Game ideas have always popped in and out of my head like whack-a-moles, but rarely have I found the white-knuckled commitment (and time) to actually start writing any of them.
Today though, I started working on A Longship To Dyrrachion, a historical fiction story set in the 1000s that features you, a hopeful Viking who has just left home to seek fame, fortune, and glory as part of the Varangian Guard.
As a member of the Varangian Guard, your job is to get close, up and intimate with blood, steel, and protect the Emperor Alexios I Komnenos from harm…at least in theory.
This story is still very much in infancy - I literally started it last night and have not stopped writing since, so please bear with the shortness of it.
I’m still learning to code in ChoiceScript (am a programmer, but this is new to me), so there may be mistakes that appear every now and then.
If you happen to spot one, I will fist-bump my computer in thanks.
That also applies to things like spelling errors/pacing and continuity errors, or things you feel would make the story go better.
If you’ve see something historically inaccurate, or if I’ve inadvertently been culturally insensitive, please point it out to me, as I am not a resident of the areas depicted in this story, and may make missteps in this arena.
The demo is available here on Dashingdon, but goes up and down depending on what’s being changed.
- Play as male, female, or non-binary.
Due to this being a fairly historically accurate Viking era story, people will notice and take your gender into account in their dealings with you.
- Be gay, straight, bisexual, pan, asexual and or/aromantic.
Given that it is the Viking era, social mores do apply, but there is always the chance to find clandestine love…or something closer to the groin.
Play traditional Viking games like hnefatafl, dice, and tug-o-war! Loser provides drinks, of course.
Customize your appearance and personality.
Solve problems with strength?
Wisely reach for poultices to heal wounded comrades?
Charm your way into the Emperor’s inner circle?
Dodge Turkish assassins by hiding in shadows they didn’t even know existed?
Fall over the side of a Viking longship like a proper drunk?
There’s an option for that last one, too.
Options. Many of them. Coming, to a longhouse near you!
WHAT WOULD HELP:
Pointing out errors: Spelling mistakes/continuity errors, coding breaking the game, etc.
Comments on stat balances are also sorely needed - I can handle most of the writing, but am not so sure about how to balance stats so each one gets a fair shot at usage.
Perspectives from LGBT readers.
I am myself an aromantic, bisexual woman, and of course, have my blind spots.
This is meant to be in the 10th century, so homosexuality/alternative relationships are far less accepted.
People may call you names in teasing manners, or scenes may change slightly for same-sex relationships.
Generally, I will lean towards the side of historical accuracy, but let me know if you see anything unacceptable.
EDIT: Just hit 5k words. So much backstory writing, bleh…