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Old 11-19-2005, 04:38 AM   #1
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Default The Pointless Story World!

I had this idea earlier today. It would be a highly linear story-driven world. Each participant would continue the story from where the last person left off, and have a text screen linking it to the previous level, and one at the end to let the next person continue. (I hope someone understands all that. )
Anyway, what do you lot think? I don't know whether I'd have time to run this thing myself, so if anyone else wants to do it they're free to.

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Old 11-19-2005, 07:10 AM   #2
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I think it's a great idea. SOMEONE ought to do this. I hope everyone reads this post because I want to participate in this and make a level of Bouapha's story...
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Old 11-19-2005, 07:25 AM   #3
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If someone would really do this I would like to participate too.
(Do it, AtkinsSJ!)
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Old 11-19-2005, 07:43 AM   #4
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YEAH!!! Sounds fun!
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Old 11-19-2005, 08:43 AM   #5
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I would be willing to organize and run such a project, if we can get enough interested builders.
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Old 11-19-2005, 08:58 AM   #6
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O snizzles, great idea!
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Old 11-19-2005, 09:28 AM   #7
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I'll join if what I say is true.

So, you want a builder to build a level, but have a small section at the end leading to the next?

I'll still join, I just want an explanation.
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Old 11-19-2005, 10:39 AM   #8
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What i meant was that each level will contain 2 text screens; one at the begining, which connects this level to the previous one, and one at the end, which will connect it to the next one. Then the next person creates a level with the begining text continuing from the end text of the last level.
Can you understand it now? I know it's kinda complicated...

Thanks, Hammered. I'd like to make a level or 2 for it, but I doubt I'd have the time to run the whole thing.

Oh, and I thought of an important rule:
Anyone can make multiple levels, but they can't continue on from each other. Like in the PSG, someone else has to make a level before you make another one.
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Old 11-19-2005, 10:42 AM   #9
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let's start making levels...
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Old 11-19-2005, 12:04 PM   #10
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This is a Pass-Along, so only one level can be made at a time. Obviously, since your level has to build on the last level, only one person can build a level at a time. I think we need a special hub that will only allow access to the various levels in order, since they won't make any sense out of order. (Yeah, I know, does a pointless story ever make any sense?) In order to construct such a hub, we will need to have a vague idea of about how many levels there will be. It can be something where we can add more later, and there can't be more than 64 entries, but we should have some idea of how many to start with. Everyone who wants to contribute, post a level count here, so we can get started, and I will keep a running total. Keep in mind AtkinsSJ rule that you can't build more than one at a time, so if you want to build 3, you are going to get the world 3 separate times.

Current Counts:

Builder.........................Levels
AtkinsSJ........................2 (done)
aussie..........................1
blackmyth.....................2
Chaucer........................1 (done)
Coolguy........................1 (done)
Dave Hettel..................0-1
diabloking185...............0-1
Evil Monkey...................1
Hammered....................Hub + 2 (Hub + 1 completed)
Jamul............................1
Janice............................1 (done)
Mr. Onion......................3 (2 completed)
Mr. Zee.........................1
munkee........................1 (done)
Nebro-Gubular SpisBoy.1
Pizza.............................2 (done)
puffazoid.......................1
PurpleKoopa2000..........2 (1 completed)
Streak9.........................0-1
The Emperor Master......1
varkarrus.......................1
WackieWatty. ...............3 (done)
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Total ...........................Hub + 27-30

Current Status:
Hub (by Hammered): Complete
Chapter 1 (by Mr. Onion): Complete
Chapter 2 (by WackieWatty): Complete
Chapter 3 (by Coolguy): Complete
Chapter 4 (by pizza): Complete
Chapter 5 (by AtkinsSJ): Complete
Chapter 6 (by Chaucer): Complete
Chapter 7 (by Hammered): Complete
Chapter 8 (by WackieWatty): Complete
Chapter 9 (by Janice): Complete
Chapter 10 (by munkee): Complete
Chapter 11 (by PurpleKoopa2000): Complete
Chapter 12 (by Mr. Onion): Complete
Chapter 13 (by pizza): Complete
Chapter 14 (by AtkinsSJ): Complete
Chapter 15 (by WackieWatty): Complete
Chapter 16 (by Hammered): Complete
Chapter 17 (by blackmyth): bugun on 7/9/06
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Old 11-19-2005, 12:14 PM   #11
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I would quite like to make 1 level! :wink:
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Old 11-19-2005, 02:01 PM   #12
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I would like to make 2!
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Old 11-19-2005, 02:22 PM   #13
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I'll make one or two.
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Old 11-19-2005, 02:39 PM   #14
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Oh, and does anyone have a starting idea? If anyone who's signing up has an idea, and would like to do the first level, please say so.
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1 level, please.
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Old 11-19-2005, 06:09 PM   #16
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If someone does a starting level, make it about Loser. He is the Pointless Story Game's main character (usually)!
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Old 11-19-2005, 06:52 PM   #17
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One, not near the beginning!
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Old 11-20-2005, 02:52 AM   #18
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If someone does a starting level, make it about Loser. He is the Pointless Story Game's main character (usually)!
And he had a purple wig, didn't he?

It could be an idea to use a Madman and colour his hair purple :wink:
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Old 11-20-2005, 04:10 AM   #19
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I'd like one level, please, near the end.
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Old 11-20-2005, 09:32 AM   #20
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It appears we have enough people to get started, although I encourage other people to sign up as a longer story will be better than a shorter one.

Here are some rules which I think are appropriate. Let's discuss if anyone has any others they think are appropriate or disagrees with any of these.
  • 1. When you get the world, you must play through it before creating your new level.
    2. Your level must start by displaying a text message which continues on from the text message that ended the last level (except, of course, for the first level). You must try to use what was happening in that message in some way, not just say something like "which doesn't really exist" and ignore it.
    3. The normal level will then ensue, starting with the situation from the message you presented and continuing on as a regualr playable level.
    4. When the player wins the level, before exiting, you must display a text message setting up for the next level.
    5. Your win level special should go to the next Chapter in the story (not back to the hub).
    6. The hub will have a mechanism which will enable the player to give up in any level and return to the hub so he can go back to an earlier point in the story, but the normal mode of play will be level to level (chapter to chapter) and the player will ordinarily not see the hub between levels.
    7. The levels names will start with a Chapter number, eg. Chapter 1: The Saga Begins. The reason for this is to make it easier for us, the builders, to tell what order they go in and have a way to choose which one comes next.
    8. For continuity, entry and exit messages should be displayed in standard mode, so that they all look the same. If you need any other messages, you should try to use a different mode so they will not be confused with the main story.
    9. We will include the four keychains, but not to permit access to a special level, rather they will be used to decide whether to award the Loony Key, in the hub. The last chapter will exit to the hub and the player can see where he missed one at that time, or get the Loony Key, if he didn't miss any.
    10. You will only receive the world to work on from me and you will only return it to me. This insures that we will always have a copy of the last completed chapter.
    11. You cannot make two levels in a row. The world must go to someone else and come back to you.
    12. Put a sign or message near the beginning of your level saying that it was built by you, if you want people to know you created it..
I will have a hub available later this afternoon, if anyone would like to be the one to start off the story, be the first poster here to request it.
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