More complicated story branching – use of selectors
Imagine that the story takes place in a country where two dominant nations live and each of them has its own territory. But there is a small area between them that does not belong to anyone. There are only a few villages. The story takes place partly in this area. Some villages gravitate more towards one or the other nation. That's why the villagers will behave in a friendly or hostile way when the hero arrives there – depends on which nation they belong to.
Take an example of two nations (see the character creation) and put the character into the situation where it has just arrived in one of these villages. Assume that the nations have been already added in the character creation setting.
The village prefers the Sibari nation and does not like the Majatalas. So, create a state where the character stands in front of the village, deciding whether to enter the village or not. Then prepare the state where the story continues after the character arrived as Sibari and the second state where it arrived as Majatal.
Click the right mouse button, the context menu will appears and choose the Selector action.
Besides common things such as the working-title and the description for the reader, you have to fill out which of the Selectors you want to respond to. Choose a nation you created. Select below which option you want to add an exception for. The villagers will be hostile to a member of the Majatal nation, so we will select the Majatals from the offer.
Lastly you have to fill out the numbers of the states where the character will be sent. Majatal member will be moved to state No. 899 and everyone else to state No 999 .
Use of Selectors to create different starting points.
The selector can also be used to create different starting points of particular nations, gangs, races...
If you set the holder as a start state in the story setting (see the work with Holders) and then you create the Selector action out of it, immediately after the start, the character finds himself in one or the other state.
The whole story can be different for members of the particular nations. In this case, their starting position differs – the Majatals live in the north, but the Sibaris in the south. But the hero's task is the same – to solve this centuries-old problem of intolerance. So, their journey to the border where the story takes place is different, but from there it is similar. Only in some crucial moments it splits again.