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XYZZY Awards 1999
Best Game, Best Individual NPC, Best Individual PC, Best NPCs
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XYZZY Awards 1999
Finalist - Best Puzzles, Best Story, Best Use of Medium, Best Writing
Author(s) Adam Cadre
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 1999
Authoring system Inform 6
Platform(s) Z-code 8
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Color effects optional
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Cruel

How It Begins

First, a menu: Choose to read the game help or credits, test how your interpreter handles color, or start a game with full color, limited color, or without color.

You are Primo Varicella, Palace Minister at the Palazzo del Piemonte. You are carrying a letter from the Queen and your master key. You are impeccably and fashionably dressed, to wit: a silk shirt, a purple doublet, an old-style jerkin, black hose, paned knee-breeches, a black cloak, shoes, and a Parisian hat. You are in the palace salon—an oasis of style that you yourself decorated—enjoying a manicure from a steward.

Alas, as the Palace Minister of Piedmont, you are little more than a glorified butler. But now that King Charles has died of a sudden illness, you have a prime opportunity to advance your position by becoming the regent of the five-year-old Prince Charles. Of course, the other ministers will also vie for the regency. They are certain to use unseemly means to eliminate their competition by bribery, or by treachery, or by force. You will succeed by using all three methods.

Notable Features

  • The PC is an anti-hero and an accretive PC.
  • Multiple NPCs with agendas.
  • Conversation is ask-tell with three tones of voice: cordial, servile, and hostile.

Trivia and Comments


Release 1.14

  • Varicella (Adam Cadre; 1999; Z-code 8).
    • Version 1.14 (31 August 1999) / Serial number 9339 / Written in Inform 6.15, library 6/7
    • XYZZY Awards 1999: Winner of Best Game, Best Individual NPC (Miss Sierra), Best Individual PC (Primo Varicella), Best NPCs. Finalist for Best Puzzles, Best Story, Best Use of Medium, Best Writing.


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