Yay, more reviews! I was hoping for something just before the deadline…but this is just as good! Right after the results, which came right after the deadline. Good work both, and good work all the authors.
I would love to see 50 authors next year. But it would be so tough for me to get through all the games, no matter which side of the judging veil I’m on.
I’m not sure that The Play really counts as hypertext fiction in the usual sense, but I suppose that’s how Undum describes itself (‘CYOA’ annoys the good people at ChooseCo, and ‘choice-based narrative’ isn’t very specific.)
Regardless of what you call it, it’s definitely the highest-placed. I think that the previous highest-placed CYOA was Duncan Bowsman’s The Ascot, which placed 15th of 24. (Desert Heat technically placed above a higher proportion of the field, at 28 of 53, but I’m not sure that you can compare one of the highest-entry years to one of the lowest this way.) In fact, I don’t think that CYOA has ever placed in the top half before, which means that this year would be mildly notable for The Binary even without The Play.
I’m quite grateful for everyone’s work. The intra-comp updates were clearly nontrivial, and the online transcripts were quite nice, though I didn’t use them as much as I should’ve.
How long will the transcripts be around for? I want to do a lot of post-comp work, so I’m not sure if I should save them locally. They take up a bit of space, and I may want to access them from multiple computers.
Also, one hour turnaround time for results = wow. Your guys were very effective.
I noticed that. The two facts might be related. Not sure if this is right, but there may have been roughly the same number of judges, each of them playing a smaller proportion of the games (given the huge number of games to get through).