The final chapter of Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw
's ' Chzo Mythos
' finishes the tale of Trilby
, John Defoe and the Tall Man. It primarily takes place in the underground
lair of a sinister cult
6 Days a Sacrifice is the fourth and final game in order of release, and 3rd in order of the game series' timeline, placed 196 years after 5 Days a Stranger
and Trilby's Notes
and 196 years before 7 Days a Skeptic
. You play Theo DaCabe throughout the majority of the game. He is a council surveyor who is trying to run a health and safety assessment on the headquarters of a fictional fad religion called Optimology (a not-too-subtle dig at The Church of Scientology) and gets embroiled in the machinations of the overarching series plot. The Special Edition includes author commentary
, an "expanded, slightly less ambiguous ending", the soundtrack
in MIDI format, and character profiles on most of the characters in the series, in the guise of dossiers from the Ministry of Occultism.
The Countdown Trilogy
The game also has a series of accompanying interactive fiction
games, called The Countdown Trilogy, which were used as teaser trailers for the release of the point-and-click
graphical adventure itself. They use the Z-machine
language for implementation and require an interpreter such as WinFrotz to run. These games were developed using the Inform7 development system. Each of the three text adventures is named after and represents one of the three Blessed Agonies, an important plot element in the second half of the main series, and the three aspects of being, important throughout the series.
6 Days a Sacrifice won Best Story and Best Non-player Character ( Trilby
) in the 2007 AGS Awards, having received a total of 7 nominations. This brings the total number of AGS Awards for the series to 13 and nominations to 36 (although The Art of Theft,
not strictly part of the series
, received a further 2 awards).