jster02, The Wordsmith
Some people like to call me Jester.
You wake up in the middle of the forest at night, with no memory of how you got there. All you have is a backpack full of Cheez-Its and other essential supplies, along your own wits to help you on your way. As you explore this strange land, you'll find things you never knew could exist, (at least, not that you can remember). You'll meet strange creatures, some friend, others not, and maybe, just maybe, recover your lost memories...
My (rather rushed), entry for the Lone Hero contest. I'll be the first to admit that not all the endings will make you any sort of hero, lone or otherwise, (mainly the ones where you run away from just about every source of conflict, and/or die). But if you're brave enough to do what you think is right, even though it may result in your untimely demise, you may just make yourself a hero yet. In that light, I guess you could say you're a reluctant Lone Hero.
While each route of this story can be understood to some degree on it's own, it is important to play every branch to fully understand the greater story that's being told. I have no intention of revealing everything on the first play through, you'll have to take the time to explore everything to learn all it's secrets.
By the way, on the off chance that you find any glitches or bugs, please tell me. I'd like to know so I can fix them.
Netflix and video games can only go so far when it comes to fighting boredom. Usually the comfort of your own home is more than enough to make you happy on the weekends, but today something feels off. You tried to rewatching The Office for the six or seventh time, but just couldn't get into it. After scrolling through your entire Steam library consisting of over five hundred games, you couldn't find a single one that looked worth playing. There's no two ways around it, you're stuck in a rut and it's going to take something major to break you out. Luckily, you have just the thing. Before you have a chance to change your mind, you call up your friend who lives across town and tell him to come over as soon as possible. It doesn't take much to convince him to join you on the ultimate Saturday bike ride.
But little do you know that biking can be a lot more dangerous than it looks. The trails are a hotbed for all manner of suspicious activity. You are about to stumble upon an underground subculture more complex and deadly than you could possibly have imagined. Today, you'll find out whether you're just another neckbeard with a cheap set of wheels, or a true hero and adventurer.
The trails in the story are loosely based on the ones in my own town. Some of the weird and crazy things in this story are exaggerated or completely made up, but there were also some things I pulled directly from my own experience. My town can be kinda strange sometimes. I'll let you decide for yourself what you think is true and what isn't.
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Recent PostsContest SHAME 16: SHAME Of The Noobs on 8/14/2020 12:11:38 PM
Nope. Only one way out so far as I'm aware. But listen, I was stuck on that list for years when I was younger. I entered a contest back before I'd gotten any good at writing and tried to go way too big. After that, I pretty much disappeared from the site and didn't return for quite a long time. At that point, I hadn't finished anything longer than a few thousand words, even though I wanted to go on to write novels. So when I finally did come back, I did so with a thirst to prove myself. My SHAME was a perfect representation of everything I couldn't stand about my own writing process.
First chance I got, I entered a contest with that thought in mind. It was the hardest thing I'd ever done, and I considered giving up more times than I care to admit, but I knew that if I ever wanted to get good at this and make things I was really proud of, I had to stick it out and finish. From the beginning I knew my idea was a big one, at least compared to everything I'd done before. I realized I had to put in a thousand words a day if I was ever to finish on time. Even in doing that, I had to cut a lot of content for the sake of time, but it was still worth it. When I finally did finish, I came out with a 28k word game, the longest thing I've ever managed to complete.
Since then, I've taken on bigger projects, which I'm still working on to this day. But because I did that contest, I know I've got what it takes to finish them. I don't know if your situation is similar to mine or not, but if I can do it, so can you.
Saturday Bike Ride WIP thread on 8/13/2020 4:38:42 PM
No, just a suspiciously organized tribe of feral humans living by the river.
Saturday Bike Ride WIP thread on 8/13/2020 3:53:46 PM
I think not planning ahead is actually part of the reason a lot of people give up on story ideas within a few weeks of starting. Sure, some people have a knack for writing by the seat of their pants, but I'd say most don't. It's really easy to get stuck when you start writing before the idea is even fully formed.
Saturday Bike Ride WIP thread on 8/13/2020 3:47:47 PM
It's good to know that this sort of thing does help some people, and that this whole thing isn't necessarily a complete waste of time for me.
Saturday Bike Ride WIP thread on 8/13/2020 3:45:58 PM
The story varies quite a bit depending on your choices. Some branches just have you exploring and finding interesting things along the way, others lead to encounters with gangs, drug cartels, and homeless tribes. Like I said in the OP, everything is connected in some way or another, and you have to read every branch in order to understand the full scope of it. As for character development, that once again depends on your choices. Most possible storylines take place over the course of a single day, so there probably won't be any earth shattering realizations or epiphenies, but there is still a little development scattered throughout. I'm still trying my best to make the character personalities interesting though, even without major changes.
Yoink: Baiting and Hooking Thread 4 on 8/11/2020 10:51:39 PM
Don't worry, the only people who actually get kidnapped around here are the ones in the SHAME pit. From the looks of things, you're safe... for now.
Oh yeah, also the people who do something to anger the mods. Especially Endmaster.
Yoink: Baiting and Hooking Thread 4 on 8/11/2020 6:53:52 PM
So that's how you're doing it now? Back when I first came here, someone spiked my apple juice with some sort of sleeping drug and stuffed me in a burlap sack.
Yoink: Baiting and Hooking Thread 4 on 8/11/2020 6:36:19 PM
@Ineffable If you really have no idea what you're doing here, how'd you get here in the first place?
Saturday Bike Ride WIP thread on 8/11/2020 12:37:37 PM
Yeah, what with starting a new job and school being a week away, a daily word goal just isn't realistic. It's a lot harder to find the motivation to write after an 8 hour shift than on a day off.
Saturday Bike Ride WIP thread on 8/11/2020 12:35:17 PM
I'm pretty certian staying focused won't be a problem for me. A few years ago it might have been, but it's not anymore. I've already been working on this project for about a month and a half, and I've been plugging away at that other project I mentioned for nearly a year now. I just have a problem with consistently working on things, which is really what this thread is about. It'll force me to make steady progress instead of only getting a few thousand words in here or there, thus ensuring I actually finish within a reasonable timeframe.