Is it really that time of the year again?

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Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by cacums » Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:07 am

Hello ladies and gentlemen, might I present [UNTITLED PROJECT]

Formerly known as a zillion variants of “The Story of Clue/Clue Series/Clue Saga”

Wait! Before you click away while sighing about how far I’ll get before abandoning it, I’d like to answer some questions about the series and some of the past ones.

Why did you start writing and stop writing so many times?
Honestly, let’s be real. The grammar, the one-note characters. The writing sucked and had terrible continuity. It was a race to get from plot point to plot point. Could you even solve the murders? Was there even a mystery to solve? I wasn’t proud of the work. The story wasn’t thoroughly planned out episode by episode and always ended up derailing and going places it never needed to go, etc etc etc.

Is CluedoKid (Matt) still working on this project?
More than ever before.

What is the journey of the story? Why should I read?
Underneath the campy characters and murder mystery aspects of this ongoing drama, where you get to watch the classic characters come to life with their own conflicting hopes, desires, and secrets. Written as a true ensemble story with no direct main character focus, you instead follow the story in small arcs (books, seasons). All of which reflect some of the great Clue Game themes presented throughout the past 70 years.

What will make this version different or better than the last?
There will be more illustrations in each episode. The stories will be paced better (and ending has been written). The characters will be fleshed out more realistically. The mysteries will be solvable; clues will be hidden in the story and/or the story illustrations.

Good God, I’ve read your stories a hundred times! How long will this last?
I can confidently say I have put the most time, money, and energy into creating this version of my Clue Series. Seeing as this is the year of the 70th anniversary, and I’ve moved into my first home (!) I have tons of disposable time. I think I am ready to take you into my brain and see this full story right down to the dark, depressing ending. If you’re worried the story is going to be identical or ‘nearly identical’ to previous incarnations... I’d say stick around for the first 6 episodes and see how you feel... some things change, some things never change, some things change a lot.

What will the first Arc be about?
The residents and staff of Blackwell Grange go about their routine lives during the week before a massive reunion party. Hearts are manipulated, trust is shattered, and one swift death shakes everyone to the core. The focus characters will be: Dr. Black, Miss Dove, Fivel, Nurse Silver, Frau Bloom, Yvette, Mr. Ash, Mme. Rose, Prof. Plum, and Mr. Boddy.

When will you update us again?
Soon. Soon...

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by cacums » Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:13 am

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by Jonathan Green » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:08 pm

May I suggest you call your new series "Clue: The Blackwell Files" or "Clue: The Mysteries of Blackwell"?
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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by cacums » Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:55 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! They are definitely on the list of contenders!

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by cacums » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:10 am

Small Update:

The project is still definitely underway. The idea of writing a soap-opera/drama/murder mystery has been part of my brain since around 2006 when I wrote a TERRIBLE (no I don't have it anymore thank god) 24 Chapter Master Detective "Novel". Shortly after (or perhaps during) I discovered Depboy's Ongoing Internet Story which was a HUGE part of my formative years. Seeing and Episode update before middle school and having to wait until I got home was absolute torture, but the payoff was always there.

I am not nearly as talented or creative as Depboy, but through trial and error, and the help of CluedoKid's beautiful art style, I'm ready to gather all the pieces of the story together, spend a fuck-load of money, and get that buzzy, tingly Clue excitement back into my life. I'm 25 years old and haven't really "tasted" Clue in a couple of years. I miss it. Most of the Episodes that I released a year or so ago were prewritten and released slowly as I tried to fight past the fact that a fully illustrated reboot was where my heart was at.

The entire series has been planned out into 7 large story arcs, and 20-some minor story arcs, complete with a partially written ending to work backwards from. The release of the episodes, however, will depend on the illustrations needed for each episode. Each episode should have a minimum of 6 scenes/illustrations which will help bring the story to life. Aspects of solving the mysteries and finding clues in the illustrations always drew me to the Clue Jr. Books.

I hope this manifests into a whirlwind of a story that gives at least one person the Clue tingles I used to get ;)

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by cacums » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:07 am

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by Jonathan Green » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:45 pm

It looks very interesting, with the new artwork and all.
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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by PrinceAlarming » Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:15 pm

Writing is a skill that improves with practice to hone your craft. Restarting a fan fiction can produce your best work yet so as not to be tied down by previous works. I highly recommend checking out Jenna Moreci on YouTube for tips on writing, her advice is amazing and presented in a very humorous way that’s quite entertaining.

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by cacums » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:43 pm

PrinceAlarming wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:15 pm
Writing is a skill that improves with practice to hone your craft. Restarting a fan fiction can produce your best work yet so as not to be tied down by previous works. I highly recommend checking out Jenna Moreci on YouTube for tips on writing, her advice is amazing and presented in a very humorous way that’s quite entertaining.
Thanks! I'm going to give her a listen to tonight while I'm at work.

This story and these chracters have been floating and fluttering around for the past 10 years. I'm glad you see the benefits of rewriting/rebooting. Hopefully, at 26 years old, this will be THE ONE. Each time I write it I find myself feeling something new for a character I've never felt before or exploring paths that were often over-looked in previous renditions.

The brief, non-spoiler, teaser "TV-guide" synopsis for Episode 1 has been added:

Dr. Black remembers his childhood, Miss Scarlet yearns for fame, Colonel Mustard is reunited with an old fiend, Mrs. White provides order and control, Mr. Green makes a point, Mrs. Peacock remembers her many husbands, Professor Plum ignores a warning, and Miss Dove sees a different side to her fiance.

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by PrinceAlarming » Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:27 am

The characters have been rewritten and redefined enough times that you could even consider different canons of the same characters. Mrs Peacock, Col Mustard, and Miss Scarlet in a love triangle in one story. Prof Plum and Mr Green competing for Miss Scarlet’s affection in another. Mrs White and Mrs Peacock being secret lovers who were forced to marry men because of societal norms and could never make their secret relationship known in a third.

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by cacums » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:48 pm

PrinceAlarming wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:27 am
The characters have been rewritten and redefined enough times that you could even consider different canons of the same characters. Mrs. Peacock, Col Mustard, and Miss Scarlet in a love triangle in one story. Prof Plum and Mr. Green competing for Miss Scarlet’s affection in another. Mrs. White and Mrs. Peacock being secret lovers who were forced to marry men because of societal norms and could never make their secret relationship known in a third.
I've toyed around with several different ways to include, reference, or tease at "cannon" events from Clue's 2000s era, UK TV Show, and the various tidbits along the way since Master Detective. One of the storylines I am most excited about (I won't spoil too much, but you can speculate) involves Mrs. Peacock, Lord Gray, Miss Scarlet, Master Boddy, Monsieur Brunette, Colonel Mustard, and Sgt. Gray.

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by PrinceAlarming » Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:13 am

All this talk has inspired me to come up with some fan fiction ideas.

The first is a retelling of Agatha Christie's Ten Little [CENSORED], which is now better known as And Then There Were None with the ten suspects from Clue Master Detective in place of the original characters. It would hit the same beats and follow the story very closely but would be told with Clue references.

The second would be a fun little short auto biography by Mr. Boddy, talking about his life experience being the most murdered man to exist.

The third that I just came up with earlier today would be a trippy tale of how Dr Orchid came to replace Mrs White. Working title: Painting The Petals Pink (a play on words of Painting The Roses Red). It would use the trope of the same day repeating over and over until Dr Orchid learns what events are supposed to happen in order to end the cycle. Only instead of it being a day that's repeating, it's the game being played again and again. Mr. Boddy keeps getting killed and Mrs. White is always the murderer. Dr Orchid keeps getting messages, signals, hints, etc that the only way to end this on going cycle would be to kill Mrs. White before Mrs. White has a chance to kill Mr. Boddy. But Dr Orchid can't bring herself to do it. [SPOILER ALERT FOR THE REST OF THE STORY] As the loop continues, Dr Orchid starts to question her sanity as the other guests aren't able to tell the difference between her and Mrs. White anymore. Eventually Dr. Orchid's appearance starts to fade into looking like Mrs. White, and visa versa. Towards the end, Dr Orchid and Mrs. White have completely swapped appearances and names, so of course now Dr. Orchid can finally murder Mrs. White, since the murderer has completely stolen her identity, erasing Mrs. White from existence.
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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by cacums » Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:19 am

PrinceAlarming wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:13 am
The second would be a fun little short auto biography by Mr. Boddy, talking about his life experience being the most murdered man to exist.
I really like the autobiography idea!

Another idea I have toyed with but one that I simply don't have the patience for. POV Clue stories. Written from a different characters perspective each episode. It would allow the reader to determine "what doesn't add up" and who is lying.

I would LOVE to read a POV CLue story. But I pity and applaud whoever is writing it!

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by PrinceAlarming » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:42 am

Like how The Song of Ice and Fire is written

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by Jonathan Green » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:09 pm

PrinceAlarming wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:13 am
The second would be a fun little short auto biography by Mr. Boddy, talking about his life experience being the most murdered man to exist.
I too have thought of a auto bio of Mr. Boddy. Something like his journal. I always thought that Mr. Boddy would do some investigating of what happened to his parents. I also think he would do some research on his friends and associates.
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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by PrinceAlarming » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:53 pm

Jonathan Green wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:09 pm
PrinceAlarming wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:13 am
The second would be a fun little short auto biography by Mr. Boddy, talking about his life experience being the most murdered man to exist.
I too have thought of a auto bio of Mr. Boddy. Something like his journal. I always thought that Mr. Boddy would do some investigating of what happened to his parents. I also think he would do some research on his friends and associates.
I like how we have two different approaches to this idea. Yours consists of deep character development and backstory, and sounds like it would be a fascinating read. My take is more humorous and self aware. Having experienced being murdered countless times by the same group of people. Being so far past having PTSD and just reluctantly having accepted his existence of repeatedly being brutally murdered in the first act of most iterations he appears in, namely the base game.

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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by Jonathan Green » Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:51 pm

Some tips for you Cacums, try to double-down on cuss words, try to make them feel nature to the situation your characters' in.
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Re: Is it really that time of the year again?

Post by PrinceAlarming » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:16 pm

Jonathan Green wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:51 pm
Some tips for you Cacums, try to double-down on cuss words, try to make them feel nature to the situation your characters' in.
Naughty words have changed over time, it might be fun to use outdated naughty words to emphasize the time period

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