Monday, January 13, 2014

Hypergrid Stories Project: The Future of Storytelling is Here

I always talk about one day being able to step inside the pages of a book and become a part of the story. Today I did it.

This is a preview of the Hypergrid Stories project I am working on with some of the authors here at Tea and Strumpets and members of the Greyville Writer's Colony. Consider this a rough but exciting draft.

Exploring the Story World

Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet Murray was published way back in 1998. She must have been looking into a crystal ball when she wrote this passage:

The format that most fully exploits the properties of digital environments is not the hyper-text or the fighting game but the simulation: the virtual world full of interrelated entities, a world we can enter, manipulate, and observe in process. We might therefore expect the virtuosos of cyberdrama to create simulated environments that capture behavioral patterns and patterns of interrelationships with a new clarity. ~Janet Murray, Hamlet on the Holodeck.

We've built the simulations and now we're planting bits of story for readers to discover as they explore the world.

As you move about, touch, examine the elements in a scene, as the story tells itself to you, you become a part of the story, it begins to feel real.

You'll be transported to a new location and into a new segment after you've discovered all the segments in the current scene. This is as much a journey of discovery for me creating the story as I believe it will be for the readers exploring them. Every day I discover a new layer to this platform.

That's all I can say for now. Well that and that I think you'll love what will be coming your way on Valentine's Day. Keep your eye on this blog for more news.

~Nara Malone

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  1. Wow, that's even more cool than I thought it would be, Nara. :D

  2. I applaud you and your fellow sim-writers, multi-verse gurus (or whatever you call yourselves). This is an amazing concept and I look forward to learning more. Sadly, my computer gets major indigestion and freezer burn when attempting the leap to Greyville, but when I finally upgrade, I'll be checking it out!

  3. This looks like so much fun. I too look forward to the Valentine's Day stories, and how they play out in the :-)

  4. You are the most patient person in the world Nara, thanks for sharing your stories and abilities!