Lich’s Maze is a twitter bot that utilizes Markov-ized text and random glyphs to create a 2D scene of randomized, non-linear fiction. Each piece is based on a certain category, which determines the source text and set of glyphs that are selected. Currently there are 15 different categories:
Each source text is made up of random sources, some original and some derived. For example, the goddess category contains some paragraphs from a translation of De Dea Syria, a 2nd century Greek text. Others, such as the lich category, are a mixture of original sentences and early 20th century science fiction/fantasy. I’ve striven in Lich’s Maze to evoke a sense of early maze-crawling videogames, while also trying to make every scene creepy, unique, mysterious. To help create the game-like illusion, I’ve included a clock, moon phase, and cardinal direction arrow at the bottom.
I’d say @lichmaze is 50% intelligible & OK, 40% utter nonsense, 9% good, and 1% gold.
My favorite post it’s generated so far is this one:
to which my nice friend (@IAmAboutUs) replied with:
I look forward to adding more symbols and text to @lichmaze, but, as with most works of fiction I make, I have to use restraint to keep it from collapsing in on itself.