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Dec 21

2010

Interactive Fiction Roars Back to Life on Kindle

Posted by: Dan Fabulich | Comments (40)

PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 22, 2010: Lovers of interactive fiction, rejoice! Choice of Games, a quirky independent games company, has just released their first two interactive fiction titles for Amazon Kindle. Both games are available now in the Amazon Kindle Store. In their first game, “Choice of the Dragon,” you play as a dragon who kidnaps princesses and sleeps on gold for fun. You’ll dominate the local kingdom, loot and pillage, and inspire terror in the hearts of your enemies. Their second game, “Choice of Broadsides,” is a swashbuckling naval adventure, in the spirit of C. S. Forester’s Hornblower

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Dec 06

2010

Choice of Games Now Available on Palm webOS

Posted by: Dan Fabulich | Comments (18)

Four of our games are now available for Palm webOS! Download them from the Palm App Catalog on Palm Pre or Palm Pixi: Choice of the Dragon: Play as a dragon who sleeps on gold and kidnaps princesses for fun! Choice of Broadsides: A swashbuckling naval adventure, in the spirit of C. S. Forester’s Hornblower or Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books, with a dash of Jane Austen. Choice of Romance: As a young courtier who has caught the monarch’s eye, will you gain a crown or lose your head? Choice of the Vampire: Begin your two hundred year journey in New

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Jan 13

2010

Getting a Mate in “Choice of the Dragon”

Posted by: Adam Strong-Morse | Comments (54)

One of the questions we’ve gotten most frequently about “Choice of the Dragon” is whether it’s possible to get a mate and, if so, how.  (Actually, we’ve both gotten that as a question and as a complaint asserting that it’s not possible but that it should be.) To answer the not very spoilery part of the question:  Yes, it is possible to get a mate.  The code provides for it, we’ve successfully gotten a mate in playtesting, and some of our players have as well.  It is difficult, which was intentional on our part– we think that having some things

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Jan 09

2010

Gender in Choice of the Dragon

Posted by: Adam Strong-Morse | Comments (27)

We discussed the treatment of gender extensively as we were planning our first game.  I self-identify as a feminist, and I’ve worked to promote equality for the LGBT community in my non-gaming professional life.  So I started off with a firm commitment to the idea that our games had to be good on gender issues. Many video games assume a male protagonist, and I actively wanted to avoid that presumption.  At the same time, our games require a certain amount of identification between the player and the character.  A game that’s written in the second person runs into problems if

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Jan 06

2010

Choice of the Dragon iPhone App Available

Posted by: Dan Fabulich | Comments (4)

Choice of the Dragon is now available as an iPhone app! Please download and review it. Coming soon: Facebook integration. Sign up for other mobile versions here.

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Jan 06

2010

Tensions and Difficulties Created by the Vignette Structure

Posted by: Adam Strong-Morse | Comments (7)

While we believe that a vignette-based structure with relatively little branching lets us build strong text-based games, it produces some inherent tensions. On the one hand, we want choices to be meaningful, but on the other hand, we want to reuse later code.  The urge to reuse code can create pressure to have choices be purely cosmetic.  Sometimes we explicitly make choices not affect the rest of the game.  Those choices are about the player’s imagining of a scene or triggering thoughts about motivations, not about affecting results.  But taken to an extreme, this could destroy the meaningfulness of the

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Jan 03

2010

Choice of the Dragon Android app available

Posted by: Dan Fabulich | Comments (10)

Choice of the Dragon is now available as an Android app! Please download and review it. iPhone and other smartphone versions are coming soon. Sign up for other mobile versions here.

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Jan 02

2010

Announcing “Choice of the Dragon”

Posted by: Adam Strong-Morse | Comments (6)

The first game from choiceofgames.com is now live!  In “Choice of the Dragon,” you play a powerful dragon that likes to kidnap princesses and sleep on a hoard of treasure.  Dominate the local kingdom, loot and pillage, and inspire terror in the hearts of your enemies! Like all games on choiceofgames.com, “Choice of the Dragon” is free to play.  The web version is currently available.  iPhone and other smartphone versions will be available soon. –Adam

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