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Feature: IF Comp 2017

Interactive Fiction Competition 2017

Fans of interactive fiction! IF Comp 2017 is currently in progress, with 79 entries — the largest field in the competition's more-than-20-year history. The selection includes parser, choice, and hypertext stories, a PDF gamebook, a joke game from the perspective of the grues, two parser games of Viking-era menace, three branching narratives translated from Chinese, and a game where part of the intended play experience…

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Feature: Games from the Spring Thing festival

IF Only: Games from Spring Thing 2017

Spring Thing is a yearly festival for interactive fiction, with two sections: the Main Festival, where the games are in competition and anyone may vote for a favorite; and the Back Garden, for unranked games that the authors wanted to share but not receive a ranking. This somewhat unusual structure means that the Back Garden has become an attractor for games that might not be…

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Feature: Exploring a decade's work

IF Only: The Works of CEJ Pacian

"Hello," he adds, a moment later. "I think I've found the way in. A small metal door with a fiendish puzzle lock." >x lock There are a large number of small moving parts. "Yes, quite fiendish indeed," Peyton says. "And very intricate." He draws back a foot and then kicks the door hard. The puzzle lock comes apart with a twang. "Too intricate for its…

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Feature: Trends and recommendations

IF Only: Looking back at 2016 in Interactive Fiction

We have, at last, reached the end of 2016. I'm not going to do a top-ten list — both because a lot of the games I might put on this list are things I've already covered elsewhere in previous columns, and because I think some of the most interesting things to happen in 2016 were about trends rather than single hits. But here are a…

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Feature: Biggest festival of the IF year

IF Only: IF Comp 2016

My friends: IF Comp 2016 is now open. If you're new to interactive fiction, you may not be familiar with the IF community calendar, so let me quickly explain why you've arrived at the best time of year.

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Feature: Parsers Verbed

IF Only: Text Adventures For People Who Hate Guessing The Verb

Emily Short is one of the world's leading gurus on Interactive Fiction. We're delighted to tell you that IF Only will be a regular column about the myriad world of IF gaming. Back in the late 90s, the name "interactive fiction" was applied mostly to parser-based text adventures descended from Zork, where all output was in text and the player had to type commands to…

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