Hey there gang! I’m giving myself until my birthday next week to relax and recharge from the contest, and then it’s on to the next thing. Trouble is, I’m having a bit of a tough time deciding what that would be. One thing I am sure I will pick at, a hopefully unique item I’m holding back for a potential future contest. But in the meantime I want to try something else for a HG release. Some background on the options:
-TriviArena would be a game in which characters would engage in trivia contests to gain status and rank, in order to qualify for a chance to compete in the great TriviArena and prove yourself to be the best around. Character tropes will be your opponents; a jock to challenge you for sports trivia, scientists for science, and so on. Hard part here is figuring out how to bring stats into play, as well as making it challenging without being so tough they just Google every answer and don’t bother playing legit. Though some will do that anyhow, I suppose.
-You’re Gonna Die! is something inspired a bit by the day off work game from last year. Few to no stats, just death around every corner. You die over and over, with dozens of endings. Might use achievements to give actual progression to it. Could be fun, but the downside is that it might not have enough meat on it to justify purchase.
-Wil and Ben are characters I started using years ago in a play by post D&D game. Well, ‘characters’ is a loose term. Wilstaff is a very unhinged necromancer who firmly believes his skeletal companion, Bennett, can talk (for alignment purposes, Wil is Chaotic Evil, whereas ‘Bennett’ tends to Lawful Good). The pair bounce around, bantering and generally wreaking havoc. Would have to decide how much should be premade and how much should be a blank slate, but the main thing here is this would be a whole game full of choices similar to the Insanity paths in Nuclear Powered Toaster. Could be several short and loosely connected games featuring the pair in differing realities.
-A Sterling Reputation would feature Drace Sterling, a soldier referenced in NPT. It takes place after the first Clysm but before the second, and would be a military narrative focused on his efforts to bring down a villain known as the Sky Marshall.
So, which of these sounds the most interesting as a sophomore project? And please post as well as vote, I’m trying to get as many thought-out viewpoints as I can.
- TriviArena- A vaguely Pokémon-ish RPG/trivia game
- You’re Gonna Die!- The potential world record holder for most death scenes in a CYOA
- Untitled Wilstaff and Bennett project- Turning the Insanity up to 11
- A Sterling Reputation- A short Nuclear Powered Toaster prequel, set mid-Clysm