December 13th-16th 2013 :: Theme: You Only Get One

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My Old Kentucky Home

by emmelineprufrock - 48 Hour Compo Entry

A long Twine game about scarcity and isolation in a future Eastern Kentucky. The game features original covers of traditional songs, and is probably played best the way it was written: in a dark room with a set of headphones.

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spike_xp says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:15am

Didn't quite catch the theme, but this is an intriguing story :D Really love the story and how it branches!

ming_tea says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:29am

Very well written and great atmosphere!

Crabman says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:42am

Pretty damn cool, love it! And re: the theme, it's her, right? She's the one, alone and on her own, the only person around (for the most part)

BoppreH says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:01am

Frisson when the music started and "she hit him again". I too didn't catch the theme (one chance? rapture?), but the mood was great, the text well written and the mechanics used wisely.

OnlySlightly says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:48am

Beautiful. Seriously gave me chills.

delfino says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:02am

Excellent writing, it does the job of getting an emotional reaction. The visuals are simple but help set the mood. The songs are great. No real 'humor' but that's obviously not the point of this entry. Great job overall!

benedict says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:05am

I liked this. It's not particularly strongly tied to the theme, but it works. There was some nice branching. The arc of the story felt a little stilted, but the world it built was very nice. The singing caught me off guard but I loved it.

Bogden says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:58am

Well written.

whiteknife says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 6:11am

Good story, gets across the feeling of isolation well, and you make good use of the Twine medium (hit him again and again). The songs are also amazing! Great job overall!

PaperBlurt says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:04pm

Nice feeling and atmosphere.. I like these Twine games that's slice of life focused!

sknoslo says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:38pm

Great story, very well written. The music was a really nice touch.

chardish says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:06pm

Chilling stuff, and one of the better Twine games I've played. Good writing, good use of the medium and a consistent way of delivering mechanics that makes it clear when you're taking an action and when you're just learning more information. Amazing work.

sudorossy says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 1:51am

Great writing, but I don't quite get the theme

Integershift says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 1:59am

I didn't see the theme in that. Maybe it was you only get one story? I don't really know. It was fun reading though!

ThatGuy says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:01am

Nice story, good job.

Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:07am

The writing and the medium itself set a very good mood for the game. Keeping information from the player also encourages the imagination to fill in the blanks and become more invested in the character and her struggles. Well done.

Dec 17, 2013 @ 3:11am

Good description. Really set the mood.

Lissar says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:18am

I really enjoyed the extra bits of writing you could look at that gave the text extra flavor.

kewry says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:24pm

Great atmosphere! nice story!

Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:51pm

the songs are really beautiful, the set the tone perfectly. and like chardish said, your use of Twine is very good.

the writing was perhaps a little on the slow part sometimes, but i liked it.

finefin says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:13pm

the music didn't work in my browser (firefox) - nonetheless this was a great interactive story! nice work!

Dec 18, 2013 @ 2:03pm

@finefin hmmm, the macro was supposed to work in firefox, so I'm not sure what's up with that -- but I didn't play test there, so it might be something up on my end. I know for sure it said that it probably wouldn't work on Safari and Opera.

pjchardt says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 6:57pm

Very nice writing! The way you use the mechanics/interface of Twine to drive home the brutal nature of the events in the Kitchen is wonderful and haunting!

Diptoman says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 9:47am

It's well written, but uh, how does it use the theme again? :\

Dec 19, 2013 @ 1:41pm

@Diptoman the theme is probably one of the weakest aspects, I'll admit. The hard part, for me, was integrating the theme without making it obnoxious or just including it as a line of dialogue (which I thought about doing).

There are a couple of ways it could be related to the theme. I took the idea of "You Only Get One," and focused more on the "One" aspect -- she is the only one left, for example. She only has one bullet. She has a strong sense of isolation and scarcity -- the concept of limited resources that I feel is present in "You Only Get One." It's probably more tangential, but I do think there is a connection to the theme.

mcapraro says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 8:43pm

i love that you wrote that story, its really spooky and compelled me to read more. the music really caught me off guard at the end. great mood building.

Dec 20, 2013 @ 11:18pm

I was just about to write "Man, you've written a lot for two days" when I've realized you are a woman. In an instant it makes sense the protagonist to be female too.
You're very good at setting the right mood.
I see no problem with theme - "You only get one - home!"
Respect for making a text based game, which won't appeal to the mass. Was that you singing the songs?

Dec 21, 2013 @ 5:39pm

@Denis Chakarov yes, that's me singing. I needed the accent and it had to be a woman. No one else in my dev group fit the bill. :)

Gamelabbers says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 9:56am

The combination of text and song is amazing. You're right, the shaky quality of the recording does really add to the sense of insecurity you feel for the protagonist. I must add you do have a lovely voice. The story is well written... Glad I stumbled past your postmortem. Thank you!

drkrunk says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 9:59am

That was pretty well-done, the writing was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect. Great job!

Strangelander says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 4:38pm

Audio worked in Chrome and Firefox for me, OS X. Maybe it's just me, but it's annoying to listen to lyrics and read text at the same time. Probably one verse of Amazing Grace would have sufficed.

Your writing is solid, very minimal, yet evocative. I would like to see it cleaned up and developed into a longer story. Reminded me a bit of *The Reapers Are the Angels* by Alden Bell, for setting and protagonist (check it out if you haven't read it).

Arkrothe says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 4:54pm

The story was good, and well written, apart from a couple of contradictory instances (like when we're in the mine, if we click on the description text, it says that she never "home", it said that she still wouldn't light a fire here, and then suddenly she wants a warm dinner).

Other than that I enjoyed it. Would like to know more about the thing that had happened. Or is it that i missed some branch where that is explained?

Dec 22, 2013 @ 5:15pm

Very well-written, with a lot of realistic detail. Very nice use of music. On the downside, the story has been done before, and the plot is very slow-moving at the start. Those are minor nitpicks, though.

I might play again later to see if I can get a different path.

A couple of typoes: "remnats"; "prys" should be "pries"; "her Mamaws" needs an apostrophe. Also, the title of the game is spelled "Olde" in-game, but not on this page.

dekart says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 6:26pm

Good story.

Dec 22, 2013 @ 8:05pm

@Arkrothe There's references to people she has lost, but there's no specific explanation of what "happened." I wanted to leave that up to the imagination, and I also felt like she didn't know -- so including it would've been outside the scope of her knowledge.

postmodestie says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 11:14pm

Windows Firefox audio works. Was nice to read and play, but ended apruptly after the incident, maybe i didn't get it all, skimming through the text..

stigmawall says ...
Dec 23, 2013 @ 10:00pm

I like your story, it's tense and you singing is lovely! Congrats!

tompudding says ...
Dec 24, 2013 @ 8:14pm

Very atmospheric writing, nice job. Not a great deal of choice, but the mood more than made up for it. Songs were perfect.

GaTechGrad says ...
Jan 6, 2014 @ 4:45am

Nice text-based game. Those Spaghetti-Os were delicious!

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