History Videogame / Anchorhead

11th Jun '16 4:17:39 PM Doug86
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''Anchorhead'' is an award-winning work of InteractiveFiction written and programmed independently by Michael Gentry, and is heavily inspired by the CthulhuMythos. The game is set within the titular town of Anchorhead, which rests firmly within LovecraftCountry. You play the role of a nameless woman who has moved into town with her husband Michael, and quickly becomes enmeshed in the dark, disturbing goings on -- to say more would be to spoil a truly excellent plot.

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''Anchorhead'' is an award-winning work of InteractiveFiction written and programmed independently by Michael Gentry, and is heavily inspired by the CthulhuMythos.Franchise/CthulhuMythos. The game is set within the titular town of Anchorhead, which rests firmly within LovecraftCountry. You play the role of a nameless woman who has moved into town with her husband Michael, and quickly becomes enmeshed in the dark, disturbing goings on -- to say more would be to spoil a truly excellent plot.
24th Mar '16 8:55:34 AM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy: The [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday shopkeeper]] hints that he (or a friend of his) has been through his own Lovecraftian story, and recognizes that you're in the same situation.
20th Dec '15 4:51:21 PM NTC3
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[[caption-width-right:350: Not even the "R" key cure the fear of unknown...]]
23rd Sep '15 12:18:17 PM Heart
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* TheAntichrist: [[Croseus Verlac; or at least, he and his followers seem to believe that he is.]]

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* TheAntichrist: [[Croseus [[spoiler:Croseus Verlac; or at least, he and his followers seem to believe that he is.]]
23rd Sep '15 12:17:55 PM Heart
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* TheAntichrist: [[Croseus Verlac; or at least, he and his followers seem to believe that he is.]]


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* ChildByRape: [[spoiler:All of the male Verlacs, who were each conceived by the previous male Verlac's rape of his own daughter.]]
23rd Sep '15 12:06:27 PM Heart
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* BurnTheWitch: After Croseus's death, many of the townspeople of Anchorhead, led by the local Calvinist minister, turned on his daughters, branded them witches, and burned them all at the stake (except for the youngest, who somehow managed to escape).
14th Sep '15 3:29:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** Several aspects of the town are pretty clear nods to ''TheShadowOverInnsmouth'', particularly the librarian with "fish-eyes" and the local drunk [[spoiler:who gives the protagonist key information for the price of a bottle of whiskey]].

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** Several aspects of the town are pretty clear nods to ''TheShadowOverInnsmouth'', ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'', particularly the librarian with "fish-eyes" and the local drunk [[spoiler:who gives the protagonist key information for the price of a bottle of whiskey]].
29th Mar '15 9:04:50 PM Angeldeb82
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Incidentally, you can find it [[http://www.wurb.com/if/game/17.html here]] or [[http://pr-if.org/play/anchorhead/ here.]] The list of awards should really speak for itself.

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Incidentally, you can find it [[http://www.wurb.com/if/game/17.html here]] or [[http://pr-if.org/play/anchorhead/ here.]] here]]. The list of awards should really speak for itself.



* BackStory: There's quite a bit of it. You'll need to put some of it together (reading newspaper articles, etc.) to advance the plot.

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* BackStory: {{Backstory}}: There's quite a bit of it. You'll need to put some of it together (reading newspaper articles, etc.) to advance the plot.



* [[CobwebOfDisuse Cobweb of Disuse]]: Between you and an intriguing-looking iron key in the corner of the Verlac mansion basement.

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* [[CobwebOfDisuse Cobweb of Disuse]]: CobwebOfDisuse: Between you and an intriguing-looking iron key in the corner of the Verlac mansion basement.



* CosmicHorrorStory: Arguably -- [[spoiler:you ''can'' win in the short-term, but it's not exactly LovecraftLite, either; the "good" ending strongly implies that [[TheEndOrIsIt everything is about to start all over again.]]]]

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* CosmicHorrorStory: Arguably -- [[spoiler:you ''can'' win in the short-term, but it's not exactly LovecraftLite, either; the "good" ending strongly implies that [[TheEndOrIsIt everything is about to start all over again.]]]]again]].]]



* {{Diary}}: You can find two of them, belonging to [[spoiler:Edward and Anna Verlac.]]
* DissonantSerenity: You, in the NonStandardGameOver where you [[spoiler: go mad from reading the book and [[EyeScream claw your own eyes out]].]]

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* {{Diary}}: You can find two of them, belonging to [[spoiler:Edward and Anna Verlac.]]
Verlac]].
* DissonantSerenity: You, in the NonStandardGameOver where you [[spoiler: go mad from reading the book and [[EyeScream claw your own eyes out]].]]out]]]].



* EyeScream: At least two, both ''by you'' (in self-defense, although one involves [[spoiler::you losing your mind and [[DissonantSerenity calmly clawing your own eyes out]] in a bad ending.]])

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* EyeScream: At least two, both ''by you'' (in self-defense, although one involves [[spoiler::you [[spoiler:you losing your mind and [[DissonantSerenity calmly clawing your own eyes out]] in a bad ending.]])ending]]).



* [[GuessTheVerb Guess the Verb]]: Averted.



* NonstandardGameOver: The game has a large number of grisly ways to die, including [[GoMadFromTheRevelation insanity]] and suffering a FateWorseThanDeath.

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* NonstandardGameOver: NonStandardGameOver: The game has a large number of grisly ways to die, including [[GoMadFromTheRevelation insanity]] and suffering a FateWorseThanDeath.



* OldDarkHouse: The Verlac mansion, which has [[SecretPath hidden passageways]], [[SpookyPainting unsettling]] [[PortraitPaintingPeephole paintings]], windows painted shut, a family crypt out back, a dank cellar, and an [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination [[MadwomanInTheAttic in the Attic]]]].

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* OldDarkHouse: The Verlac mansion, which has [[SecretPath hidden passageways]], [[SpookyPainting unsettling]] [[PortraitPaintingPeephole paintings]], {{p|ortraitPaintingPeephole}}aintings, windows painted shut, a family crypt out back, a dank cellar, and an [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination [[MadwomanInTheAttic in the Attic]]]].



* PortraitPaintingPeephole: You can [[spoiler:spy on Michael through the eyes of]] [[SpookyPainting Croseus Verlac's portrait]] in the sitting room.

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* PortraitPaintingPeephole: You can [[spoiler:spy on Michael through the eyes of]] of [[SpookyPainting Croseus Verlac's portrait]] portrait]]]] in the sitting room.



* PowerOfLove: Plays a crucial role in the ending... with the help of [[spoiler:a couple bits of jewelry]].

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* PowerOfLove: ThePowerOfLove: Plays a crucial role in the ending... with the help of [[spoiler:a couple bits of jewelry]].



* TomeOfEldritchLore: The book in the church. [[spoiler: Reading it all the way through [[GoMadFromTheRevelation causes a]] NonstandardGameOver.]]

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* TomeOfEldritchLore: The book in the church. [[spoiler: Reading it all the way through [[GoMadFromTheRevelation causes a]] NonstandardGameOver.NonStandardGameOver.]]



* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Plenty, and frequently includes GoMadFromTheRevelation. You'll get a few glimpses of ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow throughout, but be careful about digging too deeply.

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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Plenty, and frequently includes GoMadFromTheRevelation. You'll get a few glimpses of ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Things Man Was Not Meant to Know]] throughout, but be careful about digging too deeply.deeply.
* YouCantGetYeFlask: Averted.
10th Sep '14 1:54:33 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* VillainousIncest: [[spoiler:How Croseus' spirit has carried on his bloodline.]]
10th Sep '14 1:48:16 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** [[spoiler: William]] is most definitely inspired by ''The Dunwich Horror''.

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** [[spoiler: William]] is most definitely inspired by ''The Dunwich Horror''. [[spoiler:And he finally shows up on Whateley Bridge, named after the monstrous brothers in that story.]]
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