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.)
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.
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.)
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?
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.)