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Sam Kabo Ashwell

Seattle

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Member since October 21, 2007
Last visited October 2, 2014
Profile ID (TUID): 3edajdozpgy9u1a

I fail to write anything consequential, frequently; more often, I write about other people's writing, which is easier. Sometimes I betatest, which is similar but more polite.

I prefer prose strong as fuck, puzzles generous, settings rich and genres acutely self-aware. I am fine with gratuitous self-indulgence as long as I'm invited. I am comfortable about being an awful snob.

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Interactive Fiction by Sam Kabo Ashwell

Badland Machine, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2003)
(1 rating)

The Cavity of Time, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2011)
(8 ratings)
An Undum-fueled CYOA through a surrealistic landscape of intertextuality and logorrhoea, starring Stiffy Makane in his usual pornographic, antiheroic groove.

The Corn Identity, by Carl Muckenhoupt, Serhei Makarov, Tama Wise, J. Robinson Wheeler, A O Muniz, Admiral Jota, Andrew Schepler, Jacqueline A. Lott, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Dan Shiovitz, John Cater, Duchess, and Mark Musante (2005)
(1 rating)

Dead By Morning, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2003)
(1 rating)

Dithyrambic Bastards, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2002)
(3 ratings)

Djibouti Dirigible Discombobulation, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2007)
(4 ratings)

Dulle Griet and the Antenorian Icebox, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2010)
Storing a war-engine inside Hell was a new tactic; you'll be able to penetrate deeper than ever before and still have a chance of getting out again. The job isn't without its risks, but at least...

Final Assault of the Big Green Cliches, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2001)
(1 rating)

House of Dream of Moon, by Admiral Jota, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Tom Blawgus, Ricardo Dague, N. B. Horvath, Carl Muckenhoupt, Marius Müller, Jacqueline A. Lott, Mark Musante (2007)
(1 rating)

Invisible Parties, by Sam Kabo Ashwell as Psychopup (2014)
(5 ratings)
You are a walker of the ways between the worlds. It is not an arrangement conducive to straightforward relationships. The Three Rebeccas have created a tangle, a temporary artifice woven from parts...

Manna, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2002)
(1 rating)

Moondarkling: Elfboon, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2011)
(3 ratings)

Olivia's Orphanorium, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2012)
(11 ratings)
Sparky young entrepreneur Olivia sets out to fulfil her dream of running an orphanage. The beatings will continue until morale improves.

A Spliff in Time, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2002)
(1 rating)

stupidgame, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2001)
(2 ratings)

Things, by Jacqueline A. Lott and Sam Kabo Ashwell (2004)
(4 ratings)

Ugly Chapter, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2003)
(10 ratings)

Upwards, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2005)

The War On New Year's, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2007)
(1 rating)

What Happens in Vagueness, by Sam Kabo Ashwell, Tom Blawgus, N.B. Horvath, Justin Larue, Jacqueline A. Lott, Michael Martin, Carl Muckenhoupt, Marius Müller, Mark Musante, and Brian Rapp (2008)
(5 ratings)

Within a Wreath of Dewdrops, by Sam Kabo Ashwell and Jacqueline A. Lott (2005)
(1 rating)

Yellow Dog Running, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2002)
(5 ratings)

Recommended Lists by Sam Kabo Ashwell

Distinctive Puzzle Style - 10 items   October 30, 2007
One of the most powerful techniques for rendering a game memorable is to build it around a unusual, interesting and consistent way of...

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Polls by Sam Kabo Ashwell

For Your Consideration - XYZZY-eligible puzzles of 2013 - 12 votes for 9 games; created October 30, 2007
This poll is a place to suggest individual puzzles from games released in 2013, which you think might be worth considering for Best...

For Your Consideration - XYZZY-eligible NPCs of 2013 - 19 votes for 16 games; created October 30, 2007
This poll is a place to suggest non-player characters from games released in 2013, who you think might be worth considering for Best...

For Your Consideration: XYZZY-eligible PCs of 2013 - 17 votes for 15 games; created October 30, 2007
This poll is a place to suggest player characters from games released in 2013, who you think might be worth considering for Best...

This Is Who We Are - 53 votes for 26 games; created October 30, 2007
A considerable number of games exist largely as the commentary of the IF community (or some subset of it) upon the medium and the...

Sublime Moments - 62 votes for 32 games; created October 30, 2007
I've been thinking about games that provide really brilliant moments. This is not about the overall quality of the game: there are plenty...

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Reviews by Sam Kabo Ashwell

Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom, by S. John Ross   July 26, 2014
"A heroic fantasy romp, and probably the best such in IF. Good for many hours of fun. One of those situations where I'd like to be able to..." - See the full review

Light My Way Home, by Venus Hart   June 10, 2014
"Light My Way Home is a simple, evocative little game. The unfolding of exactly what is going on is, I think, important to its emotional..." - See the full review

Champion of Guitars, by Bill Meltsner   March 21, 2014
"In order for parody to work, it has to be salient criticism: it needs to articulate and illuminate a problem with its subject. I haven't..." - See the full review

Choice of the Deathless, by Max Gladstone   January 24, 2014
"Choice of the Deathless has the most richly-developed, distinctive, ambitiously-written world of any Choice of Games work I've played to..." - See the full review

Sorcery!, by Steve Jackson and inkle   January 12, 2014
"My dim recollection is that The Shamutanti Hills was one of the first CYOAs I ever played, and the first game I encountered that really..." - See the full review

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Sam Kabo Ashwell's Wish List

Wildflowers, by Carolyn VanEseltine
Homecoming, by Carolyn VanEseltine
Pascal's Wager, by Doug Egan
The ORPHEUS Ruse, by Paul Gresty
Circa Regna Tonat, by JS Choinski

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Sam Kabo Ashwell's Club Memberships

ClubFloyd joined November 17, 2012