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Interactive Fiction

January 29, 2015

Today I launched a new breaktime activity in the ICT room. Inspired by this post on the Geekdad website I invited the children to come and join me to play a Text Adventure game. Growing up I used to play text adventures all the time and I was curious as to how the children would take to these games – games with no images and lots of reading.


Eight children joined me and we began to play Nameless. Most of today’s session was taken up by the children get used to how text adventures work. It took them a while to get used to the games limited vocabulary and the fact that you have to be very precise when you give instructions.

As we played we used Popplet to create a map of the game. You can see our map here. The great thing about Popplet is that we are able to add notes to each of the locations as we find clues, objects, trolls etc.

I will continue to blog our adventures through the game.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2015 7:31 pm

    Very cool! You may want to print Zarf’s interactive fiction cheat sheet and have it up in the room while the kids are playing to help them understand how the parser works:

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