Remember Choose Your Own Adventure books?
I used to read them in my middle school library (for some reason they had a large collection.) I was always disappointed when I realized I had chosen every possible adventure.
So I had a thought while on the throne last week: The marvels of the Internet could provide us with an infinite Choose Your Own Adventure! So over the weekend I wrote a little code and now it exists.
Here’s how it works:
Start reading (there’s only one page right now.) At the end of every page is a list of links with various choices that the protagonist can take. There is also a link that allows anyone to add a new choice to any page. All you have to do is write a minimum of 250 words and your new page is live, and linked as a choice on the page you came from.
Anybody can then add choices to your page, and so forth, leading to an infinitely expanding web of choices.
Right now it’s a free-for-all; soon I will add some kind of simple moderation system so established users will be able to quickly eliminate spam and pages which break the rules (i.e. bad spelling, not making any sense, using plot elements that have not been established by previous pages, etc.)