Though it’s taken me a while (some of my friends have already retired twice during my first go at this), I’ve finally reached level 11 and will need to come up with a new D&D Tiny Adventures character.
When I was a kid, I loved “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. The idea that my choice (and a handy bookmark) could change the course of the story was absolutely fascinating.
Clearly, the Tiny Adventure folks have this down as well. Each little chapter unfolds with a little box of numbers beside it so you can see exactly which things led to your success…or downfall.
And now that they have fixed its stability, we can once again revel in our past adventures. I took a quick wander down memory lane, reading through some of the events and chuckling to myself. I really love the writing on these little blurbs. They’re fun, quick-witted and demonstrate a true enjoyment of the game itself and the medium in which it’s presented.
Here’s just a couple of examples of why I’ve enjoyed myself so much with this little app. After failing an encounter…
The goblin’s explanation was perfectly reasonable and even quite fascinating. It was so fascinating that Owlchick did not notice the dagger the creep had pulled out until it was firmly stabbed into her side. A swift kick sent the unctuous goblin spiraling towards the ground.
Ow. Stupid goblins. On a later go at the same adventure, I had the luck of the roll on my side…
The goblin’s story was ridiculous and full of holes. Owlchick was on to him right away and, when the creep subtly reached for his dagger, Owlchick was more than ready to defend herself. It was awfully nice of the goblin to bring his valuables all the way up into this tree with him.
I’ve written some very serious stuff for EQII, shedding tears as I went along. At the end of one particular week, when all my heroes and heroines had died by my own hand, I decided to write something a little more uplifting. The result is one of my favorite EQII stories, “The Leatherfoot Tales.” If you’ve never obtained it in-game, the first volume is given as a quest reward by Deputy Stoutgut. Anyway, I’d sent it to Vhalen to preview (as I did with anything lore-related); he said he was happy to finally see the Leatherfoot Brigade show up somewhere as the heroes.
Every so often, I’ll re-read those books and giggle, the same as I’m doing now with my Tiny Adventures. I hope that the folks who’ve read some of my stuff also find it amusing enough to read again once they’re done finding all those pages!