The 2010 Interactive Competition has already began and you can now download over 20 brand new and mostly excellent text adventures from the compo site in order to enjoy and actually judge them. As for me, the only entry I can talk about (for now at least) is the Rogue of the Multiverse by my favourite interactive fiction author and freeware game designer Pacian.
Rogue of the Multiverse, a rather innovative text adventure created in TADS 3, is a brilliantly written and rather easy on the player sci-fi offering, that feels impressively detailed, sports interesting characters, a fantastic plot, multiple endings, some procedurally generated segments, a variety of alien races, more humour than anyone would expect, a satisfying amount of truly subtle political references and an array of interesting futuristic gadgets. It is, and I'm avoiding all plot spoilers here, a truly great game that will appeal to your literary instincts, while making sure your inner geek doesn't feel left out.
You can download Rogue of the Multiverse here, complete with its walkthrough (don't use it, no, really) and an assortment of digital feelies. In order to run the game (it's that tiny .t3 file) you could do worse than use a copy of the excellent and quite freeware Gargoyle.Related @ Gnome's Lair: