The Bread Must Rise is a finalist for the 2024 Nebula Game Writing Award!

Originally published at: The Bread Must Rise is a finalist for the 2024 Nebula Game Writing Award! - Choice of Games LLC

We are thrilled to announce that The Bread Must Rise, by @Stewart_Baker & @jdbeamo, is a finalist for the Nebula Game Writing Award, and it’s on sale for 40% off until March 22!

The Bread Must Rise is a 450,000-word interactive comedy/fantasy/baking/eldritch horror novel by James Beamon and Stewart C Baker. In this magical baking contest, you’ll team up with the Queen Undying to bake your rivals into an early grave—or out of the grave, with necromancy!

To celebrate, we are also putting every previous Nebula Finalist game on sale:

Vampire: The Masquerade—Sins of the Sires
The Luminous Underground
The Road to Canterbury
The Magician’s Workshop

The Martian Job

Check out our Nebula Finalists bundle on Steam for an even bigger discount!

This is the sixth year that there has been a Nebula award for game writing—and the fifth year that Choice of Games authors have been finalists. Past Choice of Games Nebula finalists are: Natalia Theodoridou for Vampire: The Masquerade — Sins of the Sires and Rent-A-Vice, Phoebe Barton for The Luminous Underground, Kate Heartfield for The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop, and M. Darusha Wehm for The Martian Job.

We also want to congratulate one of our Hosted Games authors, Baudelaire Welch, who is nominated in the same category for their work on Baldur’s Gate 3. Their Hosted Game, Don’t Wake Me Up, is also on sale this week!

Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given annually to the best works of science fiction and fantasy published that year, as voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The 59th Annual Nebula Awards ceremony will be streamed live during the 2024 Nebula Conference, June 6-9, 2024. Stay tuned for more!


I’m so pleased to see this - huge congratulations!


Good luck to Stewart and James!! Thank you for the shoutout to Don’t Wake Me Up!!


Super happy to see it reach the finals, it is one my favorite IFs overall!


I’m giving my biggest hearty congratulations to Baker and Beamon! Their IFComp entry last year One Does Not Simply Fry, another work set in the continuity of Bread Must Rise came in 34th place, which just shows how solid their work was overall!

In fact, in another thread I mentioned that Choicescript stuff performed strongly in IFComp 2023, which goes to show that the message sent by the CoG community was indeed loud and clear.

Also, once again a good shoutout to the 8 years in the making Don’t Wake Me Up.

This is a nice warning for all those in the CoG community who are planning to submit stuff for Spring Thing and IF Comp this year, including me: it’s really time to up our game! And to all readers and fans out there, please remember to continue giving us your support and encouragement, so that we can cross the finishing line!


YAY! How wonderful! Massive congrats and best of luck! :tada:

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@Stewart_Baker and @jdbeamo – so many congratulations for getting a Nebula Awards nomination for The Bread Must Rise! :slight_smile: Not only is it great affirmation of your work, it helps bring new readers to the whole community. Rock on.


The first thing I realized as an early reader for The Bread Must Rise is that it was really, really weird. The next thing I realized was that it was utterly wonderful. And it went on to be even weirder and more wonderful than I had first anticipated. I’m not surprised it found an appreciative audience among SFWA members.

Congratulations to Stewart C. Baker and James Beamon! Congratulations also to the Choice of Games team on your seventh time publishing a Nebula finalist!


Hey, that’s amazing! Congratulations!



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Thanks so much, all!

Although it sounds like a bit of a cliche, these games really are a team effort. In this case literally a team effort, since it would not be the game it was without both me and @jdbeamo adding our own unique weirdness to it. :wink:

But seriously, these things take a lot of time and resources to produce, and the expertise of so many people beyond the names listed on the nomination.

I’m about to head into a 6 hour work meeting (to celebrate, I guess??? lololsob) so I’m kind of pressed for time, but I do want to make sure credit goes where credit is due so for now I’m just going to copy out our credits page!

  • Art: Jerel Dye
  • Copy Editing: Kara Aisenbrey
  • Narrative Testing: Aletheia Knights
  • Beta Testers: Kanah Belflower, Philippa Bourne, Shrutika Dandekar, Mouse Elisedd, Tellina Liu, Patrícia Oliveira, Säde Pesonen, Quinn Pham, Leanna Roskoff, Rafe School, Kerri Shelton, Savio Shi, Stephanie Tjang
  • Managing Editor: Jason Stevan Hill
  • ChoiceScript Language Design & Development: Dan Fabulich

Special thanks to Kara (the copy was a messsss in so many ways) and @AletheiaKnights (the game literally probably would not be playable without her excellent insights) and @Fiogan (especially for insights into our genderfluid characters!), Jerel Dye for a cover that really captures the unique weirdness of the game, and of course @jasonstevanhill and the rest of the Choice of Games team for all the hard work they put in to all of these releases.

I’m really appreciative of the supportive community here on the forums, as well. It’s great to feel like there are people out there paying attention, and that we’re not just screaming into the void.

I’ve shared a post with some other great Choicescript games on my blog, so hopefully people looking for information about the Nebula game writing finalists will see those and check them out!


Congratulations once again!

Copypasted from the other thread for greater exposure:

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Awwww, thank you! It’s an honor to have been part of your journey. All the games I’ve worked on are dear to me, but The Bread Must Rise has a special place in my heart for how much I enjoyed the process. I hope this nomination will bring it some richly-deserved new attention.


Congratulations to the finalists, both for their Hosted Games and Baldur’s Gate 3!


Congrats to the Bread authors for ‘rising’ to the top! And I was not aware we had a BG 3 writer among our Hosted Games author brethren, so a hearty congrats there. I don’t think I’ve seen a RPG punch through genre boundaries like this since Final Fantasy 7, probably. It’s getting through to really casual gamers, even non-gamers. Quite a joy to behold.


OHHHHH! Thank you guys. I missed Sins of the Sires as I thought I already have this game so now I can buy it and the works before The Bread must Rise where before my time so I can now get them too.
I need to buy annother Google Play Card for this.


Congratulations and G’Luck @Stewart_Baker and @jdbeamo


Hell yea, let’s gooooo

Really weird but funny game, hope this wins


I just saw this; great news, and grats to both @Stewart_Baker and @jdbeamo on recognition of your hard work and efforts!

. :revolving_hearts:


sees that Baldur’s Gate 3 is one of the nominees as well as Dredge

…well the fact that this game is being talked about in the same stacked pile with writing masterpieces as BG3 and Dredge is an honor in itself!