I’ve been wondering if a lot of people felt burnt out after the last comp.
I know I did for a month or two.
I ask because things seem slow, somehow. This time of year is always slow, but it’s more. It seems like participation from IFComp reviewers and authors has been lower on ifdb, intfiction, and twitter.
I don’t think it’s just a general lull, because newer people (like IFAddicted, liquidrain, and howtophil) have been very active and creative, as has the French IF community and a few people that didn’t do reviews or enter last IFComp (like Veeder or Sean Shore).
I’m writing because a)I wanted to know if other people also felt burnt out, and b)why people thought they felt burnt out.
I personally felt burnt out from playing all 80 games, and felt like I made a mistake by posting so many review threads on the author’s board, crowding out the discussion. I also felt like the results were a bummer because so many repeat authors (like me) had entered hoping to place well, but the sheer quality and number of games meant that a lot of us placed lower than we hoped (I know several people who expressed this sentiment).
I’m considering not entering this year, because I’ve spent so much time on Sherlock Indomitable and need to finish my Owl Consults Spin-Off. It would be fun to do public reviews for once, and I’ve already had my ‘shot’. But I also have an idea for a fun, simple game, and I appreciate people like Schultz and Ondricek who can be counted on to provide a quality game every year.
Anyway, those are just my thoughts, and I’d be interested in hearing others’ thoughts.