The Interactive Fiction Competition 2016

I’ve been an avid follower of the IF comp for about five years now, have judged in the last few (you can too!) but have never blogged about it before. As the competition’s HUUUGE this year, I thought it only fair I pitch in by reporting back on at least enough to match IF.org’s judging criteria (five entries).

First of all, a few extra notes on my judging methods:

  1. I replayed as long as said replaying fitted within the allotted 2 hrs judging time, but only if I felt said replay would have an impact on my opinion on the game.
  2. I judged quite harshly on typos and even harsher on bugs, just because there are so many entries and so many are really great, it seems the only fair way to separate between some of them.
  3. I’ve used the scoring system as outlined by IF.org.
  4. I used the games page’s shuffle feature to randomly pick my five games, but may come back for more if I get time before judging closes.
  5. I’m trying to avoid major spoilers, but there may be mention of some story details, so if you want to go in completely cold, don’t read any further.

Anyway. ONWARD!

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A Dark Room of One’s Own

I awake to find myself in a dark room. Well, not awake so much as come round, groggily, after a long day at uni (thinking can be tiring, shut up!). But the room is dark. It’s screen two at Broadway Cinema. I’m already pretty familiar with the Dark Room, Mr John Roberston’s* highly inventive interactive videogame. It may seem strange to bother calling a videogame interactive, but Mr John Robertson’s game is, as I said, inventive, and so the term is apt. I’ve played the YouTube version: Continue reading

#MondayBlogs: Daft Limmy – Dickens of our Time…?

Wrote this for Dawn of the Unread. It’s (sort of) related to my PhD work.

Dawn of the Unread

limmyTo get you in the Christmas mood we’re celebrating Charles Dickens in this guest blog by Lynda Clark. Dickens visited Nottingham four times and stayed at the Mercure Hotel (formerly the George Hotel). His first visit was in August 1852 as an actor-manager of a group of amateur theatricals. Great Expectations, a new adaptation by Michael Eaton (author of Issue 3 of Dawn of the Unread) will be performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 4 March – 2 April 2016.

As a writer, it’s hard not to love Dickens. He was unpretentious about his craft and faced its challenges with self-deprecating humour. When he struggled with writer’s block during Little Dorrit he informed his editor, John Forster, that he found himself: “sitting down to do an immensity and getting up after doing nothing–walking about my room on particular bits of all the flowers in the carpet– tearing at my…

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