AmritaB, The Reader

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I'm just here to read stories when I'm bored. I don't log in often, so messaging me is futile. 

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How to Write A CYOA Story? on 7/24/2021 9:06:38 AM

I see the newbie (and Sam) never came back again, so I might as well hijack this thread to say I began my first serious writing attempt a couple of weeks ago, and I'm having similar problems to the OP.

Particularly I'm finding it very tiresome having to rewrite similar scenes with slight differences multiple times, so I've begun to think more dramatic spiderwebbing is the way to go. 

I know heavy branching is a given to most people here, but I was interested more in exploring different facets of one situation when I started out. 

SUP I’M A HUGE FAGGOT on 6/5/2021 12:22:22 AM

Well never a dull moment either way. This kind of thing is almost the entire reason I check the forum.

SUP I’M A HUGE FAGGOT on 6/5/2021 12:01:39 AM

So the Newbie section lately...this is all just the same person over and over and everyone is humoring them, right?

Is slavery normal? on 5/31/2021 11:57:35 PM

It took me longer than I care to admit to figure out what was going on with all these threads, but ohhhh, I get it, there have been some topic splits! (...right?)

I'd love to see more stories like Price of Freedom. And although Greece didn't have the action movie appeal of the Coliseum, the wars between Athens and Sparta provide so much material that could be used in a storygame. The entire work force of Sparta was made up of slaves called helots, they were owned by the city itself and the system was a unique one. I've seen them compared to serfs but it wasn't quite the same. 

There were times when both sides established outposts close to the other's territories to entice slaves to escape. 20,000 slaves from Athens escaped to join the Spartan forces who had set up literally in sight of the silver mines where their labor funded the Athens navy.

Slaves in the mines were treated pretty harshly, while craftsmen may have had a good life, although slaves were still slaves. 

Aristotle wrote about them more than the others so he had the most damning quotes associated with him, but to our sensibilities it was a messed up system all around. They don't seem to have been regarded as people who had been enslaved, but just slaves, almost an entirely different species despite not having many racial or cultural differences that historically made of easy to "other" people, in the American South for instance.

Any realistic storygame set in Greece or Rome however might have trouble getting around some of their other practices which were a lot worse to modern views than slavery.



Baiting & Hooking Thread 5 on 5/13/2021 7:49:37 AM

Clearly this man was targeted by racial profiling and then oppressed for his imaginary girlfriend's completely normal exploration of her sexuality.

Makes me sick.

How do I deal with rude commenters? on 5/13/2021 7:45:28 AM

These threads will never stop being funny.

And it doesn't seem like they'll ever stop happening.

It seems such a waste though, there was good advice given to someone who wasn't ready to hear it, and now it will be lost to the newbie board. (The game that was also full of advice from commenters seems to be gone now too.)


CYS Merch on 4/18/2021 8:43:15 PM

I'm saving money AND on a diet. What have you done?!

Revelations at the COG Ranch on 4/18/2021 8:35:40 PM

He should just stay off the internet while he's on his period. 

Fight The Fascist IFaggotry! on 4/4/2021 8:59:36 AM

It's incredible how much drama the various interactive fiction communities can produce. I like to imagine how it would be if this sort of thing carried over to other areas of life, the tears and anger and bitter fallout of a few drinkers of Coke announcing they were switching to room temperature tap water because all the acidity hurt their tummies.

Happy Easter! on 4/4/2021 8:34:36 AM

Wishing for everyone to have a great time with family, or as much as you're able given present circumstances. 


And here's hoping this is the last Easter we're under any Covid restrictions. If nothing else this will make all the holidays and gatherings of the years ahead easier to appreciate.