Traveler is a nuanced and touching text game about... finding where you belong? It's an abstract space travel adventure, where you drift among planets with an eye on your ever-falling system gauges, thinking about your home, your family, your mission.
You encounter many sets of planets and moons, send your communication signal out into the darkness, and worry—or, I worried—about what is going to become of you, where you are from and whether you will ever make it back there. With the gentle background of stars and the soft, atmospheric sighing of machines, it's easy to read Traveler as a metaphor for things more important and eternal even than space adventure.
Traveler is made by Caelyn Sandel and is commissioned by The Yearbook Office, which publishes a variety of essays categorized as "writings on staying alive." It seems Sandel's work is the first of a series of planned Twine gaes for the site.
It's nice to see sites focused on writing interested in publishing Twine games; the Yearbook Office says that "some of the best writing being done right now is in Twine". Two years ago, The New Inquiry (one of my favorite publications, one to which I've contributed a couple of times) published Parasite, a Twine game by Porpentine.
The Offworld Collection, presenting the very best features and essays from Offworld, is finally available to buy directly from Campo Santo for $40. I had the pleasure of designing and illustrating this splendid 250-page hardcover volume, but it’s the excellent writing, edited by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson, that makes it an essential buy. You […]
Zoya Street, curator of Critical Distance, offers slow reflections on the fast-paced world of digital play…
This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us reading on parenting via Tomb Raider, the utility of the word ‘gameplay’, and experiences from Nintendo ‘play counselors’ from the 1980s and 90s.
Vape technology has been around long enough that vapers are starting to get picky about their gear. Luckily, so are we. From disposable models to cutting-edge touchscreen atomizers, there’s a vaporizer in this roundup to suit every taste. Hera 2 – World’s Most Advanced Dual-Use Vaporizer Choose between dry herb or oil extraction modes – […]
With enough practice and commitment, anyone can be a visual artist. But without the right instruction, that time spent honing your skills could seem like an eternity. If you really want to see where your talent can take you, you need sound fundamentals – and no matter what discipline or genre you lean toward, the […]
Theoretically, there’s never been an easier time for marketers. The ubiquity of social media means a good word – or a good brand – can spread like wildfire with very little effort. But as limitless as the internet is, there’s a lot of competition and noise to contend with. And the vast graveyard of failed […]