Cragne Manor is a text adventure commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Michael Gentry's Anchorhead. It's also a huge, ridiculous experimental collaboration.  

✑ The game was written and programmed by more than eighty authors.
✑ Each contributor was assigned one room.
✑ We didn't tell anybody what was going on in anybody else's room.

Your name is Naomi Cragne. Your husband is missing. That's why you're taking the train to Vermont, to look for him in his family's old mansion. You'll explore creepy environments, consult eldritch tomes, and solve bizarre puzzles as you search for Peter, but your surroundings, your past, and even your identity seem to change subtly—or dramatically—as you make your way through the town of Backwater and approach Cragne Manor.

Each location is a different author's take on a tribute to Anchorhead, or an original work of Lovecraftian cosmic horror, or a deconstruction of cosmic horror, or a gonzo parody of cosmic horror, or a parody of some other thing, or a portrait of life in Vermont, or a pure experiment in writing with Inform 7, or something else entirely. There are tons of puzzles. The puzzles get very weird.

Cragne Manor was organized by Jenni Polodna and Ryan Veeder. (Contact them jointly at It was written by Adam Whybray, AdriAndrew Plotkin, Andy Holloway, Austin Auclair, Baldur Brückner, Ben Collins-Sussman, Bill MayaBrian Rushton, Buster Hudson, Caleb WilsonCarl Muckenhoupt, Chandler Groover, Chris Jones, Chris Conley, Damon L. WakesDaniel Ravipinto, Daniel Stelzer, David Jose, David Petrocco, David Sturgis, Drew Mochak, Edward B, Emily Short, Erica Newman, Feneric, Finn Rosenloev, Gary Butterfield, Gavin Inglis, Greg Frost, Hanon Ondricek, Harkness Munt, Harrison Gerard, Ian HolmesIvan RothJack Welch, Jacqueline Ashwell, James Eagle, Jason Dyer, Jason Lautzenheiser, Jason Love, Jenni Polodna, Jeremy Freese, Joey Jones, Joshua Porch, Justin de Vesine, Justin Melvin, Katherine MorayatiKenneth Pedersen, Lane Puetz, Llew Mason, Lucian Smith, Marco Innocenti, Marius Müller, Mark Britton, Mark SampleMarshal Tenner WinterMatt SchneiderMatt Weiner, Matthew Korson, Michael Fessler, Michael Gentry, Michael Hilborn, Michael Lin, Mike Spivey, Molly Ying, Monique Padelis, Naomi Hinchen, Nate Edwards, Petter SjölundQ Pheevr, Rachel Spitler, Reed Lockwood, Reina Adair, Riff ConnerRoberto ColnaghiRowan Lipkovits, Ryan Veeder, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Scott Hammack, Sean M. Shore, Wade ClarkeZach Hodgens, and Zack Johnson. Special beta testing thanks to Andrew Schultz.

The game is free; if you care to donate towards Ryan's server costs we will not stop you.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
GenreInteractive Fiction, Adventure
Tagsexquisite-corpse, Female Protagonist, Horror, Text based


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