New Hosted Game! "War of the Gods" by Barbara Elzey

Hosted Games has a new game for you to play!

Fight the god of death on your way to godhood! Choose your path with six different characters: warrior, assassin, mage, thief, storm rider, and beastmaster. Destroy the death god’s minions by sword, magic, storms, or beasts. Rise in power to eventually destroy the death god himself. Seize your own path toward godhood.

It’s free to play.

War of the Gods is a 85,000-word interactive novel by Barbara Elzey, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

  • Play a Solarian, a creature who is invulnerable by day and weak at night.
  • Play the human assassin who must fight his way free from bondage.
  • Play a Storm Rider, an ancient race that harnesses the power of the storm.
  • Play a thief known as the Silver Fox, who must save her people from the death cultists who killed her family.
  • Play a Deodrin mage, a creature from an ancient race, who hurls spells to save a family from the despotic king.
  • Play a human beastmaster, who is the true heir to the throne, and who gathers allies for war, both human and beasts.
  • Choose your gender; romance as gay, straight or asexual, and select your physical traits.
  • Find romance with different fantastical species and characters.
  • Defeat the minions of death.
  • Gain power toward your own rise to godhood.
Barbara Elzey 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 Hosted Games will publish it for you, giving you a share of the revenue your game produces.
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Thank you very much I really appreciate the update I’m downloading the game as we speak LOL and I will reply with comments and critiques when I finish

Will this game be episodic? I kinda regret buying like just a first chapter on unfinished product without being warned. Though amount of words should be a hint, bit I am thick skull I don’t understand hints. :confused:

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I have no idea if the author intends to write a sequel. It’s a Hosted Game, meaning the Choice of Games staff had nothing to do with its development or editing. We review the content for appropriateness and then publish it. However, the entire game is free with delay breaks so you don’t have to buy it to enjoy the whole game.

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I am aware of Hosted Games policy, thanks for answering though. Just hoped to get answer from author themselves, after all forum is the only way to communicate with them, I saw them here. Buying it is my own mistake.

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I was really confused when I saw this, because I just played the WIP the other day and it was nowhere near done. There was only one chapter per character so it seemed like a short demo. I loved it so I got this as soon as it came out, but it’s literally just the demo… except you can pay for it. I will happily pay full price for this game when it’s complete, but releasing it like this doesn’t sit right with me. I get that it’s technically free but let’s be honest, ads are annoying as f***, and if you’re like me you practically throw your phone every time one pops up. Long story short, I disagree with releasing an incomplete game, but this should be mentioned in the description at the very least.

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Again, we publish what the author submits. We don’t play or read WIP on the forum, and I have no idea what stage of development the author promised before submitting this to us as a complete game. If you send it to us, we publish it.

Although I’m not in charge of pricing Hosted Games, my guess is the short length is one reason the game is free.

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Really just 1 chapter ? Even at free this wasn’t worth downloading…, worst choice of game I’ve ever downloaded and I’ve read a lot of them…,

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I’m not sure why you’re saying it’s one chapter—it’s not subdivided into chapters at all, as far as I can tell.

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When you finish one path it says, “See what happens next in Chapter 2!”

Btw in my earlier comment I realize I never said, but I was talking about the author, not the COG staff.

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It’s 85k words apparently. That would be one big chapter! (That’s a long as some of the complete games out there.) Sounds like maybe it should be “Book 2” instead of chapter 2?

(Edit- Just a suggestion for the author.)

At the risk of going reeeally off-topic, the level of vitriol about the games we’ve put out on Hosted Games today here and in my inbox responses feels kind of weird and off the charts. I can’t tell you how many emails we get demanding we make our games free. So we put out a couple free, yes, short Hosted Games, and it feels like no good deed goes unpunished? I don’t know. The implicit deal with Hosted Games is that there’s no guarantee of quality, and yet many, many fans profess to prefer Hosted Games over Choice of Games.

Some of the complaints have been about Moonrise being genderlocked (despite the description indicating it is genderlocked), not War of the Gods or The Oldest Dream, but that’s part of it too. Hosted Games can be genderlocked. That’s a thing.

W/r/t to War of the Gods, I’m sorry the author isn’t responding here, and I can’t …make them. I don’t know if they’re going to publish more content with us or not. 85,000 words isn’t really anything to sneeze at. I’d have to check, but I bet it’s up there in terms of free word count available on either Hosted or Choice of Games.

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This is the closest thing to a God of War game so I will take it

Would be nice if we have a brother too

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@Jacic @Mary_Duffy That 85,000 words is split between 6 different characters with one chapter per character and basically two stories. 4 of the six characters interact early on so it’s really one story from 4 different perspectives. It’s the same with the other 2 characters. I’m willing to bet that these 2 stories intertwine at some point, but at the moment we have 1 chapter of one story and 1 chapter of another. This is going to be an absolute beast of a game when it’s done (which it isn’t), but it’s only 85,000 words because it’s really ambitious.

Edit: based on how big this game is bound to be, I feel this is one of the few games that could easily justify being ~$5 when it’s finished. I would happily pay that and I feel that giving this game away for free, while cool, is a bad idea. Hard work deserves payment.

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@ClaimedMinotaur Unless I’m mistaken, it’s the author who gives input on the price of their work. Not to speak for anyone, but it could have been the author’s decision to publish the game for free; I don’t think it’s totally fair to imply that anyone is cheating anyone of payment for their hard work.

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@rinari I was actually referring to the growing discontent about having to pay for games. See @Mary_Duffy’s previous comment.

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Ah, okay, sorry for the misunderstanding! Not to derail the thread further, then, but it does stink that there are constantly conflicting complaints: games that are free are then seen as too short, games that cost money are obliterated in the reviews despite being marked as paid, etc. It’s a shame but I think it has to come with the territory: there’s no way of making everybody happy, it seems!

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(Raise hand) hum saw maybe one or two mispelle…should those be reported here…or elsewhere? Or not at all…if the author is working on the game still…

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I reported some misspellings through email to hosted games. They wrote back and said they would forward it to the author.

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Yea,I agree. I mean it says a new game ,so i bought it thinking it was a full game but it was more of a demo hopefully there will be more? I guess you get what you pay for, and I know it says play for free but like anyone else who wants to see ads? I don’t mind paying 5 or whatever for a full game.

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