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==Author Credits==
 
==Author Credits==
* ''[[Inhumane]]'' (year unknown; [[Z-code]]).
 
 
* ''[[System's Twilight]]'' (1993), puzzle-heavy graphic adventure.
 
* ''[[System's Twilight]]'' (1993), puzzle-heavy graphic adventure.
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* ''[[Inhumane]]'' (1995; [[Z-code]]).
 
* ''[[A Change in the Weather]]'' (1995; Z-code). [[IF Comp 1995]]: 1st place in the Inform division.
 
* ''[[A Change in the Weather]]'' (1995; Z-code). [[IF Comp 1995]]: 1st place in the Inform division.
 
* ''[[Icebreaker]]'' (publisher: [[Magnet Interactive Studios]]; c. 1995). Only available on CDs for Andy Looney's ''Icebreaker'', an arcade game.
 
* ''[[Icebreaker]]'' (publisher: [[Magnet Interactive Studios]]; c. 1995). Only available on CDs for Andy Looney's ''Icebreaker'', an arcade game.
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* ''[[The Space Under the Window]]'' (1997; [[Z-code]]). Finalist at [[XYZZY Awards 1997]] for [[Best Use of Medium]] and Best Writing.
 
* ''[[The Space Under the Window]]'' (1997; [[Z-code]]). Finalist at [[XYZZY Awards 1997]] for [[Best Use of Medium]] and Best Writing.
 
* ''[[Spider and Web]]'' (1998; Z-code). Winner of five [[XYZZY Awards 1998]]: [[Best Individual NPC]], Best Individual Puzzle, Best Use of Medium, Best Puzzles, and Best Game. Also, finalist for [[Best Individual PC]], [[Best Setting]], Best Story, and Best Writing.
 
* ''[[Spider and Web]]'' (1998; Z-code). Winner of five [[XYZZY Awards 1998]]: [[Best Individual NPC]], Best Individual Puzzle, Best Use of Medium, Best Puzzles, and Best Game. Also, finalist for [[Best Individual PC]], [[Best Setting]], Best Story, and Best Writing.
* ''[[Hunter, in Darkness]]'' (1999; Z-code). [[IF Comp 1999]]: 8th place. Winner of both Best Individual Puzzle and Best Setting at [[XYZZY Awards 1999]]. Also, finalist for Best Use of Medium and Best Individual NPC.
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* ''[[Hunter, in Darkness]]'' (1999; Z-code). [[IF Comp 1999]]: 8th place; [[Miss Congeniality]]: 2nd place (tie). Winner of both Best Individual Puzzle and Best Setting at [[XYZZY Awards 1999]]. Also, finalist for Best Use of Medium and Best Individual NPC.
* ''[[Shade]]'' (as "Ampe R. Sand"; 2000; Z-code). [[IF Comp 2000]]: 10th place. Winner of [[XYZZY Awards 2000]] for Best Setting. Also, finalist for [[Best Individual PC]], Best Use of Medium, Best Story, Best Writing, and Best Game.
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* ''[[Shade]]'' (as "Ampe R. Sand"; 2000; Z-code). [[IF Comp 2000]]: 10th place; [[Miss Congeniality]]: 3rd place (tie). Winner of [[XYZZY Awards 2000]] for Best Setting. Also, finalist for [[Best Individual PC]], Best Use of Medium, Best Story, Best Writing, and Best Game.
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** ''[[Ombre]]'' (translators: [[Hugo Labrande]] and [[MonsieurBouc]]; 21-Aug-2015; Z-code; French). French translation.
 
* ''[[Donkey Kong]]'' (as "Dave Ahl Jr."; 2001; Z-code). [[IF Arcade]].
 
* ''[[Donkey Kong]]'' (as "Dave Ahl Jr."; 2001; Z-code). [[IF Arcade]].
 
* ''[[Lighan ses Lion]]'' (2001; text file). [[WalkthroughComp]]: Transcript division entry. Received a Special Award for Causing [[Emily Short]] the Most Grief.
 
* ''[[Lighan ses Lion]]'' (2001; text file). [[WalkthroughComp]]: Transcript division entry. Received a Special Award for Causing [[Emily Short]] the Most Grief.
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* ''[[Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home]]'' (19-Jun-2010; Z-code). [[@party competition]]: Winner.
 
* ''[[Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home]]'' (19-Jun-2010; Z-code). [[@party competition]]: Winner.
 
* ''[[The Matter of the Monster]]'' (07-May-2011; [[Undum]]; Web browser). [[Indigo New Language Speed-IF]].
 
* ''[[The Matter of the Monster]]'' (07-May-2011; [[Undum]]; Web browser). [[Indigo New Language Speed-IF]].
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* ''[[Cold Iron]]'' (as "Lyman Clive Charles"; 01-Oct-2011; Z-code.) [[IF Comp 2011]]: 15th place. [[XYZZY Awards 2011]]: Winner, [[Best Individual Puzzle]] (with [[Playing Games]], [[Last Day of Summer]], [[The Life (and Deaths) of Doctor M]]).
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* ''[[Bigger Than You Think]]'' (as Anonymous; 25-Dec-2012; Glulx). [[Yuletide 2012]] entry. [[XYZZY Awards 2012]]: Winner of Best Individual Puzzle (surviving the fall); finalist for Best Puzzles.
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* ''[[Hadean Lands]]'' (30-Oct-2014; Glulx). [[XYZZY Awards 2014]]: Winner of Best Setting, Best Puzzles, Best Implementation, Best Use of Innovation. Finalist for Best Game.
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* ''[[Nouns]]'' (2017; Twine).
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* ''[[Advent Door]]'' (2020; Glulx).
  
 
==Porting Credits==
 
==Porting Credits==
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* Wrote the proposals for [[Glk]], [[Glulx]], [[Blorb]], and [[Floo]].
 
* Wrote the proposals for [[Glk]], [[Glulx]], [[Blorb]], and [[Floo]].
 
* Wrote compilers for Glulx Inform.
 
* Wrote compilers for Glulx Inform.
* Wrote the MaxZip, XZip, MaxTADS, and MacGlulxe interpreters.
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* Wrote the MaxZip, XZip, MaxTADS, MacGlulxe, [[Quixe]], and [[Lectrote]] interpreters.
 
* ''[[Sensory Jam]]'' (2000; [[Glulx]]). Intended as a demo for Glulx.
 
* ''[[Sensory Jam]]'' (2000; [[Glulx]]). Intended as a demo for Glulx.
 
* Gave theoretical guidance and advice for [[Inform 7]].
 
* Gave theoretical guidance and advice for [[Inform 7]].
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* Organizer of [[LogicPuzzleComp]] and of [[The IF Archive CSS Competition]].
 
* Organizer of [[LogicPuzzleComp]] and of [[The IF Archive CSS Competition]].
 
* One of the maintainers of the [[IF Archive]].
 
* One of the maintainers of the [[IF Archive]].
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* One of the directors of the [[Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation]].
  
 
==Testing Credits==
 
==Testing Credits==
 
* ''[[Floatpoint]]'' ([[Emily Short]]; 30-Sep-2006; [[Glulx]]).
 
* ''[[Floatpoint]]'' ([[Emily Short]]; 30-Sep-2006; [[Glulx]]).
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* ''[[The Gateway of the Ferrets]]'' ([[Eric Brown|Feneric]]; 12-Dec-2019; [[Glulx]]).
  
 
==Game Appearances==
 
==Game Appearances==
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* Created the [[Golden Banana of Discord]], awarded to [[The Annual IF Competition]] game with the highest standard deviation in its scores.
 
* Created the [[Golden Banana of Discord]], awarded to [[The Annual IF Competition]] game with the highest standard deviation in its scores.
 
* Devised the [[cruelty scale]] rating system to measure how forgiving a particular game is.
 
* Devised the [[cruelty scale]] rating system to measure how forgiving a particular game is.
* Zarf's games (as a group) won the [http://jayisgames.com/bestof/2006/best_of_interactive_art_results.php Best of Interactive Art or Fiction category] at [[Jay Is Games]]'s Best of Casual Gameplay 2006, although Zarf placed last in the popular vote. Other entrants in this contest included ''[[Floatpoint]]'' ([[Emily Short]]) and ''[[Façade]]'' ([[Michael Mateas]] and [[Andrew Stern]]).
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* Zarf's games (as a group) won the {{link|url=http://jayisgames.com/best-of/2006/interactive-art-or-fiction-results/|archive=https://web.archive.org/web/20160501023336/http://jayisgames.com/best-of/2006/interactive-art-or-fiction-results/| Best of Interactive Art or Fiction category}} at [[Jay Is Games]]'s Best of Casual Gameplay 2006, although Zarf placed last in the popular vote. Other entrants in this contest included ''[[Floatpoint]]'' ([[Emily Short]]) and ''[[Façade]]'' ([[Michael Mateas]] and [[Andrew Stern]]).
* [http://eblong.com/zarf/tmp/if-cheat-sheet.png IF Cheat Sheet].
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* {{link|url=http://pr-if.org/doc/play-if-card/|archive=https://web.archive.org/web/20160322063540/http://pr-if.org/doc/play-if-card/| IF Cheat Sheet}}.
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
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* [http://jayisgames.com/archives/2006/01/ifiction_zarf.php Jay is Games: Interactive Fiction: Zarf] - The "Jay is Games" blog did an overview of Zarf's IF games on January 22, 2006.
 
* [http://jayisgames.com/archives/2006/01/ifiction_zarf.php Jay is Games: Interactive Fiction: Zarf] - The "Jay is Games" blog did an overview of Zarf's IF games on January 22, 2006.
 
* [http://www.cafepress.com/eblong Zarf's Swag Annex] - Geek products for sale such as the Hungry Grue, ''Dual Transform'', and ''System's Twilight'' t-shirts; plus the Periodic Table of Dessert poster.
 
* [http://www.cafepress.com/eblong Zarf's Swag Annex] - Geek products for sale such as the Hungry Grue, ''Dual Transform'', and ''System's Twilight'' t-shirts; plus the Periodic Table of Dessert poster.
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* {{link|url=http://gameshelf.jmac.org/author/author6b0d4/ |archive=https://web.archive.org/web/20170617215529/http://gameshelf.jmac.org/|The Gameshelf}} - Game criticism site and group blog that Andrew Plotkin contributed to from 2008-2017.
  
 
===Interviews===
 
===Interviews===
 
* [http://www.sparkynet.com/spag/backissues/spag7.html A Change in the Weather, by Andrew Plotkin] - [[SPAG]] #7 (Special 1995 I-F Competition Issue).
 
* [http://www.sparkynet.com/spag/backissues/spag7.html A Change in the Weather, by Andrew Plotkin] - [[SPAG]] #7 (Special 1995 I-F Competition Issue).
* [http://www.xyzzynews.com/xyzzy.14g.html IF Roundtable: The Art of the Puzzle] - [[XYZZYnews]] #14, 1998. [[Adam Cadre]], [[Lucian Smith]], Andrew Plotkin, and [[Neil deMause]] discuss puzzles.
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* {{dead link|url=http://www.xyzzynews.com/xyzzy.14g.html|archive=https://web.archive.org/web/20160722101431/http://www.xyzzynews.com/xyzzy.14g.html|IF Roundtable: The Art of the Puzzle}} - [[XYZZYnews]] #14, 1998. [[Adam Cadre]], [[Lucian Smith]], Andrew Plotkin, and [[Neil deMause]] discuss puzzles.
 
* [http://www.avventuretestuali.com/interviste/plotkin-eng Zarf, a hot coffee cup with a couple of ideas] - Interview by [[L'avventura è L'avventura]], August 2001. (Also in [http://www.avventuretestuali.com/interviste/plotkin Italian].)
 
* [http://www.avventuretestuali.com/interviste/plotkin-eng Zarf, a hot coffee cup with a couple of ideas] - Interview by [[L'avventura è L'avventura]], August 2001. (Also in [http://www.avventuretestuali.com/interviste/plotkin Italian].)
 
* [http://brasslantern.org/community/interviews/pcgamer-zarf.html PC Gamer UK Interview: Andrew Plotkin] - by Richard Cobbett for PC Gamer UK, issue 118, January 2003.
 
* [http://brasslantern.org/community/interviews/pcgamer-zarf.html PC Gamer UK Interview: Andrew Plotkin] - by Richard Cobbett for PC Gamer UK, issue 118, January 2003.
 
* [http://brasslantern.org/community/interviews/magicwords.html Magic Words: Interactive Fiction in the 21st Century] - by Andrew Vestal and Nich Maragos, illustrations by Erin Mehlos. Originally at [http://www.1up.com 1up.com]. Includes interviews of [[Emily Short]], [[Stephen Granade]], Andrew Plotkin, [[Adam Cadre]], [[Daniel Ravipinto]] and [[Star Foster]]. 2004.
 
* [http://brasslantern.org/community/interviews/magicwords.html Magic Words: Interactive Fiction in the 21st Century] - by Andrew Vestal and Nich Maragos, illustrations by Erin Mehlos. Originally at [http://www.1up.com 1up.com]. Includes interviews of [[Emily Short]], [[Stephen Granade]], Andrew Plotkin, [[Adam Cadre]], [[Daniel Ravipinto]] and [[Star Foster]]. 2004.
 
* [http://brasslantern.org/community/interviews/cgm.html The CGM Interviews] - Andrew Plotkin and [[Emily Short]] are interviewed by Lara Crigger for ''Computer Games Magazine'' #185. 2006(?).
 
* [http://brasslantern.org/community/interviews/cgm.html The CGM Interviews] - Andrew Plotkin and [[Emily Short]] are interviewed by Lara Crigger for ''Computer Games Magazine'' #185. 2006(?).
* [http://www.gamer.co.il/gamer2/php/doc.php?id=102930 gamer.co.il magazine interview] - Translated into [[Hebrew]], February 2007.
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* {{dead link|url=http://www.gamer.co.il/gamer2/php/doc.php?id=102930|archive=http://web.archive.org/web/20070306000120/http://www.gamer.co.il:80/gamer2/php/doc.php?id=102930| gamer.co.il magazine interview}} - Translated into [[Hebrew]], February 2007.
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* [http://archive.org/details/getlamp-aplotkin GET LAMP: Andrew Plotkin]. Interview clips of Plotkin for [[Get Lamp]], 2007.
 
* [http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/11/05/text-to-speech-andrew-plotkin-interview/ Text To Speech: Andrew Plotkin Interview] - November 5, 2010.
 
* [http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/11/05/text-to-speech-andrew-plotkin-interview/ Text To Speech: Andrew Plotkin Interview] - November 5, 2010.
 
* [http://blackclock.org/blog/outside/2011/interacting-with-andrew-plotkin/ Interacting with Andrew Plotkin]. Interviewed by [[Byron Alexander Campbell]] for Black Clock, January 2011.
 
* [http://blackclock.org/blog/outside/2011/interacting-with-andrew-plotkin/ Interacting with Andrew Plotkin]. Interviewed by [[Byron Alexander Campbell]] for Black Clock, January 2011.
 
* [http://www.adventureclassicgaming.com/index.php/site/interviews/622/ Interview] at Adventure Classic Gaming - January 7, 2011.
 
* [http://www.adventureclassicgaming.com/index.php/site/interviews/622/ Interview] at Adventure Classic Gaming - January 7, 2011.
 
* [http://andrew.plotkin.usesthis.com/ An interview with Andrew Plotkin] at usesthis.com, January 22, 2011.
 
* [http://andrew.plotkin.usesthis.com/ An interview with Andrew Plotkin] at usesthis.com, January 22, 2011.
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* [http://indiegames.com/2012/07/interview_andrew_plotkin_on_in.html Interview: Andrew Plotkin on Interactive Fiction] - July 6, 2012.
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* [http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/07/16/absent-heroes-choose-your-own-interview-ii/ Absent Heroes: Choose Your Own Interview II] - with interviews of [[Adam Cadre]], [[Emily Short]], and Andrew Plotkin. July 16, 2012.
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* {{link|url=http://justadventure.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=705 |archive=https://web.archive.org/web/20160608042219/http://justadventure.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=705|Andrew Plotkin, the Wizard of IF}}. Interviewed by Greg Collins for Just Adventure, August 16, 2012.
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* [http://gamasutra.com/view/news/186263/Shade_and_the_future_of_interactive_fiction_on_the_App_Store.php Shade, and the future of interactive fiction on the App Store] - February 12, 2013.
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* [http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/188458/roundtable_the_interactive_.php Roundtable: The Interactive Fiction Renaissance]. Interviewed by Leigh Alexander for Game Developer/Gamasutra, March 2013.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 11:53, 31 July 2020

Andrew Plotkin, 2007. From GET LAMP.

Andrew Plotkin is one of the most renowned authors in the IF community. Andrew's nickname on ifMUD (and elsewhere) is Zarf. Occasionally, he is also erkyrath.

Author Credits

Porting Credits

Tech Credits

  • Wrote the proposals for Glk, Glulx, Blorb, and Floo.
  • Wrote compilers for Glulx Inform.
  • Wrote the MaxZip, XZip, MaxTADS, MacGlulxe, Quixe, and Lectrote interpreters.
  • Sensory Jam (2000; Glulx). Intended as a demo for Glulx.
  • Gave theoretical guidance and advice for Inform 7.
  • Wrote Transmatte, a Python utility that combines variations on an IF transcript into a single CYOA-like HTML page, so that an excerpt from a game can be presented along with a few relevant branching options.

Review and Article Credits

Reviews

Articles

Organizational Credits

Testing Credits

Game Appearances

As an NPC:

Other Credits

Links

Interviews