Denk

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Member since February 19, 2016
Last visited April 16, 2024
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I have written Grandpa's Ranch, The Dragon Diamond, The Way Home, Stone of Wisdom and several other small parser games.

A note on my ratings: On IFDB I rate games by how much I enjoy them, not for how long I am enjoying them. Thus short games can get 5 stars if I am highly entertained as long as it lasts. This is in contrast to how I rate games in competitions, where the longer games get higher ratings if I am equally entertained.

Interactive Fiction by Denk

Cragne Manor, by Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna et al.
Show other authorsAdam 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)
(23 ratings)
A tribute to Anchorhead.

Grandpa's Ranch, by Kenneth Pedersen (2021)
(6 ratings)
Grandpa's Ranch is a two-word parser game for beginners and kids. By default, a tutorial mode is enabled but can be disabled by typing TUTORIAL OFF. If you are an experienced parser player, I...

Museum Heist, by Kenneth Pedersen (2020)
(3 ratings)
Music by Eric Matyas www.soundimage.org Play as the elegant art thief Gentleman Finn as he robs the finest art museum in the world. An interactive fiction optimization game made for AdventureJam...

The Dragon Diamond [modern versions], by Kenneth Pedersen (2016)
(4 ratings)
PLOT Your name is Bash, a famous warrior, ordered by the evil Queen Drana to obtain the fabled Dragon Diamond from the Forest of Fear. The queens chauffeur Leon drives you to the outskirts of the...

Stone of Wisdom, by Kenneth Pedersen (2018)
(4 ratings)
Once again queen Drana has a task for you. Can you obtain the Stone of Wisdom and will you ever be free? Play as the warrior Bash on your quest to obtain the Stone of Wisdom. You will start out...

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Polls by Denk

Recovered games - 16 votes for 13 games; created August 13, 2023
Any game which has been practically unavailable for a long time for most players but is now again available to play, though there might...

Games with "recipe puzzles" - 14 votes for 11 games; created March 19, 2023
Any game where "recipe puzzles" are a big part of the game, whether it is alchemy, potion brewing, cooking etc. I came to think of this...

Best of The Quill, PAW and GAC - 44 votes for 35 games; created November 15, 2020
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Best of Quest - 18 votes for 13 games; created March 14, 2020
There are more than 600 Quest games on IFDB. Surely there must be a lot of bad Quest games, but there are certainly good ones too. It...

Games you would like to see finished - 20 votes for 15 games; created July 27, 2018
Unfinished games, e.g. IntroComp games, which you would like to see finished. Hopefully, this will encourage authors to finish their...

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Reviews by Denk

The Enigma of Solaris, by jkj yuio   December 20, 2023
"Ok, I am obviously an outlier here, though five people gave this game 8 or 9 during IFComp. However, I did not play this game during..." - See the full review

LAKE Adventure, by B.J. Best   October 29, 2023
"Goes straight to the heart. In addition it is also a very good game which drew me in. Not sure if the memories were 100% true or partly..." - See the full review

Marika the Offering, by revgiblet   September 25, 2023
"(Played online with Parchment) Inspired by Rovarsson's review, I decided to try this old game from 2007. This is an atmospheric 1-room..." - See the full review

Suspended, by Michael Berlyn   September 16, 2023
"This game is among Infocom's finest. A sophisticated parser where you can order several robots around makes some original puzzles..." - See the full review

The strange case of Walter Donovan, by Antonsimone Donato   September 12, 2023
"This game is a "limited parser" game in that you are given all 11 verbs up front so you don't have to guess any verbs. Well, at one point..." - See the full review

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Denk's Play Lists

Played Games

The Little Match Girl 3: The Escalus Manifold, by Ryan Veeder
At the Poison's Edge, by Natasha Luna
We All Fall Together, by Camron Gonzalez
The Last of What We Once Were, by Jackson The Bear
Last Valentine's Day, by Daniel Gao

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Wish List

Passages, by Jared W Cooper
Forward, by Naomi Norbez (call me Bez)
The Elves of Maroland, by Daniel Carbonell Cob
Emergence, by James Lewis
Pon Para and the Great Southern Labyrinth, by Kyle Marquis

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