Gower, The Grandmaster of the Written Word

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"He was slightly less unfun."




"Somehow there was comfort in coffee despite his misery; the only comfort in a black world." -- Hornblower in the West Indies


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Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Powerful Professor with an A plus grade on many aspects of this site. Be it writing, helping others, or a positive attitude while doing those things. Having 3 Storygame(s) Featured Rated 97.8% of all Stories Given by BerkaZerka on 12/14/2019 - For an inspiring display of creativity ^v^ Given by EndMaster on 01/07/2020 - You may be fooling the rest, but I know you’re up to no good. Given by Killa_Robot on 02/24/2021 - For having all the best words. Also great contributions to the site. Given by MadHattersDaughter on 03/29/2021 - Your stories are some of my favorites on the site. I’m still not convinced you are not my writing doppelganger. . . Given by mizal on 10/11/2019 - For your exceptional games and articles, many forum contributions, and disturbing sweetness and light. (Sorry about McAllen, it wasn’t our idea either.) Given by Will11 on 10/12/2019 - For your excellent stories and many worthwhile contributions to the site :)


Featured Story Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends (1982-1985) Super Quiz

A comprehensive quiz + bonus fan faction about the the underrated cult classic show "Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends" (1982-1985). Questions range from really easy to really difficult.

Featured Story Private Game for Natalie

I think putting this on "publish" makes it so only we can see this. It's just for us, sweetie. I made it to celebrate our anniversary and remember some special intimate moments together over the years in an interesting way as a present for you.

I hope you love it, Natalie, as much as I love you!

(Of course if there's any admin looking at this, or if I messed up, don't read this, because it's got private things in it.)

Featured Story Sabbatical Report Presentation

This is my required report to the full faculty in accordance with the rules noted in the Faculty Handbook (version 15.1, as of October 2017)

Sixteen Words

"Personally I can only read 16 words in one go before words stop working," wrote Mizal.


This game has sixteen words per path.  Not counting "The End."  So you can play quickly.


When reviewing, please use precisely sixteen words.   That should be plenty for your suggestions and observations.


Note this challenge connected with this game:  Write the Last Page!

Articles Written

Basic Sentence Structure: Additive Sentences
Comma Use and Additive Sentences with lots of examples

Cumulative Sentences, Part 1
An introduction to the sophisticated and elegant cumulative sentence style.

Cumulative Sentences, Part 2
Master the elusive and attractive cumulative sentence by using panning and zooming style of description.

Dialogue Punctuation
This is a brief discussion of how to punctuate dialogue in US and UK English. It also notes a few rules for quotation mark use in general.

Relative Sentences
A lecture on how to write relative sentences using restrictive and non-restrictive clauses.

Semicolons and Advanced Additive Sentences
This article explains how to use semicolons to create new types of additive sentences. It includes the plain semicolon and semicolons with transition words.

All about Trophies.

Understanding Style: The Sweet Style
An introduction to style, focusing on "sweet" style. How to recognize it, when to use it, and when to avoid it.

Recent Posts

Revelations at the COG Subreddit on 4/20/2021 7:03:47 AM

What do you think the best way to organize the games in Steam would be?  I would guess that if you know the names of the games you wanted to buy, it would be pretty quick to look up the games in question, whether they were sorted into two labels or not.

Revelations at the COG Subreddit on 4/19/2021 9:24:25 PM

Yes, there are deadlines, and there are certain style guidelines that need to be worked within for the CoG label.  But yes, you also have the wonderful help of an editor and a copyeditor, which is great.

I assume they don't offer the contracts to anyone who asks?

Right.  You have to have your pitch and outline accepted.

Revelations at the COG Subreddit on 4/19/2021 9:09:22 PM

Yes, that's true.  CoG games get some more marketing support.  A bit more, to my understanding.  There are definite pros and cons to both labels, and this one is a small +1 to the CoG side.

Revelations at the COG Subreddit on 4/19/2021 8:59:33 PM

it's the perception that Hosted Games are made by amateur authors, less skilled than those on Choice of Games.

I would guess the perception is all over the place.  For example, one problem I hear is "people have this big distinction between CoG and HG" and another problem I hear is "people can't distinguish between the two" which are, like, opposite problems, but you aren't wrong that different people get confused about it.  For me, it's not confusing, because I talk about it all the time, but I get how people are confused.

I would guess the great majority of Hosted Games are made by amateur authors, in the real sense of amateur, where "amateur" means "nonprofessional" and not "less skilled."  Don't conflate the two.  Amateur is not an insult or a judging of quality.  It indicates that the writer in question hasn't previously been paid for their writing.   I imagine some HG authors may indeed be professionals, though, and choose an HG contract for other reasons.


Sidenote:  I recently assigned a 4-6 page final paper, and someone asked if 5 pages were ok.  I get confusion about stuff.  Also, many many people are confused and think that a single person writes these games, or that there is a specific small group of people who collaborate to write them.  Like, if there's a way to not understand a thing, it will not be understood by some group of people.


Revelations at the COG Subreddit on 4/19/2021 8:48:21 PM

I need constant praise or else I smash my computer.  It's a problem in class as well.

Revelations at the COG Subreddit on 4/19/2021 8:22:52 PM

If people have questions, I don't mind seeing what they want to know about if it's something I can answer.  That doesn't feel like a bad use of my time.  I agree that there's a lot of confusion about the difference between the labels--I see that not infrequently on the CoG forum. 

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/19/2021 7:33:29 PM


Revelations at the COG Subreddit on 4/19/2021 7:29:46 PM

Let me sum your points up so I can make sure I understand.

I think you are saying:

1.  All Hosted Games are considered "amateur" works by the company (by which you mean they receive less advertising).  I'm not sure how else you mean "amateur" there.  Are there other ways that you mean that, or is it mainly the situation with advertising?

2.  The company over all has "good" Hosted Games and "bad" hosted games, and having a mix of qualities published by the same label is confusing to the would-be purchaser. 

3.  The Choice of label has worse games overall than Hosted.

3.  Reviews are not sufficient to determine quality of the games.

4.  In general, customers have difficulty distinguishing the precise distinction between CoG and HG.

That's what I take as your points.  Is that right?  Can you correct me where I'm not following?

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/19/2021 6:03:37 PM

I wouldn't mind +2 Strength.

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/19/2021 3:49:14 PM

Should we roll back and go with Storytelling Explorer, or forge ahead?

No, that would be admitting defeat, and we are too bold for that.

I pick Tinkerer, Soldier, Ace.