Short Story!


I have my sketch outline for the Short Story Competition!

The competition theme is poisonous intent – and it’s taken me a while to engage with the idea and really understand what I want from it.



but. . . spoilers ; )

wish me luck everyone

– this is going to be tough. And I hope some of you will be so good as to beta-test it later this month. :grin:


Connecting the dots

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited about finding and exploring all the different interactive fiction sites out there. Some are pretty new, easy to follow and well designed, like Choice of Games, and some of them have been around since the good old days of Zork (you should not be worried if you do not get this reference!)

Anyway I’ve linked a load of them here at the bottom of the sidebar as I try to get ‘The Aegis Saga – Blood’s demo out to fellow minded interactive fiction fans.

Have fun! A lot of Choice of Games and Hosted Games authors have stories and profiles on these forums : )




Lordirish’s 4th Annual Choicescript Competition

I’m getting excited about the upcoming 4th Annual CS Comp run by Lordirish beginning on the 1st of May.

They’ll be releasing a theme and I’ve got one month to create a brand new short story – hence the self-imposed deadline to get ‘The Aegis Saga – Blood’ out by the 30th of April.

Headspace. . . !

COG forum link =


Inspiration for the world of Eris

The fantasy world of Eris (the greek word for Strife) is named after our own greek goddess of discord. She’s described by the poet Hesiod as taking two ‘wholly different’ forms – the first Strife is ‘evil’, while the second – ‘harsh Strife’ – makes us competitive. Heriod says of this second form of Eris, “a man would praise her when he came to understand her”:

“So, after all, there was not one kind of Strife alone, but all over the earth there are two”. . . “one fosters evil war and battle, being cruel: her no man loves; but perforce, through the will of the deathless gods, men pay harsh Strife her honour due.”

“This Strife is wholesome for men”, “neighbor vies with neighbor”. “She stirs up even the shiftless to toil”
(and Hesiod says the goddess Eris is to blame for choicescript authors getting angry or competitive with other choicescript minstrels too :blush:)

But to return to my fantasy world.


Interactive stories

Interactive stories allow you to change things about the story that you’re reading. It’s a great way to feel more involved in a narrative.

In the ‘Aegis Saga – Blood’ you can choose your path through the story, effecting the character’s relationships with your avatar, changing the things that happen, and enjoying a more immersive experience of the world of Eris than you might have done if you’d stuck to linear reading.

And if you enjoyed it, you can read again, and find out how different choices shape the world around you.