AnthonyScoffler, The Wordsmith

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My first exposure to interactive fiction had to be R.L. Stine's physical books in the Goosebumps series. That was my sole interaction, first in 4th grade, all the way until I'd finished college. I wrote lots of technical hobby projects between, like games and utility apps.

That was just about the sum of my exposure to interactive fiction until I suddenly discovered the community online, learned about the existence of ADRIFT and Inform, and subsequently got in touch with some of the community. I've also completed a small review of the free authoring tools in 2020, finding ADRIFT and Inform as the two best parser-capable software. Twine is popular for simple CYOA, and both the MUD authoring tools that might've once been popular are currently dying a slow death in obscurity.

At time of writing, I'm still green to the community and what it's produced. I first read Blue Lacuna, then Skybreak! followed by a few stories by EndMaster. Continuing to plod through the recommendations people give me, when I get the time.

I am working on an IF authoring tool for editing and running directly in the browser. It will have direct branch creation similar to CYS and other CYOA editors, with graphical tools and a parser engine similar to what ADRIFT offers. We'll see how this goes.

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Don’t on 10/18/2020 6:40:21 PM

This is a common problem on a ton of sites and is caused by incorrect string escapes. Just dropping that here in case someone later wants to fix it. It should be a fixable thing.

Side note, smart quotes and probably other unicode characters in the list of all pages for a storygame you edit are displayed as a diamond with a question mark (which I can't paste in here, apparently). They show up correctly everywhere else (i.e. when you edit a specific page, or when anyone plays the storygame).

How Do You Make Friends? on 10/15/2020 4:24:12 PM

Watch them through the windows. Observe, analyze. Ask yourself: is this candidate worthy of friendship? Will I be initiating dialog only to hide the evidence later? Place yourself innocuously near them, edging closer over the course of many days. This helps you scrutinize and overhear everything they say. For example, if they're in the park, wear a ghillie suit and hang out in the bushes. After a few days or weeks, introduce yourself and immediately state all the things you have in common that you overheard, then express surprise when they say they like those things too.

Boom, friends.

Hello, I’m new around. on 10/13/2020 9:24:45 PM

Hey, welcome to the forums. Make sure to scour the Help & Info section in more detail. You'll see articles that have examples of using variables. When you want to make a storygame, go to My Stuff -> Storygames and start a new one. When you want to write a script, you can add it under Scripts if you want it to execute every time a page loads or every time a link is clicked. Alternatively, you can start a page and attach scripts to the links when you click them (which of course only belong to that page).

Scour around for solutions to your problems first. Ask only when you have a pointed question (this is life advice; apply liberally). Otherwise people that might want to help will end up suggesting things all over the place, since it's unclear where you're stuck.

Have fun!

The Shittest Story of all Time! on 10/12/2020 3:02:40 PM

So it turns out that this is 6699 words long as of chapter 3, if you include the titles. Give or take a couple words, in case I didn't copy them over in the word counter. Not that they make much difference.

I didn't know you'd put this much effort into something, but while you've still got creative juices flowing, I highly recommend channeling these efforts into something people want to read instead.

Meet the Author on 10/10/2020 6:53:20 PM

Good job. I hate it.

Looking for Advice on 10/9/2020 9:40:38 PM

Is there a pointed question here, or are you generally asking what people do? Most stories just have end links, good or bad, without a health system. If you want better advice than that, you'll have to put more effort into the question since you gave no background to your story and no context about the problem you're having.

Lets Write the Shittest Story of All Time! ^_^ on 10/8/2020 7:55:37 PM

With the mere theme of merging as many bad cliches together as possible, your story will already be more interesting than you're aiming for. What you want to do is stick to just one cliche and ride it all the way out, delivering the most tired and debilitating lack of originality possible.

The easiest way to get into the spirit is to watch anything on the Hallmark channel.

Anthony Teaches Geology on 10/8/2020 11:52:49 AM

I managed to disclude from my response that the oceanic plate is mostly mafic and continental plates are mostly felsic. In case anyone was wondering why I went off talking about that.

Anthony Teaches Geology on 10/7/2020 11:20:01 PM

The process you're talking about is subduction. It occurs because of tectonic activity, and it's the density of the oceanic plate that causes it to sink while the continental crust "rides" on top.

The oceanic plate is mostly formed of basalts (originating from mid-ocean ridges), while the continents are mostly granitic. The difference is in many ways measurable by the concentration of silica. Felsic melts are siliceous (full of silica). This makes them acidic, causes them to flow slowly, and makes them lower temperature. They tend to have a higher quantity of dissolved fluids. The opposite is mafic. These are basic (on pH scale), less viscous, maintain a higher temperature, and have fewer dissolved fluids. They don't tend to create so many crystals as a result. (There are also intermediate and ultramafic melts.)

Anthony Teaches Geology on 10/7/2020 10:27:52 PM

Volcanic activity

Having covered the formation of Earth, discussing some volcanism is a logical next step. Convection currents lead to ascending wells of magma, which may settle below the surface as molten lakes called batholiths. Sections of this lake may rise into layers of rock above, spreading out along weak points where the rock has a lower melting point due to its composition. Magma can rise all the way to the surface in vertical shafts known as dykes. When this happens, the magma that issues forth is called lava. The spilling lava hardens into rock and builds up a mound called a cone. This is a volcano.

It's not all magma reaching the surface, however. As soon as possible, fluids will separate from the melt (on account of weighing significantly less) and course upwards through cracks in the existing (country) rock. They pour out as steam vents (fumaroles), geysers, mud pots and other things you might find at Yellowstone National Park. Hydrothermal vents are responsible for many precious crystal deposits, as well as a few major sulphur deposits. Lava can spill out into air or water; in the latter case, you get an underwater volcano.

Quick fun facts:

  • Calderas occur when the ground above an emptying magma chamber sinks into a bowl-like depression. Remaining magma can escape from the forming ring dykes as the ground gives. This can occur rapidly or gradually. Crater Lake in Oregon, USA was formed from a collapsed caldera. At a depth of 1949 feet, it's the 9th deepest lake on Earth.
  • The Devil's Tower in Wyoming, USA is thought to be a stock (a stumpy extension of a batholith).