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Choose Your Own Way #3: Apocalypse

Theme : Apocalypse
An Interactive Fiction Salon

Date: April 23rd
Location: Artech, 336 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory
Featuring: Louise Chow, Christopher Alan Slater, Kay Slater, Lisa Smedman, and YOU!

Let’s make even (more) interactive narratives! We will use the theme APOCALYPSE to create interactive stories, art, and games during the month, so mark your calendar for our 3rd narrative event where we create interactive stories/games together in the weeks leading up to our salon/show event on May 3rd.

This is our third interactive narrative event. For a feel for our previous events, check out our CYOW archived events.

The theme that connects our work is APOCALYPSE, but the format in which you present your interactive story is up to you. You can do a mini booklet, a zine, a Twine project, a performance piece, an RPG game, an audio project, or any other format you can think of! Work within the theme and then get it ready to share with a public audience on May 3rd at our salon. During the weeks leading up, we invite you to use the hashtag #cyoaway as you document your process!

NEW: We are going to host in-person meetup/jam sessons in the weeks leading up to the salon. Hosted by writer and collective member Slater, you’ll be welcome to share your ideas along side your fellow creators, ask questions, and get inspiration! You’ll also have dedicated, scheduled time to work on your project (we know that can be part of the challenge!)!

Workshop/Game Jam #1:
Date: April 5th
Location: Artech, 336 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory
From: 11:00-5:00 P.M

Workshop/Game Jam #2:
Date: April 19th
Location: Artech, 336 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver/Coast Salish Territory
From: 11:00-5:00 P.M

Need some inspiration? Check out some of the work that was created during our last CYOW events!

Our application process for a CYOW (Choose Your Own Way) event is very informal. As long as you adhere to basic rules of respect and anti-oppression, are willing to label any content that may be unsuitable for public/all-ages consumption, and are willing to challenge yourself to produce work on theme with the event – we want you to participate. The jam days/workshops (which happen in the weeks leading up to the salon event) are optional in-person meet-ups, scheduled online work-a-thons, and self-directed sharing via social media. The final salon event (May 3rd) will showcase work that was produced! Our collective members reserve the right to review and approve all materials prior to their being presented at our public events.

Not interested in showing your work, but do want to participate in the lead-up workshops and the creative challenge? First time making interactive fiction? You are very welcome; we meet up in person once or twice, but primarily work connected via Discord and Facebook messenger to bounce ideas and help each other. Also, we do not require a FINISHED idea to show at our salon events. Work-in-progress is welcome.

The Papercut Arcade defines *artist as a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, photographer, painter, novelist, poet, or filmmaker. The keyword is practice; therefore, if you make art or produce work with the intent of participating in a The Papercut Arcade challenge or exhibition, you ARE an artist.

CYOA = > CYOW: We had previously called these events CYOA in honour of our childhood love of Choose Your Own Adventure Gamebooks. They shaped who we are now as people. However; one of the original authors has since formed a new company and formalized a trademark with which they are going after indie game designers and publishers. Rather than deal with any of that (but still keeping in the spirit of the choose your own narrative adventure games), we’ve renamed our narrative events CYOW or Choose Your Own Way.

By Kay Slater

Instagram: @kdotca
Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver.
Collective Member.
Kay uses fluid pronouns They/She, Them/Her in person, and They/Them/Theirs exclusively online.

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