Ok, so I may have mentioned elsewhere that I have been working on a CYOA game in recent weeks, and I had planned to wait until I had the first section completed, but I figure I can talk about it here now. It’s inspired by similar Choose Your Own Adventure stories I’ve read in the past, only way more epic. Effectively you get the chance to play as Peter Parker in the wake of the Superhuman Civil War between the Pro Registration forces of Iron Man and the rebel Secret Avengers led by Captain America. With heroes on both sides you’ll have to make difficult decisions as to whose side you’re on. I have the opening blurb here…
Do not read this story from beginning to end! These chapters contain the many adventures you can have as Peter Parker - the Amazing Spider-Man – as he and his fellow Avengers, wife Mary Jane and beloved Aunt May get caught up in the Superhuman Civil War following a national tragedy!
From time to time as you read along you will be given choices as to how to proceed, whether it might be who you side with in the Civil War, which missions you undertake, how you protect MJ and Aunt May and how you use your incredible Spider based abilities. When you reach a choice, swing your web line over to the corresponding page number shown to see what your choice has resulted in! You’ll also find yourself gaining special code words via some key decisions you make, whether with your fellow allies or deadly enemies, all of which can determine your options and the ending both you and the other heroes receive!
Remember! The Superhuman Registration Act has the heroes of the Marvel Universe divided over whether heroes should be responsible and have their identities known to the government, and you might well be the lynchpin which could spell victory or defeat for either – or even both sides!
Will you follow Tony Stark’s example and champion superhero reform and responsibility, or side with Captain America’s underground movement of fighting for secret identities and your loved ones’ safety? Will your stay loyal to your chosen cause or switch allegiances in a dark hour? Or will you opt to stay outside the conflict and forge a neutral path with both yourself and a select number of heroes, even if it means battling both sides? Your ultimate decisions may spell a brighter world for superhuman kind and better ending to the Civil War… or cause a terrible dark reign of super criminals running rampant!
Remember what your Uncle Ben told you… with great power comes great responsibility. But who among your friends on both sides can you consider to be the most responsible with their own powers?
Bit of a Q and A about the whole thing now…
Q: Will this be based on the new Captain America: Civil War movie or the Civil War comic?
A: The story will be an adaption of the Civil War comic event which took place over 2006 and 2007 and is most heavily inspired by the comic. When Stamford becomes the site of a superhuman tragedy and the public demands shift action, heroes on both sides are conflicted over what to do.
Certain aspects of the movie like the inclusion of the adult Vision, Scarlet Witch and Clint Barton’s Hawkeye - all who were AWOL in the comic - will appear. Hulk and Thor however will still be absent for reasons which will be explained in context. The story is meant to be standalone from events which preceded Civil War in the comics, although they might well be referenced and Pete starts the story as a member of the New Avengers. Something like Avengers Disassembled happened with Scarlet Witch breaking down, but she’s back with the Avengers (though as with the movie considered a bit of a danger point).
Also the game will take inspiration from the 2009 Marvel game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, which involved using Civil War in part as a plot line.
Q: Erm… I don’t know the comics all that well? Will I be confused with all the stuff mentioned?
A: Don’t panic, I plan to try and be new reader friendly if possible, and the hope is that there will be the option to refer to short character/team/location bios when things come up to put stuff in context. This will likely be in a separate story area but linked where possible?
Q: How long have you had this planned for?
A: This was inspired partly from seeing Civil War but also from seeing an fantastic CYOA by Sidney Sussex on ArchiveOfOurOwn in early April which you can read here, because it’s awesome and you get to play as Hawkeye with the MCU Avengers.
And I also saw Fire Emblem Fates and that inspired me too. From that and also being on here I really wanted to make my own Marvel CYOA and became interested in doing a take on Spidey in Civil War which just got bigger and more ambitious and now it’s likely to be a bit of a huge beast. So I’ve had over a month of making some charts and plans for the opening act and the rest of the game.
Q: Exactly how big is this likely to be?
A: Easily 200,000 words plus at this point?
Q: By Odin’s beard, that’s big!
A: Yep. And I have to try and write it? It’s partly because I want all of the core paths in the game to have weight. This likely means a couple of thousand chapters of work, I suspect.
Q: Are you taking inspiration from any other comic stories?
A: Outside the main Civil War comic the Amazing Spider-Man tie-in story at the time is a big inspiration, along with a handful of other tie-ins. The Spider-Man event ‘Back in Black’ might also be utilized for certain paths. One I can safely say won’t appear is the much disliked story line ‘One More Day’, in which Peter traded his marriage to the devil to save Aunt May’s life, basically. I hate it so it ain’t happening.
A; Sorry, no. Peter’s happily married - and in some cases on the run - with the two loves of his life, his wife Mary Jane Watson Parker and Aunt May. That’s not to say an old flame might not appear though. Meow. Anyway, you’ll be too busy beating people up. And Parker Luck, if you know what that is.
Q: Ok… what sorts of choices should I be able to make as Peter?
A: Good question! The hope is that Peter - along with you - can have a significant influence as a lynchpin in the Superhuman Civil War between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. Your most important choice of course early on is whose side you are on. You can align with the Anti Regs or the Pro Regs, or you can choose neutrality and the problems that causes. You’ll have the option to assess your position at a key point too, just like Peter did in the comics… although the circumstances might be different… and remain loyal or switch sides.
Without spoiling things really important choices are registered with a special codeword. Remember these, as they can determine you final ending and situation by war’s end… if you live that long.
Q: I can die?
A: In the case of some really bad decisions, yes. Or captured by the opposing side, though that’s another story…
Q: What sorts of situations can I expect on each path?
A: There are three core paths you can branch out of into following the opening ‘Road to Civil War’ section… the Pro Reg path, Anti Reg path and Neutral path. In each one you’ll align with fellow heroes who have made their choice like you, explore special ‘hubs’ where you can converse with them and influence matters, take part in special missions which advance the story and more. Each path can share aspects of the others but appear from that specific perspective. More details about this should come in time.
Q: What Marvel heroes, villains and supporting cast can I expect to appear?
A: I won’t reveal every hero involved just yet but there will a sizable array of characters on all sides who you can both consider friend and foe! These include Captain America, Luke Cage, Spider Woman, Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, She Hulk, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, Firestar and more! As well as heroes specific to each side, there will also be heroes like yourself who are uncertain who to ally with…
Q: How many endings will there be?
A: Unknown right now, but perhaps about fifty? Uncertain whether I’m considering premature endings in that number.
Q: Where will you be uploading YASICW?
Q: How often do you plan to update? Do you have a final completed game release window?
A: The opening act ‘Road To Civil War’ will be out next month, most likely. The following sections are in theory shorter so I’m hoping to have that sorted for August? Further sections are much bigger and will take longer. I am ideally hoping to have the whole thing done in time for the new Spider-Man movie in July 2017, though I might be ambitious there! Read the release window section for more information.
Q: I have an idea for something cool for the game, can I tell you about it?
Sure, you can suggest anything sensible here or via IM and I can take it on board?
Q: I have something not answered here?
A: Sure, feel free to post here or IM me about it?
Act 0: Road To Civil War (Due June 2016?)
“I think this plan will split us down the middle. i think you’re going to have us at war with each other.”
You are Spider-Man! When the superhero community is rocked by death and destruction in the town of Stamford, the public demand for reform grows ever louder, splitting heroes down the middle. In this opening prologue you must determine your side in the looming conflict, both with your family with Mary Jane and Aunt May and several of your fellow heroes! Explore an array of locales and learn what the Fantastic Four, Avengers and X-Men think about the SHRA. Influence key heroes for possible future allies and enemies! And finally, make your own choice… are you with Captain America, Iron Man, or choosing to stay neutral? The possible future of the Marvel universe rests on your choice!
Act 0.5: Doing The Right Thing (Due August 2016?)
“…At Midnight tonight, everything this newspaper has ever campaigned for officially becomes law.”
You made your choice. Now with the Super Human Registration Act looming, a underground group of secret heroes are already at war with the government, striving to save lives under their own terms, whilst a growing team of loyalists attempt to reel them in peacefully. Experience your first tests under your chosen side! Join the Anti Regs in an attempt to rescue troubled youth. Assist the Pro Regs in capturing a dangerous drunken vigilante. Or as a neutral party stop one of your oldest enemies in a fight to the finish! Explore new bases of operation with your fellow heroes, including those you convinced to your own cause! Gain a new suit or don a familiar one! And make a difficult choice in the name of registration… But remember, at midnight, everything changes forever.
(Future acts to be revealed)