Last night at the Harold Washington Library we kicked off the Chicago Interactive Fiction Group with its first ever meetup. The attendees included Peter Nepstad and two newcomers: Edward Blair and Steve (forgot his last name). Steve is a complete lurker in that he reads Google Groups, but has never posted. Ed was at PAX East and was five people away from getting into the writing discussion, but made it into Get Lamp. He stopped by the IF Suite on Sunday, but it was so packed, he never came in.
We talked about a lot of things, but mostly on how to get more people interested in IF. Ed is very much into the indy zine/comic/music scene in Chicago and he has some great ideas. Peter has a table at the Printer’s Row Book Fair and will be selling 1893 again. There are indy bookstores in Chicago and the Chicago Underground Library that seem like good places to leave promotional CD’s and flyers.
One of the things that came up with the promotional CD is that we need to make it a dual Mac/PC CD. Even the PC side could use an upgrade from its current HTA (HTML Application) format.
The consensus was that we need to put as many games on CD’s as possible and hand as many out as possible.
We went out for a beer afterwards and I had someone take a picture, but it didn’t turn out for some reason.
Before the meetup, I stopped by the YouMedia center again and this time talked to Taylor Bayless, the gal that introduced Zork to the kids in a retro-gaming session. They do these on Mondays from 3:30pm to 5pm. I’m going to try to join in a session and show the kids Inform 7. She was excited about the idea of getting the kids to make their own games.
All in all it was a great start. Hopefully we can get more people to come down next month. Since Peter is going to be at the Printer’s Row Book Fair, there’s an idea of having the next meetup there, on a Saturday.
Remember to check the group’s website for more information.