Hey everyone! Don't worry, I'm not getting myself side tracked on another tangent project. I'm just killing some time on my lunch break. Anyway, I have a story that I I've been more or less picking at since I was a kid and it's actually mutated in something worth a damn over the years. The only problem is that I'm not sure how to approach the narrative because there is so much going on with so many different starting places for different characters. For the longest time I was trying to shoe-horn all the stories onto one character passing through them, but another thought crossed my mind. What if I just had multiple starting points and let the player choose where to pick up and drop off? If you've ever played Secret of Mana 2 you know sort of what I'm going for (if not, shame on you! That game is a masterpiece!). What I'm thinking is there's an opening cut scene, then you get a screen with all of the characters in a picture (with characters who have not entered into the story yet blacked out). Then there's a menu that shows different blocks you can select with various characters in them. When you select a block, it goes to their story. Then whenever you reach a checkpoint you have the option to change to another group. Once you hit a certain point, lets say you meet another character who is in another group, the current group is no longer available until the other group progresses to that junction. Think about that for a second. You reach an inn and there's a character from another group who's shaken and the others aren't with him. You ask them what happened and BOOM you're playing out the events, knowing that something terrible is going to happen. Or you could play both sides of a conflict. And all the while the story starts to come together to the finale. Think about how epic it would be if you experienced each of these different stories come together with their own backgrounds and lead up to something cataclysmic. Anyway, do you think this would work? Or do you think it would be too much for players to follow? Is there a better way to handle multiple stories?