is a writer who's worked in several spectra of fiction throughout his life, from books to webcomics to MST-ings
, but he is perhaps best known and beloved for his work with Interactive Fiction
. He's won 11 XYZZY Awards for his various text adventures and stole the 1998 Interactive Fiction Competition with his seminal work Photopia
, in addition to starting his own annual IF competition called Spring Thing.
His conventional fiction output consists of several short stories and one novel, the dark high school comedy Ready, Okay!
. His Web Comics
(hosted on his website) are Academy X
, a deconstruction of the Science Hero
set at an academy for Omnidisciplinary Scientists
, and Evil Creatures
, a continuation of the plot from Academy X
. Additionally, he has also been part of two amateur rock bands, paints, blogs, and runs the annual Lyttle Lytton Contest
(which challenges readers to submit horrible made-up novel opening lines). He's something of a modern Renaissance Man
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You can find his website here
Cadre's Interactive Fiction
- I-0 (1997)
- Photopia (1998)
- Varicella (1999)
- 9:05 (2000)
- Shrapnel (2000)
- Textfire Golf (2001)
- Lock & Key (2002)
- Narcolepsy (2003)
- Endless, Nameless (2012)
- Info Dump: There's a big (optional) one at the end of Shrapnel.
- The Many Deaths of You: Deconstructed in Shrapnel.
- Metafiction: Endless, Nameless is simultaneously an old-fashioned '80s-style adventure romp and a commentary on the evolution of Interactive Fiction itself.
- No Communities Were Harmed: The state of Dorado (the setting for I-0 and Narcolepsy) is meant to be a stand-in for southern California, while Turtalia (the setting for Photopia) is based on southwestern Canada.
- No Sidepaths, No Exploration, No Freedom: The biggest complaint about Photopia.
- Retraux: Endless, Nameless is a deliberate throwback to the BBS "Door Games" of the 1980s. Then you die and discover that's not all there is...
- Same Face, Different Name: Adam Cadre submitted Photopia to the 1998 Interactive Fiction Competition under the name "Opal O'Donnell", out of fear that people would associate Photopia with his earlier sex farce game I-0.
- He has in fact used pen names for most competition games since I-0, including 1981, a short game featuring a stalker protagonist submitted to SmoochieComp (a competition for romantic games), which led to one review starting "Adam Cadre, is that you? If it's not, I'll eat my hat."
- Story to Gameplay Ratio: His games fall all over the spectrum, from almost all story (Photopia) to almost all gameplay (Lock and Key). They do tend to lie toward the "story" end of the spectrum, though.
- Time Crash: Shrapnel provided the page quote, and with good reason.
- Trial-and-Error Gameplay: Varicella and Lock and Key. Since both require engineering a specific set of interlocking circumstances to achieve the desired goal (eliminating all your rivals in the former, assembling an inescapable deathtrap in the latter), winning on the first playthrough (or the second, or the third, etc.) is next to impossible: you need to figure out how the different moving parts (literal or figurative) interact before you can hope to win.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The ending of 9:05
- Villain Protagonist: Primo Varicella of Varicella, the unnamed player character of 9:05.
- Lock and Key is a mild example; while the protagonist is purely mercenary, the entire point of the game is to construct an inescapable deathtrap for a Conan the Barbarian-type adventurer at the behest of a tyrannical king.