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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:27 am 
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This is a short piece describing some lost/little-known, made-up civilizations and their languages which an unnamed scholar comes upon and discusses with their friend over dinner. The theme of this story is very similar to Jorge Luis Borges's short story Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius (although this is not mentioned anywhere). Nothing happens in this game; it is just a description of different concepts of language. One civilization employs actions as the means of describing things: for example a road is a 'crosser', or a 'walker', while another civilization employs qualities: for example, a book is 'readable' or 'bound', etc. After a while, the descriptions start going in a loop and there is no obvious way to proceed. Maybe the goal is just to explore what different languages and language theories and views these unknown civilizations developed, and to see the practical examples. The tone here is very scholarly, with made-up cultures, dictionaries and encyclopedias, and it is appealing in a way to a language-minded reader. But, as mentioned, it does owe a lot to the above-mentioned Borges story and goes nowhere after a while (at least I couldn't figure a way out). But the author has taken a lot of trouble to come up with the various theories and approaches, so there is some merit to it, even if it is very short (15 minutes or less, like the blurb advises). It is a safe "adventure" in the theoretical realm of ancient civilizations and languages. If it only had proceeded somewhere (or if it does, had the way to proceed been more obvious), it could maybe have made me score it a bit higher.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:05 am 
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God knows I have been wrong before, but... Gabriel Floriano? I don't think this is the work of a random newcomer. Of course, it could be someone very talented I just haven't heard of. On the other hand, who could this be? Hmm... a blast from the past? Possibly, but again, I don't think so. That leaves a very short list of authors I know who possess the required skill. And only one where the style fits. Yes... there is little doubt in my mind... this could only be the work of.... Well, I suppose I shouldn't say.

And, right or wrong, I look forward to doing a full review of this one....


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:36 am 
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To finish the game:

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You end up cycling through 3 links in a row plus one on the bottom. Each of the 3 links in a row have one syllable of the new language at the very end; these three form a passcode for the link on the bottom.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:17 am 
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craiglocke wrote:
To finish the game:

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You end up cycling through 3 links in a row plus one on the bottom. Each of the 3 links in a row have one syllable of the new language at the very end; these three form a passcode for the link on the bottom.

Thanks for that! In retrospect, it seems much more obvious, but given that
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all previous such syllable manipulation seemed to be pretty arbitrary, it didn't even occur to me that it might actually mean something this time. I would've just left it there and not even known there was an "end" to the thing if not for this advice, so thanks.

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Can't say it did a lot for me. It was an odd hybrid of 19th century confessional and academic paper... which makes for awfully stilted prose. It seemed to have one idea and then do almost nothing with it. There's an ancient language reshaping reality or something! Just FYI. Between the general impenetrability of the text and the abstract nature of the subject, it was hard to figure out what it was trying to get across, much less care. I know it's trying to be all Borges-ian, so the impenetrability is likely intentional, but I have some trouble connecting with a lot of Borges beyond an intellectual exercise too, and there is, at least, usually more substance to it. Just not my cup of tea, and one I think was brewed a little weakly.


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Twitch playthrough

This felt like a cool setup, and I loved the way it sort of twisted with reality. My initial visualization, of a multi-faceted world (and reality) turned out to be a bit truer than I had initially thought.


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Reviewed by yours truly here.
Standard disclaimer: Warning! May contain trace amounts of artistic license. Please play the game before reading my review of it. Not only will there be spoilers, but my ramblings are a bit on the experimental side this year, and I fear that they could be obscure to the point of misrepresentation if read out of context.


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Gotta admit I didn't really like this one...it was pretty unimpressive. I think the coding is probably interesting. But otherwise I was thoroughly non-compelled.


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This reminded me of a cross between "If on a winter's night a traveller" and "Kalpa Imperial", it has that intricate, winding, pastiche-academic sort of feel. I quite want more of it, but at the same time it's a good bitesize morsel.

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I have posted a review here: http://blog.templaro.com/hexteria-skaxis-qiameth/

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Truth be told, I considered writing a dense, opaque review about how erudite and insightful this piece was, and how it leapfrogs over earlier works in ludic philology. My plan was then to hunker down for a few days and hope someone would add a comment that would shed the slightest light on what this work is actually about.

This is a twine… something. It had more the feel of a toy than a story, unless I’m missing something significant.

I did learn a word: logomachy, so I’ll be sure to slip that into dinner party banter.


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I ended up writing a more involved review on my blog here: http://hannahpowellsmith.com/2017/10/24 ... l-florian/

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