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1997 Fools: I-F World News
Subject: I-F World News From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gerry Kevin Wilson) Date: 1997/04/01 Message-Id: <email@example.com> Newsgroups: rec.arts.int-fiction Well, let's see, lots of news coming in today, let's start small and work our way up. 1.) Avalon has been cancelled due to lack of interest. 2.) Scott Adams and David Lebling will be doing a text adventure together in October. Supposedly some sort of sequel to Adams' "Funhouse." 3.) Leon Lin has just sent word of his next game. It's tentatively titled "To Die For" and is a gothic horror game, heavy on puzzles, and lacking any sentient NPCs at all. He says he's tired of debugging them. 4.) Graham Nelson's latest is that he's going to redo Jigsaw, only this time the player will take the part of Black. 5.) The crowd that brought us "Shades of Grey" has reassembled to write another game based on Piers Anthony's series "Tarot." 6.) Douglas Adams is finally starting in on "Restaurant." Activision convinced him to do a full graphics version in exchange for 2.3 million dollars! Apparently the gang from MST3K will be building Marvin the paranoid android. 7.) Andrew Plotkin has sworn off text adventures and joined a Buddhist monastery. Let's all wish him luck in his search for enlightenment. 8.) Here's an odd little note that I read in an industry rag. Sierra is apparently changing their interface yet again. Apparently the current one requires too much reading. So, the characters in the games will now 'speak' via 'thought bubbles' with pictures in them, ala the old game show "Concentration." In addition, since Sierra has found that nine out of ten players are too stupid to beat their games, they are hiring David Baggett of Crash Bandicoot fame to redo their puzzles. David says that he's going to take a cue from his fictional group Akmi and develop the "eeziest parser in the world." Supposedly, no matter where you click, the parser interprets that as the next correct action on the path to winning the game. Guess King's Quest fans will be losing a lot less sleep. Sierra says that since they no longer need the old interface, they will be giving it to Legend Entertainment, which has shown some interest in using it. 9.) Magnus Olssen has decided to do a sequel to "Uncle Zebulon's Will" at long last! From what I hear, the cute fox from "Weather" will be making a guest appearance, and all NPCs will be based off the START AI system. Uncle Zebulon will know the distance between all significant stellar objects. 10.) And finally, I have recently sold an article to Citadel Journal, a magazine that specializes in Games Workshop miniature wargames. The article was titled "Tie a Yellow Ribbon...." and discussed an alternate form of magic for the Bretonnian army in GW's game Warhammer Fantasy Battles. No news yet as to when the article will appear. Anyways all, Happy April Fools' Day, and bear in mind that a few of these bits of news might even be true...or not. -- My new email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. If that's too long for you, try email@example.com.