CavusRex, The Reader

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Creator and sole developer of Songbird Editor, as well as occasional writer, programmer and ass.


Grudges must always be the first to die when a storm arrives.

After years away you return home to your dying father, but will you be able to get your brother to forgive you for leaving? And will you step up to the challenge to inherit your father's most prized possession?

Written as part of the 2023 Spring/Summer Contest: Gone Fishin' it is a game with a much bigger focus on story than gameplay, but still there is a decent amount of endings and variation for something this short.

Republished to fix a coding error in a later scene

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End Master's Crisis Contest on 6/8/2024 6:14:05 AM
Looks up from the shame pit
I miss the sun...

Fallout TV Show on 4/18/2024 6:51:59 PM
Personally I also loved the show. I kinda fall somewhere in between the two camps about NV and Shady Sands since it is either a plot hole or a retcon no matter how much Todd lies about it in interviews, but I personally just don't give a shit since Bethesda kinda made skull-fucking the continuity of Fallout their favorite past time between re-re-re-releasing Skyrim. Seeing both the BoS and Enclave does nothing for me really for the same reason, but the whole thing from a character and plot perspective was fun with Walter being the standout and Lucy a pleasant surprise. Far as the one plot hole if you mean who I think you mean then I'm pretty sure it's not the same character, just two characters played by the same actor to tie it into the whole pre/post apocalypse plots they had going in parallel. I'll avoid explaining further to not spoil anything since it's still a fresh show.

End Master’s Prompt Contest 3 on 4/2/2024 2:03:35 AM
Well basically the main part of the game was this "turn based" sequence where you navigated a house while looking for/avoiding armed intruders with some basic combat and other random shit which at first glance didn't look that hard to build, but my retarded ass forgot he barely knows how the editor works and as I kept trudging deeper and deeper into this swamp I kept stripping or reworking features which turned the whole thing into an absolute monstrosity that last I tested would require literally 10+ playthroughs to actually win at while at the same time providing a shit experience. At the moment there's like 90 something pages in that thing and most of them half work at best on top of being filled with copy paste paragraphs. I didn't even get to the final sequence that was supposed to wrap that section up because it wasn't possible to link it in a way that didn't require 2-3 hours of work. TLDR: The whole thing is shit dipped in liquid shit and I would not subject anyone to going through it.

End Master’s Prompt Contest 3 on 4/1/2024 9:50:39 PM
I've decided to take the SHAME bullet as I was simply defeated by the editor and can't make what I've written playable. I won't go into the explanations excuses as to how and why that happened, but the whole thing is fucked beyond belief even after 3 days of working on it non stop.

I guess that's what I get for not actually learning the tool before starting the project. Better this way than wasting everybody's time on something that will get me shamed anyway. Good luck to those who are still scrambling.

End Master’s Prompt Contest 3 on 3/28/2024 2:32:12 AM
I used a real life plan which didn't refer to west and east sides as wings, so calling them wings is somewhat generous to be honest and done mostly to help with orientation. Far as two garages go it's quite common on larger properties since mansions usually average out at 4-5 car spaces.

End Master’s Prompt Contest 3 on 3/27/2024 8:04:22 AM
I'm entering the penultimate stage which is scaling down the absolute mess of options planned. Hopefully will manage to get everything written up and if not I'll have no choice but to leave stumps in a few places. Good thing Easter is almost here so I'm mostly off work this week.

I even made myself a flowchart to make sure I get the "game" map correctly since I wanted to make something more gamey this time:

I hate myself sometimes...

End Master’s Prompt Contest 3 on 3/15/2024 7:54:57 AM
I do feel fairly confident in my ability to turn something in. Can't attest to its quality, but at least this time I was smart enough to create a game beforehand so that I can actually publish it after coding everything up in a day.

Normal Human Bingo on 3/5/2024 7:08:50 PM
hobby (noun): a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation Under the definition provided by Merriam-Webster masturbation can absolutely be a hobby.

Normal Human Bingo on 2/28/2024 5:04:20 AM

Normal Human Bingo on 2/27/2024 5:50:17 PM
It's about as much of a talent as speaking a different language. Unless you learned to do it in a week or speak 10 of them it's not really a talent in my eyes.