Google Form as Choose Your Own Adventure Tool

Just a quick proof of concept for a session I’m doing at VSTE. I’m trying to show how you can use most things in all sorts of ways despite what they were intended to do. Apparently the example Google put out for this way back when actually used choose your own adventure to demo the concept. I promise I didn’t know that.

Embedded below is a simple example of a choose your own adventure story using the branch logic options in Google forms. It’s a little hard to keep the pages straight at first but it gets easier as you go. Were I doing something large, I’d probably have to map it out first.

Comments on this post

  1. Ben said on November 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I heart you, Tom!

    • Tom said on November 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      The feeling is mutual. I wonder if I can write a love story in a Google Form…

  2. Chris said on November 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Where can I find more about logic branching within google forms?

    • Tom said on December 1, 2011 at 8:10 am


      Turns out Google’s initial roll out actually used CYA in their example. I found the post when looking for some directions for you. Check it out here.

  3. Giulia said on November 30, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    !choose <3

  4. Jared Stein said on December 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I may be missing it: why is this more exciting than simple hyperlinks?

    Maybe because it’s straight-forward to create?

    I guess it does keep the data of choices by user, which may be better than simple web logs. So you could come up with a populist “best story” out of many submissions, er, reads.

  5. Tom said on December 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I don’t think it’s more exciting. It’s just an alternate way to do it, maybe giving someone an option they’re more comfortable with. If you’re dealing with students who don’t have/aren’t allowed access to other tools it might be a light weight way to do it.

    I’ve been thinking about how you might use form inputs in a way where other users’ input becomes a variable. That’d be kind of interesting.

    • Jared Stein said on January 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Yeah, I think if you can leverage the input of multiple people, then things would start to really get interesting!

  6. Scott Meech said on March 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    The ability to collect user input is very interesting. Has anyone followed up with that idea and used that data in any fashion?

  7. Tom said on March 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Not that I’m aware of. Unfortunately, the stuff I’m paid to do is taking precedence over the stuff I enjoy doing lately. I’m hoping for some time to mess with that idea in the near future.

  8. Dakota said on December 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I’m looking to do something like this with my students but I’m finding that Google Sites is a much more viable option.

    • Tom Woodward said on December 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      No question Google sites or WordPress offers easier paths in many ways. I did it in form forms more for amusement or for those without any other means.

    • Tom Woodward said on December 20, 2013 at 9:12 am

      If you have free-ish reign, I would suggest looking at Twine and ActiveLit. They are actual tools for this kind of thing and ActiveLit is web based.

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