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==Game Releases==
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===December 2005 Game Releases===
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* ''Provenance'' ([[Corey Arnett]]; 16-Dec-2005; [[Adrift]]).
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* ''Escape From St. Mary's'' ([[Ryan Menezes]]; 13-Dec-2005; [[Smash]]). Released on [http://www.rinkworks.com/adventure/ Adventure Games Live].
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* ''A Spot of Bother'' ([[David Whyld]]; 12-Dec-2005; [[Adrift]]).
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* ''Chasing the Russian'' ([[Greg Brouelette]]; 11-Dec-2005; [[Adrift]]). Might be unavailable.
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* ''Consequences'' ([[David Whyld]]; 1-Dec-2005; [[Adrift]]). [[AIF]].
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===November 2005 Game Releases===
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* ''Notice Me'' ([[Wotan-Anubis]]; 28-Nov-2005; [[Adrift]]). [[AIF]].
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* ''Book and Volume'' ([[Nick Montfort]]; 17-Nov-2005; [[Z-code]]). Visit the [http://nickm.com/if/book_and_volume.html game's homepage].
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===October 2005 Game Releases===
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* [[French Mini-If-Comp]] released five games sometime in mid-to-late October:
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** ''Le Cercle des Gros Geeks disparus'' ([[Adrien Saurat]]; [[Z-code]]). [[French]].
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** ''Dreamlands'' ''(a.k.a Echappée Belle Dans les Contrées du Rêve)'' ([[JB Ferrant]]; [[Z-code]]). [[French]].
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** ''Les Feux de l'enfer'' ([[Sabine Gorecki]]; [[Adrift]]). [[French]].
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** ''Qui a tué Dana ?'' ([[Vegeta]]; [[Adrift]]). [[French]].
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** ''Le Temple de Feu'' ([[Eric Forgeot]]; [[Z-code]]). [[French]].
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* [[MedievoComp]] released two additional games sometime in mid-October:
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** ''La Conción del Bardo'' ([[Bruce Humphrey]]; Oct-2005; [[Z-code]]). [[Spanish]].
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** ''El Trono de Inglaterra'' ([[Selena]] and [[Baltasar]]; Oct-2005; [[Z-code]]). [[Spanish]].  
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* ''txt adventure'' ([[Chris (Mr Pants)]]; c.15-Oct-2005; [[Z-code]]). [http://www.coolpants.co.uk/txt.htm Play it online].
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* ''Palace of Shadows'' ([[Christos Stogiannopoulos]]; 10-Oct-2005; Java). This game was intended for [[2K Comp 2005]]; [http://caad.mine.nu/modulos.php?modulo=descarga&id=1209 Download from CAAD].
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* [[IF Comp 2005]] released 36 games very early on October 1st:
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** ''Amissville II'' ([[Santoonie Corporation]]; [[TADS 2]]).
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** ''Beyond'' ([[Mondi Confinanti]]; [[Glulx]]).
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** ''Chancellor'' ([[Kevin Venzke]]; [[TADS 2]]).
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** ''Cheiron'' ([[Sarah Clelland]] and [[Elisabeth Polli]]; [[Glulx]]).
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** ''The Colour Pink'' ([[Robert Street]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Distress'' ([[Mike Snyder]]; [[Hugo]]).
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** ''Dreary Lands'' ([[Paul Lee]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Escape to New York'' ([[Richard Otter]]; [[Adrift]]).
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** ''FutureGame (tm)'' ([[The FutureGame Corporation]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Gilded'' ([[A Hazard]]; [[TADS 2]]).
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** ''Hello Sword'' ([[Andrea Rezzonico]]; [[Z-code]]). Two versions: English and [[Italian]].
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** ''History Repeating'' ([[Mark Choba]] and [[Renee Choba]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Internal Vigilance'' ([[Simon Christiansen]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Jesus of Nazareth'' ([[Paul Allen Panks]] as "dunric"; MS-Windows).
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** ''Mix Tape'' ([[Brett Witty]]; [[TADS 3]]).
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** ''Mortality'' ([[David Whyld]]; [[Adrift]]).
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** ''Neon Nirvana'' ([[Tony Woods]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''A New Life'' ([[Alexandre Owen Muñiz]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Ninja II'' ([[Paul Allen Panks]] as "Dunric"; MS-Windows).
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** ''Off the trolley'' ([[Krisztian Kaldi]]; [[TADS 2]]).
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** ''On Optimism'' ([[Tim Lane]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Phantom: caverns of the killer'' ([[Brandon Coker]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''The Plague (Redux)'' ([[Cannibal]]; [[Adrift]]).
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** ''Psyche's Lament'' ([[Now We Have Faces]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''PTBAD6andoneeighth'' ([[Jonathan Berman]] as "Slan Xorax"; [[Adrift]]).
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** ''Sabotage on the Century Cauldron'' ([[Thomas de Graaff]]; [[TADS 2]]).
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** ''Snatches'' ([[Gregory Weir]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Son of a...'' ([[C.S. Woodrow]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Space Horror I: Prey for Your Enemies'' ([[Jerry]]; MS-Windows/HTML).
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** ''The Sword of Malice'' ([[Anthony Panuccio]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Tough Beans'' ([[Sara Dee]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Unforgotten'' ([[Quintin Pan]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Vendetta'' ([[Fuyu Yuki]]; [[Adrift]]).
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** ''Vespers'' ([[Jason Devlin]]; [[Z-code]]).
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** ''Waldo's Pie'' ([[Michael Arnaud]]; [[Alan 3]]).
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** ''Xen: The Contest'' ([[Xentor]]; [[TADS 2]]).
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''(See also [[Games Released in 2005]].)''
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==Review & Article News==
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===Reviews and News in December 2005===
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* [http://www.getlamp.com/club/ The Get Lamp Adventurer's Club] is a newly-opened pre-order page for the not-yet-filmed text adventure documentary ''[[Get Lamp]]'', to be filmed in 2006 by [[Jason Scott]].
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* [http://www.ministryofpeace.com/if-review/reviews/20051202.html IF-Review]. [[Dan Shiovitz]] reviews ''Finding Martin'' ([[Gayla Wennstrom]]; 2005; [[TADS 2]]).
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===Reviews and News in November 2005===
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* [http://www.insideadrift.org.uk/e107/e107_files/public/insideadrift26.pdf InsideAdrift26] Articles by [[David Whyld]] and [[Ken Franklin]]. Contains articles on 'The IF Comp and Adrift'.
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* [http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB113035964379680346-Sm_Xo6VCeinwEXHBnVDawW_8grI_20061115.html Keeping a Genre Alive] - Vauhini Vara of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> writes about IF and the current IF Comp.
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===Reviews and News in October 2005===
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* [http://www.terradif.net/magazine/numero-7/ Terra d'IF, numero 7] is out! This [[Italian]] IF newsmagazine contains reviews of ''Enigma'', ''Little Falls'', and ''Radicofani''. There is also an interview with [[Aaron A. Reed]], available in both [http://www.terradif.net/magazine/numero-7/aaron-a-reed Italian] and [http://www.terradif.net/magazine/numero-7/aaron-a-reed-eng English].
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* [http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=6716 Playing Catch-Up: ''Bubsy's'' Michael Berlyn] - Frank Cifaldi interviews [[Michael Berlyn]] for Gamasutra.com.
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* [http://adrift.sitesled.com/reviews06.htm Review Exchange] - Issue 6 (October 2005) is now available. Contains reviews of ''Can It All Be So Simple?'', ''Lights, Camera, Action'', ''Must Escape!'', ''Regrets, Target'', ''The Adventures of Space Boy! Volume I'', ''Crazy Old Bag Lady'', ''Laboratory R.A.T.S.'', ''The White Singularity'', ''The House Husband''
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* [http://sparkynet.com/spag/backissues/SPAG42 SPAG 42] released on October 2nd. Contains reviews of ''Dastardly'', ''Flat Feet'', ''Future Boy!'' and ''Return to Ditch Day''
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''(See also: [[Reviews]] and [[:Category:Publications]].)''
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==Competitions &amp; Contest News==
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===What's Hot=== <!-- No competitions are currently in their voting/judging stage. -->
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* [[InsideADRIFT End of Year Comp 2005|InsideADRIFT Game of the Year Comp 2005]] is for both new Adrift games and any Adrift game released during the 2005 calendar year. Twelve games are waiting for be [http://www.insideadrift.org.uk/e107/request.php?40 downloaded] and [http://www.insideadrift.org.uk/comp/compform.html voted] on. Voting deadline: January 1, 2006. Organizer: [[Ken Franklin]].
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* [[InsideADRIFT Awards 2005]] nominations are up. Check the ADRIFT Forum for a voting page soon. Voting deadline: January 1, 2006. Organizer: [[Ken Franklin]].
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* [http://slamdance.com/games/ Slamdance Independent Game Competition] is a competition for many types of electronic games with a focus on game design. Note that Rule 5 specifically welcomes interactive fiction formats. The submission deadline for the 2006 competition was October 31, 2005. [[Aaron A. Reed]]'s game  ''Whom the Telling Changed'' has been accepted into competition; results will be announced January 24, 2006.
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===Results of Recent Competitions===
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* [[11th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition]] had 36 entries, and the results were announced shortly after the voting deadline. The winner is ''Vespers'' ([[Jason Devlin]]; [[Z-code]]), and there was a tie for second place: ''Beyond'' ([[Mondi Confinanti]]; [[Glulx]]) and ''A New Life'' ([[Alexandre Owen Muñiz]]; [[Z-code]]). Congrats to all the winners! Organizer: [[Stephen Granade]].
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* [[MedievoComp]] was a comp for [[Spanish]] IF with a medieval theme. Four games were entered in total, and the results were announced in November 1st. The winner is ''La Caja de Sarimak'' ([[Jarel]]; [[Glulx]]), which was also judged to have the best puzzles. The runner-up, ''El Trono de Inglaterra'' ([[Selena]] and [[Baltasar]]; [[Z-code]]), was judged to have the Best NPC (Merlin). Organizers: [[Baltasar]] and [[Urbatain]].
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* [[French Mini-If-Comp]] results were posted in mid-to-late October 2005. There were five entries, all in [[French]]. The winner was ''Le Cercle des Gros Geeks disparus'' ([[Adrien Saurat]]; [[Z-code]]). Organizer: [[Otto Grimwald]].
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* [[Finish The Game Comp 2005]] results were announced on 15th October 2005. From six games, first place was taken by ''Pathway To Destruction'' ([[Richard Otter]]; Adrift). Organizer: [[David Whyld]].
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===Upcoming Competitions===
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Authors should be working on their entries for:
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* [[XYZZY Awards 2005]] will likely begin voting in early 2006, with the ceremony probably sometime in March 2006.
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* [[Erins 2005]], for the year's best [[AIF]], will likewise likely begin voting in early 2006, with its ceremonly also probably in March 2006.
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* [[Spring Thing 2006]] will run again sometime in the spring of 2006. Dates to be determined; rules will probably be the same as in 2005. Organizer: [[Greg Boettcher]].
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* [[InsideADRIFT Spring Competition 2006]] is tentatively slated to run from April 16&ndash;30, 2006. Organizer: [[Ken Franklin]].
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* [[12th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition]] a.k.a. [[IF Comp 2006]] will likely run again in the fall of 2006. Based on previous years, the intent deadline will likely be September 1, 2006, and the submission deadline will likely be September 30, 2006. Organizer: [[Stephen Granade]].
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<!-- ===Competition Rumours===
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* Rumours are buzzing about a possible [http://www.joltcountry.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2687&start=20 Hugo Mini-Comp]? Suggested submission date: July 4th.
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* There will be no [[IF Art Show]] in 2005. I finally asked [[Marnie Parker]] about it; she'd totally forgotten about it, too busy. We'll try again in 2006. -->
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''(See also: [[:Category:Competitions]], [[:Category:Minicomp]], and the [[Competition Calendar {{CURRENTYEAR}}|Competition Calendar]].)''
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==Website News==
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* [[IFCollab]] is the new home of the IF Collaborators List, currently maintained by [[Mike Snyder]].
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* [http://week.ramsberg.net Game of the Week] is a site suggesting one game each week to discuss on rec.games.int-fiction. The idea is to get more attention to non-comp games, to the benefit of authors and players alike.
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* [http://bluerenga.blogspot.com/ Renga in Blue] is [[Jason Dyer]]'s new IF blog. Check it out!
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* IFWiki officially open to the public on Feb. 10, 2005.
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* Plover.net gets hacked twice, hampering efforts to move accounts to a new machine. Seebs is working hard on the problem.
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* [http://ifgold.mametitles.co.uk/ IF Primogenesis- Mind's Eye Adventures IF Gold] a  brand-new IF community site dedicated to preservation of IF public heritage works as a new WIP Database. Similar efforts have preserved games on other platforms, eg. the Classic Amiga Preservation Society is one model community. This one is being developed, so stay posted for go-live updated website soon.
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''(See also: [[:Category:Websites|Category:Websites]].)''
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==Tech News==
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* [[Alan]] version 3 went Alpha on September 10th, 2005! Visit the new [http://www.alanif.se/ Alan homepage] for more info.
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* [[Filfre]] v. 0.92 released Jul. 14, 2005 by [[Jimmy Maher]].
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* [[Windows Frotz 2002]] 1.07 released on May 21, 2005 by [[David Kinder]].
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* Rumour: Inform 7 is in the works. No release date is known.
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''See also:''
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* [http://www.firthworks.com/roger/informary/index.html Informary] by [[Roger Firth]]. Latest news and developments concerning all aspects of Inform.
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[[Category:Events]]
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