Winners of the 2013 IFComp

1st place

Coloratura

Cover art for Coloratura

Lynnea Glasser

Stolen away by apathetic Blind Ones, your only desire is to return to your Cellarium and the Song of the Universe. They should understand. You shall make them to understand.

This work also won 1st place in the 2013 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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2nd place

Robin & Orchid

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Ryan Veeder & Emily Boegheim

High school journalists spend the night in a church, investigating reports of a ghost.

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3rd place

Ollie Ollie Oxen Free

Carolyn VanEseltine

"War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." - Jimmy Carter

This work also won 3rd place (tie) in the 2013 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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4th place

Captain Verdeterre's Plunder

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Ryan Veeder

You should carry the bag. I'm more of a delegator.

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5th place

Tex Bonaventure and the Temple of the Water of Life
A Tex(t) Adventure

Truthcraze

Tex Bonaventure has sought many things... fame, fortune, women.

Sought, yes. Found, yes. Kept? No.

But now, he must find the fabled Water of Life. Before it's too late.

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6th place

Solarium

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Alan DeNiro

The year is 1954. One year after mutually assured destruction. And I am trying to find you, through memory and alchemy. Not many people know how the nuclear devastation really happened. But we do.

We were part of Solarium.

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7th place

Threediopolis
Griddy and Gritty Word Puzzling

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Andrew Schultz

Even in the future with GPS, it's how you get there that matters!

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8th place

Machine of Death

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Hulk Handsome

In the near future, the world will be changed by a machine that predicts how a person will die with 100% accuracy... but not clarity.

Would knowing your demise change the way you lived your life?

A collection of three short interactive stories.

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9th place

their angelical understanding

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Porpentine

I train to fight angels in a monastery by the sea.

Wear headphones.

TW: Suicidal ideation, ableism, abuse, possible epilepsy trigger.

This work also won 2nd place in the 2013 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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10th place

Bell Park, Youth Detective

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Brendan Patrick Hennessy

A headstrong twelve-year-old detective gets in over her head when she's hired to solve a murder mystery at an internet technology conference.

This work also won 3rd place (tie) in the 2013 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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11th place

Trapped in Time
A Science Fiction adventure where YOU are the hero!

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12th place

Mrs. Wobbles & the Tangerine House
The Mysterious Floor

Mark Marino

2 boys arrive at a magical foster home...

My kids & I wrote this as the 1st in a series for children 7-11. We aimed for simple choice-driven IF that emphasizes not so much the pyrotechnics but the pleasures of reading, something to snuggle up with...

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13th place

Final Girl

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Hanon Ondricek

Everyone is dead. You are still alive. The Skull Lake Stalker might have a trick or two left up his sleeve. Will you survive the last reel of the movie?

Requires a free StoryNexus account (Fallen London).

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14th place

Autumn's Daughter

Ali Sajid Imami (writing as “Devolution Games”)

The smallest choices have drastic consequences in this short story. Follow the girl as she tries to assert independence in a society that tries to cut her down.

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15th place

Moquette

Alex Warren

Tuesday morning. London Underground. Hangover. Journey begins.

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16th place

The House at the End of Rosewood Street

Michael Thomét

The manor house at the end of Rosewood Street has been vacant for as long as you remember, but a notice in the local newspaper reports that the historic house has been sold. How will this newcomer affect the peace of this quaint street you call home?

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17th place

The Paper Bag Princess
an interactive fairy tale

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Adri

Princess Elizabeth is about to marry the love of her life when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps her betrothed.

"The Paper Bag Princess" is an authorized retelling of the book of the same name by Robert Munsch.

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18th place

Impostor Syndrome
some things never change

Deirdra Kiai (writing as “Georgiana Bourbonnais”)

You're giving a talk at a big important tech conference. But do you really deserve to be here, or were you selected just to fill a diversity quota?

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19th place

Who Among Us

Tia Orisney

A noir-themed murder mystery story inspired by Agatha Christie's novel "And Then There Were None" and set in modern day Russia.

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20th place

Dream Pieces
An Interactive Bedtime Story

Iam Curio

You are in a dream but if you stay you'll miss out on a great birthday!

If that line made you groan or scoff, an update lets you turn rhymes off.

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21st place

Further
a color-coded existential tangle

Will Hines

You are a collection of energy loosely held. You are an echo of a person. Something holds you here.

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22nd place

Blood on the Heather

Tia Orisney

A trio of college students visit Scotland and get sucked into a war between vampires.

An homage to the ridiculous and bloodsoaked vampire B-movies of my childhood. Black humor.

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23rd place

The Wizard's Apprentice

Alex Freeman

As the wizard's apprentice, can you complete the challenges set by your master, the wizard Gwydion?

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24th place

Saving John

Josephine Tsay

A hypertext short story, taking the player inside the fragmented mind of John's, as he struggles to find his way through looping, disjointed moments.

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25th place

Sam and Leo Go To The Bodega

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Richard Goodness

Sam And Leo Go To The Bodega is the second most financially-successful Twine videogame of all time. It is the story of Sam and Leo going to the bodega. Sam And Leo Go To The Bodega is a revolutionary example of powerful, personal videogame storytelling.

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26th place

Dad vs. Unicorn

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Julius Olofsson (writing as “PaperBlurt”)

A day like many others. Dad at the BBQ - his son walking in an empty house.

Remembering what's happened. Disappointment fills the void between the two.

And then, a UNICORN attacks!

what now..?

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27th place

Our Boys in Uniform

Megan Stevens

World War II was widely regarded as the most justified conflict in American history. Decide for yourself in one short, cynical logic game.

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28th place (tie)

A Wind Blown From Paradise

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N.C. Hunter Hayden

If we live in the past, we aren't living in the present, and may as well be ghosts.

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28th place (tie)

Mazredugin
Four teens, one...small part of a world

Jim Q. Pfygx-Vobk

They're not THAT important. They don't have to save the WHOLE place. But that's not why they're there.

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30th place

9Lives
A “Psychological Adventure” game.

InformStorm

This IF was created as an assignment for ENG 437: Project Management, taught by Prof. Stuart Moulthrop at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

The authors were Bill Balistreri, Hal Hinderliter, Sean Klabough, Luke Michalski and Morgan Sokol.

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31st place

Vulse

Rob Parker

A dead body floats down a river into the heart of an infuriating small town. As the locals grapple with the murder, they must also contend with the breakdown of cause-and-effect and the realization that the world is not for them anymore.

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32nd place

The Cardew House

Andrew Brown

Thought I'd give Inform7 a try for this comp... it can be a pain in the butt though, can't it? anyhoo... here's my game... after two other abortive attempts...

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33rd place

100,000 Years
the longest short story ever


34th place

The Challenge

Emilian Kowalewski (writing as “ViRALiTY”)

A short web-based CYOA/MCA game with 3D graphics illustrations, written and designed in less than 24 hours!

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35th place

Reels

Tyler Zahnke

Find the missing reel-to-reel recordings by solving puzzles and answering questions.

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