Twine (Interactive Text Tool)
Twine is an interactive text (interactive fiction tool) developed by Chris Klimas. Now in version 2.0.11, Twine allows writers to design interactive texts in a choose-your-own-adventure (CYOA) format. In the most basic of Twine texts, the user reads a passage (usually written in second person to address the user as the main character) and then selects from a set of links that represent choices within the narrative and lead to new passages, and so on. Twine also has a series of programming features that allow designers more control over there interactive texts. It is a superior tool for enabling teachers and students to construct interactive historical texts with only an extremely basic knowledge about coding (just the syntax to make links).
- The latest version of Twine is available at Twinery.org
- The manual for the Harlowe 2.0.0 format of Twine is available here.
- I am working on a beginner’s design guide from links to the basics of variables and conditional statements in Harlowe.
- I drafted a multi-part series on Twine at Playthepast.org. Part 1 compares Twine and Inform, Part 2 discusses a student design project for history, and Part 3 reflects on some ideas about meaningful choices in Twine in the context of my own experience designing a Twine text. The Twine historical text that I am (slowly) developing on an aristocrat in the Roman Republic climbing the political ladder, Path of Honors, is hosted on philome.la and my section on that site is www.philome.la/gamingthepast
- I’ve been slowly blogging on Path of Honors in a FAQ format too. Part1, Path of Honors: Thoughts behind the design of an interactive history & Part 2, “Meaningful Choices in Twine: History and Counterfactuals”
- My presentation slides for the ISACS workshop in Columbus 11/4/2016 “Crafting Simulated Worlds of Interactive Text: The Basics of Twine for History, English, and Language Teachers” isacs-twine