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[WRITING] The Carnal Souls CYOA Pre-Planning Thread

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  1. Dolfuss

    Dolfuss Well-Known Member Member

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    [game thread]

    Long ago and far away I'd started musing a choose-your-own-adventure story on the CS forums. I'd been putting off a formal post as I tried to clear the slate of writing prompts in Larry's question threads, but I've been hung up for months and with board activity having fallen off a cliff I figure it's better to get something up now to net the errant fish over the long haul.

    The premise is simple: I write up a scene, and posters vote what to do next. This thread is to lay out the structure of the thing and gauge participatory interest; once the game's running, this'll serve as the OOC chatter and maintenance thread.

    Here's what I want to figure out before we launch:

    Setting
    Real-world/sci-fi/fantasy etc. If you've seen me in the RQTs you know I've got a thing for history; besides straight humans I veer toward "hard" furry and don't have too solid a footing in Tolkienesque high fantasy, but I'm adaptable to the required lore.

    The Player Character
    To avoid dragging out the prologue, I figure we can decide on the PC beforehand: appearance and background at least, possibly personality and occupation if people want the story more structured out the gate.

    Game Mechanics
    Whether we want a simple author-fiat CYOA, or something like a single-player D&D with persistent stats and skill checks.

    Smut Factor
    I vetted the forum hardline with Benji back in October, and as long as it stays fairly vanilla, we can incorporate explicit content. It would be more suggestive than gratuitous, certainly nothing like a Fenworks novelette. :p I'm well-grounded in the basics, with proficiency in M/F, F/F and futa, but I can accommodate whatever is necessary.

    Update Scope
    How much each post should cover, how much the plot should progress within a single episode, etc. Shorter updates would mean faster turnaround, but given how the Forum Vanguard has sloughed off since I conceived this, I have no clue what the pacing's gonna be even on a good week.
     
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    mhm
     
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    HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII @Dolfuss, I did not see this :(
    I am down to do this, but i suppose since we're a small group, is that doable for you? I will set daily reminders ;w;
     
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    I can do it with just one if that's what it takes to get the ball rolling, I just need consistent participation. :p
     
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    Things never seem to be going well.
    Wanna start in a week? I'll set a reminder to check every day. lol
     
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    Sure, s'pose we can work out the setting on the fly. ;)
     
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    Howdy, 'tis been a week, how'sa going B)
     
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    Writing up the OP as we speak; hopefully Benji's on point this week. :3
     
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    Hell ye
     
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    We now have money! A quick overview:

    For the sake of both semi-realism and as a quick hack for me to map relative value on the fly, money is separated into three tiers of currency:
    Copper is the lowest denomination and used for staples like food, lodging, and basic trading.
    Silver is the 'bourgeois' currency used for higher-level trade such as professional weapons and armour, luxury goods, and internal banking. Each coin is worth 100 copper.
    Gold is used less for trade in goods as trade in money itself, and is thus exceptionally rare outside elite circles and treasure hoards. Each coin is worth 100 silver, or 10,000 copper.

    Which currency is dealt where is an easy clue into the institution's prestige and social class: copper is the backbone of worker wages, silver circulates chiefly amongst established merchants, gold almost exclusively within the nobility. (One way to think of it: C buys a bun, S buys a platter, and G buys the bakery.) Any denomination can be used for the same goods, but much like people dumping piles of pennies at the grocery checkout, using excessive low-value denominations for high-value purchases will annoy certain parties. (On the flip side, a peasant flaunting gold will raise many eyebrows, especially amongst the authorities.)

    Currency exchange is mainly handled at dedicated offices like banks, or for those needing discreet transactions, black marketeers and criminal circles. Depending on the venue, traders may not have enough reserve coin on hand to make change, so it's worth keeping a mix lest you're forced to overpay.


    While @WildRosey has been logging in, she hasn't replied to the last couple rounds. @Azrin has been pretty reliable and since this has gotten so creatively stimulating that I've already brainstormed multiple quest hooks, I'm totally game to do faster updates. I'll give it another week to see if participation picks up, otherwise I'm prepared to rapid-fire with a sole respondent.
     
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