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dripping with the waters of SHEOL

by Lady Isak Grozny profile

2017

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About the Story

A ghost of a peculiar origin stalks the corridor of your flat. Maybe you should go talk to it? A story about gay love and how all things hidden become evident, featuring a bigender protagonist and their trans boyfriend.

Written for ECTOCOMP 2017. Words and code by Lady Isak Grozny.

Playtested by Jackie Maxwell, Adrien Darling, Seraphina Melakh, Verity V. Lee, Xian Xian, Remi Fortuzzi and some others whose names I'll get ASAP.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 29, 2017
Current Version: Unknown
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 4mzub03kk7faopvs

Awards

Nominee, Best Writing; Nominee - Lev/Lyubov, Best Individual PC - 2017 XYZZY Awards

2nd Place, Le Grand Guignol (English) - EctoComp 2017

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A Russian-influenced transgender ghost tale, November 4, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes
Grozny has some of the best writing in this ectocomp so far, with 'dripping with the waters of SHEOL' standing as a good description of the text itself.

This is an intrinsically transgender story; every detail of the game is about being transgender, living with a transgender partner, and reassuring each other about being transgender.

It's also a strong tale about disability, both mental and physical. Your character has left their alt-history 1800's house in shambles, with clothes and dishes all over, most likely due to depression. You have to take numerous pills, you have intrusive thoughts, your joints ache (I somehow imagine a combination of arthritis and fibromyalgia), and you are walking a narrow tightrope with regards to your faith.

The entire game (which does have a ghost story, but only in service to the overall themes) feels like a house of cards which has been delicately set up but is constantly on the verge of collapse.

Like reading a love letter that was found on a battlefield, May 25, 2018
One of the most honest, beautiful and courageous games of our times. Every line in this game is brimming with love and vulnerability.

If you enjoyed dripping with the waters of SHEOL...

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