Narrative/text adventure prototype

Writing a Create Your Own Adventure Story
http://blog.karenwoodward.org/2014/06/how-to-write-choose-your-own-adventure.html
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https://simplemind.eu/
https://www.inklestudios.com/inklewriter/
(good tools for mind mapping your story)

Steps:

  • sketch out the story as a zero draft
  • Go back through it and break it into blocks These blocks are linked together to form a narrative chain
  • most branching stories have a minimum of around 10 levels and a maximum of around 20
  • a block of text could be either a scene, a sequel, or some kind of transition

https://web.archive.org/web/20140227043251/http://www.humanities360.com/index.php/writing-tips-how-to-write-a-choose-your-own-adventure-story-4-62671 Writing Tips how to Write a Choose your own Adventure Story

suggests, for each block, trying to answer the following questions:

  • “Who has your hero met? Does your hero have any traveling companions? What is their relationship? (Friends, enemies, peripheral characters, pets?)
  • “What is your hero’s inventory? Has your hero lost/gained an item? Is it needed to achieve the goal? (Food, clothing, money, weapons, climbing gear, a holy relic?)
  • “What special abilities or knowledge does your hero have? For how long? (Where is the hidden letter, who was in bed with whom, how to avoid a fight or pick a lock?)
  • “Has your hero actually achieved the goal? (Reached a destination, killed the enemy, won over the love interest, found the special item, rescued the prisoner?)”

Morse mentions that there are five basic kinds of templates for endings:

  • The protagonist is captured.
  • The protagonist is killed.
  • The protagonist acquires treasure.
  • The protagonist finds love.
  • The protagonist fails in his/her quest.

There should be a handful of endings somewhere in the middle that cut the story short. The protagonist might die or just fail to achieve his/her goal.

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https://gamedesignconcepts.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/level-10-nonlinear-storytelling/

Dynamic Object-Oriented Narrative

This last structure is Bateman’s term that, as far as I can tell, he invented to describe the game Façade (which you should absolutely download and play if you have not yet seen it). The idea is that there are several mini-stories, each with potentially several entry points and exit points. A single mini-story’s exit point may lead to a final ending, or to another mini-story. The mini-stories may be thought of as “chapters” in a book or “acts” in a play (except that you may not “read” all of the chapters or may read them in a different order, depending on the choices you make and how you exit each chapter).

This kind of story has the advantages of parallel paths, but without a linear story arc. Each mini-story has its own choices, and the overall collection of mini-stories itself acts like a larger branching or parallel path story. Each individual mini-story is self-contained, which reduces the required time to write the complete story.

This kind of story has two disadvantages. The first is that there’s still the forced-replay problem: a player must play many times to see all of the story paths (which is perhaps why Façade needs to last about ten or twenty minutes, and not ten or twenty hours). It is also a highly experimental structure, so we do not yet have enough games to really analyze what does and doesn’t work in this form. Façade itself took a couple of guys with PhDs in Computer Science to develop, so this is not the kind of story structure that is easily accessible to a traditional story writer.

 

What Makes Me?

Laugh

Sitcoms 

  • Only Fools and Horses
  • Are you being served?
  • Blackadder
  • The Inbetweeners
  • Dad’s Army
  • The Young Ones
  • Bottom
  • Peep Show
  • The IT Crowd
  • Mrs Browns Boys
  • Big Bang Theory
  • French Prince of Bel Air
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • South Park
  • Friends
  • King of the Hill
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Family Guy
  • Bobs Burgers
  • Futurama

Vines and Memes

Comedians

  • Romesh Ranganathan
  • Richard Ayoade
  • Jimmy Carr
  • Alan Carr
  • David Mitchell
  • Karl Pilkington
  • Jack Dee
  • Russell Kane

People getting hurt

Monkeys

Dogs

  • Doug the Pug

Stoner Comedies

  • Cheech & Chong
  • Trailer Park Boys
  • How High?
  • Friday
  • Deuce Bigelow
  • Harold and Kumar
  • American Pie
  • Anchorman

Youtubers

  • Achievement Hunter
  • RoosterTeeth
  • Funhaus
  • Inside Gaming
  • Shane Dawson
  • Jeffree Starr

Netflix Shows

  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Good Place
  • Superdrags
  • Big Mouth
  • Black Mirror
  • Insatiable

Cry

Death

Break-ups

Homelessness

Addiction

Mental Health

Natural Disasters

Music

Oppression

Betrayal

Angry 

Disrespect 

Extinction

Cruelty 

Extremists

Death

Sexism 

Racism

Donald Trump 

Kids

Excited

Going to shows and concerts

movie and video game sequels 

TV shows

Other

Interior Design

Decor

Conspiracy Theories

Human Psychology

Existentialism 

Philosophy 

Travel

Space

Cacti

Cinematography 

Spirituality 

Documentaries

Pop Culture

Movies

1965 – Help! Directed by Richard Lester. A fictional version of the Indian criminal cult Thugees

1981 – Ticket to Heaven (a cult based loosely on the Unification Church)

1984 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom features a cult group inspired by Thuggees.

1985 – Witness, set among the amish sect of pennysylvania

1992 – Malcolm X. Shows his connection to the Nation of Islam

1999 – Holy Smoke! Shows a woman under the influence of a “Guru”

2003 – Latter Days – based on a gay relationship involving a closed Mormon missionary

2011 – Martha Marcy May Marlene. A woman adjusts to life outside a cult

Television

Simpsons “Joy of the Sect”

Family Guy – Chitty Chitty Death Bang

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

AHS Cult

Phase Two Review

Look at cults Masons, Rosacrucians
How do they start in the first place?
How can people believe them?
Are there common points between the cults?
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
What separates religion and cults?
Tactics to join – Conspiracy, what is a conspiracy?
Thought reform framework
Context/Aura/Leader
Space, where they live, set up, secluded
Real verses fake personas
House building
Cult information centre
Hot Fuzz
Negan from the Walking Dead
Citizen structures

Research Proposal Document

Research Proposal Document

Project Name

Jennifer Moodie
Cults v.0.1

Abstract

This project will be built upon the idea of totalist cults, their psychologies, reasonings and beliefs. I am fascinated by the idea of hierarchy that can be found within cults, as well as the tactics employed by cult leaders to shape their followers.

One commonly quoted definitions of “cult” were at an ICSA/UCLA Wingspread Conference in 1985:

‘A group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea, or thing and employing unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control (e.g. isolation from former friends and family, debilitation, use of special methods to heighten suggestibility and subservience, powerful group pressures, information management, suspension of individuality or critical judgment, promotion of total dependency on the group and fear of leaving it, etc.), designed to advance the goals of the group’s leaders, to the actual or possible detriment of members,  their families, or the community. (West & Langone, 1986)

Much of my research has been based upon the psychological foundations of a cult, their leader and their followers. I have looked at specific cults as independent organisations, including perhaps the most famous cult in history, The Peoples’ Temple. What I have found is a vast collection of charismatic personalities within the self-professed messiahs of these cults. So much so, that I’ve often found myself being compelled to study these people with openness to their beliefs and teachings.

Goals

Professional goals:

  • Create a game that challenges the idea of totalist cults
  • Explore the possibilities of a serious or entertaining look into cultism.
  • Create something that can be used on multiple platforms (digital and physical)
  • Incorporate research into totalism, thought reform, hierarchies and radicalisation
  • Say something meaningful about how the human brain is easily manipulated
  • A fully functioning prototype that could forward to professionals in the industry or publishers.

Personal goals:

  • A completed game that says something about the environment surrounding cultism in a fun and informative way.
  • Develop an understanding of psychology and mental health (this ties in nicely with totalist cults and their thought reform methods)
  • Developed digital skills in coding
  • Create more prototypes of possible games and mechanics

User Experience

Audience

Identify and define the intended audience with research to back this up

Competitive Analysis

Compare how your work will differ, offer improvement or enhancement of the competition.

Critical Analysis

What are the topics you are researching specifically that are not games related? Academic books, journals, articles

Project Content

Components

List of components you will be producing for final deliverables

Functional Specifics

Technical, software, hardware for development and concepts for distribution of project.

Project Structure

Proposed methodologies like agile, SCRUMM, Lean UX, Kanban, diagrams as appropriate. What happens next? How will you start the next phase? How will you user test?

Schedule

A week-by-week summary of what you want to achieve

Design Appendix

Presentation

create and specify presentation covering mechanics, colours, typography, language, texture, feel, edited reviews of sketchbooks, notebooks, research, concepts, moodboards, artwork, prototypes

Sketchbooks and Notebooks

Concepts

Examples of screen layouts, characters, graphics, mood boards, colours, include iterations, feedback, models, sprite sheets.

Prototypes

Self-contained functioning prototypes list

Blog

jennifermoodieyearthree.video.blog/

Development Screencaps

Video or audio narration for key parts of the project.

 

Structures & Hierarchy

The Thought Reform Movement first began in September 1951, following a speech by premier Zhou Enlai calling for intellectuals to reform their thought.
From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_reform_in_China>

 

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China is a non-fiction book by psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton on the psychology of mind control.

In the book, Lifton outlines the “Eight Criteria for Thought Reform”:

  1. Milieu Control. This involves the control of information both within the environment within the individual, resulting in a degree of isolation from society.
  2. Mystical Manipulation. The manipulation of experiences that appears spontaneous but is, in fact, planned and orchestrated by the group or its leaders in order to demonstrate divine authority, spiritual advancement, or some exceptional talent or insight that sets the leader and/or group apart from humanity, and that allows reinterpretation of historical events, scripture, and other experiences. Coincidences and happenstance oddities are interpreted as omens or prophecies.
  3. Demand for Purity. The world is viewed as black and white and the members are constantly exhorted to conform to the ideology of the group and strive for perfection. The induction of guilt and/or shame is a powerful control device used here.
  4. Confession. Sins, as defined by the group, are to be confessed either to a personal monitor or publicly to the group. There is no confidentiality; members’ “sins,” “attitudes,” and “faults” are discussed and exploited by the leaders.
  5. Sacred Science. The group’s doctrine or ideology is considered to be the ultimate Truth, beyond all questioning or dispute. Truth is not to be found outside the group. The leader, as the spokesperson for God or for all humanity, is likewise above criticism.
  6. Loading the Language. The group interprets or uses words and phrases in new ways so that often the outside world does not understand. This jargon consists of thought-terminating clichés, which serve to alter members’ thought processes to conform to the group’s way of thinking.
  7. Doctrine over person. Members’ personal experiences are subordinated to the sacred science and any contrary experiences must be denied or reinterpreted to fit the ideology of the group.
  8. Dispensing of existence. The group has the prerogative to decide who has the right to exist and who does not. This is usually not literal but means that those in the outside world are not saved, unenlightened, unconscious and they must be converted to the group’s ideology. If they do not join the group or are critical of the group, then they must be rejected by the members. Thus, the outside world loses all credibility. In conjunction, should any member leave the group, he or she must be rejected also.

From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Reform_and_the_Psychology_of_Totalism>

Books

Cults (From Bacchus to Heaven’s Gate) – Michael Jordan

The First Cults
The Assyrians of the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia – created the Cult of the Sacred Tree
Osiris and the Cult of the Dead
Artemis at Ephesus
Druids

Radical Religion Cults
Christian Radicals
Voodoo
Quakers and Mormons

The First Christian Scientists
Children of God
The Peoples Temple
Branch Davidians
Temple of the Sun
The Rajneeshis
The Patriots
The Nine O’Clock Service
Scientology
Moonies
Exit Road

Satanic Cults
Black Magicians & The Black Mass
Hellfire Clubs
Witches of Salem
Anton Szandor La Vey
Modern Satanism

Movements

A cult is typically a small, non-mainstream group that revolves around one charismatic leader.

A destructive or ‘totalist’ cult exploits vulnerabilities in their followers to bring about thought reform with unethical psychology techniques.

Totalist cults may include:

  • A charismatic leader that the members can follow
  • Deception during the recruitment stage of the true intentions of the group.
  • Thought reform methods used on members
  • Isolation in physical and psychological forms
  • A demand for absolute devotion and loyalty
  • Strict control over members

Cult members have not devoted to their leaders’ ideas but the leader themselves. That is why a charismatic leader is crucial to running a totalist cult. This leader is usually considered some form of god, messiah, prophet, or possessing some other holy status.

What makes for a good cult member?

  • Dependency –

An intense desire and need to ‘belong’ or find their place in the world. This usually stems from low self-esteem issues.

  • Unassertiveness –

A reluctance to say no when asked to do something.

  • Gullibility –

Needs to be able to believe someone without questioning their logic

  • Low Tolerance for Uncertainty –

This person likes things to be told to them in black and white. This is good, this is bad. This is allowed, this is not.

  • Naïve Idealism –

A blind belief that everyone is good and has good intentions and motives.

  • A Desire for spiritual meaning –

Wishing for a higher purpose in life.

Four main ways to bring about ‘Thought Reform’

  • Deception –

Most cults will mislead new members, showing them only the positive sides to joining and ignoring any negative parts of cult life or illegal activity that takes part within the cult.

  • Isolation –

Isolation for periods of time can cause deep introspection, confusion, loss of perspective and a distorted sense of reality. The longer they are isolated, the more fearful of outsiders they become.

  • Induced Dependency –

Cults demand absolute unquestionable devotion to the cause. Any and all aspects of a members life before the cult that reflect any individuality are slowly phased out; Ultimately, feelings of worthlessness and evil become associated with freedom and critical thinking.

  • Dread –

Finally, control by fear. Cult members are usually fearful of the leader and try hard to stay in their leaders’ good books.

Here are the typical traits of the pathological cult leader (from Dangerous Personalities) you should watch for and which shout caution, get away, run, or avoid if possible:

  • He has a grandiose idea of who he is and what he can achieve.
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, or brilliance.
  • Demands blind unquestioned obedience.
  • Requires excessive admiration from followers and outsiders.
  • Has a sense of entitlement – expecting to be treated specially at all times.
  • Is exploitative of others by asking for their money or that of relatives putting others at financial risk.
  • Is arrogant and haughty in his behaviour or attitude.
  • Has an exaggerated sense of power (entitlement) that allows him to bend rules and break laws.
  • Takes sexual advantage of members of his sect or cult. Sex is a requirement with adults and subadults as part of a ritual or rite.
  • Is hypersensitive to how he is seen or perceived by others.
  • Publicly devalues others as being inferior, incapable, or not worthy.
  • Makes members confess their sins or faults publicly subjecting them to ridicule or humiliation while revealing exploitable weaknesses of the penitent.
  • Has ignored the needs of others, including biological, physical, emotional, and financial needs.
  • Is frequently boastful of accomplishments.
  • Needs to be the centre of attention and does things to distract others to ensure that he or she is being noticed by arriving late, using exotic clothing, overdramatic speech, or by making theatrical entrances.
  • Has insisted on always having the best of anything (house, car, jewellery, clothes) even when others are relegated to lesser facilities, amenities, or clothing.
  • Doesn’t seem to listen well to the needs of others, communication is usually one-way in the form of dictates.
  • Haughtiness, grandiosity, and the need to be controlling is part of his personality.
    Behaves as though people are objects to be used, manipulated or exploited for personal gain.
  • When criticized he tends to lash out not just with anger but with rage.
  • Anyone who criticizes or questions him is called an “enemy.”
  • Refers to non-members or non-believers in him as “the enemy.”
  • Acts imperious at times, not wishing to know what others think or desire.
  • Believes himself to be omnipotent.
  • Has “magical” answers or solutions to problems.
  • Is superficially charming.
  • Habitually puts down others as inferior and only he is superior.
  • Has a certain coldness or aloofness about him that makes others worry about who this person really is and or whether they really know him.
  • Is deeply offended when there are perceived signs of boredom, being ignored or of being slighted.
  • Treats others with contempt and arrogance.
  • Is constantly assessing for those who are a threat or those who revere him.
  • The word “I” dominates his conversations. He is oblivious to how often he references himself.
  • Hates to be embarrassed or fail publicly – when he does he acts out with rage.
  • Doesn’t seem to feel guilty for anything he has done wrong nor does he apologize for his actions.
  • Believes he possesses the answers and solutions to world problems.
  • Believes himself to be a deity or a chosen representative of a deity.
  • Rigid, unbending, or insensitive describes how this person thinks.
  • Tries to control others in what they do, read, view, or think.
  • Has isolated members of his sect from contact with family or outside world.
  • Monitors and or restricts contact with family or outsiders.
  • Works the least but demands the most.
  • Has stated that he is “destined for greatness” or that he will be “martyred.”
  • Seems to be highly dependent of tribute and adoration and will often fish for compliments.
  • Uses enforcers or sycophants to ensure compliance from members or believers.
    Sees self as “unstoppable” perhaps has even said so.
  • Conceals background or family which would disclose how plain or ordinary he is.
  • Doesn’t think there is anything wrong with himself – in fact, sees himself as perfection or “blessed.”
  • Has taken away the freedom to leave, to travel, to pursue life, and liberty of followers.
  • Has isolated the group physically (moved to a remote area) so as to not be observed.

From <https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/spycatcher/201208/dangerous-cult-leaders


Type Christian new religious. Utopian social change church movement. Eclectic Pentecostal with Christian socialist and communist elements. Theosophical. New Thought.
Polity Semi-congregationalist
Locations United States (Indiana, California), Guyana
Founder Jim Jones
Congregations 7 in California
Members Between 3,000 and 5,000
Ministers James Warren ‘Jim’ Jones

Definitions

Congregationalist: Protestant churches with reformed traditions

Christian New Religious: Religious, ethical or spiritual group or community with fairly modern practices.

Utopian Socialism: A label used to define the first currents of modern socialism.

Pentecostal: A renewal movement of Protestant Christianity that places emphasis on personal experiences with God.

Christian Socialist: Religious socialism based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.

Communism: Philosophical, social, political and economic ideology and a movement aiming for a communal society

Theosophical: AKA Bohemian theosophy refers to mystical or occultist philosophy in which one focuses on the attainment of direct, unmediated knowledge of the nature, origin and purpose of the universe.

Inspired by the idea of a just society that could overcome the evils of racism and poverty.

Although Jones was white, he attracted mostly African Americans to the group with his vision of an integrated congregation. In 1960 the Peoples Temple affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and four years later Jones was ordained. In 1965 he warned of a nuclear holocaust and led the movement to Ukiah, Calif.

Branch congregations opened in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the agricultural settlement Jonestown was founded in 1974.

Jones’s “apostolic socialism” was influenced by the Marxist “liberation theology” popular among Latin American clergy at the time. He mixed social concerns with faith healing and an enthusiastic worship style drawn from the black church. He also invited members to live communally in an effort to realize his utopian ideal.

A year later, Concerned Relatives, a group of former members, persuaded Leo J. Ryan, a U.S. congressman from California, to visit Jonestown. The visit apparently went well. However, for reasons still not completely understood, Ryan and those accompanying him were murdered when they reached the airport to return to the United States. Shortly thereafter, most of the residents joined together in a mass rite of murder-suicide in which they were either shot or took poison.

Following the tragedy at Jonestown, the Peoples Temple was identified as a “cult,” and Jones was depicted by the media as the epitome of an evil cult leader. Although numerous scholarly and popular studies of Jonestown have been written, the effort to understand the group and the tragedy continues. Congress has yet to release the files from its investigation of Ryan’s death.

Although some descriptions of the Peoples Temple emphasize Jones’s autocratic control over Temple operation, in reality the Temple possessed a complex leadership structure with decision-making power unevenly dispersed among its members. Within that structure, Temple members were unwittingly and gradually subjected to sophisticated mind control and behaviour modification techniques borrowed from post-revolutionary China and North Korea.

In the 1970s, the Temple established a more formal hierarchy for its socialistic model. At the top were the Temple’s Staff, a select group of eight to ten unquestionably obedient college-educated women that undertook the Temple’s most sensitive missions.