A twitter hashtag is going on about four games that influenced you, and hey, I can post the images here too.
Missing moments in games: investigating key moments in _Everything_ and _El Shaddai_. (Way big spoilers.) http://blog.zarfhome.com/2018/04/missing-moments-in-games.html
@tindall I don't see how federation changes anything. Mastodon is generally free at its current scale, but that's a bunch of ad-hoc servers run out-of-pocket by individuals. Nothing about that keeps working if the overall ecosystem grows to look like Twitter, where power-law superstars have millions of followers.
Inevitably, I have words about the Twitter client situation: http://blog.zarfhome.com/2018/04/why-does-twitter-allow-third-party.html
My comment on Slack's recent announcement about their XMPP/IRC gateways. They are making a mistake. http://blog.zarfhome.com/2018/03/open-letter-slack-should-not.html
Cyan announces Firmament, posts a trailer video. I don't know anything more than anybody else but I have a blog so I might as well speculate some. http://blog.zarfhome.com/2018/03/cyan-announces-firmament.html
I am aware of the Asymmetric/CampoSanto party, the "Made In MA" party (since I live in MA), and "The Other Party". Latter two can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ca--san-francisco/gdc/
Is there much of a GDC-going contingent here? I am casting around for stuff to do which is interesting on the indie/narrative front.
@taupelink This is quite different from the usual IF design mindset, where you are carefully crafting individual situations. I think it's a big jump for IF authors. A lot of people show up in the forums saying "I want to write a combat system in Inform!" but they're mostly just messing around with ideas. They're not really on the path to building a roguelike, and if they were, they probably wouldn't have started with Inform.
@taupelink Let me see... roguelikes and text games aren't actually a great match, overall. Roguelikes depend on throwing a lot of strategic information at you, usually in map form, and letting you make (short-term) plans with a lot of relevant detail. It's hard to cram that into text description.