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Author Topic: Questions for people who read/make Choose Your Own Adventure  (Read 1553 times)
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Have Wierd; Will Travel.

« on: August 30, 2017, 07:00:24 pm »

Trying to get into the planning stage of a thing rather than just pantsing it.About all I know for sure is it will use Twine, since that is open source with multiple languages for creation and a ‘how things connect’ presentation style, and I know this will be terrible as it’s a one man project with no editor and I’m more or less trying to find a project I can point at and go 'I did that' and not hate once it's done.

Should I go with a traditional story with each chunk divided by A Choice or should i go with tried and true locations that keep getting revisited and things happen in them? Both are totally doable and I suppose each favors differing tory types but I wanted some idea of which works for what.

If I go with a ‘traditional’ story and pepper it with hyperlinks how important is a multilayered bookmarking function? As in ‘oh hey i got off on a tangent and wiki walked from the history of this location to the rise of robotics to the Old War… now how the hell do I get back to the story branch I’m on?’ Do I even go with a complex bookmarking function or just have an appendix thing?

Short passages maybe at longest a page or so long and usually at most a paragraph, or something more chapter length between each choice? at what point would one go ‘you know what? Attention span’s gone.’

What has worked in a majority of cases? I’m approaching this as if i have no knowledge of the medium or its history to try pushing for one outcome over another.

What works? What does not work? What looks dead simple but turns out to be horrifyingly difficult to actually get right?

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Avery J. Harpe
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England England

« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2017, 08:44:27 pm »

I find that most Choose Your Own Adventure books have a page or just over for each section.
Each choice generally leads to a different ending and the ones I've read generally have each story focusing upon a location that the story keeps returning to.
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