Jul 18

2011

“Choice of Intrigues” and “Affairs of the Court” Continue the Romance and Adventure

Posted by: Dan Fabulich | Comments (43)

SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2011: Have you ever wished to be the heroine of a romance novel? Think you could have run Anne Boleyn’s life better than she did? Want to walk a mile in Princess Kate’s gorgeous shoes? Now you can. Choice of Games, a quirky independent games company, has released their newest interactive novel, “Choice of Intrigues“β€”giving you the chance to star in your very own royal romance.

“Choice of Intrigues” is a sequel to last year’s popular “Choice of Romance,” and is available as an In-App Purchase on iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Choice of Games is also releasing “Choice of Romance” and “Choice of Intrigues” as an omnibus edition on Amazon Kindle, entitled “Affairs of the Court.”

Play as a young noble who comes to court looking for love… and catches the monarch’s eye. Plunge into court politics and change the course of history, or pursue a love affair that rocks the kingdom to its foundations. Match wits with the schemers of the court, or play your suitors off each other. Seek wealth and power, or seek true love.

“Choice of Romance” has been critically acclaimed, with AppSafari calling it “a wonderfully fascinating and addictive experience that will leave you playing it over and over again as you attempt to discover each new ending” and Jezebel approving the “sexually liberated update” to the choose-your-own-adventure style of storytelling. “Choice of Intrigues” and the combined Kindle game “Affairs of the Court” continue the story begun in “Choice of Romance” while exploring the political machinations within the royal court.

“In these games, you control the story,” said Dan Fabulich, co-founder of Choice of Games. “You can choose to play as male or female, gay or straight. You can choose to pursue the King or the Queen of Iberia. Or you can reject the monarch entirely and marry someone else. Or focus on political intrigue rather than intrigues of the heart. Every ending is a direct consequence of your choices, and every ending is meaningful.”

“Affairs of the Court” is Choice of Games’ fourth release for Kindle, following the successful launch of “Choice of the Dragon,” “Choice of Broadsides,” and “Choice of the Vampire” in 2010. “Choice of Intrigues” is Choice of Games’ first sequel available through In-App Purchases.

43 Comments

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  2. Dan Fabulich says:

    Note that it may take a few hours for the iOS and Android versions to be available on your mobile devices. Thanks for your patience!

  3. Shirley says:

    man I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time!
    but it doesn’t work…strange
    I’ve tried everything, pasting my old passwords, replaying the game
    is it possible that the game is simply incompatible with my operating system? I’m still using windows XP.

  4. Boat says:

    Yeah, the new one isn’t working for me either. No matter what I press it just takes me back to the beginning of choice of romance.

  5. James says:

    I can’t seem to go into part 2, it justs restarts at the beginning of part one.
    I don’t even get a password at the end of part 1.

  6. TDizzle says:

    Awesome, I’ve been looking forward to this

  7. biscuit says:

    I’m getting the same issue as Shirley and James. I don’t get a code at the end of Choice of Romance (I used to!) and was unable to figure out how to get the new game to start.

  8. Michelle says:

    Same problem here. I don’t get a code and keep getting comments like:

    {fileName:”http://www.choiceofgames.com/romance/scene.js”,lineNumber:499}

    uncaught exception: [Exception… “Component returned failure code: 0x80004005 (NS_ERROR_FAILURE) [nsIDOMLocation.href]” nsresult: “0x80004005 (NS_ERROR_FAILURE)” location: “JS frame :: http://www.choiceofgames.com/romance/ui.js :: :: line 317″ data: no]

  9. Dan Fabulich says:

    Hi everyone! We’ve fixed some of the issues you may have been encountering with the web version of the game. Try visiting http://www.choiceofgames.com/romance/ and refreshing the page to see if that fixes problems you’re seeing.

    Note that in any case, the only way to reach Choice of Intrigues is to seduce or marry the King/Queen. If you marry Mendosa or Torres, (or no one at all,) the game ends early.

  10. Michelle says:

    Still doesn’t work for me.
    Has it worked for anyone else?

  11. Michelle says:

    here’s the error code:

    uncaught exception: [Exception… “Component returned failure code: 0x80004005 (NS_ERROR_FAILURE) [nsIDOMLocation.href]” nsresult: “0x80004005 (NS_ERROR_FAILURE)” location: “JS frame :: http://www.choiceofgames.com/romance/ui.js :: :: line 317″ data: no]

  12. Shirley says:

    Awesome, it works now.
    ended a little abruptly, but still good and fun! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  13. biscuit says:

    Works now! I enjoyed it, but just want to comment that adding a link to it on the website might help for those who do not check the blog.

  14. PugMama says:

    Hmm, still doesn’t work for me. After I tried to choose put my code in, it of course loaded me to the beginning of CoR part 1 and now I’m stuck there, cookie dump hasn’t helped. Anyone else on Firefox? Maybe I should try a different browser… No luck. Chrome now is also only opening part 1, no option for 2. Is the web version even supposed to be out? There was no official announcement I could see minus this one which deals with iOS.

  15. PugMama says:

    Disregard post 13, working now. πŸ™‚

  16. Kamer says:

    Now that I’ve played part 2 twice, is there any news on how close choice of vampires is to coming out?

  17. Clive says:

    I’d like to play one of these on my Kindle but I’m in the UK and can’t buy from the link in this post. I get a list of title at Amazon but no pricing. If I try and access from amazon.co.uk I get no Choice of Games at all. Plenty of other interactive fiction but nothing from CoG.

  18. Kayla says:

    I really enjoyed this game, although I was disappointed that there was no continuation for Mendosa or Torres, but the story made was very enjoyable. I’ve got to admit the face that the story ends so abruptly when Mendosa comes to see you in the garden was a serious cliffhanger, I hope the next one comes out quickly. πŸ™‚ Also, any news on when the sequels for the others are coming out? πŸ˜€

  19. catfunk says:

    Whenever I finish Choice of Romance it doesn’t give me a password code. Is it perhaps a browser thing? I’ve used Google Chrome and Firefox. When I play on either it doesn’t give me a password.

  20. gASK says:

    @ Kayla: If you finish the first game married to Torres, there is a continuation of her storyline πŸ™‚

  21. Mikka says:

    I’m having an issue where I click the http://www.choiceofgames.com/intrigues/ -> then hit ‘Restore a saved game…’, get a pop-up of ‘We apologize, but the game must now restart to incorporate the latest bug fixes.’, hit OK, and am taken to the start of http://www.choiceofgames.com/romance/ (Choice of Romances). This happens repeatedly, and I can’t figure out how to get past it so I can load my saves.

    What shall I do?

  22. Anime-Kho says:

    WOAH! Another great game, I’ve played it so many times I’ve lost count, so far I haven’t found a way of getting a Life Mage child (is there a way of doing that?) which is a bit of a shame…but I was quite surprised at how well pretending to be the victim of mind control magic worked out πŸ˜€
    Fantastic game, and I look forward to the next one (whether it’s Vampire or Romance)

  23. Phazeberry says:

    Awesome. I really enjoyed it. But what I want to know is the relationship my character has with Tomas de Reyes. Does he hate me like Juanita or are we more like friends. I’m curios.

  24. Dominic says:

    I’ve played through Intrigues a few times now, and I have to admit that I’m a bit underwhelmed. (Spoilers are likely to follow)

    It’s taken me some thought to figure out why. The biggest problem, I think, at least as regards my experience, is in the sense of progress in the game, or the lack thereof. A feeling of improvement and accomplishment is important in games, given the strong element of escapism that tends to drive them. And this feeling has been present in earlier CoG games. As a dragon, you get to build your hoard and seize control of a human kingdom. As a seaman, you (can) progress from an officer-in-training to a Grand Admiral, earning wealth and respect and a spouse along the way. And in Romance, you can go from shabby petty nobility to a partner to the ruling monarch.

    But in Intrigues, there’s very little like this. Your overall position is much the same at the end of the game as it is at the beginning, unless you manage to get yourself exiled or executed. Instead, you’re confronted with threats to your position, to your future and to the country. The monarch’s wandering eye, Juanita’s vendetta, the civil war…instead of a struggle to advance, you have a struggle to hold your ground. And even the -threats- are fairly abstract, distant things. The border conflict and stirrings of rebellion end up settled no matter what you do. The succession is only plans, not actually manifest within the game itself. Only Adelita’s threat can actually be substantively affected, with the effect seen.

    One goal, of course, can be set and realized – getting a life mage child. This is only really meaningful for characters who married the monarch back in Romance, since there’s already an illegitimate life mage child floating around…but at least it’s there. So that’s something.

    Mechanically, there are also some annoyances – particularly, the fact that the statistics can’t seem to decide if they want to be skills or personality traits. They can be both, of course, when they’re a skill in both directions…but when it’s always better to have a high subtle than a low (as in fact it is), then only a fool would make a public speech instead of quietly working the room. This is actually somewhat better in Intrigues than it was in Romance, where giving a speech actually made you less adept at subtlety…but it continues to be problematic. Particularly at the end, where being ‘delighted to see’ Mendoza can drop a hard-earned 90 subtlety all the way back to 72…and a 90 reputation down into the low sixties.

    Some of this may be unavoidable, simply from the fact that you made a sequel. There aren’t a lot of plausible places forward to go from queen-regent, after all. If anything, though, I would say that this is a reason to focus on new stories, rather than sequels – you also get to avoid the headache of working in branching from the previous parts that way.

  25. Dominic says:

    Additionally, I noticed one bug, as well as something that might be.

    In SceneG, the choice for a monarch’s mistress (mister?) to investigate the sudden departure of the consort is missing the $ to designate a variable. The line in question,

    “#Investigate whether the {Queen}’s departure had anything to do with the Duquesa’s plot.”

    Therefore just appears with ‘{Queen}’ in the actual game.

    In Scene H, the investigation into a murder you may commit checks Vega’s relationship with you before your subtlety – if you have a high subtlety (i.e., leave no evidence) and he doesn’t like you, he won’t be able to uncover anything, but if you have a high subtlety and he -does- like you, he’ll suspect you of being responsible (incidentally ruining your relationship for anything but the murder of Adelita), which doesn’t really seem to make a lot of sense. I would think it more intuitive to check first subtlety, then reputation (for the Felix murder), then relationship with Vega.

    Those are all I noticed in my handful of playthroughs.

  26. Felice says:

    Love it! Can’t wait for Part III!

  27. Alleria says:

    I cant wait for “Affairs of the Court” to come out! I missed mendosa D:

  28. gayyoxx says:

    I love how the game progress and gives me more options. However, I can not restore previous save. Each time I click “restore…” before playing part II, I was taken to the beginning of part I! This make me play part I all over again. Is there a way to get my save?

  29. EmZaWheezy says:

    YAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait for part III!!!!!!!!

  30. Madi says:

    i am sooo loving this game!! Part three needs to be released NOW!!

  31. Alice says:

    Bring Part 3 out for the IPhone soon please, i love the COR games!

  32. Spyro1207 says:

    Please make a third one, I only got the first two yesterday and I’ve all ready finished them both about six times!

  33. Valkeryie666 says:

    I’d love to see a third game, COR is the best!

  34. MacSong25 says:

    PART III!! please bring out part III suuuuuuper soon! i cannot WAIT for part 3!!!

  35. Jayy says:

    Ok I got a serious question about what happend in COR I gave de Mendoza my rose but then the king invited me to his chamber and now he wants sex or marriage but I wanted de mendoza so if I tell the king no will I get another chance with him in later parts of the story like intrigues a d affairs of the courts and the same if I said yes to him for Mendoza will I get a second chance

  36. Bree says:

    Is part 3 available on droid market or online yet?

  37. Ellie says:

    Cam you get Tomas de Reyes or not cuz i wanna know before i continue.

  38. Karen says:

    Boy, I really love these series… one of the things I like the most is that you can be male or female, gay or straight without changing the story. Yes, I do acknowledge that this is not accurate, but I think it’s interesting to give those twists to the narrative. It’s a whole new experience, completely different from what would have happened in our world. Plus, us women and homosexual people get to play a historical game where we escape prejudices.
    As for me, I’m always a young boy who goes after the all-powerful Queen… she’s so sexy πŸ™‚

  39. Kristine says:

    PART 3 PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!! πŸ˜€

  40. Jorian Drake (Roland Ley) says:

    This may be a late response, but I just finished Part 11 and 2, and I just absolutely love the game. Too bad there is no part 3 yet, and that the other romance options from Part 1 have no sequels. I find the game over all strangely reminding of Dragon Age or the first two Mass Effects in regards to the choices/results.

    My own main character is a green eyed man with golden locks, a straight noble who is truly in love with the Queen, but also has a dark side to him. In case you care, here are my results for Part 2, awaiting to continue the story in Part 3 as soon as possible πŸ™‚

    Name Don Antonio de Flores
    Booksmart
    88
    Charm
    56
    Subtle
    87
    Magic
    57
    Wealth
    93
    Reputation
    95

    Some story details:
    (part 1) was friendly/flirty with all 3 women until at the very last accepted the queens advancements playing hard to get, pushed for the decision to punish both the other nation and the borderlands

    (part 2) worked on reconciliation with borderlands, allied de Vega, ignored the flirting of the Queen, was friendly with stepdaughter, asked Uncle to get poison against the flirted girl (didn’t use it for her), suggested at hunt that stepdaughter be wed into borderland noble family, went to talk with exile mage and agreed to kill the noble but not the child, used the previously gained poison to make it look as if my own family was targeted, turned away from the door when the Queen and the girl had sex, second son Antonio Jr. is a life mage and heir to the throne (I wonder if char’s brother will remarry, I assume he inherited the poisoned lord’s wealth)

    Considering how much time went by since the last release, I anxiously await the release of Part 3! :p

  41. lola says:

    now that part 3 has been out for ages, how did people enjoy it??? and I cant seem to get rid of Tomas De Reyes any tips?

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