[SUBMITTED- WISHLIST NOW!] An Unexpectedly Green Journey (orc life-simulator) (WIP) [1.5+ Million Words]- DEMO NOW OFFLINE- WILL UPDATE ITS JOURNEY TO HOSTED GAMES

WISHLIST NOW!!!

To play the demo, go here: DEMO HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN AS THE GAME HAS NOW BEEN SUBMITTED TO HOSTED GAMES

My new Tumblr, about the game: Krog Pile

4th May 2024- GAME SUBMITTED TO HOSTED GAMES
THIS VERSION IS NOT ON DASHINGDON

Game has now been submitted to Hosted Games. Much of the last week or so has been spent preparing the text, titles and screenshot scenes for eventual publication.
-As I have mentioned, I do plan future updates, once the game is released. This will depend, somewhat, on the reception. I also have some ideas for future DLC- though I will soon start a new project which will take immediate priority. Once I have begun the new project, and have made it a decent size, I plan to release it on the forum. This will take some time.

IMPORTANT- As of update 12.1, old saves will cause errors and unpredictability. It is highly recommended that you make a new save. There is a ‘tester’ start option to jump straight to the new content.

IMPORTANT UPDATE!

If anyone would like to help proofread this game, please drop me a PM. I can send you one of the game files, a text file, which can be read in a word processor. If you have time, you can look through it and see if you find errors.

Please note, that orcs do not speak with correct, or even good grammar, most of the time- so use your judgement. Most of the dialogue can be left, even if it is incorrect when the speaker is an orc. Also, at this point, I am not looking to change whole narrative structures, merely to polish what is already here.

When you make a change, could you highlight the change in a different colour? This will make it easy to find without reading through the whole text.

If you cannot or do not want to proofread anything, if you offer to do so, let me know. There is no obligation, anything is helpful! If you proofread your file and find nothing wrong, this is still a massive help (however unlikely this is:)). Please just keep me up-to-date if you don’t want to do this after making an initial offer.

If you do proof the text, I would like to include you in a credits page I will add to the game. I can refer to you by any name you wish (nothing NSFW though). I will check with Choice of Games to see if I am allowed to include links for credited people. Right now, I am not sure of their policy regarding this.

Of course, if you do not want to receive a credit, just say so.

Much, much appreciated!

Please contact me with PMs if you are interested or have proofreading corrections.
UPDATE 14- Proof reading done- Game is now 1.53 million words
-This last month I have read through the entire game and tried my best to catch typos and squish the few bugs I found- Including 4 of the ‘green blob’ map images, which should help the functioning of the map.
-A few areas have been smoothed over, with a couple of new variables added.
- I have added more clarity to describe the stats being tested in many of the earliest fights.
-Though it might not be the most noticeable update, I have corrected loads of typos throughout the game!
UPDATE FULL BETA TEST v0.9, (27th March 2024):55k words added, totalling 1.54 million
-Play the final act of your orc’s life into old age.
- ‘Adopt’ a pup and help to influence and raise him into, perhaps, becoming a chief.
-Keep track of your pup’s development on the stats screen.
-Contact old acquaintances, if they still live, to shape your pup.
-Spend your loot improving the tribe or influencing the current chief’s entourage.
-Decide on how you meet your fate, in exile, as a chief maker or idling away your years.
-Receive a final judgement on your orc’s life.
-Added a tester option to jump straight into old age, using a pre-made orc.
-Expanded the ending screen for Big Bellies who complete their path.
-Added a cheat mode which, in the finished game, you will have to track down. However, for testing purposes, you can find it on the stats screen at any point, except for old age. -Old orcs lose the blessing of the Crone of Fate and cannot cheat, for narrative and game balance.

UPDATE 12.1- (just a quick one)
-Now with DARK MODE and the ability to adjust text size.
-Remade the ‘city check’ system, which assesses whether Krog is pleased with your progress, or not.
-Slightly edited some stats to give you less bonus loot when you acquire the city and made some of the earlier challenges less punishing.
-You can now name the city yourself, just choose the option on the city menu.
UPDATE 12 (8th March 2024): 160k words added, totalling 1.49 Million
-Become the chosen shaman of the Krog faith and build a holy city around Krog’s Rock.
*-Follow Krog’s guidance and create a glorious settlement for the ages.
-Or stray from the path and watch your city crumble or fall into the abyss as a place for demons.
-Decide what to build and who to hire while keeping track of your city’s Faith, Defence, Law and Wealth.
-Visit your citizens for minor quests and research great powers.
-Face off against an imperial crusade or travel beyond the ether to battle the gods themselves.
- Added a new stats screen where you can peruse the current state of your city, accessible once you rise to the position of shaman.

UPDATE 11 (23rd January 2024): 130k words added, totalling 1.33 Million)
-Journey along the Odd Job trail, passing through 5 settlements on the Royal Road, and become gainfully employed in a variety of tasks, from performing dentistry on an ogre to being the muse for an aspiring bard.
-Arrive in Grandardgard, the Imperial Capital, to take part in higher paying jobs, from cleaning the city sewers to investigating suspicious rumours about a dragon-blooded noble and crewing the maiden flight of the first Imperial Airship.
-If of good character, venture into the New Shires to work for the halflings, from mundane jobs such as farming or gardening to taking part in a sideshow.
-Most jobs are one-time only though some are repeatable, with varying outcomes.
- Added a highly suspicious Imperial Works Record CV on the stats screen, available once you take your first non-tribal job, recording your experiences along the Royal Road, in the New Shires and Grandardgard.

UPDATE 10 (15th December 2023): 230k words added, totalling 1.2 Million)
-Lead your warband against rivals across The Plains
-Engage in the tactical use of your boar cavalry, goblin skirmishers and orc infantry to slaughter and loot your foe.
-Increase your Raid Boss ranking to gain fame amongst your tribe
-Your foes are procedurally generated from different areas of The Plains, each with their strengths and weaknesses.
-Enslave your defeated enemy, or buy up slave stocks from Seraka the Shackla to supplement your horde.
-Your victories and defeats are added to your battle record on the stats screen.

UPDATE 9 (1st December 2023): 97k words added, totalling 972k)
-Continue your adventures in the Royal Road Adventurers Guild.
-As your adventuring band rises in fame, deal with ever more important and dangerous quests.
-Find the link between your adventures and, if you can, defeat the demonic powers behind recent upheavals to be proclaimed a Light of the Empire.
-Further befriend and get to know your potential companions. If you get on with them well enough, perhaps you may see them during your old age, when all adventuring is done.

UPDATE 8 (30th October 2023): 72k words added, totalling 875k)
-Uploaded the initial starting quests of the mature orc adventurer path. In total, the path is about half done.
-As long as you are not demonically corrupted (and have not had one of the murderous ‘funny turns’), your mature orc can join the Royal Road Adventurers Guild.
-Choose from a variety of quests, gradually increasing in complexity as you gain more experience.
-Pick from a waiting group of warriors, thieves, clerics or mages to join your band. Each has their own backstory and powers which can aid or hinder your quest. Each will form an opinion on your orc, based on your behaviour during quests and if you can actually succeed in completing them.
-Your best orc or goblin pal, from your youth, can join your adventuring band!
-Once you’ve picked your party, read about them in the stats screen as their experience level increases and they gain greater control over their abilities. Track the fame of your adventuring band, depending on how many quests you’ve taken part in and completed.

UPDATE 7 (5th October 2023): 126k words added, totalling 803k)
-I have added an option on the starting screen where a playtester can skip straight to the mature orc hub. Here, decline to become a shaman and choose to adventure away from the tribe to become an arena fighter.
-Added a fighting-heavy arena path, complete with a fighter system which gradually increases in difficulty.
-Fight across Arbit, winning and losing bouts against the best, and worst, the continent has to offer on your road to becoming the Grand Champion
-If you choose to become an arena fighter, the stat screen will change to record your victories and defeats and fame level, as well as the current champion.
- Train your skills to maintain your competitiveness.
-Follow the rise of your rival, the notorious Bloody Bhlatair.
- This was tricky for me, any help finding logic errors and typos, always much appreciated.

IMPORTANT- Old saves will cause errors with a few variables of which I have changed the data type for this update. It is highly recommended that you make a new save.

UPDATE 6 (16th September 2023): 67k words added, totalling 677k)
-I have added an option on the starting screen where a playtester can skip straight to the demonic path. This will not be in the final game, but since this game is pretty large, it’ll help to find bugs and errors.
-You are the Darkness! Rise from the rank of demonic minion to a demon lord and desecrate the world! Start as a minion with little power and become the apocalypse!
-Manage your new demon powers, Mutate, Possess and Desecrate.
-As the world descends into ruins, read about the decline of civilization with a new page on the Stat screen, showing the diary of a pious monk.
-Diplomatic relations have been replaced with a Terror gauge.
-The map of your conquests had now been replaced to symbolize your spreading taint, showing a spreading fire.
-Build a new army with new demonic units.
-New lore will be revealed as you crush each imperial province.
-Can you take your seat among the thrones of the Powers Beyond and Below?

UPDATE 5 (27th August 2023): 166k words added, totalling 610k
-It is time to face the wrath of the cyclopes. Fall to defeat or rise as an epic hero of legend to save the world.
-Added a war report screen that you can access at the outbreak of general war with the cyclopes. This will follow the advance of the enemy’s armies across the continent, while you prepare for the inevitable final stand.
-Before the conflict, set about forming the policies and character of your kingdom, including your succession policy. This will affect your end-game legacy.
-If you choose to focus on culture or diplomacy, over war and your army, meet many visitors to your throne room. You might even be able to get a dragon!

UPDATE 4 (25th July 2023): 57k words added, totalling 444k
-Finally take on The Empire for good, either through diplomacy or war, to conquer the whole continent.
- Added a few more achievements.
- Added descriptions of your army in the stats screen, to help players keep track of the new units they’ve acquired.
- From the stats screen, you can now access a separate screen with a map and description of the places and political bodies on the continent, at the time of your birth.

UPDATE 3 (14th July 2023): 60k words added, totalling 387k
-60k worth of new content on the war chief path.
-Finally meet Emperor Callistus V, of the human realms. (Tip: Be truthful)
-Deal with the New Shires, the halfling lands, through conquest or diplomacy.
-Build a navy after acquiring the harbour in the New Shires and explore mysterious eastern islands.
-Added Battle Reports, recording your victories and defeats in major battles, on the stats screen.
-Added several achievements.
-Any help with typos very much appreciated.
UPDATE 2.1 (1st July 2023) (Just a quick one)
-Since the shaman @Lance_Heyen found some of the keyboard-gremlin droppings during his playthrough, I have swept them away. Thanks, Lance, for helping me catch a few of those typos!
-Added flavour text for diplomacy with other nations on the stats screen. It should be dynamic and change reflecting other nations’ opinion of you.

UPDATE 2 (30th June 2023): 57k words added, totalling 327k
-Expanded the War Chief path in this update (which I will focus on for now until I reach the first story conclusions). After rising to be War Chief you will spend your time dealing with the surrounding lands through war and diplomacy with the goal of becoming a King. After this, you can finally deal with the elves, perhaps becoming an Emperor.
-Added a checkpoint save system for use when the game is released since, as far as I know, Choice Of Games doesn’t have an inherent save system. In certain hub areas, you will be given the option to save your progress. At each new relevant hub, your game will be automatically saved. You will then get an option to SAVE or RESTART from your last saved position. This will mean that if you die, you don’t lose all your stats. In death scenes, you’ll also be given the option to RESTART your last save point (unless I missed a death scene.) This should not affect DashingDon saves.
-To facilitate those orcs who wish to relish their conquests, I have added a map to the stats screen which should show the progress of your conquests after you have become a king. If you do not want to pursue the king’s path, the map will just show the continent as is.
- Added the ability to keep your old epithet if you don’t like the new one offered.
-Fixed a few issues with earlier scenes. Added a few new achievements.
-Please feel free to point out any typos you find!!! :pray:

UPDATE 1 (9th June 2023): 50k words added, totalling 270k
-31 initial achievements implemented.
-Fixed the Western Hills battle so it works correctly.
-Added the beginnings of later game paths. You can now start to build an orc city. Or, become your clan’s chief, conquer the surrounding lands and rise to be the King of the Orcs. There is a Dark Chief path where you can use necromantic arts to begin your demonic schemes if you are corrupted. You can also become the de-facto shaman of the Dust Clan.
-Some typos have been fixed, although I am sure many remain.

Become an orc! From your first step as a whining infant, through mischievous childhood, to a battle-hardened brute, shape your destiny and that of the world. Break the mould or become the beast you were born to be.

In An Unexpectedly Green Journey, you take an orc from the instance of birth, through to old age, in a lore-rich fantasy world. As you grow, you’ll set your own goals; take part in adventures across the world, dedicate your life to the arts of a shaman and serve the orc god Krog, become a famed Big Belly and engage in epic feats of digestion, rise to the position of chief and lead armies and plot to conquer the world, or fall to darkness and embrace the Powers of Beyond and Below. As you age, new decisions and paths open and friends and enemies are made, allowing a rise to glory or a fall, like so many orcs before, to ignominious defeat.

Based on an old game, but massively expanded, An Unexpectedly Green Journey is currently creeping towards 80% completion.

Once you have emerged from orc infancy, you will take part in a naming ceremony in which you can name your orc. Names must be earned. You can take your orc from childhood to old age, with ever greater choices and consequences. You can currently live a whole lifetime if you take the kingdom-building/war chief path. Other paths still need to be written.

*Note on gender: In this fantasy world, orcs are born from cabbage-like plants called baborcs and are thus hulking, brawling and eating genderless organisms. The world refers to them as the masculine gender due to their stereotypical proclivities.

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Idk why but i laughed when i found this. Its just so random. But i played it and im really impressed with how many routes you can take and the amount of choices and dialogue makes it very repayable.

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Hi Tempted,

Thanks for giving it a go, glad you enjoyed it! Yes, there is a thread of humour which runs through the whole thing, though it does get dark and bloody at times. I am aiming for a game built to cater towards replays, since you won’t be able to see everything with one type of orc.

Cheers!

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200k+ words damn that’s a lot for a newcomer wip

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Hi Sancho,

I had a lot of it mapped out beforehand, which helped to keep track of everything and made it easier to develop and write.

Now, I think it is ready for people to have a first look and play around with before I jump head-first in the second half of the game, which will get complicated for my scattered mind.

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Wait. Are these Orcs based off Warhammer Orks?

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So basically you can be Orcs from generic JRPG and Light Novel worlds, Orcs from Tolkein, Orcs from Warcraft, and the Orks.

Well it seems you got yourself a fan of the concept now.

Looking fowardz to how this idea ends up.

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Well, I would say that the orcs lean more towards the Tolkien-esque, though I hope to give the freedom that your orc can become a creature of more benevolent behaviour. At the start, you are thrown into life in an orc tribe which prizes stereotypical orc behaviour. It will not be easy to be an enlightened green fellow but I want to implement that possibility.

Thanks for taking an interest. I am more than happy for any suggestions/ideas which scratch the itch of would-be orcs!

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obligatory WAAAAAAGH

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A roight propa WAAAGH to you too, my green bruvva!

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Really enjoyed it so far but does it have a storyline or is it more of a make your own story game?

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Aaaaaaaaand it’s genderlocked. (Totally not upset because I have a thing for female orcs)

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Primarily, you make your own story, within a number of stories already taking place within the world. Although there is an insidious threat lurking in the dark corners that may become apparent, depending on your travels and choices. Defeating that, as the chief of your tribe, could be considered the ultimate ending.

For more context, the game takes place at a time when orcs are stagnating and shunned by most of the world after being defeated in the past. Through your choices, you may be able to ascend to godhood, conquer the world, become a legendary feaster, build an orc capital and unite the world peacefully. Or live a life of orc mediocrity.

Stakes will rise as you get older and have more opportunities to test yourself against greater events. (Though these later game events are not yet written).

That might have sounded a bit waffly. Does it clear it up at all?

Cheers

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Haha. Sorry, I couldn’t float your fancy. The orcs here are sprouted from cabbage-like things, called baborcs. They really could be thought of as genderless, though the medieval-ish world references them as male due to their preoccupations with brawling, eating and smelling bad.

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Going full Second Era Elder Scrolls with this one.

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Really enjoyed it so far but does it have a storyline or is it more of a make your own story game?

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The plan is, you can build an orc capital, make it a beacon of learned wisdom or something like a ‘hive of scum and villainy.’ Something like that.

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cool that the orcs here are kind of a cross between namekians and saibamen, minus the ki blasts n stuff

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Me after playing this:

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This game is awesome, played it back to back trying different things and I gotta say it’s probably the best sandbox IF I’ve ever played.

Doesn’t seem to be any errors, at least I haven’t stumbled into them, although I’ve seen a few typos (will report them later after I’m sure I’ve squeezed out all of the content).

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