Welcome to Moreytown

August 4, 2016

You may have heard me mention on Facebook that I’m writing a game for the fine folks at Choice of Games based on my Moreau Novels.  As I said when I broke the news:

If you’re unfamiliar with CoG’s work, think of it as a (much more) sophisticated digital version of the “choose your own adventure” titles from the 1980s.

Nohar

Nohar

My current progress on the project: I just crossed the halfway mark on the draft of the game.  If we count by chapters, I’ve finished six of twelve so far.  If we go by “word” count, it’s probably short of halfway because I suspect the code part of the writing will become more complex as I close in on the climax.

That “word” count  is a good way to give you some idea of the difference between this kind of project and straight prose.  In a typical novel, my chapters typically run an average of 2,500 words or so.  The chapters in the game probably cover the same range of plot development as my prose, and display to the reader/player a similar amount of narrative.

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Sexy Nohar

However, when we include the code along with the narrative the reader/player doesn’t see (for instance, because they went out the door rather than the window) each game chapter runs from 5,000 to 10,000 “words,” that’s 2x to 4x the amount of writing for a comparable prose chapter.

Some non-spoilery details about the game so far: You will be playing a non-human— fox, tiger, rat, capybara, etc. The setting is a non-human ghetto, the eponymous Moreytown, in a unspecified US metropolitan area.  It will have street gangs, drugs, and explosions.  It will have fights, cults, and, potentially, interspecies romance.

I will keep everyone posted as this works its way through the development pipeline.


Comments

2 Responses to “Welcome to Moreytown”

  1. This just made my Thursday even more fantastic than it already was. I LOVE Choice of Games. They have a really high re-playable factor, and I’ve even taken to reading/playing them with my wife while she drives us on road trips. Is there a potential release date you’re shooting for?

    Want! Want! Want!

  2. abra says:

    As a big fan of the Moreau books this is REALLY exciting to see–definitely planning to pick it up. Looking at the other CoG items on Steam I hope that Moreytown will have some nice artwork to go along with the writing. Regardless, good luck!

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