Those of you who are fans of the Young Amanda Choose Your Own Adventure
stories that I have produced in collaboration with Ultimate-Clash
need to be aware that the site which hosts these, Inklewriter
, is due to go offline any time now
. This should also concern you if you enjoyed playing Ciara's Tomb of Doom
or any of the Emily Lockwood stories linked over at the page of MarkusJo
. It's all going to disappear.
According to the Inklewriter Shut Down Page
the plug is about to be pulled 'in August 2018' which I take to mean they will literally turn it off any time now without further warning. Their reasons for this are that they don't have the resources to host it and/or keep it up to date with all the changes in browsers (and we all know it's had its issues). This is a great shame for everyone who used it and for all the hundreds of hours that have been put into writing these interactive stories. Fortunately, if you get in quickly, it is possible to download your own local standalone copies of the adventures
It explains on the shut down page how to do this, but basically it's as simple as loading up the adventure link, with the story displayed, then clicking 'Save Page As' in your browser and saving the complete web page to your own PC. It's very easy. Then you get two things for each story, a file with the title that you click on to play and then a folder where all the story is stored. The files are not big and I urge you to do this quickly if there's a chance you ever want to play these again.
For ease of reference, here are the links to my CYOA stories... the inklewriter link is right at the top of each deviation.Young Amanda - First Sleuth
Young Amanda - The Christmas Burglary
(and WOW btw that deviation now has 721 faves)
Young Amanda - Sleuth Overboard
Young Amanda - Sleuth Stranded
Ciara Nightingale and the Tomb of Doom
Like I said above, if you are also a fan of the excellent Emily Lockwood stories, you need to get over to HERE
right now and download them. I have tried contacting Markus but not had a response. I am not sure he is even aware of the bad news or has a disaster recovery plan in place. In any case, get them while you can.