Hi, all! I’m new to the forums, but not new to Choice of Games. I’ve been a fan since the first volume of Choice of Romance came out, and have had a wonderful time with many of the games hosted on this website. I’ve finally decided to try my hand at writing one. At this point, it’s mostly for fun. I’m not sure if I’ll sell it when it’s finished or not – that would mostly depend on whether people think it’s any good, lol. But I thought I’d post a thread here to keep people updated on my progress, and to hold myself accountable enough to work through tough spots!
The basic gist is this: what if, instead of instituting a democracy, George Washington became the king some cried for him to be? How would our country be different today, if instead of senators, we had a landed gentry? Counties and duchies instead of states? What would become of the American dream, if the only way to move up in the world was to wed a noble?
Enter the Ministry of Noble Outreach and Advancement.
When the last of the Washington dynasty died one hundred and fifty years ago, too inbred and deformed to even assume his throne, the nation fell into violent civil war. After nearly half a decade of bloody struggle, the crown tossed from family to family like a rubber ball, the esteemed Hamilton family of New York brought peace to the nation. To ensure that such a succession crisis would never happen again – and to dilute the highly inbred gene pool polluting many noble families of the country – King Phillip Hamilton II instituted a new national policy.
Every year, five of the sixty-one noble families would participate in a program to marry their children off to worthy commoners. These commoners would be selected through a rigorous process, conducted by an impartial panel of judges at the county level, and of the finalists presented to each participating noble, they would be able to have their pick of husband or wife.
An ideal solution, to be sure: provide the common people with a hope of advancement, eliminate the inbreeding and politicking that plagued noble marriages since the founding of the country. In his generosity, King Phillip decreed that his royal bloodline would participate as well; all future queens would come not from the blood of dukes or foreign allies, but from the citizens that worked so hard to keep their nation afloat.
It was a lovely dream, crafted with the best intentions. Sadly, no dream survives contact with reality.
You play as a candidate for the Outreach program, in a year when the hand of the crown prince is on the line. Play your cards right, and you could be the future queen…but make one mistake, and you’ll lose the only real chance you’ve ever gotten. Or, maybe, much more than that.
Can you become a finalist for the hand of a noble? Will you stay true to your heart, or let the judges mold you into the perfect wife? Do you fight for love, or for power – and will you let either be your downfall?
You’ve got one shot. Don’t waste it.
(That’s kind of a terrible blurb, but I’m more just summarizing the idea for now. Will work on polished marketing later. >.> If you couldn’t tell, the idea was heavily inspired by The Selection series by Kiera Cass, as well as the Hero Project on here, lol. I love me my competition stories.)
Multiple endings! Will you be a countess, a duchess, a queen – or will you be an unwed concubine for a lord who flouts the law? Your decisions determine your fate!
Stats and personality metrics that influence which characters show interest in you, and which let you fall by the wayside.
Three male love interests, two female. At this point, the protagonist may only be female, as that makes coding easier and suits the narrative in my head a bit better, but it’s possible that may change further in development.
A dystopian modern America, ruled more by cutthroat family drama than by law. Think Westeros in red, white, and blue.
(That’s mostly it, at this point. I did say it was my first game, don’t want to get too fancy, lol.)
The first chapter is entirely coded and halfway written. I’ll probably post what I have once I’m two or three chapters in, just to see what people think. Suggestions, comments, constructive criticisms – if you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them! This is just a hobby project for now, but I’d obviously love to make it the best game it can possibly be.