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Story File, Release 3
For all systems. To play, you'll need a glulx interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
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Story File, Release 2
For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
Ectocomp 2014
Contains lime.z5
For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links. (Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at www.info-zip.org.)

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Lime Ergot

by Caleb Wilson (as Rust Blight) profile


About the Story

Now everyone is gone. (Well, almost everyone.)

Entry in ECTOCOMP 2014.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 31, 2014
Current Version: 3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: D411018C-89C6-4AB8-9F9B-21E38BD34002
TUID: b8mb4fcwmf1hrxl

Off-Site Reviews

Lime Ergot is a telescoping perception puzzle. This is where its importance to the parser medium lies: it uses the traditional construction of objects and subobjects to recast movement and perception. For decades, the parser was very concerned with “mimetic” representations of realistic space, with achieving a form of immersion that is present, also, in graphical video games; particularly with achieving the sort of materiality and space that is also found in those games.

Works like this upend this ideal. They present a space that has to be traversed on different terms. You play Lime Ergot by falling into its descriptive text, one layer at a time. Most uses of this device only go a couple layers deep and rely on increasingly-minute detail; Lime Ergot discards our spatial expectations entirely, and not only builds in an implausible number of layers of perception, many of the moves are lateral or even not spatial at all. It’s probably one of the best representations, in fiction, of a hallucinatory or dissociating state.
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spooky action at a distance
In short: this is one of the most coherent games I have played in terms of using the precise medium of interactivity to produce and highlight an emotional state in the player. It is an absolute gem of a game.
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v.19: 29-Jun-2016 23:07 - Autymn Castleton (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.18: 01-Jul-2017 10:30 - Caleb Wilson
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v.17: 28-Jun-2017 14:18 - Caleb Wilson
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v.16: 28-Jun-2017 14:17 - Caleb Wilson
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v.15: 28-Jun-2017 09:17 - Caleb Wilson
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v.14: 27-May-2017 04:29 - IFforL2
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v.13: 27-May-2017 04:28 - IFforL2
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v.12: 27-May-2017 04:27 - IFforL2
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v.11: 27-May-2017 04:22 - IFforL2
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  v.10: 29-Jun-2016 23:07 - CMG
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v.9: 12-Dec-2015 05:08 - Emily Boegheim
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v.8: 08-Dec-2015 15:32 - Bruno Dias
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v.7: 08-Dec-2015 09:11 - Caleb Wilson
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v.6: 09-Jun-2015 15:54 - Doug Orleans
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v.5: 27-Dec-2014 20:45 - Caleb Wilson
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v.4: 27-Dec-2014 20:43 - Caleb Wilson
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v.3: 13-Dec-2014 10:24 - Caleb Wilson
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v.2: 24-Nov-2014 09:22 - Caleb Wilson
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v.1: 09-Nov-2014 00:04 - DB
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