Winners of the 1999 IFComp

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1st place

Winter Wonderland

Cover art for Winter Wonderland

Laura Knauth

Young Gretchen could have only imagined the fanciful events that were to occur before finding herself lost in a winter wonderland.

This work also won 2nd place (tie) in the 1999 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.41
Votes Cast 100
Standard Deviation 1.83

2nd place

For a Change

Cover art for For a Change

Dan Schmidt

The sun has gone. It must be brought. You have a rock.

This work also won 1st place in the 1999 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.25
Votes Cast 103
Standard Deviation 1.91

3rd place

Six Stories

Neil K. Guy

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Score 7.08
Votes Cast 88
Standard Deviation 1.85

4th place

A Day for Soft Food

Cover art for A Day for Soft Food

Tod Levi

Ever since the provider's sickness began, he's been all hisses and growls. Even the slightest misstep seems to annoy him. Perhaps that's why your bowl has held nothing but hard food lately. And not much of that.

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Score 6.89
Votes Cast 105
Standard Deviation 1.94

5th place

Exhibition

Cover art for Exhibition

Ian Finley

The Hartman Gallery extends their invitation to an exhibition of Anatoly Domokov's "American Paintings." Who draws the line between art and life? HTML enhanced.

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Score 6.80
Votes Cast 93
Standard Deviation 2.15

6th place

Halothane

Ravi Rajkumar

You're having a hard enough time getting your second novel to work; how could it ever be possible that you, Harold Banks - world's most unsuccessful published author - could actually be sent on a quest to - er - save the world? Anyway, all you want to do right now is sleep....

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Score 6.69
Votes Cast 99
Standard Deviation 2.35

7th place

On the Farm

Lenny Pitts

Visiting Grandma and Grandpa on the farm for the weekend is not your idea of a good time. Mom has told you countless stories about the great adventures she had growing up there. Days spent feeding the chickens and pigs, and riding the horses, but that was before Grandpa got too old to work the land. Now the farm consists of barren fields, rusting equipment and empty pens.

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Score 6.46
Votes Cast 85
Standard Deviation 1.81

8th place

Hunter, in Darkness

Andrew Plotkin @zarfeblong

This work also won 2nd place (tie) in the 1999 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 6.43
Votes Cast 100
Standard Deviation 2.42

9th place

Beat the Devil

Robert M. Camisa

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Score 6.30
Votes Cast 111
Standard Deviation 2.02

10th place

Jacks or Better to Murder, Aces to Win

J. D. Berry

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Score 6.29
Votes Cast 111
Standard Deviation 2.04

11th place

Erehwon

Richard Litherland

You are standing next to the only traffic light in the one-horse town of Erehwon, Aksarben. You are 13 years old, and desperate to gain the approval of Smurf and his gang. You will know you have this when they invite you to join in their of "Nowhere, Nebraska".

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Score 6.07
Votes Cast 86
Standard Deviation 2.26

12th place

Lunatix - The Insanity Circle

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Mike Snyder

The escapes continue. The patients are out of control. The asylum is terribly understaffed. As Dr. Hammer (the hospital administrator) you must uncover the truth about the so-called "Insanity Circle" in the midst of this unending chaos.

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Score 5.64
Votes Cast 50
Standard Deviation 2.18

13th place

Bliss

Cameron Wilkin

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Score 5.45
Votes Cast 95
Standard Deviation 1.70

14th place

Stone Cell

Steve Kodat

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Score 5.44
Votes Cast 96
Standard Deviation 2.05

15th place

Four Seconds

Jason Reigstad

Tria leans back against the table and says, "I've heard that in the last few seconds you don't see your life pass before your eyes, but the world that you've built from what you've accomplished. This is how you know your heaven...or your hell."

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Score 5.38
Votes Cast 94
Standard Deviation 1.77

16th place

The HeBGB Horror!

Eric Mayer

What ever happened to those legendary punk rockers The Laughing Kats? If you can discover the terrible secret lurking in the HeBGB rock club you might just become a star.

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Score 5.16
Votes Cast 68
Standard Deviation 2.12

17th place

Only After Dark

Gunther Schmidl

"HERE BE DRAGONS" is what the rutter said, but the small island turned out to be free of those animals after all. Instead, you landed near a tiny village full of friendly natives. Aaah, shore leave! You can't remember when the last time was you could relax, take a night off and stroll through town to pick up a girl or two.

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Score 5.08
Votes Cast 103
Standard Deviation 1.90

18th place

A Moment of Hope

Simmon Keith

At first glance, you look the same as always; waist-title_length brown hair tied back, red-blonde spanish goatee scraggly as ever, a few studs sticking through each earlobe, and fingernails -- except for the thumbs -- clipped short.Upon closer examination, however, anyone who knows you well could tell something is up. Your hair has been brushed and neatly braided. The area around your beard is shaved smooth, and your teeth have been brushed recently. You aren't wearing your pajamas.You try to put her out of your mind and think about something else. It doesn't work.

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Score 5.03
Votes Cast 94
Standard Deviation 2.12

19th place

Chaos

Shay Caron

In Chaos, you are "Captain Chaos". Well, actually, no, you're just an observer. Captain Chaos is an evil villain and builder of robots whose ship has just clipped a tree and is slowly headed for the ground. It's your job to help him fix his ship, land safely, and ensure the existence of a sequel.

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Score 4.92
Votes Cast 86
Standard Deviation 1.98

20th place

Strangers in the Night

Rich Pizor

Being immortal is cool, except for that whole "drinking the blood of the innocent" part...

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Score 4.91
Votes Cast 81
Standard Deviation 1.89

21st place

Lomalow

Brendan Barnwell

This game has one puzzle, and the solution to this is given immediately as the game begins. It's about loss, sadness, love, mystery, supernatural beings, and moving to a higher plane of existence. It is all about reading what comes up on the screen, and the only "puzzle" is to figure out how to access and read all that text.

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Score 4.80
Votes Cast 95
Standard Deviation 1.84

22nd place

King Arthur's Night Out

Mikko Vuorinen

You are King Arthur of Britain who wants to spend the night in a pub. But your wife, Queen Guinevere, won't let you. Adventures await as you try to leave your castle without your wife knowing.

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Score 4.70
Votes Cast 74
Standard Deviation 1.98

23rd place

Calliope

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Jason McIntosh @JmacDotOrg jmac@jmac.org

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Score 4.67
Votes Cast 110
Standard Deviation 1.85

24th place

Music Education

Bill Linney

A typical day in the life of a college music student.

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Score 4.53
Votes Cast 94
Standard Deviation 1.80

25th place

Spodgeville Murphy and the Jewelled Eye of Wossname

David Fillmore

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Score 4.47
Votes Cast 109
Standard Deviation 1.76

26th place

Life on Beal Street

Ian Finley

This is not a game, but rather an experiment in telling a story using a dynamic and interactive medium. Leave your expectations at the curb side and take a walk down Beal Street.

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Score 4.41
Votes Cast 98
Standard Deviation 2.22

27th place

Remembrance

Casey Tait

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Score 4.36
Votes Cast 73
Standard Deviation 2.11

28th place

Thorfinn's Realm

Robert Hall and Roy Main

Travel back in time, find all the treasure to join the Adventurer's Society.

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Score 4.27
Votes Cast 91
Standard Deviation 1.74

29th place (tie)

Death to my Enemies

Jon Blask (as Roody Yogurt)

A tale of revenge and high-larious hijinx. Warning: consists heavily of low-brow humor and strong language. Not recommended for children and what not.

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Score 4.25
Votes Cast 111
Standard Deviation 2.03

29th place (tie)

The Water Bird

Athan Skelley

A text adventure based on the folklore of the Miwok Indians of the Yosemite area.

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Score 4.25
Votes Cast 73
Standard Deviation 2.12

31st place

Chicks Dig Jerks

Robb Sherwin

An ancient evil threatens to invade a decadent mountain town, yet all that concerns young grave robber Avandre Varick is hitting on gorgeous babes.

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Score 4.22
Votes Cast 111
Standard Deviation 1.88

32nd place

SNOSAE

R. Dale McDaniel

Find the 4 items the alien demands or the earth will be destroyed.

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Score 3.88
Votes Cast 59
Standard Deviation 2.08

33rd place

Pass the Banana

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Admiral Jota

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Score 3.35
Votes Cast 115
Standard Deviation 2.15

34th place

Outsided

Chad Elliott

You are about to have the worst day of your life...

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Score 2.94
Votes Cast 99
Standard Deviation 1.48

35th place

Lurk. Unite. Die. Invent. Think. Expire.

Ryan Stevens

Morning seems strange, almost out place.

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Score 2.38
Votes Cast 105
Standard Deviation 1.83

36th place

Guard Duty

Jason F. Finx

Another night, another job guarding a treasure-laden underground lair against ransacking adventurers...

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Score 2.23
Votes Cast 62
Standard Deviation 1.68

37th place

Skyranch

Jack Driscoll

A future that's not post-apocalyptic!

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Score 2.02
Votes Cast 48
Standard Deviation 1.10