[IF Comp 2017] Land of the Mountain King

This isn’t an actual review of Land of the Mountain King by Kenneth Pedersen, because I can’t play it. It’s an ADRIFT 5 game, which can only be played by downloading ADRIFT 5 or via a Windows executable file. And ADRIFT 5 only works on Windows, also. The ADRIFT site suggested I could also perhaps download Mono, which seems to be an emulator of some kind, but it mentioned that this was untested for the Mac version of Mono.

At this point, it became too complicated for me, especially since the game sounds like it focuses on random combat, which is not really my jam. Sorry, Kenneth Pedersen. It’s not personal.

If you ARE into random combat, and DO own a Windows machine (or are more tolerant of fiddling with new software than I am), you can find Land of the Mountain King here.


IFComp 2017: return to form?

On October 1, 2016, the games were released for the 22nd annual Interactive Fiction Competition.

On October 1, 2016, I also went into labor.

So… I didn’t play a single comp game last year, let alone blog about them. I was a bit busy. (I did do a heck of a lot of crosswords in the last year, though. You can solve crosswords on your phone while holding a sleeping baby with the other arm!) I haven’t even played the comp winner, Detectiveland, even though the author is one of my favorites – his Hamlet – The Text Adventure was the very first IF I ever ever played, something like 15 years ago.

For that matter, I’m still a bit busy. Wonderfully, joyfully, hectically, stressfully busy. Being a mom is fantastic and also take up pretty much all previously-free time. But I miss IF, so I’m going to give this a go. I’m rather glad that there are 80 (wowza!) games in the competition this year, because that means that even if I was still childless I wouldn’t have a hope of playing all of them in the judging period – so I don’t need to feel bad about not getting through all of them.

I’m also not going to try for extensive, deep-dive reviews of the games I do play. But I plan to put something here. It’s nice to feel like I can be both a mom and all the things I was before.

So… see you soon?

A new home?

I’ve been playing interactive fiction (IF) for about five years now, and since 2009 I’ve enjoyed being a judge in the annual IFComp. I’ve been writing reviews of games as I played them, posting them on the LiveJournal that I started in high school.

LiveJournal was good back in the day – a definite step up from the Diaryland diary I kept in 1999 or so! – but I don’t think it really suits my needs well anymore. The breaking point is that I found just about all the free themes ugly, unreadable, or both. Not to mention that “runnerchild” was a good username for a high school senior keeping track of her cross-country workouts, but not for an IF reviewer who goes on a run about twice a year…

Therefore, I’m trying out WordPress. We’ll see how this goes.

I plan to finish reviewing the games I played for the 2013 comp. If WordPress works for me, I’ll copy over at least the 2013 reviews and perhaps some of the older ones.