A psychological dream-thriller set in 18th century Bengal, a post-apocalyptic Western and an educational game charting the origins of life took the top honours at this week’s inaugural World of the Season Awards.

The contest, which take place every three months, is designed to recognise outstanding games created using Failbetter Games’ StoryNexus tools. Winners receive their own promotions on the StoryNexus home page and custom artwork.

This season’s judges:

Mike Laidlaw , Creative Director of BioWare’s Dragon Age franchise

Susan Arendt , executive Editor of The Escapist

Jonas Kyratzes, developer of The Sea Will Claim Everything, Infinite Ocean, and other wild experiments.

A panel of Failbetter writers.

And the winners...

1st place - Autumn World of the Season winner: Samsara by Meg Jayanth

An intricately detailed and wantonly phantasmagoric tale of dreams, intrigue and desire. If Inception had been set in eighteenth-century Bengal, it might have looked like this.

"Enjoyed the setting and the writing enormously. The story was gripping and full of great touches, and the wake/dreaming gameplay is a lovely idea."

Jonas Kyratzes

2nd place: Zero Summer, by Gordon Levine, Becca Noe and Tucker Nelson.

A lushly enigmatic story of the exploits of a Man With No Name in a desolate future America turned impossibly strange.

“It gives the sense of a huge world to explore, despite being set in a dusty, go-nowhere town. There’s a staggering amount to see and do.”

Mike Laidlaw

3rd place:  Evolve by Caitlin Lill

An ingenious and delightful educational game tracing the evolution of life over millions of years from single-celled organisms onwards.

“I just thought it was such a hoot, such a departure from “you are the savior of the universe.”

Susan Arendt

“The standard has been incredibly high,” says Failbetter’s CEO Alexis Kennedy. “We’ve only just released these tools, and creators are already using them in ingenious ways we’d never imagined”.

A new World of the Season contest begins this week, and runs until the end of the year. Winners will be announced in January. Create your world now at


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