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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 9:12 pm 
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See, the genius about learning the Cycle is, it's a puzzle that envelops the whole game. It is the whole game. A gigantic master puzzle that builds upon and unifies all the other puzzles.

I'm a sucker for puzzles like that. It's one reason I love Riven so much.


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 2:50 am 
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I think we have some of the best writing in IF during 2017 in the hands of a single person: Isak Grozny. Really, I've not seen IF worded like this. dripping with the waters of Sheol and The bitter drop. Although this last one is early access, so I don't know if it counts for the awards.


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:02 pm 
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What are people thinking of voting for best NPC?

I figure that category and best individual puzzle are going to be the most divergent since they're fill-in-the-blank.

I haven't decided yet, but I was considering the games that had strong characters in general and cross-referencing with the IFDB poll (http://ifdb.tads.org/poll?id=m4moazci84e6kxek), and I found it interesting for two of them, the poll had votes for different NPCs than the ones I would've chosen for their respective games. For Wizard Sniffer, there were votes for Leonhart and Tristian and I would've considered Squire Tuck, and in Known Unknowns I would've considered Kaz's sister Anja (or Annette the witch!) over Kaz. That got me thinking about what criteria people were using to vote.

I think for me I thought that Leonhart was fun, and the game doesn't work without him, but he's also one-note (as is appropriate for his role!) and I more enjoyed seeing the Squire's reactions to the same interactions in contrast. I think that might just come down to which foil you appreciate more. Tristian meanwhile doesn't play as much a role in the actual gameplay or flow of story for the most part, even if he is more heartfelt. And the Squire I feel has more of an arc than either of them.

Kaz meanwhile, is your ultra-likable best friend and plays a major role in the story throughout, but I liked the roiling relationship you have with their sister a bit more.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:52 pm 
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I tried to nominate both Tristain and Robbit from The Wizard Sniffer, but apparently you can't nominate two NPCs from the same game. Tuck would be my third choice.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:25 am 
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Aren't there separate "Best NPC" and "Best NPCs" collective?


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:44 am 
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Doug Orleans wrote:
apparently you can't nominate two NPCs from the same game.

Huh. Do you know if this is intentional, or a bug?


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:53 am 
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The code for all the other drop-down fields prevented you from voting for the same game twice. It was probably an unintended consequence, because it’s hard to code different fields individually like that. Did you leave a note in the text entry field?

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:16 am 
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I personally voted for Olivia and the reason why can be expressed in three words: specific Fraggle Rock.


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:24 pm 
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Ha! That part made me laugh out loud. I also loved the French teacher.

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