Ahoy there everybody. I’ve seen many many threads before this in the same vein so I’m mandated to start this off with how I’m a long-term lurker. I have bought and gone through a majority of the stories on CoG in the past couple of years and I personally am hooked to this stuff.
I’ve been hankering to write out my first interactive fiction for a good year or so now, but I haven’t grasped the coding necessary for it before CJW came out with his incredible tool. To be honest, I started yesterday and I’m still experimenting with the coding, but after I got the hang of it I started writing it out more on Notepad++ with constant testing on CJW’s toolset so it’s in working condition as I progress.
On with it. Like I said, I started yesterday with a great deal of inspiration from going through Vendetta and Tin Star, or what is uploaded of them. I estimate I am currently somewhere between 5000-6000 words and I have merely scratched the surface of the story. It’s a dystopian cyberpunk-ish setting with influences from real life advances in technology, books by William Gibson and several cyberpunk movies I have seen over the year.
My goal is to write a single piece of interactive fiction with four concurrent and interwoven stories of four very different kind of people in different walks of life and situations. I don’t wish to spoil any key plot details yet, but I do wish to get some feedback from more experienced people. I’ve noticed many people here have experience in using CS and have a knack for identifying if a story has flow or style, something I don’t have when it comes to my own writing. I often find myself overly critical. Any and all feedback is even now more than welcome.
The only experience I have with writing stories comes from forum-based roleplaying. I have written some short stories before, but nothing I would publish or like to be published. Hopefully I can deliver a good style for interactive fiction with my experiences, but ultimately I’ll let you decide.
The link to the dropbox will be below. I will be updating it constantly as time allows and as I make progress.
Currently I have finished the basic intro and character set-up for all four characters. I have been concentrating on bringing the story for the rich character (top route) to the point where the stories intertwine for the first time, after which I will dedicate more to the other three characters and again jump forward in the plot.
With the way I am writing now and with the plot I have outlined for myself, I would not be surprised if the story ends up having somewhere near 200,000 words for each character alone. I need to keep reminding myself to put in more interactivity and choices, I don’t want to railroad the player but especially at the beginning I will be forced to do so.