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Story-game Contest BEING JUDGED

2 years ago

It suddenly occurs to me that I assigned you all homework for Christmas (or winter, in some cases) break. Most of you are probably off school and slacking off. I should have started the contest once school began, so that you'd avoid homework by slacking off writing a story.

Is this the case? I suspect so, due to the massive variance between submissions in October (~50), and the finished products in December. I wouldn't want to do anything over Christmas break either. 

I suspect that extending the contest into the school year, such that you slack off from homework by writing (or finishing) your story, would be ideal.

Probably bad timing on my part, getting all excited to start a contest.

What say we extend the contest until March 1st? All in favor?

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2 years ago

Sounds good for the contesters. (Don't mind me, just checking in,)

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2 years ago

Yes, it sounds very good. Now perhaps I could actually finish the story in time to enter it, and perhaps get a bunch of extra credit in language arts if I even make it to the top seven. Probably going to get extra credit for this anyway though. That'll slightly make up for my lack of ability to actually see the board without disrupting the class, resulting in a D.

I don't particularly care about working over winter break; actually, this is the time where I have practically unlimited time on the computer to write. Though with my new laptop, perhaps I can sneak in a couple hours once school starts up again and get this done despite my time restrictions on electronics that comes with school.

I seemed to be rather over ambitious, because even with this new deadline, I'd have to write about 2 - 2 1/2 pages every day to actually fully finish the story that has a fully fleshed out endings. About 200 pages as a minimum to be fully wrapped up I believe. For any other person, this might not be so bad, but I'm a rather slow typer who has had a bit of writers block recently and is very behind in the writing goals.

 

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2 years ago

Do you need glasses?

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2 years ago

Yes, but we can't afford them, or my mom forgets to get me checked out for an exact prescription, or this happens, etc. It's been about three to four years now that we've known that I need glasses.

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2 years ago

>_> Geez. That's ... pretty damn negligent, no offense.

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2 years ago

dude i am sorry to hear that

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2 years ago

Ahh, and I was all excited to publish my story in a day's time!

But I totally understand pushing the deadline a couple of months, even though it's just so very far away... But by then at least much more people will likely finish. Additionally, I'll definitely be able to write the other branch for my story, which I hopefully still have steam for. 

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2 years ago

You'll also have a huge leg up on proof-reading and fine-tuning. Won't lie, I envy you for that.

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2 years ago

YES! 

... ^^; ... >.>' Couldn't curb the enthusiasm. Sorry, but, please do. December was insanely busy for me.

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2 years ago

Aye!  I'm definitely in favor.  Life has thrown me a curve recently (hopefully in a good way).  I'll try to find time and energy enough for the competition.

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2 years ago

I would vote 'No' to extension. However I would say check how many entries you might have first, I can understand if you wont have many entries making the deadline longer.

My story wont be finished in time, it really wont even be close, but I have spent the last couple of days getting SOMTHING ready to enter as I saw the deadline as a way to make myself get writing done in a timely fashion. What I enter might not be properly spelling or grammar checked and will only be a segment of the intended full length story but I will have finished something that is a playable game with branches and endings in the given time, it also won't be short by any means as its still well over 60,000 words.

If the extension is given and I have two months more I will maybe truly finish the first branch and have most of a second one done but I will still be putting in a partial game as an entry for two reasons: I'll be back at work and my time to write will be severely reduced, possibly nonexistent, and my story turned out to be so vastly bigger than I originally thought that it will take a great many months to complete.

 

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2 years ago
I think they have like, 3 done or something.

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2 years ago

I'll join if you extend the date.

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2 years ago
Though I agree with the extension, I find the deadline to be a bit too far. How about 1 Feb?

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2 years ago

I'd given up on the contest as I didn't think I could churn out a worthy CYOA within a month's time (I'd only just discovered it by then), but it's likely I'll reconsider this if this extension occurs.

Very much in favour.

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2 years ago

so its settled? Extended till March? This is not an announcement, this is a question lol

nate

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2 years ago

Definitely in favor. This holiday season virtually killed my activity on this site, and I suspect this will benefit everyone entering the contest, including those with something ready to submit.

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2 years ago

This looks eerily familiar...However this text interface does not.

 Whenever I think of this website I consider how many people plant themselves thinking they'll produce something to be proud of with their time invested here. Most people just ending up finding a very efficient pass time. We should not devalue our word by acting against it. If our actions and our pledges are not integrated than we really do ourselves a significant harm. We ought to have more integrity than that. Excellence is a habit.

Mediocrity is the state we fall into when we aren't maintaining excellence. If we want to do well, than effort is required, if we want to do badly, than nothing is required.

What often happens is that we have grandiose thoughts. When we do not live up to our expectations we'd rather produce nothing than something of that quality. Because nothing can't be bad; it is absence, not inferiority. Somehow quitting is more noble than failing. That might be the case, if it weren't that completing something, though it be less than you might have dreamed, is a step in the habit of excellence.

In the long run, not winning is not the same as losing. Losing is more a matter of stepping out of excellence as I see it. I have done allot of losing. It's sad to look at things we would have liked to have accomplished and weigh out what we ended up doing instead. We're not uprooted yet, so we can choose to optimistic about our pasts, but I'd rather set optimistic energy to the present for the benefit of what comes later.

Glad you're still dragging yourself along madglee.

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2 years ago

Ugilick!!

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2 years ago

Heyo, Some of you good ols are still about. No promises, but as long as some of you are still logging in, I might come back wholesale one day. Being a frequent flier wouldn't be too bad.

I want to start checking in from time to time surely. One big-time-stopper here is that poking my head in doesn't usually warrant anything to say. Maybe I'll just start using this place as a filter.

Though a great regret of mine is never publishing a story game. Maybe that can be my triumphant return! I think this place might do me some good again. This isn't the Thread for catching up though. Ha, feeling nostalgic. 

*Edit* Actually just reading through the lounge seems to have increased my level of stress. I don't have the time energy or stupidity to be what I once was on this site. That could actually be the perfect reason to come back.

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2 years ago

Good bunch of us are still around, though we're pretty quiet, ha ha. It'd be awesome if you did return, but yeah, just a seasonal greeting is still great. :)

That would be awesome. :)

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2 years ago

Published 40mins before midnight. now I must go collapse and sleep

I appologise now for how horrible and unedited 'Apocalypse yesterday is' I will unpublish it and hide in a corner out of shame later

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2 years ago

You know, I might be able to complete an actual story by then.

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2 years ago

So is it extended?

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2 years ago

No Idea, I put so the in and I know Tan would have for sure but there hasn't been confirmation either way.

There was the comment above asking if we wanted an extension that if read quickly looked like it was the decision being made but it was just asking of opinions, it's possible some people read that and thought it was extended so didn't hit publish?

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2 years ago

Yeah. No clue what's flying right now.

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2 years ago

I say Madglee should go Joker for this contest and give everyone who published a story for the contest -1000 points and randomly ban people who said they were turning in a story and didn't.

Then laugh and give Tan a trophy without even reading his story.

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2 years ago

And I didn't even end up publishing it. :-/ XD

I was hoping Madglee would post before Sabbath came in but whatevs. Have it on sneak peak mode.

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2 years ago

Well I'll leave mine as published until we hear back somthing definitive from Madglee, I presume it's been extended but I will Unpublish when I hear

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2 years ago

Sorry I was so remiss in posting you guys. Let's do the extension. It will be March 1. There weren't enough entries otherwise, as the minimum requirement was five.

I was really excited to read all these stories, so hopefully this extra time will result in a lot of cool stuff for us all to read.

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2 years ago

Awesome. In that case, I will resume working my ass off to make sure my story is the best it can be. That should be enough time for me to submit the full version (with extras), rather than just a 'contest version.'

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2 years ago

Well now that I look back, I should've worked on my story during break...

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2 years ago

...how do you feel about off-site storygames? 

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2 years ago
That'd be a rather obvious no...

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2 years ago

Why obvious? I mean, obviously Madglee can apply that limitation if he wants to. But I have no idea if he has any particular bias towards CYS storygames, or if any sufficiently awesome post-apocalyptic storygame would work for him.

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2 years ago
Madglee has a huge bias towards cys storygames.

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2 years ago

I disagree that I have any bias. I actually prefer non-choose your own adventure stories. I do want to keep the contest on the site, however, just for simplicity's sake. It would be difficult for me to 100% ensure that any outside submissions were, in fact, the work of the purported author.

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2 years ago

Fair enough. ^_^

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2 years ago

Sounds good to me.

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2 years ago

So we have until March 1 to submit a storygame for the contest? Alright! I thought I'd have to wait till the next contest to enter my game, but now I can 'slack off on homework to do writing' and finish the game! :)

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2 years ago

That's the spirit!

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2 years ago
J'ai une question monsieur.

Can we switch the game we are going to enter? For example: I was going to enter a game with an extraterrestrial conflict. Is it possible to instead write about, maybe, zombies or something?

Merci!

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2 years ago

Oui, c'est possible. De rien. Envoyez-moi un PM avec le nouveau titre.

My French has degraded over the years, so hopefully that makes sense.

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2 years ago
Awesome! I was forced to spend most of the holidays at my grandparents' place where they had no wifi and the only internet access I had was at the local library. Now I can finally continue my writing.

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2 years ago

looking forward reading a lot of stories next month.. well i am more of a reader than a writer but hopefully i am able to get the skills in writing a good game by reading these one..

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2 years ago

havent had a reliable computer in several days. Finally able to fully get back on the site and get hyped about the competition! 

 

whos ready?

nate

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2 years ago

Well I had the bones of my story submitted for the original deadline, for now I am just trying to find the time to flesh it out a bit, add the missing endings for the Path I have complete and do a lot of editing!

Very hard to find any time this month though...

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2 years ago

My story is essentially ready for publishing, though the 'extra' other half of it is taking its time.

Story-game Contest 3 WEEKS UNTIL DUE!

2 years ago

If there aren't 10 good stories, you guys are slackers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ndJNXCkNxg

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2 years ago

The shame... and the 80s references... so, basically, "more shame" is what I'm saying here.

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2 years ago

You love the 80's, slacker.

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2 years ago

Eh, I was a 90s kid. I'll admit that the 80s had some good moments, though.

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2 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JruLV_Wjkp4

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2 years ago

VHS tapes! I remember those things!

Edit: xD Just saw the admin bonus. Haha.

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2 years ago

Silence! Where is your story? @Kiel_Farren

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2 years ago

The stories have to be good?!?

THe original post never said they have to be good... I better scrap my WC porn fanfic and write something proper instead...

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2 years ago

The story doesn't have to be good to enter, just to win. 

nate

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2 years ago

Exactly.

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2 years ago

Wow, just about ten days to go. Funniest thing is that it'll coincide with Infinite-Story's contest XD (hopefully we get more stories this time.)

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2 years ago

One day I will look at that website, but I have too much at the moment to bother. unless they offer a cash prize for theirs... then I might have to defect to try and become rich!

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2 years ago

I don't think I can finish!  To be honest, I haven't been on in a while, so I haven't been writing.  I'll try my best though!

I just want to see the games that come out!

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2 years ago

If you don't finish in time, go on the net to find the worst furry porn stories you can then steal them, copy/paste it into here and submit it as your story.

They wont see the plagiarism through their bleeding eyes. Unless its Endmaster, then he will just think its crap

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2 years ago

Unless the plagiarized furry porn has to do with the apocalypse, it won't even meet the rules.

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2 years ago

It's furry ZOMBIE porn in a post apocalyptic WC world!

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2 years ago

My favorite. Warm Cat-bodies.

Story-game Contest DUE SATURDAY AT MIDNIGHT!

2 years ago

Oh god. I only have forty pages done, and now a couple 'F's. X_x

Well, I'm out.

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2 years ago

How many people have successfully finished or are near finishing their stories, after five months?

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2 years ago

me it sucks though

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2 years ago
not me, I'm at 25 000 words :(

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2 years ago

oh it has to be a certain amount of words?surprise

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2 years ago
Not really, it's just that I'm nowhere near done and 25 000 is pretty short for a full-length story game @KiritoLeeWillis

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2 years ago

I'll have somthing in, I think Tan and Aman are finished or close too

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2 years ago

I wish. Only started a month or so ago, and I got slammed with a ski trip and wisdom teeth pulling. :( Tan's done and I think Kiel is almost done.

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2 years ago

Over a month and only 2 major interruptions? perfect, I expect a full story!

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2 years ago

XD 

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2 years ago

Maaan tell me about it. I got fucking arrested. -_- So not cool

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2 years ago

I am hesitant to say that I'm not surprised

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2 years ago

Five months is not long to finish a full story, especially with school/holidays/groundings/restricted internet access. 

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2 years ago

@TacocaT I'm so disappointed in you. I loved the ideas for both of your stories. That's too bad, man.

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2 years ago

Well, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I've been trying to make a game of 7/8 quality for my first (and hopefully all) published games to get my reputation up. I doubt it'll happen anytime soon though.

Both? Would you please enlighten me on what you are referring to?

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2 years ago

Midnight in which time zone btw?

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2 years ago

Site time/EST afaik.

As already mentioned, I'm ready to publish.

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2 years ago

the east time zone is were Oklahoma is right?

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2 years ago

EST is Eastern coast time I think Soooo like 8pm my time. Probably...

I'll just put hit publish in the afternoon to be safe

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2 years ago

Anyone can publish when they want. I'll make a thread for published stories so we can all read them.

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2 years ago

Oklahoma is in Central Time Zone.

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2 years ago

If you get the story in by some midnight, regardless of the supposed orbiting around the sun nonsense, or Galileo or any fool, really, then all is fine and good.

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2 years ago

I've got a spiral notebook full of hand-written character notes and about the world, but couldn't really find a starting point for the story that was captivating.  Between work and procrastination, I only have four pages about half finished.  I doubt I'll meet the deadline.

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2 years ago

Hahah, I bet there aren't even 5 submissions.

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2 years ago

We aim for quality not quantity

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2 years ago

But we need at least 5 good submissions according to the original rules. Hope there are some submissions soon.

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2 years ago

We have a definite 2 (Forge and me), maybe Kiel... I think that's it, but I hope the people who are more silent about it have something done. :-/

Story-game Contest 4 SUBMITTED, WILL THERE BE 5?

2 years ago
Only 26 minutes left!! *twidles thumbs*

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2 years ago

Yea.  I'm watching that too!  I really hope there is 5 submitted, just for the sake of the guys's hard work who actually did submit.

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2 years ago
Yep. Even though my entry is shit, I am happy that it contributes to the 5 minimum. I really hope The Other World or Undead Persona wins! Cheers!

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2 years ago

Considering we had about thirty entries to begin with, I say those guys deserve to win.

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2 years ago
omg only 10 minutes remaining!!!

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2 years ago
Thats it. Only 4 submitted.

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2 years ago

We are allowed to submit up to our own time... Therefor West coasters have a couple more hours

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2 years ago
Oh, I thought we were following the EST.

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2 years ago

I am greatly saddened that even with the reward, so few chose to write a story for a writing site. This is disappointing for sure. 

nate

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2 years ago

I let my anxiety over letting others see my work stop me from writing at all for it. :(

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2 years ago

... *string of swear words* Seriously?! No one else? We fell one entry short?

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2 years ago

Son,

I am disappoint.

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2 years ago

So am I. X_x I worked my ass off.

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2 years ago

You guys should've applied the SHAME system, where if someone says they're going to submit a story and then fail to do so they suffer SHAME and here you'd at least be able to deduct points or apply some similar penalty too.

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2 years ago

No one requires any shame to fail. They will all get used to it as time goes on, and the societal hammer continues to crush their skulls. And, evidently, one is not so much brainwashed, but able to view what a horrific hellscape this reality is, according to my uncle.

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2 years ago

No, the threat of SHAME is supposed to motivate people to actually finish a story if they commit. That way you don't get 30 people running off at the mouth saying "Yeah I'll submit a story" and then most of them don't do it.

You instead get a smaller group of folks who are more committed to submitting something and the threat of SHAME if they don't does help keep them somewhat on track. Not to mention if they do fail, they can't get rid of the SHAME until they submit a story for a future contest.

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2 years ago

What if we tried a 'tier' competition? Setting smaller goals throughout, first to write 10 pages in a story gets 2 points. Next to write 40 pages gets 10 points, First to etc etc etc until people actually finish there game. Just another thought. I would like to see more QUALITY writing on this site for sure. 

nate

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2 years ago
Will that encourage people to break the larger goal of finishing a story into smaller, easier goals, or just encourage people to ram through and spit out crap? If they had to submit each set of pages as they went along, would they be able to edit them before they submitted the final entry? Just some thoughts. Because I'd imagine with a story as big as Kiel's the first few pages morphed as he developed the story.

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2 years ago
Yes, because IS is just such a booming community...

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2 years ago

Who said anything about IS, I'm just providing alternative suggestions because obviously the reward system wasn't enough.

Sheesh, glad to see you're still being pissy over perceived slights though.

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2 years ago

All I am saying is that IS uses the shame system, and it is dead. I'm not saying that it IS is dead because of the shame system, but the few people who are on IS probably have nothing better to do in their free time than to commit themselves to writing long, bland pieces of writing that are unlikely to be seen by anyone off of the site.

I think that the contest failed because it set everyone up to write an epic. I believe that the next contest should test the author's ability to write a full, thought out story in a limited number of pages.

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2 years ago

Actually that's why I implemented the SHAME system in the first place, because the place was dead when it came time to actually getting story submissions. The number of submissions increased because of it, at least it did when I was doing it. (I think BatCountry added a bunch of unnecessary stuff this year)

I'm just saying it might at least prevent all these folks from saying they're going to do something and then don't follow through and keep the ones that do on task. It's pretty annoying. I mean Kiel was dragging his ass around like a dead man and STILL managed to submit something.

 

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2 years ago
I guess it would sober up potential entrants, but I don't like the idea of people like Quiller being cast into the pit of shame.

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2 years ago

As in previous contests, there were a number of people never seen before or since their post of intent. 

 

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Perhaps a combination of methods could work?

1) Request that entrants update a bi-weekly progress thread in similar fashion to the "motivational threads?" Admins could give some points for providing the updates - provided the story actually makes its way into the contest.
2) A penalty/shaming for failure to complete a story once you commit to entering. Point docking or perhaps a mildly insulting banner or dunce cap emblem that stays attached to the profile for a set period of time?
3) Announce contests 'X' months in advance of accepting entrants. Admins could request to see a detailed outline or story-branch summaries (or even sample pages) before officially adding people to the list.
4) Add a new category to the 'StoryGames' page for the top 5-6 contest placers.
4a) For symmetrical purpose the Fan Fic category could get the boot, or Fantasy could be split into two categories. Urban Fantasy vs. Traditional Fantasy, or Dark Fantasy vs. Traditional Fantasy, or something else along those lines. There are a ton of good stories in the fantasy section that aren't currently featured whereas even the better fan fics are kind of meh in comparison. I would wager splitting the fantasy section up would draw more people to the site, since overall better stories would be on the StoryGame page so new visitors don't have to hunt them down. People can be lazy.

Just some thoughts.

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2 years ago
Contest failed because we're a community of people who enjoy stories, not a community of writers.

Personally i didnt join because i dont have a current story with a post-apocolyptic theme, and even if i did, i wasnt overly interested in the prize. As cool as the trophies are, its not as though you can only win them in a contest.

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2 years ago
Yeah, I guess that does make more sense than what I was saying.

Story-game Contest FA1L?

2 years ago

*sigh* Clearly, the contest failed, but I was wondering: "If we do not receive at least 5 submissions, there will be no contest, but those who submitted shall surely reap some reward, should their entries be a result of effort." 

What does that mean for the people that entered?

@Madglee

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2 years ago

Depends on what they wrote. Taking a look.

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2 years ago

God damnit >_<

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2 years ago
I would have wrote a story for the contest, but I disappeared from the site this summer until halfway to the first deadline. I write like a turtle, so I didn't want to show up late and produce something half-assed. If I started as soon as I came back, I probably could have finished something half-decent with the extension. Now I feel like kind of a turd for lack of ambition. Next time I guess.

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2 years ago
Surely im not the only one who expected this to happen?

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Naw, I expected it, but that was prior to Negative sticking something in at the last moment, so I was hoping somebody else would do similarly XD

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I figured it would happen, but it was sort of looking up when Negative popped up with his entry and like Tan, I thought that maybe someone else would submit something at the last moment.

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I didn't want to say it, but I suspected. I'm not sure it was looking up if someone writes a story and puts "I just wrote this in a day, here you go."

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I will be reading the submitted within the next 2-3 days. We are still dealing iwth a huge winter storm that came through, so my life outside the internet is still sketchy. I will let people know as much feedback as I can once I am done reading them. 

nate

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Well that sucks for those who tried, even negative admitted theirs was a rush job last minute but they committed and followed through with something. Where are the other 26? 

I didn't expect everyone to finish but I thought maybe 1/3

You had 5 months guys.... Come on.

Can the ones who tried still get judged?

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They already said they're still going to judge them.

I imagine if your story is really good, you may still get the prize.

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You wrote a story for a writing site Feanor. If you are wanting sympathy, you wont find it here. lol But I already said I would give as much positive feedback as possible. But this is foremost a witing site, not a contribute just when a prize is offered site. We would all be good to remember that. 

nate

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The tone of that last post came across a little harsh. my bad. lol But my point still stands, as a writing site we should be writing because we enjoy it. There used to be new stories popping up daily. I truly miss those days. Now its every few weeks sometimes. 

nate

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No, it's still daily, lol.

I feel like you're really exaggerating how good the older games were. Many of the then-featured games would be considered average or below average now.

I mean, if you really feel that way it's fine, but you're coming off as wildly condescending.

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I disagree, Killa, Fleshy has some valid points, and he's not trying to be condescending. I also agree with Feanor that is is ridiculous that more than four people couldn't submit something, but the rules were that if we didn't get at least five entries, there wouldn't be a contest.

I am still reading the four submissions, and we are working on what rewards (if any) will be given. Again, due to the paucity of submissions, there will not be contest rewards, but there might be some scraps hurled down.

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He seems to be under the impression no one writes anything here anymore, which is just plain wrong.

I agree it's ridiculous, though sadly it was also expected. The last successful contest was 7 years ago. JJJ tried to run one 3 years ago, but the exact same thing happened as what happened to this contest: 27 people entered, and a grand total of 3 submitted their story on time, resulting in him scrapping the contest.

For reference, his contest and this one had the same pitfalls IMO. He only offered points (and the one 7 years ago offered cash), and he forced a theme. The one 7 years ago was open, and the only real requirement was it couldn't have scripting or items.

If we were to try again, I think we should try and mostly follow the outline that worked (even though it's quite an old outline, haha).

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"He seems to be under the impression that no one writes anything here anymore, which is just plain wrong."

I'm just assuming that he's assuming that WC doesn't count as writing, because it's only real 'writing' in the sense that you and your friends getting murdered by an axe-wielding snowman is 'freeze tag'.

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I feel that it was the "post-apocalyptic" theme that may have been a problem.  These kinds of stories are extremely overused, and may have been difficult to find original content to use in your game.

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How so? I don't think any of the entries have zombies in them.

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He didn't say zombies, just post-apocalypse in general.

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That's why no one used zombies.  It is definitely not original for a post-apocalyptic story.  So authors were pressured into finding more original content.

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Unless you make it high fantasy and have strange things. Like the moon disappearing, and magic. Make up the details as you go along.

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Feanor used zombies haha. I don't think the genre wasn't the problem, because PA is an extremely loose subject matter that could go in many directions. Killa seems more on target here that the incentive wasn't hard cash and overall our active community isn't filled with writers but rather readers anyhow.

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Hahah, hard cash.

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Evidently not, as the high fantasy one didn't work, either. I'll go with the lack of hard cash and more readers than writers on the site.

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What year was the high fantasy one?

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3ish years ago, so 2011/2012 I'd say.

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I knew I should have stuck with my bribe the members with $100 cash.

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Would have probably had a better ending here haha.

But to be fair, the reward for the one 7 years ago was quite a bit more. Multiple trophies, money, points, and even a printed copy of your own story was offered to the winner.

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I haven't had a chance to get back on since earlier, but I see that maybe I upset feanor? If so, i apologize again. I am also looking forward to reading everyone's stories. and I am all for hurling scraps!

nate

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If it makes you feel better, Fleshy, this story was published only this morning.

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Don't show that to Malkalack, or he'll go off on another rant against that guy and his imaginary brother.

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I think he has been ignoring me. :(

Regardless, we are quite frequently getting new story-games, but most of the story-games published in the last month or so have been deleted after a week.

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I don't want sympathy nor did I imply or say that I did so I am not sure what that part is aimed at. I have written a story before and don't only contribute when there is a competition. I hadn't seen the post where you said we would still get feedback yet which is why I asked that at the end.

I also specifically didn't mention prizes as I don't care about the prizes, I asked about judging as the main point of the competition was having the story properly judged by good writers and getting feedback so We could improve as writers in the future, or at least that is how I viewed it.

My entire point was this:

There was a competition planned and 30 people said they would enter. In the spirit of competition a few of us put in a lot of effort to make some thing good while others simply didn't bother.  This detracts from the work the few put in to try and make the competition work. If you commit to something, and have an extremely generous time frame, you should follow through with it.

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Yeah, those who didn't follow through should feel the SHAME. (Even Quiller.)

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What's this SHAME in all caps that you and End have now mentioned? I must be unaware of some social phenomenon or pop culture reference.

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On Infinite Story, when people agree to participate in a competition and fail to complete an entry, they are placed in the 'pit of SHAME'. Everyone in the community kinda shuns and ostracizes them, and any time they promise to do something, they are quickly reminded of their earlier failure. There is also SCORN, which is administered when someone completes an entry but fails to read and rate the other entries in the contest.

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Hahah, no idea how to implement that here, but good idea.

EDIT: I just went over there and it seems like forums are dead, somewhere around 2014. Am I missing some section?

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The forums are still active...barely.

In fact someone just posted in the IWT 11- Contest thread linking to their contest story. Bringing the whopping total to four stories which is more than enough to judge since the minimum over there is three.

http://forums.infinite-story.com/showthread.php?t=2909&page=12

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I don't think you're missing everything; the site really is almost dead.

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Here's the most recent one from last year's contest.

http://forums.infinite-story.com/showthread.php?t=2902

Which reminds me, I have to get a new title ready, I think I'll use Hall of SHAME 5: Orgy of the SHAMED

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Haha, nice.

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I don't think you're looking for sympathy, Feanor, and I think you and Fleshy sort of misinterpreted each other. Your story was enjoyable and I appreciate the work you put into it. It truly is a shame that four others couldn't submit anything, after five months. I am very disappointed, and I suspect the other judges are, too. 

Back in the "old" days, there were a lot of submissions for contests. I just tried to bring back a contest for you guys, and you weren't in to it, evidently, and that's fine, but that also results in no contest.

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What was the typical number of participants in past contests? I only was in the last one and the only other two contestants I remember being in it was JJJ and Seth.

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The only contest I was in had a lot of entries, but I don't recall. I'm sure it's somewhere in the bowels of the forums. Then there was one with Tsmpaul and a bunch of others. I thought you'd been in that one.

 

EDIT: Well, I just scrolled back through the news and updates and there were a lot more contests than I even recall. I can't seem to find the results of the Fantasy Contest; maybe it didn't get enough entries, either.

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I apologize profusely for not finishing my story. I have toh. *kneels and bows head*

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*cuts TacocaT's head off* no forgiveness for you.

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*Nothing happens.* My toh is towards Madglee for not doing as I said I would do.

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What is 'toh'? The webbernets aren't helping me any.

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Reference to certain odd customs in the series 'Wheel of Time'. Ji'e'toh. Ji being honor, and toh being shame/debt I think.

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Oh.

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You have no toh with me, wetlander. @TacocaT

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I thank you, Wise One. *stands and nods*

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I should apologize, as well, for failing to submit an entry.

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*cuts James's head off* none for you, either.

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I am not sorry for not submitting a story.  But I am sad I didn't.

Don't yell at me!

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*cuts Boring's head off* NO FORGIVENESS!

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Run, BFL, Run.

Shit, he already got you.

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I didn't ask for forgiveness.

Holy crap!

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No apologies necessary. Obviously, everything is End's fault. 

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Can you at least reattach our heads? You are a doctor, right? XD

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2 years ago

I like your heads just where they are. Lying there all plump and smiley.

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*smelly

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Don't click this.

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It isn't a video of a snaggle-toothed, fat trailer lady singing "Sweet Home, Alabama", is it?

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Nope.

Hint:  Heads will roll.

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Roly poly fish heads

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Could you just be blunt and tell me what it's about?

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It's Fish Heads by Barnes & Barnes.

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Oh.

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Once it's in your head, it get's stuck there.

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Eat them up. YUM.

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It was new and therefore the favorite of all the grammar school kids for my first few school years.

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The thing from 1979 with Bill Paxton in it at 24 or so? Bizarre stuff.

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I didn't even notice that.  Haha.

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Just wanted to let you know that despite the four entries, there is a lot of meat to read through, and I want to read through multiple playthroughs (if possible). I think Seth and Fleshy might be the same, uncertain. We are all reading, though, so be patient. Some nice stuff, guys.

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yes, I am also reading through them a few times. I have commented on a few but will still be rereading them again. 

nate

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I probably deserve a fair chunk of blame for the wait, sorry, haha. I'm really looking forward to seeing reviews from you three, though, so it's worth the wait for me. 

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I read through part of yours Kiel. I was impressed with the presentation for sure. Will reread it though. nate

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Thanks! I know look isn't the most important thing here, but when I started making my game, I wanted to test out the new scripting I'd learned and enhance the general experience of playing through it as much as possible.

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Wait Tan you said there were cameos in yours. Who's in it? laugh

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@Tanstaafl

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Only three that I remember. Puddlebuni got one because she had my banner on her profile for like, a month. Then Aman and Sethaniel got a cameo because they encouraged me to continue in the very beginning of the writing process. By that logic loads of people 'deserve' a cameo so sorry for those that I didn't put in yet XD

Hoping to add a whole bunch of cameos when I get the Zealot path done (probably everybody on the summary + whoever was in the contest) but as noted before, it's always awkward to stuff them in haha.

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What? I'm in the game? XD 

where? 

 

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@Tanstaafl

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Werewolves section. You and I have a five second appearance (yours is the one with white hair)

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Haha. That's awesome.

(right now it's "cherry crush," actually. ;p)

I've read all the stories. Haven't submitted a judgment yet, though.

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You guys are still judging all of them then?

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You are fairly easy to find in my game, along with like 12 other CYS members who are less easy to find

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Who are the others? *curious*

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@madglee
@Fleshnblood_78

Any chance of a status update on the play-throughs? (Still worth the wait! I'm just eager to finish T.O.W.)

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I finished your story, @Kiel_Farren. Epic monstrosity, and I mean that as a compliment. I need to read Tan's.

EDIT: On my end, a bunch of friends from my home town are visiting in LA and started working in a new place, so taking longer than normal. Not sure about the other judges.

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Heeh, I suppose it's an appropriate description. It's not quite the size of its beast of a big brother / sister, but I've called it my little monster before. (Out of frustration with scripting and writer's block, not self-praise, lol.) I swear, one of these days, I'll learn how to write something short. >_>' Maybe. 

Got'cha, have fun and good luck in the new place.

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You want to write something short? I'll trade you, my max is about five pages before I lose interest XD

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Sorry to see your contest didn't get enough entries. On infinite-story we had the same amount of stories but it was actually one more than our goal... We set our goals low to lessen the chances of disappointment. lol. Anyway, if any of you are bored enough and/or looking to read something; there's 4 new stories over there. Check the forums for the list.

Or not. I see there's some animosity on here towards IS for whatever lingering sense of perceived butt-hurt that may or may not have been experienced. Haha. Whatever you're into I guess.

I see these sites as similar, but certainly not the same. There is a stronger emphasis on game-mechanics over here while IS has a stronger emphasis on the story. If I can be of any help to any of you on IS feel free to message me there or here; there is likely to get a faster response.

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Where do you see animosity?

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Jamescocker up above. And perhaps animosity was too strong a word. Bitterness? Maybe bitterness.

I don't care anyway, I was just commenting on it.

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"I see there's some animosity on here" ... extremely broad statement when you only have one person to list as proof, even if you meant to say bitterness instead.

Not everyone on this site has even heard of IS, let alone actually cares about it, haha. :P I'm rather indifferent about it. If you like it, whoop-de-freaking-do, I'm happy for ya.

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6 days later... sorry, didnt see this post.

This is not my first time on here. I lurk. I've seen 'animosity' or 'bitterness' or whatever you want to call it. Whether you've personally heard of the site or not has no relevance to what I'm saying.

But, this isn't infinite-story, so I'm not saying anything about the bitterness other than that it's present. Which it is. Whether you have personally been involved in it or not, cocker isn't the only one I've seen post similar sentiment whenever IS is brought up. But again, this isn't IS... So it's fair game.

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*Coker

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Look, there is nothing that IS offers that CYS doesn't. We have a thriving community and our story-game creation system is more streamlined and versatile than the system on IS. You can claim that such drawbacks make IS superior, like you have been doing, but they don't. Also, respect for IS might be greater if you didn't pop into threads to say "hey, your contest failed, but ours didn't, because we set our standards lower".

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Can't really say our community is 'thriving'. Half our traffic is Warrior Cats, after all hahaha.

Feh, don't do that, James. I really doubt that DEP was trying to insult us with that. Seemed to me like a totally benign statement :P
Heck, he didn't even say IS is superior, he just stated that he has read and liked more IS stories (which makes sense because that is where he typically spends his internet-time for reading and the like. It's like how we typically think CYS games are better than nearly all Twine games.)

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That's not what I did. The assumption you've made of my intentions have nothing to do with reality. I found it interesting that both contests ended at around the same time, so I popped in here and found out that it didn't get enough entries. It was disappointing, and THAT is what I posted. Meanwhile, as I have done in the past; I was also trying to recruit voters for the contest on infinite-story. I would have posted it in a "we got enough stories for the contest" thread too if there had been one.

If you take a moment to pull your head out of your ass and look around, you'll find that I just don't post very often... But I've been around for a long time, I didn't just create an account to dump on your contest. Besides that I didn't even dump on the contest, I expressed the same sentiment that many others expressed: Disappointment that there weren't enough stories to do a contest proper. I attempted to inject some humor into it by pointing out that our lower standards resulted in IS's contest getting the green light. Simple as that.

For the final point, I'm not even asking for respect for another site. I fully acknowledge that people visit the sites that they prefer. In the past there has been a bit of overlap between these sites and we've had an amiable relationship. Just not with you. Because clearly you have something stuck up your ass.

It might be in there sideways, give it a good yank.

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2 years ago

By jove my good fellow, I do believe there is a fox wedged in your rectal area!

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nah, don't worry, we don't hate Infinite Story. Our hatred is pretty much fully directed at Twine at the moment.

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I'm not bitter; it's just that IS sucks. Also, my name only has one 'c'; spelling it like 'cock' got old in the sixth grade.

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See?

Anyway, I would say the same about CS but that would just be a dick move. CS is more game oriented, IS is more story oriented. It's really that simple. I much prefer the stories over there, but I've read some solid stories on here too. I also prefer to read the story without having to deal with a pop-up.

That being said, the writing tools you use on here require less intuition so it's much easier to put something up on here than over there. I can just copy from Word to here and the italics and everything carries over, not so over there.

But you know.. pros and cons and all that. We're all entitled to our opinions, regardless of how asinine they may be.

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Your entire post does nothing but demonstrate the superiority of CYS.

@Malkalack , can you come give DEP the "three legged puke dog" speech?

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By your view I guess. Now that you're in 8th grade, the cocker jokes aren't funny? I will keep that in mind.

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"You're almost as pathetic as the three legged dog I hopping along while I was on a walk today, covered in puke. I'm sorry your owner was desperate enough to have sex with you. Keep hopping, buddy."

At least, that's how I think it went. You get the gist of it. 

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2 years ago
Wow. I was really expecting more from the buildup. lol.

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It isn't much. I'm not sure why James tagged me, tbh. 

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2 years ago
It amused me the first time, but then again it doesn't take much. Your capybara picture usually gets a grin out of me on its own.

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2 years ago
Pretty sure that's a gerbil.

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FUCK YOU, YOU FUCKING FAGGOT! YOUR AVATAR LOOKS LIKE A CHEEKY LITTLE RODENT. YOUR MOM'S A SLUT. 

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I dunno, I think your stated difference between the two sites is a bit shortsighted. While some of the games here have 'gimmicks', they don't necessarily lose out on the 'story' aspect in any way.

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Short sighted? Nah. Overly simplified? ... Maybe. But if we want to dissect the many differences we'd be typing novels in the forums instead of in the story sections.

I think my words are being overly simplified. I never said your storygames lose out on the story aspect in any way. I said stories over here are MORE game driven than stories over there. MORE. As in, on IS we have LESS game driven stories... percentage wise.

For example. How many games with variables are on here? (thats what you call it, right? like the 'add item to inventory' thing. I may be using the wrong terminology). Don't actually answer that. This part of the storygame is undeniably a 'game' aspect. The story might be great, but there is definitely a game aspect to it. There are a lot of great video games with wonderful stories. I'm not trying to take anything away from the talent. As I said, I've read some really good stories over here.

Do you know how many stories have inventory items on IS? Maybe two. This is likely due more to the abundance of scripting you have to do to make that work on IS than anything else; but like I said it results in there being a greater emphasis on story over there.

As another example of what I'm trying to say; let's just look at terminology. On IS, we call these things 'Interactive Fiction' or similar variants. Over here I see them listed as 'Storygames'. Game is right there in the title.

Once again though, in closing b/c really we could go round and round on this subject: I am not denying that you have some talented writers on here. I'm not saying that story games are a shit-concept incapable of including good stories. I'm just saying that I have a greater rate of success in finding stories I actually enjoy reading on IS than on here. Both sites have their share of 'why the hell am I reading this?' garbage, I'm just stating my preference.

You'll note also, (and Tanstaafl, this isn't really directed at you just in general) that I'm capable of looking at the pros and cons of both sites and am not just posting "this place sucks" like a child who is incapable of critical thinking. To be honest, that's one of my least favorite things in life, people's propensity to state absolutes on matters of opinion.

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Yeah, of course. I hope it goes without saying that I'm not attacking IS stories at all. I realize that you aren't 'dissing' us or anything hahaha.
I'd merely argue that the game and the story come single-handedly when they're done right. The game-aspects (such as items) usually add to the story rather than focus it into a game (aside from the several puzzle games we have, but those are specifically labeled). As such, most storygames around here are story first and foremost, with the game aspect only adding to that. While you can say that CYS is more 'game-oriented' than IS, I still think that that isn't a good way to put it because the focus on the story is still there, undivided by some features (referring to the storygames that aren't quizzes, puzzles or the like). Probably didn't explain it well but oh well haha.

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I get what you're saying Tanstaafl.

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It also amused me to see that attribute the lack of a 'booming' community on IS came from the SHAME aspect of the contests. LOL. Logic fail. Fact is the forums have never been bustling over there. A couple posts a day has always been kind of a "wow, you guys are really active" kind of day.

I think it has more to do with not catering to the gamers and... well there's an older crowd over there than over here.

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You also have a lack of warrior cats.

You should use that as the site's selling point, lol.

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We may need to look into recruiting warrior cats. Is it best to train them when they are still kittens? Scar their faces upon birth like the Mongols and put steel in their hands so that they become extensions of their arms... We're going to work on that. Thanks for your feedback.

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I think IS is cool and have no problem with it. Yep, that's the main key, the crowd's demographics. CYOA was getting sparse there for a while but picked back up and now is thriving in the last few years. Last time I was at IS before a few weeks back was years ago, and it was huge.

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2 years ago

So did Tan win?

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Huh? Why do you ask? 

*Confused* According to his point record, Madglee hasn't rated Undead Persona yet. It's also the only one he hasn't left a comment on at this point, so ... I'm pretty sure the judging isn't over. I don't know which one the judges favor atm. (xD ... I do know which story has the highest over all rating, though.)

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No particular reason, just thought it had been awhile since an update and I figured the judges might have read all the stories by now.

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2 years ago

Ah. I was more so asking why you said "did Tan win?" rather than "who won?"

I was curious if you knew something I didn't, since as far as I know, Seth seemed mildly critical of both Apocalypse Yesterday -and- UndeadPersona, Flesh seemed to like them both, and Madglee seemed fairly pleased with the former with no comment on the latter. I would also mention Clear Sky, but ... well, as much as I commend Negative on the effort, I'm doubtful of it winning. xD

As for my entry, Madglee is the only judge who's formally commented ... with a comment, anyway. I guess you could say that there is an indirect comment located on my user page.

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2 years ago

Oh that, well I thought Tan's story was the best and I really liked it.

Oddly I liked Negative's story more than I thought I would have. Might've been because it had a noir setting which you don't see a lot here. It was just way too short.

I sort of got bored with Fear's story, just seemed like a regular zombie story. Maybe I missed something though.

You kept lamenting about how unfinished yours was which I probably didn't even get to find out how unfinished it was since I couldn't even get through it without getting killed by wandering monsters. I might've actually rated it if I did. I'll probably go back to it later when it's finished.

But I'm not a judge anyway, so my opinion doesn't mean anything. Lol.

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2 years ago

Ahh. Got'cha. Understandable, it was an excellent entry. 

Noir is fun, I kind of wish it had been a longer game that focused on that particular setting rather than feeling kind of ... well, shoved into a post-apocalyptic mold? But I could be wrong, maybe with a bit more time and TLC, 'post apocalyptic noir' could be the best thing ever, I dunno. *shrug*

Yeah. I'm a bit OCD, I think. It has its flaws. Wait, really? o.0 ... The battles being too difficult is one of the more common complaints, but it's usually because people set out unprepared, I think. I expected more people to pick up the bread and water in the kitchen, and the dragon sickle near the beginning of the game. The three of those items make proceeding much easier. Well, outside the city. Inside, the stones fulfill that purpose. (I made a thread with battle hints: Link )

"my opinion doesn't mean anything" -- not true. You're a well respected veteran of CYS. I'd really appreciate a comment from you, if you decided to try playing through it again.

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2 years ago

I am not reading any of the above as it will color my decisions. You realize, of course, that we need all three judges. I am reading Tan's now. There have been no decisions made.

I apologize this has taken so long; you guys should hear about everyone falling to their fiery doom into the bowels of Shub-Niggurath. 

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2 years ago

Sethaniel and I have definitely read all the stories. Waiting to hear from Fleshy. I know my #1-#4 and we will be consolidating our positions so we can determine the winners soon.
 

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2 years ago

Good to know. :) Looks like Fleshy only has one left to finish, (though he may go back and re-read for all I know,) so I'm guessing we'll have a verdict sometime soon.

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2 years ago

(Odd, Seth's point history says he hasn't read mine ... or, hasn't rated, anyway...)

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2 years ago

^_^

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2 years ago

Wait. Seth posting just a smilely face? Seth got hacked?! 

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2 years ago

XD

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2 years ago

Seth took over this one guy's body, who then Don Juan'd Carlos Castaneda lucid dreamed the shit up, then Seth astral projected into the other dimension behind that guy's hijack, spacewise, and then moved front and back at the same time. It's over.

If that makes sense.

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2 years ago

Hmm.  I could probably wrap my head around that ... if my brain would cooperate.

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2 years ago
Wait, Seth possessed another guy, who tried to take over Seth's body, so Seth fucked reality in the ass literally?

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2 years ago
You have such a beautiful way with words. They smell like bubblegum but taste like rum.

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2 years ago
Bubblerum?

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2 years ago

Cool, thanks.