Hello everyone, I’m Elkuhn, a fairly new member (but long time lurker) on these forums.
Now, I didn’t make this thread to introduce myself, so we can save that. I wanted to gauge some reactions, as I’ve been lurking here and seeing so many user-made games, good ones, not so good ones, and many different topics that they covered. It inspired me to try my hand at writing one. Programming wouldn’t be too difficult for me and Choicescript seems pretty straight forward, but I’d like to see what people think of my idea before I put it into motion, as it will definitely be a larger undertaking for me.
The idea is, and bear with me here, high school. I don’t want to just tell the story of some kid in high school, though. I’d like to make a game where you can determine your characters path through high school, live out a different life and see how things would have developed differently depending on choices made, and people befriended. I say this would be a larger undertaking because I don’t want to see it all boil down to one last choice, the other choices just building skills to determine how you handle this last choice and if you succeed or not. I want each choice to directly affect you and the people around you. For example your choice of activities could determine who you spend more time with (and consequently who you’re more likely to befriend) or your gender choice could affect how people see you. While I wholeheartedly intend to make this a game without sexism, I don’t want to just name-change NPC love interests or have hormone-ridden teens oblivious to gender. Depending on your gender and sexual orientation you would have different potential love interests and other NPCs would treat you differently. It’s a lot easier to manipulate someone who wants to get in your pants versus someone who has absolutely no interest in you. I’d definitely like to make the characters dynamic as well, your choices partially affecting their paths (like if you take the last spot on the football team, the character who was the football playing bully when you were less popular would end up somewhere else). And no, even if it is “high school” I do not want to include the classes. I’m sure most people have had enough of that.
I know a lot of the things I’m talking about would take a great deal of coding to figure out, but I’d just like to get a general feel for the forum’s opinion before I started.