Discussion Groups About JIFFEE
There are five Yahoo! Groups related to JIFFEE. They all have open
membership, so feel free to join any that interest you.
jiffeegames-announce - A low-volume list for official
jiffeegames-players - A discussion group for people who
like to play JIFFEE games.
jiffeegames-teachers - A discussion group for teachers
who are using JIFFEE games in the classroom, especially those who
use it as part of second-language instruction.
jiffeegames-authors - A discussion group for people who
like to write JIFFEE games.
jiffeegames-developers - A discussion group for IF implementers
who are interested in the architecture and design of JIFFEE and its
internals, as well as those who would like to write extension
modules (i.e. libraries) for it.
General Information About Interactive Fiction
Here are some Internet websites and newsgroups related to
all kinds of Interactive Fiction (not just JIFFEE):
- To find many IF games to play, look in the
Most of these will require you to download an interpreter before
you can play them, but the interpreters are free.
- To read more about Interactive Fiction, visit the
IF Wiki or
The Brass Lantern
- The newsgroup about playing IF is rec.games.int-fiction.
Start by reading the FAQ.
- The newsgroup about writing IF is rec.arts.int-fiction.
Start by reading the FAQ.
Of course, you can get lots more information if you simply:
Other IF Authoring Systems
JIFFEE is by no means the only IF authoring system, nor the oldest,
nor the most popular. In fact, it's the new kid on the block and
is as yet totally unproven.
Since we (the authors of such systems)
all share the same goal of improving the state-of-the-art in IF
and making it more easily accessible to more people,
I encourage you to check out the other more mature authoring systems.
Try them all to see what you like and dislike about them, then join
in the discussion about the future of IF — or just
have fun playing the games!
To get you started, here are a couple of the more popular systems:
- Inform is the big kahuna.
It has a long history (which means it rests on a solid foundation),
and it recently sprouted a shiny new user interface.
The latest version lets you author in a subset of conversational English.
- Adrift is more of a GUI-based
system which tries to remove the "programming" from game authoring.
- TADS provides a specialized object-oriented
- Hugo is
another specialized IF language system.
isn't an authoring system;
existing Z-machine games and makes them available on the web.
Parchment shares the "one-click-to-play" goal of JIFFEE.
Literary Aspects of IF
There is a lot of material available on the craft of writing good IF,
so much that it would have crowded this page.
JIFFEE and JIFFEEgames.com copyright © 2007-2010 by Michael S. Kenniston. All rights reserved. This page was last updated on 2010-01-01.