De Baron

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XYZZY Awards 2006
Best Use of Medium
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XYZZY Awards 2006
Finalist - Best Game, Best Writing, Best Story, Best NPCs, Best Individual NPC, Best Individual PC
The Baron
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Author(s) Victor Gijsbers
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 2006
Authoring system Inform 6
Platform(s) Z-code
Language(s) English, Dutch
License(s) GPL
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Merciful

How It Begins

NOTE: The game's readme file warns that the game is not suitable for children, or for anyone that would prefer to avoid fictional misery.

It is not explained at first who you are. You are wielding a battle axe and wearing a helmet and a full suit of armour. You are in the vestibule of a dragon's lair, littered with burnt bones and skulls. Heavy bronze doors engraved with the image of a burning man have been closed and bolted behind you. The only way forward is north toward the heat, the light, and the dragon.

Notable Features

  • There are different endings, but it is left to the reader to decide which are the better or truer ones.
  • Sometimes, the piece asks you for a justification of your actions.
  • Non-linear conversation menus are used for both conversations and some actions.

Author's Comments

The author would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the creation of The Baron or has taken the time to think and write about it afterwards. Special thanks are for the anonymous girl who told me her story and thereby planted the seed that would eventually become The Baron.


Competition version (Dutch: original version)

Competition version (English translation)

  • The Baron (Victor Gijsbers; 31-Mar-2006; Z-code).
    • Release 1 / Serial number 060329 / Inform v6.30 Library 6/11 S
    • The file linked to above contains both the Dutch and English versions of the game.
    • Additional beta-testing for this translation: Poster, Benjamin Yeung and Grim.


General info