A Dev’s Progress

Getting this to work was one of the hardest things I’ve ever attempted : )

Updated first two chapters

I’ve updated the first couple of chapters of The Aegis Saga – Blood using the new ‘turn page’ feature from ‘Brain-bug’ and the new open world style feature from ‘Explore Stonecross’ – (p.95).

Want to hear about it when The Aegis Saga Blood is released? (I will only ever email you when a story is released.) Now all the code is in place, I’ll be continuing through the rest of the chapters on the heels of the editor Juliane Ashwood!

Brain-bug

A Starship Troopers mini about a brain-bug’s mind games = basically an experiment that finally makes a page turning Choicescript game, which can be amended any time without a whole load of er… bugs.

Mini story – Brain-bug

Want to hear about it when The Aegis Saga Blood is released? (I will only ever email you when a story is released)

Explore Stonecross as an Open World

An experiment with using the randomisation I’ve been learning with an ‘open world’ style. It’s bare bones at the moment, but you get the point ; )

I’ve tried to build a mechanic that:

1/ Allows you to move around freely.

2/ Randomly generates the places you travel around.

3/ Then remembers them so you can return there (and some day interact with the things you find there.)

Explore Stonecross =

Want to hear about it when The Aegis Saga Blood is released? (I will only ever email you when a story is released)

Happiness and writing/game design

I woke up extra early today and told myself I’d use the time coding, but instead ended up looking at the forums and social media . . . I don’t know if anyone else has a great method of motivating themselves? Sometimes I feel like the only thing that really works for me is to lock myself in a small room without any distractions at all (preferably when I know I should really be working on something else).

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I think one thing the social media stuff is doing for me at the moment is providing thing that make me happy or make me laugh. So I don’t think it’s all unproductive.  When I was studying English Literature I felt the most important thing to me was humour – a counter response to nihilism, perhaps. But who can argue against endorphins?

It did mean that @Matticus Primal provided me with some awesome CYOA story structure inspiration on bestfantasybooks.com that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I was also able to try to cheer someone up who is feeling low – we’ve all been there, and weirdly = what an amazing place for instant human interaction forums are, even at distance.

I think the link between happiness and game design for me is that the one doesn’t seem to happen without the other. And now I feel ready to get stuck into some more writing.

I’m a bit annoyed I’ve now run out of time this morning and will have to go to work soon. Grrr… Oh well, I might as well cheer myself on youtube and on the forums in the meantime…

 

 

 

 

Fear and Envy

So I’m becoming afraid of finishing ‘Blood’.

I don’t know if this is normal – but I can feel its publication drawing near and I still have a big feature I want to add. A linear story-line.

I’ve wanted this to be available from the start – basically because I don’t think interactive fiction is just about offering a reader choices about how the story should turn out. It has the potential to do more, including allowing the reader to choose ‘how’ to read.

I want people to be able to choose not to read my story as a choice-driven narrative. So yes, for a CYOA fan I’m crazy…

But the point is: writing this linear path makes it feel like I’m writing a novel. It feels like the quality has to be that much higher, and I don’t know if I’m up to it.

I’m now back from the last art show Tanya and I have scheduled for this year, so no more excuses. I have to engage with this now – and to tell the truth I’m scared.

I don’t feel confident that I’ll do ‘Blood’ justice.


Why envy? Well, that’s slightly off-point, but check out the place that held the art show = Blenheim Palace.

palace

I don’t want to live there, but – I wouldn’t mind having my own lake… : )

The rumblings of old gods

So it turns out there was once a war between the disciples of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ and the ancient race of the ‘Parsers’.

They fought many times to determine the true meaning question at the end of the Universe (specifically what software it was asked in…)

Today we still hear the rumbles of thunder from the mountain – the jagged place where books meet games. But the argument about ‘what interactive fiction is’ feels a bit old hat – like its become a common mythology. I feel like asking the ones who are still rumbling to quieten down a bit.

They have the status of Titans and Olympians, with about as much modern relevance.

Anyhow – I wanted to list some other CYOA platforms for people who wanted to see if it was something they wanted to try, and if so – help them find the one that seemed the right fit for them:

Twine

Choicescript

Squiffy

Inklewriter

Undum

Quest

I fell into Choicescript because it was easy to start, the things I’d read at the top of the app stores were in CS, and because the community was really strong and supportive. I’ll have a go at a list of some non CYOA later.  Happy hunting!

The rumblings of old gods
The rumblings of old IF gods

 

Wilson

A new mini!  (beware… terrible Choice of Games forum humour)

Wilson – a story about randomisation and a ramen cup with a face drawn on it.

Want to hear about it when The Aegis Saga Blood is released? (I will only ever email you when a story is released)

Eris Worldbuilder & other minis

‘Eris Worldbuilder’

The Eris Worldbuilder is a mini – a really brief experiment with broader choice, I’m trying to work out a way of giving a reader a lot more scope to influence things, while not overburdening the author or damaging narrative integrity : )

I’ll be creating other minis while I’m playing with possible features for Book 2 – Forge, including: ‘Mishaps & Mayors

Want to hear about it when The Aegis Saga Blood is released? (I will only ever email you when a story is released)

Second life

So I spent the week getting sunburned at Art in Action. My first life at the moment is managing The Art Academy, my second is helping Tanya run her sculptor’s practice – and my third is Choicescript.

A busy but awesome life!

We took the dogs and we camped in our trailer with an airbed. Tanya is sculpting a leaping springer spaniel. Art in Action is all about demonstrating your art for the visitors, which means lots of talking and answering questions, so by the end of the day you’re pretty tired and ready for a glass of wine, or um two.

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