The Dark Dreams Saga: The Case of Alys Hope
An Interactive Serial
Fantasy, Horror, Adventure, Mystery, Aspects Of Science Fiction, Some Romance
Demo Link: The Case of Alys Hope
TCA’s Tumblr: Go Here
This Update [03/26/2021]
A little over two weeks later, I have another update!
This time with actual story content!
For this round, there are several things to mention. First, The Case of Alys Hope is no longer set to private. No passwords needed. Just hop in and start a’readin! I have enough of the story up that I finally feel confident enough to have it set to public.
Because of this, a LOT was revamped. More than I anticipated.
The entire beginning of the story has been changed. Like, it’s insane.
I keep wondering if I have a head attached to my shoulders, these days. I’m running around, barely sleeping, and having all kinds of crazy thoughts popping into my mind. Half the time, I question if I should be admitted to a Psych Ward.
Because of the overhaul, the story has gone through some shifts and changes. It will be necessary to start from the beginning. The first part of the story would likely break the game without starting over, so there’s that.
However, as I have reread the same passages leading up to the first set of choices in the game, I decided to be nice – it is possible to skip the beginning and hit the choices. I wouldn’t recommend it, cause there are changes, but for those impatient few…
Well, that’s now an option. It’ll stay until the story’s finished.
Cause, you know, some people hate rereading the same shite over and over again!
There’s a lot of fun to be found in the Character Creation section (it went on a MASSIVE overhaul, and I’m super proud of it. I laughed my ass off more times than I care to count, which is golden for me. I hope everyone else gets a laugh out of it.
Also, I strived to make sections of it different on reruns – so my hope is that different choices don’t feel like copy-n-paste sections cropping up all over the place. Cause that kind of defeats the purpose of Interactive Fiction, yeah?
Anyway, I’m gonna end this ruddy update message and let you all get into the story!
Enjoy, and, like always, let me know what you think!
Update : 03/09/21
March 09, 2021
There’s no demo update, as of this moment. I’m about 3k in on the first chapter (it’s gonna be way longer than 5k, which was my goal), and I’m focusing on ensuring there’s plenty of differences and turns based on choices that are made (personally, I hate rereading the same text for every answer – it’s nice to have variation and spice).
One new thing is a link to my tumblr, which is also located above.
Aiming for the next update to be towards the end of the month, but I may add a brief “progress report” beforehand. Just so people can see how things are going. I’ll likely update more on the Tumblr, with screenshots of short scenes I find hilarious.
Might be interesting to look into, no?
Update : 02/23/21
February 23, 2021
First of all, I’d like to send a quick thanks to @Mistyleaf123 for pointing out the error in the Run System Check portion on the reroute. Hadn’t realized I skipped a section. That’s been fixed, so there shouldn’t be an issue there, anymore. If there is, just send me a message.
Also, in this update, I added in something I forgot the last time around: eye colors!
You also get the choice if your character has heterochromia, too. Which, by the way, writing out the code for that is a pain. Making sure each eye is a different color took me forever. I couldn’t figure out how to get it to work right, and took a few days off to cool off.
Got back on – and BAM – and the situation seemed to solve itself.
Note to all writers:
When getting frustrated, step away from the computer. It’s difficult to look at something clearly when you’re angry. And sometimes a day or two away gives us time for our brains to provide more insight and ideas on how to improve things.
I hope everyone’s doing okay. Stay safe!
Update : 02/17/21
February 17, 2021
After two days (longer than I thought it’d take), I have the first section done. I went through it a hundred times checking for bugs, but it did pass the RandomTest and QuickTest. However, I am only human. There may (and likely will) be errors.
This update covers what the last demo I had – it covers Character Creation, but with a story woven into it. A very confusing story, at that, which is intentional. Much of the narrative in the story, at this point, isn’t meant to make sense.
There are many more choices regarding height and hair color.
Enjoy the first part of The Case of Alys Hope!
Update : 02/15/21
February 15, 2021
The demo is currently down and undergoing a shift. Will be up back shortly. There were some errors in the layout that needed to be addressed, and once it’s corrected, it will be available for reader consumption once again.
Reality is a game of Russian Roulette, and you’ve lost the game.
You don’t remember how you lost the game of life. You don’t even know who you are, or why some Old Man found you alone, naked, and covered in ash and mud sporting what first appeared to be a series of unexplainable injuries.
And if the ghosts and demons haunting your sleep are to be believed, you died violently.
All you know is that whatever happened to you lies in a vague clue in a strange device that looks like a love-child between fantasy and science fiction – a device where nearly every file within it is corrupted or locked away, save for a journal and a single picture of a girl.
A picture with only a name and ominous message inscribed beneath.
Find Me Before It’s Too Late
And if that isn’t bad enough, there’s a full-fledged war taking place. People against people, people against spirits and demons, spirits and demons against spirits and demons, and horrifyingly new monsters that look like deformed, charred husks of maybe-bodies gone feral with a singular focus, an obsession really, revolving around hunting you down and killing you if no one else is around.
In the chaos that unfolds, you take to a habit that’s strangely familiar; you ensure the events happening are all recorded and stored within the device you carry. Left with only the choice to move on, or to die another horrible death (can you even trust the words of a spirit, let alone a demon?) by the hands of those wishing you dead.
Or by your own hands. Whichever’s preferable.
- Story Told In A Journal-Esque Fashion
- Choose Your Gender
- A Non-Locked Sexuality
- Spirits, Dreams, and Demons
4A: Nightmares Consisting of Nice Spirits and Not-So-Nice Demons
4B: Nightmares ALSO Consisting of HOSTILE Spirits and NICE Demons
4C: Hey, They’re Like People – Some Good, Some Bad, & Generally Confusing
- Magic, Faith, and Science In A Fantasy World
- More To Be Announced Later On