So, this is my first ever ChoiceScript project, and I’m essentially using it to learn the ropes and get back into writing.
The story is based around a group of friends entering a football (soccer) competition, and associated dramas that happen both on and off the pitch during the tournament. The scale and timescale of the story are deliberately extremely small, with the action of the entire story taking place in one location, across one morning- the thinking being to use the tournament as a framework for the story’s pacing, and the events around it.
The game stats focus on the relationships with your teammates, which improve and deteriorate with the decisions you make, as well as your own approach to the tournament. These combine to ultimately lead to your success or failure as a team within the competition.
Against this backdrop is a dramatic story-long narrative with a planned twist midway through, hopefully setting up a boss-like showdown in the third act.
At the moment, the story sits at around 5k words, as I’m about halfway through the first Chapter. With the outline planned, the branching will lead to what is essentially parallel chapters depending on whether the matches are won or lost (with each chapter having different opponents and outcomes), and I’m starting now to get a handle on the script, which is letting me pick up the pace with actually writing.
Hopefully it shouldn’t be too long before I have a bit more to show to get a bit of feedback- I’d be interested in thoughts on how this could develop.
I’m also looking for a better name, as I think the current one sucks. I appreciate sports-themed stories are not everyone’s cup of tea, and acknowledge that my motivation for this one comes in part from great childhood memories of a fantastic short CYOA book entitled “Cup Heroes” that I sadly haven’t been able to find my copy of for years.
Edit: Ok, to give a better idea of what I’m going for, I’ve uploaded a version of it here if anyone’s interested. It’s pretty short, but it gives an idea of the pacing of the story, and how I intend to make one morning of football into a longer adventure. That version has a couple of placeholder endings, which will, of course, be where the story continues as I continue editing and writing.
Any thoughts very welcome.