urnam0, The Apprentice Scrivener

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1/26/2023 3:23 AM

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21 wins / 25 losses


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My favorite online CYOA games are The Paradox Factor, Ground Zero, Necromancer, and The Devil's Fire.





"I bring... death! How dare you try and give me life?"


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Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Having 2 Storygame(s) Featured Given by BerkaZerka on 08/30/2021 - Oh hey! Nice to see you around again! Given by Will11 on 01/14/2018 - For your great stories


The Flame

An allegory.


Author's note: the title of this story is actually The Fire, but someone else already created a storygame with that title, so I couldn't give it the title that I wanted. My second choice for the title was The Light, but another person already took that title as well, so, if you don't mind, just pretend that the title of this story is The Fire.

Featured Story Warlords: Strategic Conquest

A story set in medieval China.

Note: Even early on in the game you can lose by making a strategically erroneous choice so choose carefully.

Featured Story Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?


My interpretation of one of my favorite TV shows from childhood: Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? This work is primarily based on the TV game show version rather than the computer game, book, or cartoon versions.

Author's note: Please do not cheat by using the Back button- just remember to Save the game every time you're promoted and Restore if you happen to lose.


P.S. See if you can find all the Easter Eggs!

Recent Posts

Should CYS become a business? on 12/27/2022 9:09:48 PM

I'm a bit late to the party, but my input is to just port solely the storygames section of the site to a mobile app, let the app users read the first, like, 45 minutes of each story for free, and charge like $0.99 to unlock all stories in one category (Fantasy, Grimdark, Sci-Fi, etc.) with the option to unlock of all the categories all at once for like $5.99, and call it a day. No forums, community, or even story-writing functions in the mobile app. Nothing here on this website will be affected by the changes, but some revenue will be generated, a lot like how the Delight Games app library model does it, except we would have content generated by a democratized, wide author-base rather than a select group of trusted authors. If someone wants to contribute a story to the app, then they can come here and write it on the website proper. Publishing standards can be raised to reduce undesirable infrastructure load.

Fix One Bug, Create Another: My Comments Page II on 11/11/2022 10:11:24 PM



Fix One Bug, Create Another: My Comments Page II on 11/11/2022 9:19:10 PM

From which page? From the My/Comments.aspx page? What the URLs look like when I hover my mouse over the storygame title links?

Fix One Bug, Create Another: My Comments Page II on 11/11/2022 8:41:51 PM

I see the error message when I go to My/Comments.aspx and click on the titles of my storygames from there.

Upon further testing, I've noticed that it's only happening when I click on Warlords: Strategic Conquest and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? but not when I click on The Flame (that one works normally). Could it be an issue with special punctuation marks in the title? If it's not that, maybe it's an issue with older stories?

Try clicking on Go Get the Mail! or Surviving Pre-school from your My/Comments.aspx. Maybe the punctuation marks in those titles'll duplicate the error. Otherwise, I have no clue.

Fix One Bug, Create Another: My Comments Page II on 11/11/2022 7:24:38 AM

This is actually to follow up on the problem that was brought up in this thread that has since been Closed:


When I do the same thing that Ogre did in the OP of that post, the website crashes and gives me this error message (hopefully this'll show up properly):


Server Error in '/' Application.

Illegal characters in path.

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.ArgumentException: Illegal characters in path.

Source Error:


An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[ArgumentException: Illegal characters in path.]
   System.Security.Permissions.FileIOPermission.CheckIllegalCharacters(String[] str, Boolean onlyCheckExtras) +14568567
   System.Security.Permissions.FileIOPermission.AddPathList(FileIOPermissionAccess access, AccessControlActions control, String[] pathListOrig, Boolean checkForDuplicates, Boolean needFullPath, Boolean copyPathList) +108
   System.Security.Permissions.FileIOPermission..ctor(FileIOPermissionAccess access, String path) +90
   System.Web.InternalSecurityPermissions.PathDiscovery(String path) +40
   System.Web.HttpRequest.MapPath(VirtualPath virtualPath, VirtualPath baseVirtualDir, Boolean allowCrossAppMapping) +172
   System.Web.HttpServerUtility.MapPath(String path) +126
   ChooseYourStory.WebApplication.CysHttpModule.BeginRequest(HttpApplication app) in C:\Users\builds\AppData\Local\Temp\InedoAgent\BuildMaster\\Temp\_E276324\Src\ChooseYourStory.WebApplication\CysHttpModule.cs:185
   System.Web.SyncEventExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +139
   System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStepImpl(IExecutionStep step) +195
   System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +88


Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:4.0.30319; ASP.NET Version:4.7.3770.0

Religion in a millennia on 10/13/2022 12:44:57 PM

Your first paragraph doesn't contradict what I said that much to me, since "one or two" includes both religions that were born over two millennia ago and ones that started between one and two millennia ago. Mormonism is a minor offshoot of Christianity. The dominance of the religions that you mentioned also began more than one millennium ago. I will grant that Sikhism is a newer major religion, but its level of influence just doesn't clear the bar for "much change in religion" for me quite yet.

It seems to me that the dissonance just boils down to semantics. The developments that you mentioned just didn't clear my bar for that "much change." The names themselves of temple Judaism and Rabbinic Judaism root them both in the same traditions, and the Reformation and enlightenment in general are just developments on the same core religious beliefs. Druidism, witchcraft, and Universalism just aren't that consequential in the world.

If I was trying to make a real point, it would have been that the baseline things that, as you said, stayed the same are more significant than the changes that did occur.

Religion in a millennia on 10/12/2022 8:58:02 PM

Since there hasn't been much change in religion from one or two millenia ago to today, then there also shouldn't be too much change from now to a few millenia from now.

The Bible Thread on 10/1/2022 5:37:53 AM

That's too bad- I always thought that this site needed more air conditioning circuitry stories.

The Bible Thread on 10/1/2022 3:31:58 AM

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at the fact that this bot has somehow actually made an edutainment storygame here. Do other bots make storygames here too, or is this one special?

Hell's Army Update 1 on 9/7/2022 5:49:00 AM

That's what writing a good story feels like. Having read all of the pages so far, I can say that they make me want to read the rest of the story.