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My first Tweet Your Own Adventure game


the-doll-cyoaI turned an interactive story I wrote for Phrenic into a Tweet Your Own Adventure game. Not only is it a homage to the choose your own adventure type books everyone read as a kid, but it’s also a tribute to the text adventure games I used to try writing in BASIC on a TRS-80 (I was terrible at it).

What is a Tweet Your Own Adventure game?

It’s a new kind of text adventure game played entirely with Twitter interactions using @ replies. You don’t even need to follow anyone. It’s all done by sending @ replies to a character from Phrenic on Twitter, known as @PhrenicDoll.

How do I begin playing?

All you need to do is tweet the word START to @PhrenicDoll

Then @PhrenicDoll will reply to you. At the end of the tweet are two options in ALL CAPS. Reply with one of those options (your answer doesn’t need to be in all caps). You’ll get a new tweet until you reach one of the endings (or if stop replying).

How do I “rewind” to a previous choice?

Let’s say you made a bad choice in the story and want to “rewind” to a previous decision. Just type the ALL CAPS option and you’ll resume the story from that point.

You can also tweet START to @PhrenicDoll at any time to re-start the whole game.

How do I pause the game?

Let’s say you start playing on the bus then get to work and can’t play anymore. Simply stop replying to @PhrenicDoll (she won’t mind). On your bus ride home, you can reply to her latest tweet to resume the story.

How do I stop playing?

To stop playing, simply stop replying to @PhrenicDoll. She only talks to you when you talk to her.

Does everyone see my tweets to @PhrenicDoll?

Your interactions with @PhrenicDoll won’t be seen by people who follow you unless they are also following @PhrenicDoll, or if they go directly to your profile page.

There are a lot of @ mentions to the @PhrenicDoll in my feed. Can I delete them?

Yes, once @PhrenicDoll has replied to your tweet, you can delete your tweet. But if you do that, you’ll lose the conversation thread in Twitter that allows the whole interaction to read like a story.

How did you make this?

I wrote the original story using Inklewriter and then modified it for Twitter using Conducttr.

Special thanks to volunteer beta testers: @EGGmockradio (first!) @Superglrl @phjpdx @QMpolly @audreywalker !!

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  • http://vidzor.com/ Hajni Nagy

    Hi Mike! I just started to play with the tweet you own adventure game with the doll and I must say it’s a genius idea! In an age and day when young people are all so excited about TV shows like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars where texts come from an unknown source this idea could be turn into something awesome real quick!

    I have also been playing around with the idea of choose-your-own-adventure style stories, mainly made with interactive video. If you are interested, you can take a look at a CYOA ad of Beneful (originally on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dllL1h3ZZdI) recreated with an interactive video platform, Vidzor: http://vidzor.com/media/projects/N4diAGdCm7_.html

    Now I gotta go escaping the car of the lady. Apparently I’m a clone! :)

    • mikevogel

      Hi Hajni! That Beneful video is awesome. Vidzor looks intriguing too. I just signed up.

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