«Marco Arnaudo’s essay “Studying Gamebooks: A Framework for Analysis” offers a nuts-and-bolts taxonomy for analyzing non-digital branching narratives, often called “gamebooks” or “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. Arnaudo’s essay insists on the materiality of these texts, both in the ways they tell stories and the forms of agency they provide a savvy reader.» #gamebook #cyoa
DOORWAYS 🗝️ here are a last couple previews of drawings I did for my new book before it's out (tomorrow!!!)
I did about 50 drawings in total (and there are loads more from the guest artists!) but most are staying secret to avoid spoilers...the artist's curse...
I took my kids to the library yesterday, and while they were playing, I poked around the online catalog and came across Rose Estes's Endless Quest book Circus of Fear. (#10) In the 80s, I was a huge fan and collector of CYOA books, but I never really got into the Endless Quest series despite also being a huge #DND fan. So I put it on hold so I can check it out later this week. Nostalgia commence!
3 weeks till INTO THE TOWER release!!!
Playable character 4/4: THE ACOLYTE
You discover terrible forbidden knowledge deep in the archives, & are driven to a terrible purpose and can determine the fate of the world
📜 High logic, hard-mode, cursed librarian route
Challenging ⟡————— Survivable
Quick play ———⟡—— More story
With ending illustration by Kateřina Čupová https://chechula.tumblr.com/
(basically an easter egg you only see if you survive 👀)
Okay, I think I have decided on my next side project. I am going to learn #Rust by making an #ActivityPub-compliant #CYOA story board. The goal is to have a federated story board in a way that each storyline is preserved even if a federated server goes down.
It's gonna be slow. I need to get my dev server online again, and I have never used the language or protocol, but I look forward to learning.
I will probably need tips on making a frontend though 😅
Less than a month till Into the Tower release~
Playable character 3/4: THE LIBERTINE
You're wanted for treason & in love with the wrong person. Find purpose, or die dramatically in a way nobody will forget
🎭 High charisma
Challenging —⟡———— Survivable
Quick play —————⟡ More story
Written by Edward Packard in 1992, it only has 12 endings, but the cover has a kid riding a flying bicycle over some cows. C'mon, you want to know how he got into that situation, right?
I like to joke that whenever the authors of vintage #ChooseYourOwnAdventure books ran into a storytelling challenge, they fell back on the trope of time travel. Didn't see it coming in a ninja book this week!
Not surprising when you recall that the first #CYOA is "The Cave of Time" ⏳
(📷: "Return of the Ninja" by Jay Leibold. Choose Your Own Adventure #92, 1989)
5 weeks till the release of Into the Tower!
Playable characters 2/4: THE SAILOR
After a magical accident covered up by ominous inquisitors, you’re looking for your mother's precious violin - and answers about a missing person
⛵️ High strength
Quick play ————⟡— More story
Yelena: Girls! I've got incredible news. Asmodean wants Ethan and I to help at the hospital! But it gets better! She wants you three to help with the boy, Jimmy. He should be showing up here at any minute. Do your best girls and you'll have to let me know how it went at dinner.
Illyana: Mom, Shelby thinks she's ugly.
Yelena: Shelby I'll tell you the same thing I told your sisters when they were your age: Shut up and stop whining. Love you! Bye!
𝐀 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞, 𝐬𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐠𝐨
Illyana: Oh my God! Shelby how are you THIS BAD at this game? You're FIVE LEVELS higher than him and he's WRECKING YOU.
Shelby: I just wanna collect flowers and craft I didn't know this guy was going to show up.
Ill: TURN OFF MULTIPLAYER THEN!
✦ INTO THE TOWER character reveals ✦
As it's getting closer to the release, I'll be talking about the playable characters for my new book in the chain below!
The book is a choose-your-own-path adventure journeying into a mysterious spellbinder-princess’ tower. Sneak, charm or fight your way up through a masquerade ball and places where magic has fractured reality itself.
There are 4 playable characters who each have full stories with multiple endings:
@mainframed767 Ummm...yes please.
And it's available on Internet Archive? #sploosh
Image files cleared #VirusTotal
Well, my adventure was short lived. I couldn't get past the Copyright page. i.e., get the .img files to mount.
Looks like I need macOS High Sierra 10.13.x 🏔️
Clue: Helps if you hit the power button first.
OS Needed: Macintosh Plus
So does anyone have any #renpy #VisualNovel #games to recommend? Preferabley in later #renpy versions with the self-voicing feature enabled by default, as I'm completely #blind and using a screen reader. I'm 50 50 on visual novels right now; I adored Arcade Spirits, and loathed Doki Doki Literature Club. Those are the only two #vn games I've ever played in my life, so the field is wide open. #recommendations anyone? #game #cyoa
BY THE WAY
My CYOA story is finished! The full thing can be read here :blobfoxfloofcute:
(edit because I'm dumb and forgot content warnings)
#furry #sizeplay #sizedifference #growth #macro #micro #cyoa #ascension #deification #new_oc
New version of AdventureTome! Check it out if you're interested in writing gamebooks!
- More dice types!
- Font size/family customisation
- Page search
- Add as many passages to the menu as you like, not just the contents page!
- Even more features and fixes than I can list here, check the changelog!
Are you fond of #AudioDramas and would enjoy it if someone mixed one with elements of a #CYOA (choose your own adventure)? Would you like to play a #VideoGame, except it's really an #AudioGame, possible to play entirely by ear? Want something that's also #accessible to #blind people? Are you on #Android, #iOS, #Mac or #Windows?
Well then, go play The Klaxo Radio Hour! It's #free, short enough you can complete a playthrough in one sitting, and hecking fun! It's got some interesting mixing of older and more modern elements, professional voice acting, and a great story.
And even if the above description doesn't sound tempting, do go give it a try anyway, especially if your name is @zein! Trust me; it's so good, it just might steal your soul!
#AudioDrama #VideoGames #AudioGames #Gaming #game #games #gamer
Okay, done via link. Here's the story! I'll check back on this later and add it to the poll that's live on twittr. Or add twittr to this one, idk which one will be seen better :blobfox3c:
Alright! First things first, posting this (can't remember if I posted it here already). A collection of every day's posts for my CYOA! Each choice that was picked (voted on via twittr polls) is in bold.
@SJohnRoss If you’re a babe in the woods, I’m a zygote. Way back in elementary, I couldn’t have enough of the #CYOA books. And I have several published by #TSR in the #early ‘80s still in my possession. I have a blog post that includes a picture of them. Don’t set your expectations too high - it was 10 years ago, and I haven’t been active at all since then.
Alas, I will admit to my ignorance of the Ken St. Andre work. I’m sure a quick search will enlighten me.
For #StorytimeWithSteve at work this week, giving Edward Packard's "Horror House" a scary read.
This 1993 #ChooseYourOwnAdventure appeared towards the end of the original run (book 140 of 185) - a time when the number of endings dropped considerably. There are only 8 in this book. At what point are you just writing a linear story with just a few page hops? Very glad the relaunch of the series moved away from this trend!
Shehan Karunatilaka: How Choose Your Own Adventures helped me win the Booker prize https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/may/27/how-choose-your-own-adventures-helped-me-win-the-booker-prize #InteractiveFiction #gamebooks #CYOA #Gaming #BookerPrize #ShehanKarunatilaka #Books #Reading #ChooseYourOwnAdventure
Can you help #IndianaJones find the long-lost treasure of Sheba? Doing my part this week reading this 1984 #gamebook with coworkers during #StorytimeWithSteve. There are 11 Indy adventures in this #FindYourFate series - some go for quite a lot of money on the resale market.
It's better than Crystal Skull.
Creeping your way down the hall, you notice the little girl's bedroom door is propped open just a little. You stick your head into the crack and carefully nudge the door open with your paw. You enter a moderately sized room, the girl asleep on her bed. Above it dangles a chain you think you could pull on. Entering the room, you notice a little spring sticking out from behind the door.
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic #Writing #Story #Caturday
You have only just begun to ensure your domain is rid of threats and little annoyances. Leaving your gift on the bed you hop off and dart out the door. On the upstairs floor there are several rooms for you to choose from, most of which have open doors and some of which you think you can open yourself. You decide to check out...
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic #Story #Writing
Holding onto your prize, you wander the house until you find the master bedroom. Fortunately for you, the door is open. Entering, you make your way to the bed and hop up, perching at your humans feet. Lifting your head and dropping your gift on the bed, you let out a prideful meow. Mother stirs and looks down, then gasps. She tries to play it off but you can tell your gift didn't go over as you'd hoped.
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic #Writing #Story
You've come too far to give up now. Tapping into your dormant hunting instincts, you leap from the floor to the counter, and then onto the top of the fridge. You watch and wait for the moment, then when the fly strays a little too close, you jump. It tries to escape but a quick swipe as gravity exerts its influence over you catches the fly in your grasp. As you land on the ground you let out a victory meow, your enemy vanquished.
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic #Writing #Story
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic
You're going to end this, now. You leap towards the fly, claws extended... and miss. It manages to get out of your way and now circles you from higher ground. Looking around you spot a nearby chair and hop onto it. Leaping at the fly again it just ascends out of reach. You leap onto the counter and try again. The fly now circles the light fixture.
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic
This domaine is yours to protect and take advantage of as you like. You will not allow such nuisances. Your tail swishing you leap off your tower and land on the coffee table. Following your ears, you easily track the sound into the kitchen. it's an insect. Buzzing without a care in the world, it either doesn't notice or care that you're there. But it will...
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic
If there's one thing you know instinctively is that he who has height has power. Resolved to claim what is essentially a throne for cats you make a running leap, landing on the third and highest level of your tower. The material underfoot is much softer than you were expecting. You could nap here if you wanted to. There's also the window to examine, or you could look for some way to assert your dominance.
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic
You lift your head, leaving your paw pressed against the side of the crate. Mustering up all your annoyance you let out a long, low meow. The car hits a fairly noticeable bump as it slows, then stops. Mother picks up your crate and carries you into the house, then sets it down. Much to your joy the latch is pulled, and you have an easy exit.
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic
As nice as the scritches are, your feline mind has other priorities. First among them is getting out of your crate. You step away from the side of the crate and roll onto your back, pawing at the girl's hand through the crate. She just leaves it there, confused by your behavior. You feel the car turn and slow. Maybe you're close to home?
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic
Thinking you might be able to get the little girl to open the crate you're stuck in, you let her fingers find your head. You press against the side of the crate and purr, and you do have to admit the little girl gives decent scritches. This continues on for some time, but you're no closer to getting out of your prison.
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic
You rub up against the little girl's leg for another few moments before getting bored. Deciding to celebrate the best way you know how, you start to run around in circles. Mother and father let you for a few minutes before mother picks you up. Soon, you're out of the shop and being placed in a little pet carrier in the car.
"No lines down", you say, "must be at the plant; I'd hoped we wouldn't have to make another trip to Atlanta any time soon."
"I know", she says, "but if we lose another distribution node half the town will loose power and none of our neighbors are better off than we are. We can't afford to be distracted by blackouts with Alabama encroaching more and more on Society territory every day."
"I was being selfish; you're right of course. Oh, by the way, I met someone on the road…"
I think Thousand Year Old Vampire is a masterpiece. When you think of the the impact of forever losing real-life memories, it is devastating. To situate that compelling thought in an engaging, thematically-rich environment and scenario, realized through proper game mechanics, it is truly brilliant. More than that, it is art. @timh #ThousandYearOldVampire #CYOA #InteractiveFiction #Vampire #Storytelling #Art #Fiction #Reading
"If you want a meal or a ride you can follow the road and you'll hit Sautee in a few miles."
"Is that in Alabama?"
"No, they haven’t reached
this far. They’re focused on finding a way to take Atlanta We’re one of the larger collectives outside of the cities, but we’re still only a few thousand people."
It's not a word you use yourself, but she's clearly heard of the communities that sprang up throughout the Appalachians after the U.S. collapsed.
Did you know that the cover font used on #ChooseYourOwnAdventure books is ITC Benguiat?
Did you know that the Netflix show #StrangerThings uses the same font in its title?
Now those shared font users combine for something awesome! https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/industry-deals/article/91411-stranger-things-choose-your-own-adventure-coming-in-april.html #gamebooks #CYOA
"Is everything alright, you look beat?", you say, stepping back to give her space. She looks jumpy as she steps out of hiding: "I'm alright, I've just been walking for a while. I've got travel papers to go to Atlanta." This stops you cold; there aren't any governments left near here to restrict motion, she must be a refugee from the New Confederacy around what's left of Alabama, and they don't allow travel to Atlanta, or anywhere outside their ever expanding territory.
It's a lovely day so you continue your walk. As you step off the road into the shadow of the trees a flicker of movement gives you pause. A woman you don't know hastily tries to hide. She looks travel worn, and hasn't had a good meal in days. It's unusual to find people who don't live in one of the nearby collectives this far out; the rural population is much lower than it was before the fall of the U.S. and the eventual collapse of Georgia and most of the former states.
As you walk towards town following the power line, your phone beeps. The face of Sonii appears. "I didn't think you'd be up this early," you start.
"I woke up when you rolled out of bed, but it's okay. The panel is fine?"
"Seems so, I'm checking the lines now."
"Okay, I'll check the electrical systems at the power plant. Chances are it's just a break somewhere. Meet me at the Souk when you're done."
After hanging up you reach the road; it circles the woods for several kilometers.
The panel looks old and worn. They're hard to come by, so you're glad it's fine, if a little less efficient than it once was. Then again, you still don't know what the problem is. Cursing you tap a button on your sleeve and speak: "Start a message to Sonii. 'I'm out by the panel that was having trouble, but it looks fine. We may have a more serious problem and anything beyond replacing components is beyond me; can I leave this in your hands?" You send the message, and pack up.
You pick your way through the forest. The earthy smell of mushrooms and other shade crops pervade your senses. Logs that have been seeded with (presumably) edible fungi lie composting on the forest floor. Passing out of the trees and into the early morning sunshine you walk past rows of vegetables and flowers mixed together in a locally chaotic, but globally ordered fashion. Several beds have raised solar panels above them, and it is to one of these that you walk. There is no power.
#Cat #CYOA #IntFic
As father tries to pry the stick from your jaws, you watch him closely. Anticipating his moves you hop into the air, startling him. You land on your paws as the stick comes down in turn, and go from simply not allowing him to take the stick to jumping with it when he tries to pull it away.
Finally getting bored you let him take the stick back. He hands it back to his daughter before explaining what happened. Now knowing you're there, she reaches out a hand towards you.
#Cat #Cyoa #IntFic
You jump down from the window and run to capture the stick. You manage to trap the tip of it in your mouth. The girl looks confused and tries to shake it, but you hold on tight. The mother and father blink and stop walking. They look at you, but the little girl doesn't. It's as if the girl has no idea you're there. She tries to pull the stick towards her and down towards the ground, but you hold fast.
#Cat #IntFic #CYOA
You stretch and slowly open your eyes, curled up against a window. You are surrounded by people. Other cats and dogs wander around freely, while some are kept in cages. Many humans interact with them, and some of them are even lucky enough to leave. You want to be one of them.
A family walks by. A mother, father, and a little girl tapping a stick along the ground as she walks. They don't even seem to notice you're there.
I am an #OpenlyAutistic #Xennial #INFP person. It was #ExtraordinaryAttorneyWoo (#이상한변호사우영우) and #InnocentWitness (#증인) which gave me the courage to say, “enough is enough” with all the discrimination, prejudice, and stigma about #Autism and #ActuallyAutistics.
Furthermore, I strongly believe in #FreeCulture (under which are #CreativeCommons, #OpenKnowledge, #FLOSS, and related). You will also occasionally see me sharing and talking about #Privacy and #Security.
My first #Fediverse identity was in 2008, when it was still called #identiverse (the former was coined sometime 2010–2012). I used to run a public #Friendica instance for the Philippines, and had my own solo #Hubzilla instance. (#DidYouKnow The Philippines is the #SNS capital of the world since 2008.  )
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I love to read #books. My first was Book 5 of the original #CYOA entitled, “The Mystery of Chimney Rock” when I was around four (I still have the book somewhere with a missing cover). By fourteen, I enjoyed reading a non-fiction book entitled simply as “Brain”, and dreamed of becoming a neuroscientist, which sadly remained a dream.
My longest read were #PeterFHamilton's “Pandora's Star” and “Judas Unchained” (more or less 1,000 pages each). My number one favourite is #LynnKurland's “Dreams of Stardust” (I even bought every copy I saw and gave it away).
When it comes to genre, I read anything. In the classics, I love #JaneEyre by Charlotte Brontë. I also read #NeilGaiman's “American Gods”. But I do have genres I favour more than others: #ScienceFiction and #Fantasy. To be more specific, science fiction and fantasy with #TimeTravel and #ParallelWorld elements, if the author can combine it together, even better (like Lynn Kurland's novels: #scifi + fantasy + #romance and sometimes with #paranormal too).
That said, my taste in live-action shows is somewhat similar. And the more complex and/or engaging the story is, the more I love it. Some examples are:
(in no particular order)
* #Grid (#그리드) – https://im.youronly.one/snoworld/%EA%B7%B8%EB%A6%AC%EB%93%9C-grid-explained-2022116/
* #SisyphusTheMyth (#시지프스TheMyth) – https://im.youronly.one/snoworld/%EC%8B%9C%EC%A7%80%ED%94%84%EC%8A%A4-sisyphus-the-myth-2021-explained-logically-2021100/
* #AlphaGateway (#TheGateway) – https://im.youronly.one/snoworld/alpha-gateway-2018-parallel-worlds-explained-201956/
#Sports. I am a #runner. Well, not a professional runner. I run for #health and #fitness. I am also planning on doing #cycling again (my last was during my High School years). My first love was #football, or what Americans call #soccer. I also love #swimming, but what is close and dear to me is #Archery, in particular classic Asian archery, and Japanese archery called #Kyudo (#弓道 #きゅうどう #Kyujutsu). A must.
#Games? This one is a long history. Who doesn't love games, right? To sum it up, I started with Nintendo's “Game & Watch”, then “Family Computer”. I also was able to experience playing in Atari and MSX; as well as table-top #arcade machines. My favourite games are: “Super Mario Bros.”, “#Bomberman”. As well as, “Curse of the Azure Bonds” (#ForgottenRealms) and the Krynn series (#DragonLance) by TSR, “Sim Farm”, “Sim City”, “#PrinceOfPersia”, “#ManiacMansion”, “Neverwinter Nights”, “Eye of the Beholder”, “#Ultima” series, and the Carmen Sandiego franchise, for the PC. (*cough*Digger*cough*)
In modern #gaming, I highly recommend #GuildWars2, #StarTrekOnline, #Neverwinter, and the open-source #rhythm game, #Quaver.
For extended reality, or XR, games, I play #Ingress, #PikminBloom, #Orna, and #Qonqr; sometimes #PokemonGo.
Last, but definitely not the least, I am a #Natsari as defined in Acts 24. It means that I believe in the #Torah and the #Messiah.
#Introduction #about #me
1️⃣ 𐤔𐤋𐤅𐤌 𐤏𐤋𐤉𐤊𐤌
👇🏽 Shalom! 👇🏽
6. You open the door to the gift shop. It's mostly tchotchkes, nothing impressive. Except for just behind the counter. That's where you notice a Shrek figurine. It's...magnificent.
Approach the Shrek figurine - Move to Toot #7
Look around a little more - Move to Toot #9
4. You walk up to the pink door & see there's a sign that reads, "Gift Shop." However, when you try the door it appears locked.
You step back a moment and see that something's glistening out of the corner of your eye.
Check out the glistening thing - Move to Toot #5
Shrug it off and go home - Move to Toot #3