Hey there! Having recently submitted Nuclear Powered Toaster for publication, I wanted to move on and try something very different before deciding whether to do a sequel to NPT or not. The title is a WIP too; I will likely drop the Quite App-Parent part and just go with The Parenting Simulator. It’s dry but easily searchable, and that has value.
In this game, you don’t fly spaceships, use superpowers, go back in time or confront eldritch horrors. You do something a lot more intimidating: you have a child. Quite App-Parent will feature a large (as in 50+) variety of small scenes that provide you the opportunity to raise a child as you see fit. Many will be randomly selected from a pool of available scenes for each year of their life (2 out of 5 in the first year, 2 out of 4 most others), although some are mandatory (such as potty-training, the first day of school, etc). It’s a stat-lite affair, with only a handful of opposing stats that will help shape who your child is and how they see you. Later chapters will have specific scenes generated based on your stats, as well as the outcome of previous years. It’s sort of an experimental thing, so all feedback is definitely welcome!
Years Seven and Eight are live, bringing almost 13,000 new words in for a total of about 47,000. Words per playthrough is about 15,000. Semi-NaNoWriMo total for November is about 14,900 words, leaving just over 10,000 to hit the mark between now and the 30th. Why did they do this on a 30-day month again? Just poor forethought. No surprise since we’re talking about writers here.
Year 6 is finally done. I am hoping to have the next chapter up a lot faster than this one was. 6,035 words in, so pretty much right at the 1/3 mark if this story actually does end up around 100k like I was thinking.
Year Five is up, and is by far the longest year yet at 7,224 words. There are only three scenes instead of four due to the length of each one. The total is now 28,768 words with 28.3% (or about 8,164) seen each time out.
It was a long time between updates, but on the plus side Year Four is also the longest chapter to date, at over 5,600 words. This brings the total to 21,000 and change. Playthrough length is around 6,600, so still hanging within that sweet spot for words seen per run at about 31%.
Year Three is in the pan, the total tops out in the high 15,000 range and just over 5,000 per playthrough. Vacation is coming next week (woooo Daytona!) so might be a while before Year Four pops, as it will have four sequences to write that do not yet exist.
The new word total is 12,400 words, and Year Two joins the list of completed chapters. Next up will be to complete Year Three.
The initial demo clocks in at around 9,500 words. The opening chapter and Year One are both complete, barring minor alterations. Year Two and Three are partially completed.
To try your hand at raising a virtual rugrat, go here: https://dashingdon.com/go/2877