Couldn’t decide on an appropriate sub-forum for this, so figured I’d play it safe. You may have heard of a pro wrestling Choicescript game called “Slammed!” in the “Upcoming Releases” thread – I’m Paolo, the author, and I thought I’d introduce myself on the forums before the game comes out. (I’ve been poking around for a while, but haven’t had much to say.)
I just submitted the first complete draft to Adam & Jason, which means that Slammed! is not anywhere near its final form yet, I thought I’d start a post where anyone curious about the game can ask about it, so you have a better idea as to whether or not it’ll be your type of game.
So, some facts about Slammed! (as it currently stands) to start things off:
*Slammed traces the arc of your career from your start in the independent scene to (if you manage to avoid premature endings) your first appearance in the universe’s version of Wrestlemania.
* It’s not primarily about matches/combat – something that probably shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with pro wrestling. There’s a lot of talking, and interacting with different personalities, both on-camera and off.
*This is not to say that the matches aren’t important – much of the verbal interaction and inter-character conflict is meant to build up to those big matches. The most difficult parts of the game for me to write involved the final two fights (and by two I mean four, since the final match differs depending on your opponent.)
* I don’t treat pro wrestling as “real” in the sense of a competitive sport – the tension between reality and “kayfabe” is an important element of the game – but in the universe of Slammed!, the leading wrestling federation has integrated “shoot” (real) fights into their product. Whether or not your character thinks that’s a good thing is another story…
*There are stats/variables – quite a lot of them – but this is a narrative driven game, as opposed to one which tries to simulate the life of a wrestler. That being said, I tried to make sure that your choices matter – your opponent in the final match can change, and the epilogue will be affected by non-wrestling priorities, such as the presence of a significant other, and whether you chose the path that resulted in your family making an appearance in the story.
As for me, personally:
* I’m a writer from the Philippines, with most of my experience coming from short stories and comics.
* I was a huge fan of wrestling growing up, but I stopped before the Attitude Era and made a return to the fold in 2010. I’ve been playing catch up ever since.
*While I love it to pieces, I don’t have encyclopedic knowledge of wrestling. My wrestling diet is still primarily WWE (that’s the only wrestling show readily available here), but I’ve researched and enjoyed shows from the more prominent independent promotions, in the U.S. and Japan, and I’ve read up a lot on pre-WWE wrestling (such as the scene in Britain during the World of Sport era) – although not much made it in to the actual game.
Favorite wrestler: CM Punk, if we’re talking all around. Antonio Cesaro and Daniel Bryan (maybe Ricochet, from the little I’ve seen of him) if it’s a matter of watching a wrestling match without the context of a storyline.
Well, that’s it for now. Happy to be here!