What stops you from having fun with an interactive novel?


#106

Oh yeah, I hate the judgemental omniscient narrator. Really takes me out of the story. It can be done well but only if it’s diegetic, like Portal.


#107

Pair that kind of narrator with stats and how those play out in a game where said narrator scolds and mocks you for… making choices that are in line with the stats but are not the “true path” and you have a recipe for disaster


#108

Yeah I much prefer narration that’s more neutral and descriptive rather than a narration with a personality. It can feel in some games that you’re wrestling with god a little bit. Just … take a step back and let me get immersed in the story.

There are obviously exceptions and it’s always down to context but mostly I want the narrator to be invisible.


#109

I dont mind banter and a bit of snark from the narrator (heck, look at the dork the narrator in my game is) but there is a threshold.


#110

I love this description so much that I’m tempted to try and write this game.


#111

Hahaha, well if the temptation persists I’d say go for it! :smile:


#112

Oh, hells, I’ve got more than enough work on my hands with the current WIP. I’ll keep it in mind for the future, though.


#113

Anything heavily reliant on stats and management. I like being able to read and not constantly stress about if what I’m doing is going to end in a game over :frowning:


#114

The said interactive novel reaching it’s ending.


#115

Lol


#116

Same here. I rather have 10 paths to explore with minor stats req. Than 3 paths with a lot of stats and management, learn how to program a satelite and build a rocket. Discover something that doesn’t exist.


#117

I hate to play novels if I forced to play a bad guy. I mean i can understand why some people like it but I like it to play friendly people. (Grand academy for super villians is a exception because you are not reeally bad.)


#118

Stat based novels give me stress and anxiety :sweat_smile:. I prefer novels that are more focused on the story and the characters, like wayhaven! :grinning: