Hello! I have a problem that many authors seem to have. It’s not a lack of ideas - I have countless of those - but, it’s the conviction to actually stick to one idea and develop it. I have a whole notebook of plots that I have outlined in depth, multiple “almost-demos”, and numerous “temporarily” shelved projects, but always lose motivation to continue. I am going forward with this newest plan to stick to a shorter story, and one based off an already established tale, to perhaps finish something. I’m hoping that this will be a great practice for my “real” game(s), and am going to force myself to see it through.
These/this (I might end up doing more than one) are going to be character focused games, set up a tad like a visual novel. Not that it will be solely romanced focused, as the plot is just as important and romance will be optional, just that there will be different paths and characters play a major part to the game. I haven’t found many games that really revolve around relationships (not just romantic) as much as I would like - so I’m making one!
Again, I have too many concepts. This is my narrowed down list (and they all have complete outlines to boot). I would be most obliged to hear your feedback/thoughts on any and all as well as your favorite of the bunch!
Snow White - “Snow White & the Seven Crown Princes of Hell” (Honestly, this started when the title just popped into my head and I had great fun trying to think of a plot to fit.) (Also, Disclaimer: While they do have religious origins, I in no way intend for this to be a commentary/portrayal of an religion!) The village you grew up in was notorious for producing skilled ‘exorcists.’ From a young age you have gone to the academy* and have been apart of an elite team that eradicates beings from the otherworld.* One day, however, you are betrayed by redacted for spoilers and find yourself on the brink of death. That would be the end of your story - if you hadn’t been (accidentally) summoned, in perhaps the greatest moment of ‘perfect timing’, by a prince of the otherworld in his own training. From there you are forced to live among the princes of hell, as well as attend their school as a spectacle, while your body remains dying on the surface and your betrayer has set a plan into motion.
*names come laterrr. I suck at them.
Swan Lake - “The Swan of the Lake” Sirens are terribly cruel creatures, that much is true. They live to bring others to their watery demise and are beings that lack compassion. In this story you are a siren. Or, more aptly, you are the siren of Swan Lake. That is until a powerful young magician, Rothbart, bounds you to a human form. The prince/ss has gone missing and a reward has been issued for their safe return. Rothbart, being ever the opportunist, needs a magic being (you) to use in their staid, under a magical guise to take their appearance. You will not be returned to your form until he receives his payment, and you have to cope as you deal with these human things called “feelings.”
Peter Pan - "The Prince of Oregon" When you were sent off Chester, Oregon for the summer - a time that was supposed to be allocated to working at your aunt’s inn - you would have never expected to meet Peter, the self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Oregon;’ or to be thrown into a world where pirates, mermaids, and dancing wallpaper reside. (This game is extremely character focused and deals with the other workers of the inn and their hardships, as well as the mystery and adventure with “The Lost Boys/Girls”)
Sleeping Beauty - “The Lying Lich” Waking up in your kingdom to find that it has been cursed and barren can be considered remarkably startling, to say the least. To have no memory of how you got to that point is perhaps even more so. Finding out that you have died, only to be resurrected as a lynch and able to see the Spirit Plane, as well as having a group of “Adventurers” controlling your last phylactery might just be the breaking point.
Honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut (but I might do in the future. Like I said, sooo many ideas!):
- The Little Leviathan (Based on the Little Mermaid)
- The Names of the Imp (Rumpelstiltskin)
- The Cursed Emperor/ess (Beauty and the Beast)
That’s it! I will note that my future “real,” for a lack of a better word, games won’t be as “cheesy.” Though I will say these are a bit more serious/dark than the descriptions let on. I suck at descriptions.