Play along with this fork-themed choose-your-own adventure
All you need is a Twitter account.
A comedy writer is taking Twitter users on a democratic journey, by creating a choose-your-own adventure tale based on the platform’s poll function.
Jack Bernhardt began his first choose-your-own adventure experiment, set in the land of Forktopia, a year ago.
Twitter users were encouraged to take part in the adventure by responding to a series of polls, sending the story in a variety of directions.
On Friday, he began the third instalment.
You play "Player Name", a Forktopian working at a factory designed to make fancy French forks, called the Frog on the Tine (you were warned), which is run by M. Grandbol.— Jack "Everything Is Still Scary" Bernhardt (@jackbern23) August 3, 2018
You live with Derek, a tediously upbeat man, and your life is a grey forky nothingness.
What does it mean? Is it a threat? Is it a gift? Is it a promise of another world, one which promises to smash the tyranny of Monocutlerianism?— Jack "Everything Is Still Scary" Bernhardt (@jackbern23) August 3, 2018
Before you can answer any of these questions, you have to go to work. And that's when things really get forked.
You decide to chase after the armed guards and work out where they're taking him - and they've just spotted you.— Jack "Everything Is Still Scary" Bernhardt (@jackbern23) August 3, 2018
(And then the election happened and I forgot about all this until a few weeks ago when someone said I should carry this on and I FOOLISHLY TOOK THEIR ADVICE)
What followed was a series of decisions involving a pop star named Fjork and two security guards.
"Hey, is that Fjörk?" you say, pointing down the corridor. The guards squeal.— Jack "Everything Is Still Scary" Bernhardt (@jackbern23) August 3, 2018
"WHAT? I love her!" says one of them.
"My favourite song is Plated [a parody of Bjork song Play Dead]!" says another. They loosen their grip on Derek.
Now's your chance!
"Sing Plated! Right now!" you cry.— Jack "Everything Is Still Scary" Bernhardt (@jackbern23) August 4, 2018
The guards stop looking for Fjork and turn back to you. Their eyes narrow. "Hey. Wait a second."
"How did you know we were in an acapella group?" You look at their excited faces. They *do* look like musical theatre nerds.
The story is ongoing, anyone with a Twitter account can join in. So what will happen next? Will you escape with Derek? That’s up to you.