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The IFComp ended a few days ago, and the results are in:
1st - Violet
I have posted my reviews of thirty of the thirty-five entries (I ran out of time to complete the remaining five), and discussion is welcome (even encouraged) at the intfiction.org forum.
Although this is said somewhere by somebody every year, I thought the 2008 batch was kind of down from prior years (especially 2006, which saw quite a few really great games). Part of this may be due to my new scoring system, which seemed to result in lower ratings across the board (due in part to the fact that one strong feature can't compensate for a couple weak ones with this system).
On a different topic, I have been thinking about goals for 2009. I'm on board to help judge three of six related mini-competitions next year, and I'm thinking on an entry for one of the others (at this point, it's the AbilityComp, but the GamePlayComp would be fun as well). I also have a good idea for an IFComp entry, and well, I still need to work on Empyrean before The Convergence Saga gets chalked up as a pipe dream.
It's time. And motivation. And a three-year-old. It's twin seven-month-olds (a boy and a girl). And a demanding job, undergoing a corporate merger right now. It's life. It's everything.
But we'll see.
I had hoped to enter again this year. I had really hoped to enter. It just wasn't meant to be, despite an initial "great idea" that had me really motivated early in the summer. Maybe next year? In addition to the second episode of the Convergence Saga (secret revealed: It's called Empyrean -- use that as a game title before mine's done and I'll hunt you down) I have a few other great ideas (including the previously-mentioned game I started designing this summer).
But, with relaxed discussion rules for judges (sorry, authors -- still no public discussion for you as per the rules), you'll find great chatter over at the Interactive Fiction Community Forum in the IFComp 2008 area. Reviews, discussions, links to reviews and other discussions... you'll find it there. Enjoy!
1st - Lost Pig
Another of my favorites, Across The Stars, ranked 4th. There were only 27 eligible entries this year (reduced by two disqualifications from the starting 29). I have posted my reviews of these games, and discussion is welcome (even encouraged) at the intfiction.org forum.