I'd like to run a contest starting now through August 16th. The general theme is “Break!”
Using one of the provided prompts is not required, but if you wish to claim one reply with the number you wish to select, the prompt, and edit lock your post. Please double check that no one else has taken the prompt you want.
If you choose to make your own premise, it should revolve around a “break” of some sort, literal or figurative, as a key element of plot or setting. Something, someone, somewhen, or somewhere should be broken or breaking. Reply, “freeform” and edit lock your post.
As far as I know, there's no penalty for entering and then failing to produce a valid storygame. No pressure! But please don’t take a prompt from the list with no intention of making a storygame with it, as others might have wanted it.
Deadline: August 16th, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern
Entry Fee: None!
Rewards: It’s a mystery! Mizal will dole out rewards as she sees fit.
Minimum entries required: Five valid entries that meet site standards.
1. A woman goes on a journey to seek healing for a broken heart, and meets several eccentric characters along the way.
2. A sealed, domed city traps select citizens inside while keeping the rest out, but no one knows why. When someone close is taken into the dome, a reporter vows to break in and discover the truth.
3. Two lovers are separated by a rift, able to send messages to each other but unable to cross over themselves.
4. A chronic rule-breaker seeks to change high-school for the better.
5. A vassal kingdom has just broken the treaty keeping the peace, and all ambassadors sent to the traitorous kingdom have not returned.
6. Aliens of diverse backgrounds come together to challenge the most secure financial facility in the galaxy.
7. A busy single with little time for love finds hope for romance on her daily coffee break at a local shop.
8. For years, Jewish revolts have been returned with severe and brutal countermeasures by Roman forces, blood running in the streets. But for now, the fighting has ended. Will you work with your Roman oppressors and negotiate for peace, join the Jewish zealots in a battle for freedom, or flee with the Christian sect through the mountains? (Historical, ~66-70 AD)
9. A rookie trains and competes to break a world record while dodging assassination attempts.
10. Strange things are happening all over the universe, as if dreams and imaginings are manifesting. It seems the higher-ups don’t want anyone investigating these breaks in reality…
11. A person wakes up in a deadly, maze-like building and is given 24 hours to break out.
12. Shards of the broken planet are held together by the mages, while the elite live in floating cities. But someone is assassinating the mages, one by one…
13. A normally by-the-book officer receives a strange object that allows him/her to break the mind-barrier and enter people’s memories and dreams in order to track down a serial killer.
14. An explorer finds the entrance to an ancient temple, but breaking in will not be simple.
15. A prisoner of war resists attempts to break his mind, body, and spirit while plotting escape.
16. Merlin breaks the rules of time by living life backwards. The first page is the ending of the tale, and choices trace back to the start.
17. A codebreaker works to intercept and decipher enemy messages in time to stop horrific events, but must be careful not to arouse suspicious.
18. A woman in rehab for a broken leg is recruited to be a spy – but she’ll have to use someone else’s body.
19. A person seeks to break the caste system and rise through the ranks by killing others and taking over their identities.
20. For millennia, Extra-Dimensional Authority officials have worked to change the multiverse by entering different worlds through “The Mesh” to alter them from the inside. But after one job leads to horrific consequences, an EDA officer is approached by rebels wanting to destroy The Mesh.
21. A car breakdown on an isolated road leads to a night in a mysterious cabin.
22. A starving, shambling zombie seeks brains to dissect – not just to eat, but in hopes of finding a cure.
23. A storygame that frequently breaks the fourth wall
Ninjapitka is going to help judge, and I'll ask 1-3 others (for a panel of 3 or 5) based off who would rather enter or judge. Basic things like creativity, writing, theme appropriate, etc.
If you think you can do two games, sure, though I'd really recommend just doing the second as a normal site entry and not part of the contest. I don't mind if you claim/use one of the other prompts for a regular story, I can always post more if people prefer the prompts and they run low.
But if you want to enter it officially, that's fine, too.
No, freeform like my favorite Undertale RPs.
I think I'll go ahead and enter this competition. Freeform.
I love a lot of these prompts but I think I'll take prompt 13.
Looking forward to it!
Well heck. If Digit's rejecting 21, I guess that means maybe I can whip something out.
And... it's official.
I'm going to bump this thread a bit...
Just want to point out here that this contest is operating on a razor-thin margin here, by which I mean this:
Minimum entries required: Five valid entries that meet site standards
Minimum entries required: Five valid entries that meet site standards
Yes, seven people have thrown their hat in, and if all seven of us manage to produce a story, then no worries.
But if this contest sees the same percentage of no-shows as most in CYStia.... Just sayin' that more participation would be a nice thing to see.
? Not happy? I said you could if you wanted to.
Normally contest entries can't be re-used for a different contest, from what I've seen, even if you modify them. But since Mizal's is a speed write, I'm not personally opposed to you expanding it for this if Mizal allows it.
Good points. O.K. then, no recycled contest stories.
I've been in a gigantic writing slump, but I recently got into a CYOA mood haha. Hopefully, this will be a kick in the butt to write something worthwhile. :D This means I have to review how advanced editor works though. T-T
Prompt 20. BTW what is this "freeform" stuff?
There's no word requirements or anything? ( 0_0)=3 You just make it as you please? That's what I'll assume...!
Mizal! You should join eventually! Don't worry, I'll prepare the pom poms in advance. :D
What the hell... I'll join. Freeform.
Glad to see so many people breaking down and joining.
...maybe a little.
number 16 looks epic, I'm going to give this a try.
Cool! It will be ineresting to see a 'backwards' CYOA.
The deadline for this is less than two weeks away. How's everyone doing with theirs? How many haven't started yet? ;)
Mostly done, just a few final loose ends to wrap up.
There's over a week left for proofreading or finding a beta reader. Your concepts are always really interesting, and I'm glad you picked the heist prompt - had you in mind when I came up with that one - so please do share it. Your stories are never boring.
Breaking away from the text of the prompt is totally in the spirit of this contest. ;)
I started for real August 1!!!
Just asking, is there a limit as to when it is too late to join the contest? As long as a storygame is submitted before the deadline, would it count if someone registered to this forum a few minutes before the contest is over? I'm thinking about breaking and entering (I won't steal anything but the motivation to write), yet I don't want to confirm this since I'm not very sure if I can complete my idea timewise.
I'm going to take your advice and officially enter the contest. Also, freeform.
Locked. And this is probably a lock I can't break out of.
Blow Your House Down
Deadline is coming up!
Everyone is really lucky I didn't consider this an important contest and haven't been paying attention to it at all.
I wonder if the bit about there being no penalty for failure was a factor. I feel like I remember someone mentioning how back before the addition of the SHAME pit, contests would end this way all the time.
But seriously, only ONE person made it?
There are actually three people now...unless the contest has already ended? I'm not the best with all this time difference thing. Did I submit it on time?
Guess I spoke too soon, lol. I forgot most people like to wait until the very last second. Good job guys!
Not gonna lie, I was getting pretty nervous there. Kept telling myself everyone must just be polishing their stories until the very last second.
That was stressful, but my story is finally complete: http://chooseyourstory.com/story/breaker
Welp, you know exactly what I did, like 90% of everyone else. But here is my entry.
I took some liberties with the prompt, because in my story the "mesh" is reality itself, so it is unbreakable. However, a certain hold a certain entity has on a particular universe is broken.
Looks like you made the minimum.
Guess this contest counts now.
Going to put the entries all in the same post for easier access here:
Blow Your House Down by Bill_Ingersol
The Warped Castle by PoisonMara
PSYOPS by Fluxion
Driftwood High Theater Club by jodithewitch
Breaker by MysticWarrior
They are good! I haven't finished reading through the last one, yet, - but they are all solid entries. Even if there are just five of them, they are a good five. The other two judges are already done, so results should be out soon.
Thanks to @ninjapitka and @MadHattersDaughter for helping judge.
WINNER: Blow Your House Down by Bill Ingersoll (275 total points)
Solidly written and polished, this storygame had a very real sense of place; the setting was almost a character itself - you could almost smell the rain. This was two judges' top pick. Slightly spooky, it's a more subtle take on the theme as a man attempts to identify and break out of a trap set for him.
2nd: Breaker by Mystic_Warrior (274 total points)
This fantasy adventure under the sea was not your typical mermaid fare, but a clever romp full of riddles and twists, some sociopolitical sci-fi elements, and some funny moments mostly dealing with artifacts from the Ones Above. It really captured the theme on many levels, from the overt story arc of breaking out of the Safe World and the function of a key item, but also in minor details like breaking windows or into safes, and even breaking your own preconceptions. This was one judge's top pick.
3rd: The Warped Castle by PoisonMara (242 total points)
Trippy and entertaining. Mara took the theme and mashed it up with a blender, coming up with an exciting science fiction piece complete with body switching, memory editing, metal planets, alien game shows, souped up motorbikes, and some interesting character studies.
4th: PSYOPS by Fluxion (237 total points)
This sci-fi had a slick look and a great premise reminiscent of Isaac Asimov's Eternity series. The beginning was strong, and the twist near the end was clever.
5th: Driftwood High Theater Club by jodithewitch (205 total points)
A lol-random storygame about a girl trying to stop a play from being put on - with a little potential law-breaking on the side. If Bill's was the most serious take, this is the most light-hearted one, breaking most expectations of what would happen in favor of spoofing typical high-school drama.
Wow, that's a really, close call between Blow Your House Down and Breaker. Anyways, congratulations everyone! I haven't read any of the entries yet, but I'll probably get around to it... eventually.
Wow, that was close! I read all the stories and enjoyed each one. This was a fun theme to write for (it kind of preempted the other story or two I planned to publish this summer, but oh well) and I'm glad to see the quality was so top-notch that the margin between the top two stories was razor-thin.
Well done, everyone! Congratulations, Bill! Thanks for running this contest and thank you to everyone who made it possible, including the judges and the competitors. It was a great experience.