The 2005 IntroComp is now underway. IntroComp is a competition in which interactive fiction authors create introductions to longer games, and anyone who plays them may vote on whether or not the intro would make them want to play the full version of the game. The seven entrants this year are:
Judges have until the end of Sunday, August 6th to vote. So go grab those games and get to judging.
For those of you interested in promoting interactive fiction, David Cornelson has created a promotional CD for Windows that contains some fifty games, the interpreters needed to run them, and appropriate scripting so that no installation is needed on the user's computer. Users simply select a game to run, and can look up information about the game on Baf's Guide. Permission is given to copy this CD and hand it out, but you may not charge any money for doing so.
Nikos Chantziaras has updated FrobTADS, his console port of TADS for Linux and other unices, to fix a few small bugs and to better handle screen resizing in an xterm.
Building, a new work of interactive fiction, is described as "Dark Romanticism." From its release blurb:
Andrew Plotkin has reviewed Rhem 2, calling it a "giant firehose of puzzles."