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  2. >> Links <<
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  4. Our Discord: https://discord.gg/72QNY4Y
  5. Our /other/ Discord: https://discord.gg/Cwm8nCM
  7. /tg/ Thread Archives:
  8. http://archive.4plebs.org/
  9. https://warosu.org/tg/
  10. A really well organized MEGA archive of CYOAs:
  11. https://mega.nz/#F!rZImQQbI!q0_MBu6MEWP8Hn3jd4Nvag
  12. Here's a dropbox with a LOT of CYOAs:
  13. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qs4ymgxa5zcj4kt/AABrLbkqxfdUMje3D2ibklh-a?dl=0
  14. OC by month:
  15. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B03PxmupuDVLN1lNdjFxdlN3SVE
  16. Yet another CYOA archive:
  17. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bwl-aJm3wG4nN2w1TGJCSVlQZ2M&usp=sharing
  18. The "SFW (Safe-for-Wife)" Archive:
  19. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7BuylZWKxemS2dJNElOYkpjSHc&usp=sharing
  20. A CYOA-making program for those who are graphically challenged (untested):
  21. https://quantencomputer.github.io/cyoastudio/
  23. From Dropbox Anon:
  24. Hello friends, I am the guy who owns the Dropbox linked up top. I added a notepad to the dropbox. If you are a CYOA author and wish to see your CYOA in the dropbox, the most expedient way would be emailing my new Yahoo! account "Dropboxanon@yahoo.com' with the CYOA. Adding a name either in the subject or body attached to the email would be helpful.
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  27. >> Author Folders & Resources <<
  28. --------------------------------
  29. -- acheld --
  30. Google Drive:
  31. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7BuylZWKxemMVFHODRFQjJ0MFE
  33. -- Amridell --
  34. Amridell's "CYOA Maker" program:
  35. https://github.com/Amridell/Amridell-s-CYOA-Maker
  37. -- Beri --
  38. Google Drive:
  39. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bxbrh3Q2CTiyfjM3SjU2TWNJQ3VpZ2pWYk0xRUJ4LVZYRkgyTTlwUTQwZjZhN0FNTTJ3LUE
  41. -- Divine Trials Anon --
  42. Google Drive:
  43. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zaeOP-Z5_gvM-KxwlWMsLpGJc2i86qGE
  45. -- Eternal Anon --
  46. Google Drive:
  47. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ovLnUxIiZizbu8FlPBZXNSdaPWlUR2_X
  49. -- Highlander --
  50. Traveller Blog:
  51. http://travellercyoa.livejournal.com/
  53. -- Italics --
  54. Pokemon Personified:
  55. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5vYX1bZd1SBUU05dGYtNzFydFk
  57. -- kit --
  58. Google Drive:
  59. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0h6Ycwh1mNzS2dfbnYzN2FtNXc
  61. -- Liminal Phrenic --
  62. Blog:
  63. theouterworlds.blogspot.com
  65. -- SDA --
  66. Mega Cloud:
  67. https://mega.nz/#F!9YMmVC5Y!CyuwmUx-K4ggK60LRVme3A
  69. -- Slut Life Anon --
  70. Mega Cloud:
  71. https://mega.nz/#F!AYwlHJBK!xVrJUD4PSAJACtDY3g_Lgw!IAxFHCTT
  73. -- Spacefuture --
  74. Google Drive:
  75. https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B8zll64VUyohdFVnUU8wRWVSc28
  77. -- Spadesy --
  78. Blog:
  79. feathersnake.wordpress.com
  81. -- Strife --
  82. Gallery:
  83. http://imgur.com/user/Strifejohnson
  85. -- TokHaar Gol --
  86. Mega Cloud:
  87. https://mega.nz/#F!mLxxkK5B!M7Nbd7mVX7f0hvO6GTIpIA
  88. Google Drive:
  89. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1CwO4KqTgloRXVUV19DR19hdEk
  91. -- ZBG --
  92. Blog:
  93. https://notanactualdoctorgabe.tumblr.com/
  94. Drive:
  95. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-TEGKUrwW1tWWJNOWd4NGpiMjQ
  97. --------------------------
  98. >> Some Image Resources <<
  99. --------------------------
  100. http://game-icons.net
  101. http://www.pixiv.net
  102. http://drawcrowd.com
  103. http://digital-art-gallery.com
  104. https://www.artstation.com
  105. http://coolvibe.com
  106. http://www.zerochan.net
  107. http://danbooru.donmai.us
  108. http://gelbooru.com
  109. http://www.deviantart.com
  110. http://fantasygallery.net
  111. http://grognard.booru.org
  112. http://fantasy-art-engine.tumblr.com
  113. https://www.pinterest.com
  114. https://www.google.com/imghp
  116. --------------
  117. >> CYOA FAQ <<
  118. --------------
  119. Q: What's a CYOA?
  120. A: It's like a cross between an RPG's character creation system and game of "would you rather". A more accurate name would be "Choice Games".
  122. Q: What are they for?
  123. A: CYOAs are there to spark your imagination, provide escapism, and occasionally act as writing prompts. You'll get ones as simple as picking a special magical soda to drink which gives you a neat perk to live with in life, or complex ones to create your own fantasy domains with a slew of customization options. Some of the more complex CYOAs could be used to generate characters for an RPG.
  125. Q: Who makes them?
  126. A: Anyone can. You can try to make one yourself, it's not that difficult.
  128. Q: Where can I find more CYOAs?
  129. A: There are hundreds of them. Start with the archive links at the top; if you know who the author is of the CYOA you're looking for, try their cloud drive first (if they have one).
  130. A partial archive can be found here: http://grognard.booru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=cyoa
  131. You can request a particular CYOA in the thread, and if you're lucky, someone will give it to you.
  132. If you must, you can try /r/makeyourchoice.
  133. Here's an archive of CYOA threads: http://archive.4plebs.org/tg/search/subject/cyoa/text/cyoa/
  135. Q: I want to make a CYOA. How?
  136. A: You start with an idea, or crib a setting from your favorite book/game/chinese cartoon. It's usually best to start out small. Keep your big ideas in reserve until you have the skill to actualize them properly.
  138. Q: What do I need?
  139. A: You're going to need an image editor or DTP program. Paint or Word will suffice, but better looking CYOAs require better software.
  141. Paint.net (www.getpaint.net) is excellent for novices. GIMP (www.gimp.org) is more powerful, but has a steep learning curve. Beware, as Paint.net has particularly dreadful text editing.
  143. Scribus (www.scribus.net) is an open-source desktop-publishing software. It has solid text editing and layout functionality, but you'll need an image editor for any fancy graphics.
  145. Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator are perhaps the ultimate tools for CYOA creation. They're fairly hard to learn, but they're powerhouses for a reason. The downside is that they're very expensive, although Photoshop CS2 (a very old version of Photoshop) is offered for free (https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite/kb/cs2-product-downloads.html). Photoshop Elements is also offered at a much more generous price, but it's essentially a stripped down version of the CS/CC series.
  147. Check out SDA's cloud drive for some tutorials on basic Photoshop skills for CYOAs.
  149. Q: I need images. Where?
  150. A: See the links at the top of this paste for some neat recommendations. There's plenty of image sources out there short of using Google Images. The /tg/ booru (grognard.booru.org) is stuffed with character and setting art of all descriptions, all neatly tagged and sorted. Other popular resources for images are DeviantArt or Pinterest. There's usually a character art thread running on /tg/. You can request stuff there. You can also try /hr/ and /wg/.
  152. Q: Any tips?
  153. A: Generally speaking, a standard CYOA should be about 1200px wide. Remember, most screen resolutions don't exceed 1366*768, and many readers browse using mobile devices. Try to aim for a resolution where most users will only have to scroll vertically.
  155. PNG is the preferred format for image CYOAs due to it being a "lossless" format (the compression isn't apparent in the image quality). However, for larger and more colourful images, you might want to use the JPG format in order to fit /tg/'s 8mb file limit. Be wary that while JPG files are usually smaller than their PNG counterparts, the compression is much more noticeable in the image itself.
  157. /tg/ supports PDFs. You can export PDFs from some programs, or use (http://smallpdf.com/jpg-to-pdf) to convert your images to PDF. Some people dislike PDFs. They have advantages: they're easy to upload, and don't take up a lot of space in the thread. However, they're awkward to scroll through when saved, take a while to load and process, and can cause difficulties for those on mobile devices. Typically, they downgrade the quality of your CYOA by a large amount when used to compress larger CYOAs. I would only recommend using PDFs for lengthly text-based CYOAs, as they aren't meant for fancy imagery.
  159. If you want some thematically-appropriate fonts, try (www.dafont.com) and (www.google.com/fonts). Try not to go overboard; only pick really stylized fonts for titles and headers. The number one thing you must maintain in a CYOA is legibility; a basic, clean, and readable font is the best choice for body text.
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  162. >> Misc <<
  163. ----------
  164. Some Musings & Advice by a CYOA Author (read the FAQ first):
  165. http://pastebin.com/qaL8nDD8
  167. Here are some polls that were conducted about CYOAs in the threads:
  168. http://strawpoll.me/2729937/r
  169. http://strawpoll.me/2729372/r
  170. http://strawpoll.me/2740198/r
  171. http://strawpoll.me/2770406/r
  173. Remember this: Good design will draw people to your CYOA. Good writing, thoughtful choices, and originality will keep them reading.
  175. Post your builds. Criticize. Praise. Make good OC. Be excellent to one another.
  176. If you want to hang with the cool kids, swing by the IRC. #cyoa on Rizon. Just use a number if you don't want to namefag. A bunch of veteran creators can be found on the IRC, and we're happy to give advice and critique.
  177. If you don't know what that is, just follow this link to our chat: http://mibbit.com/?channel=%23CYOA&server=irc.rizon.net
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