Ground Zero

Player Rating7/8

"even better than Reeses' Cups®"
based on 5508 ratings since 04/19/2008
played 107,799 times (finished 6,070)

Story Difficulty8/8

"mosie through a minefield"

Play Length8/8

"Even light has to break at the rest stop"

Maturity Level7/8

"anything goes"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 18. If this were a movie, it would probably be R.

If you see a bright light, duck and cover!

Additional notes:

I should point out that this story can be very long assuming you're not dying. Years pass and your surroundings will most likely change. You may very well live a life time in the story if you're lucky. You will also experience a completely different adventure depending on how you escaped the initial nuclear strike. (Assuming you do survive it.)

As with any of my writings, the "story" comes before the "game". However, this story was written in a "game like" format. So while there isn't a complex inventory and all of that, you can technically "win" by getting one of the 4 special endings. (You'll know if you get one because you'll get an epilogue)

Player Comments

Got completely hooked here. Love how a dead end storyline isn't treated as such, but provides enjoyable reading in itself. Would love to see how things went with "the other woman" as well - how about fleshing that part out to the same extent as the epilouge storyline? Two equally rewarding wins, in a way. Epic story - in the word's true sense.
-- Pål on 11/3/2011 8:18:33 PM
This story was probably the reason that I joined this site in the first place. Whenever I read it I get really nostalgic and it makes me wonder what the hell i'm going to do when the bombs finally do drop. For those of you browsing through and see this story I have a few words to say. Read. This. Story.
-- Jplague on 7/25/2011 6:20:46 AM
Very addictive reading/playing, certainly held my interest! I liked the developement of the main character as you make your choices, and the interactions with other characters were always interesting and fun to read. However dialogue could get slightly confusing; there were some points where no indication was made as to who was talking. Also, I felt that we could have had slightly more control over the storyline (one point that sticks out is the vote over who initially became the leader between Ron and Elliot, you could have given the option to actually choose rather than have a default). That aside, I enjoyed the storyline, was totally compelled to keep going to find out how everything worked out for the characters, and will definitely play through again to try all available options. Really good work!
-- lorenrhys on 3/23/2011 9:23:49 PM
I really enjoyed this!! I loved the fallout theme and it also sort of had a walking dead / road warrior feel as well. Very good. Would love to see the story continued further!!!!!!!
-- Michael on 9/17/2014 11:36:05 PM
Totally love the story... my character finally resting in the end always bring a tear in my eyes
-- jacob on 9/17/2014 9:06:16 AM
I think the writing was fantastic, and the variety of choices and the extremely varying paths the story can take took a lot of work, I can tell. My only gripe is the main character. It seems like (at least in the routes I played through) he's a massive asshole, even where he has no cause to be. And I have no problem with swearing in stories; I've used it in plenty of my own, but I feel like there was a swear every other sentence in this story, which for me, is pushing it a bit, almost to the point of disturbance. But that's my only gripe. The positives far outweigh the negatives in this story, so fantastic job.
-- HolyFrax on 9/16/2014 7:38:17 PM
one word, terrific
-- josh on 9/16/2014 3:57:34 PM
This is great. Very reminiscent of Fallout. I don't think it needs to be 7/8, however. I didn't see any explicit sex, or overly gory violence.
-- Malkalack on 9/14/2014 8:31:35 PM
Love a good survival tale
-- Jason Boone on 9/14/2014 4:53:25 PM
So many possible things!
-- sleepless reeader on 9/13/2014 6:39:38 AM
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