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Emily Short

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Interactive Fiction by Emily Short

Alabaster, by John Cater, Rob Dubbin, Eric Eve, Elizabeth Heller, Jayzee, Kazuki Mishima, Sarah Morayati, Mark Musante, Emily Short, Adam Thornton, Ziv Wities (2009)
(110 ratings)
The Queen has told you to return with her heart in a box. Snow White has made you promise to make other arrangements. Now that you're alone in the forest, it's hard to know which of the two women...

Aspel, by Emily Short (2015)
(5 ratings)

Her Majesty has sent your team to investigate the mountain palace of Aspel, now ruined, to find out its secrets and determine what value it may still have. Aspel is an experimental interactive...

Banana Apocalypse and the Rocket Pants of Destiny, by Emily Short (2001)
(14 ratings)

Bee, by Emily Short (2012)
(63 ratings)
The story of a home-schooled girl preparing to compete in the national spelling bee, dealing with various small crises with family and friends, and gradually coming to terms with the clash of...

Best of Three, by Emily Short (2001)
(57 ratings)

Blood & Laurels, by Emily Short (2014)
(6 ratings)
It's the eight hundred and twenty first year of the city of Rome, a year of bad omens and unrest. The Emperor is bloodthirsty and watches keenly for anyone who might be trying to overthrow him. The...

Bronze, by Emily Short (2006)
(248 ratings)
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.

City of Secrets, by Emily Short (2003)
(94 ratings)

Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short (2012)
(149 ratings)
Anglophone Atlantis has been an independent nation since an April day in 1822, when a well-aimed shot from their depluralizing cannon reduced the British colonizing fleet to one ship. Since then,...

Cragne Manor, by Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna, Adam Whybray, Adri, Andrew Plotkin, Andy Holloway, Austin Auclair, Baldur Brückner, Ben Collins-Sussman, Bill Maya, Brian Rushton, Buster Hudson, Caleb Wilson, Carl Muckenhoupt, Chandler Groover, Chris Jones, Christopher Conley, Damon L. Wakes, Daniel Ravipinto, Daniel Stelzer, David Jose, David Petrocco, David Sturgis, Drew Mochak, Edward B, Emily Short, Erica Newman, Feneric, Finn Rosenløv, Gary Butterfield, Gavin Inglis, Greg Frost, Hanon Ondricek, Harkness Munt, Harrison Gerard, Ian Holmes, Ivan Roth, Jack Welch, Jacqueline Ashwell, James Eagle, Jason Dyer, Jason Lautzenheiser, Jason Love, Jeremy Freese, Joey Jones, Joshua Porch, Justin de Vesine, Justin Melvin, Katherine Morayati, Kenneth Pedersen, Lane Puetz, Llew Mason, Lucian Smith, Marco Innocenti, Marius Müller, Mark Britton, Mark Sample, Marshal Tenner Winter, Matt Schneider, Matt Weiner, Matthew Korson, Michael Fessler, Michael Gentry, Michael Hilborn, Michael Lin, Mike Spivey, Molly Ying, Monique Padelis, Naomi Hinchen, Nate Edwards, Petter Sjölund, Q Pheevr, Rachel Spitler, Reed Lockwood, Reina Adair, Riff Conner, Roberto Colnaghi, Rowan Lipkovits, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Scott Hammack, Sean M. Shore, Shin, Wade Clarke, Zach Hodgens, Zack Johnson (2018)
(11 ratings)
A tribute to Anchorhead.

The Crescent City at the Edge of Disaster, by Emily Short (2001)
(13 ratings)
A Speed-IF featuring New Orleans, Emeril, and armed hamsters.

Damnatio Memoriae, by Emily Short (2006)
(54 ratings)
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...

A Dark and Stormy Entry, by Emily Short (2001)
(21 ratings)

A Day for Fresh Sushi, by Emily Short (2001)
(89 ratings)
No time for fantasy. Must feed fish.

Discernment, by Emily Short, Failbetter Games (2015)
(1 rating)
The stolen soul of Salome. An exclusive Ladybones Salon where devils compare their collections. A man with a cosmogone birthmark. Explore the trade in high-end souls and meet a Discerning Deviless...

Disenchantment Bay, by Jacqueline A Lott (with a head start from Emily Short) (2013)
(4 ratings)
From the about text: "The Inform 7 examples collectively known as Disenchantment Bay were born of a trip that Emily Short made with Dan Shiovitz to Alaska to visit me and Sam Kabo Ashwell, many...

The Empress' Shadow, by Emily Short and Failbetter Games (2016)
(1 rating)
Teach at Sinning Jenny’s Finishing School! Recruit students and train them in important skills, such as deportment and maiming. Then send the class to plunder the secrets of the Empress’ Shadow –...

Endure, by Emily Short (2016)
(11 ratings)
"Endure" is an interactive translation of four lines of the Odyssey. It responds to the player's choice of translation strategy as well as to the order of translation; the words you translate first...

A Family Supper, by Emily Short, Richard Evans, Linden Lab (2013)
(2 ratings)
The Quinn family is hosting a small house party, but an unconventional guest threatens their peace with sonnets, vegetarianism, and a gift for finding everyone's sore points. When secrets start...

First Draft of the Revolution, by Emily Short, Liza Daly and inkle (2012)
(44 ratings)
It is dangerous to deceive a husband of magic-using rank... Juliette has been banished for the summer to a village above Grenoble: a few Alpine houses, a deep lake, blue sky, and no society. Now...

Floatpoint, by Emily Short (2006)
(91 ratings)
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...

The Frequently Deceased, by Emily Short, Failbetter Games (2016)
(3 ratings)
A family of promising youngsters have killed their Governess again. This time, she hasn't come back. Question servants across London. The chief glass-cleaner at the House of Mirrors. The attendants...

Fugue, by Emily Short (2008)
(9 ratings)
Published by Up Right Down, in response to the following plot prompt: THE PLOT: In a bistro in Paris a young woman (A) tells her three girlfriends (B, C, and D) about the affair she had with an...

Galatea, by Emily Short (2000)
(290 ratings)
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.)...

Glass, by Emily Short (2006)
(94 ratings)
The Prince sits awkwardly on the couch, holding his glass slipper and trying to keep it from crushing. Lucinda and Theodora have the ends of the same couch, and they are taking turns seeing who can...

The House on the Cliff, by Emily Short, Richard Evans, Linden Lab (2013)
(1 rating)
An accident to a carriage and mail coach strand a group of strangers in a desolate stretch of coastland. The only source of shelter is an ancient, rambling estate, where neither servants nor master...

Indigo, by Emily Short (2011)
(46 ratings)
"Years ago, a witch placed you in this tower and arranged for your upkeep, paying certain villagers well to keep you supplied with the most basic necessities, and no more. Your years in the tower...

The Last Sonnet of Marie Antoinette, by Emily Short (2001)
(8 ratings)

Lowell Prison, by Emily Short (2008)
(4 ratings)
A small conversation piece between you, an inmate of Lowell Prison, and an old man who crouches beside a wide-open gate.

Marble Madness, by Emily Short (2001)
(14 ratings)

The Mary Jane of Tomorrow, by Emily Short (2016)
(19 ratings)
You, Mary Jane Minsky, have a few things to clear up with your best friend Jenny Yoshida. When your robotic birthday gift doesn't go over as planned, you may need to reset your expectations, for...

Max Blaster and Doris de Lightning Against the Parrot Creatures of Venus, by Dan Shiovitz and Emily Short (2003)
(12 ratings)
Someplace on Venus a secret weapon is being built that threatens Earth with total destruction. You and your comrade must penetrate the Xavian base and save the world -- before it's too late!

Metamorphoses, by Emily Short (2000)
(115 ratings)
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...

Mystery House Possessed, by Emily Short (2005)
(10 ratings)
This intricate all-text reworking draws on the Gothic, as well as Clue, to simulate seven characters working to outwit the killer in their midst.

NewGrant, by Emily Short (2001)
(1 rating)

Not Made With Hands, by Emily Short (2000)
(3 ratings)

Pick Up the Phone Booth and Aisle, by David Dyte, Steve Bernard, Dan Shiovitz, Iain Merrick, Liza Daly, John Cater, Ola Sverre Bauge, J. Robinson Wheeler, Jon Blask, Dan Schmidt, Stephen Granade, Rob Noyes, and Emily Short (2001)
(97 ratings)

Pytho's Mask, by Emily Short (2001)
(64 ratings)
On the Night of the Comet, the usual astrological bonds do not hold, and the order of the universe is threatened. It is a time made for rebels and usurpers, and all who would claim the kingdom for...

Restless, by Emily Short (2018)
(4 ratings)
You've been haunting old Mrs Fagles for decades. Now she's sold the house, and the new owner's moved in. Sylvie's broke, bad at plumbing, and anxious about everything. And with a living, breathing,...

Savoir-Faire, by Emily Short (2002)
(114 ratings)
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...

TinyHillside, by Emily Short (2016)
(7 ratings)

A tiny post mortem Utopia for the Tiny Utopias jam.

Ultimate Quest, by Emily Short (2014)
(2 ratings)
You've been kidnapped, confused, and trapped in a factory to do labor far beneath your true level. The friends you once knew think you're dead, if they think about you at all. But you're equipped...

When in Rome 1: Accounting for Taste, by Emily Short (2006)
(25 ratings)
Manhattan, May, 1954.

When in Rome 2: Far from Home, by Emily Short (2006)
(15 ratings)
Manhattan, 1954.

Recommended Lists by Emily Short

Ficção interativa - 18 items   October 28, 2009
IF presented so far at the 13ª Jornada Nacional de Literatura in Passo Fundo, 2009. These works were chosen for a variety of reasons: to...

Active Non-player Characters - 26 items   February 28, 2008
Games which make use of non-player characters that have a great deal of independence, often moving around and acting on their own, or...

Plot-heavy IF - 10 items   February 21, 2008
Interactive fiction with a lot of plot -- many scenes and events moving the player forward, rather than just a collection of puzzles....

Highly polished gameplay - 10 items   October 30, 2007
Games that are exceptionally well-tested and smooth to play. They may not always be the most original works, but the implementation is...

IF Romances - 13 items   October 20, 2007
IF in the romance genre is rare; here are a few I thought worked well.

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Polls by Emily Short

Adjustable Default Games - 14 votes for 8 games; created June 10, 2009
Works in which some aspect of the game's default behavior can be customized (e.g. by changing the person of the narration), especially if...

Trading and Buying Games - 28 votes for 19 games; created June 2, 2009
Games where a significant portion of the gameplay involves buying, selling, or trading items, especially if there are tactical advantages...

Games with accurate (present or historical) settings - 50 votes for 27 games; created October 10, 2008
I'm looking for works in the general spirit of The Fire Tower or 1893: they can be puzzly or not, have a story or not, but they should...

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Reviews by Emily Short

itch, by Liz England   June 18, 2015
"itch is a Twiny Jam entry, which means that it had a very tight content and word limit. Accordingly, it's pretty short, and within that..." - See the full review

That Sinister Self, by Astrid Dalmady   June 10, 2015
"That Sinister Self is a short horror Twine that dramatizes the ways our own minds and self-critical impulses can turn against us. It..." - See the full review

The Ambassador's Daughter, by Stormchild   May 17, 2015
"This is a vignette-sized piece about trying to get the attention of someone who interests you, at a diplomatic ball, through a short..." - See the full review

On a Horse with No Name, by Greg Ewing   January 11, 2015
"On a Horse with No Name is a fast-playing, lightly puzzly fantasy short. It's a tale about a person with amnesia in a trackless waste,..." - See the full review

HOLY ROBOT EMPIRE, by Caleb Wilson (as Ralph Gide)   September 20, 2014
"HOLY ROBOT EMPIRE is a short and easy puzzler built around the premise that robots have become dominant over humans, not just..." - See the full review

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Emily Short's Club Memberships

ClubFloyd joined September 25, 2009