Zombienomicon Eisegesis as a solo adventure gaming resource

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.

 

#MYTHICA series – Kickstarter done right, great stories

Mythica is a series of films, Kickstarter funded but really well done. The story is coherent, clear and in my opinion superior to SyFy movie of the week fare even though there may be higher ranked actors in the SyFy efforts.

It’s well worth tracking them down and paying for them.

We get what we pay for and we receive double for what we encourage. 🙂

 

HOW TO: Zombienomicon Eisegesis

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?

https://thezombienomicon.com/eas/read.php

Merlin’s Quest: Quest for the Powerstones

https://thezombienomicon.com/eas/read.php?episode=701

An interactive fiction write your own choose your own adventure. The wizard Merlin sends you to seven different realms (at least!) to recover a Sonte of Power in each one and also face a Monster King or its minions.

Straightforward fantasy RPG fun!

 

Zombienomicon Eisegesis list of story hubs

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

 

 

 

Daemon! The Unfolding Text – Episode 666

https://thezombienomicon.com/eas/read.php?episode=666

Daemon!

The Unfolding Text – Episode 666

In a forest clearing, you are accosted by a large blood-red daemon. Two extremely large pointy and sharp horns stick out of its forehead. Its eyes are pupilless glowing yellow orbs. Its teeth – pure nightmare fuel.

“What doth thou seek in this wode, mortal?”

Lucharan! running a campaign where all the superheroes are mexican-style wrestlers

Lucharan! Seems to be a Z-List sort of hit, with good sales across different digital platforms. I will print some hard copies soon too to complete the circle of life for a little-regarded RPG.

The challenge a couple people have asked me directly about is how in hell to run more than a fun but shambolic one-off session where everyone’s superhero is basically a character from scooby doo meets batman or josie and the pussycats.

Well that’s just it- as recent years of Archie comics have demonstrated, it is best to just play it straight.

Other than the necessary existence of super powers and their focus being wrestling and wrestling masks, everything else can be as serious, comicbook, fantastical, cinematic or any other flavor that you care to create for the game. If you are running it for kids as some seem to be, then just continue to copy the wrestling series or comicbook or whatever that kicked it off.

I know some family based games are running MSHRPG adventures straight only with Luchador superheroes- that is seemingly working really well. I guess because having wrestler superheroes is no sillier in principle than having a guy dressed as a bat or a spider or an American flag. And the strict code against killing makes Lucharan! more silver age or old school than many modern comicbooks and in that way more suitable for family gaming, it seems.

One aspect of Lucharan! That I really do recommend strict adherence to though is that if the game session is long enough to permit it, and in all cases in campaigns, make sure there are regular competition matches for the wrestler characters. Even if they are not fully roleplayed or wargamed out, make sure they are in there, just like all those ludicrous ball games the Harlem Globetrotters played in ther cartoon or all those concerts Josie and the girls sort of performed in their cartoon.

Keep some distinctive anchoring storyline against which all the random supervillainy and general comicbook insanity plays out.

Also, a Luchador flavor game really should include genetic mutants, Aztec supernatural evil and at least one oppressive big business plutocrat gangster.

Other than that, I think the game is too young for anything else I suggest to not reek of pretention.

Enjoy!