Darius_Conwright, The Novelist

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2/23/2021

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9/15/2022 5:10 AM

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2

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I'm your average neighborhood writer and a sucker for shitty generic fantasy works.  I draw a bit too, nothing über fancy, so if you have any requests, you just have to sweet-talk me into it. Write me a whole stanza about how awesome you are or something.


Status: Alive and cursing myself why I've taken up such a big writing project (again!)

Hobbies: I'm getting into sudoku again, it's addicting.

Update:  

Project reaching for home/little mage's potion shop 100.000 words

duke of Winslow: 80.000 words

I do have something nice that I've been working for a while (60.000 words, but I planned it to be 90.000 words). It's about 60% done. So that's exciting.

I really should start finishing some of them.... ahhrgg...  this is just 230.000 words going to waste.

Some of my thoughts: 

I've started working on The Duke of Winslow again! This time, due to the unlimited time I have, I wanted to give it all the flair I could give. There will be puzzles and lots of fun locations and quests. I'm currently expanding lots of locations, adding a few optional fights and other elements I had used on my shorter games. I kind of want this to be the natural extension of this format I've got going on in my first storygame, but with a lot more focus on a linear storyline. It still has a lot of Bloodborne vibes haha.

After having written two shorter projects, I've wanted to jump into a real epic again. If everything goes well, it will have a total of more than 100.000 words spread across 13 or so locations. When I'm done with everything, I think that this will be the first game I will let people beta test. Eh, I'm not that good at coding so it will be for the best to let people bang at it a few times before publishing it. 

I'm absolutely serious about getting this story good enough to be featured in the horror category haha and be good enough that lots of people actually want to read it haha, but we'll see.  

 

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Featured Story Little mage's potion shop (and the curious adventures surrounding it)

Running a Potion Shop Has Never Been This Exciting!

The country of Riverrock had just discovered a brand new continent called Foundland. Settlers and hopeful souls flock to the promised land. One of them is the young mage Lise and her accomplished teacher. They set up a potion shop, build a house and decorated half of it. All things were fine and dandy till her teacher decided to fuck off and go on his own adventure. Now she has to run it on her own. 

This story is basically a mix between soothing slice-of-life activities,attempts at comedy and dark undertones. It will have two main endings and five side-endings. (for people who have trouble finding the mini arcs, please select this white space: herbs, study, potion, entrance.) More mini-arcs and extra content will soon be added. If you have any trouble getting a particular ending, feel free to message me. 

Entry for Endmaster's manifest destiny contest. 

 


One Story Please

What Happens When You Have Only This Many Minutes Left

A short story following the last king's final decision in a land on the cusp of the industrial revolution. There are 4 endings in total.

Submission for Corgi's Lord of the lands contest, a product of my sleep deprived mind and fever dreams

Edit: extra drawings added + one extra proofread 


Variable testing site
unpublished

Me learning to script! Woohoo!


Recent Posts

Prompt Contest Results on 7/13/2022 2:35:31 PM

Wow just seeing it now! Well, congratulations Mystic!


The 2nd Annual MHD Appreciation Week! on 7/12/2022 5:34:38 PM

I'll be a little busy these following weeks, so i'll definitely will finish up the sketch at a later date. Here it is! Congrats MHD! Due to someone doing the elden ring theme, I'll bring back the bloodborne attire.


EndMaster's Prompt Contest completed entries on 7/8/2022 6:25:47 AM

Well, normally I would make a lengthy afterword, but it seems I've forgotten to add that. Well, here below it is. 

Why did I pick this prompt?

  • Answer was quite simple, I thought it was quite funny and that it was a shame that no one had used it in the previous contest. 

Why this idea?

  • Because I went in without having put much thought about what I actually wanted to do. I only had the vague concept that I wanted to write a storygame using only dialogue. The first idea I had was about a detective interrogating other people, but I realized that I couldn't really easily convey important information and exposition through this format. (A detective wouldn't spill the tea on everything if a suspect is in the same room.) I could have added another character that would have done all the exposition, but something didn't feel right.
  • Then I thought about using BerkaZerka's idea and let you as a player be one of the voices in a crazy person, but it felt a little bit of a cop out. It was also a little too meta for me. 
  • At last I came up with the idea of people talking while an alien invasion is going on.

Writing process

  • I hated it. Even though I had taken more time and didn't procrastinate like in the previous contest or panicked like during the Manifest Destiny one, I didn't have that click like I did with the other stories I've written this far. Normally I love planning stuff out, worldbuilding and outlining, but in this game I hated every second of it. It was so confusing to navigate in my Microsoft Word document that I simply gave up midway and started to do the editing on the site itself (Yeah, might have affected my proofreading a lot.) By the time I had around 25.000 words I was like, God friggin finally. 
  • This thing, as you might have guessed, was as loosely planned out as it can be. I think I had only a few key details in mind: the alien landing and how the aliens look like, some character's names and that's it. The idea that all these characters were related to each other, was a thing I had thought of later. I think I spent the most time on the first route and third route though I had honestly the most fun with the second route. As for those ramblings and how those conversations turn and twist, eh, it might be because of the lack of planning in some parts. 

Lessons learned

  • I still like to experiment with different formats. I think that I won't make another dialogue only game, but I'm thinking of incorporating this style into a sequence in my WIP. This way, I could keep the conversation much more contained and I could provide context and the mood beforehand. 
  • Actions that have immediate noticeable consequences, I think I should be doing this much more. Haha, just noticed that I have the tendency to have my protagonists not be as proactive as they normally should be. 

Shitposting for Christ on 7/6/2022 5:18:18 PM

Oh yeah, was probably projecting pretty much. I was around fifteen at the time I made this my head-canon, my standards were lower than the pits of shame. 

Anyway, a Bible/mythology based contest would be very fun and would finally fill up the empty Spiritual tag that no one had used in ages (and the overall concensus last time was that people were really adamant about keeping it).


Shitposting for Christ on 7/6/2022 5:02:27 PM

If this was me, I would have absolutely gone with David and Goliath without a second thought. It's too funny. One of the first Bible story I heard and the first I had to translate it from latin in high school. I was always thinking that the original text has more homo-erotic subtext than the movie 300, Homer's iliad and Top Gun combined. Goliath coming at David with his giant spear, both wearing zero to no clothing in most paintings and statures with spicy descriptions like these. 

Sticks, swords, flesh, coming against each other, my friend and I were dying of laughter at the time. 

42

He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him.

43

He said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

44

"Come here," he said, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!"

45

David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

Well, I was actually disappointed that people speculated more about David and Jonathan's relationship than Goliath, well too bad.


EndMaster's Prompt Contest completed entries on 7/5/2022 11:02:32 AM

Well, since ninjapitka isn't competing, it could be a toss up between you, thara and Mystic (I would be colored surprised if someone else won). If Endmaster was the sole judge, I would think that yours would be an automatic win, but who knows?


Hate Rally: Europeans on 7/4/2022 9:28:28 AM

One of us, one of us.


A game idea on 7/3/2022 7:25:19 PM

Pretty much, but with a whole transported in another world trope on top of it. Kinda had the same idea as you, but my concept revolved around a food service employee dealing with a Karen, "Time Travel Ghost Karen". Scrapped it because it has turned into a dead meme.


A game idea on 7/3/2022 6:04:20 PM

Isn't that Dark Souls? I like the lore. So probably?


EndMaster's Prompt Contest on 7/3/2022 5:11:41 AM

It's done. 

Honestly, I wanted this thing to be a little more experimental and to have a completely different feel than other things I've written. (It's sci-fi and every page is at least not a wall of words anymore.) It's kind of nice to not have an enormous project in mind and stressing over the question whether you are able to finish it on time or not. From the very beginning, I wanted this storygame to be short, breezy and be a little bit of a disjointed chaos. Well, it's done.

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