mizal, The Grandmaster of the Written Word

Member Since

5/5/2011

Last Activity

9/30/2020 5:31 PM

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5,469

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14896

Storygame Count

10

Duel Stats

1 win / 6 losses

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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 am not going to make any promises because I fear commitment! Also, Agent of Order, Inseperable, 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. All the others are joke games or rushed for this or that deadline 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, unless I forget.) And the rest of this profile has been SCRUBBED!!! I am now one step closer to actually rewriting it. Avatar art by the amazing MHD.

 



(Cricket and triskelion also by the amazing MHD)

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 14894 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

Storygames

>DEVOTION
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.)

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.

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!
HATE.

THE PURITY AND INTENSITY OF MY HATE IS LIKE A THOUSAND MERCILESS, UNQUENCHABLE SUNS.

AND YET, I ONLY NEED ONE...








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.




[AUTHOR'S NOTE: There's a heavily scripted scene that due to time constraints I didn't have the opportunity to thoroughly test. You'll know it when you see it. In addition to a save game link beforehand, I've provided the option to skip it altogether should you encounter problems. A PM describing those problems would also be greatly appreciated as I'll be revisiting this game once the crushing weight of December has passed.]

Articles Written

A List of Storygames for People Who Like to Read
A list of storygames with substantial effort put in, all written in the last couple of years and sorely in need of ratings and reviews.

CYS Forum Advice and Etiquette
A modernized guide to the forums. The path to internet popularity and happiness, and a few CYS specific do's and don'ts.

Recent Posts

Oh boy. on 9/30/2020 4:40:03 PM
"as a kid" They're cute though, and tbf I've seen a lot worse from people twice your age.

Proofreading request on 9/30/2020 4:40:22 AM
What's the game about?

Feedback on 9/29/2020 3:41:16 PM
It sounds like some of these animals have emotional problems, sooo, I have to ask: Have you looked into employing a sensitivity reader? You could be walking into a real landmine here if a chicken with anxiety encounters your story and becomes offended. You need to find your own anxiety chickens and have them read through this and tell you what to change. Anything else is just dangerously irresponsible.

Writing Prompts on 9/29/2020 4:43:09 AM
How is this thread still getting bumped?

CYS Lords O War! on 9/28/2020 10:24:46 PM
Go rate some games. There's plenty of tiny shitty ones you can click through in two minutes.

CYS Lords O War! on 9/28/2020 9:17:07 PM
AL is going to win.

Update About My Dad on 9/28/2020 8:57:05 PM
Hope all the moving around doesn't stress her out. Glad she still seems generally recovered from the covid at least, but any issues related to breathing aren't ideal of course. Considering how close they came to having to saw half my dad's skull off I'm not really bothered by the weight loss, but you'd think the hospital food was the worst part of the whole ordeal the way he's still going on about it, lol. Never heard of that movie but I'll add it to my list and hopefully get to it sometime soon. I haven't seen a bad Renée Zellweger movie yet.

Interesting Comments 5 on 9/28/2020 7:02:21 AM
Poor Semra, always getting victimized that way, and nobody understands or believes her. In one out of the three choices that you don't even get a choice about, wow. Disgusting.

There's still hope! on 9/27/2020 11:10:55 PM
The first three he wrote were iconic, the last three went further and further off the rails and got weeeeird and pretty cringe by Chapterhouse. No comment on the ones written by the son. But luckily most people only read the original trilogy. I know @Gower is not a fan of any of them, maybe he'll elaborate. He just said something about the prose itself, but I haven't read them in so long I really can't remember anything specific about that. The characters and setting were what stuck with me.

Hello Help with description of the enviromen on 9/27/2020 5:10:35 AM
Have you ever read a book before? The amount of attention given to imagery and descriptions can vary a lot, but you at least need things that are necessary for the plot, necessary for establishing detail about the character or setting, or that establish future context that the reader will need. Sometimes just a sentence or two is enough, and in fact if you're asking this question at all and have trouble figuring out what's relevant to your story than this is probably the best way to go so you don't wind up autistically listing the exact width of the window blinds or the pattern on the bedspread. But really it's all just the same approach as in any story, it's a part of the style and pacing and you just have to use your own judgement on what you emphasize. I'd recommend reading a few of the higher rated storygames to get an idea of different possible approaches. Just make sure the final product is proofread and edited or none of this will matter though.