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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:39 pm 
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filiph wrote:
craiglocke wrote:
This could be called 'The Year of Fantasy'. The proportion of twine games which focus on LGBTQ+ stories is way down, and fantasy RPGs are way up.


Any guess why? It feels weird that there is such a huge shift in subject matter.

I'm one of the people who submitted a fantasy game — but this was also my first year ever, so I can't see any shift myself. Although I know exactly why my game ended up as fantasy (it was originally meant to be space opera with a completely different premise and story, but the mechanics forced a sword&sorcery theme), I don't think my reasons for fantasy are applicable to any other IFComp games I've played so far.


Well, in past years the huge overplayed genre was usually horror. It's possible that with such a large number of new authors that "fantasy" is just kind of the default "adventure" game everyone makes. It's not a bad thing. More than ever this year, there's *literally* something for everyone.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:00 pm 
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Which are the two puzzlefests? I'm especially interested in playing those.


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evouga wrote:
Which are the two puzzlefests? I'm especially interested in playing those.


Me too! I want to play them! @craiglocke ?


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I've played two longer puzzlefests so far; don't know if they're what craiglocke was referring to, but A Beauty Cold and Austere and VR Gambler would both fit that IMO. Former is math-based, latter includes text RPG combat too.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:39 am 
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I jotted down some final thoughts about this year's entries: http://blog.templaro.com/ifcomp2017-games-considered/

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I played through all of the entries in this year's IFcomp during the first month, so it's been at least a couple weeks since the last game. I'd like to share a few thoughts about some of the entries now that the dust has settled and I can look back on them as a whole.

In general, I am happy to stick with my initial ratings, even for those games that I played early in the competition, as my scale is based on several years of IFcomp. I do think that my scale will need some weighting next year to put the average game closer to midscale, though.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:18 am 
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I've blogged my thoughts after judging. Link here.


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