I am new to interactive fiction, could anyone recommend a game for me? - an IFDB Poll

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Hello, I just recently came across interactive fiction and I want to try it out and see if it's my kind of thing. I tried Dreamhold for maybe half an hour, but even though it seemed well written, solving puzzles isn't interesting for me. I like adventure/character development/action, is there any kind of interactive fiction title that you could recommend for me? I also enjoy medieval fantasy settings.

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Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
9 votes
"Good for nearly any beginner" [+]"Good for nearly any beginner" () --Molly... "Good to introduce, simple commands, easy gameplay and altogether hilarious!" [+]"Good to introduce, simple commands, easy gameplay and altogether hilarious!" -->>command... "Because PURE AWESOME" [+]"Because PURE AWESOME" () --Mostly Useless... (No comment) [+](No comment) () --Ryan Veeder... (No comment) [+](No comment) () --Dannii... (No comment) [+](No comment) ( - Full review) --StarSkys... (No comment) [+](No comment) ( - Full review) --Jim Kaplan... (No comment) [+](No comment) () --Ghalev... (No comment) [+](No comment) () --Karl Ove Hufthammer...

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Photopia, by Adam Cadre
4 votes
"Another good newbie recommendation" [+]"Another good newbie recommendation: Not as action-oriented as you might want, but it has good writing and is light on puzzles" () --Molly... (No comment) [+](No comment) () --platy... (No comment) [+](No comment) () --Witchy W... (No comment) [+](No comment) --Tross...

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Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom, by S. John Ross
3 votes
"Light puzzles, simple verb set, faux-Conan setting." [+]"Light puzzles, simple verb set, faux-Conan setting.: This is not completely puzzle-free, but the puzzles are on the simple side, and there's lots of adventuring and a tongue-in-cheek barbarian fantasy setting. The writing and jokes are excellent." () --Emily Short... "Designed for newcomers" [+]"Designed for newcomers: Designed for fans of a pen-and-paper game (many of whom had no experience with IF). That game is included with the download, so nobody's left out." --Ghalev... (No comment) [+](No comment) ( - Full review) --Jim Kaplan...

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Alabaster, by John Cater, Rob Dubbin, Eric Eve, Elizabeth Heller, Jayzee, Kazuki Mishima, Sarah Morayati, Mark Musante, Emily Short, Adam Thornton, Ziv Wities
3 votes
"One of the best conversation games" [+]"One of the best conversation games" --Dannii... (No comment) [+](No comment) --Tyrant... (No comment) [+](No comment) --crypticresonance...

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Guilded Youth, by Jim Munroe
2 votes
"Easy and Beautyful to Play" [+]"Easy and Beautyful to Play: A non-frustating IF game that will leave you satisfied story-wise (also has graphics and sound)" ( - Full review) --Tristano... "One might say..." [+]"One might say this one is a bit of both worlds: some fantasy, some character development. And it's not too puzzle-y." --David Welbourn...

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Whom The Telling Changed, by Aaron A. Reed
2 votes
"A game about stories, and why we tell them" [+]"A game about stories, and why we tell them: Most of the game centers around influencing a single conversation. Has multiple endings, if you're into that sort of thing." () --Molly... (No comment) [+](No comment) ( - Full review) --Jim Kaplan...

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The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
1 vote
"this one is really good for beginners to interactive fiction" [+]"this one is really good for beginners to interactive fiction" --jlvp1234...

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Violet, by Jeremy Freese
1 vote
"Not much..." [+]"Not much adventure, but great character development. Also the one-room aspect can be helpful to some new players." () --E.K....

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All Roads, by Jon Ingold
1 vote
"Exciting adventure set in vaguely Medieval Venice" [+]"Exciting adventure set in vaguely Medieval Venice: Has a small puzzle at the very beginning, but is otherwise puzzle-free." () --Molly...

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The Witness, by Stu Galley
1 vote
"Elementary!" [+]"Elementary!: very disappointing comapred to DEADLINE but may be a good intro to IF for a beginner because it's fairly easy." () --Puddin Tame...

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Glowgrass, by Nate Cull
1 vote
"Great, smallish SF game with easy puzzles and a great backstory." [+]"Great, smallish SF game with easy puzzles and a great backstory." ( - Full review) --Rovarsson...

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Attack of the Yeti Robot Zombies, by Řyvind Thorsby
1 vote
"this one might be a little more advanced but I did upload a walkthrough for those that get stuck somewhere" [+]"this one might be a little more advanced but I did upload a walkthrough for those that get stuck somewhere" --jlvp1234...

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Rat In Control, by Mike Roberts
1 vote
"This is one of the earlier ones I played. It's short and simple but fun." [+]"This is one of the earlier ones I played. It's short and simple but fun." --Sam Jackson...

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Metamorphoses, by Emily Short
1 vote
"Cerebral fantasy..." [+]"Cerebral fantasy game in a setting strongly based on alchemical and philosophical concepts. Very well-written. The puzzles are good, but not very hard, and many of them allow multiple solutions." --Christina Nordlander...

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Words of Power, by Stark Springs
1 vote
"If you like..." [+]"If you like character development and fantasy, this might be the game for you. Also, no difficult puzzles at all." () --Fredrik...

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9:05, by Adam Cadre
1 vote
"Short, somewhat slice-of-life, puzzle-less. " [+]"Short, somewhat slice-of-life, puzzle-less. " () --Tross...

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Pytho's Mask, by Emily Short
1 vote
"Has a few..." [+]"Has a few puzzles, including a hard one towards the end, but mostly it's just about conversation, and building a fabulously detailed, original fantasy world (albeit Renaissance-themed, not medieval)." () --Felix Pleșoianu...

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Galatea, by Emily Short
1 vote
"A fun experiment in NPC conversation" [+]"A fun experiment in NPC conversation: No puzzles. You are an art critic and talk and interact with a living statue as you see fit. Many endings!" --Tyrant...

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Price of Freedom: Innocence Lost (expanded 2019 version), by Briar Rose
1 vote
"Really difficult choices" [+]"Really difficult choices" --Wings-Of-Fate...

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Dead Like Ants, by C.E.J. Pacian
1 vote
"A creepy fantasy" [+]"A creepy fantasy: Contains a couple easy puzzles" () --Molly...

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Gun Mute, by C.E.J. Pacian
1 vote
"This cheerful..." [+]"This cheerful post-apocalyptic western has easy puzzles, a really simple map (only two directions), and good writing." () --baywoof...

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