IFComp 2016: The Queen’s Menagerie, by Chandler Groover

My first game of IFComp ’16! Let’s get this show on the road.

Blurb: These beasts won’t feed themselves.
A puzzleless exhibition. Ten to fifteen minutes.

System: Texture (HTML)

This one’s kind of an experience delivery system rather than an interactive work. It’s highly linear but with certain elements of user agency. For those reasons it’s kind of hard to judge alongside other, more open works: in terms of technical excellence, it’s pretty limited by its own lack of ambition, and this madlibs-style presentation doesn’t call for a lot of care in technical details the way a parser driven or even more open hypertext work would. That having been said, within its limits it does a pretty good job of presenting a text which, in any given incarnation, would be a pretty good moodpiece short story. It’s a trifle purple, but that’s a matter of taste I suppose. There is some interest to be seen in the interactive elements, how the pool of choices seems to become constrained from the first set of assignments down to the second-to-last where there is literally no choice, and then opens back up for the last one but in a way which is completely uninformed; there’s a decision, but not one which the reader is at all equipped to make. So on the “making use of user agency” front this work is at least going somewhere interesting. Really, it’s quite satisfactory for what it is, but what it is might not measure up to expectations for the Comp.

Rating: 6 or 7, depending on the rest of the field.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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