Midnight. Swordfight.

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IF Comp 2015
3rd of 53
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XYZZY Awards 2015
Best Implementation
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XYZZY Awards 2015
Finalist - Best Use of Innovation, Best Game, Best NPCs, Best Individual NPC, Best Writing
Midnight. Swordfight.
Author(s) Chandler Groover
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 01-Oct-2015
Authoring system Inform 7
Platform(s) Glulx
Language(s) English
License(s) TBD
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Merciful

How It Begins

You are a guest on a masquerade, who has somehow ended up involved into a duel with the countess. You are now in the palace's garden, along with the countess, your second (Ferdinand) and the countess's second (Onegin). You are carrying a playscript and a cutlass, and you are wearing a jester's motley.

There is no chance to win this duel, but after a few deaths you are given a hint to "wake up". Once you do, you find yourself back in the past, with an opportunity to change the duel's outcome.

Notable Features

  • 25 different endings, depending on the player's actions.
  • Only a small selection of verbs is available to the player at any given time; they are listed in the "playscript" item in the inventory. Special verbs become available, depending on what costume the player character is wearing.
  • Instead of the standard compass directions, the directions available in the game are "past", "future", "clockwise" and "counter-clockwise".


Competition version

  • Midnight. Swordfight. (Chandler Groover; 01-Oct-2015; Glulx).
    • Release 1 / Serial number 151019 / Inform 7 build 6L38 (I6/v6.33 lib 6/12N)
    • IF Comp 2015: 3rd place of 53 entries. 1st place in the Miss Congeniality contest.
    • XYZZY Awards 2015: Winner of Best Immplementation. Finalist for Best Use of Innovation, Best Game, Best NPCs, Best Individual NPC, Best Writing.

Release 2

  • Midnight. Swordfight. (Chandler Groover; 05-Jan-2017; Glulx).
    • Release 2 / Serial number 161106 / Inform 7 build 6M62 (I6/v6.33 lib 6/12N)
    • Originally created for display at the Hand Eye Society's WordPlay 2016 showcase.


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