July 2017 – ‘My boyfriend came back from the war’, ‘The Space Under the Window’, ‘Aisle’

Welcome to the fifth month of Text Club! (FAQ)

Our three games this month are:

My boyfriend came back from the war

My Boyfriend Came Back From the War is a browser-based internet artwork created in 1996 by Russian artist Olia Lialina.

by Olia Lialina, 1996

Play ‘My Boyfriend Came Back From the War’ in your browser.

The Space Under the Window

Experimental game that has no puzzles but uses only words that change your focus on things, thereby adapting the story.

by Andrew Plotkin, 1997, ifdb

Play ‘The Space Under the Window’ in your browser or download the z5 file


Late Thursday night. You’ve had a hard day and the last thing you need is this: shopping. Luckily, the place is pretty empty and you’re progressing rapidly. On to the next aisle… 
Aisle started out as a game which would not need the usual meta-verbs… i.e. a game with only one turn. The initial idea was: How do I make a game with only one turn interesting? Give it lots of endings–in fact there are many ‘endings’ and (hopefully) every sensible action results in an ‘ending’. There is no winning action. There is however more going on than just this and the more endings you see the more things should become clear.

by Sam Barlow, 1999, ifdb

Play ‘Aisle’ in your browser or download the z5 file

“The Space Under the Window” and “Aisle” were drawn from the wishlist.

In order to give everyone time to fit the games into our varying schedules, we’ll hold off on substantive discussion until the last full week of the month — the week starting July 24th. Meanwhile do feel free to use this thread to ask+answer any more technical questions about how to get going or how to get unstuck, and share any resources you think might be useful while playing.

I think this is going to be our best month yet!


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