So excited to see the competition open for judging again! I’ve been taking part as a judge since the very start of IFComp in 1995. I’ve also entered in the past, and hope to enter again in the future.
Wha a fun lot of entries! I’ve just gone through the list, drawing up the starting list of 16 titles that I hope to play initially. But I hope, health permitting, to manage more than that.
The blurbs provided where available were a huge help as always, as well as the system specs. So many 2 hour entries this year! Though I tend to get through 2 hour choice entries much more quickly. Parser games are more likely to take me the full estimated time! Thanks also to the authors for the content warnings. I’m definitely passing on some of the entries due to this and trigger issues for me. But I’m sure others will play and enjoy them. And I appreciate the heads up.
I am going to write reviews of each entry I play and judge. I haven’t playtested anything this year - sadly was way too ill neurologically earlier in the year to do that - so am fresh to all the entries! My reviews will be quite light I hope, and I’m aiming as always to be constructive, while discussing things I liked and things that weren’t so good for me. I will try use spoiler tags for anything too specific.
However it’s possible I may be about to have a downturn in my neurological illness. Fingers crossed not! But I look forward to playing what I can, and providing extra feedback here.
Thanks to all the IFComp authors, organisers, playtesters and judges.
Happy IFComp season!