Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Procedural Mystery

Yesterday, I mentioned that the Boxcar Children are pretty generic mysteries that abide by a series formula. Some Nancy Drew books also abide by a strict formula. You could even turn it into procedural game! Just make a program that randomly selects from these options.

  • Sabotage
  • Theft
  • Murder
Suspect personalities
  • Angry
  • Comedy relief
  • Best friend
  • Incredibly good-looking
  • Intense
  • Innocuous
  • Sneaky
Suspicious Incidents
  • Threatening note
  • Nancy almost gets killed
  • Nancy chases after the culprit
The baby interrupted halfway through this blog post, and I forgot what I was going to write. I was probably going to add a list of circumstantial evidence, because every suspect needs a piece of circumstantial evidence that gets hand-waved aside at the end of the book.

Of course, the computer would randomly pick the culprit from the list of suspects, too. There are some books where it feels like the culprit's identity was picked out of a hat.


Anonymous said...

I know this is completely random, but seeing you've been through some of Catholic seminary to become a priest, can you give some suggestions on making a good confession? I'm someone who just got back into the faith so if you have any other information for someone returning to Catholism it would be greatly appreciated :)

Michael Gray said...

I personally like to meditate/think over my life for about twenty minutes, before going to confession. There are several online guides for making a good confession, which provide things to meditate on, points to consider, etc. Some people prefer going through a list of the seven deadly sins, or the ten commandments, as a starting point for examining what they've done wrong in their lives and how to improve.