Gryphon, The Journeyman Scrivener

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I love Gryphon comments, especially when they're longer than the fucking story itself lmao --Cel

I liked all of Gryphon's reviews, he was very thorough --EndMaster

Gryphon's review of Eternal is longer than most storygames lmao --Mizal

Shut the fuck up Gryphon --Malk

Gryphon is a no life having bitch --Thara

You've gained a reputation, Gryphon, no one wants to walk thorugh tech support with you --Mizal

Gryphon uses MAC?!?! --Tim

Gryphon put a lot of skill points into productivity but none into technological proficiency --Sherbert

Never did I think I'd see the day when I was forced to accept a they/them in my virtual fiefdom, but the sneaky bastard tricked us with a featured game and all those reviews and with being so likeable and nice and so now here we are. --Mizal

Hey I'm Gryphon!  The keenly observant among you will by now have realized that this is my profile page.

Some of my favorite works of fiction are:  Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the Dirk Gently books, Asimoz's Foundation series, The Hobbit, The Martian and Hail Mary, Star Trek/90s sci-fi in general but especially Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5, and Firefly.

In addition to writing and reading interactive storygames, I also enjoy writing fiction, hiking and camping in the woods, composing music, and I have an interest in the sciences.

Works by me:

Secrets of the Crag:  A traditional open-map dungeon crawl adventure.

Diplomat:  A cave-of-time story surrounding humanity's entrance into the galaxy.

Ruins of Anzar:  An item-based puzzle game surrounding the ruins of an ancient city.

Capture the Flag:  A cave-of-time story about a middle school capture the flag game.

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Winner of the 2021 Culture Clash Contest! Having 3 Storygame(s) Featured Given by BerkaZerka on 03/20/2022 - Great Contributions Given by EndMaster on 03/13/2022 - For your all your contributions to the site Given by Killa_Robot on 09/28/2022 - For great activity and pumping out fantastic storygames at a speed that puts most to shame. Given by mizal on 03/15/2022 - For being a reviewing MACHINE putting everyone else to shame. And the storygames are nice too!


Capture the Flag

=For End Master's Manifest Destiny contest=

When Alexsis starts trying to steal your favorite seat in the school cafeteria, things get serious.  The pair of you decide to resolve this dispute in combat:  a game of capture the flag.  Can you beat your nemesis in a game of capture the flag, and reclaim what is rightfully yours?

This story is a short cave-of-time style game with seven possible victory endings.  Happy flag-hunting!

Featured Story Diplomat

As humanity begins to leave their corner of the galaxy for the first time, they encounter previously uncontacted alien races.  As one of earth's leading diplomats, you will play a key role in shaping the future of your species in this unfamiliar world.

A mostly cave-of-time style story with limited rebranching in a few places, and five victory endings.


Winner of End Master's Culture Clash Contest

Featured Story Ruins of Anzar

When a thunderbird attacks you while you search for the missing Professor Keirz, you crash-land on a plateau near the legendary ruins of a ruined Anzaran city.  You must make use of the resources around you to repair your damaged flyer, find your missing friend, and unlock the secrets of the ancient Anzaran temple.

An open-map item-based puzzle game with one good victory ending, and one great victory ending.  Good luck exploring the ancient Anzaran plateau!

For End Master's Manifest Destiny Contest

Featured Story Secrets of the Crag


Discover the dungeon's secrets, fight deadly monsters, learn magical spells, and more in this traditional dungeon crawl adventure!  Can you survive the dangers of the legendary Crag?


An open-map dungeon exploration game using player stats and items, with eleven victory epilogues, as indicated by the first two digits of your score.

Thanks to Nightwatch for the fantastic cover art!

The Sea of Legends

An unexpected supernatural disaster leaves you and your your younger cousins adrift in a strange sea full of mythical creatures and beings. Can you and your cousins escape, or will you succumb to the deadly sea?

Currently, this is a short cave-of-time style game with three victory endings. It is complete in its current form, consisting of the first of many planned "episodes" for the game.  It will eventually be expanded into an episodic gauntlet-style game.

Your score indicates which ending you reached.  0 for a death ending, and a score of 1, 2, or 3 corresponds to one the game's victory endings.

Articles Written

A Guide to Character Creation for Storygames
A general guide to character creation, and tips tailored specifically for characterization in an interactive format.

Coding Item-Based Battle Sequences
Use this system to code flexible battle sequences using items, link options, and player stats.

Creating an Equipping System
How to create a system that will keep track of which item a player has equipped into a specific slot, such as having a "sword" in a "weapon" slot.

Recent Posts

PRIDE MONTH on 6/4/2024 9:19:02 AM

Ack. I'll try and get to that this week. It needs some proper endings in addition to a title change, though, so I want to make sure to give it the effort it needs.

PRIDE MONTH on 6/4/2024 8:45:33 AM

Still alive! Finals ended, but now I'm busy with my summer job lol. Still checking in here & the discord once or twice a week though.

(P.S. Thanks for the ratings EndMaster!)

How to make choices matter? on 4/13/2024 8:43:43 PM

This is a great breakdown, Mystic saved me the bother of an effortpost. Here's some additional thoughts:

For my part I consider only types 5, 6, and 7 to be meaningful choices, and type 5 is frankly on thin ice, since it just leads to a dead end. So if you want to create a story that has a lot of choices, and for all those choices to be meaningful, here's some options:

1) Have a lot of type 5 choices, and some type 7 choices at key points. This one of the most favored models on this site, since it has a low burden on the author, and allows the reader to manageably explore every branch while still having plenty of agency. The downside is that, as I said above, some people don't consider type 5 choices to be meaningful.

2) Use variables to make the majority of your choices type 6 choices. This is a little more work since it requires you learn how to use the advanced editor, but it's a really good way to make sure every choice is important. You'll probably also want to sprinkle in some type 5 and type 7 choices for variety, but you can make those influenced by variables too.

Here are some ways you can use variables to make a lot of type 6 choices:

   A) Player stats. Have choices impact stats, and make future choices & success rates influenced by those stats. For example, choosing to train increases your strength stat, which then unlocks the future option to bend steel bars; or makes it more likely that you will succeed at doing so. Alternatively, making a poor choice might penalize your stats.

   B) Relationship trackers. This is the same as option A, but instead, the variables track your relationship with major side characters. Things you say and do will positively or negatively impact what they think of you. If you have a high value they'll be more helpful, and you'll unlock extra options with them. If it's low, they might refuse to help you, or betray you at a key juncture.

   C) Ending trackers. These variables are similar, but don't become important until the end. Say you have one ending where the protagonist becomes a professional baker. You might increase the baker ending variable every time they choose to make cookies or buy a spatula. Then if at the end the baker variable is above a certain threshold, the baker ending is unlocked. You can combine this with stats and relationship trackers too.

   D) Items. Again, this requires some scripting knowledge, but what items a player does and doesn't find can go a long way towards increasing player agency.

In sum: choices affect hidden variables. Then, those hidden variables influence later outcomes, such as by unlocking or restricting certain options, making chances of success for a certain choice higher or lower, or unlocking certain endings.

3) Time limits. Give the player a limited amount of clicks to accomplish their goals. Then, every choice matters because there is a limited clock. Will11's detective series does this.

Anyone suggesting a good idea on 4/4/2024 9:57:20 AM

Serious answer: No one can give you a good idea, because the most important factor in what is a good idea is what you personally are most passionate about. Any idea can potentially be turned into something fantastic as long as you care about it enough. (I wrote an effort-post on this once that I spent ten minutes trying to find and couldn't. Oh well.)

As far as finding out what you care about, start thinking about what works of fiction you enjoy reading/watching the most, and see what they have in common. Genre? Are there certain themes, plotlines, or character types you always love? Then see if you can unite those ideas into something that means something to you.

Start thinking about what conflicts in your real life matter to you most, and possible ways to fictionalize and dramatize them. (Though be careful not to write a self-insert; doing so prevents you from being as objective as you need to be about your story.) This can be personal things like career anxieties, drama in personal relationships, or health struggles, or more large-scale impersonal things like worries about some political issue, an exploration of what redemption means, or existential reflections about whether humans are alone in the galaxy. Any topic that you feel you have something to say about can be a good throughline for a story.

The best story ideas come from combining multiple independent ideas that interact in an interesting way. Ideally you'll come up with some external conflicts to pair with some interesting characters and emotional centers, all of which should be based on core ideas that you, personally feel excited about.

You'll know you have the right story idea because you won't get bored of it quickly, and you'll be excited enough about it to take it all the way to completion.

Prompt Contest 3 Results on 4/4/2024 9:33:26 AM

Congrats to Sherbert and everyone who participated!

How do you determine a storygame's difficulty? on 3/7/2024 11:07:23 AM

I'd suggest asking. I usually post my games for beta-reading in the writer's workshop before publishing them, and virtually every time I've been wildly wrong in my guess for difficulty level and people told me to change it. So maybe get a few people to play through before you publish and ask them.

NFTs and AI Art on 3/7/2024 11:05:59 AM

This is a pretty accurate summary of my own thoughts on the subject. People will always be making art, seeking art created by other humans, forming communities around shared art, and funding artists whose work they know and like. But we're probably not going to see artists getting employed by multi-million dollar companies or becoming world famous, or not nearly as much.

I have a lot of friends who make hats and bags and whatnot in their spare time as gifts for their loved ones. I know of others who do this and make money off of it, despite the centuries-old development of clothes-making machines. There's a huge tight-knit (sorry) community among people who like making and buying these crafts. Even if AI does take over most paid opportunities--and considering the priorities of today's CEOs it unfortunately probably will--there will always be people making art, and there will always be people who prioritize the time and effort a human put into it over cost and ease of access.

Even prior to AI, I think things were headed this way, thanks to how much easier art creation has gotten in general. It used to be that everyone would listen to the same big artists on the radio, and as Sent says, watch the same mainstream shows. But in recent years with the internet, people have been much more able to find sub-communities that appeal to their personal tastes, and many people spend most of their time engaging with anonymous small-time creators who post their creations for free. Even if AI never existed, this process probably would have happened anyways, at least to some extent.

Infinite Craft - new timewaster on 2/11/2024 10:59:39 AM


My work here is done.

Infinite Craft - new timewaster on 2/10/2024 6:57:43 PM

Pretty sure it's not AI, I remember this website (or something extremely similar) from 7 or 8 years ago. But maybe it's been updated since then.

I too found god, and immediately created an inquisition.

But yeah, lots of fun!

EDIT: Pretty sure this is NOT the same site I remember, it just has an identical layout and starting screen. Maybe the one I used was an early version.

standards in cyos on 2/6/2024 9:34:19 PM

The technical reason is that stories get automatically unpublished if they have more than 10 ratings and fall below a certain ratings level (I think it's 2.5). A lot of the really random stories still up are from the early 2000s and 2010s, when people were a lot more generous with their ratings. If they got published today, many of them wouldn't survive current standards. Also, there's no quality control on unpublished stories, which anyone can read if they're made public.