Thursday, 27 April 2017

Alex Hughes Chooses Her Own Adventure

Not everyone gets to meet their idols, but I was very privileged to meet my favourite author a few years back, in New York City. Having been a big fan of Frank Herbert and Nelson DeMille historically, it is no big leap to land at Alex Hughes and her delicious writing style.

After meeting up, I found myself in the envious position of becoming a "beta" reader. This meant I had the chance to read Alex's latest works before they were published! Not only that, but my opinion on the story counted - so if I didn't like something, I had an opportunity to try and convince the writer to change it. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend that you become a beta reader yourself!

If you prefer a faster route for expressing your choices, then instead, you could
play an adventure game! Back in the day, we had greats like "Beneath a Steel Sky" and "Day of the Tentacle" or even the text based ones such as "Zork" or "The Hobbit"... there are of course modern day equivalents too. Alex Hughes has written the story for exactly this type of game.

I am pretty shameless about my admiration for Alex Hughes - and I can't tell you how excited I am about this new story! There is some interesting history around how this piece of work came to be (which I am not at liberty to divulge) - however, you can read and even use the story (under the creative commons license) ... all for the low, low price of FREE!

Find out more on Alex Hughes' website here.

If you are interested in creating a CYOA yourself, you may want to take a look at Twinery.

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