It seems there’s a very good chance I’ll be doing a new game with Choice of Games. Looks like it will be more of a fantasy outing this time. Watch this space for more news as I have it.
The game is out and you can get it here. For a limited time you can get it at a discount, only $2.99.
Claw your way to the top of Moreytown, a furry slum for human-animal hybrids. Will you take down the gangs who rule the town, or take them over instead?
My game is almost here. It will be released this Friday, May 5th. Mark your calendars.
I will post links when it goes live, but to whet your appetite in the meantime, here’s the interview I did about Welcome to Moreytown for the Choice of Games’ blog.
If you’ve been interested in the saga of my game development, good news! You can be part of the saga! Choice of Games needs beta testers for “Welcome to Moreytown.” All you need to do to become one is click on this link and follow the instructions. The beta window will not be open for long, so if you’re interested, sign up today!
You can find the overall schedule here, as for what I’m doing:
- Fri. 11pm – Fantasy and Rule 34
- Sat. 12pm – Vampires, Werewolves, and Gods—Rewriting Legends
- Sat. 2pm – Author Showcase (Session 3) [Wherein I will read a bit]
- Sat. 3pm – Autographing (Session 3) – Author Alley
- Sat. 9pm – Why Villains Matter
- Sat. 11pm – Inter-Species “Relations”
- Sun. 1pm – There are no Saints in Fiction
Looking forward to seeing some of my fans there.
This coming weekend I will be participating along with other local authors Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the annual Bedford, Ohio “Weekend of the Pooka.” at the Bedford Commons. (730 Broadway Avenue, Bedford, Ohio.)
In addition to myself, attending authors will include Vince McKee, Michael Heaton, Jonathan Knight, James Renner, Gail Bellamy, Kelley Grealis, Laura Peskin, DM Pulley, Les Roberts, Shelley Bloomfield Costa, Irv Korman, Charles Cassidy & Wendy Koile.
In addition to the authors, there will be art and wine 🙂
Hope to see you there.
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.
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.
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.
For those of you that don’t follow my Facebook page, or missed my announcement last month: I have been contracted by Choice of Games to write a “choose-your-own-adventure” style game based in my Moreau Universe. And, yes, one of the first choices you make in the game is choosing your species. And yes, you can play a genetically engineered capybara. You can thank one of the editors for that ;). The game is progressing well ahead of our deadline, about 1/3 written so far, and I’m finding it a nice change of pace from linear novel writing. I will keep everyone posted on my progress, but it seems on track to appear sometime next year.
For my writing friends: It is worth checking out these guys. They pay rates comparable to a genre mass-market paperback sale. Just bear in mind that you need to access a different skill set than straight novel writing. Any experience coding is helpful. Also any experience running a RPG is also helpful.
The third in the Dragon* series is coming March 1, 2016. It’s full of new soul-swapping shenanigans, new gods, and new apocalyptic threats to the Kingdom of Lendowyn. Also, Dudley is still a dick.