The purges of Warrior Cats, freeform RP, and other such crusades against obnoxious children obviously also helped.
The purges of Warrior Cats, freeform RP, and other such crusades against obnoxious children obviously also helped.
The glory days.
To be fair, not many of us were honest enough or had enough time to do systematic RP's based on rolls. Those that did were already on BHB.
But good God, the furries.
Spent those days reading so many CYOAs on this site instead of listening to lectures. I remember the furries, but left around the time the RP section of the forum was removed. Was there a reason for removing roleplay? I remember enjoying reading everyone's characters, especially when it was a game on a grander scale, like Watchers or Morgan's Liminal Academy.
Stop by here every once in awhile for the nostalgia and old faces.
We've talked here and there on different lounge posts.
Thanks for the answer! I agree, many of the games were very low quality so I never really bothered looking into them. There were a couple well-written gems I enjoyed being a part of. I'm disappointed that not only were the roleplaying games deleted, but also the games with a thought out system went with them. BerkaZerka's "Ant Battle" game was really cool cause everyone got together to fight in a bracket.
Very happy that there are even more members now after all these years.
Oh I did see that game, I remember thinking it was dumb that very few of the choices actually felt they mattered.
Including this one, not in a I want to bang them way, but in more of a “I’m a hopeless romantic and if I can’t find this dragon love why does all of my cunning even matter!” Type way.
Oh god... I remember emailing the developers asking for them to add this only to realize that you already could but it was just a few extra paragraphs of text that amounted to literally nothing.
I think there were CYOAs in my school library and I really enjoyed them and decided that I wanted to write my own.
I can't remember if I found IS or CYS first, but I'm pretty sure CYS was on page 20 of Google and my stupid 10 year old self actually was that deep into my search. I'm also pretty certain that this is my 3rdish account because I kept forgetting the password when I'd go live with my mom for the summer.
M E T E O R I C
Yeah, this was myadventuregame times just as the forum was launched, I think.
Edit: I'm guessing the insane amount of time the average user spends on here once they join probably really helps our page rank.
Yep -- that's how it looked when I joined.
I resisted the switch to this layout until Alex went ahead and killed off the old one. Like a year after he released it.
So when are you gonna kill this layout?
This is practically the sweetest thing I've ever read.
Thank you for sharing Chris! And thank you for re-posting here for those of us not on discord.
My story is similar. I believe the first experience I had with CYOA books is the Goosebumps series in elementary school. I do not particularly like the horror genre (funny because I read a lot of these books, and my second published story on here is a horror), but I loved being able to change the story with my decisions.The more I read those books, and re-read them for different endings, the more I wanted to find similar types of stories.
When I was in middle or high school (around 2008), several years later, my brain evolved and I got smarter. This sudden increase in intelligence allowed me to realize that if you Google anything you usually find it. A quick internet search of "Choose your adventure story" led me to chooseyourstory.com. I read several stories back then, including Necromancer and later Eternal. I Read many more, and not all were by EndMaster, but I remember those two and am reminded of them every time I see the top five story games box.
After that I completely forgot about this website and CYOA games in general. Clearly I was too cool for them in college. Last year I missed this story format, and remembered this website by name (it is pretty easy). I read a few more stories, and then made an account to try to write one. I did not get far, and got too busy to really come around much.
That takes us to the present, when I logged on the website near the fourth of July and saw the "Lone Hero Contest" posted by Mizal. I am not a huge fan of Westerns, but one long thread and 12 cowboy clips later I was motivated. I wrote a short story for the contest, but could not publish it because it was only 5-6 pages long (all of these were like 2500 word pages though). After making it into the pit of shame and losing all my hard earned points, I got some good advice and encouragement from mizal.
Looking at threads this seems to be atypical, but I am grateful. That prompted me to finish my first story game (Clearstone) which was supposed to be in the lone hero contest. I then did some research and read more story games. I even updated a second game I had made to practice using variables and links. The story was started a year ago and published recently (Inheritance House). As a disclaimer I wrote 90% of the story without having an ending in mind, then had to go back and update everything to match my ending when I found a good monster for it.
Now I am working on a story that (hopefully) is actually good to contribute non-crap to the site. I will continue this work (Dark Master) after I read all of your stories and sleep.
Hell, I don't even remember either. Normally I have a good memory, but there gets to be a point where you're just penalizing and banning so many people, it all just sort of blurs together.
Lol I guess I will be more careful, I don’t wanna be on the banned side of that blur.
Also thank you Mizal, I am glad I am not a huge disappointment to you lol.
That's awesome, I remember reading CYOAs as far back as probably 5th grade, and Cave of Time was one of the ones that really intrigued me too. I can't remember any of the other ones, but I remember going down that entire section of the school library, picking them up and reading through them. Past Cave of Time I can't remember the other ones I read by name but I do remember some kind of haunted house related one. We had basically the same introduction to CYOAs lol.
I didn't find CYS til like freshman year of high school though, after reading Choice of the Dragon and deciding there had to be better stuff out there. Ground Zero is also (somehow) one of the first stories I stumbled across and still my favorite. I created an account then and wrote some shitty stuff that never got published. Now I'm back with higher standards for writing so hopefully it goes better lol.
I found this place before Infinite Story, but at the time it was too civilized and I wasn't ready for that sort of commitment right after giving up trolling.
So I went to IS instead where things were a bit less restrictive and quieter.
Later on I wandered back over here when March invited me and eventually as IS started to become more and more of a ghost town, and this place became more fun, I was hanging out here on a more permanent basis.
Some Chef guy told me about this cool website with a bunch of creative writing. Instantly liked it.
Pretty sure it was the zombie survival game. I searched for a zombie survival quiz or something and it popped up in my searches. I skulked for a while then did a few writing contests. End of story (or one of the endings anyway).
In hindsight, my parents thought choose your story books were satanic so I never read any. I don't remember why, they thought most things were satanic at one point or another. But yeah, Iliked this site and didn't let them know I was on it.
In fifth grade I came across my first CYOA book, I think it was the one about the black cat in a mansion or something. After I moved on to middle school, none of the teachers had any COYA books, but the school did hand out computers for every student. I looked online for a COYA story site, and I came across CoG. And of course, it was blocked by the school. So I scrolled down and found CYS. (I swear this site has been blocked at least five times but then I think one of the teachers kept needing to use it lol.)
EDIT: the book was "The Mystery of Chimney Rock." (I tried to put in the img but I broke the page lol)
Thanks for sparking this discussion :)
I followed the trail of omnidirectional vitriol.
What type of pokemon you are? As certainly you are super effective against Sam
Do you think I will find how to enter the castle some day?
I first read CYOA books in elementary school. My teacher had a bookshelf we could borrow from, and I remember taking a good number of them before running out and going to the library for more. Only a few stand out- one about insectoid aliens that try to take over the polluted Earth, another about some kind of space vampires. The library, though, had Give Yourself Goosebumps, which stuck in my memory a lot more. The one in the wax museum, the one with the mad scientists, and the one where you explored a classic haunted house.
I stumbled on CYS in middle school, read and was in awe of Ground Zero, came back a couple years later, read and was in awe of Eternal (which only had the "Beg" path at that point), and then left again for a while. When I came back, Eternal had all three paths and I was in awe all over again. Tried off and on to write something myself but never finished anything until the Ballad contest. Since then it's been off and on, usually coming back every few months to play a few games and revisit old favorites.
I stumbled on CYS in middle school
I stumbled on CYS in middle school
Whoa, you signed up in 2011. That's way earlier than I was expecting. I wonder how many people are signing up this year but won't be active until 2023 or later.
Set a reminder in your phone, I look forward to their first stories.
Well, as for my story, I actually stumpled upon Cog before CYS one or two years ago. In that time, I didn't even know what is a Choose your own adventure book but I was really hooked to it as soon as I read the first ever story in the page. Personally, I found a lot of great stories in there but my best picks would be The Great Tournament and all of the other works by Philip Kempton. As for CYS, I just found this website recently when I surfed the web for another CYOA types of community. And here I am, just stand around and read everything catch my eyes. So yeah, that's that...
Eheehee, hasn't this been up before? It doesn't matter, now let me sing you MY tale~! Or perhaps not, as my excellent singing voice is extremely difficult to convey over the stiffness of Arial font size 13 on a blippy computer monitor....
I really liked telling stories as a kid. In fact, I told my sister bedtime stories aaaall the way up until I moved out! Back then, though, I had this CYOA book about time travel. There was a part where you gto stuck in a time loop, so you had to bounce between pages 26 and 72 forever and there was another part where you convinced the natives you were magic shint God man by taking pictures with your terribly outdated camera flip phone! Not to be that guy, I mean I myself had a terribly outdated camera flip phone all the way up until college...But! To be that guy! I can't play anime waifu rythm games on a snappy-cracky flip phone, huh!
Final, I had discovered.....THE INTERNET. So hip. So cool. At a young age I was very interested in the idea of making games (even though I had almost no video games as a child) so I googled "choose your own adventure games" in the magical search bar at the local library. Boom! Easy! Also, there was lots of Warrior Cats at the time! Also, Earthbound (i've got a better handle on my ADHD now, huhu)!
It's been forever, hasn't it? I mean, I made this back when I was using puddlebunni as my internet name. Now I go by kalechips, and before that it was motionjames... I've really been here for a while, I think. Also, I'm still using the original tan/beigey theme with the suspicious looking man at the top. Is that normal?
In all this time i've only published one story. Well, two, if you count that Warrior Cats fuck-off shitpost, but lets say one. Even if I don't post here, CYS has been an integral part of my development as a game dev. It's probably my favorite little chasm of the internet. :))
Not sure how I got into CYOA books, but I really liked them. So one day I just wanted to read online choose your own adventure stories, so that's what I searched up on google, and CYS was one of the fourth or fifth things the popped up, so I clicked on it.
I was a young reader and writer and had only recently discovered CYOAs online. . .
This place was too charming, so I did come back a couple months later and actually join! :~)
That's a really charming drawing! ( *u*) It really is!
Back in the drew I think I drew a bunch of CYStians, back when steve was thing. I should try it again.
Wasn't that the old castle shown in IS?
This topic came up a couple months ago. But I'll share my story again:
I was a fan of the original CYOA books way back when. I won't exactly say how long ago that was, but it was the last time we had a celebrity for president. Anyway, not only was I an avid reader/collector of the damn things, I wrote a bunch of them, too. By "write" I mean printing out my stories, by hand, in pencil, on paper. I also drew the illustrations and made covers. From about the fifth to eighth grades, I completed seven books, left two more half-finished, and had a diagram in progress for what would have been a tenth book.
The problem with those pre-internet, hand-printed stories I had labored so hard to create was that it was difficult to share them. I think maybe my mother, a handful of teachers, and at least one of my friends were probably the only people who ever saw them. And yet I would spend months at a time working on one...
So eventually I outgrew the whole thing, went to college, never noticed when the original CYOA series went out of print in the late 1990s, graduated from college, and then by a serendipitous chain of events became the proud owner of a series of hiking guidebooks for the Adirondack Park. That led to a variety of other writing projects — some of them paid gigs, much of it unpaid, but almost all of it focused on outdoor recreation and wilderness management in the Adirondacks.
So flash forward to February 2019. A guidebook that I finished writing the previous year was due to be released in May, but I was kind of bored with guidebooks; a failed relationship needs to be replaced with an engrossing project; and I have been kicking around all these story ideas in my head that I have no idea what to do with.
Then I remembered that the CYOA series that I loved as a kid was partially resurrected a few years ago, and wouldn't it be freaking awesome if my next book was a CYOA? I know that approaching a publisher with an unsolicited manuscript is the absolute worst thing one could do. But just to prove to myself I could still work in this format, I wrote Marooned on Giri Minor anyway, and then started on an early version of Secret of the Grass Planet... when I learned, rather abruptly, that the publisher had no interest in even meeting with me.
There was the official reason this particular gatekeeper gave me, and there is what I suspect is the real, unspoken reason, neither of which I'll go into here. But I was worried that if I stopped writing now, I'd never pick the project up again; and I didn't want a repeat of thirty years ago, when basically I was writing CYOAs for my own nerdy amusement.
When I was conducting my internet searches on the subject of CYOA in general, this website kept getting ranked fairly highly by Google, not far below CYOA.com, actually. So rather than dwell in my frustration, I decided it would be healthier to just publish Giri Minor here, rather than let it become some forgotten file on my external hard drive. I expanded Grass Planet well beyond my original concept and published that one in July. My third story is coming along much more slowly...
That is awesome, and I am excited to read your series. It is next on my list!
I remember finding a couple of CYOA books in the library in middle school. I forget the name of them, but one was like this cool spy thing and the other one was about hanging around an alien spaceship or something.
Never had anything to do with them until college, I just looked up "choose your own adventure stories", found a couple inferior sites before stumbling onto CYS. Lurked for a bit and read GZ and Eternal, a few others too before making an account.
Eternal. Enough said.
And to answer for Malkalack, since I doubt he'll be on here of his own volition for a good bit : he followed me in from a gaming forum. Better writer than I was at the time, so I gave him a chance to join a community that could help him grow.
I actually regret it to this day.
Why do you regret it?
He became like a younger, less tolerable Drakilian lol
I came over here because of a thread on CoG about sevenish years ago that praised Endmaster's writing.
Just saw this, but this is a tale.
An 11 year old turtle was obsessed with Naruto, so he went online looking for stories. Then he came across the first and the last of the ninja. That lead me to discover this site, and then make on the cys most wanted list, but hey, we all want to be wanted right?
Fucking hell, Melissa's story brought you here? That explains everything really.
Back in the early 80'[s, I was aware of computer games by looking through my older brother's computer magazines. Probably my earliest awareness of Interactive Fiction. Then around 1984 my aunt sent me a birthday present of two Choose Your Own Adventure Books: Space Patrol, and Trouble on Planet Earth. I was in love and quickly started seeking out more CYOA books from the library. Around this time I was also getting increasingly interested in Dungeons and Dragons and so I soon came across TSR Hobbies' line of Endless Quest books (which were based on several TSR rpg games, but mostly D&D) and began reading all of those too. From there I went on to Joe Deavers' Lonewolf gamebooks. These were pretty much my sources of IF, and throughout the 90's I would find old copies of these books and purchase them.
Around the same time, I was interested in laserdisc games. I'd always gotten my ass handed to me trying to play Dragon's Lair (a BEAUTIFUL cartoon that makes for a TERRIBLE game) but the games where you pointed a plastic gun at the screen and shot at "actors" were fairly playable. I wasted a ton of quarters on Mad Dog II, although when I finally got to the end of the game Mad Dog ALWAYS killed me! A few years back I found DVDs of the lasergame Who Shot Johnny Rock?, a hardboiled detective game from the company that had put out the Mad Dog games. Gameplay for that on my home computer sucked because I only had a lousy mouse, which isn't a very good controller for a shoot-em game.
But the game got me to thinking about interactive fiction games and eventually I found the Infinite Story site. I signed up for that but never got around to writing anything for it. Then I stumbled onto Choose Your Story. My degree is in English (for whatever that's worth) and I'd taken creative writing classes when I was in college in the 90's. I've written several stories, some published in a now-defunct zine. I figured with that kind of a background, I might try my hand at a CYOA. So I wrote The Dolls' Quest. Now I'm slowly plowing through a second one-- which will hopefully be finished before the year's up. Writing can be fun at times, but usually it's a pain in the ass. But I shall persist. :) Here are some of the sources of my inspiration for pursuing this medium.
I think the first CYOA I can recall is Journey to the Year 3000. I think there was one about medieval times as well, sort of Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court but with options. I'm not sure if that was CYOA brand.
I took some game design classes in college and used to play around with Inform7, a language based coding language that lets you build connected rooms with choices, so has some similar function.
Every few years I'll browse the internet for some choose your own adventure type games as I find them interesting, but it's hard to find anything good or that doesn't have almost pure luck based choices. I came across this site while browsing recently and saved it for later as it looked to have a better curated selection than most.
And then I noticed a contest (battle in ancient ruins) that fit with a story I impulsively decided to write a couple of weeks ago, and since Nanowrimo doesn't start until November I thought it might be interesting to try writing it out as an adventure game for now. So far it's going well (I have 15,000+ words) but I can imagine it's going to get pretty gnarly keeping track of everything soon as IS doesn't have a good visual representation of where everything is in the story. I might need to pull out some index cards. I'm not normally impulsive, at all, so for me this is my version of living dangerously I guess.
And the Tally-Ho thread is amazing! I have to keep checking back to keep up with that.
Have you read the great tournament and life of a mercenary too? It's a continuation of swamp castle.
Life of a mercenary is available for free on hosted games I think. Then there's great tournament 2 that's come out too.
The site was suggested to me by my English teacher, for a place to put forth my works and get feedback on. But, I had used the site for awhile mostly as a guest for 1-2 years before that, while I was just browsing online for text adventure games; and only read story games not touching the forums. I’ve read a lot of stories here, and just wish I could transfer all those pointless points I gained as a guest.
The first interactive fiction I read was the wizards choice by delight games and I just got hooked on those thanks to Sam Landstorm's amazing writing. So I kept searching online for more of the same, and came across CoG. Big fan of swamp castle and the following trilogy, but I never used the forums. Then came CYS, and the first one that I read here was I think one of madglee's school based stories, I can't remember the name but it's the one with time travel and where you're in the garden of Eden with dinosaurs or something. I enjoyed that and kept reading stuff. Became addicted to endmasters style of writing, but I never used the forums yet.
Then coincidentally, a few years later, my English teacher back in highschool just mentioned this site to me, and to post something on the creative corner, so that's how I made my account.
And well I clearly don't regret it! I love spending time on this site and sharing my writing with y'all and, beneath all the vile sarcasm and 'omnidirectional vitriol' and 'two minutes of hate', I'm just happy to have an identity in this community.
I got into interactive fiction initially in primary school thanks to a combination of the old fighting fantasy books and also the odd text adventure game on the Commodore (Marvello's Tower iirc). I then focused more on console gaming for the next several years and mostly wrote short stories or fan-fiction. Then I stumbled upon CoG thanks to Choice of the Dragon and Choice of the Vampire which I enjoyed and Choice of Romance which wasn't. I started writing my own choicescript game back then but also began looking for other interactive fiction and found Endmaster's stuff, which I enjoyed dispite it being a lot darker than I normally liked.
I found CYS there but didn't join at first as was busy focusing on choicescript and the CoG forums. I have since released my game a few years back and am still working on the follow up as well as several other concepts that have stuttered and suffering a few personal issues which really knocked my writing.
I finally joined CYS thanks to Gower's competition and wanting to be cordial with fellow writers and increasing the pool of IF writers I can discuss things with can only be a good thing,