Finding Context – Searching for Stories

Made a reddit account.


Posted into 3 sub reddits:


Middle on got removed for some reason (unsure why…)



So, far someone has pointed me out to this site (seems quite useful actually…):

“Our Mission –
Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related issues. We work with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. We also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future.

Our Vision –
We imagine a world where people treat psychoactives with respect and awareness; where people work together to collect and share knowledge in ways that strengthen their understanding of themselves and provide insight into the complex choices faced by individuals and societies alike. We believe that truth, accuracy, and integrity in publishing information about psychoactives will lead to healthier and more balanced choices, behaviors, and policies around all psychoactive medications, entheogens, herbs, and recreational drugs. Erowid’s vision is to facilitate and create resources that are part of the evolution towards this goal.”


“LSD is the best known and most researched psychedelic. It is the standard against which all other psychedelics are compared. It is active at extremely low doses and is most commonly available on blotter or in liquid form.”



Interesting posts I came across:


Some more posts I’ve created:


I’ve contacted a bunch of people in the ‘real world’ through friends and family; but unfortunately, people don’t seem willing to want to be involved in any form of an interview or recorded conversation about their experiences. This is most likely do to the stigma attached to the topic of drugs and the negativity towards drug takers. I made this Reddit post as a response to that:


As I’ve been posting and waiting for replies for some time now, I’ve decided I need to start looking for stories from people that have already submitted them and are more likely to reply and give me permission to use them. I feel like time has been passing by and the people I have contacted so far have mostly been dead ends. There are 3 more friends I’d like to speak, 2 in particular that I’ll have to keep anonymous with 1 being extremely against being recorded. I’ll most likey get to speak to 2 of this 3.

Here are some posts people have made where stories have been submitted:



Old archived posts:


Cool site I came across from the “Do Psychedelics really change your life?” post (I tried commenting on some stories to gain permission to use them):


The down side to drugs people should be aware about (from Psychedelic horror stories):


Interesting study seen in “Why psychedelics are illegal” post:

“Extinction of “fear conditioning” may be mediated by actions of the drugs at sites other than hippocampus such as the amygdala, which is known to mediate the perception of fear. Another caveat is that PSOP is not purely selective for 5-HT2A receptors. PSOP facilitates extinction of the classically conditioned fear response, and this, and similar agents, should be explored as potential treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions.”




An amazing psychedelic love story I came across (this would be amazing context for my game):



A great point about the dangers of over doing things (which can be applied to everything in life):


Best and Worst exp. re-posted (the original was deleted by a reddit bot :/):


Click here for some thoughts I had about the how the story could be conveyed to the user and how all my users culd communicate their experience with each other and others (Apologies for the yawning, I made this before going to bed). 


Storytelling techniques:

“Remember to:

  1.       Immerse your audience in the story.
  2.       Tell a personal story.
  3.       Create suspense.
  4.       Bring characters to life.
  5.       Show. Don’t tell.
  6.       Build up to S.T.A.R. moment.
  7.       End with a positive takeaway.”



  • Making change in the world
  • It’s all about the audience and what they want, engaging the audience
  • Building a relationship with the audience, rapport
  • Not flooding people with bullet points, data, information – have a beginning, middle and end
  • Asking the audience what they would like to do within this experience I’m trying to create – a survey? Questionnaire?
  • Is there a way for me to condense a story I have into a summary/synopsis and then ask people if they think it’s a story that sounds engaging? (definitely don’t include the ending of the story – build tension, revealing the end will kill the ‘desire’ to know more)
  • “Make me care” – “you can love anyone after you hear their story”
  • Going from ok to bad to good, some type of learning and character development – “from indifferent to selfish to selfless”, making the main character likable
  • Having a strong theme that runs throughout the story
  • Evoking wonder, exploration
  • Expressing personal value, capturing the truth from personal experiences
  • Positive ending
  • Strength, Growth, Maturity



Potential Books to read/check out, topics – persuasion, changing perspective of others :

“Drawing from academic research in psychology, the entire book culminates a powerful 7-step persuasion process that follows the acronym, METHODS:

Step 1: Mold Their Perception
Step 2: Elicit Congruent Attitudes
Step 3: Trigger Social Pressure
Step 4: Habituate Your Message
Step 5: Optimize Your Message
Step 6: Drive Their Momentum
Step 7: Sustain Their Compliance”


NOTES (applied to my project):

  • Performing favours – reciprocation – giving the user something for nothing i.e. in game clues, help
  • Low supply increases demand/interest – scarcity (benefits, USP)
  • Credibility – influence via authority and recommendations from others
  • Consistency – Voluntary commitments makes behaviours/actions more likely to happen because the user ‘said’ it themselves
  • Liking – similarities between the user and the character? Compliments and co-op (if there was a narrator, this would be easy to employ)
  • Consensus – Looking at actions of others to influence own behaviour – saying/showing 80% (or any ‘high’ percentage) of people did this influences actions


Interesting series called “Perception” –



Tackling sensitive issues/big problems:


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