Released: July 2005


Jessica Plunkenstein and the Düsseldorf Conspiracy

It's been a peculiar day for Jessica Plunkenstein. By a freak twist of fate and airline security, our heroine finds herself battling evil barons bent on world domination, evil headmistresses bent on pathological propriety, and evil yodelers bent on nothing in particular. Full of llamas, ninjas, French people, pickled herring, dubious German accents, yetis in heat, and musical theatre up the wazoo, Jessica's adventures bring her from the Amazonian Rain Forests to the Norwegian Alps with layovers along the Eastern seaboard. So tag along, and you, too, can unravel The Düsseldorf Conspiracy in what the New York Times calls the Best Adventure Game of 2005!

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This was my senior project in Computer Science at Yale. In order to sneak it by the approval committee, the project's official name was "Rendering Dynamic Graphics in an Ad Hoc Environment," which is a fancy way of saying "video game."

I drafted the story during a cross-country flight where I also finished my senior project in Theatre Studies and prepared for an interview at Google. Of these, The Düsseldorf Conspiracy was the least disastrous. It combines the things I find most interesting—namely musical theatre, Indiana Jones, and child endangerment—and suggests why I should be legally banned from drawing.

"Don't be ridiculous. I wrote the Municipal Building Codes. There's only one code, and it's Morse!" ~ Veena, Diplomatic Relations