mizal, The Grandmaster of the Written Word

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7/16/2020 9:23 AM

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1 win / 6 losses


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Hi. If you're browsing with a PC, you should get the Chrome or Firefox site extension made by BradinDvorak. It lets you set dark mode from your profile and improves formatting for a better reading experience along with various other improvements and an overall facelift for the site. NOTICE: I'm not currently able to proofread on request. Just make a thread in the Writing Workshop and someone will usually volunteer to look over your story. I try to read all WW threads anyhow, I just am not going to make any promises because I fear commitment! Also, Agent of Order, Inseperable, and Silver Horn, Silver Hooves are currently the only of my stories I'd recommend anyone bother with, unless you're just out to harvest points. All the others are joke games or rushed for this or that deadline and hell I can't even remember anymore which are still up or why.

But if you're looking for something short (very short) and sweet, do check out the entries in the Tiny 'Topia thread. The theme is dystopic and utopic storygames in 2250 words or less. If you're looking for just a random story that is good, check out: Sterling City. (Will be updating this spot weekly monthly, unless I forget.) And the rest of this profile has been SCRUBBED!!! I am now one step closer to actually rewriting it. Avatar art by the amazing MHD.


(Cricket and triskelion also by the amazing MHD)

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Earning 5,000 Points Thorough and consistent writing workshop contributions / excellent commenting. Having 1 Storygame(s) Featured Posting 14398 Forum Posts Given by BerkaZerka on 11/10/2017 - Forum and Site Contributions Not Unnoticed Given by EndMaster on 11/30/2017 - It's everything you've always wanted! Given by JJJ-thebanisher on 08/14/2019 - For excellent writing, keeping the site together and generally being an excellent presence Given by Killa_Robot on 08/15/2019 - For being a net positive to the site, even while helping idiots Given by mizal on 08/15/2019 - MUHAHAHAHAHA! *strokes fluffy white cat* I always knew this day would come. Given by Will11 on 01/14/2018 - For Inseperable and your other great stories


A Stack of Cats
You are a man on a mission. The cats, they must be stacked.

A puzzling math and logic game I made just to put some of the scripting practice I've been doing to use. Have fun and please let me know if you encounter any bugs.

Should be solvable by middle schoolers, or those with same basic level of intelligence as a middle schooler.

Agent of Order
Orbiting a barren planetoid in a system full of nothing just past the edge of the frontier, The Last Outpost is just another refueling station. Strategically important, true, but on a routine stop you never expected to spend longer than a couple hours there, let alone a couple of days fighting for your life...

There are five epilogues, but some may be difficult to discover. Note that actions have consequences, but not always immediate ones. (And if you just need an End Game link, go play around with the probe.)

Don't Get Date Raped!
A short, educational piece. Please remain sensitive and respectful in the comment section. (I'd hate to have to report you to an admin for bullying me.)

(DO NOT READ if you're at all easily offended or lacking in a sense of humor. There's nothing graphic at all in here, but seriously, I still cannot stress it enough, this story is not for you.)

WOWSERS! Triggers ahead!

Dedicated to the good people of COG.

Facts About the Planet and the Solar System
A compilation of some little known facts about the solar system, as well as the debunking of a few myths.

In addition to the scientific explanations, there's a small story dramatizing it all.

Hopefully young readers will find this fun as well as educational. :)

(Might not be the greatest story ever written, but consider this: it got me 200 points.)

Featured Story Inseparable
It doesn't matter what they say...

Love is for the Birds
...and the squirrels. Sort of.

Written in six hours, for no other reason than to avoid consignment to the SHAME pit after my other Romance contest entry didn't want to cooperate.

Now You Gotta Deal With This S***

A tale told in verse. A text from your sister requesting a pick up from a party leads to a night of strangeness.

Inspired by Bucky's ballad contest. Though...I wouldn't call this a ballad. I'm not sure what I'd call it, actually, other than exceedingly stupid, and fun to write.

(Don't pay any attention to the scores, they're just for me to track which endings reviewers get.)

Read My Stories or Die!



Silver Horn, Silver Hooves
When the weather is fine, you've been coming to this grove to drink from the pool for centuries now. Today, you meet a stranger and hear a story that changes all that...

A fairy tale adventure.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: There's a heavily scripted scene that due to time constraints I didn't have the opportunity to thoroughly test. You'll know it when you see it. In addition to a save game link beforehand, I've provided the option to skip it altogether should you encounter problems. A PM describing those problems would also be greatly appreciated as I'll be revisiting this game once the crushing weight of December has passed.]

You harvest in the Arena. Every machine needs a function, and that is yours. Written for the Tiny 'Topia challenge.

Articles Written

A List of Storygames for People Who Like to Read
A list of storygames with substantial effort put in, all written in the last couple of years and sorely in need of ratings and reviews.

CYS Forum Advice and Etiquette
A modernized guide to the forums. The path to internet popularity and happiness, and a few CYS specific do's and don'ts.

Recent Posts

How do people feel about dying on the first page? on 7/16/2020 9:15:40 AM
There's also the question of whether first page deaths and first page endings are viewed the same way. There's how it was handled in this story, which if anything added some suspense to the rest of it: http://chooseyourstory.com/story/Land_of_the_Setting_Sun.aspx

How do people feel about dying on the first page? on 7/16/2020 8:20:05 AM
There's only like two people I'm aware of that have hard rules about the first choice death thing, and one of them is around so infrequently he might as well also be dead. I will *usually* give a 1/8 to stories that do this, but that's because coincidentally everything else about them usually sucks as well.

Female Characters on 7/16/2020 8:15:34 AM
I'm so confused by the OP's statement though. I mean even aside from the fact that generic characters with no background or culture are obviously lame... why would someone who thinks there's no difference between men and women hate lady parts so much they'd pay someone to mutilate them and spend years telling elaborate lies? Also, why would they try so hard to fuck children? This all seems a little weird.

~ on 7/15/2020 7:37:19 PM
You break up the dialogue weirdly, it's a little difficult to tell who's saying what sometimes. "Doesn't sound like I'll be sticking around to watch." MHD sighed, leaning back into her chair. "You thought all this time but it seems you don't even need a stretegy fighting against 'mere' humans." she pouted. "My computations simulate unexpected and unnatural events. Other factors, people, et cetera." You need a new paragraph for a new speaker. Anyway, the very last line is great, perfect way to set up whatever chaos comes next. Did you ever start writing it or did you get sidetracked after working out Mayana's favorite mixed drink?

Briar Plays Everything on 7/15/2020 2:09:17 PM
Yeah, I was sorry tmanaking seems to have sworn off writing for awhile. Micropen took things pretty badly too, I hear he got into his stepdad's Wild Turkey, then started wandering the neighborhood, drunk and naked, and fell into a ditch. He needed five stitches, but then the doctor got into the Wild Turkey too and accidentally amputated his entire foot. Pretty rough night.

Scripting on 7/15/2020 11:46:13 AM
Why would it matter to you what name somebody used?

Female Characters on 7/15/2020 6:14:29 AM
Could be a lot of things. I hear the drop bears are no fucking joke.

June is Noob Threshing Month! on 7/15/2020 4:55:47 AM
Just linking your game here too for anyone who might be randomly browsing in the future: Dreamtruder

June is Noob Threshing Month! on 7/14/2020 11:54:55 PM
Oh what the hell I'll just announce it now. The winner is @Deer89 with When Johnny Comes Marching Home. One point behind him was @Unforgiven with The Cottage and the '73 Rallye. (Unforgiven has not logged back in since publishing sadly and may have actually been eaten by ghosts...) Savior and The Jungle Book were tied for third. Congrats to the winners, and really to all of you. Results were waaaaay better than I expected honestly, both in turnout and in quality. And of course an honorable mention goes to @Mystic_Warrior who was rolled into a ditch and hastily covered up with some leaves to make all this possible. Check back tomorrow for the fancier write up, and the reveal of the Mysterious Mystery Judge. Just who is that tall cloaked and hooded figure, no one like that lives here, whoa so enigmatic.

June is Noob Threshing Month! on 7/14/2020 11:36:14 PM
Allrighty, just got the last set of votes in. The winner will be announced tomorrow around lunch time, I'll see you guys then!