Leland Paul's Played Games

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9:05, by Adam Cadre
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The phone rings. Oh, no how long have you been asleep? Sure, it was a tough night, but... This is bad. This is very bad. The phone rings.

Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
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You take a deep breath of salty air as the first raindrops begin to spatter the pavement, and the swollen, slate-colored clouds that blanket the sky mutter ominous portents amongst themselves over the little...

Being Andrew Plotkin, by J. Robinson Wheeler
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"Zarf? you think to yourself. Could it be? The one and only Zarf? Xyzzy Award winner? IF Competition winner? The mighty Inscruitable One? Gosh. What it must be like to be Zarf... You begin to crawl forward,...

Blighted Isle, by Eric Eve
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Blockade duty in the Bay of Biscay, vile weather, and an unplanned jaunt over the side of the ship into the tossing waves. But instead of drowning, you end up on an island that has no right to be there - and...

Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas
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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
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You have always been different. One in a trillion have your gift, your curse: to move between worlds, never settling, always alone. To Wayfare. Yet there are others like you, and something stronger than...

Bronze, by Emily Short
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When the seventh day comes and it is time for you to return to the castle in the forest, your sisters cling to your sleeves.

A Change in the Weather, by Andrew Plotkin
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"Walking away from a picnic, you are suddenly caught in a country storm. You must protect a bridge from being destroyed. An ultra-linear game." [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Child's Play, by Stephen Granade
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It is playgroup day and playgroup day is normally a good day but ever since that little red-haired girl started coming she always wants your toys. She shouldn't get your toys. You tried telling the mom this...

City of Secrets, by Emily Short
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Damnatio Memoriae, by Emily Short
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14 AD. Agrippa Postumus, grandson of the recently-deceased Augustus, tries to avoid death at the hands of the next emperor, Tiberius. At his disposal: a couple of old manuscripts, a lamp, and a recalcitrant...

Deadline Enchanter, by Alan DeNiro
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Delightful Wallpaper, by Andrew Plotkin ('Edgar O. Weyrd')
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Floatpoint, by Emily Short
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It is night on this side of the planet. Settled areas are lit: a jagged crescent in the tropics, lining the inland sea. The bright splatter along the top of the curve is Tanhua, as bright from space as New...

For a Change, by Dan Schmidt
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"The sun has gone. It must be brought. You have a rock." [--blurb from Competition '99]

Galatea, by Emily Short
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Emily Short's description: A conversation with a work of art. "47. Galatea. White Thasos marble. Non-commissioned work by the late Pygmalion of Cyprus. (The artist has since committed suicide.) Originally...

Hunter, in Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin
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The King of Shreds and Patches, by Jimmy Maher
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January 14th Dear friend. My sojourn in parts foreign is at an ende. I am at lodgings in Southwark not far from the bridge at Stoney Street, come dine with me two days hence to ring in the newe year. I have...

Last Resort, by Jim Aikin
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Note: In 2007 the author published an updated and expanded version of this game in TADS3. It was renamed "Lydia's Heart" and is available at http://www.musicwords.net/if/if_heart.htm

Losing Your Grip, by Stephen Granade
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Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
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Pig lost! Boss say that it Grunk fault. Say Grunk forget about closing gate. Maybe boss right. Grunk not remember forgetting, but maybe Grunk just forget. -- IFComp 2007 blurb

Make It Good, by Jon Ingold
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The call comes through. Of all the dicks; you get the call, sitting in the front seat of your car, hands shaking on the steering wheel. An urgent call; but all you were thinking of was the bottle in the...

Masquerade, by Kathleen M. Fischer
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"You walk purposefully down the sidewalk, looking neither left nor right. You don't need to look; you can tell you are being watched from whispers overheard as you pass by. "Poor Amelia..." you hear somebody...

Metamorphoses, by Emily Short
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You wake to stillness. The hammering, banging, and shouting that kept you awake half the night are gone. The air is cold, and something smells burnt. Your master's experiments must be finished, but with what...

Photopia, by Adam Cadre
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"Will you read me a story?" "Read you a story? What fun would that be? I've got a better idea: let's tell a story together."

Sand-dancer, by Aaron Reed and Alexei Othenin-Girard
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It figures that your pickup would die on a night like this and leave you stranded in the dark New Mexico desert. But nothing else figures about this night, man. Nothing at all. An example game for Aaron...

Savoir-Faire, by Emily Short
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The beautiful life is always damned, they say. As for you, you've overexpended yourself: fifteen years of prominence, champagne, carriage rides in the Tuileries, having your name whispered behind...

Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
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"A one-room game set in your apartment." [--blurb from Competition Aught-Zero]

Shrapnel, by Adam Cadre
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Slouching Towards Bedlam, by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
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In the beginning was the Word, and it was hungry. ...

So Far, by Andrew Plotkin
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Sitting in a cramped theatre, irritated that your partner apparently hasn't turned up, you are strangely intrigued by a current of air. It will lead you to a place very different from your own familiar...

The Space Under the Window, by Andrew Plotkin
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A new, experimental game that has no puzzles but uses only words that change your focus on things, thereby adapting the story. [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
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A vacation in our lovely country! See the ethnic charms of the countryside, the historic grandeur of the capital city. Taste our traditional cuisine; smell the flowers of the Old Tree. And all without...

Vespers, by Jason Devlin
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It has been five days, now. Five days since I made the choice. Five days since I closed the gate. Really, there was no choice. Rovato was damned when the first spot appeared: when the first bloody cough...

Violet, by Jeremy Freese
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Calm down. All you have to do is write a thousand words and everything will be fine. And you have all day, except it's already noon. [blurb from IF Comp 2008]

Whom The Telling Changed, by Aaron A. Reed
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The people had always gathered on moonless nights to hear the stories, since the time of their ancestors' ancestors. The heat of the fire and the glow in the storyteller's eyes made the past present, and the...

Worlds Apart, by Suzanne Britton
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For over 20 years, I dreamed about an alternate universe I called the Higher World. For three of those years, I poured almost all of my creative energy into a novel-length story set in that universe. Worlds...


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