mizal, The Grandmaster of the Written Word

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1/19/2021 4:16 PM

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1 win / 6 losses


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Avatar and other art by the amazing MadHattersDaughter unless otherwise noted. Hi. If you're browsing with a PC, you should get the Chrome or Firefox site extension made by BradinDvorak. It lets you set dark mode from your profile and improves formatting for a better reading experience along with various other improvements and an overall facelift for the site. NOTICE: I'm not currently able to proofread on request. Just make a thread in the Writing Workshop and someone will usually volunteer to look over your story. I try to read all WW threads anyhow, I just don't like to make promises because I fear commitment! Also, Agent of Order, Inseparable, and Silver Horn, Silver Hooves are currently the only of my stories I'd recommend anyone bother with, unless you're just out to harvest points. Most others are joke games or rushed for this or that deadline or prompt and hell I can't even remember anymore which are still up or why. But if you're looking for something short (very short) and sweet, do check out the entries in the Tiny 'Topia thread. The theme is dystopic and utopic storygames in 2250 words or less. If you're looking for just a random story that is good, check out: Dreamtruder. (Will be updating this spot weekly monthly, whenever I remember to.) And the rest of this profile has been SCRUBBED!!! I am now one step closer to actually rewriting it. (CYS flag by Sentinel)

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Earning 5,000 Points Thorough and consistent writing workshop contributions / excellent commenting. Having 1 Storygame(s) Featured Posting 15915 Forum Posts Given by BerkaZerka on 11/10/2017 - Forum and Site Contributions Not Unnoticed Given by EndMaster on 11/30/2017 - It's everything you've always wanted! Given by JJJ-thebanisher on 08/14/2019 - For excellent writing, keeping the site together and generally being an excellent presence Given by Killa_Robot on 08/15/2019 - For being a net positive to the site, even while helping idiots Given by mizal on 08/15/2019 - MUHAHAHAHAHA! *strokes fluffy white cat* I always knew this day would come. Given by Will11 on 01/14/2018 - For Inseperable and your other great stories


You harvest in the Arena. Every machine needs a function, and that is yours. Written for the Tiny 'Topia challenge.

A Stack of Cats
You are a man on a mission. The cats, they must be stacked.

A puzzling math and logic game I made just to put some of the scripting practice I've been doing to use. Have fun and please let me know if you encounter any bugs.

Should be solvable by middle schoolers, or those with same basic level of intelligence as a middle schooler.

Agent of Order
Orbiting a barren planetoid in a system full of nothing just past the edge of the frontier, The Last Outpost is just another refueling station. Strategically important, true, but on a routine stop you never expected to spend longer than a couple hours there, let alone a couple of days fighting for your life...

There are five epilogues, but some may be difficult to discover. Note that actions have consequences, but not always immediate ones. (And if you just need an End Game link, go play around with the probe.)

Facts About the Planet and the Solar System
A compilation of some little known facts about the solar system, as well as the debunking of a few myths.

In addition to the scientific explanations, there's a small story dramatizing it all.

Hopefully young readers will find this fun as well as educational. :)

(Might not be the greatest story ever written, but consider this: it got me 200 points.)

Featured Story Inseparable
It doesn't matter what they say...

Love is for the Birds
...and the squirrels. Sort of.

Written in six hours, for no other reason than to avoid consignment to the SHAME pit after my other Romance contest entry didn't want to cooperate.

Now You Gotta Deal With This S***

A tale told in verse. A text from your sister requesting a pick up from a party leads to a night of strangeness.

Inspired by Bucky's ballad contest. Though...I wouldn't call this a ballad. I'm not sure what I'd call it, actually, other than exceedingly stupid, and fun to write.

(Don't pay any attention to the scores, they're just for me to track which endings reviewers get.)

Read My Stories or Die!



Silver Horn, Silver Hooves
When the weather is fine, you've been coming to this grove to drink from the pool for centuries now. Today, you meet a stranger and hear a story that changes all that...

A fairy tale adventure.

Another Damn Wolf Story
I have no idea why I wrote this. All I can say in my defense is that it seemed like a good idea at the ti--wait no that's a lie, I said, repeatedly that this was stupid and shameful every time I mentioned working on it.

The truth is I needed to publish something before the end of the year and there is CLEARLY a burning need for wolf stories in the psyche of children using the internet. But then they write them badly, or make their wolves behave like clans of cats. So here is a simple straightfoward story of a young wolf leaving his pack in search of a better life. Maybe no one will ever feel the need to write another one now, or if nothing else maybe this will give them ideas for how to do it in slightly more minimum-standards-meeting ways.

Final conclusion however is that writing about some dumb animal with no agency is not something I'd recommend.

Don't Get Date Raped!
A short, educational piece. Please remain sensitive and respectful in the comment section. (I'd hate to have to report you to an admin for bullying me.)

(DO NOT READ if you're at all easily offended or lacking in a sense of humor. There's nothing graphic at all in here, but seriously, I still cannot stress it enough, this story is not for you.)

WOWSERS! Triggers ahead!

Dedicated to the good people of COG.

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Recent Posts

Boredom on 1/19/2021 3:48:23 PM
Do what I wish I could be doing right now and go watch this show:

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Boredom on 1/19/2021 3:02:09 PM
Have you considered reading a story? I think there might be a few around here, but I'd have to look.

Variable Page That Only Appears Once? on 1/19/2021 2:16:33 PM
Easiest thing would be just to set the variable up to have it send them to that page automatically once the total is reached, then provide a Go Back link. Nothing should be blocking progress like you mentioned in your other thread unless you set up a link restriction to do that.

Variable Page That Only Appears Once? on 1/19/2021 2:11:48 PM
Your thread about this same thing is in the Advanced Editor board waiting for Killa to stop being lazy and reply to it. There's a few ways to do it and none of them are especially difficult, I just can't sit down and make any kind of step by step instructions right now.

Stroll in the Forest challenge on 1/19/2021 1:08:39 PM
Somehow it doesn't surprise me at all that this is the content of a book for Russian kids.

Stroll in the Forest challenge on 1/19/2021 12:53:12 PM
There wasn't a time limit on this one. Honestly I'm not too worried about anyone sticking to a specific word count either. This is just a nice simple prompt for a small game that I think anyone could do without any kind of stress. There's a lot of things that can happen in the woods.

Stroll in the Forest challenge on 1/19/2021 5:59:51 AM
Just saw this pop up in the discord, really was not expecting it but cool, I'll check it out after work.

IFDB Outpost on 1/19/2021 4:17:46 AM
I'm being so oppressed over there, I've got two stalkers that follow me around downvoting everything now and not enough loyal CYStians voting me up. Although can't complain too much as I've really only written like two proper reviews and a handful of short comments, and I notice I've somehow gotten over 2000 points and surpassed at least one of the Intfiction mods in the rankings. (Maybe he's the newest admirer.) The tedious act of listing dozens of games and filling in all that info on a site not really designed for mobile is of course worth nothing there. But good thing I guess or Zape would have shot up the list above all of us. Here of course, we reward hard work and hundreds of points have been handed out. But not to most of you, because you're lazy. Hell I've still got that $600 set aside for two dozen commission arts for MHD, and no one has claimed any of it yet.

IFDB Outpost on 1/19/2021 4:04:12 AM
There's hundreds of Twine things just like those, that's primarily the sort of thing Twine is used for. They write like 300 words, then split it up into fifteen sentences you have to click through one at a time, and call it interactive fiction. And the rest of the community is cucked enough to just take it. Crazy how Morgan would preach about how this was the pinnacle of IF and better than CYS games, but I guess, well that was just Morgan for you. Twine does seem useful to get into for people who are into text games but hate to write and hate to read though. Good there's something out there for everyone.

Stroll in the Forest challenge on 1/18/2021 1:45:55 PM
You have passed the challenge, great job. Definitely more readable than the game.

But is it really every teenager that goes through that phase where the main character's suicide is the default means of ending a story?