A civilization, once mighty, has fallen. Twisted ruins stand crumbling, a testament to what once was. Its ways were strange and unknown to us. They strove, and struggled, flew too close to the sun, tottered, and collapsed. The statue of their great leader, made of a shining green element unknown to us, stands shattered in their cratered town square.
These are the Ruins of a Dead Civilization.
Well, that was exciting! And that lovely flavor text is my introduction to a mild contest. But it’s not the kind of contest where you win anything, to be clear. This is about fun and glory.
My fellow Choice of Gamers are invited to submit interactive stories on the theme of “Battle in the Ruins of a Dead Civilization.”
I’m inviting people from both Choice of Games and Choose Your Story to submit interactive stories for a friendly contest, because a lot of times there’s friction between sites for no reason, when, at the end of the day, we all just love to write and read branching stories.
The Twist: If you want to play, you must submit your story to a third, now largely-defunct IF site, Infinite Story (infinite-story.com). Infinite Story is, in a very real sense, a civilization, once mighty, that has now fallen. It is a strange, primitive place. This will not be for the faint-hearted. Variables are unknown. Scripting is unknown. Here, stripped to the bare bones of interactive literature, all there are, are pages linked to one another. It will be painful coming from our sophisticated core worlds. But it is the only way to explore these ruins.
The Prize: Glory, fun, constructive interaction with another site, and almost certainly a deeper appreciation for Choice Script.
Theme: Write your game on the theme of “Battle in the Ruins of a Dead Civilization.” Feel free to interpret this theme as you like.
Length: There is no minimum or maximum word count.
Deadline: October 31, 2019, 11:59 EST
Where to Submit: In keeping with the theme of this contest, submit to Infinite Story (infinite-story.com) and then post here letting me know you’ve entered and posted, and the name of your story. I’ll be judging the stories (along with a few more suitably neutral or neutral-posing people.)
Champions of CoG who have thrown down their gauntlets:
1. Fleet Admiral Poison_Mara
2. Captain Hustler2
3. Loyalty Officer Gryllidae
4. Tactical Officer Nocturnal_Stillness
5. Mercenary Captain Wannabe_Human
6. Quartermaster Kaelyn
7. Emergency Medical Hologram Solskin
8. Protocol Droid Lovinglydull
9. Fighter Pilot Squad Leader Jake8517