A downloadable experiment for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Playhouse was an early experiment in making a narrative sandbox. The idea was that you'd be able to arrange a couple of dolls from your doll collection on the little stage, together with one or more props, and say NOW in order to see a short scene involving those characters and scenes. Props would specify themes and subject matter for the scene.

I gave up when other projects consumed my attention, and when I realized that I was going to require an almost unfathomable amount of content to build this the way I wanted to. If I were going to try again now, I would manage it very differently, using more advanced procedural generation techniques to combine elements. And some of these notions have since been done much better (not to mention actually *finished*) in Aaron Reed and Jacob Garbe's Ice-Bound Concordance.

Install instructions

Playhouse requires a z-machine interpreter such as Zoom, Gargoyle, etc.


playhouse.z5 116 kB
playhouse.inf 43 kB

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