Character Overload

The third book of the Samurai of Hyuga series presented a ton of challenges for readers. Aside from the usual memory tests, Book 3 introduced deduction puzzles and text-input observations. It also introduced another challenge: scenes with large amounts of characters in them. But keeping track of the cast shouldn’t be a challenge—it’s the job of the author to make it clear who’s in the room and who isn’t. Interactive fiction writers aren’t playwrights,...

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SoH 3 Achievement Guide

The third book in the series is certainly the toughest, with all manner of observations to make and clues to deduce. Like in the previous books, it’s impossible to get every achievement during a single play-through. Warning: spoilers ahead! For those interested in perfecting tests or how to save Daisuke/Keiko in the final chapters, scroll to the bottom of this article. I will provide a detailed description of the point system used. Unfortunately the...

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Samurai of Hyuga Book 3 Released!

Samurai of Hyuga Book 3 has been released! Check out it’s page here! It’s been a long year for me and Hyuga fans. I want to thank everyone reading this for their patience, especially those who have written such nice words to me on the forums, this website and twitter. Speaking of twitter, make sure to follow me @MChoiceStudios for blog updates and release dates! If you’re interested in some behind-the-scenes insight, then keep...

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Samurai of Hyuga Book 3 Demo

The demo version for the sequel is here! Samurai of Hyuga Book 3 is the mind-shattering sequel to your favorite interactive tale. The journey continues in the land of silk and steel, where fantasy and reality clash and tough choices await you on every page. Get ready to prove why you’re the toughest ronin around. This demo contains the first three chapters of the story. They are part of the third book in an...

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Make Them Feel: Important

The desire to feel important is the most subtle desire entertainment can address—it’s the one most taken for granted and overlooked. But its absence is the single greatest source of misery in modern man. Feeling stupid or undesirable is terrible, but feeling unimportant strikes an even deeper chord. It ties in with our very will to live! Below, I’ll delve into what it means to feel important and why we crave it desperately without...

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Drama Isn’t Optional

Us interactive fiction writers have a unique enemy. A foe capable of tearing apart our stories at the seams, like a vampire that drains all of our carefully-crafted tension and drama. What’s worse, that emotion-sucking monster is inside you and me. The desire to avoid conflict is very human, and when given the choice—even in fiction—we have a tendency to avoid clashing with others. Talk about boring! This article is going to detail what...

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Make Them Feel: Desired

This post is the second in my series of addressing major desires. I’m going to explore what it means to be desirable, why many readers are ashamed of it, and why this particular desire sells so many books and invokes so much enthusiasm. I will also try to make note of the differences between the masculine and feminine audience, what their general expectations and preferences are, and how the interactive fiction writer has the...

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