Or how beautiful and amazing and kind and supportive and perfectly sexy and wonderful he is inside and out and how much I want to just… just… I can’t. Let’s not discuss Mr. Jared Sexyassmotherfucker Padalecki anymore please. I have things to do today… *sigh*
Your blogging today got me into looking up choice of games/ rpg text adventures and oooooh my god! :DDD I don't know where to start, there seem to be so many cool stories around!
They’re so great, aren’t they? :D I loved choose-your-own-adventure gamebooks as a kid, and so you can imagine how delighted I was to come across Choice of Games. (also I really love that you can play as gay/straight/bi/pan/ace, and male/female/nonbinary; that you can make a character who looks like you and has the kind of relationships you would want to have.)
In terms of where to start, some of my favourites are:
- Choice of Broadsides: where you play a young midshipman or -woman in the Age of Sail, dealing with mutinous shipmates, incompetent seniors, the marriage market, those damned Frenchies, etc. Sadly the ending I want, where you get to run off with your French frenemy and become lesbian privateers in the Caribbean, doesn’t seem to exist, but other than that it’s absolutely captivating.
- Affairs of the Court: about sleeping your way to the top and staying there in magical AU 16th-century Spain. I’m not at all cut out for that sort of ruthless scheming, and found myself doing what I always complain about in bad historical fiction, i.e. wanting to marry for love rather than my family’s advancement, but it’s tremendously fun to see just how wicked you can be - and how much you can get away with.
- The Eagle’s Heir: steampunk Napoleonic intrigue, where you play the companion and bodyguard of Napoleon’s illegitimate son, and try to put him on the throne of France. I really enjoy Jo Graham’s Numinous World writing, and am so glad to see that she’s done something for CoG.
- Choice of the Deathless: this is the one you liked the fanart of! It’s secondary-world urban fantasy; you play a newly qualified corporate lawyer in a world where contracts bind with magic, where your clients and colleagues are wannabe-artist demons with beautiful voices and immortal wizards, where rats and ravens replace email and dreams/scrying videoconferencing, where HR literally want documents signed in blood and you literally owe law school your soul in student debt. It’s really cute and imaginative and fun and has a love scene written entirely around the fact that the English language lacks a plural form of ‘you’. And if you enjoy it, there’s a whole series of books - the Craft Sequence - set in the same universe! (start with Three Parts Dead, which takes another baby lawyer and throws her into a murder mystery involving a dead god. You don’t have to read/play one to enjoy the other, but I find that the books make sense of the world, and the quieter, smaller game makes sense of the Craft. and one of the game characters - your Draco Malfoy-esque rival Ashleigh Wakefield - appears in Four Roads Cross!)
Lastly, I also have to mention a couple of the ones in progress; When In Rome….. (which I’ve posted about here; basically you get to hang around with a very thinly-disguised Martial and write terrible poetry) and Guenevere, where you play the Queen and try to prevent the downfall of Camelot. Everyone in it is so likeable and your choices genuinely make a difference to how they treat you; I can’t wait for more but am dreading the inevitable tragic ending.
#tagamemnon definitely needs to come together and write an ancient Rome-themed game, though. perhaps something where you play a love elegist and try not to get yourself exiled??
I had a caller once that demanded to speak to a supervisor, and none of those damned blacks, Frenchies, or Irishmen (I didn’t realize hating the Irish was still a thing). Conveniently I had an Irish supervisor close at hand. He made sure to put on his best Irish accent for the call and had a good laugh when the caller finally hung up in disgust. /cr