What is Oddtale?

Oddtale is a game for people who like to write stories. The idea is simple. Every story consists of ten chapters. The first person to write, decides the name of the story and writes the first chapter. All other authors gets to write and name their chapter.

You register your author name and an email address where you can be reached. Authors are picked at random, and if you get picked you will be notified via email. An author has 48 hours to finish a chapter before another author is picked instead. When ten chapters have been written, the story is published and made available to the public. A new story will be started 2 hours after the last one has been published. Authors who have not yet written will be carried over to the next story.

What you write in your chapter is entirely up to you, and it can be super crazy or very serious. Or, if you want, it can be a whole chapter of evil laughter. You decide.

All authors, except for the first one, will get a hint from the previous chapter, to make things a little easier. You can write what you want, but the idea is to try and get your chapter to somehow connect with the previous one.


Where is my email?

Please make sure to check your spam folder.
If you still can't find it, please contact me and I will help you solve it.

What other features are you planning to add?

The currently planned new features are:

I never get picked, how are authors selected?

Authors are always selected at random, so even if you just entered you have the same chance to write as the one who entered first.

I just finished my chapter, can I write another one in the same story?


How much time do I have to write?

If you get selected you will get a link via email. You have 6 hours to click this link, and if you don't then someone else will be selected. If you click it you will get a total of 48 hours to write. This function is simply to speed up the process a little bit when people get picked and then ignore or forget the email.

How long do I have to wait for the next story to start?

After a story has been finished the next one will start in 2 hours. This is to let people have a short window to check out the latest published story and enter the pool for the next one.

How many stories will be written?

There is no limit to the amount of stories that will be written.

What languages are supported?

I work as a IT security consultant, and therefore I am slightly paranoid over what data is allowed to be sent to my applications. Currently, the below listed character sets are allowed. If you want me to add a language, or feel that I've forgotten a character in a supported language, feel free to contact me.


I want the authors to be allowed to write just about anything, so I have made a filter that allows "almost everything". In this case, that means all unicode in the span 0020-007E and 00A0-D7FB.

For information on supported characters: