Winter TADS Jam 2021/2022
An annual IF/Text Adventure competition with a focus on TADS (parser) games. Graphics and audio are allowed, clickable words are allowed, but the core method of control should be a keyboard (or voice if it supports play for those for whom keyboard entry is difficult). Winter TADS Jam 2021/2022 was organized by Jeff Greer (fos1).
The Text Adventure Development System (TADS) is a mature system for writing text based interactive fiction (IF). Adv3 is a detailed “world” environment that can be used to develop very rich and immersive IF games. Adv3lite is also a very rich “world” environment developed by Eric Eve that is more “author friendly”. It is not just a stripped down version of the Adv3 library. It contains many features similar to those in Inform 7 such as regions and tools to help with non-player character (NPC) conversations and interaction.
TADS has a reputation that it is difficult to learn. As with any programming language, it requires study and practice. The TADS Jam’s intent is to showcase new IF developed with TADS and to encourage new authors to learn this feature rich language.
- November 15, 2021 through January 17, 2022 - Registration & Submission Window Open
- January 17, 2022 through January 31, 2022 - Voting Window
- February 5, 2022 - Results Announced
- Winner: Past Present by Jim Nelson. A great game!