My new game, “Second Wind,” is now online as an entrant in the Interactive Fiction Competition 2021 (IFComp2021). With a free account at IFComp.org, you’re invited to judge it and the other contest entrants until November 15.
“Second Wind” is a text adventure game in the parser style, meaning that you interact with environments with commands like
OPEN DOOR and
USE WRENCH. I programmed it in a wonderful game engine called Adventuron. It’s adapted from a short story of the same title, first published by Horror World in 2012 and later collected in Dominoes in Time. Michael Heath Pecorino generously gave me permission to use art from his comic adaptation as the game’s cover art.
Here is its synopsis:
Journey across a post-apocalyptic wasteland to get medical help for your pregnant wife.
You and Lorraine live in Shelter 5. It’s an airtight building in a radioactive desert. It’s airtight to prevent exposure to werespores left over from the war and which would transform you into a mindless proto-human. When Lorraine goes into labor with your child, she needs a C-section, or they will die. The only doctor qualified to help is your ex-wife, Wendy, miles away in Shelter 4 — and Wendy hates your guts.
Getting help before Lorraine dies of exhaustion will require escaping Shelter 5’s confines, a perilous journey across a desert and bombed-out city filled with hostile weremen, and confronting your greatest nemesis: your ex. Your family is worth it, though. So put on your environmental suit and start running.
Content warning: Violence/gore, childbirth trauma, profanity
IFComp is the world’s longest-running competition for text adventure game creators. It’s run by the non-profit Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation. For the second year, I am donating to the prize pool the full audiobook production of any contest winner’s short story.
Finally, here are a few screen shots from the gameplay. Enjoy!
Jay Haynes and I are proud to announce you can visit our VR game world, “Chess Parlor,” on Facebook Horizon! Play chess in a mountaintop lodge against other VR users.
The game is still in beta because there are other features we may add.
Let us know if you need a chess opponent!
I’ve spent the last few weeks programming another little free desktop game in jQuery. It’s called Maze Runner.
Navigate through a procedurally generated maze while avoiding non-player characters. The controls are just your four arrow keys.
A foreign edition of my work is a new one for me. The Big Book of Blasphemy from Necro Publications, containing my short story “The Confession,” was translated into an Italian edition from Independent Legions called Il Grande Libro Blasfemo. My short story is called “La Confessione.” Check it out!
Keith Minnion and I will be signing books at the Book Dragon Shop (Staunton, VA) today from 1-230PM. I should have most of my books there for sale. Stop by and chat!
Click below for details:
For the second year in a row, I’m donating production of a 30-minute audiobook as a prize to the Interactive Fiction Competition (IFComp). The description is:
A short (up to 5000 words or 30 minutes) audiobook of a story by the author
Includes pre-production, narration (by the donor), and post-production of your story, with music intro & outro, suitable for distribution through Author’s Republic to platforms such as Audible and iTunes. Must be claimed within one year.
IFComp’s winners will be announced in mid-November. See their schedule.
The Interactive Fiction Competition is a 27-year-strong contest sponsored by the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for the preservation of interactive fiction. Interactive fiction (IF) is the genre of text-driven digital games and stories such as parsers and game books.
Each year, they solicit donations to the contest. These consist of cash to the “Colossal Fund,” which is awarded to contest winners, plus services from the prize pool such as editing, publicity, content creation, gift certificates, games, books, magazines — and, in this case, an audiobook production. There is no fee to enter.
I’m competing for my second time in this outstanding contest. I would also like to give something cool to the IF community, as well as pad my CV of audio work.
With all that said, best of luck to my fellow competitors, and I hope to work with one of you soon! And to the general public, keep an eye on the IFComp website for this year’s entries, and vote, vote, vote!
Coffin Bell: a journal of dark literature has published my flash short story, “Tea Party.” Please click here to read it.
Here’s a fun fact. This story was inspired by a writing prompt from Theatrefolk, with a cool picture of the floating tea party set. I’m attaching it here for your enjoyment.
I’ve linked up some additional audiobook retailers from the Sizzle book page. Here’s where you can find the book now:
Still on the fence? Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite scenes:
JUHYO is a bridge-style game for 2-4 players where the suits are monsters from all over the world. Click the below picture to play!