So what did you think of Ward 32? Do you have any unresolved questions or anything? This would be the place to post what you thought and suggestions you have for next time.
First I just want to spend a little bit talking about what I was trying to accomplish with Ward 32. The main purpose of it (beyond entertaining all of you) was to attempt to get myself writing something on a schedule, which succeeded, give or take a few days in some cases… heh.
Secondary purposes included:
- Learning how to discern meaningful from non-meaningful choices (fairly successful in the middle)
- Attempting to polish up and test out new elements of my writing style (action scenes, dialogue, horror, etc)
My main criticism of this particular story was that it comes across as a first draft, mainly because I was going week to week and reacting rather than doing a whole lot of planning ahead (which essentially means that it WAS a first draft). That was part of the whole plan, though — so I was expecting it.
Also, a number of early polls were done using a broken system that some people exploited to ruin the polls. Shame on you people. Fortunately, the system I replaced it with is much better and seems to be solid.
I think it also suffered from a small reader-base. I don’t know what I can do about that problem. If anyone has any suggestions for how I can bring more people to the site, please let me know.
As far as what’s next: Like last time I’m going to post a poll about what story we’ll pursue next. This time it’ll be using the new non-cheat poll, so that should help keep it honest. We’ll use the remaining ones from last time (edited slightly to meet my goals for the next story), and I might have a new one in there, as well.