HOW TO: Simple Choices

I know it’s simple but sometimes people do struggle with this. I’m going to use an example using two options within a choice.

Here I go, using an example talking about which band is your favorite:

NARR
So what’s your favorite band?

choice
“My Chemical Romance”{

YOU
It’s MCR.

}“Motionless in White”{

YOU
It’s MIW.

}

NARR
Cool!

To break it down =

So what you first do is include dialogue before a choice. You need to have a character think/say something or have the narrator speak before you write a choice. So if you include something like this:

label rock_music

choice
“Bla bla bla”{

You would get an error because before the word choice you do NOT have anyone speaking/thinking something or the NARR (short for NARRATOR) talking. If you want to include a label, like in a dressing game, you need to put the label before the CHAR thinks/says something like this:

label dress_goth

CHAR
So what should I wear?

Anyways back to the example above.

First, you open with this:

choice
“My Chemical Romance”{

Notice how there’s no } or { in front of My Chemical Romance in the beginning. That’s how you begin a choice. You write the first option underneath (no seriously, you write it underneath, don’t skip a line when doing this). Add " " around the option and end the first option with a {

Then you would write your scene for the MCR option.

Moving onto the second option:

}“Motionless in White”{

You’d add a } in front of the second option, add " " around the option and end it on a {

Then you’d write the scene underneath.

At the end of the MIW scene, you’d include a } meaning the choice is complete and your back to the main storyline (in this two option choice).

What if you want a three choice option?

It would like this:

NARR
So what’s your favorite band?

choice
“My Chemical Romance”{

YOU
It’s MCR.

}“Motionless in White”{

YOU
It’s MIW.

}“Get Scared”{

YOU
It’s Get Scared.

}

NARR
Cool!

Four options?

NARR
So what’s your favorite band?

choice
“My Chemical Romance”{

YOU
It’s MCR.

}“Motionless in White”{

YOU
It’s MIW.

}“Get Scared”{

YOU
It’s Get Scared.

}“Falling in Reverse”{

YOU
It’s Falling in Reverse.

}

NARR
Cool!

…And so on! Basically it’s a pattern. So if you added a fifth option saying something like “Ice Nine Kills” you’d follow this simple pattern.

Yes, you can split options/choices into pages, but that is a bit more complex and requires you to understand gotos as well as labels therefore I won’t include it in this tutorial.

One more thing to note!

When you’re writing a option, it can be written like this:

}“Palaye Royale”{

OR

}
“Palaye Royale”{

BUT this is INCORRECT:

}

“Palaye Royale”{

This is because you are SKIPPING a line which is a big no no!

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Thank you for this.

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No problem, I try to make things simple as possible :nerd_face: :heart:

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How would you code a one-option choice?

Sorry, I’m a bit stupid :laughing:

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I’ll give you an example:
BLAIRE
Now which way?
choice
“Left” {

}

And then you just leave it like that. P. S. We were all a bit stupid at one point, it’s a part of life. :joy:

Haha, thanks :smiley:

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Hey I was wondering if you know how to make it remember a certain choice?

Example if I pick an outfit in one scene and I want it to keep that outfit for the remainder of the episode. How do I do that?

HOW TO: Remember Past Choices (if/elif/else) :rose:

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Wow! This thread is really useful for the writers who are just starting out. I remember the times I couldn’t make choices due to the fact that I had no idea how to make the “{” and “}” symbols. :sweat_smile: