Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Making, Sharing & Filing Stories

Penned upon the 23rd of October, 2012

Remember the Fallen London Kickstarter that I mentioned a couple of months ago? Well, it was successful beyond the wildest hopes of its creators – it achieved its goal within hours, and went on to reach 455% of that goal and four of its six stretch goals! And, more exciting still, The Silver Tree is set to go live any day now, and some of the new content is already accessible. That new content, incidentally, includes the NPC encounters based on major backers of the Kickstarter – one of whom is your humble correspondent. Look for the Libertarian Esotericist in the streets of London!

Another fascinating release from the team at Failbetter Games is StoryNexus, a platform for creating, publishing and monetising games like Fallen London, The Night Circus and Cabinet Noir. Of those, you’ll notice that The Night Circus was a social game in itself, but also part of a novel’s marketing campaign, and the system is explicit in supporting that level of versatility and beyond – I was linked to this article about the potential of StoryNexus as an educational tool in the field of curatorship, and I was just playing Evolve, a detailed and nuanced recreation of the origins of life on Earth.

Speaking of spreading the knowledge, the reason I’ve been relatively quiet lately is that I’m on the cusp of completing my present studies, and will, in a matter of weeks, be a qualified archivist. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m damned close – it’s pencilled in on my business cards in very heavy lead, just under my status as a Qualified Historian, Semi-Qualified Zeppelin Navigator, Dangerously Unqualified Soup-Architect and Qualified Nuisance. I’m sure I could discuss StoryNexus and more besides from a relevant and insightful technical perspective, but I’m so exhausted from knowledge-think that my brain has gotten onto a train, leaving no forwarding address, and hired a cheap stand-in in the form of a delicious cheese-and-pickle sandwich. Honestly, I’m not fit for civilised intellectual society. So, you’ll hear more from me once I’m done, or once I learn to carve neural pathways into fine aged cheddar.

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Commentary upon “Making, Sharing & Filing Stories”

  1. Mme Ermyntrude Millais was heard to remark,

    Upon the 30th of October, 2012 at 7:32 pm,

    How wonderful to hear of the impending completion of your current studies! Best of luck with it, and hopefully our paths may cross in the not tooooo distant future!

  2. Sir Frederick Tanah-Chook was heard to remark,

    Upon the 4th of November, 2012 at 12:48 am,

    Thank you very much, and I look forward to seeing you again!

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