07 August 2011

Continuing the ADRIFTness

Continuing a discussion on the playing of interactive fiction at the ADRIFT Forum here. Mostly this is to poke the ADRIFT audience with a stick and see if they can be roused to playing games. ADRIFT tends to consider itself a community of "mostly authors," which should sound readily problematic to anyone who otherwise writes & plays IF.

I have also started a thread of Recommended ADRIFT Games, which has been supplemented by Richard Otter. Notably, his recommendations are all 2007 & earlier, while mine are all 2008 or later. I hope they form a complementary and reliable source, although I know there will likely be some gaps. For example, Marika the Offering is on neither list, even though it is highly recommendable. Hopefully the ADRIFT community can build on this so that we can have a more comprehensive and better curated list. I also hope it will spur reviews at adrift.co.

I have also added the ADRIFT 2010 SummerComp games to the main site. These games are already on IFDB-- several reviewed, though those reviews now need to be transplanted to the ADRIFT site in some way. Same goes for many games, like Yon Astounding Castle! of some sort, which have reviews on major IF sites like IFDB, but have received zero response from the ADRIFT community in particular. Campbell claims to be working on this, so.

As for the continuing IFDB flood: I have only added reviews for The Challenge for now. I see that Wade Clarke has posted a review for I Was a Teenage Headless Experiment, for which I am grateful. Mr. Clarke (horror aficionado & author of Leadlight) was one of the several official judges for ECTOCOMP 2010 who is not a regular member of the ADRIFT community, for which he is to be commended. We hope to have more like him drop by and give some ADRIFT games a look. I will attempt to upload the rest of the ECTOCOMP 2010 games tomorrow. Also, secret rumor time: an unverified voice whispers, "ECTOCOMP 2011 may be open to all platforms!"

Here's a run-down of what I have uploaded so far and still need to upload (as far as I know):

-Whitterscap's Key
-Suburban Prodigy

-I Was a Teenage Headless Experiment
-The Crooked Estate

-The Challenge
-@party competition 2011

-Mango (uploaded, but the download link for this is broken, needs fixing...)
-Delusions Again
-Yon Astounding Castle! of some sort (2nd post-comp version)
-ECTOCOMP 2010 games, including:

  1. Pete's Punkin Junkinator (DCBSupafly).
  2. Renegade Brainwave (J.J. Guest).
  3. Steve Van Helsing: Process Server (Mel S).
  4. The Vault (BlueMaxima).
  5. The Fly Human (Eric Anderson).
  6. All Hallows Eve (Alvin Echeverria).
  7. Tenebrae Semper (Seciden Mencarde)
-2009 ADRIFT IntroComp (competition page, including the following 11 games...)
  1. Apokalupsis (James Webb as "revgiblet").
  2. Dung Beetles Are Aliens! (Duncan Bowsman).
  3. The Magician’s Niece (Hensman Int'l).
  4. Through time (Finn Rosenløv).
  5. Existence (Abbi Park).
  6. To End All Wars (Duncan Bowsman).
  7. Donuts (The Dominant Species as "Mr. TDS").
  8. Dish Duty (Duncan Bowsman).
  9. Dead Race (Justahack).
  10. The Merlin Bird of Prey (Mark Sarul).

I admit to some surprise at seeing so little documentation of the PAX Speed-IF games on IFDB. I may also wish to create pages for those, but that's not in the immediate pipeline. I've found uploading lots of stuff and keeping the conversation going to be pretty time-consuming, but rewarding thus far. Let's hope the former reduces and the latter remains.

So, looking at about 21 more pages to create, then reviews. Might as well look at starting a thread on intfiction.org, too, but do feel free to join at the ADRIFT Forum or by posting a review on the ADRIFT Adventures page.



  1. re: lack of PAX Speed-IF on IFDB: Documenting on Speed-IF games in general sorta fell to me by default several years back, but I've kinda fallen behind. It's awkward when the games aren't immediately available during the event, and this seems to be happening more often -- either the speed-if isn't on ifmud or the games are only "available" via the Floyd bot. I prefer a two-step process: (1) zip and upload the games to IF Archive, (2) update IFWiki and IFDB once I know the Archive has processed them. But if I don't have access to the games in the first place, nothing ever seems to get done.

  2. To be honest, I sorta thought it was something David Cornelson would have done, since he collected the games and made them available to everyone. This is not to point fingers or anything, I'm obviously as much at fault here as anyone, which is why I'm trying to take steps to correct it. Archiving is a shared process, and an important one.

    Anyway, I've certainly dropped the ball on it enough, which is why it's all coming as a flood now rather than having come when all this stuff was new. Hopefully this recent surge of uploads will make up for that without bothering too many people. If I'm lucky, it might even give someone out there a game or two to play!