, buildings are constructed from the letters that make them up. Construct buildings by typing words like "HOUSE," "OFFICE," or "PARK."
Now you can make
your own clicky
with a text file, some simple commands and syntax, and Pastebin. Brought you to by Orteil, of Cookie Clicker
fame. [more inside]
Ben Blatt "sat in a Barnes & Noble for three hours flipping through all seven Where’s Waldo
books with a tape measure" and emerged with a method for finding Waldo
with speed more than 50% of the time. [more inside]
, by Victor Gijsbers, is a game combining Vladimir Propp's folktale archetypes
with totalitarian manipulation. One player assumes the role of Stalin, and with it the power to dictate the rules and order executions; other players are either actors trying to beguile him with a traditional rustic tale or courtiers trying to twist the tale's elements to their rivals' discredit. [more inside]
Christopher Pound combines and weights lists and ratings from Project Gutenberg, Goodreads, and elsewhere to produce novel sortings of familiar data
—Shakespeare's plays by popularity
, for example. The most successful fiction writers
at Gutenberg, and the top thousand most popular works of fiction
found there. The most highly rated films of 2012
. The most popular Sci-fi and fantasy sub-genres
at Goodreads. [more inside]
In the new game Avant-Garde
, you play an up-and-coming artist in 19th century Paris, a contemporary of Manet and Bouguereau. Carve and sell allegorical statue groups! Get snubbed by Napoleon III! Subsidize Gustave Courbet's drinking! Compose and promulgate your own aesthetic manifesto!
"In 1987, an anonymous team of computer scientists from the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic wrote a series of children's books based on the popular Choose Your Own Adventure
series. The books were hastily translated into English and a small number were exported to America, but the CIA, fearing a possible Soviet mind control scheme, confiscated them all before they could be sold. Now declassified, the books have been lovingly converted to a digital hypertext format and put online
for the English-speaking world to enjoy."
> examine mourning dress
A black vintage gown trimmed with much lace and dripping with jet beads.
> wave U-remover at mourning dress
There is a flash of psychedelic colors, and the mourning dress turns into a morning dress. An outfit of striped trousers and fancy coat, such as men sometimes wear to fancy weddings in the morning...
: a game of word manipulation.
A couple years ago, we had our Choice of Dragons
and of Broadsides
. Since then, the authors have released Choice of the Vampire
, in which your newly made vampire (potentially a Lestat type, but just as likely a Creole watchmaker or an illiterate backwoodsman) navigates the 19th Century American South; the fantasy diptych Choice of Romances
and Choice of Intrigues
, in which your initial choices determine the gender normativity of the game world as well as the temperament of your hero; and, most recently, Choice of Zombies
, a fleet game that concentrates on action, relationships, and high-stakes decisions.
Chris Crawford (previously
) has released the beta version of his Storytron
engine. The first demo? Balance of Power: 21st Century
. [more inside]
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw
), he of "Chzo mythos" and "Zero Punctuation" fame, has released a new game: The Art of Theft,
a heist adventure in grand retro style.
The Twelfth Annual Interactive Fiction Competition
begins today. Non-contestants can take part in the proceedings by grabbing a torrent of the competing games
and judging them
over the next six weeks. If you're new to interactive fiction, Emily Short's "How to Play"
will acquaint you with its conventions. And if you're enough of an I.F. expert that even a full slate of Comp games won't satisfy you, you can find every competition entry since 1995
archived at Baf's Guide.