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About the StoryA freelance QA specialist has started archiving an unusual project online that he has been working on. A mysterious company named BUCOLIC ehf, a "digital literature publisher", is developing an interactive version of Lord Dunsany's collection of essays about World War One, Unhappy, Far-Off Things. (Lord Dunsany is probably best known as the fantasist who was an early influence on Lovecraft.) Each essay in the collection is being tested as a "Session." But something is not quite right with the first one.
A work of serialized interactive fiction.
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Inventive and unsettling, May 10, 2015
I enjoyed the contrast between Dunsany's cultivated prose and the testerís more conversational notes (the novel House of Leaves comes to mind). Itís amusing at first, but becomes unsettling when the text seems to return the tester's gaze. The testerís a smart guy, but I worried for him, as I would for a horror movie character (ďDonít open that door!Ē), and I fear that something terrible is in store for him.
Do read the testerís first letter to Martha before beginning Session 1. It establishes who he is and whatís at stake for him. This first episode is brief but involving, and teases at unsettling developments to come. An intriguing story, and imaginatively designed.
Disclaimer: I recently pledged to support Feu de Joie on Patreon.
Twine game with unusual format and interesting use of Twitter, May 10, 2015
The material surrounding the text is somewhat less well written, relying on some stock ideas common in the 2010's. The visual format is very interesting, trying to mimic a folder of html files (well, I guess it really is a folder of html files; isn't everything?), and then incorporating more and more material.
There are some parts where it is difficult to read due to (Spoiler - click to show)every letter being turned around. It was a little frustrating.
The game incorporates twitter in a fun way; unfortunately, I did not want to use my twitter account (due to it being very public), and I did not want to start a new account, so I didn't get to try it out.
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