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!
download the game (it's free!) or for more information,
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.