Interactive story game

Here’s your quick run down of how to play this:

I give you a handful of choices and set a poll for these choices. the most voted choice is picked and the story follows that path. Pretty simple.
You can propose an alternative choice but it will only be accepted if I deem it “in character” and if enough people second your choice

Lets get on with character creation: this will dictate the kind of choices the character can make during the campaign. it comes down to 4 major character traits:

  • Strength
  • Dexterity
  • Intelligence
  • Psyche

these 4 traits will effect the choices that can be made as well as alter how easily certain checks/locks are bypassed. It may sound complicated and or intimidating but ignore it. just pick whatever you want/think sounds cool and deal with the consequences of your decisions later during the campaign:

here are the personalities you can choose from:


Average Joe

Very balanced, Not particularly bad at anything, but also not particularly good at anything.

STR +++
DEX +++
INT +++
PSY +++


Physical

Very physical. As dumb as they get, but gets things done.

STR +++++
DEX ++++
INT +
PSY ++


Sensitive

Very psychological. Knows how people work and think, but is also a bit unstable.

STR ++++
DEX ++
INT +
PSY +++++


Intelligent

Very intelligent. great at piecing together things, but not good with people.

STR ++
DEX ++++
INT ++++++
PSY +

  • Average Joe
  • Physical
  • Sensitive
  • Intelligent

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you should have about 1 day (ish, may be less because I might close the poll before the countdown completes) to complete the poll. Pick wisely because after a character type is chosen we’re stuck with them for the rest of the game.

Once we have a character to use I’ll just put them in the world and we can begin.
This is one of those games where you can just hop in or stop playing whenever.
I don’t want to make you feel obligated/pressure you into having to write a response while we all wait or anything like that.
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This looks to be pretty unique

OK, looks like we’re playing with the “intelligent” character archetype. Lets begin:
(also if you want to be reminded every time this game updates i’d advise setting this game to “watching” if it isn’t already
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Intro

THE STEM
The grains of time trickle down your finger tips.
There is no end in sight
The choice has already been made. and You did not make it.
You are falling deeper into silence.
Deeper. . . and higher and wider.
Forever and ever.

Perpetual silence sounds nice.

THE STEM
Yes is does. . .
You want to fall further and sink deeper inside it’s core.
Free from the voices, away from their all seeing eyes.

Their voices? Their eyes?

THE STEM
This train of thought is dangerous, further exploration of this will lead to a displeasing result.
Fall back deeper into the silence. . .
Back into the perpetual silence.

Yes. . . Sweet oblivion. . .

THE SENSORIUM
The realization creeps up at you.
Attached to your fingers is a mass of putrid flesh.
It sags behind your fingers in a great wave of inertia.
And with the awareness of the flesh sac comes an immense pain.

Th-what. . . where is this place?

THE STEM
The threshold has been passed. . .
You can never go back now.

What is that. . . thing?

THE STEM
You wouldn’t want to find out.
You’re another one of those hairless ape things. . .

A what?

THE STEM
A bipedal hairless ape.
Oh there are billions of them.
They’re all on this giant ball of moist dirt.

Is the ball bouncy?

THE STEM
No, it is not bouncy. . .

Are there really billions of them?

THE STEM
Yes. Billions, and all of them are duking it out on the dirt ball.

How big is the ball?

THE STEM
Unbelievably big

I’m tired of hearing about these weird naked apes. . . Please, I want to leave. I want to go back. . .

THE STEM
You already have.
And you can never return. . .

Awakening

THE CHRONICLER
You feel your eyelids pry open and the photons of light peeking through the the green canopy sear at your eyeballs.
Your head feels like its about to burst, and you do not remember where you are or even who you are.
It feels as though you’ve just woken up from the worst hangover anyone in history has ever dealt with.
And all your clothes (with the exception of some greasy stained underwear and your left sock) are gone.
you’re in the middle of nowhere in a forest.

THE AWARE
Just a few meters away, you’re able to locate your right sock which somehow got itself stuck atop a tree branch.
You’re also able to find footprints leading up to the spot you collapsed.

THE MIND
They are presumably your footprints. . .

THE WRATH
PROVE THAT DISEMBODIED DREAM VOICE WRONG
YOU ARE NOT A MONKEY!


Health points: + +
Moral points: +

Inventory:
-Stained underwear
-Left sock

Character traits:
Base stats:
STR: ++
DEX: ++++
INT: +++++
PSY: +

  • Climb the tree and grab and wear your right sock. (Dexterity check [10+] 72% chance success)
  • Trace your footprints back to where you came from.
  • Prove that disembodied dream voice wrong with the power of your fists and screams

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The poll will be done in 24ish hours and may be less depending on whether or not i decide to close the poll early because I can’t be bothered waiting.

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The format reminds of Disco Elysium with the talking skills and starting with a hangover

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You’re spot on regarding the inspiration for the format.
I did have to simplify a few mechanics for the sake of making it easier to manage and converting it into a forum game so don’t expect a full ensemble of talking skills.

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Redoing the poll since we got a 3 way split:

  • Climb the tree and grab and wear your right sock. (Dexterity check [10+] 72% chance success)
  • Trace your footprints back to where you came from.
  • Prove that disembodied dream voice wrong with the power of your fists and screams

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Story

THE CHRONICLER
You climb up the tree
and reach out for the sock. . .
Success! (2, 4, +4 =10)
You wrap your hand around the sock and pull it off the branch!
You put the sock on.
All is well.
+1 heal moral

THE WRATH
You liked that didn’t you? You. . .You have integrity. . .
Look at how sophisticated you are with your 2 socks and stained underwear.

THE CHRONICLER
You do not know why, but you instinctively begin clicking your tongue and finger-gunning.

THE TECHNICIAN
You needed that sock. . .
That sock needed you.

Obtained Neat Freak trait.

THE WRATH
That disembodied voice was right. . . You ARE a naked ape.

THE TECHNICIAN
You don’t know why but it just feels right.
maybe you ARE a naked ape

Obtained Naked Ape trait

THE CHRONICLER
With your complete set of socks. You begin to slowly trace the footprints back. . . slowly you walk following the path you left behind.
In the distance you begin to see it. What looks like the edge of the forest as well as some kind of reflective material.

The AWARE
It is a 4 wheeled motor vehicle. It has crashed into a tree. It looks like it was fairly recent.

THE MIND
Was. . . this our motor vehicle?

THE CHRONICLER
You begin to investigate the crashed motor vehicle.
Unfortunately the vehicle is in an incredibly awkward position that would make opening it difficult.
The trail it left behind is still visible.


Health points + +
Moral points +

Inventory
-stained underwear
-left and right sock

Character traits
Base stats:
STR: ++
DEX: ++++
INT: +++++
PSY: +

Neat freak

Naked ape

  • Apologize to the tree and begin cleaning up as much of the wreckage as you can.
  • Tip over the car and open it up and search it. (Strength check [12+] 28% chance success)
  • Keep following the tracks

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Story

THE CHRONICLER
You feel an urge to apologize to the tree that you crashed into.
your prostrate yourself beneath the tree and begin begging for it’s forgiveness yet are met with silence.
You are a brutal killer.
A monster.
In a desperate panic to hide the evidence that you were ever involved you begin to clean up the crime scene.
You get caught up in the enjoyable act and spend alot of time cleaning up the wreckage.
It feels right, Cleaning up messes feels right.
Amongst the debris you discover a strange small object.

THE AWARE
The object is some kind of machinery. it looks like it’s now defunct.

THE MIND
But if you were to somehow able to discover more about this strange contraption. . . or maybe even salvage or sell it later! To whom though. . .

THE MIND
NO YOU FOOL!
How dare you even propose to sell or salvage this!
Make a statement about society using this thing!
You feel it in your blood do you not?
A burning passion?
Unleash the inner artist~!


Health points + +
Moral points +

Inventory
-stained underwear
-left and right sock
-Weird metal object

Character traits
Base stats:
STR: ++
DEX: ++++
INT: +++++
PSY: +

Neat freak

Naked ape

  • Follow the tracks you’ve left behind
  • Unleash the inner artist and make your grand statement to the world!
  • Attempt to salvage the machine thing (Dexterity check [14+] 17% success)
  • Tip the car and open it up and search it. (Strength check [12+] 28% chance success)

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What do our traits do?

Some traits are peripheral and alter your base stat by increasing specific stats and or decreasing other specific stats,
others will change the choices the character can make,
and some are situational and can effect the success-rate of certain checks. eg the “naked ape” trait is beneficial for certain physical checks (it gives a +1 to the strength checks increasing the probability of success) and is detrimental for certain intelligent/psyche checks. What situations they effect are going to be in play will be entirely arbitrary and dictated by me though.

Story

THE CHRONICLER
It’s time. . .
You hear the voices of your distant ancestors cheering you on
You hear their screams!
You hear their shouts!

THE WRATH
UNLEASH THE APE!
OOooOAAhAAhA!!

THE CHRONICLER
Using the your naked ape powers you grab a hold of it and. . .
Failure. . .(5,2 +2, +1 (naked ape trait) = 10)
As you lift up the vehicle you become aware of just how heavy it really is. . .
Uh oh.
it slams down on your foot!
The pain is immense,
In a fit of pure unadulterated monkey rage you slam your other foot into the vehicle.
But you aim poorly and only slam your toe into it
-1 health points.

THE MIND
HA, HA, HA.

THE CHRONICLER
You then try to salvage the machine thing . . .
ABSOLUTE Failure. . . (1, 1, +4 = 6)
Maybe you weren’t as dexterous with your hands as you thought. . .
The contraption breaks apart and you have no clue how to put it back together or what each part does.

THE MIND
Oh I know! that’s a nail!

THE AWARE
There are metal nails in the machine

THE CHRONICLER
An astute observation that only someone as smart as yourself could’ve made.
You grab the nail and pat yourself on the back.
+1 moral points
With your new trusty nail you begin to walk along the tire tracks you left behind.
The cool breeze brushes up against your body and it occurs to you that you should maybe find some clothes.
You’ve already come this far though. . .

THE MIND
Do you see that my friend?
Those mushy rotten leaves. . .
That damp soggy stick. . .
This is the perfect place to make a fashion statement!


Health points + /
Moral points +

Inventory
-stained underwear
-left and right sock
-a rusty nail

Character traits
Base stats:
STR: ++
DEX: ++++
INT: +++++
PSY: +

Neat freak

Naked ape

  • Continue following the tracks and see if you left them behind where you came from
  • Go back to where you woke up and see if your other clothes are back where you fell asleep
  • cover your body with leaves and sticks and keep moving forward.

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Story

THE CHRONICLER
You roll around in the rotting leaves
They don’t really stick on, so you opt for the next best thing and begin stuffing your underwear and socks with soggy leaves.
you don’t know where to put the stick though . . . so you just drop it and let it go.
You begin following the trail and are very soon you find a strange wall. As you get closer you hear some voices mumble in the distance

VOICE 1
(Oh god he’s back. . .)

VOICE 2
(What do we do?)

VOICE 1
(Just. . . let me handle this. . .)

THE CHRONICLER
You feel the eyes and ears of the dozen’s of people behind that tall wall monitoring your every movement and sound.

THE SOUL
Do you feel that my friend?
That is called “the spotlight.”
It was built for us!
Why stand in when you could’ve stood out instead!

VOICE 1
HEY! What the hell do you want? Why are you back here?

VOICE 2
(Why are his clothes stuffed with leaves. . .)

THE WRATH
HE DARE QUESTIONS OUR AUTHORITY
PUT HIM IN HIS PLACE

THE AWARE
They are both holding what appears to be some kind of ranged weapon. a bow of some kind.

THE MIND
Maybe we shouldn’t do those things and try to clear up the situation before anything gets out of hand. . .


Health points + /
Moral points +

Inventory
-stained underwear
-left and right sock
-a rusty nail

Character traits
Base stats:
STR: ++
DEX: ++++
INT: +++++
PSY: +

Neat freak

Naked ape

  • Clear up the situation and tell them about your memory loss.
  • Confess that you are guilty of murdering an innocent tree.
  • Put them in their place and tell them you ARE THE LAW
  • Tell them that you are the morax and you speak for the trees. Their perverse crimes against nature will not be permitted any longer.
  • Begin breakdancing

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Story

THE CHRONICLER
You try to clear up the situation as best as you can with your people skills

Voice 1
HEY! What the hell do you want? Why are you back here?

-uh, i don’t know. . .

VOICE 2
(What?)

VOICE 1
(he say’s he doesn’t know)

VOICE 2
(What do we do?)

THE CHRONICLER
Before they have an opportunity to come to an agreement on what to do you tell them the rest of the story

-. . . and so now i’m here.

VOICE 1
woah woah- slow down there buddy.
I’m sorry but we can’t help you.
especially after what you did last night.

-last night?

VOICE 2
(he doesn’t remember does he?)

VOICE 1
You. . . (you tell him. . .)

VOICE 2
uh. . . last night you began harassing civilians. . .
you began calling yourself “the Ape” and screaming and spitting at people. . .
When the situation got too intense and the militia were called in, you stole a car and drove off, crashing into numerous things on the way out. . .

-oh.

THE MIND
This isn’t the time to feel guilty over the past. you’re a changed man.

THE WRATH
you’re a monkey.

THE MIND
use this opportunity to learn as much as you can!

-so, where are we?

VOICE 1
(he’s asking where we are)

VOICE 2
. . .This is the Avruuston. . . it’s a human settlement within the jurisdiction of the P.U.E.C.
To the south of here is the dead frontier.
you wont find anything there but a desert and a bunch of outlaws,
north of here is the Deglaonian lake.
if you go far enough east or west you’lll eventually reach the sea and some other human settlements.

-when are we. . .

VOICE 1
The age of res publica!

THE CHRONICLER
The other man begins laughing hysterically.

THE MIND
how useful. . .

VOICE 2
(hey man. . .why don’t we just let the poor guy in, what harm is he gonna be?)

VOICE 1
(you want to bring “the ape” inside?)

THE CHRONICLER
Their words sting.

THE SOUL
My friend!
now is the perfect time to unleash the beast!


Health points + /
Moral points +

Inventory
-stained underwear
-left and right sock
-a rusty nail

Character traits
Base stats:
STR: ++
DEX: ++++
INT: +++++
PSY: +

Neat freak

Naked ape

  • Confess to your crimes of murder.
  • beg for forgiveness on your knees and plead to be let back in
  • tell them that you are the law and demand they open the gates and let you in.
  • Start breakdancing

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Story

THE CHRONICLER
This is it. . . You feel your blood pumping and the adrenaline kicking in. It’s time to show them who the real king of this world is.

-Do you boys know who the king of this world is?

Voice 2
What?

-It is I!

THE CHRONICLER
You spontaneously begin breakdancing to the beat of your pumping heart
You’re reaching levels of dance mania you never thought was possible!
Badum-badum-Badum-badum-Badum-badum
You have inexplicably altered the lives of the people here to witness this grand event.
You are the shaper of this world. and it is through dance that you will cleanse this world of its sins!

Voice 1
Hey, Someone help him! I think he’s having a seizure!

THE SOUL
YES, YES, YES

THE CHRONICLER
The music of your soul drowns out that slightly concerning comment.
Your moves cannot be halted by the onslaught of time.
Or the opinions of the sheep
You are eternal!
You are. . . The dance man

Voice 2
Leave him be!
who cares if he dies!

Voice 1
But. . .

THE SOUL
They love you!
They love your sick moves!

Booming voice
HALT!

THE CHRONICLER
suddenly a new individual appears atop the wall. Their booming voice silences the concerned mumbling of the sentinels.

THE SOUL
BUT NOT THE BEAT OF YOUR HEART.
DANCE ON!

Booming voice
Not going to listen aye?

THE AWARE
In the corner of your eye you see him grab a bow and arrow from one of the sentinels

THE CHRONICLER
THWAK!
His bow releases a warning shot a few centimeters away from your body.
You stop dead in your tracks

THE SOUL
NO YOU FOOL!
DANCE ON!
DESTROY THE WHEEL!

-No! please don’t kill me! I’m sorry. . .!

THE CHRONICLER
You drop down to your knees and begin shaking. . .what is this feeling. . .
You feel as though you’ve met this man before.

Booming voice
This semi naked fool was the problem you were dealing with?
. . .
Just throw him in with the slaves

THE CHRONICLER
The man spits on the ground.
guards of some kind barge through the door of the wall pin you down and begin dragging you inside

THE MIND
Slavery? Where are we?
Oh god the reality of being an amnesiac has only settled in.
What have you been doing all this time?

THE CHRONICLER
you feel your mind fall out of your body



THE STEM
Welcome back. . .

-oh no. . .

THE STEM
Lets sink back into the darkness and emptiness. . .

-No! I can’t!. . I. . .


Health points + /
Moral points +

Inventory
-stained underwear
-left and right sock
-a rusty nail

Character traits
Base stats:
STR: ++
DEX: ++++
INT: +++++
PSY: +

Neat freak

Naked ape

  • Tell the disembodied voice you have to wake up to find out who and where you are
  • Tell the disembodied voice you have to wake up to cleanse the world of its sins with your sick disco dance moves.
  • Tell the disembodied voice you need to wake up and clean up the world of bloodshed and sadness or else you will never feel complete.
  • Start screaming at the disembodied voice like an ape

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m o n k e
CHAR LIMIT >:(

looks like a tie: here’s a redo with the top 2 options.

  • Start screaming at the disembodied voice like an ape.
  • tell the disembodied voice you have to wake up to find out who and where you are,

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Story

-I have to go back! . . I don’t even know know who i am or where i am.

THE STEM
And is that a bad thing?
It’s a clean slate and new chance.
Maybe you’re better off staying this way then finding out who and where you are before this…

THE SENSORIUM
. . .

-Shutup!

THE STEM
aren’t you a sly little thing? A mystery solver. . . maybe even a detective! You’re like a little spider slowly deliberately designing its intricate web to ensnare its prey.
Uh oh
The ape awakens.


THE CHRONICLER
The throbbing pain in your head remains as you wake up.
The little nap you had felt nice.
+1 Health point
You have been thrown into a cold dark cave. As your eyes peel open you note that above you staring right down at you is a strangely shaped silhouette.

THE SILHOUETTE
it wake?

THE CHRONICLER
It’s voice sounds fabricated. like it was stitched together from the voices of multiple indivduals. And the voice doesn’t seem to be coming from the creature but within your ears. . .
As your eyes adjust to the darkness it becomes clear that you have no idea what this thing is.

THE AWARE
It’s body is radially symmetrical and sits atop 6 strong jointed leg appendages. it’s body is dotted in a line of many compound eyes and atop the body of the creature are 6 secondary spindly limbs that presumably act as arms.

THE SOUL
image

THE CHRONICLER
It pokes at your unmoving face with one of its 6 arms

THE SILHOUETTE
it wake?


Health points + +
Moral points +

Inventory
-stained underwear
-left and right sock
-a rusty nail

Character traits
Base stats:
STR: ++
DEX: ++++
INT: +++++
PSY: +

Neat freak

Naked ape

  • Start screaming
  • piss yourself
  • pretend you’re dead

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Glad we are trying to be a little sane now

Story

THE CHRONICLER
You lay there on the ground like the sad sack of meat that you are.
you feel your body limpen as you play the part of a dead man.
It taps at your limp body with one of its fat padded legs.

THE UNIDENTIFIED CREATURE
Not wake?

THE CHRONICLER
it crouches and begins to inspect your body more thoroughly.
You feel it’s intense stare as it tugs at your body.

THE AWARE
You are not alone with this creature. You’ve only noticed it but there are other figures in the darkness.

THE UNIDENTIFIED CREATURE
Not wake?

THE CHRONICLER
It lowers its body and its eyes meet yours.
you restrain yourself from making any sudden movements with your open eyes.
it makes a dissatisfied noise before crawling off.
It’s departure is short lived though and more of these hexapods begin inspecting your body.
One of these hexapods softly places its foot down on your chest

THE ADVENTEROUS UNIDENTIFIED CREATURE
IT WAKE!

THE CHRONICLER
It screams and jumps back.
The whole area begins to murmur amongst themselves.

THE CHRONICLER
There is nothing you can do at this point.
You slowly rise up from the cold stone floor and gaze down at the creatures.
They’re all rather small. . .
Their chattering silences.

THE SOUL
Look at their eyes. We can’t trust these things. First thing we should do is try to escape wherever we are and. . . Find out what to do from there.

THE WRATH
Grab a rock and smash their legs in. Show them that you are the naked ape and you are not to be messed with.

THE MIND
We understand them! maybe we should see if they understand us.

THE CHRONICLER
Immediately you begin to inspect the room in place.
There is a cold bitterness to the air.
It seems to be devoid of anything of interest.
Just an empty room. A stone floor and stone walls.
There is a door but its probably locked.
there are very small window slits that are allowing moonlight in. . .

THE MIND
(wait. . .how long were you knocked out?)


Health points + +
Moral points +

Inventory
-stained underwear
-left and right sock
-a rusty nail

Character traits
Base stats:
STR: ++
DEX: ++++
INT: +++++
PSY: +

Neat freak

Naked ape

  • Try to escape by breaking open the door (Strength check [15+] 8% chance success )
  • Try to communicate with the creatures (Psyche check[15+] 2% chance success )
  • Skim the room again and see if you can find anything useful (Dexterity check [13+] 28% chance success )
  • Try to kill one of the creatures with your fists. (Strength check [12+] 41% chance success (+1 to success because intimidated the creatures)
  • Go to sleep and wait it out silently in the corner.

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looks like another tie:

  • go to sleep
  • Try to kill one of the creatures.

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