So, Who Is Richard Otter?

I'm Richard Otter from the UK (or England if you prefer).

My interest in IF dates back to the adventure games of the 80s. I must have played all the old ZX Spectrum classics such as "Sherlock", "Hobbit", "Lords of Time", "Snowball" and "Subsunk". I even had a go at writing my own stuff in those days using the dear old Quill by Gilsoft.

I stumbled onto ADRIFT in 2004 and so started my life in the modern world of IF. As I'm no programmer I have stayed with ADRIFT up until recently and have a few games of varying quality under my belt.   My games have been been placed fairly highly in the regular ADRIFT competitions. My most successful game so far has been Unauthorized Termination, which broke into the top ten in the 12th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. This game was also a Finalist in the XYZZY Awards 2006, nominated in the "Best Setting" category.

Escape to New York was placed 11th in the 11th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition. It came joint 3rd in InsideADRIFT End of Year Comp 2005 and was also the joint winner in the "Most unusual ADRIFT setting/plot of the year" award at the InsideADRIFT Awards 2005. And just recently Vague was placed 2nd in the Spring Thing 2009.

Out of curiosity really, in 2008 I ported Pathway to Destruction to Z-Code 8 using Inform 7. This was quite a battle as my programming skills are a little on the poor side to say the least. It is now looking like I will be moving over to Inform for new projects, but have a few ADRIFT games in production.

Check out all My Interactive Fiction Games to try out my work.

To contact me drop me at e-mail at richardo@delron.org.uk.

Following my blog at richardotter@tumblr.com

Twitter me @richardotter


Competitions

The following are the placings of games entered in the major competitions to date.

Vague, Spring Thing 2009: 2nd place

The Puzzle Box, One Room Game Competition 2007: 8th place

Unauthorized Termination, IFComp 2006: 10th place

Escape to New York, IFComp 2005: 11th place

 

Awards

The following are the awards won for my ADRIFT work, to date.

Finalist in the XYZZY Awards 2006, nominated in the "Best Setting" category

Winner of the "ADRIFT author of the year" at InsideADRIFT Awards 2006.

Joint winner in the "Most unusual ADRIFT setting/plot of the year" award at the InsideADRIFT Awards 2005

Winner of the "ADRIFT author of the year" at InsideADRIFT Awards 2005.

Winner of the "Best contribution by a newcomer to the ADRIFT community" at InsideADRIFT Awards 2004.
 

Other Sites

The following websites contain details of my ADRIFT work -

BAF's Guide

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Interactive Fiction Wiki

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IFDB