If you guys didn’t know, I’m a big fan of the old Need For Speed games. NFS Underground 1&2, Most Wanted, Carbon and a few more. The games i mentioned pretty much had street racing as the center-focus. The other thing they tried to do was ‘STORY’, so i thought it would be pretty cool to see a street racing COG or HG. I don’t know how a genre like this would translate into a text-adventure because i’m not a writer but it would be cool to see someone experiment with this idea.
Choice of the detective or choice of the spy woluld be fun. And i would certainly play a game Where we could be the devil too.
Seems like a fun thread to
revive add to. Here are some things I’d love to play that don’t exist, all of which I think would benefit greatly from being a CYOA game.
- First Responder. You’re a specialised paramedic in the midst of an enormous catastrophe. Without your supplies, without your partner, without any support from your organisation, you have to somehow survive the catastrophe while also preserving as many innocent lives as possible, improvising solutions and carrying out accurate first aid under pressure.
- Derelict Investigator. You’re a lower-class space trucker that’s just taken up a lucrative new position to trek out to abandoned space stations and find out what the hell happened to them. The job pays like no tomorrow, but considering the danger, you might not get that tomorrow anyway.
- Antarctic Explorer. You and your team have set out to explore an underground ecosystem in the Antarctic that was recently unearthed due to global warming. You have to use your survival skills, your spelunking skills, your scientific analysis skills, and your teamwork capabilities in order to successfully uncover the dark secret that lies beneath the ice.
Project Guardian: A setting with superpowers that have been progressively getting stronger and more common for over a century. This led to widespread devastation and governmental collapse; people with superpowers aren’t particularly more or less law abiding than normal people, but when who gets powers and what kind is down to the luck of the draw, eventually a government loses that draw, followed by their capitol. Then Project Guardian was announced, a UN initiative by the remaining nations to create an international powered police force to restore order. All information about them is highly classified, and they wear full-body armor with opaque visors, fighting in teams coordinated by a powerful telepath. This has fueled rampant speculation; the truth is they’re mass-produced clones with carefully engineered personalities, providing a reliable, consistent force with no loyalties to particular nations. The main character would be a non-Guardian powered police officer (think state police vs. FBI) who gets caught up in matters well above their paygrade and eventually must decide if Guardian production should continue. If so, should they continue to serve the current order or a new one? If not, what do you do with the existing Guardians? And most importantly, do the Guardians say “All units shall obey your decision” or “order recieved and rejected”?
So, I’ve occasionally complained that I don’t like plot elements involving the overthrow of the current social order because it distracts from the main story. This obviously raises the question of when I might go for it. Well… the reason the feudal system collapsed in the end is that power comes from the people. It always has; it’s just that the feudal system allowed rulers to get the people to give them the power. A knight without armor or a sword or a horse against the dozen blacksmiths who would make that armor and sword ends pretty badly for the knight.
So while various factors contributed to the end of the feudal system, what started to erode it was collective bargaining. Towns generally actually didn’t owe fealty to a lord; they’d have one or more non-noble leaders be it a mayor or a town council, and they’d make a contract. Technically the entire Feudal system was governed by the Feudal Contract, but towns were when the common people banded together and were able to exert leverage. There wasn’t a form contract, but often they’d go over the heads of the local lord to negotiate with the King and the deal they’d make is they’d pay the King taxes in some form and obey some restrictions and in return they just aren’t subject to the authority of any other noble. A serf who heads to a town and remains there for a sufficent period of time is legally no longer a serf. Why can’t their lord just come and take them back? That would be breach of contract with the town and the King will get a sharklike grin and will use this as an excuse to replace the lord with someone the King likes better.
So I want a story about how a bunch of peasants decide this whole Feudal thing sucks and they go found a town. And if there’s a plague or an evil witch raising an army of zombie dragons or a dread god awakening to devour them all, I want to be able to say “well let’s table this discussion ‘For The Duration Of The Present Emergency’” and then we give the great hero the best weapon we can forge and the great hero goes and stabs the witch and then we go back to the table and we say “so you owe us for that sword; we’d like to…”
Also I have in another thread mentioned the Crafting Mafia. I could go into somewhat more detail, but basically the idea is that the three top crafters in an MMO get together and they decide how much crafted items go for and who is allowed to buy them. And there’s a bit where a bunch of guilds are harassing crafters and they attract the ire of the Crafting Mafia and then later when the Crafting Mafia has hired the top raiding guild Eight Million Gods* to get the item required to fill a guild hall a PKer guild shows up and the Crafting Mafia’s blacksmith lady smugly asks how they’ve been doing and they rant about how they’ve been getting screwed ever since every crafter on the entire server refused to sell them anything ever. I call them the Crafting Mafia because the blacksmith lady basically acts like a Mafia Godfather. If they need a contract hit they call the MC and the MC calls his big sister and Eight Million Gods shows up and helps.
*Shinto phrase. Eight million is used in the sense of myrids; the true number is much higher.
Interest Check Thread
Is there nothing similar to Game of Thrones style choice game?
Is there an game about Police consultory or one about a true psychopath?( Not medieval or other sorts of things, Just the good serial killer story)
I want to see a romantic comedy with a female lead being pursued by the charming rich guy and the rebellious free spirited bad boy. Then in the end she chooses the woman she’s been trying to spend time with in between their hijinks and the rejected suitors go off to get a beer together
I think the game you’re looking for is Mystic Messenger, specifically Jaehee’s route lol
I’m assuming that you’re asking if there’s any police WIPs. There are several WIPs and completed games out like Law Abiding Citizens, Wayhaven Chronicles (you’re basically a detective dealing with supernatural stuff) and you’re basically Watson in the story called A Study in Steampunk.
Should they, or shouldn’t they. That is the question. Who is this eponymous “they” anyway? A shadowy organization that waits in the wings, stalking forums for ideas that they can use to write stories? Perhaps they are more abstract, intangible, like the police story itself. Who knows, maybe the real police story is in all of us. The real police story is the friend you made along the way. The journey, rather than the destination. We could all learn from this. I am inspired. The world needs a police story!