Ogre11, The Grandmaster of the Written Word

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11/20/2014

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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.

I do appreciate you reading my stories and please do provide feedback on what you read! I used to be able to reply to all comments, but notifications were turned off for those, so I don't see all the comments on the story all the time. But feel free to PM me with questions or comments on stories, or even start up a thread if you want to talk more.

 

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Earning 5,000 Points Genuinely inspiring advanced editor teaching and helping. Jointly won the 2017 Wilderness Contest Having 3 Storygame(s) Featured Rated 100.0% of all Stories Given by BerkaZerka on 01/20/2018 - Plentiful Contributions to the Site! Given by JJJ-thebanisher on 08/27/2019 - For ridiculously prolific writing and excellent site activity Given by Will11 on 01/14/2018 - For your thirteen well-written stories, especially Spy Mission

Storygames

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


Boobs!!!
Story inspired by Will11 (here).


In short, please read and rate this story, we want to see how fast we can get this to 100 ratings!

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!

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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!

Escape From School
This is an IF game in the old Colossal Cave Adventure style. Basically all your choices are just picking directions and manipulating stuff. You wake up trapped in the school and need to find a way out before you are caught! Wind your way through over 100 different rooms and locations to find your way out of the abandoned and locked school building. Initially published: 5.04.19

Update 1.1, 5.13.19: Added a time-out so that if you take too long you get caught in the school (Sorry about lost saves)

Update 1.2, 9.1.19: Fixed beaker issue, updated item use issue, fixed room descriptions (Sorry about lost saves)

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!


Featured Story Hank's Journey
Make decisions for Hank as he wanders out into a world that is quite a bit more than it seems. Watch him head into the darkness and see if and how he will find his way back out...or further in...

Please note the maturity rating on this one. It doesn't mean that it's mature, it means that it's nasty sometimes. While yes, there is some humor, it's pretty graphically adult at times, not like most of my stories. Oh, it's not as bad as some other stories I could mention here, but it's different than nearly everything else I've written, so be warned. It's gross, too, in way too many places.

Just in case that wasn't too clear, here is the trigger warning: if you have a trigger, you're warned. I'm not sure anyone should actually read this.

This is mostly a gauntlet style CYOA story, but there is a bit of branch and bottleneck to it as well.

Updated 8.16.19 to fix a few typos.



Entry for the Succubus Contest, 2019: Winner of the contest!

Featured Story 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).


Featured Story 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


Survivors

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 Emperor's Zoo
The emperor sends you to a faraway land to capture exotic beasts for his zoo. But a spreading plague, a witch-doctor, and a brewing feud between local tribes presents . . . difficulties.

This is a contest entry for Bucky's December 2017 contest

This ended up being more of a puzzle game than a story. It still has a good story, I think, so I do hope you enjoy it. It will take a little time, there's not a short way through this one!

The Horror Inside
Drew was a fantastic accountant. He really enjoyed his job and he was good at it. But one day something started happening to him, and he just wasn't quite sure what was going on...

Created for BerkaZerka's Creatures of the Night Contest

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.


Adventurer
unpublished
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 Solar Flare
unpublished

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?

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Moon Base Alpha
unpublished

Join Stone Ulrich, leader of Moon Base Alpha, as he heads off to explore parts of the moon - why are there caverns here? Who made them? Are they still here?



Please note: This is not your typical choose-your-own-story on this site. This is a longer length story that really attempts to draw you into the story. If you're looking for a quick few clicks and a free point, this is not the story you want for that.

Note #2: This is what I call an alternative universe story. This means that there is not just one universe to explore with your choices, but instead your choices can lead to different universes. In other words, if you go left at one place, that might mean there are aliens. If you go right, that might mean there never were aliens. So feel free to try again and see different options, but don't rely on your prior knowledge

Created for Bucky's Epic Story Contest, Summer 2018

However, First date of publication:


The Adventures of Rory Thorn in Biology Class
unpublished

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
unpublished
It's time to head to English Class

The Archaeologist
unpublished


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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Winning the CYS Contest
unpublished
Try your hand at winning the latest CYS writing contest! It's not as easy as it sounds: you will have to use strategy, do some quality writing, and figure out how to beat all the other entrants. And you will have to overcome the random number generator (because that's how your opponents are going to be determined).

It's a short game that you can try over and over again until hopefully one time you win that coveted trophy for winning a CYS contest!

Note: This is not an actual CYS writing contest and you will not actually win a trophy for your account if you happen to win this game.

Articles Written

Choose-Your-Own-Stories, Paths, and Writing
How do different paths work in CYS stories? How do you write different paths in your story? What is branching?

Recent Posts

Change Forum Link Destination on 9/19/2019 5:55:35 PM
If you are on the main page of the forums, you can see the thread of the "last post" over there on the right side. If you click on that thread name, you are taken to the start of that tread, no matter the length of the thread. If you click into a forum, you see the individual thread list and over on the right side a very similar "last post" option. However, if you click on that particular "last post," you are taken to the actual last post of that thread (as opposed to the start of the thread). For consistency, I'd suggest that these actually go to the same place, and I'd suggest that the second option is more useful. So the suggestion is to make the link from the main forums page under "last post" go to the actual last post of the thread.

Slow loading for game properties pages on 9/19/2019 4:22:40 PM
Just to confirm: is this on your unpublished stories on the story properties page? Or on published stories of other people?

Romance Story Idea on 9/18/2019 2:36:34 PM
What you've described certainly has the potential for a good story: but beware to not miss that part! What I mean is that you can easily get so focused on the mechanics of the game (points, variables, scores, etc.) that you completely forget the story. It could end up just being a mechanical game of picking the "right" option to get the most points. While that can certainly be a very important part of the story, I think ensuring that you build your four characters with depth can really be much more important. What I would suggest is that you might even build the characters and their reactions and then try and figure out how that fits with the point system -- this has the poential to make the characters much more believable and the story will be much more readable. Good luck with it!

How would I transfer a path that has been chosen.. on 9/17/2019 3:21:21 PM
I would agree with the other's mentions here. It can be done, but it can be difficult, and it's often not worth the amount of effort you're going to have to put in to make it work. You can look at this article for an idea of what's required. You could use that to make a person enter a code and see if they've entered the correct code.

As others have mentioned, this is really only worth it when you're doing something really unique and longer. I know you mentioned you're writing something long, but unless you've got two stories that are over 75,000 or so words, your stories will certainly be more accepted here if you just write one story and include all the paths and directions in that one story (and yes, I saw where you're writing for yourself, but anything you publish here will be public and members of the site will provide you with feedback on it).

Good luck!

Hello! on 9/17/2019 3:15:56 PM
Welcome to the site. Points are kind of pointless, but collect them if you like. Hopefully you will have fun on the site whether you collect points or not!

Number of Ratings not showing up on 9/17/2019 10:22:02 AM
I am pretty sure that the number you see is not actually the number used for the ordering of the games. It might seem odd, but that's how it works. Instead, I believe it uses the "Adjusted Rating" for calculating the order. Where is that number? If you hover over the number for the "Player Rating" on a storygame, you should get a pop-up that shows you the adjusted rating. I think that rating is adjusted for weights for "more important" raters and even lower the weight for ratings of visitors.

Might as well say hello on 9/16/2019 2:03:46 PM
Hi there. Welcome to the site!

print("Hello, World!") on 9/15/2019 11:18:54 AM
Thanks for the kind words, Bill! I do like it. I wonder if it's rated low because it's so short, because it doesn't have enough story and branching, or if people just don't get the jokes (or a combination of them all).

Random empty parentheses in text on 9/13/2019 9:50:14 PM
Why do you have parenthesis around the style tag? (Top left Corner of Page Script, first line, just inside the quotes and ending with the last line in that script, again just inside the quotes)

I might as well be new on 9/13/2019 6:26:41 PM
Welcome back. You seem slightly familiar...