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This issue's game is Imperilous, an old school text adventure written in Quest 4.0, in which you play the imp of the perverse, whispering in the ear of an Edo-era thief. It's designed to take about five minutes to play from start to finish, but has multiple endings depending on what you type in.

To run 'Imperilous', click here to download the setup file, then open it and follow the instructions.

contributor notes

Christopher Barnes lives in Newcastle. In May 2006 he had a solo art/poetry exhibition at The People's Theatre, which can be viewed at The South Bank Centre in London recorded his poem, 'The Holiday I Never Had', which can be heard on

Colin Barns studied at University of East Anglia and is currently based in London.

Sophia Blackwell describes herself as "an eclectic word-flinger", and has performed poetry in a wide variety of settings across London, as well as at Glastonbury. Her debut collection, Into Temptation, was published in 2009 by Tollington Press.

G. B. Clarkson lives, works, eats, and sleeps in the middle of the Midlands.

M. P. Dean lives and works in London. Elsewhere he would be a phoniatrician, logopède or orthophoniste. Here it is the more prosaic speech therapist. He is not aware of this having any bearing on his poetry.

Joe Dresner graduated from Lancaster University in 2009, where he studied English, Philosophy and how to avoid being expelled. He was born, and currently lives, in Sunderland. He is also published in Cadaverine, Pomegranate and Erbacce.

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, was published by Hamish Hamilton and the film adaptation was released this year. His debut poetry pamphlet was released in 2010 as part of Faber's New Poets series and he co-runs regular poetry cabaret Homework.

Louis Gilbert is a Fine Art graduate from Sheffield Hallam University, a member of the band The Dufflefolks, and also runs the record label Spilt Milk Records.

Carl Griffin is from South Wales and is in his mid-twenties. His work has been published in Magma and Pomegranate. His favourite poets are Stephen Dobyns and Roddy Lumsden.

Nicholas Liu lives in Singapore. His poems have recently appeared in Likestarlings, Poetry Review, Cadaverine, and Everyday Genius, and are forthcoming in Mantis, RHINO and Stand. His first collection, Versions from the English, is due from firstfruits publications and his mini-chapbook, He Gives Them White Robes, is available from

Simon Messenger is reading for an MA in Library and Information Studies at University College London, having worked in libraries, bookshops, and a cinema. He is a member of The Dufflefolks.

Tom Moore (19 October 1903-12 May 1971) was a professional wrestler and actor. He is perhaps best remembered for his roles in a number of B features, including police inspector turned zombie Louis Burke in Death Warrant and the part of a recurring lab assistant, often named Saint Lobo.

Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of A Roomful of Machines (Searle Publishing, 2010). Her publication credits and acceptances include more than 400 publications, including Boston Review, Envoi, Narrative Magazine, Other Poetry, Southword and The Pedestal Magazine. She has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize.

Niall O'Sullivan's work has appeared in a number of publications, including Wolf, London Magazine, South Bank Poetry and Rising. His first collection, You're Not Singing Anymore, was published in 2004 and his second, Ventriloquism for Monkeys, in 2007, both with Waterways. He runs regular events The Cellar and Poetry Unplugged in central London.

Christos Sakellaridis writes poetry and sometimes takes photographs that could accompany poems. Some of his poems have appeared in The Delinquent and Stimulus Respond. He is currently working on his first collection, Xenon/Ξενον. He likes/extols the virtues of lots of stuff, such as animals, Epicurean philosophy and ice cream. He dislikes/detests the word 'quintessentially', financial capitalism and aubergines.

Jacqueline Saphra has won several awards, including first prize in the Ledbury Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet, Rock'n'Roll Mamma was published by Flarestack in 2008. Her first full collection, The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye) was developed with the support of the Arts Council of England and nominated for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2011.

N. God Savage lives in Belfast. His writing has appeared in print and online on sites like Word Riot and Mud Luscious. He is currently completing a PhD in philosophy. Find him at

Kevin Simmonds is a writer and musician originally from New Orleans. He's contributed to Chroma, jubilat and Poetry and his musical work Wisteria: Twilight Songs of the Swamp Country opened the 2006 Poetry International at Royal Festival Hall. He lives in San Francisco.

Dan Simpson is a spoken word poet and writer. He performs his poetry wherever he can: on beaches, at festivals, in bars (often) and at the National Theatre (once). He can be found online or, less virtually, in London.

Jake Stringer is a habitual writer whose habit is out of control. He lurks in the bowels of London avoiding paid work, brewing medieval concoctions and filling up his hard drive with short stories, long stories and non-fiction.

Claire Trévien is a PhD student living in Paris this year and taking an active part in its spoken word scene. She has recently been published in the anthology Dove Release: New Flights and Voices by Worple Press. Her writing has been been published, or is forthcoming, in anthologies published by Leaf Books, Cinnamon Press and Heaventree Press, as well as in publications such as The Battered Suitcase, Nth Position, Pomegranate, Danse Macabre and Fingerdance Festival.

Russell J. Turner is an actor, poet, promoter, mathematician and recovering alcoholic. Norwich is his playground. His first poetry chapbook, The Machinery of the Moment, has recently been published by headCRASH. Visit to read more.

Originally from London, Robin Vaughan-Williams moved to Sheffield in 1999, where he ran Spoken Word Antics for five years, presented the Antics radio show on Sheffield Live, and produced a series of site-specific sound and poetry collage-performances. In recent years he has explored Skype poetry and improvisation, collaborated with musicians from the Ella Luk project and written a script for Surveillance Suite, an auto-generative CCTV project by James Coupe. His pamphlet, The Manager, was published by Happenstance Press in March 2010.

Inga Vesper was not born in the UK in 1984, but in Germany, a small hiccup in her biography which she rectified by moving to London in 2003. Inga then attended City University regularly enough to gain a degree in Journalism. She has tried her hands at various professions since, including pint puller, orphanage matron, pigeon scarer and Middle Eastern diplomat, before finding her true calling as a journalist for Research Europe. In this profession Inga has has many close encounters with contraptions of various kinds, but thinks that the people who think them up and then don't try to dominate the world with them are even more interesting.

Christian Ward is a 29 year old poet who is currently finishing an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He reviews poetry occasionally and translates it from time to time. His work can be currently seen in Ezra and has appeared in Iota, Poetry Wales and The Warwick Review. He loathes movers and stray cats, both of which have been encountered in the last three weeks.

Louise Warren is a poet and playwright living in London. Her poems have appeared in Agenda, The New Writer, Obsessed with Pipework, Orbis, Poetry Wales, Stand and Seam, and in several poetry anthologies. Her most recent plays have been at the Little Angel Puppet Theatre and for Immediate Theatre.

Chrissy Williams lives in London, has had poems in S/S/Y/K/4, Horizon Review, Orphan Leaf Review, Rising and Southbank Poetry, and was recently included in The Rialto's Young Poets feature. She works on the Poetry Library's digital poetry magazine archive, co-edits edible poetry journal Poetry Digest and wishes she had a dog.

Tony Williams lives and works in Sheffield. The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street, a collection of poetry, was published by Salt in 2009. He blogs irregularly at

Chris Woolfrey writes, reads and records. Then he combines these things. He graduated from the UEA Creative Writing department in 2008 and reads an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck College. GSOH, WLMA similar. Find more at

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is a city hermit who's shy but loves hot sex. He has edited more than 10 books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organisations. Also working in clay, Desmond loves throwing on the wheel. He's presently sculpting a three-piece set based on Lacan's ideas on the moebius strip.

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