1997: Nightmares in Wonderland – Chapters Nine and Ten

Title: Nightmares in Wonderland
Author:  OnlyALittleMad
Media: Movie / Video Game
Topic: American McGee’s Alice / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Genre: Suspense/Horror
URL: Nightmares in Wonderland
Critiqued by TacoMagic

We’re finally here, the last two chapters!

Well, that’s being a bit generous.  It’s more like the last chapter and then a little chapter booster pack.

Last time we finally had something happen!  It was stupid, but it was a happening, so it’s at least progress toward wherever the author thought this was going.  The whole chapter boiled down to a particularly sloppy GM session where a new player joins the table and has to be added to the party.  There was a fairly nonsense scene where the tweedle-three threatened the lives of the children in order to… uh… magruamfum.  Luckily their motivations are irrelevant since a bunch of cats pop out of the SDQF and stab them with shards of plotonium anyway.

Everyone up to speed?  No?  Perfect!

Chapter 9: Down The Rabbit Hole

*Porno music blares over the PA system*

Well, at least she didn’t wheel that damn contraption in here this time.

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1992: Nightmares in Wonderland – Chapter Eight

Title: Nightmares in Wonderland
Author:  OnlyALittleMad
Media: Movie / Video Game
Topic: American McGee’s Alice / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Genre: Suspense/Horror
URL: Nightmares in Wonderland
Critiqued by TacoMagic

Howdy-doodly do, patrons!

Last time we kinda sorta almost had something happen!  This happening boils down to the voices in Alice’s head telling her to kill the candy maker so that she doesn’t fall in love.  Because apparently love will open the way for the Queen of Hearts because she’s second in line for the throne.  Because that’s how hereditary monarchies work.  At the very end of the seventh chapter, Wonka finishes time traveling to the Victorian era and arrives at the asylum.  And that was pretty well it.

Let’s see what we’ve got this week!

Chapter 8: Meet Your New Nightmare

Well, my worst nightmare is apparently Rambo, so maybe my new nightmare is Batman?

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1986: Nightmares in Wonderland – Chapters Six and Seven

Title: Nightmares in Wonderland
Author:  OnlyALittleMad
Media: Movie / Video Game
Topic: American McGee’s Alice / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Genre: Suspense/Horror
URL: Nightmares in Wonderland
Critiqued by TacoMagic

Heyo, patrons!  Welcome back to “Nightmares in Wonderland!”

Last time we had two solid chapters of padding.  Literally nothing of interest happened; all we got was hardcore mirror fixation and brooding.  Fortunately, Maddie seemed to, at some level, understand that what she was writing wasn’t very good.  Unfortunately she quashed those instincts and posted the chapters up anyway.  C’est la vie.

Let’s see what she’s got in store for us this week!

Chapter 6: Look Beyond What You See

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1983: Nightmares in Wonderland – Chapters Four and Five

Title: Nightmares in Wonderland
Author:  OnlyALittleMad
Media: Movie / Video Game
Topic: American McGee’s Alice / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Genre: Suspense/Horror
URL: Nightmares in Wonderland
Critiqued by TacoMagic

Howdy, doodly-do, patrons!

Last time in Nightmares in Wonderland we didn’t make much plot progression.  It was mostly just empty grimdork edginess pandering as Alice was locked in a jail cell by a pirate orderly in the prison wing of the Arkham Rutledge Asylum.  There was also a small child in the cell with her named Maggie, who may be a delusion or might be an author insertion (it’s a close call since the author’s name is similar); we’re going to keep an eye on that situation.  Meanwhile, we learned that Wonka has a Dark Tortured Past™ of being an inmate of the Arkham Rutledge Asylum.  And that was pretty much it.  Three sentences to sum up two whole chapters.  Not great, author, not great.

Onwards!

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1977: Nightmares in Wonderland – Chapters Two and Three

Title: Nightmares in Wonderland
Author:  OnlyALittleMad
Media: Movie / Video Game
Topic: American McGee’s Alice / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Genre: Suspense/Horror
URL: Nightmares in Wonderland
Critiqued by TacoMagic

Hey, patrons!  Welcome back to Nightmares in Wonderland, the fic that dares to explore the untapped drama of thrift shopping.

Last time, we got a bunch of shoveled American McGee’s Alice plot regurgitation, both from me and the fic, as well as a scene where Charlie is gifted a cursed mirror that was inexplicably for sale, take it for free.  And that’s pretty much it, so let’s just jump into chapter two!

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1974: Nightmares in Wonderland – Chapter One

Title: Nightmares in Wonderland
Author:  OnlyALittleMad
Media: Movie / Video Game
Topic: American McGee’s Alice / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Genre: Suspense/Horror
URL: Nightmares in Wonderland
Critiqued by TacoMagic

Fair warning:  American McGee’s Alice deals extensively with the topics of suicide and mental illness.  Perhaps surprisingly, the game actually handles these topics seriously and with respect, but I cannot guarantee that this fic will retain that degree of respect.

Hey, patrons, welcome to a brand new mini-project!  This time I’m bringing you a short, ten-chapter little romp called “Nightmares in Wonderland,” a cross between American McGee’s Alice, a PC game released in 2000 by EA, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which could be based on either the novel by Roald Dahl because it’s set in the category for the book or the 2005 Tim Burton movie since something happens in the first chapter that makes it more likely.  Not that it really seems to matter to the plot which the author was attempting to use. And, since this is a fic based on a game that itself was inspired by 9-inch-nails music, expect that plot to get very grymdork very quickly.

Since American McGee’s Alice is a new addition to our list of canons, let’s do a quick infodump on it first.  Shouldn’t take too long because this game is old enough to not have a very robust plot behind it.

The basic premise of American McGee’s Alice is that it takes place after both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.  After the events in the books, Alice’s family die in a fire.  Traumatized by this, Alice enters a partially catatonic state and makes several attempts to end her own life and is eventually institutionalized.  The events in the game take place ten years later when her rabbit stuffed animal awaken’s her from her stupor with news that Wonderland is in dire peril and needs her help.  From there you play as Alice as she battles her way through a twisted and corrupt version of Wonderland as it symbolizes her internal struggle with her own madness.  That’s pretty much it.  It was a game released nearly twenty years ago, so plots were still relatively thin back then.  It was a great game at the time, but suffers from its age in much the same way that Ocarina of Time does.

It’s still a good game to play your way through in a historical context, but the lack of many of the niceties of modern gaming definitely makes the game feel old and will provide a good deal of frustration to those who aren’t really used to how games of this vintage operate.  For those not wanting to submit themselves to that, here’s a link to a play-through if you’re interested.  Otherwise, if you want to experience the game first-hand, an HD copy comes packaged with the sequel: Alice: Madness Returns.

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1895: raccoon city tales: team beta – Oneshot

Title:  raccoon city tales: team beta
Author:  pantherxii
Media: Video Game
Topic: Resident Evil
Genre: Horror
URL: raccoon city tales: team beta
Critiqued by TacoMagic

Hey, patrons!  Given that I’m writing this on Halloween, I figured I’d keep with the spoopy theme and dig a Resident Evil fic out of my pile!

I’m so, so sorry.

Anyway, this week we’ve got a fic based loosely, very loosely, on Resident Evil 2, which is arguably the best game in the series.  Not that you’ll need to know much about the game, since it really won’t matter at all.  You’ll see why in… now:

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