I've culled enough to fall under the 40 mark, but others can feel free to mop up survivors.
No need to mop up the survivors, I've already saved the day.
Didn't someone suggest a shrine to Endmaster awhile back?
That's what Killa's doing and I'll put all my stories in there. It'll free up several Fantasy positions, a couple of SciFi and a Modern and Horror one.
Also not all the school stories were actually unpublished, just the really low rated ones. The higher rated ones were placed in other categories and in case of the featured ones, some kept their featured position in another category.
Well here's an idea. Remember that article Mizal wrote, "a list of storygames for people who like to read"? Maybe do something like that where admins handpick stories that aren't quite good enough to make the featured list, but still good enough to deserve some recognition. That would avoid the redundancy of having just another featured category.
Or instead of handpicking them, just shove all the stuff with commendations in there.
I am amused that "Daemonologists" found its way to the Love & Dating category.
Lol that somehow it's featured in Love and Dating too when I wrote it to scam the system and get a story featured in the easiest category
That was my former planned strategy as well, for once my time freed back up and I was no longer dealing with a mouse apocalypse - write a school story to take advantage of the lower threshold for a featured game. ;)
There's a French Harry Potter game I've been slowly playing through with Google translate. Finali Incantatum
I haven't finished it, but so far I'd give it a 7. Also, I find it amusing that the magical solution to kids suffering nightmares is to hire a random teacher to mind-edit them. (It's a little like Dreamtruder in that aspect, using clues to deduce what the best course of action is to fix the mind.) I'm not sure if the mechanic repeats in the game, but it was cool.
If I recall correctly, 3J was telling us last year that messing around with the categories was one of the most labor-intensive tasks imaginable... So it's nice (and surprising) to see this isn't necessarily the case.
It might be interesting to put several new category ideas up for discussion (and maybe a poll?) and then, once implemented, hold a writing contest to fill that category with new stories.
Some thoughts might be:
Most of the existing categories are also tags...
Fantasy is pretty broad, so you could do subgenres.
Grimdark or Dark Fantasy could be split off, since a lot of the featured games could fall under those.
Ooh, I have an idea!
A comedy section!
I'd suggested a humor section (and other sections) once back when JJJ was more active but for whatever reason he didn't like the idea and was really in love with school based.
Anyway, here's what Infinite Story uses as categories.
all I'm saying is, I don't think it would be fair for me to get my own category before End does
I think that was probably a Ves suggestion because she was an art fag and Sev barely bothered on the "creative" side of things, focusing more on coding stuff that nobody was going to use like having a "friends" list and Guilds.
Yep, there was a time when IS had the ability to make writing Guilds. Most of these didn't do shit and were just groups of people that probably logged in a few times and disappeared. I think only one of the Guilds consisting mainly of the older IS members (before I arrived) actually did any sort of focused collaborative story and it predictably wasn't finished.
You guys should have done that back when it was actually a problem. At worst, it would have put them all in one, easy to avoid location. At best, it would have allowed for an easier purging. It's a lot easier to eliminate the undesirables when you can just nuke a whole catagory and be done with it!
Conveniently, I have a Google Doc that lists a bunch of genres. Here is some good ones:
Fables and adventure seem pretty cool. :]
Oh! Hmm...what about fables?
Silly doodle link ;~)
I knew something was fishy!
I just realized the subject is "Shoot up the school-based category"
This calls for some pumped up kicks!
Okay, that's fine with me! It's interesting seeing a new genre come to CYS.
Would Completely Random be a good candidate? I'm sure there are more than enough stories without plot, characters, or that were obviously worked on for less than a week that we could pitch in there.
I think those can be included in the "flamethrower" category. ^_^
Has anyone suggested Apoctolyptic yet? I've seen a few zombie stories around here, and I'm sure there are some other subgeneres that could fit in that catagory.
But then the horror section would be practically empty.
Fair point. I guess it wouldn't make sense to create a new catagory if we destroy another one in the process.
Oh... Right. We basically just did that.