Creating a solo game adventure is actually extremely easy with Zombienomicon Eisegesis.
First, metacode it out, either longhand writing on paper or on screen in notepad.
Work out all the alternatives for the main thread of your story. Remember that to really involve other people, at key points in your adventure story you should enable the “Extend” option so you can have other people enhance and alter your game.
The flow should be logical no matter whether your story is arbitrary and silly or deathly serious high fantasy or a spy story or something.
In terms of making people use randomness, there are several options. I am coding dice rollers and so on for a future release but for now, it open to you to tell a reader to roll a dice or flip a coin and then provide the options. What I am currently doing is writing out charts of outcomes, say 6 different wandering monsters on a wandering monster chart. Then instead of a roll of 6 always being the worst monster I randomize myself which position will be which monster. Then in an Episode, I add a paragraph saying for example “Pick a number between 1 and 6.” Each option leading from it is one of the random monster encounters.
USE THE POWER of the Extend-A-Story system! It is superior to physical gamebooks in that it can link back to a previous paraagraph. So for example you can have a huge long winded explanation, description or battle, and at the end of even 100 Episodes simply link back to the original adventure chapter. Likewise a long conversation with a character can return the reader to the original Episode. If you also allow extensions that will make your adventure literally, and rapidly, infinite. There are examples of this already on the site.
The ZE site works like an online choose your own adventure, where you click through episodes until a story or an adventure ends. Some of them HAVE no ending yet, either because they’re long or because people haven’t written the ending!
That’s where the write your own adventure part of the fun comes in.
If you click on a link to an episode and it doesn’t exist yet, you have the exciting opportunity to actually write the episode!
Normal etiquette, and common sense, requires that for an episode to be any good and worth reading it has to make some sort of logical sense, and to follow on from what other people have written. However, there is NOTHING stopping you adding things that YOU want to see. If you think the adventure needs spicing up, or more battles, or a new character, or your favorite superhero – that’s what you can add in, like a guest star or a cameo or a crossover in a movie or comic book.
Some episodes won’t let you extend them, an when you write an episode you can also set it NOT to be linkable and NOT to be extendable. Usually if you want a choice to be serious you won’t let people add new options to weasel out of it or disrupt the flow of the story. Other times it’s a free for all and perfectly obvious that the “point” of the story is the fun and chaos. This sort of expansion also lets you take a classic book or story and change the outcome and the characters, a fascinating process in itself.
Why not give it a try?
Zombienomicon TM Eisegesis is a write your own / choose your own shared novel website. Other than the copyrighted stuff from the accompanying graphic novel it’s a free for all.
Dedicated story hubs so far:
DOCTOR WHO FAN FICTION: https://thezombienomicon.com/eas/read.php?episode=63
Philip K. Dick at Disneyland online version: https://thezombienomicon.com/eas/read.php?episode=385
SCIENCE FICTION / SCIENCE FANTASY hub: https://thezombienomicon.com/eas/read.php?episode=12