New Hosted Game! “First Year Demons” by Rebecca Slitt

There’s a new game in our Hosted Games program ready for you to play!

First Year Demons

For generations, your family has kept China safe from chaos demons. Now you must uphold that duty while you’re at university–just don’t tell your roommates!

First Year Demons is an interactive fantasy novel by Rebecca Slitt, author of “Psy High.” Your choices control the story. It’s two games in one: a 30,000-word educational game, and a 43,000-word version of the same story that’s just for fun. Both games are entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

As the youngest member of a family with a secret and ancient duty to keep China safe from demons, you must balance your relatives’ traditional values and expectations with the challenges of your first year at college and your secret study of potions, sword, and spells.

Between dorm­room parties and chemistry study sessions, you’ll experience battle and betrayal. You’ll learn just how important it is to stay close to your family–your life may depend on it! You’ll see how China is changing: maybe it’s better to offer your ancestors a smartphone than to slay a demon in their memory. And above all, you must not let your friends know why you really sneak out of your dorm so late at night! Demons are all around you, and you never know what might be hiding behind a friendly face.

  • Battle chaos demons
  • Play as male or female, gay, straight or bi
  • ­Hit the books, or go out and party!
  • ­Stay close to your family ­ or turn against them and be cast out
  • Specialize in swords, magic, or potions

Also, be sure to check out the series of blog posts we’re running, explaining the development process for “First Year Demons.”

Rebecca developed this game using ChoiceScript, a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice interactive novels like these. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience. Write your own game and we’ll publish it for you, giving you a share of the revenue your game produces.


Rebecca Slitt wrote Psy High, right? Them’s good credentials.


Who are the romance options, I’d like to romance grandma(roommate) if possible

I’m a bit confused about the ‘two games in one’ bit - are they two versions of the same game/story, or two different parts? Are they linked together or able to be played separately?

They’re two versions of the same game. One was developed for the US Government, the other was a commercial-ized version of the same plot-threads.

Hi Macabre,

Using a spoiler tag just to be safe.

Shen Yi is the only romance option, their gender changes depending on your preference. If you play as a bisexual their gender is picked at random.

Also, due to plot related issues you can’t romance your roommates. [/spoiler]


quick question: can you change the name of you character from Su Wong (guessing that’s only when you play as a girl)?