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Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



So youíve decided to read a CYOA!

Wait, what?

Yes, brave citizen! You have chosen to read a Choose Your Own Adventure!

Like the books?



In a way! Instead of reading a pre-written book, and being given dozens of endings, you get to make choices live!

So, the author just does what I want?

Well, you arenít the only reader! The quieter threads might have half a dozen, while Diogís might have a full hundred voting.

Wait, voting?

That is correct! The writer will describe what happens from your previous action, and then the thread will argue about how to respond. This might be attacking, running away, talking, or doing something even more elaborate!

How do I vote?

Like this:
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##vote
1 A
2 Plan Tran
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How do I know what CYOA to read?

We have twenty or so active ones at the moment, ranging from scifi to contemporary to bronze age. If one looks interesting, check it out!

Can I participate in it too?

Sometimes! Each CYOA is different. They will all incorporate the winning vote, but some also use your dialogue exactly. Some even let you make additional characters to run around with. Check with the OP to get an idea of whatís acceptable.

Everyone else is voting wrong, how do I fix it?

Yell at them in the chatroom here: https://client00.chat.mibbit.com/?s...annel=%23madgod

Okay, everyone agrees with me. What should I do now?

Post often. Writers live for replies. Say what you like. Say what you didn't. Speculate gratuitously. Argue with the other players. Point out sections of the writing that caused feels. Point out sections that seemed weak. Stay involved



You may end up using this a lot

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ACTIVE


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3550307 Paradise Lost. Diogís.

This is it, the big one. Over 100,000 posts, running for three years. Swords and sandals mythos


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3657951 Started as 40k, now homebrew. Loelís

My very own 40k fic. Running over a year and nearly half a million words, it is one of the bigger fics running


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3760179 Rogue Trader 40k. Beer's.

Another 40k fic, you are a pirate-king out to get all the money in the galaxy. It's excellent


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3383329 Battletech. PoptartsNinja.

60,000 posts, its a monster. Big robots crashing into each other, its fun.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3736008 Legend of Wulin. Nyaaís

Wushu Awesomeness


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3687076 You have 001 Goblins. BoldFrankenstienMir

Long running game, simulation of an oldschool computer game


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3746086 Trouble on the Rim. Swedish Thuamocracyís

Like killing monsters? I know you do.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3560142 Vikings. Ninja Pete

Vikings. Its what it says on the tin


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3738085 Mutants - Holly's.

We lead the mutant brotherhood! Join us in our quest of terrorism and gang wars


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3743225 Grocery Store - Dammerung

Start in a grocery store. Then it gets ... weird. Highly reccomended


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3751594 Sundown Run - dog kisser

Space racing and corporate sabotage. I haven't played it, but it looks fun


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...4228&perpage=40 LBJ - rakovsky maybe

You are president LBJ. have fun!


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3759176 Wander - Music Theory.

Multiverse Dungeon Survival.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3742604 Burning Wheel. Ratpick
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3746338 Burning Wheel. Ratpick

Burning wheel inspired RPGs


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3764421 Time to Di-ary. stevey666

A new one! Let's see where it goes


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3764459 Six Stars by Poison Mushroom

Deadlands meets Firefly. Nice.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3765065 Perception II by Bone Monkey

A reboot after a CYOA curse. Exciting!


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3765086 Sangreal by Mepstein73

Two paladins walk into a bar. You'd think the second, at least, would have ducked.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3765109 The House, The Hill, The Haunting by meteloides and Lives in Grey

Humorous horror fic


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3765394 Talos by LordVonEarlDuke

Post apoc fantasy


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3765389 Santa Lucha by Doktor Per

Fantasy Wrestling


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3766375 From the Darkness by TheCog

SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3768386 Best Evil Starts Small by Blasphemaster

daemonic microbes. praise nurgle


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3769422 Outlaws of Thoon by Xiphopagus

hive of scum and villainy


A Song of Goons and Muder: Noble CYOA
Medieval CYOA, probably Crusader Kings influenced. Looks fun.


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3771019 Starship Awful by Gravedust
goons on a spaceship, everything is fine


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3775588 WARHAMMER by Apocron
glorious careers of ratcatchers dying of the pox


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3777195 Trail of Cthulhu by Grey Hunter
Grey Hunter is good peoples, you should follow this one


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3777741 Wizard of Warlock Tower by Saint Isiah's Boner
Screenshots of a paperback CYOA, looks fun


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...37&pagenumber=1 Fantasy Civilization by ParadoxGentleman
History is written by the Winners. We're not them.


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3778588 Fallout 4 murder mystery by Hopeford
modded Fallout CYOA


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3779409 Evoworld by Arkanomen
Its meant to be a casual, fun game of drawing and thinking up little monsters.


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3780793 Marvel by ibntumart
TSR's oldschool superhero genre


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3786462 7th Sea by mugrim
Watch while I swash a buckle!


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3787092 Probably a Bad Idea by potatocubed
cyperbunk sprawl bladerunner. why didnt we help that turtle?


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3787494 Kepler's Island by Olothreutes
A three hour tour


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3788553 Game Room Wrestling by Apocron
wrestling!


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3790875 Journey of the Apostles by Music Theory
tower game variant, competitive


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3791406 Age of the Country at War (Part 2) by Friar John
historical japan


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3791853 Idiot with a Camera by Zybourne Clock
Attempting to get more page views, the game.


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3793061 Dwarf & Desperation by Dokter Per
Piece together who you are, where you were going. Get drunk, groom your beard and survive the winter-wonderland!


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3796402 Creation through Fire by Mithross
Fantasy dawn of the world game


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3799449 Aberrant Behavior by mugrim
Choose the time and place you start, the story will change with it. Find out what lurks just beneath the surface.


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3799923 Book of Emerald Dreams by Faustian Q
play as one of many hapless souls as you plumb the mysteries of existence while trying to avoid death and the consequences that come with it.


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3801891 All Life and Suddenly Me by Lazaruise
mutants from birth


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3800792 Where the Dead Walk by FrozenGoldfishGod
We're playing a little girl who just completed her search for a name in a primitive tribal culture that lives in a swamp, who just killed a menacing stranger to earn said name.


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...40&pagenumber=1 October Epsilon by stevey666
SCIENCE


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...40&pagenumber=1 Voices of a Distant Past by LLSix
spesssheeps


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3796635 Never Ever Give Up by Dog Kisser
Take the reins of someone who can do anything - as long as the dice are on their side.

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The Four Part Kingdom by Apocron
no description, it is a ~*~mystery~*~


Greatest President by Nyaa
TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP

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Viking Game Re....quel? by Ninjapete
no description, it is a ~*~mystery~*~


Static Dreams by Megrim
The entire world is collectively having the same dream they simply can't shake that has profound affects on national security, culture, and even religion. There's no sign it will stop and the entire world seems directionless as it falls into chaos.

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Poe's Folly by Mepstein73
A short CYOA that I hope will get folks thinking by the end of it.

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The Lady of the Dungeon. by Swedish Thaumocracy
Players make a character and join in as somewhere between five and seven "Deepdelvers" who delve deeply into a dungeon lured only by the promise of Their Hearts Desire.

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Right in the Hoop by Tias
The CYOA with the most juice per auto-injector!

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Overseer by AFancyQuestionmark
This CYOA is about time-management, magic powers, fantasy politics, crime fighting and helping people.

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COMPLETE


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http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3529830 Diogís land between the rivers

Diog's previous work, the monsters of the forum. Half the CYOAs running reference it in some way.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3661368 Lord of the Tower. Dogkisser

Competitive race set in a tower. Also has a lot of references.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...mp;pagenumber=1 Moments. Extra Noise.

Based on a computer game, longest CYOA thread I've found. You know only spite.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3071942 Your Shup Sucks 1, Strabo 4
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3129462 Your Ship Sucks 2, Strabo 4
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3188838 Your Ship Sucks 3, Strabo 4

Scifi game, I have not yet read it


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3467873 Orks. Beer4theBeerGod

The first 40k CYOA Im aware of, extremely excellent. Inspired me to start my own. Incomplete



https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3649649 Evil Overlord. LLSix
Ever wanted to play the bad guy? These goons did


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3682607 Cuttlefish. Arkanonmen.

Good run about being a fish, quick read


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3680828 Spacegame. stevey666

Short read about bad decisions


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=2842418 Red Yellow Blue, Thallium

Looks like it has a janitor, or something? I dunno, its goldmined.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3145321 Little Robot, Big Scary World, Cheapshot

Another goldmined thread, this time about a robot


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3741940 Void Racers, Gilganixon

Goldmined 80s scifi


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3727561 Sword of the Bastard Elf, Gilganixon

Goldmined 80s fantasy


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3735669 1848, Atma

Goldmined antarctic CRPG


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3721418 Space tits and sass, by Applewhite

Goldmined campy scifi


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3718187 What the hell just happened, by Applewhite

Gold what the gently caress


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3664216 IS.exe by Aatma

Goldmined retro rpg prisoner of ISIS


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3646677 Bendyman by Atma

Goldmined satire of Slenderman


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3625112 MH370.exe by Atma

Goldmined Malasyain flight 370


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3581840 adventures of satan by Atma

Gold satan


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3591722 hey its bob by Atma

gold bob


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3608584 endtimes.exe by Atma

gold endtimes


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3111817 Roma I
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3234628 and Roma II by Stop Making Sense

goldmined Rome


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3799464 A Cacophony of Godlets by AJ_impy
Starting at the very beginning, an empty place where a world may come to be has attracted a swarm of Godlets, little entities of ego, will and reality-shaping power. Which of them will flourish, which will burn out and fade? Therein lies a tale only you can tell.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3768416 You are a Tree by Paragon 1

tree


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3771056 Fragile Gods by dog kisser
Play as a member of the pantheon!


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3827667 Alone in the Woods by Arkanomen
Gordon Gekko in the Alaskan outback


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3202242 Imperial Guard 40k. Tias'

Old running fic, you are a soldier in the 40k who gets shot a lot Slow to update, but definitely quality


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ABANDONED


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http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3716689 Corporate Skullduggery. mcclay

Fun little scifi shadowrun thing. I hope it makes a come back.


https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3710933 North Korea. Hihochiro.

This one was a lot of fun, I hope it comes back as well.


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3734730 Death and Second Chances. Arkanomen

This is an innovative little piece - reincarnation works, but your souls got mixed up. Very Civilization-esque


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3752742 Traveller. Grey Hunter

Didn't finish character creation


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3742262 Homestuck. Knaelidos

Didn't finish character creation


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3732701 Ars Magica. Lord Prinnington

Didn't finish character creation


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3731648 Eclipse Phase. Elfface.

Didn't finish character creation


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3709289 Fallout. Myrcroft Jones

Didn't finish character creation


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3732858 Escape. Music Theory

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3726508 Dragons. Josef bugman.

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3720021 Supernatural. Loel

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3695043 Apocalyptic by Stevey666

CYOA Curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3732213 Legend of the Space Whale. Disargeria

CYOA Curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3706726 Fallen London. Loel

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3715987 Magic of Nations. Jon Joe

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3708478 Country at War. Friar John

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3687114 Shattered Empire. Jenkem Delivery

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3704049 Spycraft. Thisisnozaku.

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3647002 Ascendent's Web. Jon Joe

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3658843 Into the Depths. Tollymain

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3617425 Glorantha. Jenx

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3650429 Call of the Void. Samolety.

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3639985 Perception. Bone Monkey

CYOA curse


http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3690542 NeoBSG. Darkcrawler.

CYOA curse


So youíve decided to write your own CYOA!

Congratulations! Writing can be a lot of fun, and the responsiveness of the forum can really help you get a handle of your own style. I really recommend reading a few of the other ones that have been written (Diog, myself, Tias and Beer are all pretty prolific) so you can get a feel for how it works. I tend to do short quick posts with open ended choices, for example, while Diog uses a ton of images and dozens of choices. Itsí really up to you.

How do I start?

Firstly, have something to write about. A lot of the CYOAs start as fanfiction - using an established universe can help a lot. This isnít necessarily a win condition, however - Iíve made CYOAs for Supernatural and Fallen London and abandoned both. Diog writes about bronze age era mythology, and so has a lot to draw on, while Holly works with the superhero/mutant genre. Playing with the common tropes is totally okay.

What if I want to do a totally original story?

Thatís good too! Dogkisser does some weird ones that are totally unique, and are quite popular. The important thing is to have at least some idea of what you want to see happen. I use the Dungeon World fronts http://www.dungeonworldsrd.com/fronts , and that helps a crazy amount. You donít have to predict the players, you just need to know whatís going on around them.

Okay, so I have a couple ideas, some bad guys, and some conflict. Now what?

Find a nice cover picture.

Really?

Yup. Thatís the first thing any new reader will see, and itís important. It sets the tone and genre, and players will make decisions just from that. I would also suggest doing 3-4 posts in addition to the OP for space reasons - I like to keep an index, and Iím always running short of space.

Then what?

Advertise Tell the chatroom about it. Post in this thread so I can update the OP. If you have any CYOAs you follow, post there too. Most readers have several favorites, and are always up for another good fic.

Your OP should have a quick summary of what the genre is, what expectations you might have (is it humorous? how strict are the decisions?) and character creation. From here on in, expect to be derailed

How do I make it a good CYOA? How do I get better at writing?

Keep writing.

What?

Yup. Keep writing. As often as you can. Regular updates keep the player base interested, and improve your skills. And if you get writerís block, do a slice of life.

What is a Slice of Life?

You have a big universe in your head, and a lot of scenes going on that the main characters wonít see. Instead of getting stuck trying to write about them, change it up. Different point of view, different location, different time. Some of them might get weaved into the main plot later (foreshadowing), and some might be dropped (red herring).

What is the CYOA curse?

Something that inevitably strikes a CYOA writer Iíve gotten bronchitis and gone to the ER, for example. Itís random things you canít prepare for, and slow down or derail your fic. Itís okay to end your fic, and its okay to tell the readers you need a break. Iíve taken months off before, its normal.

Any other advice?



Swedish Thaumocracy posted:

More CYOA Tips

Party Thoughts
Party Thoughts (to my knowledge first introduced in Arkanomen's Death and Second Chances) is a mechanic whereupon the various characters that the protagonist or players regularly interact with get their say on the situation at hand, without the need for player input.
It differs from Slices of Life in that the point of view is always locked to someone close at hand (whereas a slice of life can be from anywhere in the universe), and that the content is dictated more by the characters themselves than by the world at large since it is essentially their thoughts about the world writ-aloud.

Perhaps you have a lot of characters that you would like to keep relevant, even if the situation at hand doesn't really allow for extended dialogue scenes.
Maybe you just want to give the characters some extra characterisation, or you need an easy way to provide the players with in-character hints or small bits of lore that don't fit into Slices of Life.
Perhaps you would just like the players to know what the people around them think about their current course of action, so that Inevitable Plot Twist doesn't come as a shock somewhere down the line because no one remembered to ask that specific character about their feelings.

Whatever the reason, Party Thoughts is an easy to write addition that can enhance both the player and the author experience of your game.

Example Thoughts:
Rogue: Best be at the look out for traps! Old ruins are nearly always full of them!
Best Friend: Just like that one time in Brightclover, eh old chum?
Old Mentor: Remember what I told you about using magic!
Fighter: I think we should keep the treasure, we fought hard for it!
Cleric: But the villagers are in dire-straits! We should use the treasure to help rebuild the town!

dog kisser posted:

Having completed a (sorta) CYOA in Lord of the Tower, my number one advice to make the whole process less daunting is to have an ending. I was super nervous before writing LotT because I'd never done anything like that before, and the only thing that made it bearable was well okay, I'll start it, and if people hate it I'll end it on the next floor. That was made a bit easier by the nature of the game (climb a tower, each discrete floor is a puzzle or something), but really any game could be like that. There's no need to write huge and sprawling epics, especially not to start out - if you have an idea, !

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Thanks lowel.

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



If I missed one, or one is in the wrong category, please let me know I plan to keep this semi-updated

hollylolly
Jun 5, 2009


This is awesome

There is a CYOA hidden in Your Candidate Sucks You Are LBJ [CYOA] - it is really interesting.

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



hollylolly posted:

This is awesome

There is a CYOA hidden in Your Candidate Sucks You Are LBJ [CYOA] - it is really interesting.

Thank you to both and added.

mepstein73
Sep 18, 2012

Whether or not you find your own way, you're bound to find some way. If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it's quite rusty.


Good advice, especially for the writing part. I eventually want to start my own... eventually...

Keep up the good work!

Waci
May 30, 2011

Let me axe you just one question.

Good Thread

Dog Kisser
Mar 30, 2005

But People have fears that beasts do not. Questions, too.


Having completed a (sorta) CYOA in Lord of the Tower, my number one advice to make the whole process less daunting is to have an ending. I was super nervous before writing LotT because I'd never done anything like that before, and the only thing that made it bearable was well okay, I'll start it, and if people hate it I'll end it on the next floor. That was made a bit easier by the nature of the game (climb a tower, each discrete floor is a puzzle or something), but really any game could be like that. There's no need to write huge and sprawling epics, especially not to start out - if you have an idea, !

PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

Sorry I kept you waiting.


Six Stars


You know what's fun? Space. You know what else is fun? Westerns. And you know what's even more fun than westerns? Weird West. I think you can see where I'm going with this. Welcome to Six Stars, a CYOA about Weird West In Space. Or, alternatively, Deadlands Meets Firefly.

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



Added

Diogines
Dec 22, 2007

"He has the most who is most content with the least."
Diogenes of Sinope 412 to 323 BCE


Beaky the Tortoise says, click here to join our choose Your Own Adventure Game!

Paradise Lost: Clash of the Heavens!


Lowel, great thread!

Anyone who is interested in starting a CYOA and wants input, join us in #madgod! Clicky this link. https://client00.chat.mibbit.com/?s...annel=%23madgod

I am always happy to give input to others and the other CYOA authors are too. It is not as difficult as you may think, the only requisite is spare time!

BoneMonkey
Jul 25, 2008

I am happy for you.



Like all of you spare time, because you will never stop thinking about it. Hell my cyoa has been dead two years and I'm still thinking about it.

SerSpook
Feb 13, 2012



Grimey Drawer

BoneMonkey posted:

Like all of you spare time, because you will never stop thinking about it. Hell my cyoa has been dead two years and I'm still thinking about it.

I miss Perception, it was really cool. Murder hobo was the best

Saint Isaias Boner
Jan 17, 2007



Plaster Town Cop

I posted a couple of CYOAs in GBS before I realised that this subforum was a thing. Now I'm stuck reading a bunch of CYOAs, what is happening to me

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



Gilganixon posted:

I posted a couple of CYOAs in GBS before I realised that this subforum was a thing. Now I'm stuck reading a bunch of CYOAs, what is happening to me

The same thing that happens to all of us

Swedish Thaumocracy
Jul 11, 2006
Jinat UlukaÔ, h‚ oagť.

More CYOA Tips

Party Thoughts
Party Thoughts (to my knowledge first introduced in Arkanomen's Death and Second Chances) is a mechanic whereupon the various characters that the protagonist or players regularly interact with get their say on the situation at hand, without the need for player input.
It differs from Slices of Life in that the point of view is always locked to someone close at hand (whereas a slice of life can be from anywhere in the universe), and that the content is dictated more by the characters themselves than by the world at large since it is essentially their thoughts about the world writ-aloud.

Perhaps you have a lot of characters that you would like to keep relevant, even if the situation at hand doesn't really allow for extended dialogue scenes.
Maybe you just want to give the characters some extra characterisation, or you need an easy way to provide the players with in-character hints or small bits of lore that don't fit into Slices of Life.
Perhaps you would just like the players to know what the people around them think about their current course of action, so that Inevitable Plot Twist doesn't come as a shock somewhere down the line because no one remembered to ask that specific character about their feelings.

Whatever the reason, Party Thoughts is an easy to write addition that can enhance both the player and the author experience of your game.


Example Thoughts:
Rogue: Best be at the look out for traps! Old ruins are nearly always full of them!
Best Friend: Just like that one time in Brightclover, eh old chum?
Old Mentor: Remember what I told you about using magic!
Fighter: I think we should keep the treasure, we fought hard for it!
Cleric: But the villagers are in dire-straits! We should use the treasure to help rebuild the town!

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



The Forbidden Topics

Given the wide variety of CYOAs we've had, and the length that some of them have gone on, we've occasionally hit some bumps that caused a lot of thread ... let's call it uncomfortableness. So, a couple things to toss out, just as guidelines for roleplay.

Sex is okay, if usually alluded to, fade to black, so on and so forth. A lot of protagonists end up getting in relationships and married, so a bit of romance is not out of place. However, Your Kink is Not My Kink (YKINMK), so we have generally avoided going into the particular details.

Violence is okay, usually in gratuitous amounts. Several of the CYOAs are explicitly in warzones, and great detail is generally accepted. Pretty much every violent act or kind of death I can think of has happened to NPCs (and sometimes the protags), and largely not been a problem. The rule of thumb I use is - do they deserve it, or does it fit the scene? IE, enemy soldiers, cultists, assassins, monsters etc can have the excessive detail, but children might just get the gloss-over. And as always, gruesomeness for just gruesome's sake doesn't make for a good read.

Sexual violence is not okay. I'll say it again. Sexual violence is not okay. Even if its not the protag doing it, even having the protag be aware of it - giving it any screen time - has resulted in a mess of thread drama and bad feelings. Save yourself the argument, don't write it and don't vote for it. In the same way, gratuitous surprise sex monsters (Firefly Reavers, Dark Eldar) need little or no screen time.

Torture doesn't work, and having a mob of players describing increasingly hosed up ideas on what to do with the prisoners makes for a lovely read. Dont bother with it. As a writer, there are other ways you can provide information - journals, disks, whatever - and as a reader, you can try incentives (bribes, blackmail) that aren't scenes from Hostel. I have the literal book on interrogations, you can ask me things if you want.

While for a different system, this is a good read on boundaries http://buriedwithoutceremony.com/wp...Safe-Hearts.pdf

Loel fucked around with this message at Feb 20, 2016 around 01:04

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



Diogines posted:

Noble goons!

If anyone wants to buy a banner ad for our game, feel free to do so! I just bought 4 for a month of the first two below. If you buy one, post here so that people don't all buy the same one and we get a little variety! If you want to make your own, go for it!

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So Diog introduced this and I rather liked it. If you really like a CYOA, or introducing people to CYOAs, its an option to buy a banner for it

BoneMonkey
Jul 25, 2008

I am happy for you.



Sexual violence from the perspective of the victim seemed to work in my old rear end cyoa. Though it was only ever alluded to.

I never went into to much detail but I didn't pull my punches. I would suggest people avoid secual violence. But you can make it work.

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



BoneMonkey posted:

Sexual violence from the perspective of the victim seemed to work in my old rear end cyoa. Though it was only ever alluded to.

I never went into to much detail but I didn't pull my punches. I would suggest people avoid secual violence. But you can make it work.

Yup, and I alluded to it with Amacita in my game as well.

But I've seen it go badly a lot more often than be done well So for the aspiring CYOA, why jump in a swamp you dont need to?

BoneMonkey
Jul 25, 2008

I am happy for you.



Perception is back guys. Twice as much Hobo magic!

http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3765065

LordVonEarlDuke
Jun 24, 2011



I got 1 there's pictures in it
It is called TALOS http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3765394

Doktor Per
Feb 25, 2007

Look guys, I'm a lady!

After several years, I return to the format with Santa Lucha.

Wrestling in a fantasy world with fantasy races. How will the masked fighter fare inside and outside the arena? Let's find out!

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



Welcome

edit: OP should be up to date

Loel fucked around with this message at Feb 22, 2016 around 15:07

Deadmeat5150
Nov 21, 2005

OLD MAN YELLS AT CLAN


Doktor Per posted:

After several years, I return to the format with Santa Lucha.

Wrestling in a fantasy world with fantasy races. How will the masked fighter fare inside and outside the arena? Let's find out!

Just started and already amazing.

jon joe
Oct 19, 2011


Oh no my abandoned CYOA shame.

HiHo ChiRho
Oct 23, 2010

Then you remember. You have a message to send.

Something everyone must know.

You have the power. You have the means.

Let it be known.




Two more classics:
Roma: Hard Times on the Palatine
Roma II: In the Shade of the Suckling Tree

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



jon joe posted:

Oh no my abandoned CYOA shame.

I have two up there myself The curse strikes us all.

Ralith
Jan 12, 2011

I see a ship in the harbor
I can and shall obey
But if it wasn't for your misfortune
I'd be a heavenly person today


Vote scraper release 0.3.2
Windows 64-bit, OSX (experimental), documentation.


Changelog:
  • Tolerate close parenthesis to the right of question names
  • Tolerate leading spaces on vote lines
  • HTML documentation
Comments and suggestions are always welcome. If anyone's interested in the source code (it's Haskell), get ahold of me on IRC in #madgod

Ralith fucked around with this message at Jun 8, 2016 around 05:19

hollylolly
Jun 5, 2009


Ralith posted:

Vote scraper release 0.3.2
Windows 64-bit, OSX (experimental), documentation.

Changelog:
  • Tolerate close parenthesis to the right of question names
  • Tolerate leading spaces on vote lines
  • HTML documentation
Comments and suggestions are always welcome. If anyone's interested in the source code (it's Haskell), get ahold of me on IRC in #madgod

It keeps returning "No votes found" I'll try again and see if I'm doing it wrong somehow.

Ralith
Jan 12, 2011

I see a ship in the harbor
I can and shall obey
But if it wasn't for your misfortune
I'd be a heavenly person today


hollylolly posted:

It keeps returning "No votes found" I'll try again and see if I'm doing it wrong somehow.
Looks like the forums paywall went up. Until it goes back down or I add authentication support, users will need to manually collect votes into a plain text (as in .txt) file, separated by empty lines and with ##vote replaced by the voter's name, and feed that into the 'file' tab to count. I'll see what I can do to get authentication implemented tonight.

Ralith
Jan 12, 2011

I see a ship in the harbor
I can and shall obey
But if it wasn't for your misfortune
I'd be a heavenly person today


Vote scraper release 0.4.0
Windows 64-bit, OSX (experimental), documentation.

Changelog:
  • Encrypt all communications with SomethingAwful
  • Support authentication with SomethingAwful via user's credentials, so you can scrape while the paywall's up
  • Improve HTTP connection reuse
Comments and suggestions are always welcome. If anyone's interested in the source code (it's Haskell), get ahold of me on IRC in #madgod

Notes on authentication:
The scraper performs a conventional log-in through SA's log-in page when you click "OK" on the log-in dialog. On success, it stores the authentication cookies and uses them for all future scrape attempts in that session. The cookies are never written to disk or transmitted elsewhere (and your actual credentials are not stored at all after the dialog closes, even in memory), so if you restart the program they'll be lost and you'll need to log in again.

paragon1
Nov 22, 2010

FULL COMMUNISM NOW


Grimey Drawer

People on these forums have voted and adventured as many beings, but can you survive the peril of being...a tree!??!

http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3768416

Outrail
Jan 4, 2009

www.sapphicrobotica.com


I honestly can't tell if this is a new high or a new low.

Blasphemaster
Jul 10, 2008



How about playing a Single-Celled Demon and working our way from there?

big bag of nacho cheese
Feb 19, 2011



This CYOA renaisance has helped break my hesitation to get in on the action, and helped me break my indecision about which prospective game to run. Now, help me break in my new art tablet by joining the scum of the space-lanes in Outlaws of Thoon!

Loel
Jun 4, 2012

"For the Emperor."

There was a terrible noise.
There was a terrible silence.



Welcome!

Deadmeat5150
Nov 21, 2005

OLD MAN YELLS AT CLAN


I would kill someone for a Glorantha CYOA. It would be amazing.

Blasphemaster
Jul 10, 2008



Deadmeat5150 posted:

I would kill someone for a Glorantha CYOA. It would be amazing.

You are Urox. Do you:
A - Kill chaos.
B - gently caress bitches.

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Deadmeat5150
Nov 21, 2005

OLD MAN YELLS AT CLAN


C: Both

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