I had been working on this story for about three months before things went a little sideways. In it, you still take over the life of a non-gender specific character who seems to be living a normal, unsatisfactory life, but there’s going to be a few changes now.
You still have a not so normal past, and as time trickles by, this only becomes clearer. The excitement comes in the form of your own demons, long and recently buried, springing back up and forcing you to make hard choices that will have resounding consequences.
It’s your past versus your present for your future, which will define you?
As you go ahead to read the first three chapters, keep in mind that this is a rather crude first look. The story has a lot of moving parts that I’m still trying to tame. The main purpose of the demo is to guage impressions and interest levels, so feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.
You can play the demo here: Smalltown: Butterfly Effect
I’m open to all kinds of reviews, but here’s what I really need:
Primary: Your thoughts. What worked, what didn’t work for you.
Secondary: Errors of all kinds, especially logical plot holes in the story.
Tertiary: Your ideas on making the story better.
A new and improved demo, including the complete first part of the story (the first five chapters) will be available before the end of the year, so no major updates until that, but I do have a slew of minor ones and reveals to keep up with till then.
The story will be in parts
There will be three main divisions:
Part 1: The Present
This will consist of the first five chapters, all of which will focus on your version of the MC, as you, the player, will be in the driver’s seat.
It involves the most amount of world building, variables and foreshadowing, so in many ways, it’ll be the most complex.
The first three chapters are currently available and the other two are mostly planned out.
First look now expected some point before the end of Quarter 1 '24.
First look expected some point in the not too distant future.
Smalltown's Butterfly Effect
In this world, decisions made in the past always alter the present dramatically, but hardly change the future. The future remains almost completely fixed, with the only missing detail being how you get there. It’s kind of like being stuck in a time loop, however, how you get there will change your perspective and as a result, the story might actually appear different.
This twist on the Chaos Theory is the guiding principle for the story.
The story could have been named either Controlled or Reverse Butterfly Effect for clarity, but those would have made it sound more Sci-fi than it really is.
To be uploaded with a complete Part I.
- The inspiration for the story structure is from the fact that the MC’s past is usually of very little real importance. Here, I’m trying to focus in on it.
You’re literally trying to escape your MC’s past (which you had no hand in creating) so this story in itself is asking if you want to become your MC or take full control and become someone entirely different.
- Initial Demo - 23/12/22
*Contains the first three chapters
- Fixes on the Initial Demo - 24/12/22 to ??/08/23
*Stable versions of the first three chapters