Those wishing to consult the original list may do so at:
The excerpts were from:
1 - Amnesia by Thomas Disch
2 - Augmented Fourths by Brian Uri
3 - No Time to Squeal by Robb Sherwin and Mike Sousa
4 - Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It by Jeff O'Neill
5 - Humbug by Graham Cluley
6 - Bugsy by Priscilla Langridge
7 - Savoir Faire by Emily Short
8 - Empire of the Over-Mind by National Microcomputer Associates
9 - Inevitable by T. L. Heinrich
10 - Astronomy without a Telescope by George Jenner
11 - Shades of Gray by Mark Baker, Steve Bauman, Belisana,
Mike Laskey, Judith Pintar, Hercules, and Cindy Yans
12 - Yellow Peril by Dorothy Millard
13 - Guilty Bastards by Kent Tessman
14 - Zyll by IBM Corp
15 - Pick Up the Phone Booth and Aisle by various
16 - Pick Up the Phone Booth and Die by Rob Noyes
17 - Demon's Tomb - The Awakening by Mastertonic
18 - Dreamhold by Andrew Plotkin
19 - Stephen King's "The Mist" by Angelsoft
20 - La Llamada de Cthulhu by Chryshantemum Adventures
21 - Plundered Hearts by Amy Briggs
22 - Circus by Wherner Barnes and Brian Howarth
23 - The Door to Utopia by David Whyld
24 - Lock and Key by Adam Cadre
25 - Tinseltown Blues by Chip Hayes
26 - The Beetmonger's Journal by Scott Starkey
27 - The Second Pit by Sue Medley
28 - Blue Chairs by Chris Klimas
29 - Star Rider by Maximilian Kalus
30 - ASCII and the Argonauts by J. Robinson Wheeler
Some commentary on selected excerpts:
Nobody got 1, 3, 11, 13, 25 or 26. (The runner-up team seemed to know 25 but
mangled the title enough that I couldn't give credit.)
#6 is a standard Chicago gangster story where the protaganist, is, yes,
a giant rabbit. The character interaction system has an expanded set
of commands (conveyed via menu) and is worth a look.
#10 is roomless IF. (If you want to know how this is accomplished, feel free
to download the game from if-archive and find out.)
#11 is a repeat of a game from Excerpt Hunt #2. Nobody got the game that
year, either. This makes me sad. Go play it, already. There will be a quiz
#12 is mentioned in the Inform Developer's Manual in a footnote. This seems
to be how the winning teams found it.
#14 is multiplayer IF. It is playable in cooperative or competitive mode.
#16 is in fact an identical excerpt to something from Excerpt Hunt #2, except
it is a different year. I mention in the wrap-up post (after Hunt #2) that
one group guessed Pick Up the Phone Booth and Die but it was the
wrong year. Not so this time. Ha!
#17 starts from the perspective of a character who is doomed. What you
manage to do as that character affects what happens later. Also, the
entire story is told in third person.
#20 is a Cthulhu game in Spanish. The punctation hopefully served as a clue
So, that's all folks. Feel free to nudge me if you have any further questions.
Incidentally, excerpt Hunt #4 (whenever that is) will have prizes in addition
to other changes.
> Some commentary on selected excerpts:
> Nobody got 1, 3, 11, 13, 25 or 26. (The runner-up team seemed to know 25 but
> mangled the title enough that I couldn't give credit.)
#1 was the only one I recognized at first reading! therefore I didn't
Of course, you have no reason to believe me ... but I'm not lying.
I knew it too... and I'm also not lying. :)
Also, isn't the copyright date wrong on the "Heinrich" (aka Fischer) work?
I downloaded both versions that are on the archive, and as far as I can tell
they're both 2003.
From the version released for the Spring Thing contest:
Copyright (c) 2002 by T. L. Heinrich
Release 1 / Serial number 030225 / Inform v6.21 Library 6/10
-- Jason Dyer
My God, I'm completely insane. I just checked my Heinrich copy and you're
totally right. Sorry for being confused.