I thought I had a list of other suggestions in that Fake Choice Challenge. However they’re not there. they must be lurking in another post. (Incidentally feel free to participate in that thread if you want, I don’t think there’s a problem in bumping it.)
What I’d like to see is a challenge that’s centered around a difficult moral or ethical dilemma. Perhaps the opposite of the Fake Choice Challenge, wherein there’s one important choice, it’s significant, it has impact, you can change the world with that choice.
The benefits of a game jam, and writing a short game means that you’ve actually got more freedom to make that single choice matter, and to explore all the consequences of it. If you’re writing a long game branching too much, especially at the beginning, soon gets unwieldy and can be off-putting for a new writer.
Or an ethical dilemma. Maybe something like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem but put into choicescript.
Or if we’re speaking love themes, what about Paris’ Choice? Wherein three beautiful goddess’ appear before a shepherd, ask him which of them is most beautiful, and he’s stupid enough to choose.
Sophie’s Choice wherein she’s forced to choose between which of her children will survive. There’s a lot of these choices in Batman too. One which had Batman choosing between Batgirl and Robin, one where he has to choose between the man who’ll change the future of Gotham and his girlfriend, and the others that the joker forces upon people in The Dark Knight. I think those sort of choices are fun. (I know Heroes Rise does one as well but I was disappointed in the way that one worked out.)
Firefly does it in an episode, where Zoe’s forced to choose between her husband and her captain. I loved that she didn’t even need to think about the choice she made there.
Also Cabin In the Woods, which has another important choice. Again I loved how they inverted that choice. How the heroine is told her friend needs to die or else the world’s doomed, she originally tries to kill him, then they change their minds and just destroy the world.
Also, perhaps we could just have a list of things, randomly roll on the list and people have to include at least one element in their game. So we could have.
Mystery or Detective
The Wild West
Generic Fantasy Land
A Modern City
Then maybe a theme, a moral, or perhaps something off of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_technique or even a list of random things people want to suggest. Or a list of monsters/antagonists.