jster02, The Wordsmith
Some people like to call me Jester.
You wake up in the middle of the forest at night, with no memory of how you got there. All you have is a backpack full of Cheez-Its and other essential supplies, along your own wits to help you on your way. As you explore this strange land, you'll find things you never knew could exist, (at least, not that you can remember). You'll meet strange creatures, some friend, others not, and maybe, just maybe, recover your lost memories...
My (rather rushed), entry for the Lone Hero contest. I'll be the first to admit that not all the endings will make you any sort of hero, lone or otherwise, (mainly the ones where you run away from just about every source of conflict, and/or die). But if you're brave enough to do what you think is right, even though it may result in your untimely demise, you may just make yourself a hero yet. In that light, I guess you could say you're a reluctant Lone Hero.
While each route of this story can be understood to some degree on it's own, it is important to play every branch to fully understand the greater story that's being told. I have no intention of revealing everything on the first play through, you'll have to take the time to explore everything to learn all it's secrets.
By the way, on the off chance that you find any glitches or bugs, please tell me. I'd like to know so I can fix them.
Netflix and video games can only go so far when it comes to fighting boredom. Usually the comfort of your own home is more than enough to make you happy on the weekends, but lately something feels off. You tried to rewatching The Office for the six or seventh time, but just couldn't get into it. After scrolling through your entire Steam library consisting of over five hundred games, you couldn't find a single one that looked worth playing. You're used to being relieved about coming home after a long day of work or school, but lately you've found yourself dreading the emptiness of your own home. There's no two ways around it, you're stuck in a rut and it's going to take something major to break you out. Luckily, you have just the thing. Before you have a chance to change your mind, you call up your friend who lives across town and tell him to come over as soon as possible. It doesn't take much to convince him to join you on the ultimate Saturday bike ride.
But little do you know that biking can be a lot more dangerous than it looks. The trails are a hotbed for all manner of suspicious activity. You are about to stumble upon an underground subculture more complex and deadly than you could possibly have imagined. Today, you'll find out whether you're just another neckbeard with a cheap set of wheels, or a true hero and adventurer.
The trails in the story are loosely based on the ones in my own town. Some of the weird and crazy things in this story are exaggerated or completely made up, but there were also some things I pulled directly from my own experience. My town can be kinda strange sometimes. I'll let you decide for yourself what you think is true and what isn't.
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Recent PostsStorygame layout on 11/23/2020 5:24:50 PM
I don't know much about the ins and outs of the site's code, but that sounds like it would be pretty difficult to implement. Don't get me wrong, it's a really cool idea and I'd love to see it added if possible, but I wouldn't get my hopes up. There are other programs out there that you can use to outline your story like this though. If you like doing things the old fashioned way, you can also just use pen and paper for an outline and go off of that when writing. Another idea, if you've got an old cork board and some twine lying around, you can use that too. Sure, it'll make you look like a crazy conspiricy theorist but on the plus side... it'll make you look like a crazy conspiracy theorist.
The point is, if you're having trouble visualizing the different storyline paths in your game, there are plenty of options out there that might help.
Logic Puzzles on 11/20/2020 3:55:43 PM
By using algebra, basically. I just didn't realize there were more flowers until I saw Northwind's post.
Logic Puzzles on 11/20/2020 3:41:39 PM
And here I was, smugly patting myself on the back.
Logic Puzzles on 11/20/2020 3:39:42 PM
I got 21, is that right?
For the Glory of CYStia on 11/18/2020 3:48:55 PM
That makes for such a boring war though. I was hoping for a little more drama and chaos. How else am I supposed to entertain myself?
For the Glory of CYStia on 11/18/2020 11:34:25 AM
I'm just waiting for someone from intfiction to come in here and throw a fit abour how this is an attack equivalent to the Holocaust. I'm sure some people will take one look at this thread and start calling us Nazis without actually reading the thing.
Writing/Plotting Software? on 11/17/2020 9:52:32 PM
I like to use a combination of Google Docs and good old fashioned pen and paper. I've got about a dozen notebooks full of outlines and notes from various projects.
Update to the update on 11/17/2020 11:28:10 AM
Those are brave words coming from a newbie. Guess now's your chance to prove yourself. Seriously though, good luck! I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with this, as there are a lot of good stories floating around on here. Of course, there are some sub-par ones to slog through as well, but those are usually on the shorter end of the spectrum, so your suffering shouldn't be too unreasonable.
Update to the update on 11/17/2020 10:44:10 AM
Let's just say there's a good reason she's giving us an entire year. According to the About Us page, there are currently 1,058 published games on the site. That means you'll probably have to rate two or three per day for the next year if you're to have any hope of getting there. A lot of those should go pretty quickly though, so don't feel too intimidated by those numbers.
For the Glory of CYStia on 11/17/2020 10:39:30 AM
Not sure I'll be able to contribute a 100k game anytime soon, but I have been feeling pretty motivated lately, so maybe it's time to start channeling some of that energy into this site again. Time to crack open an old WIP or two. Anyways, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are sick of the PC crap going on in most of the general writing community as a whole because of the way it waters down anything actually interesting, so getting our name out will make it clear that there are other people out there who share their sentiments. I'd love to see this site get bigger, so shoot me that subreddit link once someone gets around to setting it up.