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Ron Newcomb's Blog


I'm a software developer and writing is a hobby of mine.  I'm interested in technological solutions to problems in interactive fiction.



Member Blogs

Posted by Ron Newcomb on Tue, 03 May 2016 02:06:00 EDT in Programming
Demystify AI by viewing it as an extension of existing subsystems.

Posted by Ron Newcomb on Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:02:00 EDT in Design, Programming
Agency vs Plot. Believability vs Playability. Control vs Empathy. Writing interactive fiction means dancing with these devils. Here's a few moves I've learned.

Posted by Ron Newcomb on Thu, 08 May 2014 10:08:00 EDT in Programming, Indie
A new version of the venerable interactive fiction authoring system Inform 7 has landed, and some of the more esoteric parts have changed. Let's help each other out.

Posted by Ron Newcomb on Sat, 26 Jan 2013 03:43:00 EST in Serious
Want to have your game as a star attraction at EVO, the world's biggest fighting game tournament? Beat Bronies and Smashers alike in a battle for cancer awareness.

Posted by Ron Newcomb on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 09:07:00 EDT in Design, Programming
There's a parallel between the planning tree of artificial intelligence and the scenes of narrative.

Posted by Ron Newcomb on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 07:28:00 EDT in Design, Programming
To replace dialogue trees, we first need a way to represent the ideas in play during verbal conflict.

Ron Newcomb's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/21/2016 - 02:02]

Hi Raymond, r n r ...

Hi Raymond, r n r nI read the link you provided, and yep, sounds like they were fully aware of the control vs emotion problem too. Interesting that the solution they proposed was to just have all choices all the time, and dispense entirely with the part where the author ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/08/2014 - 10:08]

There is also -block which ...

There is also -block which is all-new. r n r nFormerly when we defined a phrase with the begin -- end bit on the end, Inform would follow whatever your inclusion was with an opening brace, to be closed again after the indentation ended. But what if you wanted to ...

Comment In: [Blog - 11/05/2010 - 07:51]

Oh yes, I know this ...

Oh yes, I know this feeling. :

Comment In: [News - 07/18/2011 - 04:30]

Hi Max, 90 Percent Of ...

Hi Max, 90 Percent Of Game AI Is A Maybe if 90 of the games you make are spatial navigation. My most popular post at Gamasutra is how walking kills interactive narrative: not Violence Kills Interactive Narrative.php And as a bonus round, I just posted an article about how ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/14/2011 - 07:07]

Tr s cool Although the ...

Tr s cool Although the publishers' graph confused me, cause I know that 989 Studios released more than just Syphon Filter during the Metacritic years, Twisted Metal 3 and Rally Cross among them. RC might've been a 90 as well, but TM3 certainly wasn't, so that particular graph seems, well, ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/01/2011 - 02:42]

I wonder if CCP shouldn't ...

I wonder if CCP shouldn't just outsource the selling of novelty items et al for real money to their own players. As in, a player of EVE could aspire to be a real-world reseller of in-game digital stuff. Say, if you want a monocle, you a player doesn't buy it ...