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The 19th annual IFComp 2013 is underway. As this is the first time in three years I haven’t entered, I have decided to undertake reviews of the entries. I know that one of my favourite (and most nerve-wracking) experiences of past comps I’ve entered has been reading reviews and so it behoves me to share this experience to other authors this year.

My immediate inclination is to play the short games first, though I suspect that this isn’t the best order in which to play (given the unevenness of quality likely), so I’ll be playing and crossing off the following randomly selected list:

  1. Captain Verdeterre’s Plunder, by Ryan Veeder
  2. Mrs. Wobbles & The Tangerine House, by Mark Marino
  3. Final Girl, by Hanon Ondricek
  4. Their angelical understanding, by Porpentine
  5. Robin & Orchid, by Ryan Veeder & Emily Boegheim
  6. Ollie Ollie Oxen Free, by Carolyn VanEseltine
  7. The Paper Bag Princess, by Adri
  8. The Challenge, by ViRALiTY
  9. The Cardew House, by Andrew Brown
  10. Bell Park, Youth Detective, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
  11. Machine of Death, by Hulk Handsome
  12. Tex Bonaventure and the Temple of the Water of Life, by Truthcraze
  13. Trapped in Time, by Simon Christiansen
  14. A Wind Blown from Paradise, by N.C. Hunter Hayden
  15. Impostor Syndrome, by Georgiana Bourbonnais
  16. Solarium, by Alan DeNiro
  17. Saving John, by Josephine Tsay
  18. Our Boys in Uniform, by Megan Stevens
  19. Dad vs. Unicorn, by PaperBlurt
  20. The Wizard’s Apprentice, by Alex Freeman
  21. Coloratura, by Lynnea Glasser
  22. Dream Pieces, by Iam Curio
  23. Mazredugin, by Jim Q. Pfygx-Vobk
  24. Vulse, by Rob Parker
  25. The House at the End of Rosewood Street, by Michael Thomét
  26. Moquette, by Alex Warren
  27. Further, by Will Hines
  28. Reels, by Tyler Zahnke
  29. 9Lives, by InformStorm
  30. Sam and Leo Go To The Bodega, by Richard Goodness
  31. Blood on the Heather, by T. Orisney
  32. Who Among Us, by T. Orisney
  33. Threediopolis, by Andrew Schultz
  34. Autumn’s Daughter, by Devolution Games
  35. 100,000 years, by Pierre Chevalier