Mayana, The Apprentice Scrivener

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6/18/2019 4:12 PM

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I'm a blind teenage girl. Most of my time here is spent reading stories or writing stupid things on the forums, but I sometimes write short stories and poems as well. English isn't my first language, so any feedback is welcome! Up for a duel anytime.
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Have a nice day, Mayana.

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The Mountains of Usul on 6/17/2019 10:50:25 AM
The issue with stories like yours is that I, a newbie with no clue about literature, don't have much to say except to confirm that it's well written. So, uh, it's great! Congratulations! Although this page's purpose is informing the reader about the world, not advancing the plot, I still found it interesting and structured in such a way that it didn't feel like a huge, boring info dump. It's quite likely that even lazier readers than me will find it to be dull because there isn't much action ... but fuck them. I've got just one, probably stupid question. Why would the gravity in the quarters be set to a different level than the rest of the ship? Does every room have its own gravity generator, or however you'd call it? That'd probably use up a lot of energy. Also, wouldn't so many switches between 0.9 and 2.3 G be bad for the body? It'd almost make more sense to just set it to 2.3 G everywhere.

MUDs, motherfuckers, do you play them?! on 6/14/2019 5:14:49 PM
Oh hey, you finally noticed the thread! You shouldn't keep me suffering so long, you know how weak and impatient we teenagers are. :) It's always interesting to read a post from you about how cool the past was. It's a shame there aren't as many MUDs around anymore. And it's likely there'll be even less of them in the future, because text is just too boring for most people. A CYS guild might be fun, but let's not be too optimistic about the abilities of CYStians. And yup, no trolling. The mods are pretty good at enforcing the rules on there. But we'd have fun regardless. Yup, AA is definitely full of blindies. There are less of them on other MUDs, though. Even though they're text, not all of them are completely accessible. Some have ascii maps, extremely verbose combat, etc. And of course, blindies are just as awful as the sighted, and often won't play MUDs because they don't have sounds.

MUDs, motherfuckers, do you play them?! on 6/14/2019 3:22:01 PM
Mizal asked me to create a thread back on Tuesday, so I of course obeyed immediately. Fortunately, she didn't specify it had to have a good title, else I'd fail at that too. Beware, lots of scary text ahead.

MUDs, or multi-user dungeons/dimensions/domains/dialogs (yup, there's a fuckload of definitions) are similar to interactive fiction. You progress by using text commands, like east, give soul to EndMaster, backstab noob and so on. But unlike interactive fiction, they're online, real-time, have a bunch of RPG elements like quests, battles ... I guess they're not so similar to IF after all.

The most popular genre is of course fantasy, but you can also find MUDs that are set in a science fiction modern, historical, steampunk, or other setting. They also differ quite a lot in what the main focus is; hack and slash, exploration, crafting, room creation, player interaction, roll play, so on.

My favorite MUD is Alter Aeon. It's set in a fantasy setting, so of course during character creation you get to pick from the standard classes: warrior, thief, mage, cleric, necromancer, druid. No races unfortunately, you can only be a boring human. What's interesting about its class system is that you don't just pick one class and stick with it. Every 5 levels you get to pick another class, so eventually you'll have levels in all of them. It might seem confusing at first, but when you understand the game enough, you'll be able to make some pretty powerful combos.

It's a pretty active MUD, with a friendly playerbase and almost daily updates. The focus is primarily on solving quests by killing mobs and finding items, but it tries to be welcoming for everyone. The world is large, and rooms have decently detailed descriptions, so it's fun to explore. A lot of crafting skills have been added recently, and while many aren't worth the effort, some can produce very strong equipment if you're patient enough. And if you hate playing solo, you could participate in the arena, or join a group to make getting exp easier; some high level areas are even specifically beatable only in groups.

If you want to learn more, check out their website. There's a guide or help file for everything you ever needed to know, and many things you didn't. But if that's not enough and you're still confused, just ask! :)

How about you? Does anyone here play a MUD anymore? I have a feeling this won't be a very active thread ...

Poll: Vault CYS on 6/12/2019 5:21:26 PM
IAP: Because he's IAP. Big strong man that's good at survival in the wilderness, fixing things and strangling bears. Wibn: No stranger to extremely hard labor for no payment, good at math. Mizal: Good with guns, even better in the kitchen, would make a great leader. Sabley: She was a soldier, knows a lot about farmer stuff (chickens, bees, etc.), is a great cook. Tim: Iirc he's strong and exercises regularly, so another pair of strong hands. And he's the nicest one on the list. Sure, Wibn's nice, but he can't compare to Tim. Tim's a huge teddy bear.

Let's Start Over... I’m a cowardly faggot! on 5/31/2019 2:19:21 PM
Hi, welcome to CYS! Here's a beautiful love story, perfect for newbies like you.

I'd advise against writing your story in episodes. There are other platforms designed for that, CYS isn't one. Iirc, you lose all the ratings if you unpublish a story, and when you republish it it won't be in the new storygames list, so people won't know it's been edited. Also, we're not all that fond of demos and unfinished stories.

There are a few exceptions, of course. For example, currently only the male main path for Rogues is published, the female one will be added later. Pretty sure End did the same for Eternal, too. However, in those cases, each main path is it's own complete story, from start to finish, which I assume isn't the case with your idea.

Contest Idea on 5/30/2019 9:02:06 AM
It wasn't. I was just making a general remark, not about anybody in particular. Although, if you do find yourself in that description, perhaps you might have a tiny problem to solve ... But unlike most other authors who procrastinate until the last minute, you at least can usually make a decently enjoyable story. Don't worry though. If I ever decide to specifically insult your writing abilities again, I'll make it clear. :)

Contest Idea on 5/29/2019 3:38:04 PM
Some people already do this at normal contests anyway, just procrastinating until the last minute, then shitting something out. I don't think it's something we should encourage even more.

The DUEL Stories - May 2019 on 5/29/2019 3:33:16 PM
Oh damn, I forgot to vote on this. It wasn't nearly as easy to decide on the winner as it was in the poem contest. :) 1. Story J. 2. Story C. 3. Story H.

The DUEL Stories - May 2019 on 5/24/2019 3:58:55 PM
Wouldn't it be more fair if votes were posted publicly, though? That way everyone could count them to confirm the fairness of the judge ... not that they'd need to. We trust you, professor Gower. Besides, we voted publicly for the poem contest, so might as well do it here too.

Triggering? on 5/23/2019 1:30:57 PM
I am sorry about your mother and son. Moving on after the death of a loved one is never easy, no matter how well you knew they were going to die some day, and no matter how much you tell yourself there's nothing you could've done. I think it's wonderful that despite all this, you're still so strong, not only not avoiding thoughts of such bad events, but writing about them as well. We need more people like you. I'm also sorry that you've had such a bad experience on other sites. It's strange, isn't it? CYS, a site full of assholes, cunts and dicks, a lair full of villains of all sorts, manages to be more welcoming than the "inclusive" safe spaces. Anyway, you're welcome to stay here for as long as you like. Feel at home, and of course, recommend CYS to everyone you know. And there's no need to worry that you'll be ignored here; if we ever decide we deslike you, we'll make it very clear. :P And since it's a tradition at this point ... have you considered becoming blind? I think it could solve some of your problems. People could understand that you have difficulties with visual information much more easily if you told them you were blind. The darkness is also very peaceful; you like peaceful things, don't you? If you decide you'd like to try it, let me know. I'm a professional eye stabber, but just for you, I'll do it for free! :)