Variables and scenes are great!
I have just completed my most complex Storyline project ever, and am soooo pleased with how easy it was to achieve a professional result.
I can't show you the project because it is proprietary, but it had 9 scenes and a quiz, 3 different 'menu' slides with branching, and LOTS of variables.
I remember struggling with variables in Adobe Captivate4, but Storyline makes them so easy. My greatest achievement was to add a true/false variable to the last slide of each scene, linking to a 'continue' button on one of the menu slides. If not all the variables were "true" a layer asking "Are you sure you want to continue" would be displayed. If they were true the layer wasn't displayed and off you went to the next scene. Brilliant!
I am so looking forwards to 2014 with Storyline, all I need to do now is fix my horrible narration monotone voice...Happy New Year all.