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For all systems. To play, you'll need a glulx interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
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by David Welbourn

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Daddy's Birthday

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About the Story

It all started with a walkthrough of an imaginary game that 8-year-old Ruth typed for Daddy's birthday... then Daddy converted it into a real game, with Ruth's help. It is possible to play it exactly as in the original walkthrough, or to enjoy a very different birthday. A short interactive fiction story written using Inform 7.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: July 1, 2021
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: 4244AF11-C78C-4064-87CD-C9FF508E6AB6
TUID: f4pv5jn8r1aeu02

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IF Comprehensive

The hoary advice given to authors is to write what you know. It’s not bad advice (though not applicable if want to write games about demons, comic-book supervillains, or financial crimes), but it can be difficult to get other readers invested in something that happened in your own life, even if it was interesting to you. To quote much better advice, personal isn’t the same as important. Especially in a short game with no time to develop the protagonist as a character, it’s tricky to get the audience involved in a low-stakes story without any context or universality. “Daddy’s Birthday” manages to avoid this problem by being charming and short enough to avoid wearing out its welcome.
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Page Update History

  v.8: 24-Sep-2021 11:13 - Jonathan8 (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
Changed cover art, language, forgiveness, author
v.7: 24-Aug-2021 22:31 - David Welbourn
Changed download links
v.6: 03-Aug-2021 02:24 - kaemi
Changed external review links
v.5: 02-Aug-2021 18:52 - kaemi
Changed external review links
v.4: 06-Jul-2021 15:50 - Adrian Welcker
Changed development system, external review links
v.3: 02-Jul-2021 19:22 - Zape
Changed IFIDs, version number
v.2: 02-Jul-2021 19:17 - Zape
Changed download links
v.1: 01-Jul-2021 02:17 - Zape
Created page