tricks you didn't know about.

Zack Urlocker said...

I'm very much looking forward to the book. I have read parts of the Inform 7 manual and the Inform 7 Handbook by Aiken and both seem pretty tough going. I'm not uncomfortable with programming, but I don't want to wait until low-level details of Inform 6 or TADS. I want to be able to focus on the story & logic without worrying too much housekeeping...

At any rate, hope it ships in hard copy and eBook soon. Mine's on preorder from Amazon and I expect to order the iPad (Kindle) version also.

In the mean time, how about posting an excerpt or two?
--Zack

Aaron A. Reed said...

Zack-- posting excerpts is up to the publisher, not me, but I'll remind them that there is interest in seeing an excerpt and the Table of Contents. Hopefully they can get something like this up soon.

Rubes said...

Awesome, looking forward to this book. I pre-ordered, but didn't get the e-mail mentioned above.

Any chance you might be back in SLC anytime soon? We might get Jason Scott to come do a promo viewing of GET LAMP in September -- it would be sweet if both of you were there co-promoting your works...

Aaron A. Reed said...

Rubes-- I don't think I'll be back in SLC in September, but if Jason does make it out there, I have a bunch of friends I will send to the screening. =)

Also, everyone following this thread: I just heard word that the book should be shipping in the next 48 hours. Thanks for your patience!

Morbus Iff said...

Yeah, I got an update on it this morning - will be at Amazon on the 27th, with me receiving it on the 30th (I one-day'd it).

Hymen Atomie said...

I got the same update.

Rubes said...

I just got an update saying it would arrive on Sep 1st or 2nd.

Thanks, Aaron -- I'll let you know if Jason decides to come to SLC.

Morbus Iff said...

New update! Shipped today, will arrive tomorrow. Woot!