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Author Topic: A Change Of Plans  (Read 113 times)
« on: February 07, 2016, 11:42:53 AM »

That one dusty marsfox.
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Hey, fuzzles.

I'm toying with the idea of running an interactive story in style of the classic Infocom games and all the similar creations from before and after.

If you're not familiar with the classics like Adventure or Zork, it is quite different from a typical RP because it's primarily single-player, there's no stats, rolls, or similar, and the focus is on pushing a story forward with your actions.
If you think "adventure game" by now, well, that's where the genre name came from, I believe. Happy Red Fox

The main difference here is that instead of a pre-created game, I'm going to wing it with not much more than a basic outline. Happy Red Fox

For the other big change, I plan to replace the classic "one command at a time, and examine everything because all information is hidden until you look for it" approach, with more of a tabletop (forumtop?) style, where you describe more of your planned actions ahead. With my sleep and work hours being what they are, waiting for me to answer after every single move would make it unpleasantly slow.

So, instead of "open drawer. <wait for reply>. Search drawer's contents. <wait for reply with list of them>. Pick up book. <wait for reply>. Read book.", you'd go like "Open the drawer, check what's inside. If there's a book, read it, also check out if there aren't any batteries for the flashlight".

I'd then respond with answers to all this, plus mention whatever else's interesting. And don't worry about rushing into a trap by doing this - you will be told the book's glowing with strange runes, and asked if you're sure you want to open it. :)

It still won't be super fast paced, but hopefully I can do well enough for you to enjoy.
I apologize up front to any of the professional writers visiting our forum.

As far as multiple people playing, I expect the storyline to fork and go down various routes for each of you - same as if one person would replay the game many times and make different choices each time.

Aaaand if you'd rather try the classics on your own pace instead, here's one site that allows you to play them online. http://www.web-adventures.org/






A Change Of Plans
An Interactive Improvisation
Release 1 / Serial number 160207 / Foxform v0.00; Library from around the corner



At the Progress Bar

You have found this cozy little bar the previous time you've been changing flights here on the Orvac Station.
Its off-the-main-path location makes most of the crowd miss it, leading to plenty of free seats and a pleasant atmosphere.

You're sitting by the far end of the counter, just about ready to order.
The bartender's leaning on the counter couple of feet away, chatting with another patron.
Deeply textured, powerful music is playing from speakers concealed along the walls.
Your backpack is on the floor next to you.

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Draykin: And blast it, what is the world coming to when one cannot find a decent metal remix/cover of the Imperial March?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2016, 08:01:37 PM »

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Neat! How do we play? Just reply here or...?

edit: I guess to clarify what I was wondering is if there will be a new topic for each player or if the game will be conducted all in one thread.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2016, 08:41:30 PM »

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I too would like to sign up, though keeping things in seperate threads would likely lead to the least confusion I'd think.

Got a good idea of what I'd do first if that's anything.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2016, 02:01:46 PM »

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... oh dear! Interest! *tailwags!*

Um, I mean.

I thought we'd just keep it all in this forum thread - it might be a bit harder for an "outsider" read interwoven personal threads top to bottom, but it shouldn't be too hard for you players to keep track of your bits... I can put a big bold username on top of every reply of mine if the standard quote-tag credit isn't enough.

And no signup - just jump in and go.

How the hell did I miss it yesterd... oh, right. I'll get better, I swear.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2016, 10:53:24 PM »

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>Check my backpack, if there is money in it, find a stool further down the bar, if there isn't, figure out a way to check if I have money or something I can charge my meal to.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2016, 12:05:06 AM »

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(Ooh I love these!  Gonna start out with basic info gathering. *ahem*)

Arroavantho

  • I firstly look at me and what I'm wearing.
  • I look around the bar for any other noteworthy details and other people.
  • I check the contents of my backpack.
  • I try to discern what genre of music is playing.
  • I take a look at the other patron.
  • I take a look at the barman.
  • Then I take a look at any menu near me.
  • I quietly eavesdrop on their conversation, keeping my visual focus on the menu.

(Also how're you running inventory in this game?  The backpack? Gray Fox Grin )
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2016, 01:58:05 AM »

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Dang didn't realize this was a thing, it's not too late right?
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2016, 05:56:25 PM »

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Kenku

>Check my backpack, if there is money in it, find a stool further down the bar, if there isn't, figure out a way to check if I have money or something I can charge my meal to.

You pick up your backpack off the ground and give it a good look.
It's holding on surprisingly well, considering you've been carrying it everyday for nearly a decade by now.
The colors have faded a bit, and one of the zippers is missing the pull tab, but otherwise the duracanvas has no rips in it, the padding is holding on shape and is comfortable, and the liquid proofing holds tight.
Best flea market purchase ever... okay, maybe just as good as that blender.

You touch the front pocket's seal, letting it verify your fingerprint. You then pull out a credstick and close it again.
On a second thought, you also move a couple seats towards the center of the bar, leaving just one barstool empty between you and the chatty pair. Hopefully that will be an obvious enough hint for the barkeep.





Arroavantho

  • I firstly look at me and what I'm wearing.
  • I look around the bar for any other noteworthy details and other people.
  • I check the contents of my backpack.
  • I try to discern what genre of music is playing.
  • I take a look at the other patron.
  • I take a look at the barman.
  • Then I take a look at any menu near me.
  • I quietly eavesdrop on their conversation, keeping my visual focus on the menu.

(Also how're you running inventory in this game?  The backpack? Gray Fox Grin )

You twitch, feeling the caffeine rush kicking in.
A couple of seconds later, you once again find yourself completely unable to sit in place quietly.
Your eyes start to dart around, from one momentary distraction to another.

You wonder if maybe it wasn't so great of an idea to wear business casual for the flight.

You try to estimate how many bottles are on the shelves behind the bar, but can't stop yourself from guessing "five thousand" while there're only three rows of maybe a couple dozen each.

You twitch an ear when the unmistakable tones of a Hammond organ join the soundscape next to the guitars.

Then you wonder if this place ever got crowded, or did you just doubled the previous top amount of simultaneous customers.

Driven by a sudden worry, you put thumb on your backpack's reader, then open it and make sure your data unit, headset and spare clothes are in the main compartment.
Just before re-sealing you remember you have stashed your credstick together with the flight pass into the front pocket in a hurry, and retrieve them from among the clutter.

A sudden movement catches your attention - one of the segments of bar's countertop changed backlight color from white to blue, disturbing the previous half/half balance.

You shoot a glance at the bartender, who just finished pouring a stein of purple fizzy... something for the other customer, and resumed chatting with him.
At a transit node like here it is obviously useful for a bartender to know languages - but it sure was impressive to see a Chrikt like him make all the screeches and gurgles of the Hsian patron's native language without mandibles... you wish you'd understand what he was saying.

After your heart rate slowly returns to double digits again, you swear you'll never touch Cetian espresso again... just like you did every other week.
... And of course now you're hungry.

You reach for the menu, make sure it's still switched to filter by the right species, and tab over to foods.
Hm... looks like your choices are limited to steak tartare from fresh K'tchara meat, or a salad from the local planet's sea plants.
This makes you realize you actually don't know the name of this waterworld's name. All of your travel preparation mentioned only the station itself.



(You have pockets, you have the backpack, you may have other things to haul stuff in... Also, happy barfday! Red Fox Grin)





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Arroavantho

You twitch, feeling the caffeine rush kicking in.
A couple of seconds later, you once again find yourself completely unable to sit in place quietly.
Your eyes start to dart around, from one momentary distraction to another.

You wonder if maybe it wasn't so great of an idea to wear business casual for the flight.

You try to estimate how many bottles are on the shelves behind the bar, but can't stop yourself from guessing "five thousand" while there're only three rows of maybe a couple dozen each.

You twitch an ear when the unmistakable tones of a Hammond organ join the soundscape next to the guitars.

Then you wonder if this place ever got crowded, or did you just doubled the previous top amount of simultaneous customers.

Driven by a sudden worry, you put thumb on your backpack's reader, then open it and make sure your data unit, headset and spare clothes are in the main compartment.
Just before re-sealing you remember you have stashed your credstick together with the flight pass into the front pocket in a hurry, and retrieve them from among the clutter.

A sudden movement catches your attention - one of the segments of bar's countertop changed backlight color from white to blue, disturbing the previous half/half balance.

You shoot a glance at the bartender, who just finished pouring a stein of purple fizzy... something for the other customer, and resumed chatting with him.
At a transit node like here it is obviously useful for a bartender to know languages - but it sure was impressive to see a Chrikt like him make all the screeches and gurgles of the Hsian patron's native language without mandibles... you wish you'd understand what he was saying.

After your heart rate slowly returns to double digits again, you swear you'll never touch Cetian espresso again... just like you did every other week.
... And of course now you're hungry.

You reach for the menu, make sure it's still switched to filter by the right species, and tab over to foods.
Hm... looks like your choices are limited to steak tartare from fresh K'tchara meat, or a salad from the local planet's sea plants.
This makes you realize you actually don't know the name of this waterworld's name. All of your travel preparation mentioned only the station itself.

(You have pockets, you have the backpack, you may have other things to haul stuff in... Also, happy barfday! Red Fox Grin)

(Thanks  Gray Fox Grin )

  • I try to recall how much money I have on my credstick.  If I can check it directly on the stick, I do that instead
  • I check my flight pass for any relevant information.
  • I wait for the barkeep for several minutes, and if he isn't noticing me I wave him over.  If that doesn't work, I call.
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(04:27:22) (White_Fox): One day I shall perfect the near-orbital cat dragon.
(04:27:40) (White_Fox): The splat will be glorious.
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>Attempt to hail the bartender and ask what he has to offer. If there is a root beer, buy that using crit chip. Else look over the menu. If Hailing fails, move to a close stool.
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