Ian Michael Waddell

writer + narrative designer // children's books // victoria, bc

email: ianwaddell [at] gmail [dot] com


things of interest:

Animalia (2018) - Interactive fiction game. Four animals occupy a replica of a Human child to prevent Human encroachment upon their very Non-Human forest. Extremely silly. It placed 3rd out of 77 in the 2018 Interactive Fiction Competition, won two XYZZY Awards for Best Writing and Best NPCs, and was showcased at the 2019 WordPlay Festival in Toronto.

Only in Dreams (2014) - Illustrated by Andrew Benson. Children's picture book. Every night, Sam drifts off to sleep and dreams of magical things. But when he starts to get nightmares, he is shocked to discover where, and from whom, his dreams come from... Print run sold out.


things of lesser interest:

Laika (2020) - Play as Laika, first dog in orbit. Explore the solar system, converse with alien grad students, push space cops into Venus's atmosphere. Written for the Narrascope 2020 Game Jam, and commissioned by Josh Grams as a demo for tinyQBN, a storylet/quality-based narrative library for Twine and Sugarcube. Unwinnable wrote a nice article about it.

Mindful (2019) - A game in which you make your own cooking blog. Entered in the game jam ECTOCOMP 2019.

Znrp's (2017) - As the proprietor of the only neutral bar in the Nebula, protect your bar from thugs looking to shake down your most loyal (and most irritating) customer. The first game I ever made using Twine.

Verb Your Enthusiasm (2019) - A podcast with Elizabeth Smyth where we review interactive fiction games. It's on Patreon but we're not actively seeking patrons, because we are generous and kind.