Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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by emmelineprufrock - Compo Entry

An interactive fiction piece about the transition from childhood to adulthood in a post-apocalyptic scenario.

All text, written in ink.

TW: menstruation, blood, sexual abuse

I may work on a post-compo version that has more styling. Most of this weekend was spent learning a new engine and putting this together, so it's pretty naked at the moment.

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Kris with a K says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:20am

I would be interested to know your thoughts on what kind of backstory could produce this scenario, and why people would react like this. The word choice is, honestly, too heavy in my opinion. It takes me out of it; I don't think people would really talk like that, but then, things like Mad Max and the Handmaiden can get away with phrasings just as ridiculous. I'm not sure what the difference is - tbh maybe I'm just uncomfortable with the subject matter.

Strong ending for sure, tho.

Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:34am

@Kris with a K - The idea came to me when I was on Train Jam this year. People kept talking about a the movie Snowpiercer and that's the kind of backstory I was thinking of.

eerongal says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:45pm

At first, i thought this was going to be some kind of artsy "it's hard to be a teenage girl" story, and kinda rolled my eyes. Then as I kept reading, more and more started to seem a little "off", until i realized what was going on. Then i became invested.

All in all, very well done. Not sure how much it qualifies as a "game", per se, vs just a short story, but I enjoyed it. My only issue was it was much too short, but that's what usually happens with ludum dare! Good work!

abezuska says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:21am

This was enthralling, I feel like each one of these you make pulls me in even more than the last. I love how great writing can trick your brain into thinking you are there, feeling the world, smelling it. This was intense, uncomfortable, and suspenseful... seriously great work. Mood 6/5

sugarbyte says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:25am

I love interactive fiction like this, and this was such a slick, stylish entry. Super brave to do something this out-of-the-box and creative for LD, brava!

jcmonkey says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:23am

nice game idea. i like the story. :D

Beardo Games says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:19am

This is stunning.

Zarkonnen says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:54am

Brilliant, creepy writing.

bigbuggames says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:25pm

Phew, got stunned xD I don't really how to rate this as a game. U got big imaginations! Gj

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:27pm

Narrative and interactive story - well done. Great mood for an interesting concept. It was enthralling ++

hermetic says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 5:19am

Good story, good mastery of the setting, well drawn characters; You should probably continue it. Not really a game, though. In my opinion, the prose is really over dramatic for the subject matter. Maybe I don't read a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction though....

Green Soda says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 5:58am

OH WOW!! I love interactive stories like these...
I get curious through the experience, good job with that!
Great writing, I can picture it all in my head :)
Maybe adding BGM audio would make the experience better. That aside, this is solid :D

Noah Ratcliff says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 5:26pm

Very well written and some really well done poetic mechanic.

jusw85 says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 6:31pm

Really atmospheric, the mood was really well done. I only wish it lasted longer.

Dec 18, 2016 @ 7:35pm

Nice entry! I would have loved more images though, since the stylized hand looks great!

LeoM says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 11:24pm

Nice entry,
My english is quite average so I probably missed a lot of the story but for what I understand that was interesting. The setup is very nice, succeed to install a nice ambiance with the images (i played the post jam).

fafastudio says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 3:11am

As i played this game, i was thinking that ludum dare is this kind of experiences where you're simply stunned by the others game.
Maybe it's a bit too creepy, but it's been wanted i suppose, so very well done ! :)

Khaoz_Fang says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 3:43am

Quite impressive story.

mrwillowb says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 6:06am

Nice art work and interesting game, great effort.

saucygames says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 6:58am

Grrrrr. Jk i'm not angry! Rar xp. It's late Great game though 10 shmeckles!

Dec 23, 2016 @ 7:25am

Interesting idea. I wasn't too engaged, and the parts where I had to click all three options seemed kind of pointless. Maybe I'm just not a fan of interactive fiction.

BluShine says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 10:21am

Very creepy. "Snowpiercer" definitely came to mind as I played it, even before reading the comments. The sensory descriptions were great, I felt like I could hear the rickety sounds of the train, the unnerving smells and sensations. Great job with the atmosphere.

The way you rarely used names and wrote in third person got a little confusing at times. There were parts where I wasn't quite sure which character "she" and "her" were referring to. Not sure if that was intentional or not.

There were definitely seeds of the theme in there, but it didn't feel particularly central to the game. I also agree with the other comments that there wasn't much "game" to it. Even in a Twine game I think there's still plenty of room to do interesting game mechanics, which would have been nice to see. I didn't mind the shortness of the story, you definitely got the point across quickly and effectively.

chipmonkey says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 9:13pm

Wow, definitely worth the warning, but great to attack some rich subject matter. Full points for setting a mood in this game. This is a gripping narrative!

wowa_u says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 11:35pm

Story and narative is very well done! And great atmosphere!

Zener says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 8:34am

Great idea and superb narrative, most atmospheric game I have played in this Ludum

Xanjos says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:42pm

The narrative had me gripped through the entire story.

Intelli-Gents says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 8:21pm

Incredible. The thought of menstruation never bothered me, but you managed to make me feel disgusted. The images are beautiful and help me get there. You did a great job of instilling fear in me of this alien culture and what that means for the protagonist. Amazing

jlcarruda says ...
Jan 3, 2017 @ 12:40am

This was really ... unexpected, at least for me. I really liked the mood and the writing you did! Certainly, it gives me creeps.

Jan 28, 2017 @ 3:08pm

Very well written, interesting game. I included it in my compilation video series of the Ludum Dare 37 games, if you’d like to take a look. :)

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