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About the Story
An anthology of terror, edited by Ryan Veeder. Also an ECTOCOMP 2018 entry.
Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 31, 2018
Current Version: 1
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Spine-tingling
Spoofed by Return to Castle Veederstone ...for the first time ...for the last time, by Stewart C Baker
Winner, Le Grand Guignol - EctoComp 2018
This game comprises a series of short stories that are read aloud in Castle Balderstone, the “real” world where the protagonist is located; each story is followed by a conversation between the authors, facilitated by a moderator who, rather like an emcee of an informal production, has heavy character presence. Apart from being intriguing in its own right, this setup has a ton of benefits, many of which are cleverly taken advantage of....
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This game is framed as a collection of friends sharing tales. After an intimidating wall of opening text, you begin playing the mini-games in random order.
You can, at any time, excuse yourself to go to the bathroom to skip a tale, which opens up a small segment of the game.
The stories were fun, and in a wide range. One was essentially a one-note joke; one was a deeply disturbing exploration in three parts that was frankly horrifying; another was like a fairy tale; and the fourth is a fun riff on metaphorical games.
I found this game truly enjoyable. Its one defect for me was the difficulty in finding the right actions/verbs on a regular basis. However, that may be part of the charm. But when I saw a pattern on the wallpaper and couldn't X PATTERN, or couldn't get a response for cutting it with one of two items present in the game, I got frustrated. SHOUT could work more often, TALK TO isn't implemented. But I don't know if it's worth it going back to spruce this game up, since the fun's already there.
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