MYTH AND RELIGION CONTEST
Deadline: 11:59 PM (EST) October 31st (Halloween)
Reward: 72 waifus and whatever else seems fitting. You'll find out later and there probably won't be any waifus.
It's that time again. Another contest to keep you faithless slugs somewhat motivated and active as well as to gain at least a few more good stories to the coffers. (Hopefully)
The theme is myths and religion, that means for the most part taking an existing myth or religious story and making a CYOA out of it. Yes the entire contest is practically glorified fan fiction! That's what it's come to folks, Jesus Christ.
Anyway you can take tales from the Bible or various other mythology and do whatever the fuck you want with them.
You want to have the option of Moses to ignore his Jewish heritage and just take over as pharaoh? You can do that. You want to write a choice where Pontius doesn't order the crucifixion of Jesus, you can do that. You want to be a boring sack of shit like everyone else and just mangle the Greek myths for the umpteenth time, you can do that too!
It doesn't strictly have to involve god/gods. If you did something involving the Arthurian or Baba Yaga myths for example, that's also acceptable.
What you want to avoid is myths/religion from "fiction" meaning you wouldn't be able to write about the gods from D&D or something like that. Yes, this unfortunately means Cthulhu too, if anyone had something like that in mind.
Though if someone just says "Fuck you, I'm writing about cosmic horror gods anyway!" I hope you've got what it takes to impress the god that's in charge of judging this contest. Such daring could be rewarded greatly or it could just get you a trip to the SHAME pit. Who can say when dealing with abominations from beyond.
Speaking of outer space, Scientology is one you can fuck around with, so is Mormonism. In fact it might be a challenge to make those even more insane than they already are.
As usual, if I see and "loop back to the beginning" rather than proper endings, you'll be cast down with the Sodomites. Of course some of you might already be there, so you'll be cast down even lower to the tossed salad Chef.
If you're joining, post your intentions in this thread. Also when you're done writing your story, post a link to it here.
That's it for now, unless I think of something else to add or change as needed.
Well the first entrant is from the KAE community, let's see if this one can remember to add choices.
Well you seem to have rolled with the wacky hijinks here so far, so looking forward to a promising story.
I'd like to join! I'm already writing a Greek mythology based story anyways!
Well with that sort of handle, you could have only picked doing a Greek mythology story. Make it a good one.
Count me in once again!
Good, like the enthusiasm.
Well, I guess I'm going to not be a little bitch and am actually applying for this one. Not feeling too great though. Perhaps shame is in my future?
Well so far, you've scored pretty high on all the contests you've entered, so hopefully you can do it again. You're technically one of the heavier hitters that's entered so far.
I already started a horror game based on Yiddish folklore but I am getting nowhere with it. Guess I will start another folklore based game.
You're currently Double SHAMED, so you better make this one count.
Mythology? Sweet, count me in! I'm busier these next few months so I probably won't write anything that detailed, but if all else fails, I'm sure I can stress-write a 2,000 word game 3 hours before the deadline. Glory to CYS!
Hm, well hopefully your entry will at least be one of those "This could have won if it had only been a little larger."
I'll join. Might be nice to put out a full story.
You just need to focus.
My lazy ass wanted to revise two of my stories before the next contest came around. Didn't do so well with that, but hopefully I'll do better with this contest that I have no ideas for!
You usually don't do too badly on these when you have a plan in mind. Hopefully that happens this time around.
I'm hoping to see you succeed this time.
Contestants so far
DingDongBells (KAE Interloper)
Paradox_4 (KAE Interloper)
Probably can't go any worse than last time.
No guts, no glory. I'll give it a go. See if I can learn from my mistakes from last time.
You wrote about a magic whistle, you can certainly do this.
Ah, Ten Commandments, classic.
Oh, I'm joining by the way. I've been meaning to write something longer than 10k words. Though I want to make things riskier to motivate me to write better so if I can't come up with something better than the interlopers feel free to yeet me into the pit End haha.
Well that is part of the plan. Locked.
Sounds like you're winning so far.
I guess I'm installing Grammarly then.
Due to work, I haven't been able to write anything yet. I have the basic idea down, and am currently in the research phase.
I plan to start at least a few days before the deadline, to be safe.
Yeah haven't had time yet. Not even planning. Probably going to work on it mostly during school break, and turn out something of a couple thousand words.
Well so far I'm hearing a lot of plans to make a story based around Greek mythology.
For everyone that's doing this, I hope for your sake you're writing the next Odyssey or some shit, because such mundanity is going to be judged a lot harder for winning than someone who went with something less predictable.
Cel generally always thinks he's behind everyone in these contests and he's usually got a shitload of stuff written out.
You've written exactly 18788 more words than me
Maybe public peer pressure will push me into writing. I'll keep track of my progress here:
Sept 27: Brainstorming
Sept 28: Not convinced this is a real day tbh
Sept 29: 683 words
Sept 30: 1697 words - 2380 total
Oct 1: 0 :(
Oct 2: 4428 words - 6808 total
Oct 3: 0
Oct 4: 0. Caught strep :(
Oct 5: 0
Oct 6: 0. Yeah, okay, this worked.
Oct 7: 0
Oct 8: 0
Oct 9: 0
Oct 10: 0
Oct 11: Okay, time to downsize. I was planning on writing an episodic adventure story where each "episode" was a self-contained incident. Given that I have only done work on a single episode, and only 19 days left, what I'll probably do is work on turning the single "episode" I have into a mostly self-contained game with 4ish endings. This is probably one I'll revisit and expand on as I get more free time (ha ha).
Oct 21: Welp.
Oct 27: Finished up the first "episode" for a total of 10,214 words. I'll see if I can find some time to edit what I have before the deadline, if not, I'll publish it as is.
The public record idea sounds plausible, I'll jump on this bandwagon.
Sep 29: 1687 words
Sep 30: 297 - 1984 total
Oct 1: 0 - 1984
Oct 2: 0 - 1984, got distracted by Gryphon's Secrets of the Crag story XD
Oct 3: 1957 - 3941
Oct 4: 331 - 4372
Oct 5: 1597 - 5969
Oct 6: 914 - 6883 (ugh I wanted so much more for this one)
Oct 7: 2062 - 8946
Oct 8: 18 - 8964, yay
Oct 9: 1 (1) word - 8965 (insert excuse) I'll do better Tuesday, I'm at some fancy
retreat center thing (there's the excuse I knew there was one)
Oct 10: 0, as predicted
Oct 11: 1033 - 9998. Though technically some of this was done a little past midnight
for my timezone, I'm still gonna count it.
I'm realizing how unrealistic my original storygame idea is in the fact that I'm not even
halfway finished but I don't know how to downsize without scrapping the whole thing, so I'm
just gonna hope for the best here. Worst case scenario, I'll just use one of the mini stories
involved in it as the ENTIRE thing and slap on like four more endings. As is, I should be able
to do two "good" endings, with one being the expected one for actually doing what you're told
and the other one there because who wants to do what they're told. There's also a pretty bad
ending, and another bad ending that's less generic. And plenty of being able to die, but that's
irrelevant. If I write more every day than I currently am, say 3k a day instead, I may be able
to reach the goal. Even just 3k on good days and a minimum of one thousand words a day should
be fine. Shit, I've written more words in this edit than I have on the storygame today. So,
this is just here in case anyone cared for an actual update. I don't have a definite end goal
in mind as far as word count goes, but seeing as I've roughly completed only two and a half
segments of a thirteen piece story (for the main route, I've nearly finished a shorter side
route), I'm going to need at least 25000 more words. Which I'm aware that some people are
capable of writing in a day (looking at you Mystic_Warrior), but that is not me, unless you
want the word equivalent of diarrhea and even then it might just be 10k. Thus ends my
procrastination paragraph. Surprised you actually read all this.
Oct 12: 1028 - 11026
Oct 13: honestly I don't remember I''ll just add it to the 14th's
Oct 14: 614 - 11640 ACKKK I'll make up for it over the weekend I swear!!!
Oct 15: 1836 - 13476, decently productive. Hoping tomorrow will be even more so.
Oct 16: 610 - 14086 but I shattered my laptop so that's fun
Oct 17: 100 - 14186 but I wrote more than some other people. Typing on my phone is substantially
less satisfying. I must buy a new laptop ASAP
Oct 18: I hate phones and most importantly, writing with them. Baked cookies though
Oct 19: 1100 - 15286 I got a laptop. Tomorrow better be really good...
Oct 20: 1110 - 16396 FINISHED ALL OF THE THIRD MAIN PLOT POINT YESSIRRR (only a very quickly
done nine and a half to go. They're going a lot faster after the first one, shouldn't be too
much of a problem. But it'll be a tad rushed sorry)
Oct 21: 1757 - 18153 today was good
Oct 22: 1581 - 19734 today was supposed to be better
Oct 23: 221 - 19955 went into town to do some shopping today so was busy
Oct 24: 1416 - 21317 pretty good. Wish I'd been this productive back when I had time to spare.
Oct 25: my birthday!!! yay. I should still write though- hahaha... fuck.
Oct 26: 458 - 21775 really rushed the segment I was supposed to work on yesterday. There's
really no choices in that part anymore, but it's fine I mean it's not like the whole story's
that way at all no... there ARE choices and two real endings, if not really a whole seperate
branch for that. Whatever, as long as it's a story it's fine right... I feel like SHIT today
if I go home from school I might type more but arghhh... I've decided to get rid of one of the
longer segments and replace it with a kind of short recap I guess, and I wrote ending no. 1
just not the path up to it completely. So it's gonna be easier to finish at least
Oct 27: 229 - 22004 okay this sucks, and I'm not sure how much I'll be allowed to have my
laptop over the weekend (three day weekend and my family wants to do family stuff)
Oct 28, Oct 29, Oct 30, Oct 31: a shit ton I'm not counting it
In order to encourage cel and help him feel a nice sense of accomplishment, here's my writing stats for comparison:
31/08/2022: 0 words.
03/09/2022: 0 words.
08/09/2022: 0 words.
09/09/2022: 0 words. But happy birthday to Cel
10/09/2022: 0 words.
11/09/2022: 0 words.
12/09/2022: 0 words.
13/09/2022: 0 words.
14/09/2022: 0 words.
15/09/2022: 0 words.
16/09/2022: 0 words.
17/09/2022: 0 words.
18/09/2022: 0 words.
19/09/2022: 0 words.
20/09/2022: 0 words.
21/09/2022: 0 words.
22/09/2022: 0 words.
23/09/2022: 0 words.
24/09/2022: 0 words. And a very happy birthday to Mizal - If I can find a little time, I will attempt her birthday prompt
25/09/2022: 0 words.
26/09/2022: 0 words.
I do however have a plan beginning to form. So I should be able to provide something decent by the deadline.
I will NOT be trying to revisit any Greek mythology for fear of Endmaster and being cast into the pit of eternal shame.
10/19/2022 - 12 Days left - 0 Total words. Think it's about time I get started.
10/24/2022 - OK, - still 0 words - now for real, I should write something today.
Sitting at an even 3600 words right now. Fortunately, I finally broke up so I can focus on writing!
You make me feel infinitely better about myself and my non-organized and very undisciplined writing habits
Ha, I wrote no words today and I have 95 total! Get shit on kid.
I wrote nothing today, bringing me to 6 whole words! Luckily, I have a totally valid excuse for not being able to write anything that is totally not work, YouTube, and overall procrastination.
I'll give it a go.
Certainly hope you follow through this time, you're currently double SHAMED.
Hiya, count me in! I've got an idea for this one.
Just a reminder of who is in this thing. Some of these people have already disappeared. Time will tell if they actually pop up again at the last minute as has been the case for some in the past. (Or not, which has been more of the case in the past)
10 more days folks.
I'm doing great actually :p
Course mine's a lot shorter
But you totally got this!! Just focus for a tiny bit, Persona will STILL be there when you're done
Make a goal of how many words a day you're gonna write- if it's ten thousand words you need, and ten days to do it, then one thousand words a day. Then don't let yourself do anything else until that's done.
Not that you need MY advice
Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.
I agree fully but I only have about 1/4th of the first page done so far. I'm going to shut up and work now.
Yet again I do have 10 more days...
I thought I was procrastinating a lot...
Oh my... well good luck nonetheless
Y'all need more help than I can give you
Ah. I like to make sure I get something written every day, because if I get out of the habit I won't do it at all. Usually once I get started it's easy to get into the swing of it and I start to enjoy myself, but initially I'd rather do anything else
Might as well put your all into it now and use Persona 5 as your reward.
This is gotta be a joke. Lol.
I mean that's definitely happened before, but any name with "cat" or catlike tends to always be an account viewed with some suspicion.
Wizzycat SHAMED (Lol)
DingDongBells (KAE Interloper) SHAMED (More Lols)
Paradox_4 (KAE Interloper) DONE
Just one week left y'all! How are all of your stories coming along?
Has the panic set in yet?
Almost! I find panic to be a great motivator and part of the creative process.
The panic has set in fully. I wanted to make an actually good story for this contest, let's see if that's still possible.
It's still possible. Only further procrastination will seal your fate
Pssshhh.... not yet. I still have a couple days. Ill be up 48 hours the last two days trying to get things done decently, but there is still time to procrastinate
True. Deadline is not for one whole week.
Oh, the challenge is so on. My motivation is now renewed
6 Days Left!
Since this Contest is Ends Myth and RELIGION Contest, I thought I'd point out that in Genesis God completed all of creation in 6 days.
Even starting now, we should be able to complete a simple CYOA in 6 days.
That's a good point. We'll see how your theory pans out lol
Oh, folks will undoubtedly be thrown into the SHAME pit. But it's their own stupid fault for being extra lazy.
Explains why the plot started out pretty chill then turned into an absolute shit piece of rushwork
Well, I think that the framework and setup were great. But after the break on day 7, all the new characters went off script and chose to take it in a different direction.
I mean Cel almost managed to win a contest with a story he wrote in 2 days, so you could easily still write something good in 6.
Pretty sure Cel's a superior race ngl
His only weakness is Persona
Yeah he's Serbian.
5 days left.
Countdown to doom.
Countdown to poo (I ain't shittin til this contest story is done)
Nice! That's dedication! Of course it follows that this proves Wizzy is full of crap. (At least until he publishes)
I regret my life decisions.
However, this reminder has... well, reminded me that I don't have time to skip a day anymore.
4 days left
I suppose I should actually start working...
Nah. You still got about 86 hours. No worries.
What on earth? You still have over 3 days to complete it further. Why put up an incomplete story early? I mean, I get it if you run to the deadline or even the last day. But surely you could have squeezed an hour or two over the weekend to write something to bring it closer to completion.
"it is nowhere near complete, but i feel i have made an effort to present something that will not be a total loss of your time."
Well it is more time for me to procrastinate and see what I'm up against.
Yeah, I need to make sure I soellcheck my document
SOMEONE'S DONE ALREADY Jesus
Well that makes sense, in a way, sort of.
However, it might be a good idea not to advertise "unfinished" in the description. Just close off all the dead endings and have it make sense. I have not read your story yet, but with this in the description I will always be looking at it as a partial story.
The first two choice links are labeled wrong lol
77 hours! Plenty of time.
im guessing Ford and Yummy haven't really started yet either but they will have something completed.
Looks like I'm word vomiting out my story. Let's see if I can get anything done within two days.
3 days left.
2 days left.
Still haven't written anything, but plan to finish the entire story within today. Shouldn't be too hard.
Fully expecting Bells to do what Para did last time and say, "Finished! Shit... I fucked up..."
Shouldn't be too hard, you said?
Well, here it is: The Sea of Legends
Definitely the shortest thing I've ever written on this site, at 10,214 words. Currently it has 3 different victory endings, and is cave-of-time style with no re-branching. I do plan on revisiting this eventually and adding a lot more "episodes" that will take place after this one, but it's a complete story as it is now.
1 day left
I'll write as much as I can and whatever I don't get to I'll cut off
Such as it is:
99 Problems But a Girl Ain't One
Well, I don't think I have any dead end pages. And it's not exactly linear.
As for the maturity, perhaps you are right but it's based on a Bible story kids get in Sunday School so I wasn't sure.
Don't tempt fate Cel
One less story to go up against...
He still managed to hit "post message" though. I admire the dedication
Life really me hit like a train in the past few months. Only got to finish about half of what I had planned for this story but in the interest of not being triple shamed I will have to submit what I have. Loosly based on the Tower of Babel myth.
I will try and finish the rest of the story during Chinese New Year because that is when I will have time off.
Less than 6 hours left
Finally, time to start writing
But really, why bother fighting
I will not throw a fit
I know I'm going to the pit
Why oh why procrastination
Could you not have been dedication
Here I am apon my knees
Writer's block, have mercy, please!
Goodbye, my friends, I'll miss you all
And do not feel pity when I fall
When writhing hands drag me down further
You won't hear me cry or murmur
For to me, this future was fortold
From my last brain cell, crippled and old
This just makes me sad. I was pulling for you to get something in.
The Gods are Angered
I was actually procrastinating just the simple action of pushing "publish" for way longer than I should've. Didn't have a whole bunch of time to proofread and I'm not going to have any time at all past right now so this is it in all its shortened glory.
At least it's not shame (assuming it maintains a decent rating).
Well I just realized I forgot to change the twelve in the description to seven after I shortened it so... maybe not so nice
If I missed that, how much else did I miss...
Yes!!! I knew you could do it!
Made it a clicky link for ya
Less than 3 hours to go.
Well, here it is.
Proofreading is for bitches, real men type it correctly the first time around.
This was meant to be a sprawling epic, with a ton of branching, but that got axed pretty early on once I saw how little time I was going to have. Barely got this out anyway.
An entire branch, which was meant to be as long as the main one, got axed into being Ending 1.
I still hope you guys enjoy :)
Ladies and Gentlemen, gather around
Please don't make those booing sounds
I know I said I'd end up in the pit
But here I present my pile of ####
Now I know what you'll say
I know it sucks, okay!
And if it brings me into the pit anyway
At least I did something today
It better not be written entirely in couplets...
To say that it's not is entirely my pleasure
That would be far too much effort to measure
Now I must eat my macaroni and cheddar
It might make my horrible Rhyme's Disease better
I hope to God the pasta works
And does not make this rhyming worse
It's so tiring writing in verse
Hopefully the mac can cure your curse
At least it's something.
Better than no attempt at all
Speaking of no attempt O_o
What do you mean? I published mine earlier today.
I was going to ask the same question in rhyme
But i couldn't really find the time.
Oh sorry I didn't see that
https://chooseyourstory.com/story/children-of-cain Well hell, I did it. I could've done more with this, but I didn't so it's my own fault. Happy Halloween everyone except for the shamed which we should know in a couple of hours.
Less than 20 minutes left.
Pretty sure the ONLY person who might still submit something is Wizzy at this point, and his internet is currently fucked lol.
That's TIME and everyone else is SHAMED!
L bozo (except I'm the bozo)
Alright it'll take a bit for Sherbet to read these, but he'll get back to me with his results and then we can announce the winner.
In the meantime go read Tales From the Basement 2!
A link to said story, in the form of this entire clickable post.
Not only is he the unofficial judge, he is also the official judge.
Glad we can finally post in this thread without being entered into the contest.
End collects 6 souls this halloween, along with releasing a new storygame! Can't wait to read it. Also, well done to everyone who made it, and SHAME to the...well, shamed.
This has one of the largest new-members submission rate I've seen for a while, and also probably the biggest number of minor errors, so may this serve as a cautionary tale for all those who dare enter the perilious realms of a writing contest. Beware of the unspoken rules, with their devilious tricks to ensnare your soul!
To the souls we've lost, watch where you tread as you enter the Pit. Don't go stepping on the bodies of the undead.
I wholeheartedly agree with all these points, especially the last one. Hits a little too close to home today :(
But also, make sure you listen to Mystic, since she is a certified contest winner, and an even more certified megawriter