Alabaster — 1 of 123

John Cater, Rob Dubbin, Eric Eve, Elizabeth Heller, Jayzee, Kazuki Mishima, Sarah Morayati, Mark Musante, Emily Short, Adam Thornton, and Ziv Wities

Release 1

Part 0 - Introduction

Release along with cover art, source text, a file of "Conversation Diagram" called "ConversationGraph.pdf", a file of "Plot Structure" called "Choices.pdf ", a file of "Walkthroughs" called "Walkthroughs.pdf", and an "Alabaster" website.

The release number is 1.

Include Plurality by Emily Short.

The story headline is "An Interactive Experiment".

The story genre is "Fairy Tale".

The story description is "The Queen has told you to return with her heart in a box. Snow White has made you promise to make other arrangements. Now that you're alone in the forest, it's hard to know which of the two women to trust. The Queen is certainly a witch — but her stepdaughter may be something even more horrible.

Alabaster is an experiment in open authorship, using a built-in conversation-construction system to allow people to contribute their own content. For more information on the development, see the project blog at http://emshort.wordpress.com/?s=alabaster."

The story creation year is 2008.

When play begins:

say "It is the bitterest night you can remember since the dwarrows last marched against men. The sky is too cold, the village too still. There is smoke in the air but no voices from the doorways. The Queen's light burns in the tower window behind you. She is watching, as far as she can.

You and the girl move through the narrow lanes without speaking, past the muted inns and shuttered bakeries, until you reach the narrowing path beyond the churchyard.

Pass in silence the graves of veterans and goodwives, and then at the outskirts the graves of suicides, which are granted no markers. Come to the place where the village ends and the trees begin to grow.

Enter the forest like two spies, one sent to kill the other.

Walk for hours.";

wait for any key.