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IF Comp ’11 – Ryan Veeder’s Taco Fiction (Is A Game About Crime!)

October 18, 2011

Taco Fiction is a game about crime.**

I don’t think anyone else loves this sentence as much as I do.  It is driving a wedge between me and the outside world.  “Taco Fiction is a game about crime,” I tell the boy who comes by with the tray of fresh pineapple*.  He can’t get away from me fast enough.  None of them can.  They just don’t understand, goddammit, that Taco Fiction is a game about crime.

Taco Fiction is a game about crime.  I want it tattooed on my everything.  Taco Fiction is a game about crime.

* Shh, I’m pretending I live on a cruise ship.  You can pretend to live here too, just don’t remind me that I don’t.

** Taco Fiction is a game about crime.

[Taco Fiction is a game about crime.]

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IF Comp ’11 – Joey Jones & Melvin Rangasamy’s Calm!

October 17, 2011

This is the one about how the future has been a happier place since the spores arrived.  I hope it doesn’t make me shit my pants.

(On proofreading this from the future which is a happier place since the spores arrived, I am not sure if these are some long-ass unreadable Dickensian sentences I’ve written, or if it’s just 7 AM and I should go to bed.  Taco Canyon is a cave from the future.  Yes.  Thinking that sentence means I should go to bed.)

[spoilers begin here]

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But Let’s Look at the Blurbs for a Moment

October 17, 2011

I have to say, the blurbers this year were in fine fettle.  Here are some of my favorite excerpts.

You are thrust into earthly existence to fulfill the tenth and final plague.
I sort of wish someone would say this to me, because then I would at least know why I’d been thrust into earthly existence.  “To watch all these cat videos” seems unlikely.

One minute you’re at your office worrying about your finances and the next you’re face to face with Merlin the wizard of Camelot.
Who, oddly enough, is worrying about his finances.  Recession is tough.

Your new job as a time traveler may be harder than you thought.
I love both the understatement and the implication that you had a thought along the lines of “Sweet, time traveler job!  Easier than Kinko’s and you never get fired.”

Schlig is kidnapped by aliens and turned into a mutant eyeball freak by their experiments. Now Schlig must use his eyes in ways that no human was ever intended to in order to escape from the aliens and find a way back to Earth before he gets eaten.
This sounds like pretty much the most awesome game ever written, and I say that knowing full well Victor Gijsbers has an IF/roguelike hybrid in the comp.

Your dog is gone. She must be brought. You have a beet (and some other vegetables).
The joy of these three sentences lies in their simplicity, the inexplicable noteworthiness of the beet compared to the other nameless vegetables, and in wondering what you’re going to wind up doing with the things.

A creep kidnaps you, a blind woman.
The first time I read this I thought I’d been kidnapped by a creepy blind woman, which made it pretty interesting up in my brain for a second there.

There is the wind, a bleak and chill thing.

Since the spores came the future has been a happier place.
I’d been trying to work out why this one made me giggle, then I realized it’s probably the classification of the future as a place.  (Time:  2037.  Place:  The Future, In Space.  Mood:  Much Happier Since the Spores Arrived, Thank You For Asking!)

My absolute favorite, though:
Taco Fiction is a game about crime.

Taco Fiction is a game about crime.


IF Comp ’11 – Adam Le Doux’s The Elfen Maiden!

October 17, 2011

I think I am done trying to save the best-looking games for last.  I have tried that the past few comps and inevitably throw some sort of prima donna exhaustion fit* before actually playing the games I expected to be transcendent beautiful paeans to the inevitable triumph of the human spiri — wait, no, I forgot my priorities for a second — funny games with dick jokes.

The Elfen Maiden sounds pretty good.  I’m just going to play it.  S’aright?

* These would be way more fun if I had servants, for the record.  Someone get me some servants!  Then tell those servants to get me more servants!  Then promote half the second group of servants to management and have them fire half the original servants, then you fire those servants!  Then fire yourself!  Ha ha!  A ha ha ha ha!  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

[spoilers begin here]

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