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 Forum: IFComp 2017 Individual Game Discussion   Topic: Absence of Law postmortem

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:10 pm 

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One thing I forgot to mention: I specifically made Dr. Law’s gender ambiguous; no pronouns are ever used to refer to Dr. Law.

Also, I chose the surname Law because it was both an Irish surname and a Chinese surname. The name of the game came after I made that choice.

 Forum: IFComp 2017 General Discussion   Topic: Cash prizes for writing reviews this year!

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:33 am 

Replies: 24
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Today is the last day for ballots! I've received around 7 so far, which is pretty good, but the more people that participate, the better; with such a small group, your ballot can drastically affect things. Thanks for everyone who has responded!

 Forum: IFComp 2017 General Discussion   Topic: Thoughts about shapes of vote distributions

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:48 pm 

Replies: 8
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This started as my comp afterthoughts, but just turned into a bunch of discussions about histograms. Wizard Sniffer has a strictly increasing histogram; I think the only other games that have had that are Slouching Towards Bedlam and Violet. This suggests the game could become a fixture in the canon...

 Forum: IFComp 2017 General Discussion   Topic: Swigian - An Epistolary Postmortem

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:43 pm 

Replies: 25
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CMg has an interesting theory about that; I’ve always thought it was just comedy that was part of the formula, but he thinks that people just like to do weird or crazy things in games. I think he might be right;

 Forum: IFComp 2017 Individual Game Discussion   Topic: Absence of Law postmortem

 Post subject: Absence of Law postmortem
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:10 pm 

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This was typed on a phone sorry for typos! Idea Last year, I had stopped doing interactive fiction for personal reasons. But as I drove down a long rural highway with my wife, I had an idea for ‘the greatest interactive fiction game of all time’: it would have you as a hacker breaking into a compute...

 Forum: IFComp 2017 General Discussion   Topic: Swigian - An Epistolary Postmortem

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:52 pm 

Replies: 25
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I think 21st place is the best possible place for Swigian. While I would like all of my games to place as high as possible, I didn’t want this one to place close to my real one. I think this shows that my hypotheses were off; that game writing cannot be reduced down to this specific formula, even wi...

 Forum: IFComp 2017 General Discussion   Topic: IFComp 2017 Reviewer links thread

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:08 am 

Replies: 29
Views: 2902


I was posting a lot at once and I knew they wouldn’t be visible on the front page, so I wanted the authors to know there were additional reviews.

 Forum: IFComp 2017 General Discussion   Topic: IFComp 2017 Reviewer links thread

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:17 am 

Replies: 29
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Hmmm... maybe I’ll tag them all later today. Thanks for asking!

 Forum: IFComp 2017 General Discussion   Topic: Swigian - An Epistolary Postmortem

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:49 am 

Replies: 25
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My goal when writing was just to not repeat the same thing too many times, but I still ended up doing it. Though I finished it in 8 hours, it was extremely draining; coming up with new stuff was exhausting, but I kept going by saying 'it doesn't matter if it's horrible, that's the point'. The game i...

 Forum: IFComp 2017 General Discussion   Topic: Wild Speculation

 Post subject: Wild Speculation
Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:16 pm 

Replies: 3
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These are my guesses about game placement; I’ve been updating it throughout the comp, but not recently. It includes my games, which will probably lead to big embarrassment if I’m wrong, but at least it will be entertaining. Games on the same horizontal line I anticipate placing fairly closely. Eat M...
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