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The Dolls' Quest

Two sentient dolls who remember previous lives as a prince and princess in another universe, go on a perilous quest across the United States to learn more of their origins. My first storygame so any constructive criticism is welcome.

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The Witch, the Whore, and the Dullahan on 3/5/2018 3:29:57 PM

They're called Gypsies because during the Middle Ages they came into Europe out of Egypt. They're actually of Indian descent. They prefer to go by the name of "Roma". Fairuza Balk (Nancy from "The Craft" and Dorothy from "Return to Oz") has Roma ancestry. 


Wizards and Towers on 2/6/2018 5:44:57 PM

Mark Twain published A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in 1889. In it, the time traveler Hank Morgan convinces the people of Camelot that he is a greater wizard than Merlin by blowing up Merlin's tower with gunpowder. Twain was a bestselling writer in his day and the date of publication was a little before the time William Morris in the UK  wrote the very first High Fantasy novel. The Wood Beyond the World wasn't published till 1894.

Bringing Up a Saved Game on 2/5/2018 5:36:57 PM

Okay, thanks.


Bringing Up a Saved Game on 2/5/2018 5:14:16 PM

The normal way.


Bringing Up a Saved Game on 2/5/2018 3:48:13 PM

I was playing Dungeon Stompage and had to save. Now I can't get back into my specific game. What am I doing wrong?

Wizards and Towers on 2/5/2018 3:45:35 PM

Merlin lived in a tower. Western Fantasy traditions draw heavily on Western Literature and Mythology. 

Anyone here read Steinbeck? on 2/1/2018 12:08:28 PM

I read sections of his non-fiction book Travels with Charley for one of my English classes. The only book of his I read all the way through was his treatment of the Arthurian Legends, The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights. Oh, and I did read The Pearl for an English class when I was in highschool. Of course I've seen the film version of the Grapes of Wrath with Henry Fonda and an NBC TV movie adaption of Of Mice and Men.

Ursula K Le Guin dead on 1/29/2018 6:43:27 PM

I liked A Wizard of Earthsea, but I thought the sequel, the Tombs of Atuan, was superior. Still need to read The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, ect. The Left Hand of Darkness was a nice novel, although I thought her essay at the beginning of the book on why Science Fiction should be taken seriously by the Literary Establishment is now rather dated. I thought The Dispossessed was more pretentious than satisfying as a novel, plus she was rather vague about how her anarchist utopian society worked (not as vague as Gene Rodenberry was with his Star Trek utopia, but not half as detailed as H.G. Wells in his utopian novels). The Beginning Place started well as a mash-up of Social Realism and High Fantasy, but the ending was heavy-handed with its obvious symbolism. I've meant to read her early Hanish novels, but I still haven't gotten around to it. I always wanted to read her Imaginary Country novel Malifrena, but I've read reader reviews online and most people there said it was a tedious work. I've read some of her Orsinian stories (Orsinia is the country Malifrena is set in) and I thought they were dull. Le Guin was at times an excellent writer, but always when she made the stories and the characters the most important elements. When she let the theme be the dominant factor, she could be kind of tedious. I think I'll re-read A Wizard of Earthsea.


Dungeon Stompage Released! on 1/29/2018 3:57:22 PM

This sounds very promising for a role-playing dungeon crawl type game. Probably goes a lot faster than a tabletop D&D game you'd have with your friends where the hours drag on because everybody has to stop and role dice and manually add and subtract numbers. So is this like a happy medium between Joe Deaver's Lonewolf gamebooks and the old text-based Zork computer games?

General Age of CYS Users on 1/29/2018 3:53:18 PM

I guess I'm old but most of the site's standards. I'm 46. I'll be 47 on Thursday.  I honestly thought most people would be around my age bracket because we grew up with Edward Packard's Choose Your Own Adventure Books back in the 80's. I guess it's a good thing that there's a lot of young blood here. Keeps the momentum of the whole interactive fiction movement in full-swing.