J. Nathan Matias     MIT Media Lab

I collaborate on technology, research, and communities which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. I'm a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard.

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Card Storytelling Software

1 Jan 2006

J. Nathan Matias co-creator Clare Hooper co-creator

In 2005, Clare Hooper developed a wonderful tarot-based storytelling system called StorySpinner. She presented her research at Hypertext 2005.

The next year, Clare and I prototyped an authoring system for writers of card-based fictions. It has since disappeared in a hard drive crash.

Marseilles Tarot cards, used for Card Storytelling System

At the time, card-based storytelling was very popular with writers.

In 2008, Penguin published "The (Former) General In His Labyrinth" by Mohsin Hamid

If you want to write one now, I would suggest Undum: A client-side framework for hypertext interactive fiction games.

See also StoryNexus, an authoring + publication + sales system for card-based storytelling in the vein of Echo Bazaar, by Fail Better Games (who at the time of writing employ Ian Millington, creator of Undum). See also VaryTale.