I’ve begun work on a game, Lost Artifacts: The Search for El Dorado. In it, you play a researcher on a desperate quest to find their missing mother. It’s a fantasy-mystery-romance game, with all the drama that comes with it.
Your mother is missing. Not dead, no. There was no body. And even when the investigators said that they had to assume the worst, you never gave up. You’re determined to find your mother and the best place to start is by retracing her steps, searching for El Dorado.
Three years later, you’ve finally had the funding for your first solo archaeological dig. It’s up to you, with the help of Doctor Scott, famed anthropologist, and a team of misfits, to go on the expedition to Colombia. Little did you know there is more than competition for its discovery. There’s more at stake here. Because if you fail, you may lose your mother forever.
Magic, long since forgotten, threatens to awaken and destroy everything in its path.
Info you should know:
Currently, it’s one chapter, about 9,500 words, but there’s not a whole lot of spread in this one so it should be a decent-sized read. In this chapter, you’ll meet one and a half main characters (half because it’s through a memory). You’ll also be able to decide your relationship with your mother, and two characters. Establishing a platonic past relationship will not prevent you from having a future romantic relationship.
I don’t know how often I plan on updating. I’m a full-time student with very limited time, but hopefully, I’ll be able to update every few months.
This book is very romance based, so while there are options to play without romance, I highly recommend playing with the romance. Also, choosing not to flirt will not prevent you from entering into a romance with a character, but it will change the scenes/interactions.
Also, I’m a writer, not a coder, so if there are errors or things you’d like to see that involve choice script, please let me know. Also, the stats page is a definite work in progress, so that is subject to change. Finally, I have no idea to implement a save in the game, but I want to, so hopefully the next update will include save options.
A few notes:
Doctor Lucas/Laia Scott (Scotty) (m/f) (RO)
Doctor Scott is an Oxford University professor and colleague. Tall and thin, with terrible eyesight and an accent that people fall all over themselves to hear. They’re brilliant, well-spoken, and incredibly kind. They’re good looking in the kind of way that is easily overlooked. With soft, pale eyes, a kind smile, and a slightly crooked nose.
Sal/Sofía García(m/f) (RO)
They’re the jokester of the group and have a hard time being serious. But they carry a natural charisma and make friends easily, which makes them the perfect translator and tour guide, especially as a native Colombian. They’re average height, with a mop of dark hair, and large, warm brown eyes that perfectly complement their brown skin.
Blake Ito (m/f) (RO)
You met Blake during your last year of college on an expedition in the Himilayas. They were the hired muscle, and from what you gather, ex-military. Though you can’t be certain as you’ve never meant someone more cagey about their past than Blake. You managed to track down their information after receiving the grant and hire them to come with you. They’re incredibly tall, with thick corded muscle on every inch of their body and grey eyes that see more than they let on.
A secret RO, also gender variable, whose details I’d rather you find out in the story.
Feedback I’d like:
Continuity errors: if there’s something wrong with the code, please let me know.
Options you’d like to see: If there are options or actions you’d like to take that weren’t available to you as a reader, let me know. I’ll see if I can incorporate them into the next update.
Feedback on characters: what do you think of their characterization? Are they different enough? And in future updates, who’s your favorite RO?
And just for fun, favorite scenes. Let me know what you liked about this (if anything).
- Non explicit, implied sexual content
- Discussions of grief and loss
(let me know if you think there should be anything else added to this)
1/7/2023: Initial upload (preface + chapter 1), 9500 words
1/8/2023: Bug fixes and more variation added to chapter one, total now around 10500 words
Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to answer them!
To play the demo, go here: https://dashingdon.com/go/12901