Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) with txt2tags

You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all diferent.

If you decide to go left, turn to page 4.
If you decide to go right, turn to page 5.
If you decide to cry, do it ;)

Jokes apart, this the format of the Choose Your Own Adventure books, where the reader can decide the flow (an the end) of the story.

What if you want to make your very own CYOA book?

You could use a PDF file as the book, it has pages. As a bonus, you can also use direct links to the pages on the “turn to page 4” excerpts, improving the user experience.

Looks cool enough? And what if I say that you can do it all in a single nice flat text file?

Eric Forgeot has written an article teaching how to transform a text file into a full CYOA book, using txt2tags. The article is itself a CYOA, check it out now: txt2CYOA : a “choose your own adventure” easily made with txt2tags.

txt2cyoa castle

I don’t know about you, but I’m amazed to see how creative the txt2tags users are!

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2 responses to “Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) with txt2tags

  1. That inspired me to see just what txt2tags is capable of.

    How about using it as a blogging tool? :)

    I plan to add rss, tagging, online editing and more. Let’s see how far we can take this……..

  2. I’ve just made an improved version of txt2cyoa. Now it automatically hides the chapters and display them only when you follow a link. (Everything was processed using txt2tags macros). It looks much better this way:

    http://anamnese.online.fr/site2/txt2cyoa/samples/who_are_you.html

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