The IF Comp 2012 Results have come in. Congratulations to Andromeda Apocalypse for the win! Congrats are also in order for runners-up Eurydice and Guilded Youth, and to everyone, really; thank you, authors, for such a fun round of games to play and review. My slowness with putting up reviews aside, I really have enjoyed all the games this year and I’m really happy to have joined in the IF Comp process even in such a marginal and insignificant way. It’s been incredibly illuminating to myself as a player and author both, and as a reviewer, too.
I turned in my votes about 30 minutes before deadline, true to form for my entire history with deadlines. And I suspect I only got them in on time at all because it was an automated deadline: automated deadlines are so good for my punctuality! If there’s humans involved I have this tendency to count on wiggle room. I once turned in a term paper on which my entire class grade depended in college about :30 before it was due, in a TA’s office, after writing and printing it out in the 15 minutes prior and then sprinting across campus: the point is I thought I was really clever at the time, but in hindsight I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I’d, like, tripped.
Anyway, IF Comp 2012 reviews will continue here a little tardily, interspersed with other things. That’s likely for the best: maintaining a steady and intense IF-only blog for a period of time and then reverting to other things would be most likely jarring and disappointing, like how I turn into a single-topic conversationalist during Game of Thrones season and then never watch TV again. I think I’m going to leave off naming what numerical grades I gave the IF Comp games, though, out of some superstitious protocol that always prevents me talking about students’ grades and standardized test scores and other such quantitatively impolite dinner-table conversation.
Thanks to those who’ve read and commented! Hope to still see you around while I put together the notes I’ve taken on the other games!