What is Twee2?

Twee2 is a system for writing web-based interactive fiction in the "Choose Your Own Adventure" style (but it can do a lot more than that, too). It's built on top of Twine, but instead of Twine's graphical editing system Twee2 works with your favourite text editor and tools, making it more-suitable for power users, advanced Twine authors, and those with a programming background.

What does it look like?

Choosing Your Own CYOA

### Choose Your Own CYOA
#### A demonstrative adventure

You sit at your computer and contemplate how you're going to
write your next HTML adventure game. You wrote your last one
[using Twine->Twine], but you've heard good things about
[Twee2], as well.

You decide to stick with what you know and use Twine. That's
fine: it's a great system and it's easy to use, especially
for beginners. Maybe next time you'll be ready to try Twee2!


[Play again?->Start]

You decide to write your latest adventure using Twee2. You
find that you're able to use all of the things you're
familiar with from Twine, but you also get to use your
favourite text editor, break up your work into multiple
files, mark up content using modern languages, and preview
in a separate browser while you work.


[Play again?->Start]

How does it compare to Twine?

Twee2 and Twine 2 produce the same output. They differ only in how you, the author, work to produce that output:

Feature Twine 2 Twee2
Editor Web-based "drag-and-drop" editor Your favourite text editor
Story formats supported Harlowe, Paperthin, Snowman, SugarCube, and any custom ones you add Harlowe, Paperthin, Snowman, SugarCube, and any custom ones you add
Files saved to... Twine 2's own store (can be exported elsewhere) Wherever you like
Inputs Twine 2 files Twee2 files, Twee files, Twine 2 files (except on Windows)
Outputs Twine 2 web pages Twine 2 web pages
Supported formatting languages Markdown Markdown, HAML
Supported additional languages CSS, Javascript CSS, Javascript, SASS/SCSS, Coffeescript
Simultaneous working No Yes, using includes and/or source control
Source control support No/barely Yes, use your favourite source control
Can split work into multiple files No Yes
Regeneration-on-save No Yes, with 'watch' command
  • Twine is better for people new to writing interactive fiction and to programming in general, or those who prefer a visual interface.
  • Twee2 is better for people experienced in writing interactive fiction and/or other kinds of programming, or who prefer a text interface.