Girth Loinhammer's Most Exponential Adventure

Thursday, 10 November 2016

With  My Name Algernon lined up as the 25% milestone reward, I thought it might be worth sharing my current project for National Novel Writing Month with everbody here. Like My Name Algernon, this is an interactive story in which your choices dictate the path it takes. Unlike My Name Algernon, however, it makes no use of complicated state-checking and conditional text: instead, each passage simply presents you with two options to choose from, and each of those two options lead to two entirely separate storylines. This story is Girth Loinhammer's Most Exponential Adventure, and even in its current, half-finished state, it's over 60,000 words long in total and includes somewhere in the region of 200 alternate endings to discover.

Also unlike My Name Algernon, the story is completely bizarre. You take on the role of Girth Loinhammer, a generic fantasy villain who rules over a generic fantasy dungeon. The kind of generic fantasy dungeon that's full of traps and treasure for heroes to conquer and loot. Or at least, that's the kind of dungeon he intended it to be: most of his visitors seem to exect a different kind of dungeon entirely.

Needless to say, Girth isn't happy with how things have turned out, and it's up to you as the reader to encourage him towards more fulfilling life choices. Or completely ruin his day. Whatever floats your boat.

I'll be adding to this story over the course of November, so if you come to a passage that announces itself as a dead end, or one that simply says "Double-click this passage to edit it" (the default text for all passages in Twine), then do check back later on and see if things have changed. Even as it stands, though, I hope this will give you all just a taste of what's in store  when Ten Little Astronauts reaches 25%, and My Name Algernon becomes available to explore. The 20% milestone reward - an audio version of the first chapter - is already available to supporters, so if you haven't seen it already then do take a look.

Do also keep an eye out for news on my latest flash fiction anthology, Robocopout, as I'm hoping to release it soon and one of the first 100 supporters of Ten Little Astronauts will be chosen at random to receive a signed copy. If you've already pledged then your name's already in the hat. However, if you know anybody who might be interested but hasn't yet pledged, do pass on the message! At the time of writing, there are just seven slots left, and I wouldn't like anybody to miss out.

Finally, if you've got any thoughts on Girth Loinhammer's Most Exponential Adventure, do feel free to share them in the comments below. The story you discover is likely to be radically different to the one anybody else will read through on a first try, so people might be pleasantly surprised (or possibly horrified) to hear about what you've found!

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