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Feu de Joie (Session 1): cathedral

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Episode 1 of Feu de Joie
epistolary
2015

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Twine game with unusual format and interesting use of Twitter, May 10, 2015
by MathBrush
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This game contains excellent writing, but that is easy, because more than half of the text comes from the writings of Lord Dunsany, a fantasy writer predating Tolkien and Lovecraft. The writings chosen are about the world wars; it may have been picked as something "dry", but I was actually very interested in the text.

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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Anya Johanna DeNiro, May 10, 2015 - Reply
Hey there, you make a good point about Twitter, and I should have taken that into account. If you want to still access that part of the narrative, feel free to email quartermoonmaster@gmail.com

Best,
Alan DeNiro
Andrew Watt, May 10, 2015 - Reply
I revisited my review after reading yours and found it unnecessarily insulting to Dunsany's work. I've revised the first line of the second paragraph.
MathBrush, May 10, 2015 - Reply
I don't recall your review being insulting to Dunsany's work; I thought that the game itself somehow implied that the work was dry and that it was just propaganda. Your review was actually the reason I played the game, so I appreciate you writing it.

I think the description of an old cathedral missing its roof and full of yellow and white trees is what I liked.
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