Waxy has made, and launched, a release of something he built with his 15-yo cousin: a DIY text adventure maker.
> What is Playfic?
Playfic is a platform for writing and playing interactive fiction. Interactive fiction (aka "text adventures") is a genre of game that uses no graphics or sound, but instead, uses text to tell a story in an interactive world.
Playfic is a way to write interactive fiction and publish it entirely on the web. Playfic uses a "natural language" programming language called Inform 7 that's easy to pick up and difficult to master. You're able to make your first simple game within minutes.
The old commands are like old friends, muscle memory. What a lovely project.
Our pal Chris O'Shea has made a app-toy, called MakeGo.
It encourages kids to build their own vehicle big enough to fit an iPhone, and then the app provides playfulness: sounds and characters to bring the vehicle to life. At which point you push it around the environment you've made too: creativity, fun, noise and device-nav, all in one bucket.
This was a real "you have to be kidding me" moment. Kalimdor - one of the Kingdoms of World of Warcraft, recreated to scale in Minecraft. Piece by piece. (done using scripts, sez Luke)
Boggles the mind!
People love to build.
"I'm trying to create a replica of Kalimdor in Minecraft, and I want it to be the correct scale. I'd like to create the terrain first, so I need to compute the relative distances (in Minecraft blocks) between the different locations in Kalimdor.
If a Minecraft character is approximately two blocks tall, and if we assume the male Orc model is equal in size, then how many blocks is "one yard" in WoW?"