mizal, The Grandmaster Procrastinator

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12/4/2023 6:01 PM

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Duel Stats

3 wins / 13 losses


Lauded Sage Exemplar


Behold my profile.
There's, uh, nothing here right now. Someday I should probably find a balance between the old text wall, and...this. (she drew my avatar you know!)

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Earning 5,000 Points Thorough and consistent writing workshop contributions / excellent commenting. Having 1 Storygame(s) Featured Posting 20683 Forum Posts Given by BerkaZerka on 11/10/2017 - Forum and Site Contributions Not Unnoticed Given by EndMaster on 11/30/2017 - It's everything you've always wanted! Given by Gower on 03/24/2021 - "I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything.  I just want to write." - P.G. Wodehouse Given by JJJ-thebanisher on 08/14/2019 - For excellent writing, keeping the site together and generally being an excellent presence Given by Killa_Robot on 08/15/2019 - For being a net positive to the site, even while helping idiots Given by madglee on 02/16/2022 - For all your contributions to CYS Given by MadHattersDaughter on 03/11/2021 - To my BFF and our hardest working admin. Sorry about, well, you know. . . Given by mizal on 08/15/2019 - MUHAHAHAHAHA! *strokes fluffy white cat* I always knew this day would come. Given by ninjapitka on 10/22/2022 - Truly a dead site without you Given by Will11 on 01/14/2018 - For Inseperable and your other great stories


You harvest in the Arena. Every machine needs a function, and that is yours. Written for the Tiny 'Topia challenge.

A Stack of Cats
You are a man on a mission. The cats, they must be stacked.

A puzzling math and logic game I made just to put some of the scripting practice I've been doing to use. Have fun and please let me know if you encounter any bugs.

Should be solvable by middle schoolers, or those with same basic level of intelligence as a middle schooler.

Agent of Order
Orbiting a barren planetoid in a system full of nothing just past the edge of the frontier, The Last Outpost is just another refueling station. Strategically important, true, but on a routine stop you never expected to spend longer than a couple hours there, let alone a couple of days fighting for your life...

There are five epilogues, but some may be difficult to discover. Note that actions have consequences, but not always immediate ones. (And if you just need an End Game link, go play around with the probe.)

Facts About the Planet and the Solar System
A compilation of some little known facts about the solar system, as well as the debunking of a few myths.

In addition to the scientific explanations, there's a small story dramatizing it all.

Hopefully young readers will find this fun as well as educational. :)

(Might not be the greatest story ever written, but consider this: it got me 200 points.)

Featured Story Inseparable
It doesn't matter what they say...

Jack the Bean Counter
The bean, it must be found. For MHD's Fairytales contest.

Love is for the Birds
...and the squirrels. Sort of.

Written in six hours, for no other reason than to avoid consignment to the SHAME pit after my other Romance contest entry didn't want to cooperate.

Now You Gotta Deal With This S***

A tale told in verse. A text from your sister requesting a pick up from a party leads to a night of strangeness.

Inspired by Bucky's ballad contest. Though...I wouldn't call this a ballad. I'm not sure what I'd call it, actually, other than exceedingly stupid, and fun to write.

(Don't pay any attention to the scores, they're just for me to track which endings reviewers get.)

Read My Stories or Die!












Silver Horn, Silver Hooves
When the weather is fine, you've been coming to this grove to drink from the pool for centuries now. Today, you meet a stranger and hear a story that changes all that...

A fairy tale adventure.

Another Damn Wolf Story
I have no idea why I wrote this. All I can say in my defense is that it seemed like a good idea at the ti--wait no that's a lie, I said, repeatedly that this was stupid and shameful every time I mentioned working on it.

The truth is I needed to publish something before the end of the year and there is CLEARLY a burning need for wolf stories in the psyche of children using the internet. But then they write them badly, or make their wolves behave like clans of cats. So here is a simple straightfoward story of a young wolf leaving his pack in search of a better life. Maybe no one will ever feel the need to write another one now, or if nothing else maybe this will give them ideas for how to do it in slightly more minimum-standards-meeting ways.

Final conclusion however is that writing about some dumb animal with no agency is not something I'd recommend.

Character Creator

If you don't know what this is for, then it isn't for you.

Don't Get Date Raped!
A short, educational piece. Please remain sensitive and respectful in the comment section. (I'd hate to have to report you to an admin for bullying me.)

(DO NOT READ if you're at all easily offended or lacking in a sense of humor. There's nothing graphic at all in here, but seriously, I still cannot stress it enough, this story is not for you.)

WOWSERS! Triggers ahead!

Dedicated to the good people of COG.

Articles Written

A List of Storygames for People Who Like to Read
A list of storygames with substantial effort put in, all written in the last couple of years and sorely in need of ratings and reviews.

CYS Forum Advice and Etiquette
A modernized guide to the forums. The path to internet popularity and happiness, and a few CYS specific do's and don'ts.

Recent Posts

Monday Night WRITING Questionnaire on 12/4/2023 1:17:35 PM
I'm stealing the thread this week. There's a ton of writing advice out there, but most of it is with linear stories in mind. It's hard to discuss pacing for instance when referring to the branches of a storygame, and there are other things that don't quite mesh up. One of the interesting things specific to a branching game is how the nature of the choices can completely alter the structure or scale of a game. There can be a large setting to explore, or a lot of time advancement meaning each path ends up in very different places, or explorations of character dynamics. Or sweeping decisions to be made about armies and nations versus day to day affairs like what to have for breakfast. And of couse the more traditionally game like elements like item puzzles or RPG stats possible with the editor. Is there any specific angle to choice based story structure that particularly interests or appeals to you versus what you might find in regular linear fiction? Or on the other hand, anything that annoys you?

Best sentence made from just CYS story titles on 12/4/2023 8:28:25 AM
New activity: Finding the funniest game titles when translated to Dutch (a fictional language). Popping My Cherry - Mijn Kers Ploffen (Although I'm not sure if the meaning carries over, we might just be referring to violence against innocent fruit now.)

Interesting comments 9 on 12/4/2023 7:36:29 AM
ILOVEtHISGAME on 12/4/2023 for Dead Man Walking (Zombie Survival) this is the most AMAZING EPIC GODLIKE GAME EVER!!!! i love this game. i also got the best and worst ending i dont realy know if i got the worst ending. now i really hope more people play this game this is again the most AMAZING EPIC GODLIKE GAME EEEEEEEEEEEEVEEEEEEEEER!!!!!! play it now Always nice to see some enthusiasm around here.

The Damned and the SHAMED results (Finally) on 12/3/2023 9:26:48 PM
I did come across one scripting error, but I think it was the same is Darius mentioned. I went ahead just now and gave you the personal editor role though in case you want to make any fixes without having to unpublish first.

Best sentence made from just CYS story titles on 12/3/2023 9:07:14 PM
The Hand With the Knife Popp...okay, it's time to stop.

The Damned and the SHAMED results (Finally) on 12/3/2023 3:04:34 PM
The apathy goes in every direction to be fair, only my no longer giving a crap led to me not disqualifying everyone who didn't vote and passing the win to Zake. We did get a few good storygames, I sincerely hope they attract the attention of a passing swarm of 7th graders so that they'll be read.

(Finale) Sherbet's Guide To Being A Cat Pt. 5 on 12/3/2023 2:58:42 PM
Rules weren't made for the mods.

The Damned and the SHAMED results (Finally) on 12/3/2023 12:26:17 PM
I do want to say though that I've definitely noticed Darius being especially active with comments on these. (And in general.) There'd be basically no feedback on most of the entries without him. So that's appreciated. Petros and Zake and DBNB all managed at least one as well. (As generally annoyed as I've been by this contest, it did seem to bring Zake back out of the woodwork in a good way so I'm happy about that too.)

The Damned and the SHAMED results (Finally) on 12/3/2023 12:00:27 PM
To be clear, I was always going to string this along till Thanksgiving, but everyone was being so apathetic and unfun anyhow I just got bored with you guys in the meantime. Nobody seemed to care either way. Of course, if all contestants had been willing to spend ten minutes pretending to care about other people's writing instead of straight up ignoring me when I pointed them directly at the Thunderdome voting, perhaps I would've relented. But I guess we'll never know. (Thank you and congrats to Petros, Zake, DBNB, and Fresh by the way. And only them.)

(Finale) Sherbet's Guide To Being A Cat Pt. 5 on 12/2/2023 2:33:19 PM
Thank you Sherb, this was the second best Garfield fanfic I ever read.