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Create Your Own Choose Your Own Adventure

Postby stevenf » Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:54 pm

Here's another web experiment:

http://stevenf.com/adventure/

It's like a choose-your-own-adventure book, although you get to add options and write the next page.

I hope it works. I wrote it very quickly. Let me know how it goes.
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Postby giantsfan97 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:43 pm

hahaha this is fun

if you could, it would be useful to be able to have one of the options (such as "go back to where you came from") link back to a previous page.
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Postby Null » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:09 pm

Seems to work pretty well. Is there another type of area other than "room." I went to the beach, and there weren't any rooms so I had to invent a pier.
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Postby chrismachine » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:16 pm

is there a time delay? my stuff doesn't save now that I've re-entered the game.
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Postby stevenf » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:17 pm

"Room" is a loosely-used term. You could actually create an action that doesn't move the player, like "Drink a beer". Then the new "room" would conceptually be the same as the old room.

That's also the problem with back-linking. You might be "undo-ing" something rather than just moving the player.

It'll be interesting to see what limitations like this are found, and how they might be overcome. That is -- if people keep building...
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Postby stevenf » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:17 pm

chrismachine wrote:is there a time delay? my stuff doesn't save now that I've re-entered the game.


Your browser could be caching the old page. Try a reload. Saving should be instant.
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Postby chrismachine » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:27 pm

I created a link in the trunk page to the "inside the trunk" page which is item 11, but there isn't any text to show this.

I just checked in firefox and the page exists, as does the subsequent page, but the link to it on the trunk page is still missing.
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Postby Dusk » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:28 pm

hehe steamer trunk.
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Postby James » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:40 pm

Yeah, no, mine isn't showing up either. I mean, the page is there, but the link isn't appearing on the page for the room it leads from.
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Postby chrismachine » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:42 pm

that makes two continents, it's an epidemic.
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Postby EvilJekyll » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:48 pm

stevenf wrote:"Room" is a loosely-used term. You could actually create an action that doesn't move the player, like "Drink a beer".


I actually just did that with the Meadow.
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Postby stevenf » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:55 pm

James wrote:Yeah, no, mine isn't showing up either. I mean, the page is there, but the link isn't appearing on the page for the room it leads from.


Hm. No errors of any kind? Which browser?
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Postby James » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:00 pm

No errors. Firefox. I tried loading the page that should link to it in IE, and it still showed no link. I've tried refreshing several times. I wrote another one, which didn't show up either, and came back to check the first one, and it's still not there. I'm guessing the operation must have gone through, because the page is on the site. But why is the link not appearing? WHY?

[Oh goodness, it's a mystery, WHICH ONE DID I DO?]
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Postby stevenf » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:00 pm

Ohhh, a couple of the original three rooms might not have had the right permissions set in order to be update-able. Try again?
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Postby James » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:02 pm

Well my second one has appeared. Do I have to resubmit my first one, or can you manually link it up? [WHICH WAS IT? Did you see?]
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Postby stevenf » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:06 pm

You would have to resubmit it, because the action has been lost to time.
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Postby James » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:08 pm

OH GOD THE EFFORT I THINK I WILL DIE.

Can we use HTML in this thing? Not that I want to do some sort of crazy exploits crap. I just want my dang italics.
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Postby Null » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:19 pm

stevenf wrote:You would have to resubmit it, because the action has been lost to time.


"All those moments will be lost, in time, like...updates, to an online game."

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Postby James » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:28 pm

Oh God, it's going to be so annoying checking whether there's anything new on this thing.
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Postby ntw3001 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:47 pm

I love this. I made a whole bunch of pages. I'll probably make more.
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Postby stevenf » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:51 pm

James wrote:Oh God, it's going to be so annoying checking whether there's anything new on this thing.


Simply bookmark the exponentially increasing number of branch points and, hey presto!

As far as HTML, no I strip it out. You can use CAPS for EMPHASIS if you want!
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Postby Dusk » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:53 pm

There's no way to reference a room that has already been made, right?
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Postby stevenf » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:57 pm

Dusk Bringer wrote:There's no way to reference a room that has already been made, right?


No, which was a design decision I was worried about at first. But now I'm curious to see how it plays out.

I could see making a fancier version of this where you could also create objects to be placed in rooms, and then certain rooms being locked unless you have a certain object. But that's quite a bit more work, because then you have to start keeping track of the character's state on the server side, etc.

It's not, you know, terribly hard to do, but I figured, start simply and see where it goes.
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Postby Dusk » Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:03 pm

Well, I guess we can just copy and paste the text from the other pages. 8)
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Postby stevenf » Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:05 pm

I actually think it's quite cool, for example, that what happens when you go down the ladder changes depending on if you pick grass first or not.
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