The Recruit by Mike Sousa [Comp03]

IFDB page: The Recruit Final placement: 7th place (of 30) in the 2003 Interactive Fiction Competition Some games just feel like they come from deep inside the IF community. Take The Recruit, for instance: how many comp games not only include words of mine, but also go out of their way to compliment my work? … Continue reading “The Recruit by Mike Sousa [Comp03]”

Till Death Makes a Monk-Fish Out of Me! by Mike Sousa and Jon Ingold [Comp02]

IFDB page: Till Death Makes a Monk-Fish Out of Me Final placement: 2nd place (of 38) in the 2002 Interactive Fiction Competition Oh, hallelujah. All through last year’s comp, I kept waiting for a game to come along that I loved enough, and found few enough flaws in, that I could rate it 9.5 or … Continue reading “Till Death Makes a Monk-Fish Out of Me! by Mike Sousa and Jon Ingold [Comp02]”

No Time To Squeal by Mike Sousa and Robb Sherwin [Comp01]

IFDB page: No Time To Squeal Final placement: 4th place (of 51) in the 2001 Interactive Fiction Competition Sometimes two heads really are better than one. Take Robb Sherwin, an author with writing ability and panache to spare, but whose comp games have traditionally been major-league bugfests. Combine with Mike Sousa, whose Comp2000 entry At … Continue reading “No Time To Squeal by Mike Sousa and Robb Sherwin [Comp01]”

At Wit’s End by Mike Sousa [Comp00]

IFDB page: At Wit’s End Final placement: 17th place (of 53) in the 2000 Interactive Fiction Competition “Expect the unexpected” may be a cliché, but there are a few things for which it is the perfect description. At Wit’s End is one of these things. This game’s plot has more twists and turns than a … Continue reading “At Wit’s End by Mike Sousa [Comp00]”

Episode in the Life of an Artist by Peter Eastman [Comp03]

IFDB page: Episode in the Life of an Artist Final placement: 11th place (of 30) in the 2003 Interactive Fiction Competition My wife used to teach a college course called “Shakespeare For Non-Majors,” which was usually full of business and engineering students, there either to fulfill their dreaded “Literature and the Arts” core curriculum requirement, … Continue reading “Episode in the Life of an Artist by Peter Eastman [Comp03]”

About my 2003 IF Competition Reviews

For me as an author, 2003 was a frustrating year. I had entered part 1 of a trilogy into the 2001 competition, and (amazingly) won the 2002 competition with part 2. I had every intention of completing the set with a 2003 entry, and in fact even publicly announced that I would do so. By … Continue reading “About my 2003 IF Competition Reviews”

Cryptozookeeper by Robb Sherwin [IF-Review]

[I originally reviewed this game for Mark Musante’s site IF-Review, in 2012.] IFDB Page: Cryptozookeeper We Eat The Night, We Drink The Time It took me some time to appreciate Robb Sherwin’s work. I found his first comp game, Chicks Dig Jerks, a really unpleasant experience, due to its misogyny and its bugginess. His second … Continue reading “Cryptozookeeper by Robb Sherwin [IF-Review]”

Once and Future by G. Kevin Wilson [IF-Review]

[I originally reviewed this game for Mark Musante’s site IF-Review, in 2002.] IFDB Page: Once and Future Swords and Sledgehammers Note: This review contains minor spoilers. If we wanted to make a short list of the people who had a major impact on the course of 1990’s interactive fiction, who would we include? Graham Nelson, … Continue reading “Once and Future by G. Kevin Wilson [IF-Review]”

TOOKiE’S SONG by Jessica Knoch [Comp02]

IFDB page: Tookie’s Song Final placement: 7th place (of 38) in the 2002 Interactive Fiction Competition Apparently, it’s the Year Of The Squid. When I wrote Another Earth, Another Sky, I was pretty pleased about the squid. “How many other comp games,” I might have thought to myself, “are going to include a squid?” Turns … Continue reading “TOOKiE’S SONG by Jessica Knoch [Comp02]”