[WIP] The Strongest Writer [Updated: 13/OCT/2022]

The Strongest Writer is a story about a student who wants to become the greatest IF writer of all time. They don’t know the first thing about story structure, character design, game design, or even grammar, but their determination is unmatched. After posting their story on an IF forum, they receive valuable feedback but refuse to change anything because they are convinced that only passion is needed to write good fiction.

When they decide to take a break and go to the store, they are hit by a truck and taken into the world they created. Explore a world full of bugs, excessive stats that cancel each other out, and ambiguous choices. Romance one-dimensional characters, overcome poorly designed challenges to escape the hell you’ve created, and become The Strongest Writer!

ROs

One of the core characters will be the MCs RO who will start as a fully customizable NPC. You will be able to choose the standard stuff (eye color, gender, height, etc), along with silly, apparently inconsequential stuff, such as whether they squeeze the toothpaste tube from the middle or end. The RO starts off as a blank slate character, with no personality whose only purpose is to make the MC happy.

If the player wants to give the RO more agency they will slowly change their own traits (hair color, eye color, etc) and develop a personality. The final choice that the RO would make is their orientation, which will ultimately decide if they want to be with the MC romantically or just be friends.

Word count: 10.000

Demo: https://dashingdon.com/go/12148

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Ok, I love this :rofl: I was reading through it and had the urge to screenshot every other page because the writing is such an accurately hilarious satire of the entire Choicescript fandom like… it’s so good :')

Also… damn our MC is an absolute icon…the confidence is legendary:

Summary

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I absolutely love this premise, and I laughed out loud several times during the demo. I think it would be a good idea if we knew a little more about what the game was about before we actually enter it. I also suggest you find a good copyeditor, since the kind of mechanics errors that people are usually willing to overlook won’t be looked upon so leniently in a story about writing.

That said, I find this story much too short. Yes, I know it’s just a demo, but I really want to form a throuple with James and Rebecca now. Also, my character died in the first chapter and I really want to know how I can prevent that. Oh, and instead of interactive fiction, can I have my character be an aspiring writer of picture books for children instead? You better say yes or you’re railroading me and you should probably just have written an actual book.

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Fabulously meta.

This choice is a work of art:

An abstract high fantasy where you make a harem out of omnipotent, consenting snails

If I choose the snail harem, will I be getting a customizable snail RO? :thinking::joy:

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Kinda sounds like the webnovel “Demon prince goes to the academy”. However, this looks more intersting.

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It’s… IT’S HERE!? LET’S GOOOOOOOOO.

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Just saw this on the Interest Thread, didn’t think you’d make a demo right away.

This is really a very unique concept when it comes to IF stories, it definitely has a very silly and satirical read to it. Definitely looking forward for more and I’m hoping it doesn’t get on the cringeworthy satire path coz that would suck.

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I will definitely do that in the prologue. It will basically be a series of seemingly disjointed worlds where you can either “fix” them or power through the challenges they pose, but I haven’t decided what all of those worlds will be. One of them will certainly be a medieval court intrigue kind of thing. There will also be a fictional famous IF author who will act as a mentor for the MC, so the game loop will be something like this:

Talk to the mentor → Enter the world → Open a portal to the real world where you can post your updated story on the forum → Get feedback → Repeat

I’m sure the story will do just fine without grammar. Determination + power of friendship > all.

You will have a side quest in one of the worlds based on your first story choice. So the answer to your question is a definite maybe!

Never heard of it, I will look into it tho.

It’s definitely going to be silly and satirical, but it will have all the core features that make a story good (character development, conflict, etc). I will do my best to avoid turning it into a superficial, surface-level parody.

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I cant wait for more also is the mc op

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It wont let me check my stats

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The Stats screen is empty at the moment, I will post an update shortly so the game does not crash. However, I’m still planning them atm.

Edit: Uploaded

Interesting story

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Alright, let’s check out this “roleplay as JK Rowling” game (minus the transphobia, hopefully).

Stuff

Missing capitalisation at the start, ending of third paragraph should be “being developed” (and is missing a period), and 11th paragraph is absolutely hilarious. Platonic way, indeed.

Did you copy the reviews from ACTUAL reviews? Because I’ve literally seen “This isn’t even a game; it’s a book. If I wanted to read, I would get a book, LOL. Big thumbs down.” reviews for CoG games. On Steam. Which has screenshots of the game. By the way, have I mentioned that my misanthropy is being constantly justified?

Congratulations, you have now caused me actual physical pain:

The first two options are both hilarious, and it’s unfair of you to make me pick between them.

In the last paragraph, either Rebecca should be running towards her girlfriend or wrapping her arms around his neck.

Haha, Call of Booty. That’s a porn parody already, probably.

While a 10.000 world game would be most impressive, I daresay you meant a “10,000-word game”.

Hahaha, we’re saved from Deus by Bug Ex Machina!

This is hilariously ridiculous, and I love it!

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I almost never read WIPs these days…but this one hooked me. :slight_smile: More pls

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Hilarious demo

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It’s an intriguing concept, for sure! I found one grammatical error, but other than that It looks alright on that front?

“Well…” before you can answer, Rebecca runs to her boyfriend and wraps her arms around her neck.

It says boyfriend, so I think it’s supposed to be a he? Unless her boyfriends cool and awesome and goes by she/her pronouns (which would be amazing) hsnerjsmg.

Other than that, the concept is great, but the actual demo sort of falls flat? (Then again, I understand this is just an interest check thing- not as polished as you’d usually make it. I’d like to know what your main WIP is so I can see what your more polished writing style is like?)

WHOO OKAY WHY DO I SOUND SO SERIOUS SHNFUDISNOIENFI THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGH. Okay, so here are some criticisms!!:

  • Personally I don’t mind set MCs, but people might be annoyed at the railroady personality of the MC, especially considering the fact that it gets… annoying.

  • This is a bias from me, but the MC is shaping out to be my least favorite character :sob: I hate the “incompetent bumbling stupid naive” Protagonist stereotype with a passion, and this is exactly that- HOWEVER, I do get that that’s kind of The Point, so yeah ersnhueisnhuine. (It cuts especially deep considering I take writing very seriously, and am not a serious kinda guy, so seeing the MC treat it like that HURRRTSSSS)

  • You mentioned the ROs eventually being able to gain 3-dimensionality, but what about the MC? Are they always going to be ignorant of the advice they’re being given, or can they grow smarter?

  • If you do end up continuing this, you’re eventually gonna get that PersonTM thats annoyed they can’t self insert in this IF, even though clearly, that isn’t the point and the MC is supposed to be an archetype/stereotype in and of themself, so watch out for that.

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Oh look I made a cameo

On a more serious note, satire is fun and I personally don’t mind it, I think it can be used to highlight issues/tropes in a lighthearted way. I’d be careful with poking fun at forum users and authors and people who you, I’m assuming, hope will support your game. There is a line between teasing and, well, mockery. I don’t think you’ve crossed it though.

Then again most of the story seemingly takes place inside the broken game which is also fun. I laughed when the indent error popped up (or should I say crashed down?) I’m looking forward to more of that and the cursed “variable doesn’t exist.”

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The power of determination will hopefully get my mc through the hell they created by accident

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This is peak concept

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This is beautiful. I honestly can’t tell if some of the lines are references to actual reviews and comments I’ve read over the years or if you just nailed the vibe that well :joy:

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