From the desk of Penrose

October 6, 2009

Trapcave

Filed under: Uncategorized — gpenrose @ 12:34 pm

Third game of the competition where I’m apparently trapped…. in a cave. I want to get these games out of the way first.
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Is there a prize this year, I don’t know about, for the author who receives the fewest total number of votes? If so, I can think of few better ways of earning it than to write an interactive fiction in German, using a homebrew parser on a Windows platform. Well, perhaps a game written in Klingon specifically for the Apple Macintosh, or one which comes with a disclaimer (like one of the games entered last year) “This game may be infected by a virus.”

There have only been a few homebrew parser games I have enjoyed in the history of this competition. “Aunts and Butlers” in 2006, and “Jealousy Duel X” in 2007 (which wasn’t actually a parser based game). Most homebrew parsers produce games which have more in common with “Ninja 2”, an English language game written by Dunric.

I do actually read a tiny amount of German, and I would look forward to playing an elementary German language game written in TADS or Inform. But not one written for Windows.

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