I’ve been griping about Six Months since the beginning of time and I’ve never showed more than about 8 people a single scrap of the actual goddamn game.
Time to fix that!
From the demo’s About page:
Six Months is an interactive novel about family, power, revenge, and faking it until you make it. I consider it an anti-Game-of-Thrones: it’s a fantasy story where nobody is a genius schemer, nobody’s titillating cruelty looks even the least bit cool, and the grand wars and gestures of “epic” adventure have realistically fucked-up consequences.
Six Months has numerous choices and will have more than three unique endings, but I don’t consider it to be a story “about choice.” It’s more about the ways I can use its unusual, color-based “grammar” to make the reading experience itself interactive. Hypertext lets me mess with meaning, timing, and emphasis in ways that normal text does not.
I’ve been working on Six Months for over two years. Its current version contains over 85,000 words. It takes most readers about four hours to read through months 1-4. (I am currently writing Month 5.)
My goal is to eventually release Six Months as part of an interactive story collection with several other tales from the same fantasy world, some of which use different “text mechanics.” It will be a primarily tablet-focused experience, with additional releases on PC and Mac.
How long will it take me to finish? I have no fucking clue. I have a day job. It’s a significant portion of my free time, though, and has been since 2014.