Looking for something to entertain yourself with while you're waiting for a new blog?
Why not take a look at MS Paint adventures?
I stumbled onto it a few months ago and have been enthralled ever since.
The basic premise is the cartoonist draws a little scenario similar to one of those little solve-the-puzzle flash games. Then the readers make suggestions as to how best to interact with the environment/solve the puzzle/get out of the room/win the game. Then the cartoonist draws the next panel.
It doesn't sound like much when I describe it that way, but when you reduce anything to a summary all the flavor gets lost.
I might as well say, "The Name of the Wind is a bunch of words that when you read them you learn a story about a guy who does some stuff."
Yeah. It's not exactly thrilling when you boil something down to its simplest elements. So you'll have to trust me that Ms Paint Adventures is interactive storytelling at its finest.
Let's try again: Ms Paint Adventures is one part webcomic, one part game, two parts parody, three parts role playing with a sadistic GM, four parts clever, three parts sarcastic, one part barb wire, one part sweet, sweet methadone. Plus awesome. Plus double awesome.
The author/artist is Andrew Hussie, and as one storyteller to another, my hat's off to him. He's doing something strange and wonderful over there.
You can read the current story which is in-progress. Or you can read the one that's already finished.
Be warned, the finished story (Problem Sleuth) is over 1500 pages, and it will consume a large portion of your life if it gets it gets its hooks into you.
More blog soon,
P.S. By this point I know I've spelled the "Reccomendations" tag wrong. And you know what? I'm pretty okay with that. I'm going to keep on spelling it wrong until I have time to go back and change them all. If I just change half of them, the link won't work properly.
So take a deep breath and start thinking of ways to deal with it. I'm sure you can...
posted by Pat at 1:38 AM