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For Your Consideration - XYZZY-eligible NPCs of 2015

by verityvirtue - 25 votes for 24 games, last vote on April 9, 2016; created on February 11, 2016
"This is for suggesting non-player characters from games released 2015 who you think might be worth considering for Best NPCs/Best Individual NPC in the XYZZY awards. Leave the name (or namelessness) of the NPC (or NPCs) in the comment on..."

Best Choicescript games

by MathBrush - 61 votes for 24 games, last vote on September 5, 2022; created on December 10, 2015
"I've only played a few choicescript games, but I loved Creatures Such as We, The Race, and Scarlet Sails. What can you recommend?"

IF guide for non-IF software

by frofroggy - 5 votes for 3 games, last vote on January 13, 2016; created on December 5, 2015
"I'm looking for IF with puzzles that are solved by literacy in a non-IF software tool. The story should communicate an experience that the user might have a hard time experiencing themselves without the IF providing a guiding narrative..."

Best Post-Comp Releases

by Anya Johanna DeNiro - 6 votes for 4 games, last vote on August 6, 2022; created on November 19, 2015
"Looking for games that did more than bug fixes or extra polishing in their post-IF Comp releases, but rather made substantial changes in scope or content for the better. It could be a middling Comp game made great or an already good game..."


by CMG - 22 votes for 17 games, last vote on January 9, 2024; created on November 18, 2015
"After playing Hard Puzzle by Ade McT, which centers around assembling a "milking stool" under rather sinister circumstances, it struck me how odd it can be to feature milking in a game. This poll is for any games that include or..."

Your favorite homebrew parser

by MathBrush - 27 votes for 20 games, last vote on January 1, 2023; created on October 25, 2015
"Homebrew games don't get a lot of love here, but some of them are pretty good. What is your favorite homebrew game?"

Hypertext stories that make heavy use of text transformations

by Bruno Dias - 17 votes for 13 games, last vote on July 21, 2018; created on October 20, 2015
"I'm looking for hypertexts that make heavy use of stretchtext and related effects to tell their story - Links that add, remove, or alter text within a passage. Swan Hill for instance makes heavy use of this, and my own work does too, but..."

Procedurally generated IF

by verityvirtue - 24 votes for 15 games, last vote on August 12, 2022; created on October 11, 2015
"Looking for IF which uses procedural generation (? I'm not a programmer) to derive its writing, story, etc."

Modern Text Adventures

by glaap - 4 votes for 3 games, last vote on July 23, 2018; created on October 6, 2015
"As I'm currently working on a game that tries to modernize the text adventure genre in a way that it gets closer to movies while still maintaining the idea that you just have a text interface, i'd like to do research on the most..."

Child-friendly CYOA (or other interface that's not traditional parser)

by blue/green - 10 votes for 8 games, last vote on December 9, 2015; created on September 13, 2015
"Most of the games I see on the "appropriate for children" lists are pure parser IF. Are there kid friendly games that have a more accessible interface? CYOA, hyperlink, hybrid parser--any interface that offers some help in figuring out..."

IF of yours you'd most recommend

by blue/green - 41 votes for 39 games, last vote on March 29, 2023; created on September 9, 2015
"If someone were going to play one IF you've written, which one would you recommend? This can be based on any criteria you choose: personal favorite, highest rated, most representative, most accessible, whatever. (You can always change..."

Misunderstood games

by MathBrush - 22 votes for 18 games, last vote on August 2, 2022; created on September 7, 2015
"I'm interested in games where the reviewers 'just don't get it', where part of the game that is essential or hidden got overlooked. I'm thinking of Scary House Amulet as a prime example, where a solid parody game is passed off as poorly..."

a game about a boy, which was sold together with a bound book (novel or short story)

by BearWithMe - 1 vote, last vote on September 1, 2015; created on September 1, 2015
"As a child I remember visiting my next door neighbor, who had a text adventure, which was sold together with a novel (i.e a real fictional book). The story was something about a boy, who perhaps lost his family, ran away from home or..."

Games that did it earlier

by Floating Info - 11 votes for 7 games, last vote on November 25, 2017; created on August 26, 2015
"What are some lesser known games that were first to have a feature that was later perfected by a more well known game?"

Longest games you ever played

by MathBrush - 67 votes for 24 games, last vote on February 8, 2024; created on August 2, 2015
"I'm looking for the game that you played that had the most content (not necessarily being stuck on a puzzle for a long time)"

Games centered around a "groundhog day" loop

by Merk - 63 votes for 33 games, last vote on September 30, 2023; created on July 29, 2015
"Two that come to mind, which I haven't played in years and may be remembering wrong, are Moebius and All Things Devours. Games with fail states, by their nature, fit the bill from a mechanical level, but I'm curious about games where..."

Great Openings

by Floating Info - 17 votes for 11 games, last vote on August 3, 2022; created on July 27, 2015
"What games have your favorite openings? By opening I mean everything before the first room description in a parser game or the first screen of a choice game. It could be a sentence, a few sentences, a paragraph, or more. But I'm looking..."

Some of the worst games written.

by Bishopofbasic - 5 votes for 4 games, last vote on January 1, 2023; created on July 23, 2015
"The last time I put up a poll, I got some really great games, and loved playing them. So now I'm looking for some of the worst IF games ever created within the community. Something in the likes of Ed Wood."

The Squick Squad

by Sam Kabo Ashwell - 12 votes for 10 games, last vote on October 21, 2019; created on July 21, 2015
"A list of games with a heavy emphasis on disgusting, gross-out subject-matter, whether in service to some higher goal, or just because the author is nine years old and thinks poop is the funniest thing ever."

I'm looking for a great surreal game.

by Bishopofbasic - 47 votes for 21 games, last vote on March 6, 2023; created on July 12, 2015
"It's pretty hot up here in Canada and I was wondering if anyone knew of any great surreal type games. Something I can spend my time in front of the AC or in my office hiding from the world. Thanks you guys."
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