Let’s All Twine Together! It’ll Be Awesome!July 10, 2013
(New: Games have been submitted! They are still tiny, but they are playable here.)
I have rulified a chain-letter system for collaboratively writing Twine games. If I were Jason Rohrer, this would constitute a metaphor for mortality and I would win some sort of award. I am kind of glad I am not Jason Rohrer, because frankly it’s got to be exhausting making metaphors for mortality and winning awards all the time, although I do like meadows.
This is a link to a dropbox folder containing the blank template file with instructions (if you want to start your own story) and, eventually, a bunch of beginnings of stories (if you don’t). This is a spreadsheet directory of the files in the dropbox.
Instructions after the jump, for your convenience.
1) Add your name to the list of authors on the ABOUT page.
2) Increment the version number — it should equal the number of authors listed.
3) If you are starting the story, fill out the RULES section. Sanctity level is explained below. If there is a rule or rules you don’t want to define, just put N/A after it.
Special rules can be absolutely anything you want. Feel the power coursing through your veins!
If you are not starting the story, abide by the stated rules! This is the only thing that separates us from the animals! Which is good for some reason!
SANCTITY LEVEL OPTIONS:
Chaste: You may add links to an already-written page, but you may not otherwise alter that page in any way.
Mischievous: You may add links or other writing to an already-written page, but may not delete anything. You may append things like “Then John realized everything he’d just said was terrible and he was a stupid,” if you are a jerk.
Wantonly Disregardful: Add, delete, go crazy and be a nihilist.
4) Write and have fun!
5) When you are finished, save your .tws file and send it to the following two people:
I) Someone who has ALREADY INDICATED INTEREST in continuing the chain and can be shamed into following through.
II) Me at [address in actual Twine file]@gmail.com. I will maintain a repository of these until I get bored or hit by a bus or something. (Hopefully I don’t get hit by a bus, because that will make you feel pretty uncomfortable reading that bit.)
If you are sending the beginning of a story and want to make it available for other people to start chains with, let me know and I will add it to the story beginnings folder.