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Dead Cities

by Jon Ingold profile

Part of Commonplace Book Project

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About the Story

The letter you received from Arkwright's nephew Carter was clear enough: when the old man dies the inheritance tax will be too great. It's certain ruin, much like the estate itself. To raise some capital the nephew has set up buyers for Arkwright's extensive collection of rare and old books: the British Museum, the libraries at Cambridge and Oxford and the Université de Paris. You have the inventory: of course, you still need his signature.

The horse comes to a stop outside the front door of the weary mansion. The rain is getting worse.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 9
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: 303E9BDC-6D86-4389-86C5-B8DCF01B8F2A
TUID: q5el4dphbf7q6e5y

Off-Site Reviews

John Ingold's Dead Cities captures H.P. Lovecraft's obsession with forbidden knowledge, in a game that’s not only well written, but also crafted to draw you in. It's a small, tight design that doesn't take long to finish. With some amount of replayability, you can find a few premature/alternative endings. But the mood the game creates hangs heavy throughout, with settings richly described though not overly Lovecraftian.
-- Dark Star
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Jay Is Games
Ingold's work is strange and challenging, evocative and opaque like Lovecraft's own stories.
-- Emily Short
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Page Update History

  v.8: 04-Feb-2015 06:26 - BlitzWithGuns (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.7: 05-May-2013 09:01 - Edward Lacey
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v.6: 13-Feb-2009 16:02 - Juhana
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v.5: 29-Mar-2008 15:32 - Eriorg
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v.4: 29-Mar-2008 11:56 - jingold
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v.3: 24-Feb-2008 05:37 - Juhana
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v.2: 23-Feb-2008 15:26 - Emily Short
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v.1: 23-Feb-2008 15:23 - Emily Short
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