Vote Your Adventure: The Rules

WindowSeat Well I said I was going to be more consistent with updates and then I promptly fell off the wagon. Sorry, guys. I’ve had a lot going on this past month and a half and a cruise was just what the doctor ordered! That’s right, I went on a short cruise, then stayed a couple of nights in San Diego. The photo you see here is of my favorite spot on the ship, right outside the bar as the sun was going down. My notebook is there on the table with the opening of our next Vote Your Adventure.

Speaking of which, the next Vote Your Adventure starts this Friday, October 7!

To prepare for our next adventure, the site has been updated just a little. In the top menu bar, there’s now a “Vote Your Adventure” link. By clicking the link, you will see all of our stories thus far, along with short blurbs describing each story “part” (chapter). You’ll also notice that when you hover the cursor over the “Vote Your Adventure” link, a drop down menu will appear with each story title. From there, you can read each story in its entirety. I’m thrilled to finally have this option available for you.

Before we begin our next adventure, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the story rules. We don’t have many of them, but I wanted to make sure everyone knew a couple of items before jumping into the voting process.

Vote Your Adventure Rules

1. Measure twice, vote once
I’ve commented on this before but never formally on this site. Which, you know, is important. So let me say for the record: the options you are given to vote only happen once. You won’t get the option to go back later. I’ve read comments of people saying, “Well I’ll vote for A now and then we can grab B later.” That won’t happen. If you vote A, you forfeit B, and visa versa. If you vote for the knife instead of the gun, you’ll get the knife and, in the next scene, the gun will be gone. If you vote to go right, the storyline that proceeds on left is gone. So vote carefully.

2. The ending is not decided beforehand.
I barely know what the story is about when we start, much less have a fixed ending in mind. And let’s be honest – you guys never ever vote the way I’m hoping anyway, so these stories are totally off the cuff. You guys keep me on my toes. That’s partially the appeal of writing these things.

3. You won’t die in the first couple of chapters!
That would make for a real sucky story. I prefer to prolong your pain. HA!

4. Jump into the voting whenever you want.
Just because you missed voting in the beginning doesn’t mean you can’t jump in at any time. The more the merrier. Just jump in and out whenever you want. No one takes attendance. I promise. Either vote in the comments or on twitter.

If you have any additional questions about the stories that I didn’t answer, leave a comment below and I’ll answer.

Until then, I’ll see you guys on Friday, when we begin our next adventure!

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