Twine: Confessions of a Deadbeat Project Leader

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Twine has recently exploded as a tool for DIY game creation, but it has a long, tangled development history. This talk takes an honest look at this history from the point of view of its original creator, providing both an inside look at everything from early attempts that didn’t quite hit the mark to ongoing work on a browser-based rewrite.
This talk will also cover the joys and frustrations of leading a small open source project. In particular, it will discuss the decisions that led to Twine development bogging down and what factors led to the success it has found.

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Twine: Confessions of a Deadbeat Project Leader

  1. 1. Twine: Confessions of a Deadbeat Project Leader Chris Klimas @twofoldsecret @twinethreads No Show Conference 15 Sep 2013
  2. 2. 1. How Twine happened
  3. 3. :: Hello, world [greeting] This is a passage in Twee. :: And this is another That’s all there is to it.
  4. 4. This story was created with Twine and powered by TiddlyWiki
  5. 5. Patchwork Girl by Shelley Jackson
  6. 6. 2. Why I turned my back on Twine
  7. 7. To: Chris Klimas Subject: Twine I think Twine is the best program ever made...
  8. 8. To: Chris Klimas Subject: Twine I think Twine is the best program ever made… … why don’t you add voice recording?
  9. 9. To: Chris Klimas Subject: Twine I think Twine is the best program ever made… … but it crashes when I run it on my computer.
  10. 10. 3. Why I’m back
  11. 11. 2.0, not 1.4
  12. 12. You can mix **Markdown formatting**, <<macro calls> and <a href=” javascript:alert (‘hi’)”>HTML</a>.
  13. 13. gimcrackd.com/etc/src twinery.org
  14. 14. twinery.org/2
  15. 15. bitbucket.org/klembot/twinejs bitbucket.org/klembot/harlowe
  16. 16. github.com/tweecode
  17. 17. klimas@gmail.com
  18. 18. 4. Coda
  19. 19. Thank you klimas@gmail.com @twofoldsecret @twinethreads Photo credits flickr.com/photos/ myprettypicture/4773210594 nationalmuseumofamericanhistory/6218280692 nicklockey/8235494916 cyberslayer/952153409 84662845@N00/3371739666 perspective/2987458667 robinj/1175422709 dolmansaxlil/4487159833 egoant/8277815953 37996654828@N01/850427797 candiceecidnac/5774813293 81608541@N08/7547795030 nooccar/4887180838 eclipse_etc/9302229933 7555439@N06/9302229933 28034678@N00/4490601295 mediotanque/7877058494 omarc/2984596123 wcmcwi/3514112464

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