Interactive Fiction

 

HYPERTEXT (Twine)

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[mutant]heat

inspired by collaboration with molleindustria

content warning: sex violence gore pursuit

 

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Ultra Business Tycoon III

(NFO)

(node map)
(source)
(art my sister drew)
(a reader for UBT III by george buckenham)

Last year I stopped working on something I cared about because I was so sad but I feel better now.

I’ve finally finished porting and cracking an old edutainment game from the 90′s. Please enjoy.

(Phantom Games by K Chastain is good companion reading)

 


 

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parasite

(interview: beautiful weapons)
(writing about parasite on new inquiry)
(source)
(node map)

made a game for the new inquiry. my interview was also released at the same time.

 


ruin wall 1

climbing 208 feet up the ruin wall

(source)

-OVER 207 FEET
-MORE THAN 1,000,000 PROCEDURALLY GENERATED VINES
-REALISTIC WEATHER SYSTEM
-LOOKS LIKE WE GOT A “CLIMB”-INAL INVESTIGATION

[top 25 in Mood and Humor for Ludum Dare 26]


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Naked Shades

a collaboration between Andi McClure and Porpentine

made for the ludum dare 26 jam

the world’s first online multiplayer Twine game

hungry ghosts scavenging for identity, sucking color from the dead

identity-driven esoteric shortform MMO

the ecosystem is the puzzle

there is a way to escape


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LOOTER

 


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HIGH END CUSTOMIZABLE SAUNA EXPERIENCE

made last minute for Oakland Nights Live to be played by a crowd

[more info]


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UNTIL OUR ALIEN HEARTS BEAT AS ONE

(source)

two-player experimental twine game made for the PULSE POUNDING HEART STOPPING DATING SIM JAM

this is the Twine prototype for a card game that i’m kind of working on with andi. [image]


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HOW TO SPEAK ATLANTEAN

(source)
(node map)

GENRE: HYSTERIA

 


 

ALL I WANT IS FOR ALL OF MY FRIENDS TO BECOME INSANELY POWERFUL

(source)
(node map)

[Hypersexed Hypertext: Porpentine and the Twine text game revolution (review/interview)]

happy valentwine’s day

please turn on your speakers and your monitor and your mouse and your keyboard when you play this

thank you


CRY$TAL WARRIOR KE$HA

THIS GAME IS 100% CANON

SPREAD MY GAME SO I CAN GET ON STAGE WITH KE$HA

SAVE MUSIC

MUSIC IS REAL

EVEN IF YOU DONT CARE ABOUT MUSIC OR BELIEVE MUSIC EXISTS, HELP ME GET ONSTAGE WITH MY BIGGEST #IDOL #KESHA A GIRL CAN #DREEAM

2013


 Bloody Princess Farmer

(source)
(node map)
(walkthrough/review)

created in 48~ hours for BIG CHAOS TWINE JAM.

unbalanced strategy-exploration, Harvest Moon with violence. im so sorry for this sadistic game


CYBERQUEEN

(node map)
(source)

6th place in Mood category for Ludum Dare 25‘s 48 hr competition.

praised by Harvey Smith who worked on deus ex and i dunno some little game called SYSTEM SHOCK

remember, integration necessitates evisceration

 


howling dogs

(node map)
(source)
(afterbirth)

(Russian translation by Vyacheslav Dobranov)

two endings

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Nominated: Best Game, Best Setting, Best Use of Innovation

Won: Best Writing, Best Story – 2012 XYZZY Awards

I came away thinking howling dogs should be an assigned text of study for people considering writing link-based fictions. [emily short]

…a dour enchantment in that holy dread kind of way… [richard hofmeier]

Top 5 Indie Games of 2012 [Boston Phoenix]

IGF 2013: Won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Nuovo Award, and Excellence in Narrative

[interview with emily short]

[aaron reed's review]

[daniel joseph on howling dogs and other games]

[formal analysis by naomi clark]

[landscape in howling dogs by psepho]

[world record speedrun by james lantz]

created for the 18th Annual IF Comp.

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inspiration
schooltree | grimes | susumu hirasawa | 277 antioch
paprika | source code | moon
the day he himself shall wipe my tears away by oe kenzaburo | i hope i shall arrive soon by pk dick
feminism


metrolith

(node map)
(source)

inspiration
zdzisław beksiński | romanticism
cover art: zdzisław beksiński


 

THE SKY IN THE ROOM

(node map)
(source)

created for Ludum Dare 24 in 48 hours, winning top 25 in the Mood category out of 1406 entries

inspiration
queerness | sex | drugs | A Scanner Darkly | Aeon Flux | Naked Lunch | eXistenZ | Razor Wire Pubic Hair | Italian pop music

 



Myriad

Myriad (HyperCard edition)

(node map)

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[aaron reed on Myriad]

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branching outcomes of a fetid day. 115 nodes. suited for treaders, meat-eaters, plant-eaters, students, anti-students, arthropods, starvers, and victims.

inspiration
HyperCard shareware adventures packed on cd-roms with 500+ games on them | All The Depression

the drawing on my hand looks sort of like story nodes so that’s the cover art


BATMAN IS SCREAMING

 


A PLACE OF INFINITE BEAUTY

(Spanish translation)

inspiration
“The Black Riders and Other Lines” by Stephen Crane | books written before people knew a lot of stuff

cover art: Erin‘s new painting

 

 

 

 

PARSER FICTION (Inform 7)

How to play these games: Download Gargoyle or your preferred interpreter. Install. Open the game file with Gargoyle.

Most of these games can be played online for convenience, but you may find that desktop play looks nicer and runs more smoothly.

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WONDERFUL SWAMP CRAB

Description: Enter the life of a wonderful swamp crab. Made for Klik of the Month Klub.

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STARSHIT

Description: YOU ARE A BOUNTY HUNTER WHO SEEKS HER FORTUNE AMONG THE STARS. CAN YOU TRACK DOWN TWO-EYED JACK McCRACK…AND LIVE?
Notes: “kill x with y” is how you kill something. The game is short, but modestly replayable.

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FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

Description: A haunting delve into the nature of sorrow and loss in post-war Europe. Has been hailed as a “sweeping, elegiac piece told tautly by turns, tenderly by others” and “a rare glimpse, a symphonic vignette that perfectly encapsulates the austere heartbreak of the turn of the century“.
Notes: Requires sound for audio cues. “dig” to use the shovel.

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CLOADOKUM

Commands
Map
Walkthrough
Description: I made Cloadokum for the Super Friendship Club Mysticism Pageant. My first Inform game.
Notes: Click Story File to download and play in Gargoyle, or Play In-Browser to play online. Only difference is that the online version can’t handle displaying the map, so during the middle of the game you can load it manually from my link if necessary. Commands.txt is a list of every command used in the game.

5 thoughts on “Interactive Fiction

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