Sam Kabo AshwellSeattle
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Member since October 21, 2007
Last visited June 30, 2020
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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.
Interactive Fiction by Sam Kabo Ashwell
|Badland Machine, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2003)|
In this tiny game set in the steampunk fantasy western genre, you play as a dew fairy—a dew fairy in leathers with a motorbike. You're tired and in an incredibly bad mood. You have a delivery to...
|The Cavity of Time, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2011)|
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)|
|Cragne Manor, by Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna, Adam Whybray, Adri, Andrew Plotkin, Andy Holloway, Austin Auclair, Baldur Brückner, Ben Collins-Sussman, Bill Maya, Brian Rushton, Buster Hudson, Caleb Wilson, Carl Muckenhoupt, Chandler Groover, Chris Jones, Christopher Conley, Damon L. Wakes, Daniel Ravipinto, Daniel Stelzer, David Jose, David Petrocco, David Sturgis, Drew Mochak, Edward B, Emily Short, Erica Newman, Feneric, Finn Rosenløv, Gary Butterfield, Gavin Inglis, Greg Frost, Hanon Ondricek, Harkness Munt, Harrison Gerard, Ian Holmes, Ivan Roth, Jack Welch, Jacqueline Ashwell, James Eagle, Jason Dyer, Jason Lautzenheiser, Jason Love, Jeremy Freese, Joey Jones, Joshua Porch, Justin de Vesine, Justin Melvin, Katherine Morayati, Kenneth Pedersen, Lane Puetz, Llew Mason, Lucian Smith, Marco Innocenti, Marius Müller, Mark Britton, Mark Sample, Marshal Tenner Winter, Matt Schneider, Matt Weiner, Matthew Korson, Michael Fessler, Michael Gentry, Michael Hilborn, Michael Lin, Mike Spivey, Molly Ying, Monique Padelis, Naomi Hinchen, Nate Edwards, Petter Sjölund, Q Pheevr, Rachel Spitler, Reed Lockwood, Reina Adair, Riff Conner, Roberto Colnaghi, Rowan Lipkovits, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Scott Hammack, Sean M. Shore, Shin, Wade Clarke, Zach Hodgens, Zack Johnson (2018)|
A tribute to Anchorhead.
Dead By Morning, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2003)
|Dithyrambic Bastards, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2002)|
|Djibouti Dirigible Discombobulation, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2007)|
|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)|
In this short work, it's last stand time. You're pinned down with your companions, Waptrap, Mindbraid, and Aur in a bad position behind a fallen pillar. The infidels are well within range, but you...
|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)|
|Invisible Parties, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (as Psychopup) (2014)|
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)|
Moondarkling: Elfboon, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2011)
|Olivia's Orphanorium, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2012)|
Sparky young entrepreneur Olivia sets out to fulfil her dream of running an orphanage. The beatings will continue until morale improves.
|Scents & Semiosis, by Sam Kabo Ashwell, Cat Manning, Caleb Wilson, Yoon Ha Lee (2020)|
A perfumer keeps a private collection of scents, each tied to a memory. Decide what they mean. Scents & Semiosis makes heavy use of procedural generation to create strange perfumes, full lives, and...
|A Spliff in Time, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2002)|
|stupidgame, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2001)|
|Things, by Jacqueline A. Lott and Sam Kabo Ashwell (2004)|
|Ugly Chapter, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2003)|
In this short story, you play as Leti, a rich woman and a patron of the arts, who travels from Hawaii to Mars, as told by an angry and bitter male poet who knew her. What you did in the most ugly...
|Upwards, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2005)|
|The War On New Year's, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2007)|
|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)|
|Within a Wreath of Dewdrops, by Sam Kabo Ashwell and Jacqueline A. Lott (2005)|
|Yellow Dog Running, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (2002)|
Recommended Lists by Sam Kabo Ashwell
Polls by Sam Kabo Ashwell
NPCs Made Easy - 33 votes for 19 games; created February 9, 2015
For Your Consideration - XYZZY-eligible puzzles of 2013 - 12 votes for 9 games; created April 23, 2013
For Your Consideration - XYZZY-eligible NPCs of 2013 - 19 votes for 16 games; created April 23, 2013
For Your Consideration: XYZZY-eligible PCs of 2013 - 17 votes for 15 games; created April 23, 2013
Reviews by Sam Kabo Ashwell
Mountains of Ket, by R. A. McCormack August 26, 2016
Inside the Japanese American Internment, by tfickle March 22, 2015
♥Magical Makeover♥, by S. Woodson March 22, 2015
dirty words in the dictionary, by hcgoldsmith March 22, 2015
Sam Kabo Ashwell's Wish List
Worldsmith, by Ade McT
City of Dead Leaves, by Felix Pleşoianu
Open Sorcery, by Abigail Corfman
Superluminal Vagrant Twin, by C.E.J. Pacian