Nightwatch, The Novelist

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5/7/2021 12:39 AM

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2 wins / 5 losses







I've been active since 2020, the same year I discovered that the few Goosebumps CYOAs I read back in the day still had living virtual counterparts. It turns out they're really fun to read, and much more inviting to write than a solid, traditional book for an amateur like myself.



Other than playing storygames, I like to do digital drawings (which are now decent) and improve the site code. I hope to make a magnum opus here someday.



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What do you like in a review? on 5/6/2021 10:17:31 PM
I like reviews that say whether a game is good or bad and anchor it down convincingly. Saying a game is good because you liked the MC's description on page 1 doesn't really say enough. Usually good reviews end up pointing to character dynamic, atmosphere, or some very engaging choices. I could care less for the essay format. As long as all the points are present, I don't care about their order. It's faster to read through reviews when they're a few hundred words, instead of a thousand saying the same thing. As an author, I like reading all the criticism you've got that has to do with the book. If you had to put it down and reach for the inhaler because you read about spiders, that's not feedback that's going to lead to an edit. I want to know what you liked and what you didn't. It's also nice to point out what got you thinking, and where you wanted to see the story expanded. Knowing where the reader stops and ponders lets the author know what's really engaging them.

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/29/2021 9:06:46 PM
Explore the oceanic depths! Visiting a planet to record an adventure is so monotonous when you could have an adventure in the same place. Plus, you could flex on the monks by having them transcribe and pay you for it later. Win.

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/29/2021 8:48:39 PM
Oh, cool to see the art here. Here's a vote for 1, because encountering elves can be pretty important and contacting them seems a lot less risky than spying on them. You can trade things anywhere. (Edit: ah, just missed it. Still 2 to 1 on trading though)

Hello! I'm super new. on 4/28/2021 4:47:49 PM
I said 2010 on purpose; I fear no gods. (...someday we'll get to a place where tables don't have image spacers and blind people can navigate the site; the extension can only do so much by itself. We're edging closer to nirvana on a weekly basis, though, so I have hope.)

Hello! I'm super new. on 4/28/2021 1:31:01 PM
Welcome to CYS. I don't have a ton of advice, but if you can use Edge or Chrome, there is a browser extension that makes this site look like something much closer to 2010: link. Otherwise, I think most things are self-explanatory. There's a lot of articles under Help & Info you can look at that tell you about small site-specific things like duels, how points work, commendations, orders, etc. Also try to follow typical forum etiquette, i.e. don't resurrect ancient threads or start a whole new one with just a sentence.

Ask anything specific in this thread if you have other questions. Enjoy the stories!

250-word Segment Challenge on 4/28/2021 2:53:45 AM
"Welcome," the figure said with a chuckle, palms mockingly open. Casey sneered in response.

"I'm Jeffrey Banchun," lied Casey. "Not here for you." He backed up as the man descended the stairs, never lowering the gun, and was just on the verge of ordering him to stop when he held up his hands.

"Hey, relax man. I just didn't see you well in those lights. Think you wouldn't take some action if someone came into your house, in a place like this? I'm just squatting 'round here anyway."

Everything he said had a sort of hollow ring to it. He's probably some part time drug dealer and this is his hideout. Casey wasn't going to get any work done with this guy standing sentinel or eavesdropping from other rooms. He had to consider his options. He couldn't slip in a different route on a building this small; the guy would hear the floorboards creak.

Casey looked at the room behind him, turned off his flashlight, and ducked behind the corner. The man came running, just as he figured. Paranoid, Casey wondered, or does he have a stake in this case?

As soon as the stranger passed the doorway, Casey reached out to grab him in a sleeper hold, but quickly withdrew from a slash to the arm! He concealed the knife until visual contact was lost...smarter than expected.

Casey jumped back, pulling out his flashlight and hoping to set it on strobe when someone else suddenly caught him from behind...

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/26/2021 11:46:59 AM
1, it's time to move on and explore what potentials the dark matter currents intend to pull us along to.

Site updates, Spring 2021 on 4/26/2021 11:29:12 AM
The site will be down for about 10 minutes around midnight, Pacific Standard Time for the sake of allowing thread pinning. So about 15.5 hours from now, save things you're working on and save your place in stories you're reading.

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/22/2021 10:51:55 PM

Looks like we have a vote for 4 and I missed my chance with the first ping on this thread earlier, and Endmaster voted for it, so definitely 4.

Let's see what's in store for us at the eerily-named House of Red Eons.

Let's Play Skybreak! on 4/22/2021 10:12:29 PM
7, temples to gods are always interesting