MARCH 2020 UPDATE!!
Hello friends, having started furiously writing again now I’m stuck inside for a while, I’ve decided it’s time to upload the second chapter of DWMU onto the end of the demo. It’s a game with about 6 major chapters, so it’s quite a substantial amount of the game, and a hefty 50,000 word section!
Join Len and Asterius to get a hint of the game’s actual romance, romping through a leechy swamp and fighting some liches <3
I hope it brings some joy into your lives everyone! This is still stuff I haven’t gone back and edited since I first wrote it in 2016, so please give it a bit of a critique x I know there’s a lot of stuff that needs a little bit of updating and modernising.
(Don’t) Wake Me Up 2020 Update!!!
Hello again to anyone who remembers it, and hello for the first time to the rest!
Don’t Wake Me Up, the satirical virtual reality dreamworld is going back online! Asterius, the Ultimate Top Hat, Em and Orion are here for more fun, and Len is back for a lot more misery.
I’m working seriously on Don’t Wake Me Up again. Get ready for it to be actually finished, and to prove I’m serious it has a first-ever-attempt-at-pixel-art banner now. For anyone who didn’t get there the first time, here is the first chapter:
This demo is unedited from when I first worked on it, and there is a lot that seems dated to me now, but here it is if you would like your memory jogged!
TLDR I’ve had incredibly bad health and have developed a debilitating physical disability (EDS), but am back to trying to gradually work on it, and am hoping to study a masters in computer science and anthropology (cybernetics!) next year, and have even written a paper on narrative technologies!
ORIGNAL POST (2016):
Premise: You and your flighty friend Asterius are trapped in a malfunctioning virtual reality and must seek a way to return to the real world! The only catch is that you have no memories between you… except for those from every video game you’ve ever played. Armed with nothing more than puns, pop culture references and a healthy dose of sarcasm, will you be able to struggle through this muddled game world back to reality?
Adventure through virtual worlds alongside a delusional gamer, an actual emo vampire (who really wishes he wasn’t an emo vampire), a poet from outer space, and a dashing princess in shining armor, among others!
Brief summary aside, I’ll admit that this is mostly a satire of the trapped-in-a-video-game genre. For about two thirds, it’s a light-hearted comedy story, rife with meta-humour. But I can assure you, it’s anything but light-hearted by the end.
For well over a year, I’ve been working on this game. Originally, I intended not to get involved with the forums until the very latest stages of the process. My work ethic has always been that you never show anything until you’re 100% finished with a project. But I’ve recently read that CoG prefers to have some advance notice for incoming games! Therefore I’ve decided to upload the first chapter as a demo for people to play here.
So please, play the demo! Discuss the game! I’ll try my hardest to get it finished soon. If anyone would like to test a more advanced version later down the line, please send me a message. Also, the code is messy. Hardened CoG authors would probably feel some writhing revulsion looking at how messy the code is. Once I used ‘spaghetti’ as a label just because I was hungry.
Also, I would love to answer any questions/queries/rants/squeeing you might have. I’m furiously refreshing this page so I’ll be here. You can call me Isabella if you want.