Mike Snyder's IFComp 2006 Reviews

#1

(Originally posted to REC.GAMES.INT-FICTION)

Wow… just six “short” weeks ago the judging started, and just… er… several weeks before that, I started on my entry. It’s over already?

Once again I just missed a placing in the top 3 (The Traveling Swordsman). :slight_smile: With such outstanding competition, it’s no surprise. I was braced for
something lower. I’ll have lots more to say later, when it’s not 3:00 AM (and I do work tomorrow). To save the newsgroup from my unfocused ramblings,
I’ll probably just post those thoughts to my website.

I felt that this was an incredibly good competition. Great games. Memorable games. I only played around half of them (a lack of time this year), but it
was mostly a great half. Admittedly, I started skipping and picking from the list, partway through.

But what you’re after are the reviews, right? :slight_smile:

Here they are, in order by the score I’d have given if I had voted. I changed my ranking system a little this year to use plus/minus instead of
half-points.

My IFComp 2006 Reviews page is here:
sidneymerk.com/ifcomp06.shtml

The full scoring explanation is at:
sidneymerk.com/comp06/scoring.shtml

You can view all of this on a single (very long) page:
sidneymerk.com/comp06/journal.shtml

Or individually:

Delightful Wallpaper: 10-
sidneymerk.com/comp06/wallpaper.shtml

The Elysium Enigma: 9+
sidneymerk.com/comp06/elysium.shtml

Legion: 9
sidneymerk.com/comp06/legion.shtml

Floatpoint: 9
sidneymerk.com/comp06/float.shtml

The Primrose Path: 9
sidneymerk.com/comp06/primrose.shtml

Madam Spider’s Web: 9-
sidneymerk.com/comp06/spider.shtml

Moon-Shaped: 8+
sidneymerk.com/comp06/moon.shtml

Game Producer!: 8
sidneymerk.com/comp06/game.shtml

Aunts and Butlers: 8
sidneymerk.com/comp06/aunts.shtml

Star City: 8-
sidneymerk.com/comp06/starcity.shtml

Unauthorized Termination: 7+
sidneymerk.com/comp06/unauth.shtml

Mobius: 7
sidneymerk.com/comp06/mobius.shtml

The Bible Retold: 7
sidneymerk.com/comp06/bible.shtml

The Initial State: 7-
sidneymerk.com/comp06/initial.shtml

MANALIVE Part 2: 6+
sidneymerk.com/comp06/manalive2.shtml

MANALIVE Part 1: 5
sidneymerk.com/comp06/manalive1.shtml

Lawn of Love: 4+
sidneymerk.com/comp06/lawn.shtml

Labyrinth: 4
sidneymerk.com/comp06/labyrinth.shtml

Tetellian Island: 3+
sidneymerk.com/comp06/island.shtml

Sisyphus: 3
sidneymerk.com/comp06/sisyphus.shtml

Simple Adventure: 2
sidneymerk.com/comp06/simple.shtml

PTGOOD 8*10^23: 2-
sidneymerk.com/comp06/ptgood.shtml

I regret that I was unable to play every game this year. The reviews I did, though, are fairly lengthy (if a bit rambly and off-topic at times).

Thanks to everybody who made this a great IFComp – the organizers, the other reviewers, judges, and the other authors. Thanks!

---- Mike.

Terry Pratchett