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What an amazing community!

one month ago
Hi I'm new and I can't believe this place exists.

I have spent a lot of my life playing game books (my favourite is the 1980s Crystal Maze), and hanging out at Choice of Games, but one of the characteristic experiences of these games is that it feels like no-one else is really fussed about them! I fell back into some Facebook groups recently and have loved seeing all the new books that are about.

I wish I'd known the community was here before. I self published an interactive sci-fi adventure book called The Squat Machine about a year ago, and just recreated it in Twine and finally got it online earlier in the week. I feel like I've taken the absolute long way around when the first thing this site asked me was whether I wanted to create my own game.

Sigh.

Anyway, anyone who's interested can play The Squat Machine at https://thesquatmachine.com

It's got a fair amount of sex, violence, and filth. It's about quitting your punk band and going to live in a squat in Berlin, and finding a machine which takes you on horrible adventures.

What an amazing community!

one month ago

"It's got a fair amount of sex, violence, and filth. It's about quitting your punk band and going to live in a squat in Berlin, and finding a machine which takes you on horrible adventures."

Well this seems like pretty promising content for here.

Anyway, going to guess you're from the UK, since the Crystal Maze books were based on a UK game show. Certainly never saw either the show or the books here in the US.
 

What an amazing community!

one month ago
Yeah it probably wouldn't have worked in the US. The show was amazing - smalls teams of people who worked together being shepherded through weird tasks by Richard O Brian, who was a fundamentally strange British guy.

https://youtu.be/2zI7HVMoYm8?t=176

He owns a rock bar in Manchester called Satan's Hollow which has a massive statue of Satan looming over the dance floor.

I guess I don't see a lot of American filth. What we archetypally get from you guys is the Disneyfied versions of things. This place seems to have a fair amount of dirt though. Very excited by it.

Are there any authors here who you particularly recommend as being filth peddlars?

What an amazing community!

one month ago
You should probably just read Eternal, it's a good litmus test. Grimdark fantasy is the most popular thing here mostly thanks to Endmaster, although there's a pretty wide range of storygames around. The only thing not allowed is straight up porn and fetish stuff, pedo protagonists, and Warrior Cats.

Oh and stories that just suck of course. The really low rated stuff gets taken down.

What an amazing community!

one month ago
Thanks, that's a hot tip. I've got it open now.

What an amazing community!

one month ago

Didn't know Richard ever hosted a show, I mainly know him for writing Rocky Horror, Shock Treatment and playing in a few other movies here and there.

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one month ago

The only sex in this I encountered was gay sex between dudes. 

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one month ago
Yes, that is the sex. Did that guy fry you like an egg?

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one month ago

Nope. I entered a gay relationship with the guy. Not very chaotic.

What an amazing community!

one month ago
Hmm, this guy hasn't logged back in in a week, Thara said he was writing about gay sex so I wonder if he was scared off by the famous CYS rampant homophobia that I've always heard so much about.

Good, I can still procrastinate as long as I want on the gay mercenary story, there is no competition.