Interactive Fiction, CS 253

This is the official course website for Interactive Fiction, CS 253, taught by Ira Fay at Hampshire College in Spring 2020.

Basic Info

The most important documents for this class are the syllabus and the schedule. They contain useful information, so please read them!

Class Sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am - 11:50am, FPH 101
Labs: Fridays 10:30am - 1pm
Professor: Ira Fay, (413) 559-6844, ASH 216,
Office Hours: A sign up sheet is available digitally.
Course Slack Channel: Hampshire Game Dev (sign up here, then click "Channels" on the left nav and choose #cs253)
Recommended Texts: Please see the Useful Links section


Project 0

Project 1 and Slide Presentation for Project 1 Pitches and Preferences for Project 1 and Project 1 Final Presentations

Project 2 and Slide Presentation for Project 2 Pitches and Preferences for Project 2

Bonus Project
  • Reality Distancing (choice-based)

    IP Policy

    All work in this course will be governed by Hampshire's Intellectual Property (IP) Policy and this Additional IP Policy. Please ask Ira ASAP if you have any questions.

    Useful Links

    Collection of Useful Interactive Fiction Links

    How to setup your own Hampshire website

    Slides on Playtesting

    Previous Survey Links

    Project 1 Final Survey

    Week 4 Survey

    Welcome survey

    Bonus Info

    Email Lists
    If you want to know about Game Development at Hampshire and in the Five Colleges, join the Game Development email list. You may also want to join the Game Jobs email list. In fact, you might just want to browse all the lists at Hampshire and find lists that appeal to you. Ensure you're also on the HampshireGameDev Slack for this class.

    Global Game Jam
    Make a game in 48 hours! Free food!
    Friday, January 31 at 5pm
    The event is open to everyone and should be lots of fun and good experience!

    Game Gatherings
    Play and analyze board and card games. Contact Ira to organize a time to play games!

    Game Library
    We are fortunate that the Hampshire library has an ever-growing collection of board games and digital games. Students, staff, and faculty members have access to this great resource. Please make use of it, and feel free to give feedback to Ira on your experience.

    GlowLime Games
    GlowLime Games is a now-defunct student group that focused on facilitating game development among students in the Five College area. If you are interested in restarting this club, please contact Ira!

    Pioneer Valley Game Developers (PVGD)
    The Pioneer Valley Game Developers (PVGD) meetup group is another great resource and community for game developers in the area.

    The Quarters
    The Quarters is an incredible arcade + restaurant. They have my full support, and their food is excellent and reasonably priced. If anyone beats my high score on Arkanoid, please let me know.

    Word Snack and Project IONA
    These are two digital games made by Hampshire students, staff, faculty, and Five College members. Each game was made in a semester as part of the Interdisciplinary Game Studio course. Try them out!

    Game Stores
    For some projects or just general fun, it may be useful for you to be aware of nearby boardgame stores.