The Chris Crawford spearheaded “Interactive Storytelling” authoring/publishing/playing toolset, Storytron is nearing completion. The new Storytron.com web site launched a few days ago, and the new blog contained a tantalizing bit of information. Chris Crawford is re-making his classic PC/Mac geo-political pot-boiler, Balance Of Power using the toolset.
Here is a quote from the Storyton.com blog:
What’s more, it seems that Balance Of Power will be one of two initial, free games for the Storytron Interactive Storytelling system. The Publisher’s FAQ has this to say:
“Our first two showcase products, Balance of Power: 21st Century by Chris Crawford, and a second storyworld currently in development by science fiction author Laura J. Mixon, will be free to all comers. “
To me, this appears to be a brilliant move. What better way to get people interested in a new system than to re-make one of your classic games, and give it away for free?
By the way, Storyton has a free authoring tool that developers can download and start using right away. Finished stories can be uploaded and played on Storytron.com, and will compensated with a rev share subscription or advertising model.