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(For 2015, I am trying to avoid playing any games or consuming any static media with zombies in them. My reasons, and other fun things like ‘what exactly counts as a zombie?’, are explained here.) I’m done. On the stroke of midnight Anna made me…
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IF Comp: Crossroads by @catacalypto, an atmospheric horror piece about costly bargains

Crossroads (Cat Manning) is an atmospheric piece about going into a wood to make a bargain with a witch. The protagonist is highly variable and often pretty vague: what they’re bargaining for varies broadly, and isn’t always explicitly defined even…
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IF Comp: The Baker of Shireton, a deconstructionist game about an MMORPG NPC

In The Baker of Shireton (Hanon Ondricek) you play the eponymous baker in a fantasy MUD or MMORPG. The basic joke is pretty much the same as that of Zork: A Troll’s-Eye View: you’re a bit-part NPC in a world designed around someone else’s adventure, with…
In The Baker of Shireton (Hanon Ondricek) you play the eponymous baker in a fantasy MUD or MMORPG. The basic joke is pretty much the same as that of Zork: A Troll's-Eye View: you're a bit-part NPC ...
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IF Comp: 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 be…
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 me...
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IF Comp: Forever Meow, a small, warm and fluffy game:

In Forever Meow (Moe Zilla) you play a cat left alone in a room, messing about with stuff. The limited perspective this affords means that not knowing what’s going on is somewhat important for the experience, so: spoiler warning alert. Aaand: . .…
In Forever Meow (Moe Zilla) you play a cat left alone in a room, messing about with stuff. The limited perspective this affords means that not knowing what's going on is somewhat important for the ...
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IF Comp: Arcane Intern (Unpaid), a game of sigils and glass ceilings

Arcane Intern (Unpaid) (Astrid Dalmady) does pretty much what the title implies. Trying to break into publishing, you stumble into a hidden society of magic-users. It’s still a crappy unpaid job, but with more magic sigils and dragon baristas. Games that…
Arcane Intern (Unpaid) (Astrid Dalmady) does pretty much what the title implies. Trying to break into publishing, you stumble into a hidden society of magic-users. It's still a crappy unpaid job, b...
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Most of my game energies have been directed towards planning a Monsterhearts-based LARP; also, I have been away from my main gaming machine, so I have not been playing a whole lot of videogames. The end’s in sight. I am looking forwards to… I don’t know,…
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Grimm’s Godfather (Gabby Wu) is a short graphic novel retelling a story from the Brothers Grimm. A father must choose God, the Devil or Death as his thirteenth son’s godfather; this is your first choice. The story plays out much the same way in each…
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Oy. An impending overseas move, a death in the family and the onset of winter have me in a low mood, without much of a taste for new media offerings. (Also, my primary gaming machine is going to be inaccessible for most of the rest of the year). But the…
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IF Comp: Growbotics, a crafting game of unclear purpose

Growbotics is a digital toy about creating things. It’s one of those games (like, say, Doodle God) which has a combine-elements crafting-system as the central mechanic. You start with some atomic Essences, combine them to form secondary ones, and then…
Growbotics is a digital toy about creating things. It's one of those games (like, say, Doodle God) which has a combine-elements crafting-system as the central mechanic. You start with some atomic E...
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IF Comp: Darkiss, an old-school puzzler about old-school vampires

Darkiss: Chapter One is an old-school vampire story (sadistic lords in remote castles, rather than leather trenchcoats and high-school angst). The PC was killed and sealed in his lair by vampire-hunters, but has somehow survived; his memory has been…
Darkiss: Chapter One is an old-school vampire story (sadistic lords in remote castles, rather than leather trenchcoats and high-school angst). The PC was killed and sealed in his lair by vampire-hu...
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On the one hand: sounds like a game I might like. On the other hand: I worry about it being "Chapter 1" of a thing that might never get a Chapter 2.
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IF Comp: Untold Riches, a children's introduction-to-parser treasure hunt

Untold Riches (Jason Ermer) presents itself as a straightforward, self-consciously tropey treasure hunt. You’re the sidekick to an eccentric adventurer, stranded by pirates on a tropical island; your objective is to find the treasure and then get rescued.…
Untold Riches (Jason Ermer) presents itself as a straightforward, self-consciously tropey treasure hunt. You're the sidekick to an eccentric adventurer, stranded by pirates on a tropical island; yo...
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