Crowdmind highlights: join the Bananafish quest!

in #contest4 years ago (edited)

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As you all know, our @crowdmind’s radar keeps monitoring the Steemit multi-verse, in search of cosmic events expressing the power of the crowd. Sometimes, we detect one of those special sparks: that’s when our task force comes in, ready to sustain worthy crowdsourced initiatives. Today, dear supporters, we bring to your attention one of the most original and fun crowd-based projects on the platform: the Quest In The Realms, by our partner @bananafish.

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Perhaps, the observant among you already spotted this Quest In The Realms (QITR) project in our announce of partnership or in this recent official launch by the well-known, bizarre potassium deity of fiction writing: the Bananafish.
Some say that it’s a contest where you can win big time, some others say it’s a dangerous yet hilarious adventure. Where’s the truth? We abducted for you @f3nix, the Bananafish whisperer, right when he was writing one of his Finish the Story contests... let’s see what he has to say!

@f3nix, can you explain to us what makes this project unique?

Of course (just untie me a bit and ease the ball gag strap, if you don’t mind)! Dear Crowdmindites, in short, our QITR is a contest with a legendary pot of 30 STEEM and 30 @steembasicincome shares and, at the same time, an adventure where you will have to choose your own path and decide your own fate: a bizarre death or a glorious success? The QITR can be also seen as a unique playable format which combines a multiple-endings adventure with a treasure hunt. The result is a contest where you will try to survive through a 55 episodes story and, at the same time, get your boozy old hands on a treasure chest of 30 STEEM! Allow me to post here below our “Adventurer’s guide”, a scroll which will easily clarify the ingenious mechanism of the quest.



You can see it as one of those multiple-ending books we played with when teenagers, but with the boost of an appealing treasure chest!

What about the project genesis and development?

Credit for the starting idea goes to @tristancarax, who popped out in our core-members discord channel with the idea of a co-writing project about a multiple-ending story. We were all enthusiasts from the beginning of this idea. We thought that it could bring a gust of novelty on Steemit and keep the Bananafish tradition going on, that of co-writing amazing fiction stories (no, not that other one. That one is not for such an official post). We soon realized, thanks to @brisby’s research, that some multiple ending stories have already been tried on this platform but that they didn’t gather the level of engagement we were looking for. That’s when I decided to spice things up and created this original format, which is a blend of the traditional story in multiple forks and endings and a treasure hunt driven by two levels of riddles. I also have to say thanks to @hidden84 and @gwilberiol for the tips that took me to create a final mystery episode.

Let me add that this massive and ambitious co-writing project would have never been possible if not for the quality work of our skilled writers @cyemela, @marcoriccardi, @tristancarax, @ntowl, @brisby, @theironfelix, @michaias, @calluna, @dirge and @gwilberiol, a.k.a. the Bananafish Knights.
Having the honor to write with some of the best authors on steemit is my utmost satisfaction when I see how the Bananafish project grew, from the Finish the Story contest held into my personal account to a whole happy family of creative minds.
Obviously, we’re all very grateful to the @hidden84 and @svemirac, the @crowdmind leaders, for their support in covering a good part of the QITR pot and constantly sustaining us!

What can we expect when we’ll play the Quest In The Realms?

Fun, adventure, mysteries and rewards for everyone. It’s a damn real party! The adventure talks about a crazy punk-rock band and their strange encounters. Sometimes, I think about it as a sort of a mashup between Scooby-doo and Tenacious-D, with a touch of Myths of Cthulhu (and actually many other touches that you will discover). The story is soaked with humor and easy going. It’s made to be played and dedicated to the readers’ fun. Thanks to @ntowl, our pro editor, all the episodes created by the core members have been polished and refined. We believe that literary quality can hold hands with an experience accessible for everyone and, most of all, a fun one. One that people would read whether the STEEM system is involved or not. We wanted to give the chance of a prize to everyone. In fact, other than the final 30 STEEM reward for one lucky Steemian, we will distribute an overall amount of 30 @steembasicincome shares to the participants that played the adventure, sending us the QITR solution, and to those with the best comments to the episodes!

Thank you to @f3nix and all the @bananafish knights! We understood that there's plenty to catch up on in this Quest In The Realms! All we have left is to wish good luck to everyone and, of course, happy treasure hunting!

11 February 2019: the adventure begins. Mark the date!

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Interesting, this seems really great and I’m going to go check out the story as soon as it starts, this seems really great and I’m going to go check out the story! I’d like to ask @brisby what sorts of multiple-ending stories have already existed on Steem and have not gathered much engagement. I’m currently working (on the side from my Stratos project, right now postponed while I work on communities) on a crowdsourced multiple-ending text adventure DApp and am trying to figure out how to make it as successful as possible. @f3nix any ideas?

Hi Shredz7!

The most recent endeavor that I found, The Garden Kingdom was five months ago. It was a terrific story that generated quite a bit of interest and interaction at first but wasn't completed.

Prior to that, there had been a few other similar attempts made on Steemit. One, Short Story and Choose Your Own Adventure in the Interview is limited to a single post where the reader scrolls to a numbered section to continue the adventure.

Another, An Interactive Story had readers vote in the comments for how they'd like the story to continue.

Two others, Steemit Choose Your Own Adventure Style Story and The Dying Trees, contained links for the readers to click for their choice.

Each of these endeavors were of great quality but did not generate much in the way of interaction. The addition of the riddle that @f3nix has incorporated into our Quest In The Realms is our way of keeping the readers excited beyond just the reading of an awesome story.

Your multiple-ending text adventure DApp sounds quite interesting and I hope that it proves to be a great success! If you've any other questions, I'll be happy to be of assistance. Enjoy your evening (or day)!

Hello @shredz7, @f3nix writing! We found a previous experiment and I remember that it was good but didn't get a proper engagement level. Multiple ending stories have to be fun and most of all their narration time is not that of a novel. The rules are different and we tried to keep in mind that, first of all, this product has to be playable. I wanted to make it better and this format came out. It's an original one, I guess it has some potential and I'm exploring the possibility of copyright (attorney here). I am into co-writing for one year, when I started the Finish the Story contest, your DApp makes me very curious!

Yeah I really want to work more on it but there's a bug that's stopping me... will keep you updated.

Can't wait for this! It's gonna be a blast and a half 🙂

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Damn right @raj808! (I will feel more tranquil when the final episode will be finished 😱)

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Thanks @yasu24 for helping us spread the new!

I'm happy to be working with the @bananafish knights to make this project happen.

I can't wait to see from Monday onward 😉

Right on! Keep it real!

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We'll do that! See you next Monday ✌️

Thank you Crowdmind for all of the support you've given to the Bananafish tribe! Quest In The Realms is going to rock!

These guys are too cool 😎

This is so awesome!!!

Ditto man! Get ready to the blast 😎

I have been waiting in hype for a long time now. Some people love quests.

I have been waiting
In hype for a long time now.
Some people love quests.

                 - manoldonchev

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Doh! You've been haikuized. That's proper for a haiku poet. See you on Monday in the quest!

Sounds really interesting indeed! I will be in the lookout for it!

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Thanks for your appreciation @newageinv! See you next Monday, prepare to play with Mendoza and his band, the Tortillas De Pelo 😎✌

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