Arthurian Tale: Camelot [July 24 2022]

Friendship, Slice of Life, Romance.

Inspired by: Arthurian Fantasy and Welsh Mythology.

Your father defeated Uther Pendragon. A pretender claiming to be Uther’s chosen heir has thrown him out of Camelot. An evil warlock known as Merlin is believed to have helped this false claimant. You are sent to Camelot for the sake of peace between both kingdoms.

Additional Detail:
  • Play as yourself, or create a new identity.
  • Agree to an arranged marriage, or refuse and find love for yourself.
  • Betray Camelot, or become a steadfast ally.
  • Form alliances, friendships or have an affair.
  • Choose from five romance options. Two men, two women and one flippable.

Total Word Count: 35’000
Without Code: 32’000
Average Playthrough: 15’000

Romance:

King Arthur/Queen Elaine - King Uther was known to have no chosen heir, as such, this person is naturally a pretender. Or so your father believes. Trope: Arranged marriage and royal romance.

Sir Kay - The foster-brother of Arthur/Elaine. He is known to be very tall. Trope: A slow-burn romance. (Cannot be romanced if you marry Arthur/Elaine. He’ll see you as family!)

Lancelot - Mysterious lake boy. Trope: Forbidden romance or the best friend of your ex-betrothed; if that’s even a thing. Choice dependant.

Lady Morgana - Is Merlin’s apprentice and is the half-sister of Arthur/Elaine. Trope: Royal romance and…Grieving Lover (Cannot be romanced if you marry Arthur/Elaine. She’ll see you as family!)

Sar Lunete - She is a knight who is assigned as your guard. She has taken Camelot’s traditional female title, Sar, an alternate version of Sir. Trope: Bodyguard romance and potentially forbidden romance, depending on your choices.

Feedback:

  • Screenshot any spelling or coding mistakes if you can. (British English)
  • Point out any inconsistencies or confusing text.
  • What do you like about the WIP so far?
  • What do you want to see more of?
  • Which character/s do you like the most and why?
  • Are there any additional choices you would want and where? For example, a choice selection that didn’t provide you with a response/action that lines up with your MC.

Link to WIP: Play here
Progress Tracker: Check here

Updates

July 24 2022:
Total Word Count: 35’000
Without Code: 32’000
Average Playthrough: 15’000

Info
  • Added new crypt scene, after the missing horse scene.
  • Added new scene if you didn’t attend the negotiation.
  • Added reaction choices to father leaving.
  • Added choices to ask A/E about children.
  • Added conversational choices in one of the skill-up sections.
  • Added internal feeling choices about declining the marriage and actually marrying.
  • Added internal feeling choices about going hunting.
  • Added some flavour choices to your wedding day.
  • Expanded the luncheon scene.
  • Slightly added to the second summoned scene.
  • Slightly added to the garden scene with A/E.
  • Slightly added to the hunting scene.
  • Improved the marriage negotiation scene.
  • Improved the introduction section.
  • Changed dining with father scene into a flavour choice.
  • Changed cathedral into church. (Please point out any instances of ‘Cathedral’ if I missed any.)
  • Also, some general fixes and additional description in places.

June 28 2022: Posted Chapter One
Total Word Count: 29’000
Without Code: 26’000
Average Playthrough: 13’000

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This is fantastic! I love Arthurian tales and games, and this one is off to a great start

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oh, i love this one already! this was so fun to play, i felt so sad when it ended haha. i’m loving all the characters so far, especially morgana and arthur. can’t wait to see more of your game! :grin:

mc believing arthur is such a child when they’re only two years older than him was really funny to me. very in character for a seventeen year old lol

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This is so great. Holy moly. Pardon my grammar, but it was so. damn. funny. Highlights definitely are:

-Awkward teenager Arthur/Elaine and that lunch scene, rolled me over( “Can you read?”)

-Vagrant “objectively ugly robe” Merlin and his tall, very tall tower

-Protective older half-brother Kay

-The father: cartoon villain

-“Strange Latium language”

-the pig

Anyway, it certainly piqued my interest. Looking forward to more.

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Too bad we can’t have both siblings.

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I’m giddy to play this. The Arthurian Legends is one of the great loves of my life and I always love to see CoG’s based on the mythos. Will be following this thread with great interest.

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Hm… What I’m noticing is that this isn’t really about Arthurian legends so much as just sharing some characters with the legends. The story is quite different. The reader kind of has to forget what they know in order to not be confused between what’s actually happening and metaknowledge.

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Honestly already a 10/10 for the simple fact Arthur can be Elaine. So many Arthurian games where you’re arranged to marry Arthur and for some reason he’s the only character who’s not gender selectable.

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Enjoyed so far. At some point, Diplomacy increased without choosing to raise it.

I will agree with geldar’s point. When the “Black Knight” showed up, I was expecting Arthur, which was confusing. Lancelot’s appearance and “backstory” threw me even more.

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what about it? everything i remember reading about his past in the game seems pretty accurate to his vulgate cycle story. (memory loss is a bitch though, so i might be misremembering :roll_eyes:)

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In Once and Future King, Lancelot was younger than Arthur, and I remember a more “mundane” childhood for him.

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that book is from the late 50’s, right? this lancelot backstory is based on his thirteenth century self :grin: where he’s adopted (read: kidnapped) as a baby and raised by the lady of the lake. hence the name lancelot du lac!

can’t remember right now if he’s older or younger than arthur in the vulgate cycle. (i’d guess younger, though!)

“Servants pack all of your belongings and load them into carts that will follow your carriage. Despite your father briefly reigning in Camelot, you’ve never actually been before.”

Shouldn’t it be
“you’ve never actually been there before” ?

I think this is a relatively common ellipsis.

Is there only one [court] option with Elaine so far, just making sure I didn’t miss any.

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Yes, there aren’t that many [court] options overall in this chapter. I believe there is also one opportunity with Lunete and one with Morgana, but only if you have rejected Arthur/Elaine by that point in the story.

And I’m glad you appreciate the gender swap. I thought it would be a shame for an arranged marriage and a king/queen character to be stuck as male when I’ve written the world as equal in terms of gender.

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This is good…but man, so MANY interruptions! See, this is why Ruling Suck…

You never have time to do fun stuff, like Smooching :joy:

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I’m enjoying it so far, I do love a good fantasy story. I would say the pacing is perhaps too fast, but that’s my only criticism.

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Which parts of the story suffer the most from pacing, in your opinion? I’m curious.

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I have to agree with this. This is probably the first Arthurian game I’ve seen with this so it’s extremely refreshing after being turned off by that fact that it seems to be dominantly female and gay readers that can romance only these characters. Queen Elaine ftw.

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