Romulus, The Expert Scrivener

Member Since

2/16/2011

Last Activity

5/25/2017 7:22 PM

EXP Points

2,737

Post Count

795

Storygame Count

6

Duel Stats

84 wins / 91 losses

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Just an ordinary student from the deep southern depths of The Netherlands. Well apart from saying that I write really really slowly and that I often have loads of ideas for stories, but I then abandon them for a couple of months/years, there is nothing else I can think of to write here.

Oh, and I am always happy to help out with something, just send me a message.

P.S Since you have time to read my profile page, why not read (and of course rate and comment on) one of my stories. ;)

 

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Won 2016 Ballad Contest (traditional) and 2016 Mizal Short Story Contest Having 2 Storygame(s) Featured Given by BerkaZerka on 01/10/2017 - Quality Contributions to the Site~ Given by EndMaster on 01/18/2017 - For multiple contest wins and featured stories. Given by madglee on 07/01/2013 - Sonnet Contest. Congrats, very well written!

Storygames

Featured Story A Hero's Odyssey

A great war is about to erupt, the greatest  the world has ever seen since the Trojan war. As the Greek city states are about to be engulfed in civil war, one man has to undertake a great journey. A dangerous road lies ahead, but you must take it, for the odyssey of one will decide the fate of many. This story is loosely based on the famous Greek epic: the Odyssey, by Homer.

Note that this is more of a story than a game. Depending on your choices, it can be either pretty long, or very short.

 


Rise of a Hero

The people of Azrya live in fear. An evil group of wizards, that call themselves The Black Veil, hold the country in an iron grip. Their leader: Sarces, singlehandedly killed the previous king and his royal guards. When all hope is lost, a small light appears in the darkness. A hero is born ...

 

I know that this isn't a masterpiece, but this just my first story and I'm not a native speaker of English so advice or comments are welcomed.


TBLHQ: Round 2

The sequel to my first quiz. Welcome back to the Big Little History Quiz! After ending at the Middle Ages last time, we now focus on the time between approximately the 14th and 16th century in a few, short questions. 

In this instalment, I've added a wildcard system, that let's you continue after a wrong answer, and a scoring system. Though I guess you'll notice when you get a question wrong, 850 means you have answered everything correctly. You can view your score after you comment ;)


The Big Little History Quiz

Welcome to the Big Little History Quiz, the best quiz about history from all over the world! This first part mainly focuses on ancient history of European and Middle-Eastern civilization, but later parts will discuss later historical era's and other parts of the world.

Edited 17-07, added some more historical info and corrected some spelling errors.


Featured Story The Raven

Inspired by the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, 'The Raven' tells the sad and dreadful tale of a man torn apart by his love for his lost love. However, the past does not rest easily and the arrival of a shadowy messenger unlocks memories the heart desperately tries to forget.

 


The Thief and the Crown Puzzle

The fate of a nation lies on your shoulders. You have infiltrated the royal palace of Arkhendale to recover the most priceless object in the realm. After fighting your way to the treasury, you are but five locks away from your prize. However, time is short as guards are coming your way. Will you be able to solve the puzzle in time?

I made this short game as a test of a puzzle type that I might implement in a future game. It also functions as a teaser of a story that I'm thinking of writing.


And His Name Was War
unpublished

From Out the Verdant Sea
unpublished

It's the middle of the 19th century: Napoleon is rotting in his tomb, industrialisation is speeding up, and the Great Powers of Europe are scrambling to colonise the furthest reaches of the Earth. In the far East, on the tropical islands of Southeast Asia, tales are emerging of immense riches: temples to deities long forgotten, filled to the brim with treasure. It only takes the conquest of the untamed jungle for any dedicated adventurer to earn wealth and fame for all eternity. 


The Ghost of Pembroke Hall
unpublished

"Dear Watson, you do not really believe in ghosts, do you? No, I believe that we are dealing with a mere mortal man."

When the jewels of the dowager Duchess Marbrough go missing and mysterious deaths shake up the town of Brightmore, Holmes and Watson are called in to crack their hardest case yet.


The Last Days of Winter
unpublished

The Panopticon
unpublished

"...A huge, grey monolith, towering above the run-down tenements arrayed in a circle around it. Its smooth surface broken only by a thousand mirrored windows, giving it the impression of being a restless giant. Never was one certain if he was being watched. Even within the 'privacy' of one's home, one could feel the eyes of the Party prying into them, looking for the slightest hint of deviancy."

Welcome to Whynaere, the marvel of the modern world. A society under the watchful eyes of the Party, where crime is non-existent, and the people prosper. Follow John Blair, as he delves beneath the surface of this so-called utopia. Would you sacrifice the safe status-quo, for the promise of freedom? Risk breaking down the pillars of society, to pursue a dream for a better future? For when the day is done, what is freedom compared to security?


Recent Posts

A "report post" button. on 5/23/2017 4:47:53 PM

I think ghosting/shadowbanning/etc. would actually be a good idea. While I would hope that this site at least attracts trolls that are clever enough to notice when nobody's replying to their messages, it would mean that trolls'll make fewer alts because it takes more time for them to notice when they've been banned. 


Page Freeze Occurances on 5/23/2017 2:45:10 PM

Clicking different link before a page is fully loaded does not seem to freeze pages on my laptop. Random stuff tends to happen on mobile though, as the site doesn't officially support mobile devices. 


Fidget Spinners on 5/22/2017 7:06:00 PM

It's been going on for quite a long time I believe. I read somwhere the other day that fidget spinners are somehow connected to the Council of Trent.


CYoA From Hitler's POV? on 5/22/2017 1:46:39 PM

Honestly, this could actually be an interesting idea for a story. If done properly, you could explore the delusions and motivations that led to the actions of the Third Reich, and explain the seemingly clear logic behind them from the persons in power's point of view. Furthermore, there certainly is a look of room to explore the possible other courses of history for Germany had the decision-makers made different choices during the Nazi period. 

The problem is, however, that these kinds of things are very easy to screw up, or to portray insensitively, or just generally be portrayed in such an unbalanced way that you're either implicitly condoning the actions of the Nazis, or moralising to such a degree that your story gets annoying. Especially if you choose to focus on Hitler himself. It'll be very difficult to portray him as a man both capable of periods of lucidity and insanity, and follow through with alternative histories and all that.

If you want to go through with this story, I'd advise you to choose a different (preferably fictional) higher-up person in the Third Reich, and explore its history through the eyes of that protagonist. It's not perfect, but it would allow you to take some more creative liberty with for example the motivations and thoughts of your protagonist, than if you would choose an actual historical person. 


Contest Trophy: More Easily Given on 5/22/2017 6:29:40 AM

Like Fordbot, I also thought that certain admins/mods could already give out trophies, but that most of them just aren't very active anymore. So I guess it could be an idea to grant more mods the power to grant contest trophies. Oh, and for any mod/admin following this thread, I never received a trophy for the February Contest... ;)


Writing Prompts Week #16 on 5/17/2017 4:53:56 PM

That was good, but it was a bit long. Can you maybe make it less wordy? And try to use words with less than three syllables next time to make it easier to read. Also, can you add pictures?


Writing Prompts Week #16 on 5/16/2017 11:42:55 AM

Prompt 3:

One billion: the average amount of heartbeats in every single living being’s lifetime. Humans, with their bountiful two billion – due to their healthcare and general civilisation – offset the average by a few beats of course. But all in all, the beating of your heart, the merciless staccato that accompanies and dictates our every moment, is what connects every living being on this planet. The Ammet is the only exception.

Of course I heard the stories while growing up, I mean, who hasn’t? We’ve all heard tales of his deceptively human appearance, until he sinks his talons into your still beating heart. The screams of his tortured victims that accompany him. The darkness and shadows that surround him, or emanate from him, depending on which stories you believe. The fang he sinks in your bare flesh after he kills you. And his endless trail of corpses that span the whole of human history. The devourer of hearts, immortal and eternal, who sustains his own life by stealing that of others.

The truth is, however, that I never saw him coming. I never heart his footsteps on the sodden pavement, while I hurried through the rain, huddled under my umbrella. I didn’t feel his breath on my neck, while I fumbled with my purse, looking for my car keys. No goosebumps or shivers when I dropped it into a puddle. I only noticed the silence, the sudden absence of an ever-present reverberation, as he laid a gentle hand upon my shoulder, and my heart stopped beating. The last thing I remember, in those precious few moment that were left to me as I lay on the cold, wet pavement, was the thumping of his heart – my heart – as he walked off into the dark night.

I wish I could give you some hope at this point, to offer you some advice to evade (or heck, even beat) him should you ever come face to face with the Ammet. But the simple truth is that there is no escape. If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation where he’s after you, you’re doomed. He could stand in front of you right now, his cold, blank eyes locked onto your heart, his sickening grasp just a moment away from your warm body; but you’ll never even notice him, until your heart stops beating.  

 


Chaos Contest Results on 5/16/2017 10:30:50 AM

I really liked his story, but it didn't end up in my top 5 because it just felt really short and unfinished. If a few paths would've been longer than three pages, it would've definitely ended up on my ballot.


Message I got today. Made me laugh. on 5/16/2017 3:59:13 AM

I actually think this shows great promise for an interesting story. What a shame you decided against it.


Chaos Contest Results on 5/16/2017 3:54:48 AM

Congrats to everyone who's ranked high, and especially to Saika, with a deserved first place. Thanks for organising these great contests Bucky.