IF Comp ’10 begins! – (surveys)

Boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to begin the IF Comp 2010!  I have beta-tested one Comp game this year, and my rule from last year is that I get to be a jerk about the number of Comp games I’ve beta-tested, minus one.

Ergo, I solemnly swear not to be a jerk to anyone — reviewer or author — during my IF Comp reviewage.  Even if they totally deserve it.

(The amount of fan mail I got from going negative last year about-equalled the amount of hate mail.  Although all the hate mail was from one person — a friend of the author.  But the point is I should’ve found a nicer way of making those points.)


This year, I invite all judges — not authors, please, but only those who are voting — to register their dis/pleasure at the games they play by filling out that game’s survey.  This is like quality control–

When you like something a game does a lot, the survey gives the authorship community a way to zero in on what that is.  When a game does something you don’t like, the survey enables authors to see and understand specifically what that is.

Text game authors mostly only get such detailed feedback from other authors, because only game authors, mostly, write online reviews of games.  But now we can collect information from both authors and non-authors in ways that allow us to see how games stack up against each other.

The one other thing judges should be doing?

Ok, filling out a survey takes a little bit of work.  But it’s very easy when you start a text game to type the word TRANSCRIPT.  This makes a text file you can then email to the author, perhaps with a little note saying thanks for writing the game.  (If you can’t honestly thank the author, just send the transcript; he’ll get the idea.)

Nobody plays the game exactly like you.  Sending a transcript lets the author see how well he programmed for your style of play.

If you’re looking for the IF Comp website

Click here.  Many thanks to all the contestants — it looks like a fine Comp this year — and may the best author win!

Links to surveys

*NEWS FLASH* A game was left off the list, causing Stephen Granade to circle the IF Comp around to pick it up, like Bishop in ALIEN 2.

The survey to that game is here–

Sons of the Cherry, by Alex Livingston

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

The 12:54 to Asgard, by J. Robinson Wheeler

The Bible Retold: The Lost Sheep, by Ben Pennington

The Chronicler, by John Evans

Death Off the Cuff, by Simon Christiansen

East Grove Hills, by XYZ

Flight of the Hummingbird, by Michael Martin

Heated, by Timothy Peers

Mite, by Sara Dee

Ninja’s Fate, by Hannes Schueller

The People’s Glorious Revolutionary Text Adventure Game, by Taylor Vaughan

Pen and Paint, by Owen Parish

A quiet evening at home, by anonymous

The Warbler’s Nest, by Jason McIntosh

Rogue of the Multiverse, by C.E.J. Pacian

Aotearoa, by Matt Wigdahl

The Bible Retold: Following a Star, by Justin Morgan

The Blind House, by Maude Overton

Divis Mortis, by Lynnea Dally

Gigantomania, by Michelle Tirto

Gris et Jaune, by Steve van Gaal

One Eye Open, by Colin Sandel and Carolyn VanEseltine

Oxygen, by ShadowK

Under, In Erebus, by Brian Rapp

R, by therealeasterbunny

Leadlight, by Wade Clarke

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  1. Thanks for putting the surveys together, I’ll try to fill them out while each game is still fresh in my mind.

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