My goals:• Develop reading skills with authentic text• Introduce/Develop thematic elements of Beowulf – Leader as protector/provider – Importance of identity/reputation/loyalty – Christian/Pagan interaction
My Idea:• Create a world where the player can become a young Beowulf and learn the lessons necessary for his adult success.• Play online at: http://www.mrhoover.net/IF/yb/index.html
How the Game Works• Interactive Fiction (think Zork)• The player reads the story• The player chooses the actions of the main character• Open world• Completing quests builds reputation and unlocks new quests
The Creation Process• “Natural Language” coding—Inform 7• Creative writing• Problem solving• Collaboration• Engaging and rewarding
Colon and indent SyntaxBefore going east: if the player is in Æfenglóm: If the player is carrying the gold pieces: continue the action; otherwise: Say "Going that way would be a big mistake."; stop the action; otherwise: continue the action.
Things to add• The monsters will fight back• Character conversations• Followers• Multimedia• The sequel will have multiplayer