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Overlap Gamesquat Under the Banyan Tree

This Wednesday at 8pm GMT, Matt and myself will be repeatedly falling through an orangery to our doom on Jet Set Willy Online. It’s our first Overlap Gamesquat and we’re dropping in on Ovine‘s multiplayer version of Matthew Smith’s classic for a game and a chat about whatever storytelling subjects are on your minds. You’re invited.

Jet Set Willy‘s plot might be a simple one, but the stories it produced in its players still ring as loud as a miner’s hangover. For a decent proportion of kids growing up in the UK during the eighties the attic bug (which, incredibly, was a result of an in-game arrow which flew beyond the ZX Spectrum’s video memory to smash into game data), code card, POKE’s, April showers and apocryphal yacht trips were their first experience of everything from hacking and user-generated content to story remixing and fan fiction.

Lots to talk about just on JSW, then, but you can think of Willy’s mansion as the setting more than the subject – we’ll be chatting about all sorts and it’s really just a chance to say hi, shoot the breeze about storytelling and struggle to jump over pirouetting kangaroos.

If this sounds like fun, download the client then look for the ‘Overlap’ game on the JSWo homepage from 8pm Wednesday. Feel free to bob us a line in the comments if you’re coming along.

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  • http://twitter.com/andrewkenrick Andrew Kenrick

    I’ll be there!

  • http://twitter.com/andrewkenrick Andrew Kenrick

    I’ll be there!

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