Time for another Super Sudden Surprise Challenge! Why is it that time again? Because five seconds ago, I thought we should have another Super Sudden Surprise Challenge. So here it is!
For this challenge, "Twine" and "Twee" as well as "game" and "story" are synonymous.
Here's the challenge:
Use Twine to create a new game beginning now. The game can't have been published, began, or even thought about before this very moment. Thought police will scan each file and arrest cheaters.2.
The challenge is to write an interactive, nonlinear story of extreme brevity. The story must be 1,000 words or less
according to the Story Statistics under the Story menu in Twine. 3.
The maximum number of passages allowed for this challenge is only 15. No more, no less. ALL
passages count without a single exception. The challenge ends Monday, March 10 at 11:59 PM
in your time zone, whatever that is.
Post your games here in this thread either as an attachment or as a link. Bonus points if the link to your game is on IFDB
! You may submit as many games as you like.
All submitted games are considered licensed under Creative Commons 4.0
Entries will be compiled and listed in the next post of this thread.
This time, we go to a much greater extreme than the last challenge when it comes to limiting the amount of passages available. The max number of passages for this challenge is only 15. Why 15? Well, that's how many fit in my Twine window by default at 100% without resizing it. Three rows of five. All
However, the size restriction doesn't stop there! Nosir. Like flash fiction
but interactive, the challenge is to write a nonlinear story of extreme brevity
With that in mind, let's restrict the amount of text in passages to 1,000 words or less
. Notice I didn't say "legible" text; the limit includes code such as if conditional branches and variables.
Twine has a word count feature ("Story Statistics") under the Story menu at the top of the Twine window. It seems pretty accurate, but it's not perfect for the challenge's purposes. It does count code and variables, but it counts a few other things as well. For example, it considers this five words:
<<set $foo = "yes">>
I guess the '=' operator counts as a word, which is understandable since it is preceded and followed by a space. No matter what, we're going with Twine's word count.
So, a picture might be worth 1,000 words, but it doesn't count against the text limit and neither does stylesheets, since Twine doesn't count words in those passages. It's not my rule, it's Twine's.
Anyone, no matter how busy, should be able to make the time to take this challenge if they so desire. The tight restrictions also help prevent participants from getting bogged down after starting. As soon as you start, you're pretty well finished.
You can submit as many different stories as you like. I'll probably submit one as quick as I can, then try to work on a deeper, more thoughtful one after that.
Everyone ready? Great!
On your mark, get set, go!