If you enjoy interactive fiction or text adventures of years gone by, don't miss these works by award-winning author, Andrew Plotkin. Also known as "Zarf," Plotkin leverages his skills in programming, game and puzzle design to create engaging and compelling interactive fiction that are works of art.
Why we picked it: Andrew Plotkin, aka Zarf, continually stretches the boundaries of the interactive fiction genre. Weaving skilled programming, puzzle design and loads of artistic vision, Plotkin proves that sticking to words alone doesn't limit your creativity, it enhances it. His latest work, Delightful Wallpaper, puts you in the role of a ghost who cannot manipulate physical objects yet must direct an impending drama in a cozy mansion. Each of Andrew's games are unique in some way and worth their weight in words ten times over. The competition in this category was very difficult for us to choose between; however, when considering his overall contribution to and influence within interactive fiction as a whole, it became easy for us to award Zarf with the Best of 2006 in this category.