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Dec 04

2015

Pendragon Rising — Seize the throne in the age of King Arthur!

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Pendragon Rising

We’re proud to announce that Pendragon Rising, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for Steam, iOS, and Android. It’s 25% off until December 11th.

Seize the throne in the age of King Arthur! Lead an army of Britons against the darkest of enemies in this epic interactive medieval fantasy novel.

“Pendragon Rising” is a thrilling 112,000-word interactive novel by Ian Thomas, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

As the bastard offspring of the aging ruler Pendragon, you’ll fight to save Britain from a demon-tainted enemy and claim the crown you deserve. Command an army as Arthur, brave son of Uther, or Arta, fearless daughter of Utta.

Charge heroically to the front of battle, or use tricks to defeat your foes. Dally with your childhood companion, or seek romance elsewhere. Hold the line with your closest friends against foreign invaders and their sinister magics. Find friendship, forge alliances, uncover plots, and triumph over creatures of nightmare to win a future for your people and your kingdom.

Will you be mercenary or merciful? Seductive or solitary? Most importantly, can you lead your allies to drive back the darkness, and seize your place as Pendragon of Britain?

  • A 112,000-word fantasy set in medieval Britain.
  • A Celtic take on the story of King Arthur against a dark background of war and strange magics.
  • Play as male or female, gay or straight.
  • Win over allies to swell the ranks of your army as you fight for the future of the kingdom.
  • Earn the acclaim of your people by performing heroic deeds that will turn your name into legend.
  • Claim your place as an unmatched warrior, a silver-tongued diplomat, or an inspirational leader.

We need your support to continue delivering our games on Steam. Our goal is to release our entire catalog of interactive novels on Steam. Based on the extraordinary performance of Choice of Robots and Champion of the Gods, both which made it onto Steam’s front page this year, Valve has allowed us to ship a handful of additional games. We’ll need to continue to deliver outstanding results to prove that interactive fiction can be successful on Steam.

We’re asking all of our fans to follow us on Steam. Even if you don’t use Steam that much, it will be a big help if you sign up to follow us there, because the more followers we get, the better visibility we get on Steam’s curator list. (Our goal is to hit 3,000 followers for our Steam curation page; we’re more than 90% of the way there as I write this!)

When you follow us, you’ll see our games and our recommended games right on your Steam home page. It’s free, and it’s a big help to us, so follow us today!

We hope you enjoy playing Pendragon Rising. We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. The more times you download in the first week, the better our games will rank.

Dec 04

2015

New Hosted Game! “Community College Hero: Trial by Fire” by Eric Moser

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There’s a new game in our Hosted Games program ready for you to play!

Community College Hero: Trial by Fire

Outwit your professors at superpower school! Ace your exams, date your classmates, and bring down the nation’s most wanted villains to earn your degree.

Community College Hero: Trial by Fire is a thrilling 168,000-word interactive novel by Eric Moser, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

You’ve won a scholarship to the nation’s newest college course for heroes! But can you discover your classmates’ secret identities before they learn yours? Choose your costume and your mask (and maybe your date for this weekend) and get ready to fight crime and dazzle the citizenry! Be an acrobat, sharpshooter, detective, or soldier, with all the abilities that come with each. Wield brass knuckles, a slingshot, or even retractable roller skates in your shoes. Will you investigate the big bad, or wait until you’ve had more training? Escape liability for damaging other people’s property as you learn to control your new powers, or pay up what you owe?

Will you be a brooder, charmer, traditionalist, or trickster? Step into your new super identity, and claim your place as a Community College Hero!

Eric developed this game using ChoiceScript, a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice interactive novels like these. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience. Write your own game and we’ll publish it for you, giving you a share of the revenue your game produces.

Nov 27

2015

All of our games are 25% off or more in Steam’s Autumn Sale

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Steam

All of our Steam apps are 25% off or more until December 1!

We need your support to continue delivering our games on Steam. Our goal is to release our entire catalog of interactive novels on Steam. Based on the extraordinary performance of Choice of Robots and Champion of the Gods, both which made it onto Steam’s front page this year, Valve has allowed us to ship a handful of additional games. We’ll need to continue to deliver outstanding results to prove that interactive fiction can be successful on Steam.

We’re asking all of our fans to follow us on Steam. Even if you don’t use Steam that much, it will be a big help if you sign up to follow us there, because the more followers we get, the better visibility we get on Steam’s curator list. (Our goal is to hit 3,000 followers for our Steam curation page; we’re about 90% of the way there as I write this!)

When you follow us, you’ll see our games and our recommended games right on your Steam home page. It’s free, and it’s a big help to us, so follow us today!

Nov 27

2015

New Hosted Game! “Factions: Raids of the Divided” by Waseeq Mohammad

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There’s a new game in our Hosted Games program ready for you to play!

Factions: Raids of the Divided

There have been news of recent raids across the land. Can you save Alfarid or will the factions succumb to discord? Factions: Raids of the Divided is the interactive epic fantasy adventure where your investigation skills matter.

Waseeq developed this game using ChoiceScript, a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice interactive novels like these. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience. Write your own game and we’ll publish it for you, giving you a share of the revenue your game produces.

Nov 20

2015

New Hosted Game! “A Study in Steampunk: Choice by Gaslight” by Heather Albano

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There’s a new game in our Hosted Games program ready for you to play!

A Study in Steampunk: Choice by Gaslight

Steam-powered mechs meet forbidden sorcery! Inspired by Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Jekyll & Hyde, and Jack the Ripper, A Study in Steampunk: Choice by Gaslight is an epic 277,000-word interactive mystery novel by Heather Albano, co-author of “Choice of Broadsides,” “Choice of Zombies,” and “Choice of Romance: Affairs of the Court.” Your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination. It’s 25% off until December 1.

The game is afoot! In a world of gaslit streets, mysteriously long-lived foreign nobles, and master criminals, will you defend your Empire from spies or overthrow it from within? Advocate science and reason or learn forbidden magic? Romance men, women, both, or neither? End as a healer, a freedom fighter, a vigilante, or a traitor?

The fate of the Empire is in your hands!

  • Solve mysteries, hunt criminals, and match wits with enemy spies.
  • Defend your homeland from the machinations of a master criminal and the conspiracies of the evil Vlaski Empire.
  • Search for the truth about the sorcerers that reigned before the age of steam.
  • Build deep friendships, acquire powerful enemies, and perhaps even find true love.
  • Explore all the dark corners of a gaslit, fog-shrouded city…and unearth all its secrets.

Heather developed this game using ChoiceScript, a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice interactive novels like these. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience. Write your own game and we’ll publish it for you, giving you a share of the revenue your game produces.

Nov 13

2015

We’ve made it simpler to buy the “Choice of Romance: Affairs of the Court” trilogy on iOS

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Choice of Romance: Affairs of the Court

We’re changing the way we sell the “Choice of Romance: Affairs of the Court” trilogy, including raising some of our prices, and lowering others. Overall, the price of Romance is going up, but if you buy today, you can still buy the trilogy at our lowest price ever.

Confusingly, we have two apps on the iOS App Store for “Choice of Romance: Affairs of the Court,” one paid app, and one free app partially supported by advertising. (We only have one Android version, which is free to download.) Both apps included five different kinds of in-app purchases for $0.99 each, including Episode 2, “Choice of Intrigues,” which is 70,000 words long, and Episode 3, “‘Til Death Do Us Part,” which is over 100,000 words long. In addition, the free app includes a $2.99 in-app purchase to remove advertisements.

The free app’s “Remove Advertisements” high price has confused users for years, because people incorrectly assumed that by paying to turn off advertisements, they were also getting access to the other two episodes. To make our value proposition clearer, we’re lowering the price of the “Remove Advertising” IAP to $1.99, on sale for $0.99 this week only, and we’re increasing the price of Episode 2 and Episode 3 to $1.99 each. (These changes also affect the Android app and the version you can play on our web site.)

In addition, to make it simpler to buy the entire trilogy all at once, we’ve bundled Episode 2 and Episode 3 into the paid app. The paid app used to be $3, but now that it includes the entire trilogy, we’re raising the price to $5.99, on sale for $4.99 this week only. If you’ve already purchased our paid app, you can download the latest version and play Episode 2 and Episode 3 at no additional charge. Thank you for supporting Choice of Games.

No matter which app you select, overall, the trilogy is $4.99 if you buy this week; next week, the trilogy will cost $5.99. So buy it today!

(Note that both apps also include some pay-to-win IAPs, for players who want to skip Episode 1 and/or Episode 2 and still get the best possible outcome. “Play as the Consort,” “Life Mage Child,” and “Death to the Princess” are all still $0.99 each; we’re not changing those prices or bundling them into the paid app, but clever players can unlock these options in-game at no charge just by playing carefully.)

Nov 06

2015

Diabolical — Rule the world as a criminal mastermind!

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Diabolical

We’re proud to announce that Diabolical, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for Steam, iOS, and Android. It’s 25% off until November 13th.

Start practicing your evil laugh! As the world’s greatest criminal mastermind, choose a lair, hire a minion, and steal the world’s largest ball of aluminum foil! (Or, destroy the world. FINE.)

“Diabolical” is a 130,000-word interactive novel by Nick Aires, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Famous, feared, or filthy rich–why not all three? You’ve got the money and the motives to build an evil empire worthy of the most ruthless villain the world has ever seen. Crush the good guys and terrorize the populace! Stamp a big red “FAIL” on your enemies’ foreheads! Plunder your way to world domination–or sit back and pet your kitty while your henchmen do it for you.

Will you be a high-tech daredevil, a ruthless military soldier, or an apparition terrifying to behold? What calling card will you leave at the scene of your crimes? Whatever your choices, the results will be diabolical.

  • Play a villainous story of scheming, grandstanding, and laughing evilly.
  • Interview and hire the best possible (or best available) minion.
  • Decide when to use trickery, when to use force, and when to hide behind henchmen.
  • Choose the ultimate, guaranteed-to-be-infamous nickname.
  • Play as male or female, with straight, gay, and bisexual romance options.
  • Destroy the world!

We need your support to continue delivering our games on Steam. Our goal is to release our entire catalog of interactive novels on Steam. Based on the extraordinary performance of Choice of Robots and Champion of the Gods, both which made it onto Steam’s front page this year, Valve has allowed us to ship a handful of additional games. We’ll need to continue to deliver outstanding results to prove that interactive fiction can be successful on Steam.

We’re asking all of our fans to follow us on Steam. Even if you don’t use Steam that much, it will be a big help if you sign up to follow us there, because the more followers we get, the better visibility we get on Steam’s curator list. (Our goal is to hit 3,000 followers for our Steam curation page; we’re about 80% of the way there as I write this!)

When you follow us, you’ll see our games and our recommended games right on your Steam home page. It’s free, and it’s a big help to us, so follow us today!

We hope you enjoy playing Diabolical. We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. The more times you download in the first week, the better our games will rank.

Nov 06

2015

New Hosted Game! “Attack of the Clockwork Army” by Felicity Banks

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There’s a new game in our Hosted Games program ready for you to play!

Attack of the Clockwork Army

Win the Steam-Powered Fight for a Nation!

In Attack of the Clockwork Army, by Felicity Banks, when the battle for Australia begins, will you join Her Majesty’s new clockwork army to keep Australia peacefully British once and for all—or will you cast your lot with a ragged crowd of ex-convicts?

Will you be a deadly fighter, or torn between the conflicting loyalties of those you love? Can you overcome your fatal flaw before it’s too late?

Are you ready to turn the tide of history? Play to find out!

Felicity developed this game using ChoiceScript, a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice interactive novels like these. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience. Write your own game and we’ll publish it for you, giving you a share of the revenue your game produces.

Oct 23

2015

Deathless: The City’s Thirst — Wizard lawyers vs. scorpion gods!

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Deathless: The City's Thirst

We’re proud to announce that Deathless: The City’s Thirst, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for Steam, iOS, and Android. It’s 25% off until November 2nd.

Negotiate water rights from scorpion gods in this necromantic legal thriller! Discredit your boss, solve murders, and reanimate your own corpse to keep your city from drying out.

“Deathless: The City’s Thirst” is a 150,000-word interactive novel by Max Gladstone, author of “Choice of the Deathless” and the “Craft Sequence” novels, nominated for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award, the XYZZY award, and the Lambda Award. Your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

You won the God Wars, killing the rain god and taking over his desert city. But now the city needs water, and it’s your job to make it rain. As a rising associate at a god-killing public service conglomerate, you can monopolize your city’s public utilities, or fight to keep water affordable for everyone. Build alliances with powerful necromancers, or help local farmers hold onto their land. Find love, or betray your friends. Overcome the trauma you suffered in the God Wars. Prevent murders, or commit them.

Just keep the water flowing.

  • Play as male or female; straight, gay, or bi
  • Match wits with master necromancers, real estate magnates, and journalists
  • Climb the social ladder of Dresediel Lex
  • Help the needy, or laugh callously as the world burns
  • Drink with undead kings over the ruins of a destroyed civilization
  • Kill people you may later really wish you hadn’t killed
  • Betray trusted friends and their entire society
  • Fight giant scorpions and renegade priests—or join forces with them
  • Look for love in extremely wrong places

“Deathless: The City’s Thirst” is set in the world of Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence novels, the most recent of which, Last First Snow, hit stores in July 2015. The previous Craft Sequence books are Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, and Full Fathom Five. The next Craft novel, Four Roads Cross, will publish in 2016.

We need your support to continue delivering our games on Steam. Our goal is to release our entire catalog of interactive novels on Steam. Based on the extraordinary performance of Choice of Robots and Champion of the Gods, both which made it onto Steam’s front page this year, Valve has allowed us to ship a handful of additional games. We’ll need to continue to deliver outstanding results to prove that interactive fiction can be successful on Steam.

We’re asking all of our fans to follow us on Steam. Even if you don’t use Steam that much, it will be a big help if you sign up to follow us there, because the more followers we get, the better visibility we get on Steam’s curator list. (Our goal is to hit 3,000 followers for our Steam curation page; we’re about 80% of the way there as I write this!)

When you follow us, you’ll see our games and our recommended games right on your Steam home page. It’s free, and it’s a big help to us, so follow us today!

We hope you enjoy playing Deathless: The City’s Thirst. We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. The more times you download in the first week, the better our games will rank.

Oct 23

2015

“Zombie Exodus” out on Steam, 25% off during launch week

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Zombie Exodus

We’re happy to announce that one of our bestselling Hosted Games, Zombie Exodus, is now available on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Buy it today for 25% off the regular price!

Zombie Exodus is an interactive survival novel by Jim Dattilo (author of A Wise Use of Time). It’s over 700,000 words long. It starts with a daring escape from a zombie-infested city; it ends at Zombie Exodus, when a horde of zombies swarms outlying settlements like locusts.

We’ve published a number of popular games on Steam under our “Choice of Games” label, and earlier this year we published our first game under our “Hosted Games” label, Tin Star. Based on the success of Tin Star, Valve has allowed us to launch a handful of our bestselling HG titles on Steam, starting with Zombie Exodus.

We need your support to continue delivering our games on Steam. Our goal is to release our entire catalog of interactive novels on Steam. We’ll need to continue to deliver outstanding results to prove that interactive fiction can be successful on Steam.

We’re asking all of our fans to follow us on Steam. Even if you don’t use Steam that much, it will be a big help if you sign up to follow us there, because the more followers we get, the better visibility we get on Steam’s curator list. (Our goal is to hit 3,000 followers for our Steam curation page; we’re about 80% of the way there as I write this!)

When you follow us, you’ll see our games and our recommended games right on your Steam home page. It’s free, and it’s a big help to us, so follow us today!

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