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Member since February 22, 2017
Last visited September 22, 2020
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Played Zork and half the Infocom catalog in the 80s as a teenager. Played some AGT games in the 90s and the original Adventure in the mid-2000s. Discovered the modern IF scene in 2017.

I tend to like large games with well-crafted puzzles.

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Interactive Fiction by Spike

A Beauty Cold and Austere, by Mike Spivey (2017)
(34 ratings)
That survey course in conceptual mathematics seemed like a good idea at the start of the term - no graded homework, no midterm exams - just an oral final at the end. But now that final is tomorrow...

Junior Arithmancer, by Mike Spivey (2018)
(33 ratings)
A one-to-many-room puzzler.

Sugarlawn, by Mike Spivey (2019)
(17 ratings)
With a loud "click," the door closes behind you. Finally! You are locked inside an antebellum Southern mansion, alone, wearing only a chicken costume. You've fantasized about this moment for years.

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A Year on IFDB: The games that have stayed with me - 12 items   February 14, 2018
About a year ago I discovered post-AGT interactive fiction. Since then I've played a lot of great IF games. This list consists of the...

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Polls by Spike

Educational IF - 30 votes for 18 games; created July 7, 2019
Several of us are interested in using IF for education, both in the classroom as well as more broadly. The purpose of this poll is to...

I Am You: Games involving possession of another character - 9 votes for 7 games; created December 14, 2018
Three games I've played in the past couple of months have featured the PC's ability to possess other characters as a primary or secondary...

Choice-based puzzlefests - 16 votes for 12 games; created November 22, 2018
I enjoy games with lots of good puzzles, but so far nearly all the ones I've played have a parser-based interface. This poll is to help...

Great games that consist of a single puzzle - 33 votes for 18 games; created June 15, 2018
I'm looking for well-designed and challenging games that revolve around solving a single puzzle. The puzzle may have multiple parts, but...

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Reviews by Spike

Coloratura, by Lynnea Glasser   September 22, 2020
"Coloratura is an excellent science fiction game. In a sense, the game gives you two stories in one. Foregrounded is the story of the..." - See the full review

Remedial Witchcraft, by dgtziea   January 1, 2020
"In Remedial Witchcraft you play as an inexperienced practitioner of magic arts. Not an uncommon premise: Games from Infocomís classic..." - See the full review

Girth Loinhammer and the Quest for the Unsee Elixir, by Damon L. Wakes   December 29, 2019
"This choice-based game made me smile pretty much the whole way through. It's a short parody of fantasy role-playing gamebooks; it even..." - See the full review

The Chieftain, by LeSUTHU   December 26, 2019
"I had more fun with this game than most other players seem to have had, judging by its current ratings and its placement in IFComp. I..." - See the full review

Pirateship, by Robin Johnson   December 11, 2019
"Pirateship is a lighthearted, pirate-themed puzzle comedy with the feel of a classic parser game. It's not technically a parser game..." - See the full review

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Spike's Play Lists

Played Games

Coloratura, by Lynnea Glasser
The Prongleman Job, by Arthur DiBianca
Out, by Viktor Sobol
Limerick Heist, by Pace Smith
Skies Above, by Arthur DiBianca

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Wish List

In the Service of Mrs. Claus, by Mathbrush
Shrapnel, by Adam Cadre
Gourmet, by Aaron A. Reed and Chad Barb
Distress, by Mike Snyder
Gun Mute, by C.E.J. Pacian

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