Well, I’m another newbie aspiring to write a ChoiceScript game. This is my first one and…boy, am I nervous!
So. Onto the game–for the present moment, this page will only list game details such as character customization, storyline, etc. I’ll have a playtest ready when I’m finished with the first chapter. So far I’ve done the prologue and I’m partly into the first chapter. Then I’ll upload more as I go along. Consider this a concept-test in the meantime.
I’m just going to say first that, since I’m a college student and I have other pressing RL obligations at the moment (such as caring for a litter of puppies), there might not be any concrete deadlines. I hope this doesn’t impede any chance of my game becoming a Hosted Game, but I’ll just have to throw it out there first so you don’t get too disappointed if I take too long putting up a new chapter. I honestly do want to become a ChoiceScript writer and hopefully write an official CoG game one day, with the ability to set firm deadlines and everything, but that might have to wait. In the meantime, please enjoy whatever I throw at you.
About the Game
The game style will be the interactive-novel type, where you go from one chapter to the next, but you still get to customize a variety of things and have a variety of choices/influences on the game. If the title wasn’t self-explanatory enough, the genre is high fantasy, although the main characters do cross over from the real world.
You play as either Anya Preston or Kevin Cavanagh, who start out the game by walking in a forest at night. They each have different purposes for being in the forest and eventually stumble upon a mysterious shrine that takes them to the world of Alveron. They wake up at the headquarters for the Order of the Vale, located in the Myrddin (mer-thin) Vale, Bellesée, where they learn from the Vale Knights about the circumstances of their appearance: The Crystal of the Vale has shattered, sending shards all over the kingdom of Bellesée. In accordance with an ancient prophecy, if the crystal is ever shattered, it shall bring two beings who possess a special type of magic from another world to Alveron to locate the shards, bring them back together, and make the Crystal whole again.
The Crystal protects the Vale (and subsequently, Bellesée) from attacks or influences of dark magic, so it is vitally important that the Crystal is put together as soon as possible. The magic possessed by the two beings in question awakens when they are in the world of Alveron, but is not present back at their home world. Anya and Kevin are two such beings, and the Crystal is housed in a special chamber at the Order headquarters, hence their appearance at the Order. Alongside four of the Order’s best knights: Sir Lorandil, Sir Darien, Sir Norah, and Sir Maurizio, they will receive training as Vale Knights and work to recover the Crystal’s shards.
Some notable points to mention:
The choice between playing Anya or Kevin is made at the beginning when you choose your gender.
Your chosen character’s name, however, is entirely up to you. You can give them any first or last name that you want, as well as choose what color hair, eyes, and complexion that they have.
The only thing that’s concrete are Anya and Kevin’s backstories. For example, Anya is in the forest to commit suicide because of her stepparent’s abuse. Kevin is chasing after his dog, who ran off the leash.
You can choose who Anya’s stepparent is (a stepmother or stepfather), and customize Kevin’s dog from its name, gender, size, and breed. Besides the above mentioned concrete value, you can shape Kevin or Anya’s personalities however you want.
If you chose to play either character, you will have the opposite one as a romanceable option (depending on your preference). The opposite character will also retain their preset name, i.e., Anya Preston or Kevin Cavanagh, and a few preset personality attributes.
You have 5 romanceable options total for each preference (including the opposite character).
So you can be straight, gay, les, or bi. And actually, if you choose bi, that makes it 10 romanceable options.
Alveron is a medieval-based world inspired by the 12th century Norman-French culture that was predominant in Europe. Therefore, it has similar dress; bliaut, tunic, hose, etc.; but only some similar culture values (it is uncommon for women to be knights, for example, but multiple religions exist with no Mother Church).
[When the prologue & Chapter 1 are completed, link will go here]
So that’s what I have for now. You’re welcome to give me any feedback that you find necessary or ask any questions about the game. I’ll be looking forward to anything you might have for me