Friday, November 16, 2007
posted 6:26pm
"And The Votes Are In"
At the stroke of midnight the IF Comp finished, and the votes are in. Out of the 27 games available to vote on, two being disqualified for violating competition rules, Across The Stars takes 4th place. Here's the top 5:

1. Lost Pig
2. An Act of Murder
3. Lord Bellwater's Secret
4. Across The Stars
5. The Chinese Room

You can see the full results at

There were some great games this year, all deserving of the scores they got, and I had a lot of fun playing through them. It was a unique experience having my own game in the competition, exciting and nerve-racking, while comparing others to my own, rewarding and scary, as I read through every review I could find.

Here's what a few others had to say about the game:

"Wow... Itís nice to end the competition on such a high note..."

"Oh, thank the gods, a good game!"

"Like the feelies, the game itself seems very Infocom-influenced... Itís a nice one."

- Baf

"This is an old school treasure hunt in space. This game gets a nostalgic 10."

"At last I come to the first game of Competition 2007 that well and truly rocks."

- D

Tuesday, November 06, 2007
posted 11:44pm
"Lovecraft goes IF"
H.P. Lovecraft left us a lot of unfinished ideas in his "Commonplace Book" and Peter Nepstad was the first to harness these into interactive fiction, with the creation of the H.P. Lovecraft Commonplace Book Comp and Exhibit. Peter provided the sections of text that the authors worked off of, and they only had eight weeks to create their games. In this short amount of time, seven games were created in three different languages, and I found some of them very enjoyable. But the exciting thing about this whole project is, it's now exhibited at Maison d'Ailleurs, Switzerland; and it looks like Peter is going to continue the competition too. He states, "There are over 200 entries in the book, and so far we have only adapted a handful." It's really exciting to think this is going to continue, and if I could find a copy of the Commonplace Book, evasive as it is, I might even enter a game of my own one-day.

'Til then - D