Spring Thing, Lit about Games, and Gamebook Fun!

It’s time for voting in the compo world. The Spring Thing IF Competition is now open for voting. Voters have until May 11 to get their votes in, and those wanting to vote must play at least half of the compo’s games to be eligible. There are ten games available, so now is the time for playing IF!

The IF Comp has revamped its site and now looks pretty snazzy. Although the competition isn’t for a while (intent to enter begins July 1) it’s now easier to access the competition results and the compo rules have been revised.

Last time we talked about games about literature; this time we’ve got news on literature about games! Cartridge Lit is a new and wonderful little lit mag showcasing video game literature–which is exactly what it sounds like.  They state, “We believe video games are important and vital to [pop] culture. Why shouldn’t there be a lit mag dedicated to showcasing lit + games? We don’t know why not, either, so, here we are.” They are accepting both lit submissions and informal pieces for their blog, The AirshipMay 5 begins the launch of work online.

Want to check out some great gamebooks? Cubus Games, based in Barcelona, is a developer of branching stories in various different worlds. A current news post states that a game under development, The Sinister Fairground, has over 60 characters. Wow! Be sure to check out their work in the future.

Cowternships, ShuffleComp, Wordplay IF, and more!

Less than one month left to submit to Inky’s Volume 1.2! If you’re interested in seeing your work in the upcoming volume make sure to submit your work by May 15 at the latest. See the Submission Guidelines for more info. 

Interested in a Cowternship? What’s that? It’s an intern for Adventure Cow, of course! Adventure Cow is currently looking for candidates to fill the positions of Production Intern and Software Development Intern. According to Chris, the production internship will involve polishing up DestinyQuest as well as getting out some new Adventure Cow books. Software development includes both maintaining web applications and learning the business side of things: “Candidates who make interesting things, regardless of programming experience, are encouraged to apply.” 

ShuffleComp 2014 has also begun, but individuals are still welcome to join. The comp involves submitting songs, receiving a shuffled-up list in return, and making a game based off of one of those songs. The deadline for submitting your game is May 1. 

Like wordplay? We think you’d enjoy Emily Short’s Counterfeit Monkey, Simon Christiansen’s PataNoir, and Earl Grey by Rob Dubbin and Adam Parrish.