I’m pleased that Detectiveland has been shortlisted for Reading Digital Fiction’s digital writing competition, with a bunch of other cool stories/games. The winner will be announced at their event in Bangor on 25 May, which I don’t think I’m able to get to.
Lastly, if you’ve left a comment on my blog in the last month or four… sorry. I hadn’t activated the spam filter properly and I’ve come back to 23,000 of the damn things. So they’re almost certainly all getting deleted, babies and bathwater alike.
I’m so happy to have won the 2016 Interactive Fiction Competition with Detectiveland.
I’m grateful to all the organisers, players, and other authors; and to my testers, David Court, Brendan Hennessy, Mathbrush, Mike Preston, Andrew Schultz and especially Eve Morris. My biggest takeaway from this competition is how cool it is to see so many experimental forms: reduced parsers, new systems, parser games that feel storyish, choice games that feel puzzlish. My personal favourites included Inside the Facility, Fair, Take, and Color the Truth, which is the piece I thought would win.
I chose the $200 prize and donated it half each to Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. Take care of each other.
Here’s the traditional postmortem on intfiction.org.
This coming weekend I’ll be in London for two IF-related events:
- The Hand Eye Society’s Wordplay on Saturday 19th. Draculaland has been chosen as part of the showcase.
- The second half of AdventureX on Sunday 20th.
Come and say hello!