For those who just want the link: https://dashingdon.com/go/1980
I know that at least a couple of you have seen this game on DashingDon before now; I didn’t want to make a thread up until this point because I prefer there to actually be some work done before I start showing stuff like this off.
Of Gods And Mortals (A working title) is a CYOA about being… Well, a god. The game starts at the very birth of the universe, where you and your fellow gods begin to create the world, and will move throughout the ages of humanity, with you guiding your mortals along. It’s inspired by the works of Joseph Campbell and the writings of Michael Kirkbride. For the sake of artistic license as well as political neutrality, the other gods in the game will all be of my own original creation, though with some obvious inspirations from deities of various world religions.
The rough roadmap I have in my head is something along the lines of:
Chapter 1: Gods Amongst Men (Pre-History to 1000 B.C.E., themed around works such as The Epic of Gilgamesh)
Chapter 2: Gods on Their Mountains (1000 B.C.E. to 400 B.C.E., themed around the Hellenistic heroic age, works such as The Iliad and The Odyssey)
Chapter 3: Gods in Their Heavens (400 B.C.E. to 600 C.E., themed around the rise of Buddhism, Taoism, and the New Testament)
Chapter 4: Gods at War (600 C.E. to 1500 C.E., themed around the spread of Christianity, Islam, and the Holy Wars of the period, including the conversion of Pagans)
Chapter 5: Gods at Contemplation (1500 C.E. to 1900 C.E., themed around the Christian Reformation, and the rise of syncretic religions such as Sikhism.)
Chapter 6: Gods Forgotten (1900 C.E. to our modern day, themed with the rise of secularism and irreligion.)
Chapter 7: ??? (A grand finale to the story.)
Right now I’m halfway through Chapter 1 - You’ve met another god and their followers in the physical, mortal world for the first time, and soon you will be able to decide
The three “primary stats” are Power - which determines your ability to force change through sheer brute force - Mysticality - which determines your ability to subtly weave change into the world - and Majesty - your ability to command change merely with your divine voice.
I currently have four “morality stats”, which are subject to change and expansion:
Fear vs Love - Whether your mortals tremble at your divine might, or are comforted in your divine embrace.
Competition vs Cooperation - Whether you emphasize individuality or community amongst your followers.
Stability vs Spontaneity - Whether you emphasize safety or exploration amongst your followers.
Monotheism vs Polytheism - Whether you claim to be the only true god, or whether you recognize other gods as similarly divine. At the end of Chapter 1, you will be able to decide whether to set up or join a pantheon (Polytheistic) or whether to proclaim yourself the sole ruler of all creation (Monotheistic).
Please feel free to leave any comments, criticisms, or questions either in this thread or in a private message to me. I will do my best to update this on a regular basis, but I am inclined towards periods of laziness and/or lack of creative energy and/or mass amounts of creative anxiety.