31TeV, The Novelist

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Hi. You can call me Tev.

Ask me questions, anonymously or otherwise, here.

What do you do when you're too lazy to have any progress to show off in a thread, but still want people to help keep you motivated in writing? Make a weekly teaser thread, of course!

Below are summaries of some of the storygames I'm working on currently or plan to in the future.


Elementium
It was bad enough that the Kytta Kingdom's economy was going down the gutter. Unemployment, famine and crime were rampant. But then the neighbouring Tayton Empire started rapidly expanding their military, amassing a vast army of warriors, mages and machines. To the north, east and south of Tayton was only sea, to the west the only bordering country was Kytta, separated only by a small expanse of uncolonised mountains. There was only one possible goal behind the growth of the Tayton military: to invade the Kytta Kindgom. There were no riches or natural resources to be gained from an invasion of Kytta, only a vast population to enslave and a platform to invade the other wealthier countries in the area. The Kyttan king, Warno II, desperate, pleaded leaders from various bordering countries to lend military assistance to guard the Kytta-Tayton border. They were uninterested in such a costly endeavour only to lose their soldiers in an attempt to save some lowly, impoverished country from certain doom. Warno knew he had to find some other source of revenue to fund the raising of an army, but how?

Fast forward ten years, and the Tayton forces continue to grow, along with tensions at the border, although a full-scale war hasn't broken out yet. Sehrrina, a mage just coming to the end of her training, is placed in a special forces unit along with other rookies under the leadership of veteran com-mage Twankil. Told from a third-person perspective, you will be able to make choices for multiple characters including King Warno, Sehrrina, Twankil, their teammates and sometimes even their enemies. This storygame is not for those who are offended by violence, bad language, mythical creatures, immoral actions for the greater good, squabbling organisations with their own agendas or magic envisioned in an overly detailed shonen anime style pseudo-scientific manner with a high fantasy finish.


Galaxy Tale
It has been 1500 years since Earth came to annihilation, forcing its inhabitants to leave for other parts of the galaxy. Humanity struggled, but it pulled through, spreading itself across dozens of inhabitable planets. Alex, resident of Planet Mur, sets off on an adventure across the stars. Choose an objective for your journey, gather a crew together, stop off at multiple planets, all the while fighting, exploring and discovering new cultures, races, wildlife and space phenomena. Reach beyond the known, beyond mortality, beyond the galaxy...


Overlord
Back in the day, I used to be a ruler. No, not the stationery kind! As in president, leader, running a country, making sure everything goes as smoothly as a baby sliding its bottom along a soaking wet icy floor. Except I was running the entire world. Yes, that man with the funny hat on TV with that huge-ass, badass but unwieldy looking sceptre, that was me! Yes, it had its shi... oh, pardon me, not very... good parts, like any other job, but it was also very rewarding. I lived a pretty fascinating life, if I may say so myself. All right, boys and girls, get your hot beverage of choice and gather round, because I'm about to tell you the greatest autobiographical tale about the Overlord of Earth that you've ever heard.


Naruto: A Shadow's Dawn
(title WIP) A Naruto fanfic set in Konoha before the beginning of the series, starting around the time that Minato and Kushina were children. Young kunoichi Tatsukami Renge is a rookie, distrusted by her peers because she's an outsider, originally living around the border between the Land of Fire and the Land of Wind. Lead Renge through her life as a shinobi as she tried to gain the trust of her teammates, develops her own unique fighting style and rises through the ranks by completing missions. She can lead her own team, make friends and even get married. As she gets older, gaining more experience and responsibility, the Third Shinobi World War looms ahead...


A Day in the Life of TeV
You wake up. Are you going to stay in bed, go downstairs or.... oh, who am I kidding. This is going to be one of those games without actually being anything like one of those games. Enjoy exhilarating everyday events experienced by some guy, complete with calendar-based random events and zero choices about what to have for breakfast or whether to brush your teeth.

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Draw My Attention (Age of Sage) on 1/26/2017 8:13:52 AM

This isn't me recommending any changed to specific storygames, but just something about story difficulty in general. Eternal is rated 8 for difficulty and OMS a 6. That doesn't seem right to me.

Is it worth considering some guidelines for determining story difficulty that are a little more concrete? Sure, it'll always be somewhat subjective, but maybe each difficulty level could have a short description to give you an idea of just how difficult it is. For example, 8/8 might have something about it being almost difficult to complete without help from someone else who already has.

I know it would be a lot of work to sort through all the old storygames and change their difficulty ratings, but that's what this thread is for, right?


Lurking Trophy? on 1/20/2017 9:25:42 AM
Didn't know you were still around to be honest. True to your username, I see.

Interesting comments on 12/23/2016 3:50:29 AM
Well that would explain the atrocious stories.

Draw My Attention (Making CYS Great Again) on 11/20/2016 7:36:31 PM

Recommending storygames for unpublishing:


1) Luigi's Adventure
http://chooseyourstory.com/story/luigi's-adventure


Explanation: It fits all five requirements for point 3 of the minimum site standards for unpublishing. See below.

poor grammar/style - there are errors such as "could of " in such a short story, and a script-style dialogue where each line is preceded by the speaking character’s name.

poor/nonexistent plot - a very simple deal of princess gets kidnapped, hero saves her, the end.

poor pacing - there is a fairly arbitrary “road” or “dirt road” choice which gives you no information, one of which will kill you for no good reason.

lack of important decisions - almost every page has a “deliberately not take part in the story” link which leads to a game over.

unbelievable/cliched dialogue - just see the page titled “Luigi versus Donkey Kong”.



2) CPUwars!
http://chooseyourstory.com/story/cpuwars~21


Explanation: It fits all five requirements for point 3 of the minimum site standards for unpublishing. See below.

poor grammar/style - "your on your desktop," from the first page.

poor/nonexistent plot - nonexistent; you simply fight Yoda with no buildup or good reason.

poor pacing - Yoda kills you or vice versa for no apparent reason.

lack of important decisions - pretty much every link leads to one or two sentence pages with little to no detail.

unbelievable/cliched dialogue - just see the page titled “I'm from the Sith! MUHAHAHAHA!”.


School Based Contest - 2016 on 7/3/2016 11:44:10 PM

You know what? I'm going to have to drop out of the contest. I'm seriously having to dumb down and cut my writing in order to complete the storygame on time. No point in submitting something sub-par just to meet the deadline. If you look at what I've got so far you'll see that it starts off okay but then it tapers off into 2-3 bland, undescriptive sentences per page. It would honestly be an embarrassment to CYS, not to mention immensely hypocritical of me to post such crap when I've berated others for doing the same.

I won't abandon this indefinitely but I'll be busy for a while, so this will be completed at some point next year, hopefully. I'm quite liking the general story idea, but I need a bit more time to work on the details.

Good night, folks.


School Based Contest - 2016 on 7/3/2016 7:42:16 PM
AmateurProtip: DO NOT drink too much energy beverage stuff. I feel all hyper now that I've had a bit too much. Still, with just over four hours to go, perhaps this will help me to finish off my writing. Anyway, be careful, kids, because you might end up smashing up your keyboard instead of typing up some decent writing.

School Based Contest - 2016 on 7/3/2016 2:59:51 AM
I'm still not out of the count yet. It's going to be a close one, because I still have a lot to write and I have an 8 hour shift before the deadline, but I can make it with some Red Bull or something.

School Based Contest - 2016 on 6/2/2016 2:17:07 PM
Alright, create your game and add Kiel as a co-autho... oh wait.

Betas Needed for Contest on 5/28/2016 12:28:11 PM
You say in this thread that you want to be a beta, then Kiel will randomly assign you to a storygame(s) entered for the contest. You'll then have to proofread/playtest that storygame before the submission date (20th June). You'll be rewarded with points according to how much work you did.

Betas Needed for Contest on 5/26/2016 3:52:30 AM
Cheers, fam. Will PM you for details.