Help Bring Zork and the FyrevM to Android, Kindle et al
October 14, 2010
David Cornelson of TextFyre has embarked on an ambitious plan to create a new open source virtual machine, FyreVM. This new VM will run Interactive Fiction games (e.g. Zork and newer works written in Inform) on a dozen different mobile platforms such as Android, WinPhone 7, Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry. The goal of FireVM is to take advantage of specific user interface capabilities on each platform, whether it's the touch screen of Android tablets or the 5 way button on the Kindle.
To help with this project, TextFyre has started a fundraising effort on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $5,000. To make it interesting, Cornelson is offering several incentives for sponsors:
- $20 -- A copy of all TextFyre's current products
- $50 -- A copy of all TextFyre's current products plus two in the works
- $100 -- Your IF game will be commercially published by TextFyre
- $500 -- A Kindle loaded with TextFyre games and a t-shirt
- $1000 --An iPad or Android tablet with TextFyre games and a t-shirt
The Kickstarter funding ends Saturday October 16. I hope you'll join me, other MySQLers, and IF fans in making a donation. I think interactive fiction is an interesting area of retro computing and want to encourage the development of open source tools and platforms. Note that Cornelson is publishing TextFyre under an open source license.