Website / Choose Your Story

Choose Your Story, or CYS for short, is a website where people with way too much time on their hands gather to create interactive stories, otherwise known as story-games. While the site is primarily used for the creation of said story-games, it also has its own forums, where a bunch of nerds gather to discuss everyday, stupid stuff, or role-play. While it is free to create an account, the site has been known to mercilessly suck up the souls and free time of its members.

Some of the most popular games on CYS are:

  • Eternal: A Dark Fantasy game in which you play as a young man reared to do the bidding of an unseen emperor. You will fight against and alongside orcs, elves, kobolds, and other fantasy creatures. There are three main paths and thirteen epilogues.
  • Snow: Deviating from traditional CYOA games is Snow, a romantic game where you play as a man reminiscing about the lost love of his youth. Not exactly what most people look for in a CYOA, but almost guaranteed to jerk tears.
  • Dungeon Stompage: A fantasy game in which you play as a young man or woman whose village is destroyed by an evil necromancer. Descend into the necromancer's lair to avenge your family and foil his plans to resurrect a centuries old dragon. Whether you eradicate the necromancer's foul magic or claim it for your own is up to you.
  • A Game of Life and Death: An odd and enjoyable modern horror game with plenty of Mind Screw and a million ways to die. It is the first in a series of games that places a focus on three central characters, maintaining a more-or-less heroic sense of morality ('do what's right, not what's easiest',) the existence of alternate worlds / dimensions, a wide range of deities, some black comedy, a sort of 'butterfly effect.'
  • Mommy, can I go out and Kill Tonight?: A modern adventure where you play as a repentant cop killer who must work constantly to keep his evil alter ego in check. Things get very difficult for you when your best friend, who helped you to cover up your past crimes, calls in a favor.
  • Price of Freedom: Innocence Lost: A preview of a much longer game being created by one of the site's more well-known members. That is not to say, however, that it is incapable of standing on its own. In this game, you play as Andreas, a young Greek boy who is taken away from his parents, along with his brother, to be trained to fight as a gladiator in the Roman coliseum. Make friends and slay your enemies in this historical action thriller.
  • Necromancer and Death Song: Twin games created by the same author that made Eternal. In Necromancer, you play as a young mage school student who sucks at all forms of magic, with the exception of one: the forbidden art of necromancy. Fight demons and enslave the souls of the dead as you work to become a master of Death itself. In Death Song, on the other hand, you play as an aspiring musician who must either join the army or a band of mercenaries in order provide for his family. Soon, though, you find yourselves against legions of the undead, lead by a fledgling necromancer. Despite your best efforts, you soon learn that there is no way you can beat death.
  • The Order of the Midnight Sun: A fantasy adventure game that, despite its simple morality, continues to gain praise from its readers. In "The Order of the Midnight Sun", also known as OMS, you play as a young boy whose village is destroyed by an organization known as The Crimson Knights. Taken, unconscious, to the castle Icarus, you are trained by eponymous Order of the Midnight Sun in the arts of warfare and magic that you may rid the Earth of the evil Crimson Knights.
  • Ground Zero: Nuclear war is about to break out, and you are just an office worker. Can you survive armageddon and whatever comes after?

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Choose Your Story provides examples of the following tropes:

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     Dungeon Stompage 
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: The antagonist, Mad Merodatch, is later revealed to have been an apprentice to Kragan Firehand, the benevolent old wizard who sends the character into Merodatch's lair to retrieve the Oblitterum Nomeno.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Oblitterum Nomeno is one. Opening it prematurely will cause the character's soul to be ripped in two.
  • Black Knight: There are two of these guarding Merodatch's throne.
  • Bonus Boss: The Specter. In order to find it, you have to move Merodatch's throne and make your way down a dark hallway into a small circular chamber with a coffin. Opening the coffin will release The Specter.
  • Downer Ending: All of the evil endings turn into this, all thanks to a certain succubus.
  • Dracolich: Subverted, fortunately. Merodatch does come dangerously close to making one, though.
  • Dungeon Crawling: The entire story-game is a trek into an abandoned Dwarven fortress that just happens to serve as the base of operations for an evil necromancer named Mad Merodatch. You fight ghouls, deathknights, and...a pile of human entrails?
  • Evil Is Visceral: When you go to retrieve the Oblitterum Nomero from the book room of the Dwarven stronghold, it summons a pile of entrails that you must fight in order to claim it.
  • Ghouls: If you take a certain hallway in the Dwarven Stronghold, you will have to fight a pack of these.
  • Spell Book: The Oblitterum Nomeno.

     Mommy, can I go out and kill tonight? 
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Drinking before driving to work or even while you're getting pulled over for speeding isn't a good idea.
  • Combat Medic: With certain traits, the main character can become one of these.
  • Functional Addict: In fact sometimes you need to take certain drugs just so you don't go into a psychotic rage. Take too many however and you'll become the Addled Addict.
  • Hearing Voices: One of your patients April, claims she hears God.
  • I Fought the Law and the Law Won: It can happen, but if you think it through, they won't necessarily win.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: The main character is a nurse practicioner, as he frequently states, but this doesn't stop several people from assuming he is a psychologist or physician.
  • One Last Job: The protagonist's friend Leon wants him to participate in one as repayment for his help in the past.
  • Psycho Psychologist: The main character may not be a psychologist, but he does work in a psych ward. His past activities and current mental state suggest that he would fit in better as a patient than he would as a nurse practicioner.
  • Shout-Out: The dwarf that oddly shows up to ask for symbol pieces is from Baldur's Gate 2.
  • Split Personality: The main character has one of these. He was able to force it back into his subconscious for several years, though, but only after killing a few cops and having to rely on the help of a rather shady friend to cover up his crimes.
  • Storming the Castle: The plan to attack Serge at his place is this.
  • Street Smart: The protagonist can be a non Book Dumb example.

     Price of Freedom: Innocence Lost 
  • A Father to His Men: Rhode. It turns out that the only reason she is so vicious in training the new gladiators is because she doesn't want to see them die in the arena.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The game gives you the option to act like this towards Alexius.
  • Guile Hero: The reason Titus buys you and your brother in the first place is because of your education, which supposedly will make you into one of these in the gladiator ring.
  • Made a Slave: Pretty much the premise of the game.
  • Mercy Kill: Andreas witnesses one of these while being shipped to Rome. It takes him a while to realize why it was a mercy kill, though.
  • Take a Third Option: At one point of the game, you're forced to choose between ratting out Lula or letting Alexius get punished. You can choose a third option of taking the fall and the resulting punishment yourself, causing you to gain approval from both Lula and Alexius at the cost of a reduction in your stats.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Early on in the story, the character has the option of trying, to no avail, of course, to escape his captors at the cost of leaving his little brother, Alexius. Needless to say, if that happens, Alexius is not very happy with the decision.

     Ground Zero 
  • After the End: A large part of the game takes place after a nuclear apocalypse.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: You can attempt to pull this on rebelling citizens of the community bunker using your engineering skills as leverage.
  • Fembot: The AI who runs your personal bunker can become this.
  • I Will Find You: A possible ending between you and Becky.
  • Robosexual: Depending on your choices, you can become this.
  • Robot Girl: The AI who runs your personal bunker can become this.
  • Villain Protagonist: Given the demeanour of your character, it's very easy to become this.
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