I’m brand new to this community, and this is my first post on this forum.
I want to create a gamebook app for Mxit (www.mxit.com), and I am consequently looking for gamebook authors to partner with (apparently this is allowed, according to #10 at http://www.choiceofgames.com/forum/discussion/700/new-to-the-choice-of-games-forums-read-this-first).
Here’s some background: Mxit is the largest social network in Africa, boasting around 10 million active users in South Africa (this is 20% of our population). Mxit is very similar to WhatsApp, but it is designed to work on just about any phone, especially feature phones. I believe that the gamebook format is ideally suited for the Mxit demographic, as it is digested an enjoyed quite easily. I also feel that ‘getting people to read’ (hopefully) is an awesome opportunity to uplift my community (a community where literacy is super low). I see gamebooks appearing on Mxit as short, fun and interactive books delivered in instalments (like chapters).
I can provide the distribution, but I need the content. Obviously I can’t look at ‘Choice of Games’ labels, as that license grants Choice of Games exclusive right to publish the work. With ‘Hosted Games’ labels, however, you as a author retain the full IP and publishing rights on your work (essentially meaning that you could publish it on Choice of Games and with me at the same time). Currently Choice of Games provides a 25% royalty. I am willing to give a 35% royalty (from ads and selling instalments of works).
There are a few initial requirements, however:
- The story needs to be “dumb” - it can’t have any stats or logic. It simply needs to be a collection of texts and links between those texts.
- The story can’t contain any obscenity or vulgarity (it needs to be suitable for all ages).
- Due to the nature of the platform, shorter is better. The fewer the amount of sentences between choices.
Would anyone be interested in such a partnership?