I’m very pleased to announce that the 2019 Spring Thing Festival of Interactive Fiction is now open!
This year, there are twenty games, spread across two categories. Authors chose whether to submit games to the Main Festival, where they are eligible for ribbon nominations and the prize pool, or the Back Garden, which opts out of ribbons and prizes but has looser entry requirements (including allowing excerpts from unfinished or commercial games).
In the Main Festival:
- Among the Seasons, by Kieran Green - Twine
- Bullhockey 2: The Return of the Leather Whip, by B F Lindsay - Inform/Glulx
- Darkness, by Jeff Schomay - Elm Narrative Engine
- Dashiell Hamlett: The Blue Dane Meets the Black Bird, by Tony Pisculli - Ink
- The Devil and the Mayor, by Jonathan Laury - Twine
- Do I Date?, by Aurora Kakizaki - Ren’Py
- The Empty Chamber - A Celia Swift Mystery, by Tom Sykes - Inform/Glulx
- Escape!, by Marnix van den Bos - XVAN
- Founder’s Mercy, by Thomas Insel - Inform/Glulx
- I Will Be Your Eyes And Hands, by Cam Miller - Twine
- The Missing Ring, by Felicity Drake - Twine
- Our Darkest Thoughts, by Jesse Villa - Twine
- Porter Cave Adventure, by Cam Miller - Inform/Z
- Quiet, by Martyna “Lisza” Wasiluk - Twine
- San Francisco, 2118, by Leah Case - Twine
- WE R THE WORLD, by Dan Hoy & Mike Kleine - Twine
- Writing Program Five, by Dan Cox - Twine
In the Back Garden:
- 69105 More Keys, by Andrew Schultz - Inform/Z
- The Ballroom, by Liza Daly - Windrift
- a short walk in the spring, by Amorphous - Twine
Ribbons are a bit different this year: players can nominate games for a Best In Show ribbon, which will be given to the top two nominees, and may also suggest custom Audience Awards which can be anything the nominator likes: from “Best Story” to “Favorite Twine” to “Alumni’s Choice” to “Cutest Vampires.” Ribbon nominations will go live next week.
The festival will be open for ribbon nominations until 11:59 PM EDT, May 6, 2019.
To all the players, and all the entrants, have fun!