Winners of the 2005 IFComp

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1st place

Vespers

Jason Devlin

This work also won 1st place in the 2005 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.92
Votes Cast 100
Standard Deviation 1.81

2nd place (tie)

Beyond

Cover art for Beyond

Roberto Grassi, Paolo Lucchesi, and Alessandro Peretti

A mysterious death, a secret to be revealed... and someone who wants to know the truth, at any cost.

"Oh, another nice question... Well, look at the glass boxes... look inside them... Many say that the answer is inside yourself. WRONG, my dear. I always say that the answer is inside a glass box. Or... let’s say... a yellow bag. But, unfortunately, we don’t have any yellow bag at the moment..."

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Score 7.40
Votes Cast 83
Standard Deviation 2.02

2nd place (tie)

A New Life

A O Muniz

This work also won 2nd place in the 2005 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.40
Votes Cast 89
Standard Deviation 1.62

4th place

Distress

Cover art for Distress

Mike Snyder

Lieutenant Huchess came to, an hour or so ago. That was around the time Runoma, blazing orange-hot so near this, its second planet, fell below the distant, jagged crag line. Ensign Covegn died not long after -- Sandra Marie Covegn, both legs crushed under the weight of the pod's torn hatch. Night came quickly, bringing with it cool and howling winds that whistle through desert rocks and carry other, more dangerous sounds.

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Score 7.27
Votes Cast 71
Standard Deviation 1.80

5th place

Tough Beans

Sara Dee

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Score 6.83
Votes Cast 99
Standard Deviation 1.61

6th place

The Colour Pink

Robert Street

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Score 6.53
Votes Cast 86
Standard Deviation 1.90

7th place

Unforgotten

Quintin Pan

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Score 6.52
Votes Cast 66
Standard Deviation 2.19

8th place

Snatches

Gregory Weir

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Score 6.48
Votes Cast 93
Standard Deviation 1.70

9th place

Chancellor

Kevin Venzke

Maturity attained, the daughter is unfurled upon the world, embarked upon a mysterious quest by her father.

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Score 6.04
Votes Cast 79
Standard Deviation 2.24

10th place

Internal Vigilance

Cover art for Internal Vigilance

Simon Christiansen

You are informed that a new prisoner was brought in recently. Your job, as usual, is to interrogate him and determine whether he poses a threat to The Union. This should not be a problem. You are a trained interrogator.

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Score 5.84
Votes Cast 80
Standard Deviation 1.87

11th place

Escape to New York

Richard Otter

Your name is Jack Thompson and you are, for want of a better word, a thief.

On your latest adventure you have managed to acquire Johnson's 'The Willow Tree', which is worth more than you will be able to spend in a lifetime. With a buyer in New York you need to get there by Thursday 18th April, and as this is 1912 you have booked passage on a ship due to sail on Wednesday 10th April. All being well you should get to New York in plenty of time.

Unfortunately, someone must have squealed on you and before you can get to the ship the police arrive; luck being on your side you just managed to escape. You allow yourself a small smile at the good sense you had to send the 'goods' onto the ship by mail. Your parcel will now be sitting safely in the mailroom of the ship.

Deciding not to go directly to Southampton, as it must be crawling with police, your plan is to try to get over to Ireland and catch the ship there. It will be a close run thing but you should be able to do it. Once again luck is on your side and you just managed to board the ship before it sailed from Queenstown (Ireland now called Cobh) at 2.00pm.

The date is Thursday 11th April. With an uneasy feeling that someone followed you onto the ship, you have been hiding in your cabin as much as possible.

Now it is Sunday 14th April 10.30pm and you finally work up the courage to leave your cabin, at this time of night fewer people should be about. Objectives? Get 'your' painting out of the mailroom, avoid capture and leave the ship as soon as possible. So, the first thing to do is work out how to find your parcel and then how to get it.

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Score 5.77
Votes Cast 60
Standard Deviation 1.59

12th place

Mortality

David Whyld

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Score 5.72
Votes Cast 72
Standard Deviation 1.99

13th place

History Repeating

Mark Choba and Renee Choba

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Score 5.58
Votes Cast 90
Standard Deviation 1.58

14th place

Vendetta

James Hall

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Score 5.43
Votes Cast 58
Standard Deviation 1.71

15th place

Son of a...

C. S. Woodrow

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Score 5.38
Votes Cast 90
Standard Deviation 1.57

16th place (tie)

Xen: The Contest

Ian Shlasko

You are John Richardson, an average college student with an average life. Little do you know that forces beyond your comprehension have a plan for your immediate future.

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Score 5.33
Votes Cast 67
Standard Deviation 2.11

16th place (tie)

Gilded

John Evans

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Score 5.33
Votes Cast 76
Standard Deviation 2.04

18th place (tie)

Mix Tape

Brett Witty

The delicate art of a mix tape can be your own expression through others' poetry.

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Score 5.31
Votes Cast 62
Standard Deviation 2.27

18th place (tie)

Waldo's Pie

Michael Arnaud

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Score 5.31
Votes Cast 45
Standard Deviation 1.94

20th place

Off the Trolley

Krisztian Kaldi

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Score 5.16
Votes Cast 67
Standard Deviation 1.49

21st place

Psyche's Lament

John Sichi and Lara Sichi

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Score 5.10
Votes Cast 88
Standard Deviation 1.80

22nd place

The Plague - Redux

Laurence Moore

This work also won 3rd place in the 2005 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 4.98
Votes Cast 61
Standard Deviation 2.12

23rd place

Sabotage on the Century Cauldron

Thomas de Graaff

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Score 4.92
Votes Cast 62
Standard Deviation 1.83

24th place

On Optimism

Tim Lane

A suicide attempt after a break-up leads to a metaphorical exploration of your ex-girlfriend's heart.

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Score 4.80
Votes Cast 91
Standard Deviation 2.30

25th place

Space Horror I

Jerry

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Score 4.54
Votes Cast 65
Standard Deviation 2.02

26th place

Cheiron

Elisabeth Polli and Sarah Clelland

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Score 4.36
Votes Cast 55
Standard Deviation 1.94

27th place

Neon Nirvana

Tony Woods

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Score 4.32
Votes Cast 79
Standard Deviation 1.81

28th place

The Sword of Malice

Anthony Panuccio

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Score 4.25
Votes Cast 85
Standard Deviation 1.62

29th place

Dreary Lands

Paul Lee bainespal@yahoo.com

A surreal game that starts you out amnesiac in a brightly colored cell and turns swiftly into fantasy thereafter.

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Score 3.47
Votes Cast 96
Standard Deviation 1.58

30th place

Hello Sword

Andrea Rezzonico

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Score 3.38
Votes Cast 69
Standard Deviation 2.03

31st place

Phantom: Caverns of the Killer

Brandon Coker

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Score 2.86
Votes Cast 84
Standard Deviation 1.59

32nd place

Amissville II

William A. Tilli

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Score 2.57
Votes Cast 61
Standard Deviation 1.41

33rd place (tie)

FutureGame

Anonymous

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Score 2.53
Votes Cast 119
Standard Deviation 2.05

33rd place (tie)

Jesus of Nazareth

Paul Allen Panks

It is the year 28 A.D. The Roman authorities control a vast empire, stretching from Africa to Syria. You are Jesus, hailing from the small village of Nazareth. Your goal is to convert as many followers as possible to your teachings, those of the Essenes and John the Baptist.

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Score 2.53
Votes Cast 59
Standard Deviation 1.16

35th place

PTBAD6.5: The URL That Didn't Work or Have You Seen the Muffin Man? He Is Quite Large

Jonathan BERMAN

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Score 1.58
Votes Cast 80
Standard Deviation 1.11

36th place

Ninja II

Paul Allen Panks

It has been two years since the shinto shrine was attacked by the rival ninja clan. And yet, you find yourself again here... You are a ninja of peace, protecting the shinto shrine your grandfather built many years ago. The Ice Dragon, said to be an ancient master of fire, attacked a rival shrine across from the shrine of your master. The dragon is cunning and swift, and to finish the job requires great skill. But you are strong, determined to avoid such an unseemly fate...

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Score 1.55
Votes Cast 60
Standard Deviation 0.81