a Modern Adventure by EndMaster

Commended by EndMaster on 7/28/2019 5:36:31 AM

Player Rating5.75/8

"#92 overall, #7 for 2007"
based on 379 ratings since 11/05/2007
played 19,541 times (finished 549)

Story Difficulty2/8

"walk in the park"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a Snickers®"

Maturity Level7/8

"anything goes"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 18. If this were a movie, it would probably be R.

Yee Haw! It's a trailer park life for me!

Additional Notes:

This story has a ton of offensive langauge and humor so if you don't like that sort of thing, you probably shouldn't read it. Though given the setting, the language used is pretty accurate.

This also isn't really a "win/lose" type story. While there are some endings better than others, this is basically just a tale about a typical day of a degenerate that lives in a trailer park.

Player Comments

Whereas the Basement Dwellers and Repression found its humor in absurd plot and crazy situations, TRASH finds a lot of its humor in character and dialogue, and that’s really cool. It's all about atmosphere. Totally successful in that. There’s *so* much dialogue here, and it’s very characterful. I sort of want to see what else Endmaster can do that's not this genre of sad sack losers having bizarre adventures, but it's totally entertaining. I enjoyed playing and I laughed a lot.

In one ending you wake up with a “spring embedded in your ass and a stray dog pissing on your leg.” If I had to pick one sentences to embody this game, it’s that. This game delights in your character’s humiliating ends, and then insists on also pissing on you, almost casually, as if this were just business as usual. Which it is for the protagonist.

The game is structured such that you go out, try to get something done (or not) usually fail horribly (or succeed horribly) and then Tina, your woman, passes judgment on you. These one liners are often really funny (“What got set on fire?” is one that made me laugh.) and serves the same sort of narrative purpose as the end lines of the paths in Repression, but it’s more powerful here in a character’s voice rather than the narrator’s.

The narrator is very present here and mocks you with a sort of eyebrow-arched sarcasm. ("Reach for those stars..." when deciding to better your condition by picking up metal scraps.) A lot of the humor comes from the narrator's lofty but weary tone.

The minor characters have amusing dialogue—actually most of the work of the description is done through dialogue. Dan, for example has lines like “What?” and “I dunno” and “Oh shit” which, well, tell you just about everything you need to know about this guy. Jim coughs. There’s clear, and funny, characterization—easy to read, easy to remember. Cousin Clem has all the best lines, though, with all of the obvious turns of phrase that have to be in here ("...that indoor plummin’ I’ll tell you what!")

I enjoyed this. I think at the end of the day I liked Repression better because I thought it was more tightly constructed and the writing felt more powerful, but this game was meant to be lighter. There were a few forks that were a little less interesting to me, but I think that's to be expected when there are so many of them. The game feels very, very similar in structure, theme, and tone to Basement Dwellers and Repression, and while that's not a bad thing, I'm noticing it as I play through Endmaster's games, and I really want to see where else he goes.

This game, much more than the other two I've read so far has many more microlevel issues. Like, it's actually harder to read without any spaces between lines of dialogue, which is usually, but not always, the case. It’s painful, because with paragraphing, punctuation stuff, and basic spellchecking (“gask mask”; “When Tina comes home she makes to correct assumption”) this already good story would be even better. I am dying to take my red pen to this game but I have been advised to exit professor mode when reading these. But, man, I want that red pen.

-- Gower on 9/17/2019 7:52:34 PM with a score of 0
Hot damn, I forgot how hilarious this story was. For some reason, while I remember it being funny, I did not remember it being nearly as great as it is. It’s always nice to have expectations differ from reality in such circumstances.

Mel is a disgustingly lazy slob and the definition of white trash, but TRASH did not read quite like playing as a total loser and degenerate the way, for example, some of those tales from the basement did. After all, AT LEAST HE DOESN’T FUCK PIGS. That added to the story, I think, because it was hilarious to see him of all people be straight man at times.

While some of the choices join together again at the beginning of the story, after that every branch is unique—and quite different from one another. The story is more broad than deep. In one branch the main character works for a brothel, in another he is totally abducted by aliens, and yet another turns into something from a slasher horror film. So TRASH is definitely worth making extensive use of that back button for. The dissonance between the events and the main character’s attitude towards them in some of the paths is highly entertaining as well.
Despite the relatively long length of the story and all the possible events happening in a single day, it never became less entertaining for me than it had been earlier, even when I read it mostly in a few large chunks over just two days either.

The entire Cousin Clem path led to continuous laughter on my part, especially some of the endings. However, my favorite ending is probably the one in which Mel is fired from the hamburger joint, fries some bacon, and pisses on the floor. Made me laugh. Toilet humor can be very funny. There. I said it.
The scene in which he is looking for a station to listen to was also pretty great.
“Fuckin’ rap garbage, they need to remember to put the “c” back in front of that brand of…whatever the fuck it’s suppose to be, cause it ain’t music.”
Is a great line that I am going to steal and save for later use now.

That all being said, the humor in TRASH is not for everyone. If you are easily offended, then please heed the warning in the description. I have a feeling that readers not doing that may be a good part of why the rating is not higher than it is, which is really too bad.

If, however, you are some queer who reads reviews before storygames, and you are still reading them after reading what everyone has said about TRASH, just go read the story. It’s great.
-- Cricket on 6/3/2019 10:38:00 PM with a score of 0
Another amazing story :D The writing is quite descriptive and every page is as enthralling as the last. Just like every story by EndMaster, it can be played and enjoyed many times. Never getting dull, the writing is just that wonderful.

It takes a very special writer to be able to achieve such a thing consistently. Having every single one of their stories able to capture the reader's interest, and quite literally keep them wanting more.
-- TharaApples on 10/7/2016 1:08:50 AM with a score of 0
A cure for depression.
-- barlin on 5/22/2020 2:22:47 AM with a score of 0
It has a really good writing style.

I found the story both funny and entertaining, but what I enjoyed most is the fact that Endmaster showed very well in how many different directions you could take a story. Every path lead to something quite different and reading it was very entertaining. That's something I, as someone quite new to writing can learn a lot from.
-- LJacko on 12/12/2019 8:01:42 AM with a score of 0
The book was witty, but I feel like there were too many curse words.
-- AestheticLlama on 10/28/2019 8:11:25 PM with a score of 0
pretty funny, and it seemed rather realistic
-- Nerd26 on 10/21/2019 9:30:05 AM with a score of 0
This was an excellent story. Forged from the flames of ink and keyboards it truly is a masterpiece. I love this story with every drop of ember I have in my soul. There are three main things that I love about this story.

One, the branching. If there is one thing I love about this story, it is the branching. It is some of the best I have ever seen. For one, every path is equally important as any other. They are also the same length. Most stories have a true ending, so it is refreshing to see a story that just has a ton of paths, and has no overarching plot. Not only that, but every page has at least two choices that I know of. This is such a shock when you are so used to reading stories with tons of one link pages in a row, only to have a choice that leads straight to a death page. This branching style won't work for all stories, but it is heavily underrated. I would love to see more stories like this, but the reason we don't is because the average reader will read one path, and for a story like this, that would be a very short read. The branching makes this story special. It makes a gem that should not be looked over. Now onto the next thing.

Two, the writing. This one is way more difficult to explain. The writing is what distinguishes a writer. While that may sound stupid, it is hard to put this into words. You can tell someone what makes a story good, but this aspect is not teachable. You can know everything, create a story with perfect grammar, amazing structure, a sublime plot, and engaging characters, but still have it be good. It is this aspect that only comes through talent or practice, that turns that story from good to great. EndMaster has truly mastered this aspect, and that is what makes his stories special.

Three, the humor. This story reeks of randomness, and humor. While most would frown on that kind of story, endmaster executes it perfectly. He writes in a way where these aspects complement his writing, not hurt it. Most would get it wrong. Make a story that tries too hard to be funny, and falls flat on its face. A story so random, that it is frustrating. Though EndMaster falls victim to none of these traps. He steers clear of them and the result is a story that made me laugh out loud several times throughout it.

In short, I love this story. It is an amazing work of art that is criminally underrated. I can't find any fault with it at all. If you are reading this comment before reading the story, go read the story now. You will not be disappointed in the slightest. What we have here is another amazing work by endmaster. While this is to be expected at this point, I still applaud you.

-- MicroPen on 8/29/2019 9:08:25 PM with a score of 0
This story was a journey. While I did thoroughly enjoy it I feel the way I read it wasn't exactly the best way. The story in and of itself was very entertaining and masterfully written. Though I also don't think this is the type of story you sit down and binge read. This is the story that you pick up and read a branch or two here or there. I think just reading all the branches in quick succession kind of diminished the enjoyment I had out of the book. Not to say I didn't live it, but I feel I would have loved it a lot more if I had read it over the course of a few days rather than 2 2 hour long reading sessions.

In any case, I loved how the branching was done in the story. Most branches, especially all the ones stemming from the get a job page, were around the same length so it didn't feel like there was a true ending. Another thing I noticed was that there was no pages with only one choice that I saw. All of them were two, with the exception of the get a job page and that one was mainly a giant starting point for most paths. Two choices are amazing because you can go back and do each. Them go back and do another and so on. You don't stay on any particular small path for too long and that keeps things fresh throughout.

The farm path was my favorite. I liked the path with the sister more, but the one where the brother finally leaves the place is amazing as well. Seeing your cousin's reactions to everything that happens is amazing and the one where the pigs fuck the girl is my favorite.

In conclusion, I loved this story. I would recommend it to anyone who isn't easily offended or has a light stomach for this stuff. If you can tolerate messed up shit than definitely read this. 6/8
-- Serpent on 8/9/2019 9:11:11 PM with a score of 0
I dont know why you people are saying this is great it is awful and retarted not to mention offensive as fuck toward poor white people
-- JodyJo on 9/28/2018 2:38:01 PM with a score of 0
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