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Introcomp 2019

Introcomp, one of interactive fiction’s long-running annual events, is out, with eleven entries. The past few Introcomps I have either missed or only looked at briefly, and I think I’ve got an expectations mismatch going on. I think that the value … Continue reading

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House of Danger: CYOA book to tabletop game

House of Danger is an adaptation of a Choose Your Own Adventure book into a card-based format, sold in a box in board-game format. Considered purely as game design, this might seem wrong-headed. Turning a choice-based book into a board … Continue reading

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Dialect and Sign: two RPGs about language

At this year’s GoPlay NW I got to try out a couple of games about language, Sign and Dialect. They’re the work of the same publisher, Thorny Games, whose entire thing seems to be games about linguistics (they are currently testing a … Continue reading

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Eastshade: Fantasy Without Crisis

Eastshade is a game somewhere between a traditional CRPG and a walking simulator. You’re a painter, exploring an unfamiliar island in a game without combat or skill-based challenge. It is, very approximately, Skyrim without swords and monsters, a CRPG led by environmental … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Recommendations

Voting in the IF Comp is concluded for this year, so before we get the actual results, here are the works of interactive fiction that I’d encourage people to play. This year I didn’t really have a single clear favourite … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Alias ‘The Magpie’

Alias ‘The Magpie’ is a parser comedy in which you’re a gentleman jewel thief who has infiltrated a country manor. For some reason I was expecting a Wodehousian comedy; the time period feels about right for that, although the game … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Dead Man’s Fiesta

Dead Man’s Fiesta is a choice-based story about grieving and angst and having a car haunted by crappy ghosts. It’s funny and sad, shortish but packs a lot in, and is one of the better-written games of this year’s Comp. The … Continue reading

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