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Looking for opinions on choice selection!

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  • Looking for opinions on choice selection!

    Hey everyone,

    I'm currently writing a story and whilst planning it out I became stuck deciding if I wanted the choices to make a difference to the story e.t.c

    So I was hoping to get some opinions on what is most preferred!

    A vote and an explanation why would be much appreciated

    25
    Every choice matters!
    8.00%
    2
    Some choices matter, others don't
    68.00%
    17
    Choices don't matter but are used as reference in the future
    12.00%
    3
    Choices don't make a difference to the story
    12.00%
    3

  • #2
    I think it is good to have some choices matter and some not.
    It will make the reader feel very involved with the story without you having to do a lot branching and flags at every choice.

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    • Cricket Master
      Cricket Master commented
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      I think it would attract some attention if you advertised on the forums that choices mattered.

    • Perplexed Jam
      Perplexed Jam commented
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      I'll do that once it's finally finished and published, thank you very much!

    • Cricket Master
      Cricket Master commented
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      Glad I could be of use.
      I hope to read your story when it's published.

  • #3
    If you have the time, patience and coding skills to make all choices matter in some way, it definitely makes for a dynamic and engaging story!
    But it’s a lot of work, as the poster above said, and easier to mess up coding (and harder to find when you’ve messed up when you’re proof reading).
    Also, it can get kind of draining as a reader if you know there’s pressure riding on you to make the right choice every time an option pops up.

    So usually a mix of choices with minor impact (getting a few different lines of dialogue depending on your answer, choosing an outfit, etc.), medium impact (gaining relationship points with a character) and major impact (something that decides whether you unlock an extra scene or not, or something that changes the ending of the story) is a good bet.

    I will admit to sometimes including choices that change absolutely nothing about my story when I feel it’s been too long since I last had a choice in the script. As long as all my choices aren’t like that, I don’t really think there’s a problem with it🙂
    Last edited by CaitlinRumble; 02-13-2018, 02:44 PM.

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    • Perplexed Jam
      Perplexed Jam commented
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      Thank you for the feedback

      I've familiarised myself with the point system and gains e.t.c but I don't think I'm going to go through the monstrous effort of making every choice matter. I think I might have, had I been writing a shorter story but because the story I'm planning is going to (hopefully) be at least 20 episodes long, I'm sure I would somewhere along the way confuse myself of get lost!

      Based on the overall poll results, I'm going to go with making some choices matter and some that don't. I'll probably throw a couple of major impact choices in here and there too.

    • CaitlinRumble
      CaitlinRumble commented
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      That sounds like the best balance, and I think it’s what the majority of people tend to do when they make choices matter, so I think you’re in good company.
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