Ogre11, The Master Scrivener

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I like to write. I have lots of stories running around in my head, but it does take me (WAY) too long to get them from my mind to paper (or computer bits). I've always loved "Choose your own Adventure" type books, so I thought, why not write a few to share with others? I hope you like the stories I set up here.


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A UFO at School

There's a UFO at the school!

This story was written as a an attempt to try out a different way to write storygames. I tried to write the entire story from start to finish, then insert choices only after writing the story (see more here). The story is intentionally short: this is supposed to be a short story of the type you might read in a magazine: no matter which path you take, it should end up with a story about 800-1,200 words long. For those interested, there are eight different endings.

Alien Abduction

You were minding your own business when you are suddenly abducted by aliens! Now you need to find your way home before, well, you're not sure, but before something!

This is a short, lighthearted puzzle adventure. It is not too hard and not too serious. The puzzle is simple, but try and pay attention to the clues to avoid dying and having to back up! There are seven ways to die and just one way to win.

Created for Riddles & Puzzles 2016 contest

First Runner-up: Riddles & Puzzles 2016

Cryogenic Failure
You signed up for a long space journey -- so long that you would have to be frozen in a cryogenic state for decades until the ship reached the destination: a new planet that was just like earth, but had no inhabitants. The ship was automated, and a group of 249 other people were frozen with you -- to be automatically un-frozen when the ship reached its destination and landed on the planet.

After many strange dreams, you find yourself waking up, but something doesn't seem quite right. This waking up process is not what was described to you at all, and now you're going to have to figure out what happened and what you're doing to do about it!


This is a relatively simple choose-your-own ending story adventure. There are many different endings (eight total) with a good story (I hope) behind each. Enjoy picking your own story!

Finding the Muse

This is a game based on writing, inspired by the forums here at CYS.

Your goal is to find your muse and write a storygame for CYS. How will you do that? There is only so much time in the day, and there are so many things that you can do...

In this game, you make the selections and see if you can find the way to the muse and the next great CYS story. There are a total of 5 different endings to this storygame.

Special thanks to Kiel Farren and ISentinel Penguin for their forum contributions to this story (whether they believe it or not).

Go Get The Mail!

You have a simple task -- go and get the mail. Oh, it sounds easy, but could you ever imagine how many different things could get in your way?

This is my first attempt at a storygame. It's a very basic "Choose your path" story. Let me know what you think of it in the forums!

Featured Story Spy Mission

In this story, you take on the role of yourself. Your day starts out like every other day for you, until a few different things happen... and you have to decide what to do about those things... Join in this fun spy adventure and journey to Prague, Havana, Buenos Aries, and more!

Note: There are a lot of different options in this game. Please do try it more than once -- there are many different ways through (you will always see the same first chapter, but there are many different ways through it to other chapters).

There are also quite a number of endings. For those who like to look for such things, each ending is labeled with a number, and there are 28 different endings (and many ways to get to each one).

Surviving Pre-School

High school can be tough with all the cliques, bullies, "resource" officers, and changing rules. But that is nothing compared to the pre-school room! In pre-school you don't even know what a rule is, never mind that you're breaking it. And those evil naps can slip up on you before you know it. Can you make the right choices to make it through the pre-school day without getting spanked?

Please note: There are just three endings to this little short: you survive pre-school, you do not make it through the day, and, well, you don't want to get the other ending.

Also note: This is an intentionally short, very light-hearted story that is meant to be silly. Please read and enjoy in that vein.

Story inspired by MattC


This is a short story that is was an entry for playa988's 4-week long contest. Yes, I wish it was longer, too, but this was intentionally short for the purposes of writing a complete story in the short time frame allowed for the contest. There are, however, 18 endings, so feel free to try the story more than once and follow different paths. The theme of the contest was "gray vs gray," so don't look for a "winning" ending. When it's all grey, no one wins.

The year is 2016 and a series of nuclear bombs have been detonated in dozens of cities across the United States in the population centers. The country is destroyed and many people are dead.

While many cities (and surrounding areas) have been destroyed, there are various areas, far from the population centers, where people have survived. The people are trying to make sense of what happened and are trying to rebuild their lives and their country.

This story takes place in Western Montana where you follow the adventures of Jim Thompson, a survivor of the massive attack, trying to make sense of what is left of the world. Your choices will decide what happens to Jim, and perhaps what happens to the country...

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The Adventures of Rory Thorn in Math Class

Rory heads to Math class. That's boring, right?

Well, it is boring for most people, but not Rory Thorn. Rory always manages to find adventure, even in math class. Join Rory in math class and help decide what happens to him and his adventures!

The suggested way to read this story: do not press the back button. Oh sure, I know you want to, but read the whole story through, then start over. You will find that the stories will take you in entirely different directions and I think you really see that when you start over instead of just backing up! But hey, you're the reader, you get to read it however you want!

There is only one ending to this story. However, there are 32 different pathways that lead to that end! There are almost 16,000 words in this story. However, since there are so many pathways, the average story you will read will only be 3,000 words. So it's a short story...but with 16,000 words...

Author's Note: I do hope you enjoy this story. If you think it should be longer, well, I'm sorry, but do look for more stories in the "Adventures of Rory Thorn" series. The idea here was to give you a LOT of options and end up with a single short story.

The Mayoral Campaign

Try to get elected as mayor of your town!

This is more game than story. Okay, there's not really much story to this one, it's a game. There are many options and lots of variables, so be sure to play more than once!

The Mountain Pass
You wake up after a car crash and find yourself lost in the snow. Can you survive and get out alive?

For those interested in such things, there are eight bad endings and three good endings. Sorry about that, but there are lots of ways to die in the wilderness you know.

Created for January, 2017 New Frontier Contest

The Quick Dating Game

Play the quick dating game and see if you can get the girl!

I hope you have as much fun reading this as I did writing it. It was a lot of fun.

This is my official entry for the contest, "Brevity, the Soul of Wit" for August, 2015.

Please note: If you are easily offended by stereotypes, especially as they relate to men, women, and dating, please don't read, rate, or comment on this game. It is meant to be silly.

This is a fantasy adventure where you star in the role of the young adventurer! Follow the adventurer along throughout his life starting out as a child and leading into adventure. Be careful with your choices because almost every time you make a choice, it will have an effect later in the story.

A Solar Flare

Solar flares are quite common. Many days the sun throws out a number of different solar flares in all directions. Most are of no interest to anyone but astronomers. They aren't dangerous. In fact, the worst solar flare followed by a coronal mass ejection in history (The Carrington Event) really didn't even have much of an effect on the entire planet other than a couple fires and a lot of pretty colors.

That was then, this is now.

Most of the time, earth has days to react to a solar flare because there are astronomers out there watching and recording the sun 24 hours a day. But what if there were a solar flare larger than the Carrington Event? And what if that solar storm made a direct hit on the planet, before anyone had time to prepare? Could humans survive? Could the planet itself survive?


The Adventures of Rory Thorn in Biology Class

Time for Biology! Sounds fun, doesn't it? What? It doesn't? Well, apparently you've never been in Biology class with Rory Thorn! Come, help Rory get through class by choosing your own adventure and see where he will end up!

The first story in this series is Rory Thorn in Math Class. You do not have to read that story to understand what is going on in this story, but that is his first class of the day, while Biology is his second class.

This series is an attempt to create stories that have recurring characters and are in a way similar to a sitcom -- no matter what happens during the story, everyone returns and is ready to start the next story.

I hope you enjoy this story!

The Adventures of Rory Thorn in English Class
It's time to head to English Class

The Archaeologist

Join in the adventures of archaeology student Tom Forsyth as he follows clues that lead around the world. Help him make decisions that will unwrap ancient secrets without releasing evil on the world. Discover the pathways of old before others decipher the clues and reveal enough power to take over the world!

The Emperor's Zoo
The emperor sends you to a faraway land to capture exotic beasts for his zoo. But a spreading plague, a witch-doctor, and a brewing feud between local tribes presents . . . difficulties. This is a contest entry for Bucky's December 2017 contest

Recent Posts

MA BIRTHDAY! on 12/15/2017 6:43:56 PM
Tell yer ma Happy Birthday.

Hello from Korea. on 12/15/2017 6:40:12 PM
Welcome to the site!

Introductions? on 12/15/2017 6:39:34 PM
Welcome to the site. There are indeed a lot of nice games here. I recommend all that I have written (hey, someone needs to).

The Emperor's Zoo on 12/15/2017 1:08:11 PM
I am having fun with the setting. I'm not into outer space, but I'm also not really clear if this is set in fantasy times or some other time...intentionally... :)

December Contest on 12/15/2017 1:05:23 PM
"Mystery participant?" okay. Anyway, this was my second choice of a prompt. I really am surprised it wasn't selected earlier. Good luck, whoever you are!

The Emperor's Zoo on 12/15/2017 12:34:17 PM
Week 3, Update #2: Yeah, not much going on here. Did I mention that I'm a professional-level procrastinator? I have done a little mapping and planning out. I've got paths to the three main obstacles for the main story. I'm trying to decide exactly how to implement the obstacles, whether they will all be basically the same, and how that will relate to the goals of the story. That section of the story is leaning more towards interactive fiction, where you can wander about the lands at will, exploring. So I'm trying to decide how much to force a story into that. I'm also currently thinking the three obstacles are non-sequential...maybe they should be sequential... but if they are sequential this will really be a straight line with few real choices... For example, let's say I've got the whole map laid out and have paths to all the places on the map. I'm trying to decide how to implement the final search. Your goal is to find a new animal. So without making it a click-fest, I'm working on how that works. So if you go to the first obstacle and don't make it, is the story over? Is it just a matter of clicking the right choice to get past the first obstacle? And when you do, will that lead you to a final animal goal? And if so, can you reject that and continue looking? I'm thinking you need to get past all the obstacles and continue searching to find the "best" animal. So do I need to implement state-tracking to see each animal you reject? And then I'll have to ensure you can't find that animal a second time, of course, no matter how much you search. Hmmm....

My First Storygame on 12/15/2017 12:05:18 PM
Awesome. Just awesome.

New to the site. on 12/15/2017 11:42:05 AM
Welcome to the site. I do hope you enjoy your time here.

December Contest: Witch Prompt (34) on 12/15/2017 11:00:48 AM
Progress is progress!

Short Story Analysis Attempt on 12/14/2017 7:08:30 PM
Ok, next challenge, the rewrite. Well, I suppose the next challenge was to critique your critique, but as you mentioned, if I reviewed the text of the story, I’d cover it. I would say that I did, so I’m not going to attempt that. At the same time, the biggest challenge for the rewrite is that, as you might be able to tell from my story review, I was pretty lost throughout the story. So any rewrite would include me making up a whole bunch of extra crap about the story that might not actually be part of the original story. But hey, I’m writing, so clearly I’m making up extra crap. That’s kind of what I do. So why not? Also, realize this is me and my style of writing. I’m not saying it is better than yours, and I’m pretty darn sure we can find some people who could hack and slash everything I write up as well. Here on this site I’ve found more than a few people who really, really don’t like my writing style. That’s fine, everyone is different. So I’m not attempting to present this as better than yours, just something different. And once again, it is worth no more than twice what you paid for it: Tom leaned on the desk, half-sitting, and half standing. The old office was still intact and most of the lights still worked, but one in the corner was still flickering. In addition, one window was broken and the wind could be heard howling outside. Tom looked around at the group and he felt in charge again. He knew he wasn’t, but it always felt good when he was the focus of attention. He looked around at the group and considered the collected runners. There were six of them listening to him and another six or so milling about the abandoned office space. They were all dressed in grey and black, but all also had the mark of the Bano gang: red. One had a red bandana around his arm. Another had bright red socks. A third showed a red shirt under her black coat. All had red somewhere on their body for identification. Without it, they were likely to die in the streets. “You know,” Tom said to the gathered group, “Being a runner isn’t easy. Of course I’m not telling you guys anything you don’t already know. But some days are just harder than others – you just never know what is real and what is lies.” He got a few nods from the group as he continued, “Heck, you know, we should probably be called ‘spies’ instead of runners, what with all the sneaking around we do.” One fellow snorted in agreement as Tom said, “But yeah, when we get important information, we run. It’s what we do. It’s why we’re runners.” Bill, the guy with the red bandana on his arm, piped up, “Oh yeah. You know that abandoned steel factory?” Tom replied, “You mean the one we call Steely?” “Yeah, that’s the one. I was there, checking things out, you know, listening.” Tom nodded wordlessly. “I was there and I saw some blues on patrol. They must have been rookies, they were loud and easy to follow. They never even made and attempt to watch for me. But hey, that’s all the better for me. Anyway, I followed them a bit, and I heard them report in. What really got me is that their report was an S5.” “S5? That’s not…wait, how can that be a report?” said Tom. “Yeah, I know! Sure, the S was for ‘sighting,’ we all know that, but followed by a five?” said Bill. Tom laughed and said, “Maybe you just heard him wrong. They’re only supposed to go up to four.” Bill shrugged, “No, I know I heard him right. They’ve got a five, but I don’t know what it means. I heard it and I started running.” Tom started, “Maybe you did…” but he was interrupted by the slamming of a door. The group turned and looked, and the boss was coming out of his office. When the door slammed against the wall, it turned slightly and looked like it wasn’t going to close again. That was one of the hazards of taking over an abandoned, slightly ruined office space. The boss paused a moment before speaking. Every eye in the room looked at him, waiting to hear from him. The boss looked over his group of soldiers with bright blue eyes. He had on a long, bright red coat over his dark pants and shirt. No one would mistake him for anything other than the boss of the Banos. His black boots shined in the flickering light of the office. Finally he spoke to the assembled group, “I’m heading out. Serene is in charge.” As he spoke her name, Serene stood up. Her long black coat hung off her thin frame. She had a bright red vest on under the coat. Her eyes were covered with dark sunglasses, but she nodded to the boss in agreement. She said, “Understood.” The boss pointed at Bill and said, “You, come with me.” He walked towards the door without waiting for a response. ~ Meanwhile, across town, a man dressed in black but with a blue bandana around his wrist heads to the door of a small white building. He looks around as he approaches the building carefully. He keeps his hands out to his sides, showing that he is unarmed and making sure the blue bandana is clearly visible to anyone watching him from inside the building. He walks up to the door to the building and quietly knocks. A hidden slot in the door slides to the side revealing nothing but darkness from inside. The man speaks, “S5 confirmed. Steely.” The slot in the door slammed shut. The man turned and ran back the way he had come. ~ Damn. That was another thousand words I won’t get back. I really should save all this for the story I’m supposed to be writing for that contest thing. Anyway, hope you enjoyed this and see some differences between what you wrote and what I wrote. And I’m sure mine is nowhere near descriptive enough in many areas (that’s a part that I often fail at). Good luck with your story.