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Spring Thing: Standoff

Standoff (Matthew R.F. Balousek) is a Back Garden entry in the 2016 Spring Thing. It is ‘interactive fiction’ only in the broadest possible sense; more usefully, it’s a storygame tabletop RPG. (It is very cool to see this kind of thing appearing … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2015: The King and the Crown

The King and the Crown (Wes Lesley) is a very short one-room game, mostly concerning the traditional parser activity of searching the scenery for hidden stuff. The tone is self-consciously goofy medieval fantasy, light-hearted but a bit too stale to … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2015: Questor’s Quest

Questor’s Quest (Mark Stahl) is a retro fantasy treasure-hunt game. You’re some generic dude in a generic fantasy forest, looking for treasures because adventurers want treasures. This is not the kind of thing that holds a lot of inherent interest for … Continue reading

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Footnote: Francis Galton, Genocide and the Butt Sextant

OK. This is a complete tangent, it is not about any form of gaming at all, and it starts out with a mildly saucy anecdote about butt sextants and proceeds from there to the Holocaust. This is what happens when … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2014: Jesse Stavro’s Doorway

Jesse Stavro’s Doorway, by Marshal Tenner Winter, is an Inform 7 parser game about time-travel and the Grateful Dead.

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IF Comp 2014: The Secret Vaults of Kas the Betrayer

The Secret Vaults of Kas the Betrayer (A.E. Jackson) is a CYOA fantasy cave-crawl made in Twine.

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IF Comp 2014: Unform

Unform (Elize Morgan) is a surreal Kafkaesque dystopian-prison piece, a choice-based work in Twine.

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Puzzle Break

Last weekend I had a chance to try Puzzle Break, which bills itself as live-action room escape. You’re locked into a room with your team and have an hour to find the key; to do so you have to search a … Continue reading

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ShuffleComp Omnicluster Update

The path of a comp organiser ne’er ran smooth. A number of changes: For confusing reasons, three games, Little Bird, The Legend of Wooley Swamp and Out the Window, got uploaded in their original beta-submission versions. This is now fixed; if you’ve already played them, … Continue reading

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Unhallowed Metropolis LARP

I haven’t LARPed before. I’m more of a descriptive roleplayer than an actor type; costume I find visually super-interesting but pragmatically too expensive and laborious; and I’ve long associated it with, well, the identity equivalent of gamer power fantasy, where … Continue reading

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