A variety of web-based story platforms are available. Different projects would be best served by different platforms - this page should help you work out which platforms is best for you. All these platforms allow you to create and play text-based stories online.
If this page seems StoryNexus-centric it's because it was compiled by Failbetter Games, and we love our platform. We encourage other platform holders to revise incorrect or incomplete information on this page!
|Platform||Best For||Toolkit1||Collaborative Editing Tools2||Live Editing3||Publish To4||Portable5||Monetisation6||Copyright7||Multimedia8||Social Play9|
|StoryNexus||Storylet-based games in the style of Fallen London and the Night Circus||GUI, no coding||Yes||Yes||Web||No||Yesbased on amount of virtual currency spent in your game||Creator||No||Plannedinvite other players to competitive and co-operative stories|
|Varytale||Scene-based interactive books||GUI + coding||Yes||No||Web (on approval)||YesJSON export - but you need a suitable engine to run it.||Plannedbased on amount of virtual currency spent in your book||Creator||No||No|
|Inklewriter||Short branching interactive stories||GUI, no coding||No||Yes||Web||No||No||Creator||No||No|
|The Written World||Chapter-based story creation||GUI?||?||?||Web?||?||Planned||?||?||No|
|Playfic||Online text adventures powered by Inform 7||GUI + coding||No||No||Web||YesPlayfic code is Inform 7 code - you can copy/paste it into an Inform 7 story file||No||Creator||Yeswith coding||No|
|Quest||Creating text adventures and gamebooks||GUI + coding||No||No||Web||Plannedpossible from desktop editor, planned for web editor||no||?||Yes||No|
|Choose your Story||Branching multiple-choice games||GUI + coding||No||No||Web||No||No||?||No||No|
|Story Explorer||Branching multiple-choice games||GUI, no coding||No||No||Web||No||No||Creator||No||No|
|Why isn't (platform x) here? We're specifically interested in the current boom in web-based, easy-build, easy-play text platforms. So we include e.g. Playfic, a web platform based on Inform, but exclude Inform itself. (Here's a good resource on parser-based interactive fiction tools like Inform). If you think we've omitted a tool that's easy to use, easy to play and allows material to be published quickly on the web, do add it.|