Finished Writing the Prologue!
The second draft of the Prologue is done, all the choices are filled and paths completed, and the Word document tells me it is 117k words long.
As you can tell by the number, this prologue is nothing like the first game’s prologue. This one is as big as a chapter. I always wanted to do a type of dragon age origins’ beginning, where your choices will lead you to a completely different experience until, of course, the roads meet and a common path is reached.
The prologue has three distinct routes and then a fourth, common one for all the “origins.”
It was a lot more work than I accounted for, and it expanded far beyond what I expected - or was ready for. But as much as, sometimes, it seemed as if I was slogging across a swamp, dragging my legs through knee-deep mud that wanted to pull me into its depths, now that I’ve reached the softer, gentler meadow on the other side I look back-
And love what I created.
I can’t wait to share it! There is a lot that I need feedback on.
Now, it’s time to dust off my coding skills and put the chapter into choicescript. It’ll be challenging because I’ll need to do a sort of questionnaire at the beginning since, of course, there are no saves to import. So questions such as “What gender are you? What weapon do you use?” and so forth. Eventually, I know I’ll have to write a proper Book One summary, where you can input a very detailed playthrough - probably before I post the demo for Book 2! - but, for now, I’ll just do the simple version.
I know this is… well, it looks late, doesn’t it? I’m only on the prologue while the first game has been submitted so long ago. My goal was to have a demo ready once Book One is out, but I know that won’t be feasible.
It is late. This prologue marks a difficult time in my life and finishing it feels like turning over a new leaf. So I’d rather focus on the positives: The first big chapter of Book 2 is written. The wheels are rolling, the wagon has left the cozy inn, and the sky opens up before us. There’s a lot to tell still, and I want to keep weaving this world into existence the only way I know how: with words.
Have a lovely weekend!