Ogre11, The Master Scrivener

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I like to write. I have lots of stories running around in my head, but it does take me (WAY) too long to get them from my mind to paper (or computer bits). I've always loved "Choose your own Adventure" type books, so I thought, why not write a few to share with others? I hope you like the stories I set up here.


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A UFO at School

There's a UFO at the school!

This story was written as a an attempt to try out a different way to write storygames. I tried to write the entire story from start to finish, then insert choices only after writing the story (see more here). The story is intentionally short: this is supposed to be a short story of the type you might read in a magazine: no matter which path you take, it should end up with a story about 800-1,200 words long. For those interested, there are eight different endings.

Alien Abduction

You were minding your own business when you are suddenly abducted by aliens! Now you need to find your way home before, well, you're not sure, but before something!

This is a short, lighthearted puzzle adventure. It is not too hard and not too serious. The puzzle is simple, but try and pay attention to the clues to avoid dying and having to back up! There are seven ways to die and just one way to win.

Created for Riddles & Puzzles 2016 contest

First Runner-up: Riddles & Puzzles 2016

Cryogenic Failure
You signed up for a long space journey -- so long that you would have to be frozen in a cryogenic state for decades until the ship reached the destination: a new planet that was just like earth, but had no inhabitants. The ship was automated, and a group of 249 other people were frozen with you -- to be automatically un-frozen when the ship reached its destination and landed on the planet.

After many strange dreams, you find yourself waking up, but something doesn't seem quite right. This waking up process is not what was described to you at all, and now you're going to have to figure out what happened and what you're doing to do about it!


This is a relatively simple choose-your-own ending story adventure. There are many different endings (eight total) with a good story (I hope) behind each. Enjoy picking your own story!

Finding the Muse

This is a game based on writing, inspired by the forums here at CYS.

Your goal is to find your muse and write a storygame for CYS. How will you do that? There is only so much time in the day, and there are so many things that you can do...

In this game, you make the selections and see if you can find the way to the muse and the next great CYS story. There are a total of 5 different endings to this storygame.

Special thanks to Kiel Farren and ISentinel Penguin for their forum contributions to this story (whether they believe it or not).

Go Get The Mail!

You have a simple task -- go and get the mail. Oh, it sounds easy, but could you ever imagine how many different things could get in your way?

This is my first attempt at a storygame. It's a very basic "Choose your path" story. Let me know what you think of it in the forums!

Spy Mission

In this story, you take on the role of yourself. Your day starts out like every other day for you, until a few different things happen... and you have to decide what to do about those things... Join in this fun spy adventure and journey to Prague, Havana, Buenos Aries, and more!

Note: There are a lot of different options in this game. Please do try it more than once -- there are many different ways through (you will always see the same first chapter, but there are many different ways through it to other chapters).

There are also quite a number of endings. For those who like to look for such things, each ending is labeled with a number, and there are 28 different endings (and many ways to get to each one).

Surviving Pre-School

High school can be tough with all the cliques, bullies, "resource" officers, and changing rules. But that is nothing compared to the pre-school room! In pre-school you don't even know what a rule is, never mind that you're breaking it. And those evil naps can slip up on you before you know it. Can you make the right choices to make it through the pre-school day without getting spanked?

Please note: There are just three endings to this little short: you survive pre-school, you do not make it through the day, and, well, you don't want to get the other ending.

Also note: This is an intentionally short, very light-hearted story that is meant to be silly. Please read and enjoy in that vein.

Story inspired by MattC


This is a short story that is was an entry for playa988's 4-week long contest. Yes, I wish it was longer, too, but this was intentionally short for the purposes of writing a complete story in the short time frame allowed for the contest. There are, however, 18 endings, so feel free to try the story more than once and follow different paths. The theme of the contest was "gray vs gray," so don't look for a "winning" ending. When it's all grey, no one wins.

The year is 2016 and a series of nuclear bombs have been detonated in dozens of cities across the United States in the population centers. The country is destroyed and many people are dead.

While many cities (and surrounding areas) have been destroyed, there are various areas, far from the population centers, where people have survived. The people are trying to make sense of what happened and are trying to rebuild their lives and their country.

This story takes place in Western Montana where you follow the adventures of Jim Thompson, a survivor of the massive attack, trying to make sense of what is left of the world. Your choices will decide what happens to Jim, and perhaps what happens to the country...

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The Adventures of Rory Thorn in Math Class

Rory heads to Math class. That's boring, right?

Well, it is boring for most people, but not Rory Thorn. Rory always manages to find adventure, even in math class. Join Rory in math class and help decide what happens to him and his adventures!

The suggested way to read this story: do not press the back button. Oh sure, I know you want to, but read the whole story through, then start over. You will find that the stories will take you in entirely different directions and I think you really see that when you start over instead of just backing up! But hey, you're the reader, you get to read it however you want!

There is only one ending to this story. However, there are 32 different pathways that lead to that end! There are almost 16,000 words in this story. However, since there are so many pathways, the average story you will read will only be 3,000 words. So it's a short story...but with 16,000 words...

Author's Note: I do hope you enjoy this story. If you think it should be longer, well, I'm sorry, but do look for more stories in the "Adventures of Rory Thorn" series. The idea here was to give you a LOT of options and end up with a single short story.

The Mayoral Campaign

Try to get elected as mayor of your town!

This is more game than story. Okay, there's not really much story to this one, it's a game. There are many options and lots of variables, so be sure to play more than once!

The Mountain Pass
You wake up after a car crash and find yourself lost in the snow. Can you survive and get out alive?

For those interested in such things, there are eight bad endings and three good endings. Sorry about that, but there are lots of ways to die in the wilderness you know.

Created for January, 2017 New Frontier Contest

The Quick Dating Game

Play the quick dating game and see if you can get the girl!

I hope you have as much fun reading this as I did writing it. It was a lot of fun.

This is my official entry for the contest, "Brevity, the Soul of Wit" for August, 2015.

Please note: If you are easily offended by stereotypes, especially as they relate to men, women, and dating, please don't read, rate, or comment on this game. It is meant to be silly.

This is a fantasy adventure where you star in the role of the young adventurer! Follow the adventurer along throughout his life starting out as a child and leading into adventure. Be careful with your choices because almost every time you make a choice, it will have an effect later in the story.

A Bedtime Story

This is a nice little children's story that you might read before you go to bed. No, really, it is. It even starts out with "Once upon a time..."

A Solar Flare

Solar flares are quite common. Many days the sun throws out a number of different solar flares in all directions. Most are of no interest to anyone but astronomers. They aren't dangerous. In fact, the worst solar flare followed by a coronal mass ejection in history (The Carrington Event) really didn't even have much of an effect on the entire planet other than a couple fires and a lot of pretty colors.

That was then, this is now.

Most of the time, earth has days to react to a solar flare because there are astronomers out there watching and recording the sun 24 hours a day. But what if there were a solar flare larger than the Carrington Event? And what if that solar storm made a direct hit on the planet, before anyone had time to prepare? Could humans survive? Could the planet itself survive?


The Adventures of Rory Thorn in Biology Class

Time for Biology! Sounds fun, doesn't it? What? It doesn't? Well, apparently you've never been in Biology class with Rory Thorn! Come, help Rory get through class by choosing your own adventure and see where he will end up!

The first story in this series is Rory Thorn in Math Class. You do not have to read that story to understand what is going on in this story, but that is his first class of the day, while Biology is his second class.

This series is an attempt to create stories that have recurring characters and are in a way similar to a sitcom -- no matter what happens during the story, everyone returns and is ready to start the next story.

I hope you enjoy this story!

The Adventures of Rory Thorn in English Class
It's time to head to English Class

The Archaeologist

Join in the adventures of archaeology student Tom Forsyth as he follows clues that lead around the world. Help him make decisions that will unwrap ancient secrets without releasing evil on the world. Discover the pathways of old before others decipher the clues and reveal enough power to take over the world!

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Hellfy the Bufflander, Vampire Stabber on 10/20/2017 2:10:49 PM
My schedule for New Year's Day is totally based around setting aside two nice 2-hour blocks of time to carefully read each and every one of those stories that I just KNOW are going to appear!

CYS "Sneak Peek" Version of 2D PC Horror Game? on 10/20/2017 11:40:32 AM
I'm confused. To me, a 2D-top down pixel game sounds like a visual game like the old Pong game. It sounds like a puzzle where you press the arrow keys to navigate your rectangular box through the maze/puzzle, meeting "horrors" which sound like red rectangle boxes. It sounds like the story is just the description of the game and not the actual game itself. So is there a story with a plot and all that? If so, what the heck does 2D-top down pixel game mean?

Hero Tower on 10/20/2017 11:34:12 AM
I like the sound of it!

Hellfy the Bufflander, Vampire Stabber on 10/20/2017 11:32:49 AM
I fully expect that you do and I anxious await January 1 so I can sit down and read them all in one sitting.

Hellfy the Bufflander, Vampire Stabber on 10/20/2017 9:25:06 AM
I like the names. I also find it interesting how different your brain works than mine. I almost always start with a very vague concept, then come up with the name, and then develop more details about the character. It would appear you build the character and then figure out what their name is.

Hellfy the Bufflander, Vampire Stabber on 10/20/2017 9:24:03 AM
And heck, why not start setting goals for next year. After all, your goals for this are proceeding swimmingly, right?

Hellfy the Bufflander, Vampire Stabber on 10/19/2017 11:32:49 AM
So you're thinking there would be one main character, and not seven? Or would you try to follow the activities of all seven throughout the story? I've seen this done where one chapter is one person/group, then the next chapter switches over to another person or group as the story builds to the climax where they all join together. I've not often seen this done well, but I suppose if you're following each of the seven and their various individual sexual exploits that are leading up to the massive lesbian orgy, I'm sure a certain population of readers will stay interested...

Hellfy the Bufflander, Vampire Stabber on 10/19/2017 10:51:23 AM
So you have this whole world and setting... is there a main character and story yet? Or a collection of main characters? A mob?

Totally not cliche Romcom on 10/18/2017 2:55:38 PM
Handy-dandy review, worth no more than twice what you paid: First line: Huh? I’m confused. Since I have no frame of reference before this line, I don’t know what slang is being used. I don’t know if this means he got “pissy” or actually had sexual intercourse. I get it in the next sentence, but I stumbled over the first sentence and had to read it a couple times to understand the context. Sixth grade? Really? I’m feeling like someone is really stretching the truth quite a bit here. That’s twelve years old. I’m not buying it unless this is some seriously alternate reality. The next sequence of conversation lines: well, the first one gives me the impression that the people engaged in the conversation are morons, or at least very poorly educated. It makes me think back to the start and wonder if any of the people talking actually made it past sixth grade. I do hope that was the intent. I don’t know Ed, Edd and Eddy, so that next comparison does nothing for me. The next couple of sentences lose me. In the first section, there’s two people apparently talking to one another. Then there’s some commentary, also apparently about the same two people. But now suddenly the tone shifts and this is about ME and this guy finding a girl for me. I’m not really impressed with this fellow who claims to be having sex with twelve-year-olds, so I really don’t think I want him finding a girl for me. But then he apparently just had sex with a freshman (all the way up to 15-year olds now), and he’s proud of that? Wait, I thought he was getting so much sex that he didn’t need to brag about freshmen. And now I’m really wondering if this guy is a seventh grader or a twenty-year-old. The sentence structure with “Back on point…” is confusing. We start out with “him,” which I assume is this beefcake of a catch, Hugh. Then it switches over to “Hugh,” which I guess makes sense, but seems extraneous. But when it switches back to “he,” I don’t know who he is at this point – especially since it says “since he had started dating.” This king of sex Hugh has been getting laid and dating, apparently for some time, so I wouldn’t guess that was him. I guess it could be if Hugh is actually still IN the sixth grade and just bagged a freshman. But if it were him, it would be clearer if the sentence said that – maybe just by adding “Sammy” at the end of the sentence. The next two sentences really lost me. Again, I’m still thinking I’m an observer to this story. Hugh (I think) makes a statement. I assume he’s talking to whoever it was he was talking to at the start of this passage. But then in the next sentence I find out he told me something. And the next thing, someone says, “I’d rather not.” I’m not sure if that’s me or not. It could be Hugh. Or heck, it might be that mystery person from the first exchange (wait, was that me, too?). To make the conversation clear, I’d format it so you see something like: During lunch, Hugh tells you, “Look man…” You take a bite out your apple and reply, “I’d rather not.” That way it is much more clear who is speaking at each time because without reading it more than once, I just can’t tell. “You are point?” What the? Please! Even if they are morons barely capable of speaking the English language, you’ve got to be able to write it correctly for it to make sense to any reader. It does seem you’re trying very hard to be edgy. While conversation and things said directly with quotes can really be some strange words and break all kinds of language rules, when that sloppiness slides into the written text and descriptions, the entire story sort of falls apart. Be sure that you closely follow grammatical rules for ANY text that’s not in quotes. I do hope this helps.

Hey there! on 10/18/2017 2:35:41 PM
Why hello. This is a nice place to waste some time!