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Creating Interactive Fiction With Inform 7 by Aaron A. Reed

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Chapter 11. Finishing

A few weeks before a play opens, the actors are still running through scenes or acts in isolation and out of order. The lighting designer is still playing around with cues and hanging lamps in hard-to-reach places. The set builders are hauling lumber and wielding drills, the costumers are sewing, the musicians, if any, are starting to learn their parts. But the week before opening brings a time of reckoning known as tech week (or, less charitably, hell week) where everything comes together for the first time: the actors perform the whole play in costume, on sets, under lights, with music, and the director discovers at last how well the whole thing fits together.

Usually the seams are rough at first. Maybe the actors can’t ...

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