The First Annual MetaFilter Interactive Fiction Contest
April 1, 2009 7:10 AM   Subscribe

The First Annual MetaFilter Interactive Fiction Contest
In order to get people (including myself) into writing some interactive fiction, I set up a challenge during the month of March to write an interactive fiction game like Zork or Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (most submissions in Inform). You can simply play the games or register to become an unofficial judge and vote on the games.

Although the contest is officially over, submissions are still welcome to the site (they just won't be eligible for consideration in the contest).

Congratulations to all who participated. I decrease my score by 5 points for all my homies who were destroyed by Inform's remarkably frustrating documentation.
posted by Deathalicious (11 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Thanks for setting it all up, Deathalicious; I'm looking forward to playing all games through.

And of course thanks to those who managed to get games together in time for the deadline! I managed to make one room with a dumpster in it by the end of the deadline. Maybe next year I'll manage to get something playable together.
posted by bjrn at 7:54 AM on April 1, 2009

Inform's documentation was frustrating?

Anyway, I registered but didn't get around to doing any work on my idea, which involved the player being trapped in a cave, having to engineer increasingly complex Rube Goldberg-style accidents to happen to himself, which would be shown to a subverbal monster sitting on a jeweled throne for his amusement. The monster's standards would increase throughout the game, and if the player failed to cause him sufficient mirth he'd get up from his chair, find the player, and eat him.

I was thinking of calling it "Fark in the year 4170...."
posted by JHarris at 10:04 AM on April 1, 2009

w mny sbmssns wr thr, n th nd? 'm lkng frwrd t plyng th gms.
posted by chrdrc at 2:21 PM on April 1, 2009

w mny sbmssns wr thr, n th nd? 'm lkng frwrd t plyng th gms.

Whaaaa. Your existence makes no sense.
posted by Deathalicious at 3:12 PM on April 1, 2009


endless thanks for making this happen. Your contest inspired me to learn Inform 7 and spend a staggeringly solid month making a game, something I never would have done without your deadline. I hadn't written a text adventure in nearly twenty years - and to do it again in just four weeks - what a wild experience it was.

Much love.
posted by Izner Myletze at 7:08 PM on April 1, 2009 [1 favorite]

Deathalicious: cortex stole my vowels and wouldn't give them back.

S dd th lgcl thng, nd md sck pppt.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:21 PM on April 1, 2009

H hain't a vowel.
posted by Deathalicious at 4:40 AM on April 2, 2009

Sometimes he was overzealous.
posted by ocherdraco at 4:51 AM on April 2, 2009

Congrats to everyone who (unlike me) ended up submitting something. I'll go through and play all of the games that were uploaded when I get a chance.
posted by burnmp3s at 7:55 AM on April 2, 2009

Inaugural! AUGH!

posted by sciurus at 8:03 AM on April 2, 2009

*looks forward to reading these*
posted by honest knave at 8:39 AM on April 2, 2009

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