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About the Story
A traditional ballad about a wounded soldier and a bargain struck.
3rd Place, La Petite Mort - ECTOCOMP 2019
I think this story (and the generally similar piece The Curious Incident at Blackrock Township) shows Bitter Karella's range. Most Karella games are light-hearted dark humor Quest games with characters that are exaggerated, sometimes even caricatures.
This Twine game goes to the opposite end: it uses stately language, academic and poetic, and is built around mimesis. The game is framed as a translation of a German poem, with academic footnotes attached. (Spoiler - click to show)I was unable to find any of the references in real life (i.e. outside of the game). But it was so convincing that I felt I had to find something on some of them. The 'translated folk poetry' bit was really convincing, too. Overall, it gave me a better idea of Karella's range.
The academic process of hunting through footnotes is close to lawnmowering, but I found that it really helped the main idea of the game ((Spoiler - click to show)presenting the narrative as real).
As for the content of the poem itself, I found it really well-done. It reminded me of Gawain and the Green Knight or Der Freischutz.
|The Rat-Catcher, by Chandler Groover, Failbetter Games|
Average member rating: (2 ratings)
Team up with a Department of Menace Eradicator to find her missing partner! Collect bounties, interrogate rodents, and venture into the Prickfinger Wastes. Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and your pistol closest still.
|The Hive Abroad, by Laura Michet|
Average member rating: (3 ratings)
Sam lived among aliens for five years. Coming back home has been harder than he thought. The Hive Abroad is an experimental, nonlinear sci-fi short story about friendship, community, and changing yourself.
|Heroes Rise: The Hero Project, by Zachary Sergi|
Average member rating: (7 ratings)
As a contestant on “The Hero Project,” you’ll battle villains and heroes alike with your newly discovered “Infini” powers. Will you vote to eliminate your rivals, or betray your alliance to curry favor with the celebrity judges? “Heroes...