Slaying Song

Player Rating6.04/8

"#128 overall, #11 for 2016"
based on 103 ratings since 12/18/2016
played 976 times (finished 119)

Story Difficulty3/8

"trek through the forest"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level4/8

"need to be accompanied by an adult"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG.

It seems you’ve found yourself within
The troublesome affair
Of trekking through the timberland
To slay the dragon there.

They claim it a ferocious fiend;
However will you fare?


My entry for the December 2016 Ballad Contest.

Illustration: Der Kampf mit dem Drachen by Ludwig Richter

Player Comments

Wow. Great stuff here. And I’m not a ballad fan. I love the setup and the layout on the title page (this one where we are now), and I appreciate the credit for the drawing in the background, too. In the story the color and the font are excellent and work very well with the story and the setting. I love the pressure on the first page to do the bidding of the poor townsfolk!

I like the choices and how the affect the rest of the story. Some might say they’re false choices, but the way they direct the action of the story is really, really good. And with a story of this type, I can’t imagine the work that would be involved with making that number of unique paths, anyway.

This is a really great short story. The prose is just excellent and it is not at the expense of the story. This could even be a story without the prose, even if it were a short story. If I should ever feel the need to write a ballad, I will certainly return here for inspiration. In fact, anyone who wants to see a good story in ballad form should read this story!
-- Ogre11 on 4/30/2018 8:16:18 PM with a score of 308
I really like it! Everything rhymed, and the pace was great. I'm actually jealous.
-- Anastasia on 2/22/2019 9:22:24 AM with a score of 905
realy good one
-- Davefaster on 2/19/2019 9:11:10 AM with a score of 307
I loved how smooth the poetry was, because I've tried to make stories like this before and I struggled.
-- Algae on 2/12/2019 8:03:33 PM with a score of 307
This was a great story game. Very well written! Excellent job
-- Faervel on 1/29/2019 4:32:42 PM with a score of 307
I'd rate you a meh! On the nomnom scale. I applaud you for writing a very unique short story, I liked your ballad, but I just wish that it was longer... The reason why I rated it so low was just because I'm not a big fan of these types of stories, but kudos to you!
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-- Cake_Oi on 1/29/2019 2:52:33 PM with a score of 307
it was short and simple, I took a rather heartwarming path.
-- macc on 6/21/2018 11:48:36 AM with a score of 307
Wow! This is great! For someone who loves music and fantasy, this was one of my favorite stories on the sight I've seen!
-- MusicalNerd7 on 5/31/2018 7:41:43 AM with a score of 608
It's really good, we loved it
It was great to pass the time
The thing we liked the most is that
It was all in rhyme! :)
-- Frankie on 8/26/2017 4:09:34 PM with a score of 307
Nice game. Yay, the villagers just freed the dragon from its chains. ;)
-- TestingJest on 8/14/2017 3:41:53 AM with a score of 608
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