I was learning to build websites, the received wisdom was that
a good site should always include a few games - so I created
some for the new Bates Archive. More were sent in by serious
film buffs and a crossword setter or two. By the time I was ready
to show Alan his new site, there were about 20 games in Piffle,
ranging from guess-the-films (see "Framed," for example)
to crosswords, anagrams and complicated matching games requiring
a broad knowledge of film and theatre. I wasn't sure what Alan
would think of such trivia.
After a couple of hours online,
Alan was rubbing his eyes, which were not accustomed to looking
at a PowerBook screen. But when I showed him the Piffle feature
he quickly revived, and plunged right in. He and his secretary,
Rosemary, could not be stumped: they knew every face, every film,
every obscure connection, and had great fun. Piffle was a hit!
A month after Alan's death, I began
to re-work Piffle as part of the large and necessary Bates Archive
revision. I wasn't sure that games were even appropriate for
what is now a memorial site. But soon I was reading some of the
quotes in my favorite games, the One-Liners; they made me smile
as I recalled the exact moment when I realized that Harold Pinter
is a genius, or remembered the way certain lines were delivered.
Alan often said how lucky he was to "say the words"
(his own curious phrase) of such brilliant writers.
I hope that you too will find
happy memories here. If you're inspired to create a game, please
send it in!
The titles below will change color
as you visit them. Each has a link back to this master list,
either below the game, or in the menu at the left side of the
A Game of Authors
Fathers & Kids
On the Waterfront
Tea for Two
Word Find Pro