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Member since February 22, 2017
Last visited February 18, 2019
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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. Recently decided to try Curses!, was impressed, and lately have been trying to catch up on 25 years of IF.

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)
(28 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...

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, Wade Clarke, Zach Hodgens, Zack Johnson (2018)
(5 ratings)
A tribute to Anchorhead.

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

Recommended Lists by Spike

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

I Am You: Games involving possession of another character - 6 votes for 6 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 - 10 votes for 9 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 - 23 votes for 15 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

The Master of the Land, by Pseudavid   February 18, 2019
"The Master of the Land is a long, choice-based game set in a small, imaginary European country on the Mediterranean Coast in 1834. You..." - See the full review

Murder at the Manor, by Obter9   February 16, 2019
"Murder at the Manor is a short, choice-based murder mystery set in London in 1936. Glancing at the cover and title without reading the..." - See the full review

The Broken Bottle, by The Affinity Forge team, Josh Irvin   February 11, 2019
"The Broken Bottle is a long choice-based story about a young boy, the wolf he has befriended, and a nearby encampment of gypsies. The..." - See the full review

Dream Pieces 2, by Iam Curio   February 7, 2019
"Dream Pieces 2 consists of a series of wordplay-based puzzles. There is a story, but it's light, and it's clearly only there to give some..." - See the full review

Careless Talk, by Diana Rider   February 5, 2019
"Careless Talk is a short, choice-based work in which you play as a member of a magical corps fighting for your country, Albion, during..." - See the full review

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Played Games

The Master of the Land, by Pseudavid
Murder at the Manor, by Obter9
The Broken Bottle, by The Affinity Forge team, Josh Irvin
Dream Pieces 2, by Iam Curio
Careless Talk, by Diana Rider

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Wish List

Tales from Castle Balderstone, by Ryan Veeder
Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
Taco Fiction, by Ryan Veeder
Oppositely Opal, by Buster Hudson
The King of Shreds and Patches, by Jimmy Maher

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