CYOW #1: Hunger Projects

The Hungry Hills

Twine Narrative Experiment, Hungry: An Interactive Adventure Salon, June 2019

Creator: Christopher Alan Slater
Exhibition: Hungry: An Interactive Adventure Salon
Published: June 2019
Format: Twine. Playable Online, One Player.
Content Advisories: Violence. Murder. Death. Poison. Intoxication. Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…

For what do we hunger? We have an appetite for food and drink, of course. We can hunger for power or merely for approval. Some of us hunger for companionship and some of us hunger for violence. These come up pretty frequently in your typical western fantasy roleplaying games and their narratives. Since I’m already working on one project in that context, I figured what the heck, let’s go there again.

Anyways, here’s the blurb for it: Decades before he becomes King, the dutiful young squire Christopher must enter the Hungry Hills, a place known to swallow travelers whole. How far is he willing to go to prove himself worthy? What is he willing to sacrifice? And what is it all for? What will sate his hunger?

Christopher Alan Slater

Description of the Work

An experiment in using a new Twine format called Chapbook. The Hungry Hills is a fantasy tale in a choose your own adventure style, is intended as a prequel to a collaborative role-playing game project called The Birthday Dungeon. I’m using this as a chance to further the worldbuilding and character building begun in that project. The cyoa format presents an interesting challenge for character building, the choices need to make sense for the character, yet there needs to be different outcomes. Does it mean the character(s) will be fundamentally altered for readers who choose different paths? As someone who has inhabited (and still inhabits) shared worlds, I think… perhaps, but perhaps it doesn’t matter. Like the multiverses of our superhero comics, we see different takes on classic characters all the time. And while some of them may be unpalatable , most of the time they’re a treat.

Project Files

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