Choose Your Own Adventure

Anonymous's picture
August 17, 2012 - 7:52pm
Anyone interested in having some fun making a Star Frontiers CYOA?

I imagine we could use the Documents in the Adventure Writing Forum project. The main page will be the stories beginning with choices at the bottom. Each choice will be a new page. Kinda like the

Sound like fun? Perhaps some of our kids can help write.

I think the end product can be two-fold
  • CYOA story
  • Adaptation for Solo Play (I've been spending some time with Tunnels and Trolls)


FirstCitizen's picture
August 17, 2012 - 8:04pm

I have (running locally) a web based admin and CYOA reader.  It allows basic page formatting, multiple choices, and images on the page.  I've always had an interest in "Interactive Fiction".

Alas, I didn't publish it to the intarwebs because I have been having writers block on the first adventure.  I have the outline/flow but the text is very primitive, work has been getting in the way.

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w00t (not verified)
August 17, 2012 - 8:47pm
Is there a web site that would facilitate creation, something we all could sign up for?

The son unit and I played "Castaway" earlier. This is very simple, not much reading and could easily be adapted to Star Frontiers. 

FirstCitizen's picture
August 17, 2012 - 9:10pm
My intention was to put it up on my game company web server.  Essentially another traffic generator.  In fact if there is interest in using it I will finish  it up.  The viewer did require a registration as a player so that it can track chapters and stuff, I could change some things relatively easy so an anonymous user would go through SF specific adventures without the registration requirement.

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w00t (not verified)
August 17, 2012 - 10:43pm
If we have more interest (maybe give this thread a week?) that might be a good idea since you have the means. We could announce on G+ as well.

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w00t (not verified)
September 10, 2012 - 1:37pm
OK... I started something in the Adventure Writing Forum project.

Content of Adventure Writing Forum project

CYOA - Child of Kurabanda

You are an orphan marooned in the Zebulon system on Volturnus. Your parents were explorers killed in a mud slide near the forest where you were rescued by the Lohbor family of Clan Laphy. 

Background Material
Spawn of Zebulon, The mysterious Kurabanda, Star Frontiersman Issue #7

(This is where the story starts with a brief background and 2-3 options)

  1. Part of a hunting party, you are lost
  2. You are given the right of manhood and must complete the hunt to become a member of the family.

Used with permission from

FirstCitizen's picture
September 11, 2012 - 8:03pm
Sounds like a good CYOA story.

We should talk about what the reader interface needs to look like.  I really need external motivation to finish off the interactive fiction engine (I spend more time writing since I code all day already :) ).

Would anyone else use a CYOA story editor?

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w00t (not verified)
September 12, 2012 - 2:04pm
I started a poll. It will prob get more exposure than this thread. :-)

FirstCitizen's picture
November 19, 2012 - 5:30pm
Get your story ideas ready! :)

Quick update on the CYOA reader project.  I've been working on it but it is taking longer, I realized that this would be out there and public.  So I've been adding admin tools for deleting content, searching for profanity, etc.  Basically all the stuff to make sure random users don't post super objectionable content.  I am not adding a requirement for admin review to the CYOA stories though (but I am building the tools for doing so, just in case some random peep adds some creepy/illegal content).

Current plan is to launch the interactive fiction/cyoa writer and reader during the first week of January when I install a server cluster for my game company at a local colocation facility.  Sadly the current shared host is having reliability issues so I probably won't even bother posting it there even for testing.

I've been using an e-copies of Captive Planet and Villians of Volturnus for testing, so those will be available to read when the application launches.

jedion357's picture
November 19, 2012 - 6:33pm
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

bossmoss's picture
November 21, 2012 - 5:51am
Tunnels & Trolls.  Now that brings back memories.

I like the concept being discussed here.  Not sure if my schedule will permit my participation, but it sure sounds great!

rattraveller's picture
November 21, 2012 - 6:22pm
Tunnels and Trolls was actually the first RPG I ever played. 6 sided dice everywhere
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?