The ximpel interactive video platform supports applications that might be characterized as between narrative(s) and gameplay, or alternatively as on of the means of storytelling in the digital age. Interactive storytelling is a viable way to communicate messages, to provide information, to visualize scenarios and to support online learning. Even more so with the growing availability of high quality online video services. Since the ximpel interactive video platform proved to be a convenient way to produce compelling interactive media, we decided to continue our support for the ximpel platform, with as a first goal to have a stable integration of youtube video, and to provide more convenient waays of styling and programmatic extensions. This renewed effort is made possible by generous support of the University of Twente, that uses the ximpel interactive video platform in the creative technology curriculum.