As If Productions (AIP) is the web studio of Tod Foley, specializing in online development and interactive systems.
Founded in 1991, AIP has produced immersive websites, virtual worlds, roleplaying games, CD-ROM games and live promotional events for clients including Comedy Central, 20th Century Fox Films, Sony/Epic Records, Times-Mirror Magazines, Walt Disney Records, Revelations Entertainment, Iron Crown Enterprises, The WELL and The Electronic Cafe International. No matter what type of interactive system you have in mind, we're here to bring it to life - from concept and development to webhosting and support.
It's official - the DayTrippers website now takes up virtual space on the interwebs. Right now it's basically a listing of all books and supplemental products available in the line, but coming soon - downloads, hacks, updates, maybe even a forum. Check it out, roleplayers!
Finalists have been selected in the 200-word RPG Challenge! I and my fellow judges worked through over 220 entries to weed out 33 of them. Reading and voting continues this week, and winners will be announced on or around the 18th.
Version 1.3 of the DayTrippers Core Rules is now available in PDF. This version includes new rules for collaborative "GM-Lite" play, as well as new information on SlipShips, Technology and Companies in the world of DayTrippers. Designed for full compatibility with the soon-to-be-released DayTrippers GameMaster Guide, this update is a vital one for all DT players.
It was bound to happen. Since mobile devices have been outselling desktops for two or three years now, it was only a matter of time before the search engines began penalizing websites that possess no mobile-friendly display method. And the first out of the gate, of course, is Google.
Starting Tuesday, Google's SE ranks will begin to favor mobile-friendly sites over non-mobile-friendly sites. If you don't have a responsive grid or alternate CSS handlers in place for smaller devices, you're gonna start dropping rank. Better get moving.
Last week I wrote a joint for the WorldFish Center which uses the REST protocol to interface with the WorldFish media repository at Widen.com. My responses are mixed, but hopeful.
The Widen API is just a bunch of remote functions for managing, querying and organizing media assets in many different ways. It can be seen as a transitional technology between what we web pros call "Web 2.0" (distributed services) and "Web 3.0" (semantic web).
The folks at WorldFish have a huge media repository including thousands of well-organized images from around the world, including metadata, and they wanted to give users searchable access to this repository via their website. But there's a complication: WorldFish is part of the nonprofit CGIAR consortium, and that entity has many other websites, all of which want searchable access to different subsets of these media collections.
It has been pointed out that writers and sociologists have different definitions of the word "narrative". But the differences are not as great as we might think, and in the last installment of this series I promised to square that circle. Here we go.
From the writerly camp we get several definitions for the word "narrative" (leaving aside those which simply use it as a synonym for the word "story"):
A Narrative (common noun) is an arcless, themeless retelling or reporting of events.
Narrative (abstract noun) is a direction or theme which guides or gives purpose to retold events.
The Narrative (common noun) is the form taken by the events of a character undergoing change.
From the sociological camp we have the definition in which a Narrative (common noun) is an open-ended network of stories or statements that a group of people tell themselves about themselves, about their history, about their values, or about their place in the grand scheme.
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