Dec 21


Interactive Fiction Roars Back to Life on Kindle

Posted by: Dan Fabulich | Comments (40)


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 or Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books, with a dash of Jane Austen. As a young officer fighting the Napoleonic Wars, you’ll take command of a Royal Navy frigate, earning glory in the name of the Crown.

“Our games are perfectly suited for Kindle,” said Dan Fabulich, co-founder of Choice of Games. “Building our games entirely with text gives us the freedom to tell sophisticated stories that put you and your choices at the center of the action. Our games are like ‘choose a path’ books, but bigger, deeper, and richer.”

Choice of Games continues to plan and produce interactive games. “We’ve got several games in the pipeline,” said Fabulich. “Text-based interactive fiction has been mostly dormant for almost twenty years; we’re delighted to be at the vanguard of the new interactive fiction revolution for e-readers.”

About Choice of Games

Choice of Games was founded by Dan Fabulich and Adam Strong-Morse in 2009.
They produce text-based interactive novels for mobile platforms and the web, combining the delicious freedom of the 1980s’ “choose a path” books with the depth and scope of a bestselling novel.

In addition to developing their own games in-house, Choice of Games has created an easy-to-use programming language for writing text-based games, ChoiceScript, and publishes games written by other designers.

Game critics have praised Choice of Games for their innovative stance on gender issues, including a recent short article in the Guardian.


Dan Fabulich
Choice of Games


  1. Kira says:

    Not that I’m not totally excited that the awesomeness of COG is spreading, but my fingers were crossed for undates on those sequels! Ah well… Congrats, everyone’s combined efforts are paying off bit by bit! ^__^ <3

  2. CPFace says:

    Oh hell yeah! πŸ˜€ Thank you thank you thank you!

    I hope you tap into a healthy audience this way. Best of luck!

  3. MrYoungzman says:

    Kira, it may still happen? πŸ˜€ We’re long overdue for another game to waste away our lives in~
    CP- More people to explain why we love this to is better~

    πŸ˜€ Congrats for getting so high up guys. There’s only one place to go up now, up top in interactive fiction~

  4. PugMama says:

    I was hoping for a nook announcement! I’d love Vampire for my nook!

  5. CSB says:

    God dang it! I thought a new game was going to be released!

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  7. Joseph says:

    ‘Tis good that you’re finding ways to attract more people to the games. More fans means more user-contributed games, which means more games in general.

    P.S. I showed this site to one of my friends, who instantly fell in love with it. I could hardly get him off the computer to do other things. Then he spent hours telling me about all the things he did on Broadsides.

  8. Jordon says:

    Awesome! I hope you guys make more games soon!

  9. Thesupercuteandfuzzy says:

    Wow! Major congrats guys!

  10. Deviija says:

    This is wonderful (and well deserved) news! Both this and the last update have made me very happy for Choice of Games. <3

  11. CremePudding says:

    By the way,please build a forum!
    It is so hard to find a place to talk about CoC…
    Good luck!

  12. Laytonia says:

    Congrats,and Merry Christmas!

  13. Nallore says:

    Congrats! But now I want an update on what you have done with your new games lik CoV part 2 and CoR part 2 and what other games that you have in the making and we need forums and merry Christmas!

  14. Kamer says:

    Wow, I’ve been away for a while…

    Congratulations guys! You earned it. I don’t think that many people would put the time and effort, or even the storytelling skill, to make these games. If I hadn’t thought these games were 3d while reading the description, I probably wouldn’t think it sounded good enough to play, considering how I despise “choose your own adventure!” books. But the way you guys captivate so many fans is amazing, going far enough to get an honorable mention award.

    We know that you’re really busy and all with your main jobs and don’t have a lot of time for this, which is why we appreciate your effort. And every time you here one of us fans (including me) whining about an update or a forum, just think of it as our way of showing our apprecation, no matter how annoying we are.

    Thanks again, and merry christmas (yeah, I know I’m late).

  15. Crazyness66 says:

    It’s so great that you people have extended your business!
    On the other side, coming here once at 2 weeks and instead of finding a nice new game to play seeing news like “you now can buy our games with CC” “you can buy our games on amason, yey” lives me a bitter taste.
    It’s this so hard to write those things? I would do this myself, but there’s no surprise and no thrill reading your own IN.

  16. CPFace says:

    “It’s this so hard to write those things?”

    If you want to do it right, yes. Yes it is. πŸ™‚ Making sure the characters are memorable, cool things happen, choices really make the player think, consequences are meaningful, stats are balanced appropriately, and there’s enough volume to make replay fun — I thought I had a handle on what it took to make a game like this until I tried making one of my own! I have nothing but respect for the folks who make these games. It takes a lot of hard work.

  17. Laytonia says:

    To make games so good every 2 weeks they are going to need a big writer team. And I am pretty sure CoC isn’t.

    But yeah,even though you can’t chuck out new games,I’d love to at least see something interesting on the blog. All these you-can-buy-games-on-new-platform aren’t very interesting to visitors you know.

  18. voc says:

    I kind of wished that your blogs were more about the development of the games and not about how you are going to sell them. That is what the press section is about.

  19. William says:

    The press section relies on linking to the blog for its actual content, doesn’t it?

  20. Dominic Bishop says:

    Congratulations and hello once again guys! First of all let me wish you a belated Merry Christmas, and here’s to another happy year of decision-making in 2011!

    I know it seems like I’ve forgotten about you for a while, but as you may remember I had to give up on my Choicescript games while I took my exams. However I visited the site again recently and now I am hooked on your games once again!

    Branching out into the kindle market is very exciting news! Should be good business for you guys after all that Adsense nonsense. There will be less competition there anyway, since I seem to recall some of the Old Fighting Fantasy books being released on the Appstore a while back. So once again, well done guys, it’s been really awesome to watch the company, and your audience, grow over the last year.

    In case any of you are still wondering, I am still making progress on my Choicescript game that I was making, I’d started it around June but stopped back in mid August to fulfil other projects. However over Christmas I re-discovered the joys of your site and now hopefully I will be some way to finishing it in a few months.

    Also, I’ve been wondering for a while (and I know I’m not the only one thinking this), but have you considered getting a bona-fide forum set up on this website yet? IMO it seems like such an obvious step for you guys, after all with such an awesome, tight-knit community and such helpful developers, and with something as community centric as independent games design, surely it’s somewhat of a necessity?

    Anyway, as always keep up the superb work, please expect me to become a regular contributor to your goings-on once again, as you really don’t know how much of a fan of yours I am.

    Ooh, one other thing, this I know would be a helluva lot more involved, but if you really want to make this site the first-stop hub for all things choicescript/text based games, it would be cool to be able to create user accounts, possibly linking with other users, and tracking usage of your games etc. It would provide useful info for you, and make it easier to keep track of things for us too.

    I’m sorry for making such patronisingly obvious points, but tbh there’s very little else I can suggest to improve things around here.

    Thanks again guys, hopefully you’ll be hearing from me again once I finish this thing!

    See you!

  21. Sam says:

    An update please? It’s been a few months since the last game release.

  22. Amanda says:

    I love these games and I’m sad that I have not been able to find any others like this on the web. Theses are great and I hope you hurry and add the second part to the vampire one πŸ™
    Oh and I love how you have added romance as an option in you latest two. Ha gota love it πŸ™‚

  23. Mr Pockets says:

    Sooo, anything new? Makin any progress? Major set backs? Mr Pockets is awesome? Throw me a frigin bone here.

    • Adam says:

      We’re hard at work on some additional games. The first draft of Choice of Romance Part II is finished; it is in a preliminary internal beta currently, and there will surely be more revisions before it’s ready for release. Choice of the Vampire Part II is in progress, but we don’t have a complete draft yet. And we have a few additional projects that are in earlier stages of development.

      We know that it’s frustrating to have to wait, but we believe in releasing our games when they’re ready so that we can maintain a high standard of quality. We hope to be able to pick up the pace of the writing and release schedule, but sometimes life intervenes.

  24. MrYoungzman says:

    Thanks for the reply Adam, and while I fully and completely agree that you (or for anybody that’s releasing something to please their fans.) should take their time to make sure that the content hits it’s highest quality. Those “Hope that Choice of Vampire 2 comes out soon!!” Is just to show you that your fans are eagerly awaiting the next game. I have no problem with waiting, personally, as I have other things to tie me over. Unfortunately, the only thing I have a problem with, is the lack of updates. A biweekly status update couldn’t be TOO problematic, could it?

  25. voc says:

    I agree with MrYoungzman too. I do not mind waiting at all. All i do mind is the lack of updates. You guys could do twitter for the short quick updates and the blog for bigger updates?

  26. Sam says:

    Waiting is not an issue like everyone has said. We would just like to know if there has been more progress πŸ™‚

  27. Kamer says:

    Waiting has never been my issue for these games (…ok maybe it is part of the problem, but that’s not the point). My only issue is that I sometimes forget about this site for weeks due to A) a lack of forums to not only talk about things we like and dislike, but also for suggestions and sharing speculations and B) that there are no sweet updates besides these (ok this last one was sweet, but it happened about a month ago)

    Sorry for nagging you guys, but between boredom in this area and things I do in life, your slowly losing your grasp on me as a fan…

  28. malik says:

    i played the romance,dragon and broadsides and loved them wen or the next ones coming!!!!!!!!!

  29. Mr Pockets says:

    Thanks Adam, thats all I needed.

  30. Shaun says:

    I first started playing your games for the kindle, and after a little while I found myself at this website. I really enjoyed them Broadsides and Dragon were both fun and I enjoyed going through them multiple times to try different choices. But after hanging around your website for a while I have a few suggestions.

    1. You should put a status bar for completion of newer games as well a a brief description of the new game coming out.

    Romance 2 (80% done)
    Estimated Release Date: Late February
    iTunes Release Date: Middle March
    Kindle Release Date: Late March
    Description: Your attempt to maintain your position and keep up your continued romance with your partner as you fight for love, happiness and your very survival.
    (Something like this, but you get the picture.)

    2. Create a forum, so you can get feedback to help make future games better. Also, a good way to give the people who come here something to do, as well as allowing them discuss the games with fellow players and also some of the creators.

    3. Join Facebook and Twitter to keep the people who don’t visit the site regularly up to date on new games, updates, and info about various things. Stuff like new game coming out in two week or new game released today or new games for iTunes/Kindle.

    One of the things I’ve noticed the most is people complaining about waiting for when new games are going to be released, giving people a rough release date for games would cut down on quite a bit of complaining. Waiting is much easier if you know about how long you have to wait.

    Anyway, I’m not trying to preach just offering some suggestions on what would make me visit more often and longer, I would also be more inclined to donate if the site was a little more community oriented.

    Thanks, and I hope you didn’t take any offense to anything I said, just trying to help.

    Also any news on when Romance and Vampire are going to be released for the kindle?

  31. gASK says:

    Hello Choice of games! I finally got my kindle so I thought I can finally BUY your games and replay them on my Kindle (which they are by the way idelly suited for). Iamgine my surprise when I found out they are not available for me. Seems like they are not sold in Europe πŸ™ Any plans to change that?

  32. Megan says:

    I’ve had coV forever and just found the other games that r made and they r AMAZING!!!!!!! I love coR and still play coV all the time. I’m so happy to hear that there will be updates eventually πŸ™‚ I can’t wait!!!!!!

  33. Laytonia says:

    I just found that Dan have a tweeter : D!
    Let’s go check it for any hints of update *giggle*

  34. Luke says:

    I second the ideas of Shaun!
    I would add, it could be nice if you give the occasion of partecipating to beta testing to the people who have subscribed to your mailing list, if they want.

    Thanks for your work

  35. Lukey says:

    Could we get CoR 2 on Valentines day?

  36. Kevin says:

    Shaun had a genius suggestion for updates. Loved the books. I’m going to hit that donate button and show some love. Thanks for bringing back an old treasure.

  37. Sam says:

    I found your games originally on Kindle, and paid .99 for both Dragon and Broadsides. I would likely pay for additional games even though they’re free on the web. The Kindle interface is rather nice. Anyway, I’ve also started developing my own. I’m probably about 25% through the startup scene, and I played through Vampire a few times to get the feel for how to make a branching story that doesn’t feel like you’re going through the exact same thing on replays.

  38. Jay says:

    Dudes, I will totally buy Choice of The Vampire for the Kindle when it’s available. Even if I have to buy Part 2 separately. It’s that good.

    Not that I’m recommending you make me buy ’em separately. Others probably wouldn’t tolerate it.

  39. Jay says:

    To clarify, I should have said “available for the Kindle.”

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