Briar was asking about this, and rather than necroing a mostly unimportant thread, just going to repost this here. We can probably alter it as so desired anyway. (We are the winners after all)
MAG Season - Mostly dull mainly because EndMaster hadn’t joined the cast yet. Some of the older people liked it though. Most of the original cast from this era are dead now. Still, sometimes original cast member Alex shows up.
Mafia Season - There was a boring ongoing Mafia storyline, but this was about when EndMaster joined the cast so he was pretty much carrying this season all by himself. It was still worth watching just for him alone. This was also when the show changed its name from MAG to the more recognizable CYS.
BHB Season - This was about when Berka and some others like Aman, Tan, Uglick and Bo joined the cast. This injection of new blood helped liven up the show. Some still feel this was one of the best seasons since while there was adult humor, it was still fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Others feel it was a little "bland" but it should be noted that this season did start off with a major conflict known as the Great Penguin vs. Mustache War. Later on, there was another conflict called the Spork vs. Strawberry Pudding War. Silly perhaps, but again fun for the whole family.
During this time a spin off called Forum Games was introduced in an effort to keep the main show on track. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it soon became filled with several retarded and unlikable characters.
Warrior Cats Season - We don’t talk about this season. Horrible set back after a good previous season. Also there was a rise in shitty subplots involving dumb ass minor characters like Ryder, Honor, Melissa, etc. About the only positive bits were the good characters mocking the shitty ones.
Bad Mods Season - While maybe not as horrible as the WC season, it was horrible in other ways mainly due to corrupt producers fucking around with the format by attempting to copy a different inferior show and censoring things that wouldn’t even have been censored back during the BHB Season and paradoxically allowing other things that were even worse! Thankfully those involved were fired on morals charges involving child sex rings (Pedo Mod Kiel) and embezzlement (Grifter Mod Seth).
Still, the final episodes of this season were considered some of the best of all time and introduced some cast members that would become staples in the next season.
As an added bonus The Forum Games spin off was thankfully canceled, bringing an end to a show that lasted far too long.
Villain Season - Possibly due to all the complaints about last season, the show was completely retooled and went in a different direction. While this seemingly worked out with better storylines and cast members like Steve and Mizal have taken more center stage, there were some who complained about the show becoming too edgy and grimdark.
This season was fairly successful, however it began to become "formulaic" over time. One of the problems is the Villains ended up winning against all potential antagonists with great ease. While watching them generally find new ways to be cruel was entertaining, the end result was usually the same. A couple ideas to combat this were tried with mixed results.
One idea was having the Villains fight each other, but that never quite worked out as planned. Constant script rewrites and problems with the actors resulted in a lot of canceled storylines. So things typically remained status quo.
The other idea, more controversial idea was giving the character EndMaster a daughter. It was assumed with all the grimdark going on, perhaps showing a "softer side" to some of the Villains would appeal to a larger audience.
While there wasn't any problem between the main two actors, the daughter character was HIGHLY annoying to not just the audience but also to the other actors. Reports of conflict behind the scenes were frequent. A few of the actors even quit, in fact the Villain season began to end its run with many of the Villains just unceremoniously written out or in some cases killed off. Long time actor Malk was removed this way, though the actor had been going through a mental break at the time.
Eventually a new actress replaced the old one as a new daughter who seemed to be a better fit, but it was still obvious a new direction was needed, which led to...
Site WAR Season - While it had been hinted at for a long time even all the way back in the BHB season and had only slowly escalated since then, this season finally addressed the relationship between CYStia and their neighbors the CoGites.
While tensions had always been been there, it all finally came to a head due to their insane degenerate leader Jason attempting to RAPE CYStian warrior princess Briar Rose who was there as a diplomatic representative.
Many of his own people were even appalled by such an act and were getting tired of his brand of tyranny for years. The time for rebellion among his own people had arrived.
While Briar managed to fight her way out of hostile CoGite lands and the CYStian forces managed to strike a significant blow against the CoGite government, weakening Chief Jason’s position, the fight still went on for the CoGite rebels who found allies in the unlikeliest of places.
Or at least that looked like how the season was going.
As it turned out, the CoGite rebels began fighting among themselves or otherwise losing complete focus in what their goals were in the first place. The CYStians while having already achieved their own goals uncharacteristically attempted to help them, but to no avail, the CoGite rebels barring a few exceptions proved to be just as big of faggots as the loyal ones.
The storyline was wrapped up quickly with Mizal recruiting a couple of the worthy ones into CYStia and EndMaster setting the CoGite rebel base on fire, having sex with all of their mothers, and generally laughing the whole time before he left.
It wasn’t exactly the ending to the storyline that was expected, but surprises are always welcome in a long running series like this one.
Certainly one of the more exciting episodes. Ratings hadn’t been this high since the overthrowing of Pedo Mod Kiel and Grifter Mod Seth.
Chaotic Changes Season - Once again the writers decided to shake up the status quo by doing some unexpected things.
First thing was to actually have another attempt at CYStia and their CoGite neighbors comes to some sort of peace agreement.
This was naturally initially met with some suspicion since this sort of storyline had been attempted a few times before and never successfully. However, thanks to inclusion of few of the better written CoG characters such as Gower and Poison Mara, so far this storyline has been growing a bit more in acceptance.
However, one could argue that said characters are being written more like CYStians rather than CoGites hence making them more tolerable to watch.
A good example of this new found CYS-CoG cooperation, was the side plot of utterly destroying the remnants of the former “Cog Rebels.” While they had become completely irrelevant by this point, they were still annoying enough characters that their utter humiliation followed by their desperate failed defense proved to be very amusing to watch. This arc was probably the highest rated episodes of the season in fact.
In any case, the friendly competition storyline in the Infinite Ruins location should be interesting to watch unfold.
Another big change, was the sudden return of 3J. This certainly shook up a few things. Some of the more positive things were tightening up some loose ends and storyline that had been left on a cliff hanger for years.
A common complaint was that the show in general seemed to be “censoring” its dialog a bit more than it did in the previous seasons since his return. In fact, some felt like it was starting to feel like a return to the Bad Mod season or worse the CoG cooperation storyline was causing the entire show to suffer and become less “CYStian.”
This of course is a bit of an overreaction, since the show is far from being squeaky clean anytime soon. There probably was just a bit of a decision to tone down the “grimdark” so as to not to fall to darkness induced audience apathy which sometimes the show danced on the edge of at times.
Besides that, the Cystian Orders which were usually more of a backdrop despite the initial premise that more storyline ideas were going to be done with them are taking center stage again. However, nobody seems especially enthusiastic with the changes in this plot line other than the head writer of it. Still, it has currently resulted in a few interesting bits (Such as the Marauders completely overrunning everything) and time will just tell if these changes make any difference or not.
As always new characters popped up, old characters dropped out, but most of the fan favorites were still around.
The "Chaotic Changes" season, while not bad, it seemed like... well a mess of chaos. There were a lot of potential plotlines, but none of them really went anywhere espeically since one of the head writers soon disappeared after a bunch of promises of major changes in the show.
Perhaps this was all for the best however as nobody was particularly looking forward to them.
In any case, the CC season DID result in one major change that nobody expected, (Not even the cast.) and that was the temporary departure of fan favorite Cricket.
There were rumors of the actress running from the mob to joining some cult, and the show's loss of the character really brought out some of the best acting by the rest of the cast in those episodes. Viewers could really feel their loss and online petitions were created demanding the character return.
Happily, the actress returned, albeit in a more limited capacity due to other commitments. Still it was good to know that her character was not gone permanently.
Pandemic Season - Trying to avoid the usual rival war storylines from the past, it was decided that having a devastating plague affecting everyone would be a new direction to go in.
The storyline proved to be an engaging one. Many if not all of the characters have been effected in some way and each episode gets as grimdark as the next as the plague gets worse. Mizal has been attempting to busily keep order and even the often under used KillaRobot character has finally been given something to do.
One of the more recent episodes involved the purging of several characters, the self exile of one and the brutal beating of another. It was one of the highest rated episodes and was great to see the EndMaster character finally killing off the increasingly unlikable Shouja character.
Cricket also became a more frequent sight again which definitely increased the ratings in general.
Interactive FRICTION Season - While the Pandemic season was a good one, it started to over stay its welcome. People wanted something new and they wanted it now.
The problem is, the people never want anything new, they want the same tried and true formulas just wrapped up in a different package. In the case of this show, that meant a war.
But with who? Wars with CoG had been played out. Indeed it was a common sight now to see characters from both places get along or at least interact in a civil manner to each other.
The writers came up with an idea!
The IF community had been mentioned a few times in the past, but the only major incident with them was during a contest in which Warrior Princess Briar beat the chicken soup out of all their best warriors despite attempts at cheating by one particularly craven IFer. (One of the only high points of the infamous Warrior Cats Season)
Remembering their cowardly backstabbing personalities, the writers felt it might be a good idea to re-examine them as a potential enemy.
It started out slowly with an inclusive party that Mara threw inviting people from all over the interactive fiction world. Many kept thinking that the CYStians and CoGites were going to go at it, but it would turn out to be the IFers proving to be the treacherous ones.
Minor incidents happened between CYStians and IFers throughout the episodes, but nothing major. Indeed the incidents were so insignificant that they seemed more like background noise rather than the build up to something more.
But then suddenly the IFers made a sneak attack. Striking at the two leaders of CYStia End and Mizal, then rating bombing all CYS stories on the IFDB. The bombing had been thorough, even people who had nothing to do with any of the past incidents with the IFers had been hit.
Obviously the IFers had called for war and this might have made for a worthy foe, but then the writers slightly dropped the ball on their reasons.
The IFers meekly claimed they were doing this in self-defense, but anyone who was watching knows this couldn’t be the case as in every past incident with the IFers, they had in fact been the aggressors. Given their sneak attack, they could ONLY be the instigators of this war. The IFers also suffer the same characterization as the CoGites in that as enemies, they aren't very intimidating. In fact they come off as more comical than threatening.
The writers obviously got drunk midway through developing the plotline.
Still, everyone likes seeing a good war, so the reasons don’t really matter and ratings are up once again.
Thank you for this. It clears up some ignorance I have had about the general timeline of things.
I am thankful that I only came here after you had begun to reign openly. The empty void it must have been before that would have driven me away forever.
Added notes to both.
... I love this. I love you. That is all.
Updated the history.
Agreed. It's also cool to see the EndMaster character again generally being what he was always meant to be, some faceless horror from beyond causing chaos and strife, not having all these "daughters" pop up and then being nice to them.
Though I like how they incorporated the new daughter to work more in line with the whole causing chaos bit. I think the actress they got works better than the old one.
I like it too.
I heard the next episode in the Briar: Warrior Princess show is going to be a musical. I'm cautiously optimistic.
I call it, "Get that game back where it came from, or so help me." ^_^
I'm a warrior princess? ... Cool! ^_^
Sandwich porn and the odd spork vs strawberry pudding war. Don't know how that happened, but it did and it was powerful.
I just remembered I had a warrior cats neko nya :3 story at some point, too! Deleted with the rest of the trash! Nyaahahahhaha >:3c
The spork vs. strawberry pudding war was about the only major conflict during the BHB season.
Sandwich porn started during the end of the (ugh) Warrior Cats to the Bad Mods seasons just like most bad things that occurred during that dark time.
Don't Forget the Great Penguin vs. Mustache War! (which ushered the BHB Season in with a Bang)
Great Moments In Forum History
I dunno how I missed that one. I'll have to update the main post to include both of those conflicts (Pen vs Mus and Straw vs Spork) in the BHB season.
Updated the history to reflect the surprise twist this season!
"Grifter Mod Seth"? Now that you mention i, I don't think I've seen anybody of the Seth sort in quite a long time. I'm only reminded of his existence through the "Seth approves" comments on various older stories. Could somebody tell me what happened with him?
He was making a gay visual novel or something and started a Kickstarter for it, posted various links to it on the site, including editing the link into the description for what was once the most played game on the site, Snow (which also apparently got deleted). Then, once he had enough money, he ended up bolting. The fact that Pedo Mod Kiel got taken down just made sure that he stayed away.
All this led to the old saying "Kiel's a fag, Seth's a cunt", or something to that effect.
>tfw no mention of the Tim and Chris spin-off
Updated the history since some were wondering what season we were on.
A very interesting reading, and self-awareness. The names are on point too. In Cog there is no story because Jason erases any memories or traces; if it like a dystopian nightmare.
To point I can look back a thread from 6 years ago and half of the moments I remember they have gone. Letting threads without sense.
So I like that in this forum, people could see where all had begun and where will heading.
Also, I am happy to be here. I just came 8 years late.
Gotta say, really enjoyed Chris' character development through the seasons. Going from an annoying tag along kid, to becoming addicted to forum games, overcoming said addiction quietly, and returning as one of the most competent CYStian warriors was a work of art. The COG Rebel arc was great, as it showed him engaging in espionage eagerly, and his wrongful imprisonment by the COG king Jason was heartbreaking. His character arc was 8/8, one of the many reasons this show deserves an Emmy.
... God that felt weird to write.
E: Also, his killing of Wibn was one of the best scenes in the most recent season, as Wibn revealed himself to be a whiny baby.
Updated the current season.
Lol, End It is very funny. Does that mean I am now officially part of Cys?
You were first introduced in the Chaotic Changes season.
Oh, cool. Now, I am a seasoned noob
I think I heard that the actress that played Mayana was going through some sort of issues and was always difficult to work with, so the writers couldn't really work out the plotline that originally had for her so they just turned her evil and killed her off quickly.
Where exactly does my character come into all this history? I definitely remember popping up a few times for brief moments, before disappearing back into the woodwork.
You’re barely around enough to be relevant to get a mention, let alone done anything of note, but fine.
With a show like this there are of course an ongoing cast of minor characters. Some of them might have that 15 minutes of spotlight before disappearing into the background again or in many cases, disappearing completely.
One example of one of those that had his 15 minutes was a rather dull character by the name of Ben. It’s very easy to forget him due to him getting mixed up with ANOTHER dull character also by the name of Ben at the time.
What made this Ben stand out wasn’t so much his character though but his girlfriend during the hilariously controversial “Edgelord Contest” storyline.
While that subplot is often remembered for End Master generally abusing other characters in amusing ways, along with his repeated destruction of the recent ongoing antagonist at the time (Blackhawk/Azure), what also brought in the laughs, was Ben’s girlfriend suddenly barging in and acting like a ghetto ass bitch while Ben was busily trying to keep her in line.
It was a surprising and clever bit of writing to momentarily boost a minor character into the spotlight by showing that not just the major characters had depth.
Unfortunately the scenes in question aren’t available since their first airing due to a small fire in the film storage warehouse and mostly live on in the memories of those that saw the original viewing. Still, the scenes were obviously powerful enough that people tell them to this day.
It’s probably a testament to this scene that even years later after it happened, there was a minor “follow up” of sorts when Ben’s character popped up for a scene during the odd Succubus plotline where he briefly mentioned his old girlfriend ran off with a tranny (The traditional enemy of most CYStians) though he seemed pretty happy about being rid of her.
Time will tell if his character will do anything remotely as memorable again.
Well I mean to be fair, I was calling him a dull character who's only major bit was being involved with a ghetto ass bitch that eventually ran off with a tranny.
Now of course any normal person would be insulted, but Ben is more like a whipped dog, he doesn't care what sort of attention he gets, he just wants his Kibble.
Who are you? How do you matter in this context?
Updated for the new IF Conflict Season
There should be a link to this on the Help & Info - CYOA History page.
Whenever Killa gets around to updating the site again. Been wanting option to sticky a thread at least.
Well yeah, you were giving blowjobs to people in them.
Not surprising it was all downhill from there.
See my last post.
Replace forum games with real life.
Also it's one of the funnier episodes during that season.
“Why the fuck is IBV calling me an edgelord, this is a girl that literally wipes her ass with her own abortions.” - Malk 2018
Yes, the Malk character has always gone through some ups and downs since his introduction. When he first showed up, he wasn't liked at all and it was thought he would be written off, but after a couple seasons of development, he turned out to be a much better character.
However, the actor would later go through some issues making for a less than stellar performance in later seasons and eventually going on hiatus for a complete season. The character has since returned and is seemingly back to his old funny self.
Some viewers aren't too thrilled about his sudden bisexuality saying that it's just pointless pandering to special groups, but for long time viewers, it was pretty obvious that the character was always down for a men's public bathroom meet up and comes to no surprise.