Sunday, September 29, 2013

IF Competition 2013

The 19th annual Interactive Fiction competition has just opened and this is really the year CYOA-style storygames have flooded in, presumably following Porpentine's distinguished placing last year for Howling Dogs. There are over a dozen of them (plus more-traditional-for-this-comp text-parser adventures, plus a couple of real outliers like a StoryNexus game, for the Fallen London fans.) Who knows, some of them that don't automate their own play (like the PDF (!) submission) may end up converted for web play someday as was done with Pray for Your Enemies. In the meantime, you can check them out (congregated near the bottom, desigated "Web-based games") at

(Also discovered while checking them out: free hosting for Twine games over here!)


  1. Thanks for bringing my attention to this and also the fact that they accept pdfs. Means I won't have to learn code in order to enter, then.

  2. The PDF business is really a new frontier for this crew, but while enjoying the current hyperfiction bloom... why not?

    My pick of the CYO comp games I've played through thus far would have to be Bell Park, Youth Detective as at ... nothing groundbreaking, just effective humour writing.