Monday, February 17, 2014

Hypergrid Stories Project Launches

The big launch day has finally arrived. If you've dropped by Greyville recently you probably saw authors frantically flying to and fro, slamming their avatars between pages  of giant books, and applying creatively negative and special names to prims that refused to do what they were told. We've crashed regions, deleted temples, and prims have mysteriously migrated to new locations in the night. Despite last minute nerves and bug stomping, we're finally ready to show our new babies to the world. I'll introduce each one in alphabetical order by author.

A Letter to Charlie

A Letter to Charlie, a Spark Before Dying Flash Fiction Tale: Veronika knows what life inside the strip club means, but when a man comes offering her a chance at redemption, she can’t help but give in to his kindness. Every decision has consequences. This is flash fiction connected to the Angels Cry novella – a part of the Spark Before Dying Series.

The Twisted Circle

Star wanted the challenge and camaraderie of working magick with others, so she gave up practicing as a solitary witch and joined the Black Waters Coven. What she discovers is a history of murder and a quest to find someone who may not want to be found.


Blue Harbor

Blue is a young girl full of secrets. Determined to protect the men who failed to protect her she stops talking. When her family decides she is an uncomfortable secret that needs putting away, Blue has to find a way back to sanity and freedom. Blue Harbor is an award-winning flash fiction/poetry mash-up adapted to interactive fiction for this project.

Incubus Dream

Cassie knew dreams could come true, but she'd never expected a dream to be this real. Ivan needs a rescue, and only Cassie can do it, but dreams are tricky, the dreamer easily lost.

All of the stories above are told in-world in scenes created by the authors. Some of the stories include elements of gameplay.  Start in the park to the left of the landing area in Greyville. ( Choose a story to follow. walk into the book. Yes, I mean walk forward until you smack into it. You will be teleported to the first scene in the story. When you've discovered all the pieces of story in one scene, you'll get a landmark to the next scene. 

All the stories are short, between 500-1300 words. You'll be transported through about half a dozen scenes. While we try to make it obvious where the gameplay is contained we hope you'll explore the lovely regions the stories take you through. Grids around the metaverse have donated space to our project. While none of these stories are erotic, some are romantic. Two have sets in Redlight Hotel, the adult region of Next Reality grid.  One takes across the garden wall into Second Life. The idea here is to showcase regions and build a stronger community across the grids. I know all of the authors involved have made new friends and discovered new places to play in the metaverse as a result of this project. We hope you do too.

Poetry and Art Trail

For those a little too strapped for time to take in a whole story, we have a poetry trail featuring works of Oshi Shikigami, Jeff Cuneo, Nara Malone as well as original photography and art from Endora Twinklens. You will find blamgates to take you to those sites at the same location as the stories.

Other Participants

This wouldn't have been possible without the scripting wizardry of Fred Beckhusen and Whitestar Magic.  Mike Hart took time out to help with props and set building. Shawn K Maloney and Endora Twinklens did our bug testing.

Participating Grids

Next Reality Grid: Redlight Hotel from Mike Hart
Metropolis: Independetly Spoken from Crystal Brewton
Craft Grid:  Spirit of Arcadia: Cogtown from Virtual Christine, Pitcairn: 111shawn from Shawn K Maloney, Aquarium from Tao Quan
OS Grid: Virunga Mountains: from Debbie Edwards and Fred Beckhusen,  Transmedia Learning 1 and 4 from Nara Malone
NarasNookGrid: Greyville, Quarterz City, Siobhan Muir 1, Tina Glasneck 2, Series, Shadowling Manor, and Theria from the  Greyville Authors
Second Life: Phaze Demesnes from Debbie Edwards and Fred Beckhusen, Karpov from an anonymous donor.

Our project will be in place until St. Patrick's Day with a few bonus settings to be added before the end. Have fun, and please take time to explore the hosting grids. Feel free to share this post and promote the project in the metaverse.


  1. I'm not going to have time to check this out until the weekend, but it looks fantastic!

  2. Thanks Leah. We'll look forward to seeing you.