Anton Chekhov, widely considered to be a Russian writer, had a writing concept that is still called in to bear today – the fabled Chekhov’s Gun.
Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.
Ludum Dare, widely considered to be a game jam (which is apparently all I get to write about now, I’M SORRY ABOUT THE CAT INCIDENT MIKE AND ANT), has produced some clever, offbeat productions.
Founded in April 2002 by Geoff Howland, the Ludum Dare community has been running its brand of Game Jam for more than 12 years. It’s both the longest running, and the largest Online Game Jam in the world.
Ludum Dare 32 gives us Where Is Your Gun Now, Mr. Chekhov?, an interesting little point and click with jaunty music and a clever premise. You, as Chekhov, must stop assassination attempts by figuring out what your various guests mean to kill you with. While the clues don’t always work (I was killed with a cat once, the clue being “unconventional”), it is a fun little diversion that is completely free to play. Which makes it qualify for FTPF.
Where Is Your Gun Now, Mr. Chekhov? can be played right here. Love the music, by the way. Good times.