I’ve been tinkering with Twine for the past several hours, reading wikis, writing some stuff, and so forth. I’m quite delighted by it and you might be seeing some stories that I was previously going to release just by posting text on this blog, become Twine stories instead. I’ve been working on taking a Draft I had stored in this blog for a while, that I wasn’t doing anything with, and maybe releasing it as an episodic Twine story, both for your entertainment and so I can practice with Twine. I’m looking for the best way to host those stories so I can easily link them to you and you can just play them without having to download the HTML file and run it yourself. Hopefully I can make this work out!
I’m not looking to make traditional CYOAs, though I have a few ideas for some of those as well. Rather, I’m thinking more along the lines of a digital novel – with in-text supplementary information and exposition deposited in optional linked files, asymmetrical scene flow where rather than reading pages of fixed events the reader can pick on interesting parts of the text and be led via hyperlinks to new scenes sprung off from them, and so on. There are some interactive elements – for example in the above the reader can go to Maria’s room or to the Kitchen, reading the story at their own pace, though I would hope they ultimately consume all or the text, they don’t necessarily have to.
It’s not a traditional CYOA, as I don’t think I will be writing “dead ends” and I don’t think I will be writing second person (You) kind of stuff that are more traditional “games” – but rather I’m interested in writing digital stories with this framework that package the content differently. So not really games, just weird stories. Though as I go along I’d like to include a few of the more gamey elements available. Maybe my idea for a “digital novel” might not be of as much interest, what with the limited interactivity, as other things people have done with the framework, but it’s simply my current curiosity. I will still work on the traditional stories on this blog, of course. But this may become a fascinating supplement to my traditional writing, and I think it will give readers a totally different and interesting experience.