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The Algorithms of Storytelling: Design Patterns and Fiction with Cat Rambo and Wayne Rambo

Software design and storytelling have much more in common than you might think. In both fields, you’re working to create a structure that accomplishes a specific experience for its user/reader. Other concepts overlap as well; the idea of design patterns, models … Continue reading

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The Algorithms of Storytelling with Cat Rambo and Wayne Rambo

Software coding and fiction writing can overlap, particularly in the area of design patterns and algorithms that can be applied to help you plan and execute a successful story. Join two published authors as well as programmers who can teach … Continue reading

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Zen and the Art of Spiral-Carved Incense Burners

One of the desires expressed at the very first Armageddon player-staff meeting I ever attended was a yen to move away from “a hack and slash economy,” where players made their income by selling the gear off NPCs (and the occasional PC) that they had killed. How, one immortal noted, could the world be realistic when there was no coded reflection of the material underpinnings of it? How to create this economic reflection was a question that remained in the air for several years, and it was not until discussion of implementing crafting code came up that such a move seemed possible. Continue reading

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