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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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Spring Thing 2015: Mere Anarchy

(Belated, but better than never, no?) Mere Anarchy (Bruno Dias) is an Undum piece. It feels like more of a short-story-with-aesthetic-variations than a branching plot: the prose is confident and attractive, though, and the aesthetic choices are about aesthetics pleasing enough to … Continue reading

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Spring Thing 2015: Toby’s Nose

Toby’s Nose (Chandler Groover) is a main-festival entry in Spring Thing. You play Toby, the dog of Sherlock Holmes, who helps solve crimes through his powerful sense of smell. (I’ve thought for years that a scent-detective/forensic-investigation IF, influenced by Patrick Süskind’s … Continue reading

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Spring Thing 2015: Dirk

Dirk (Andrew Schultz) is a Back Garden entry. It’s a faithful text demake of the classic arcade game Dragon’s Lair; while it’s implemented in Inform, it’s effectively a choice game with parser selection. For an overview of the original, I strongly recommend … Continue reading

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Spring Thing 2015: Aspel

Aspel (Emily Short), a Back Garden entry in Spring Thing, a Seltani world designed explicitly for cooperative multiplayer play. I played on the first of the announced tour dates, with the author watching and offering occasional guidance. The story begins in … Continue reading

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Spring Thing 2015: Sunrise

Sunrise (Lucky Sun Scribes) is a piece in Ren’Py, a platform designed for visual novels. VNs are a medium traditionally reliant on a lot of anime-style semi-static art (often of very high-polish quality). Sunrise instead opts for a blend of 3D models and WPA-poster backgrounds, unified … Continue reading

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Spring Thing Festival 2015: first impressions / blurb-judging

Venerable interactive fiction event The Spring Thing has pulled a radical rebranding this year, from ‘like IF Comp with a higher bar’ to ‘like the IF Artshow, but without the categories.’ As a licensed Fretter About Community Event Organisation, I am very, … Continue reading

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Spring Thing conclusion

Spring Thing is an oddball, highly variable comp. With IF Comp, you can extrapolate from current trends and make some educated guesses about what the landscape’s going to look like: with Spring Thing, it’s always a surprise. Some years you … Continue reading

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Spring Thing: The Wyldkynd Project

The Wyldkynd Project is Spring Thing ’14’s only Alan entry, by Robert DeFord. Spoilers follow.

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Spring Thing: Surface

Surface, by Geoff Moore, is the sole Twine entry in Spring Thing. I will be including spoilers for it.

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