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Publishing Question

11 years ago

So, once you hit publish, can you still edit?  I am big into getting a good chunk done then letting it out continueing work.  I like to know what people think as I go (this is from my exp with fanfiction.net, not here, this is my first time on CYOA).  I just wanna know if I could publish my story then keep working on it?

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11 years ago

Only through unpublishing. This will also remove your ratings and comments, so if you made a crappy story, at least you have a clean slate once you remake it :)

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11 years ago

Unpublishing basically does what it sounds like. No one will be able to play it unless you give them the link, and you are once again able to work on the game. You can find the button by clicking the My Stuff section, which should automatically direct you to the storygame tab. From there just click the unpublish button next to the name. 3J can also override you and forcefully unpublish it if he decides it is extremely bad or has a flaw that absolutely needs to be addressed. Don't think he uses that willy-nilly though, he uses it rarely, and normally after public consensus has been achieved.

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11 years ago

Yeah, from what I have seen and read I can tell the admins are pretty awesome around here.  I just found this site today, because I had a craving to make my own story.  I'll ask another question then. How violent is too violent? I mean, what I do is probably as bad as a pg13 movie to maybe an R rated movie.  That isn't a problem as long as I rate it appropriatly right?

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11 years ago

Can you go into specifics about the content please? Thats the way I can accurately decide the rating. As far as rating appropriately, I don't think anyone will complain if you rate over what it should be, only under. Like passing out in a toilet filled with your own vomit and drowning as a consequence would not warrant a 3. I do think that 3J can change the maturity ratings, through unpublishing or not I don't know, you would have to ask him. I also don't know if other admins can do it. 3J is both the most active and powerful admin, so I mostly just know about his abilities.

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11 years ago

Another thing about violence, in my upcoming story, a zombie grabs a guy, beats him senseless, and bashes his brains against a wall. For that instance I change the maturity to a 5. Hope that helps you have something to base it off of.

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11 years ago

I would say nothing is too violent. But yeah, be careful not to under-rate your maturity, at least not too much. That's not very difficult though, just go with what you feel it is. Remember that the highest maturity rating (I think it's a seven) is extremely graphic, like love sick and such. I doubt you'll go that far, but then again, it's not impossible.

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11 years ago

A seven for violence would be something like stabbing out an eye, using the wound to blow out their brain, then defocating on the corpse. I havn't seen many violence stories warranting that rating or being that bad, but as long as it is a good story I don't think anyone will mind someone does. That's what the maturity rating is for anyway, to keep people who don't want to see that stuff out.

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11 years ago

Precisely.

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11 years ago

Cool. Yeah mine is just normal blood and gore. Stabbing, shooting, regular stuff like that.  Its a bit of a sci-fi survival game so... I think I will be okay. BTW I love zombie stuff, so I might check out your work when you get it up.

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11 years ago

My type of place if nothing is too violent ;)

 

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11 years ago

Let me be stupid and ask one last question. Without publishing, is there anyway someone can play the story? (other than the author of course) Can you give a link and have it played before its released?

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11 years ago

Actually yes, and there are no stupid questions, just answers :). I'm gonna message you a link to a story, you take that link, replace the name (using underslashes as spaces) with your story's name, then send it to someone. As far as I know, Ugi started that method.

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11 years ago

Blast! You beat me too it!

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11 years ago

Good thing too, you kinda gave more information than I did.

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11 years ago

Yes, if you copy the url and give it to someone, that url will work for them as well, in fact, this is used for others to test the games without being co-authors.

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11 years ago

Thanks. You guys are pretty awesome. This is the first site I have ever been on where I havent been treated like crap for asking very newbie questions.  Even on forums for such things people get pretty vicious. Its crazy.

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11 years ago

Well, as far as I know almost everyone who is active on this site is pretty friendly, and I don't believe in getting mad at nooby questions, they're the best way to stop someone from being a noob. Never be scared to ask a question, especially when you get into stuff about scripting and the like.

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11 years ago

AAAAAAARG!

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11 years ago

unless of course you double-post them :)

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11 years ago

I hear that.

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11 years ago

Still, Bo is right. The way I see it, most people on this site enjoy helping others. I know I do (eh, Bo?)

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11 years ago

Then I guess I don't feel as bad tossing out another question.  Is there a specific forum where its acceptable to put out a link to an unfinished game, just to get some initial feedback? Or is it just something you do with friends you make?

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11 years ago

No, not post a link directly, but you could ask someone in the forums (or just through a message) to test your game, and then send the link to the person you have decided to be your tester.

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11 years ago

Yay! Bo didn't cut me off!

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11 years ago

Cool Cool. Just wanted to make sure. I don't want to annoy anyone on my first day.  I'm just over eager I guess to see if I am creating something that is semi-acceptible to read :P You know how it is.

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11 years ago

I do. Like I said, we like helping people, ask whatever you want to know.

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11 years ago

Well, not to bug you lots then, but would you have a look at what I have so far? (you can totally tell me no) Its not very long, and I havent even started editing for spelling and grammer, but my style is there, and that is what I am most worried about.

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11 years ago

I'm not a native english speaker, so spelling and grammar errors aren't really something I can afford to bitch about. But sure, PM me a link to your storygame and I'll give you feedback.

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11 years ago

If any forum, I would say toss it into the writing workshop simply because you are using to get better at your writing via feedback.

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11 years ago

I still isn't wrong for Newbie Central...is it? I mean, he's asking about publishing and testing...not actual writing.

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11 years ago

No one would get uptight over that?

 

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11 years ago

I mean putting it in the workshop one

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11 years ago

I think Bo is wrong. I think this doesn't qualify to writing, as this is more of help on the things around making the story, but not making the actual story.

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11 years ago

It is a stretch to be sure, I was just putting what I would do in the same situation. I have dedicated a thread in the writing workshop to talk about whether one of my stories needed to be fanfic or not, so it doesn't neccesarily have to do with the making. If you do publish it or give a link or whatever to an unfinished story, be sure to put a demo tag to keep it from getting unpublished.

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11 years ago

Good tip. I hadn't even thought of that.

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11 years ago

That still doesn't apply to testing btw. Just to clarify that. Bo is only talking about when you publish an unfinished game.

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11 years ago

Yeah, sorry if I made that confusing.

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11 years ago

Nah its okay.

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11 years ago

We've all been there ourselves. :D

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11 years ago

Thats how I have felt about it.

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11 years ago

Tara, if you want to get feedback on a storygame without publishing it you're more than welcome to put the link the in the Writing Workshop. That's what it's for.

As for that link actually working (the one that you post, that is) - you'll have to have the "Sneak Preview" box checked for the storygame you want to show, otherwise other people won't be able to view it (instead they'll just be redirected to the Storygames main page). You can turn it on by going into Game Options if you're using the old editor or through Storygame Properties if you're using the advanced one.

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11 years ago

Just gonna reset the page down here for room in case you have future questions you don't want to make a new thread for.

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11 years ago

Bo, the "method" you're talking about has been around since I've been on CYS, if not before. I joined when I was 14, almost 19 now haha.

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11 years ago
I'm 3J! Welcome aboard! There's no such thing as over-eager or over-zealous, we're all more than happy to answer questions (as you just saw), just don't get burnt out! Lots of people come in super ready to go but writing a quality CYOA isn't easy and you'll need lots of patience and stamina.

To Bo: I may not have been the first to use it, but I used the url method back in 05, I hadn't heard of anyone using it before then but it very well could have been. It only works if the story has sneak preview enabled.

Re Admin Powers: I've got full admin powers, so I can unpublish/delete/move stories, forum posts, comments, and articles as well as add or subtract points and delegate admin powers to other users. Other administrators can move or delete forum posts and comments and some of them can delete/move/edit articles. The founders (Alexp, March5th00 and Chocobot) have the same powers as I do but they outrank me for sure. More info on all of that right here: http://chooseyourstory.com/help/aboutus.aspx

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11 years ago

Have you actually ever subtracted points from someone before? I wasn't aware you had that power.

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11 years ago

He has threatened to do that to me once.

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11 years ago

Over what?

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11 years ago
Feeding the troll. Yeah, I've subtracted from NeverMind. That's all I can remember. Usually I just add points.