In a dark place. You open your eyes, and you are in a cold, dim, lonely place. Dark purple fog billowing all around. The stone floor has a faint purple glow too. The strange darkness reaches as far as the eye can see. But no, no, suddenly you can make a vague shape in the fog. It’s a person sitting in a huge throne made of rock. Her face is turned away from you, but you can tell that she's a queen, dressed in long flowing purple garments. After a moment, she turns to face you. And that’s when you should start to get really scared. She says: "Come here, come here! Join in! Join the ECTOCOMP 2019!"

ECTOCOMP is an annual competition for interactive fiction written for the SPOOKY MONTH OF HALLOWEENTOBER. Whether you celebrate Halloween, Day of the Dead, All Saint's Eve, or just love ghost stories and creeping people out, this is your time to shine!

As per tradition, Ectocomp has two categories:

La Petite Mort, for those who want to speed-write their game in 4 hrs or less
Le Grand Guignol, for games that, for whatever reason, took longer than 4 hrs to write (perhaps a more thoughtful masterpiece? perhaps spent too much time writing SCARY DETAILS?)

Also the comp comes in two languages, English and Spanish.

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Series: EctoComp

Official Web site:

Organizer(s): Ruber Eaglenest, Josh G.

Award date: December 1, 2019

Qualification opening date: October 31, 2019

Qualification closing date: November 30, 2019

Games and Awards

La Petite Mort

For those who want to speed-write their game in 4 hrs or less

Winner: Raishall, by Jac Colvin
2nd Place: The Reptile Room, by Elizabeth Smyth
3rd Place: Witch Beyond the Woods, by Bitter Karella
4th Place: Limerick Night, by Pace Smith
5th Place: The Crimson Terrors of Delamay Manor, by Logan Noble
6th Place: Be There!, by William Dooling
7th Place: Mindful, by Ian Michael Waddell
8th Place: Quite Queer Night Near, by Andrew Schultz
9th Place: Day of the Dead--One Soul's All Souls Procession, by Shadowdrake27
10th Place: holloween spookie adventure chapter 1, by rhl2123

Le Grand Guignol

Le Grand Guignol, for games that, for whatever reason, took longer than 4 hrs to write

Winner: A Journey to Omega Station, by DWaM
2nd Place: Untitled Nopperabou Game, by Stewart C Baker
3rd Place: Additional Tales from Castle Balderstone, by Ryan Veeder
4th Place: When He Died, by O Bluefoot
5th Place: Crumbs 2: The Will of the People, by Katie Benson
6th Place: Pumpkin Pie for your soul, by Nils Fagerburg
7th Place: Whole Souls, by Drumclem
8th Place: The Village, by Helene Vitting
9th Place: Once upon a winter night, the ragman came singing under your window, by Expio
10th Place: Wild Party, by kunludi
11th Place: American Maniac, by MelonPro

La Petite Mort (Spanish)

Juegos creados de forma muy muy rápida, en 4 horas o menos. En Español

1st Place: Sombras y Cipreses, by AZ / ParserCommander

Le Grand Guignol (Spanish)

Juegos creados en más de 4 horas. En Español

1st Place: ¿Sueñan los fantasmas con ovejas zombies?, by cKolmos
2nd Place: 16, by Pablo Martínez Merino (AKA Depresiv)
3rd Place: ¡Vendido!, by CarterpillarDream
4th Place: La Mansión Atkins, by Ancient Nightmares
5th Place: Killing Espinete, by Ardelon
6th Place: Una bruma en Stratford, by Sequentia Soft
7th Place: La cama, by Ruber Eaglenest
8th Place: Wild Party, by kunludi
9th Place: ¿Está usted bien?, by Jorge Vera

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