Scheherazade 3.0

(16 votes) *Not enough votes

Like her namesake in One Thousand and One Night, Scheherazade Williams is a story-teller. Fresh off her latest success, and two new Holly Awards, she opens her email to discover that it's not enough for her bosses at Narrative, Inc.--they want more, and they want it now! But after 500 stories for this commercial enterprise, the well of new stories has run dry.

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I was disappointed. I didn't see anything new or interesting in this piece of work.


I was disappointed. I didn't see anything new or interesting in this piece of work.


That's it? It's not nearly long enough to be a proper IF game, there's a setup and about 3 "rooms" and no resolution. Why was this featured?


5/5 mushrooms. I don't think this needed to be any longer. If it had been, the experience could easily have gotten lost.

As a writer myself, I know firsthand the power of what's sometimes called a "one-shot": a short, to-the-point story, crafted for impact with a single idea or theme. This strikes me as the game version of that.

It's also a perfect illustration of why I do not, and never will, write as a job. I refuse to have my creative process answerable to anyone or anything but my own inspiration. Why? Because it would be as painful as this short, potent adventure makes clear.

Writing to please someone other than yourself... that's just an unfair corner for anyone to be in.


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