You've created a really wonderful game. If your goal was to have created a game with the feel of a regency romance novel, then you have succeeded with flying colors. This was a throwback to reading Jane Austen novels and I absolutely loved it. Lord Stanton was personally my favorite and Blake was a close second. I look forward to seeing what you create in the future.
The Lady's Choice
A downloadable Otome for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Update- 15th December 2016
Amesbury's route is out now! Download the new version (2.0) to play his route!
Scandal. Gossip. Mismatches.
What will fuel this Season's gossip? And will you be able to keep yourself from being burned by it?
As the daughter of a Viscount, and heiress to a small fortune, you are invited back into society even after years of seclusion at your family's estate.
The upcoming Season is to be spent in Bath, your childhood friend having finally convinced you into it, and only the cream of society will be there. But the fickle and difficult dance that is weaving through society can be a tricky thing to remember, especially when they thrive on any small misstep you may make.
But which partner is selected to help guide you through the maze of the upper classes is always left down to The Lady's Choice.
The Lady's Choice is a light visual novel set in Regency times and will be route based.
The goal is to give the feel of a regency romance novel, but an interactive one!
Though it is a historical visual novel, it's not going to be completely accurate (for example, they didn't really have a Season in Bath). I have taken liberties because, well, I wanted to have fun with this rather than freak about every nuance of historical accuracy.
This was started for NaNoReNo 2016 gamejam.
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I love love so much this novel. I can't un-glue myself from it. So far, I have completed two routes which I found them interesting and addicting especially Lord Stanton which is my favourite :D although I wished for a longer ending but nevertheless I am really satisfied with it. Keep it on and thanks to have given us wonderful stories to enjoy :D
Love love love this visual novel! Swooned over every single on of the male characters. Have to say Blake was my favourite but quite enjoyed Isaac and Laurence as well.
Also really enjoyed your other one you did, the spirit one. Can’t wait for what you come out with next. 😄
Can hardly wait for a new game by Seraphinite. Really enjoyed this one and Crossroads.
I adored!!! this!! game!!! you were the developer of regency love, weren't you? my friend gifted the app to me and I cried a lot, but from heart-warmth, haha. thank you so much for your work <3
Actually, I didn't develop Regency Love. That was done by another company :D
But I'm so glad you could enjoy this game too! :) The more Regency romance games the better, right? Hehe!
Eeee!! :D Amesbury and then Isaac were my favourite. Thank you so much for such an amazing game!! eee! SO CHARMING AND SWEET!
I got too frustrated with Guy, haha. :P
Loved it! :D Still squealing now. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't like a epilogue at the end explaining what happens after the ending. D: But great job regardless.
I'd never played an otome before but someone recommended this one to me and I'm SO glad I checked it out! I had a 12 hour mini-vacation and managed to squeeze in all 3 true-love routes. I regret nothing! I loved that the MC was interesting and spunky and that it was possible to make her feel quite different depending on the dialogue choices. The 3 love interests were fun and satisfying and I enjoyed them all (though Stanton is my favorite, both in looks and character)! Thanks for all your hard work on this! I'm going to download your other game right now. :D
I liked that playing all 3 routes gave you different insights into Arabella's character as well. She was different in each but still clearly the same character. (Also I was a little jealous, because Foxley deserved his name. A fox for sure! Lucky lady.)
Hey I just finished all the True Love routes and I am in awe.
First I did Captain Blake's route and absolutely love how sweet and gallant he is (he is still mostly my favorite) but it was so exciting I was worried to try the others. I was thinking, "this was so good, now the others won't seem as good in comparison."
Then I did Lord Stanton's route and I was so happy to have such a different but still exciting and thrilling story. So I thought "okay that was also super interesting and fleshed out and amazing, but Mr. Amesbury seems a bit dull, I'm sure he won't be as good."
Then I did his route and I was like "okay these are all amazing and interesting with good plot and interesting characters and romance and excitement". It was still so good and fit with the whole game but took it in a whole new direction.
I would like to say I am sorry for doubting you because you are amazing at writing these. Like I was so impressed that each story was so unique and yet still maintaining an interesting story for each. None of them are boring or feel just thrown in. And I especially love Arabella and Colonel Foxley always being together and super lovey-dovey, because it really creates a sense of these are all in the same universe, just different paths you take. (And tbh Arabella and Foxley are so cute omg, they both deserve so much happiness together.) Yeah, I'm sorry if this is really weird or long but I just wanted to say you and your game are amazing and you are so talented. Thank you for making it.
I have an ardent love for Jane Austen so playing a game set in her era really appealed to me and I'm glad I played it. I have played through all of the True Love ends and I love it! The choices and stories are wonderful.
Amesbury is my favorite... I enjoy teasing and being teased back. He sort of reminds me of Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey in some of the scenes
here I go assuming everyone has read all of Jane's magnificent novels.
Captain Blake is real sweet and deserves the world. I really, really wanted an option to punch Lord Huntington. I think I would rather marry Mr. Collins than him. Both don't get the hint but at least Collins eventually does and moves on.
Lord Stanton I was uncertain about at first but I loved his route. It was fun yelling at the bad guys and being the hero, bonus points because Isaac didn't become huffy about a woman helping him.
This was my first game from itch.io and first VN and I absolutely loved it! I find things from the past very fascinating so this definitely was up my alley.
The only 2 things that bothered me was the mini image of "me" next to the texts all the time. I found that very confusing and had hoped you could turn that off. The other thing I would have liked was being able to change clothes and hairstyles. But I also understand how that can possibly be a bit harder to do. Although I'll still hope that if there is any new game in the works this can be incoorperated somehow.
Anyway, am already following you and hope to see many more cool vns from you in the future!
Lots of love from Holland! SterreJana
I love love love your work in this and The Crossroads. Your writing style and build up in romance is spot on. Keep it up! :)
This is the first VN I've ever played, and I just have to say, it's amazing! I did Captain Blake's first and then Amesbury. Maybe I'm not playing it right, but I can't seem to find a proper ending to Stanton's story....I end up where he leaves and then it ends. I'll have to go back and try again. Anyway, well done!
I just finished all three routes and I have to tell you this game was amazing! Not gonna lie, I may have cried once or twice....This is the best otome game I have ever played and I would love to see future expansion on it! Thank you so much for creating such believable, well written, well developed romances and friendships in the game. I adored Arabella and was thrilled when she and Ernest found their happiness :) Thanks again!
I've only done guy's route (true love ending) so far but I'm in love! definitely one of my favourite visual novels i have ever read, I got a little emotional not going to lie, i have green eyes and brown hair so i felt like guy was talking about me! >< I'm very much a fan of period stories but i think you are right in not fussing over being exact, as it's more about the characters and romance! definitely going to play all the route's though, thank you!!! <3 I was thinking about all the different ways guy would court, maybe a poem or two :)
I absolutely loved Isaac's route!
I had my doubts; his goatee gave me an uncomfortable vibe not unlike my first impression of a certain goatee-wearing gardener in a certain house...
but ohmagahhhh he is irresistable! His smooth charm, honesty, protectiveness and sense of responsibility surprised and delighted me hahaha! Whenever I was reading, I imagined him having a sort of husky, low voice that would have driven my MC crazy~
Oh, I started Guy first. Those quiet, shy ones always attract my attention first. His looks aren't that bad either~ He is a sinnamon roll and a sparkling gem, I tell you. (especially that blindfolded gaME HOW DARE YOU MAKE HIM STEAL MY HEART, RIP IT INTO TWO AND HEAL IT BACK WITH ALL THAT SWEET-TALKING UUUGHUHGUHG)
I liked Amesbury the least? Made sense, since he was more playful compared to Guy and Isaac. A bit miffed that his actions eventually led to Arabella's injury. I can't stop feeling frsutrated that most of the negative consequences are avoidable? But then he wouldn't have gotten his route after all.
Aaaaanyway, I can't believe you made most of this game from scratch. Artist, programmer, writer??? And all for free???
TEACH US YOUR WAYS, OH WISE ONE!
But seriously. How did you find time during your time in school to self-teach yourself all this?
I LOVE THIS GAME SO MUCH! YOU ARE AMAZING BE MY FRIEND! XD
I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D Thank you for playing it!
Hi em somehow I couldn't play the game on my Mac. I did download the Mac version but I saw the games avatar was the ren'py avatar. is it because I have the ren'py software
That's odd :/ It should play fine, even with Ren'py software on your computer. Hm, I'm not sure what the problem could be as I don't own a Mac.
Not sure why it would switch the avatar to the Ren'py logo. Is there an error message when you try to start the game?
Sorry for the trouble!
I kinda fell in love with this game. I already got all true love endings. It's greatly written and i hope it will expand in future. I have to say this is one of my favourites otome by far.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a lovely comment! And, quite the compliment that it's one of your favourites :)
Hi! Just wanted to let you know how much I adore everything about this game!
The art is great, it is well written, the time period is everything, and I REALLY like that you can choose you own way to respond to stuff without it necessarly having an impact on the outcome - it makes it easier to identify with the MC, and makes the whole experience more realistic.
Moreover I really like that it's not very hard to end op with the "good" ending (I've played/read some other VN's where I didn't end up with the ending I wanted and had to go back which just ruins it a bit for me).
And last but not least I fell completely and utterly in love with Guy :D
Like I mean... jeez... heh heh.
I really like his story, his broodyness, his looks, and the sensitive fellow underneath. I also really loved how well he responded to my humourous answers. He just has so many layers that one.
I also played Staton's route which was sweet, and will of couse play Amesbury's soon!
After I finished this VN I found out you made another (Crossroads), and I just finished that one as well. Reeeally great!! A whole different setting but still loved it, and the character customization was a nice touch!
Lastly I just have to compliment you on your overall ability to write men that I absolutely love. I mean I'm a bit difficult to impress but both VN's left me with a stupid grin on my face seriously wanting those goddamn men. I mean... where can I get myself a Guy or a Lucan in real life??? :D
So... this ended up really long but I just had to let you know my appreciation of your work. And I REALLY hope you're planning/working on more projects!?
Oh wow! Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment :D It's so motivating to know that people are enjoying what I create!
I am currently working on an interactive fiction, The Wayhaven Chronicles- quite a different format than visual novels, but still having fun writing it :)
I loved this so much! My favorite route is Amesbury's but I did love Guy and Stanton too!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Amesbury was quiet different to write than the others, so it's nice he still appealed :D
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!
Hello! Very good and interesting game! I only played Amesbury Route, i liked him so much, quite particular person in that environment, progressive and more "human" but when i discovered (SPOILER)he was the bandit and basically stoled the protagonist first kiss with a blackmail of sorts, i could not in good coscience keep romancing him and so i got the bad ending after i refused to forgive him. I don't know if i will play other routes, however again, good game! congratulations
Thank you so much for trying it out and leaving a comment! I'm really glad you managed to enjoy the parts you played to that certain point :) I hope the bad ending suited... they're always the toughest to write!
Oh jesus, I loved this.
I've only played the Amesbury route as it was what attracted me right off the bat, but I'm extremely excited to play the other ones. The writing in this piece is very elegent and had me sucked in from the first sentence.
I believe there is one spelling mistake during the route, towards the end, I think Laurence's sentence should be "a sentiment I share", but it says "I sentiment I share". Not sure, please don't take offense, as this is a lovely piece.
Thank you so much for weaving this tale. <3
Aah, thank you so much! I'm really glad you liked it :) I really tried to make the writing style fit the theme of the VN, whilst also making it easy for a modern audience to read.
(Also, urgh about the spelling error! Thought I'd managed to catch them all! Thank you for that :D ).
The Lady's Choice has made me soo emotional holy cheese. I admit I had a lot of feels for these characters. Each were so unique in personality and how they interacted. I admit Guy was frustrating at times but such a gentle person. I can't wait to start Amesbury's route right away! Also, "The Crossroads" is next on my list for sure XD
I'm so glad it drew you in and had you feeling the emotions :D Writing the different guys was fun, and it's nice they were appealing!
I hope you enjoy The Crossroads if you get a chance to play it :)
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment!
I love Amesbury's route, he's my favourite >///< And I love the MC so much and her relation with Arabella
English isn't my first language so sorry for my english xD
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Especially Amesbury, as he was great fun to write :D
(Your English was perfect!)
WHOA! New updates! Amesbury's route! <3 It's a nice surprise because I was away for a long time :')
Thank you very much, you made my day~ :D
I'll post another comment after I played it :D
And finally I replayed all the routes since your game is so great and I couldn't help it... kinda missed Lord Stanton and Captain Blake anyway so lol. Amesbury is a very fun guy, he is unique, I just don't like his 'part-time job' at night lol :P, but it was great route to play, nonetheless! Thank you for the new route and the game! <3 <3
I was so excited to play your new route when I got an email from itch.io, and I was not the least bit disappointed. Thank you so much for your work!
Well, thank you for playing it and for leaving such a lovely comment :D I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the route!
This game is absolutely amazing! I had to play all story paths!!
I'm really glad you enjoyed it :D Thank you so much for the lovely comment!
I found out about this game when Elisa Hansen (of Vampire Reviews fame) started doing a playthrough of it with her husband, and I'm so glad I bought it! I played through all the routes in one day (because I lack self control), and it was fantastic. Lord Stanton's plot was my favourite by far, and I'm fairly sure I'll be playing his route at least one more time. I enjoyed his relationship with the main character the best - they both end up rescuing one another throughout the story, which is refreshing, and he was the best written love interest, in my opinion. Thank you so much for this game, looking forward to your other projects!
I've been watching that playthrough too, and oh my word, it's kept me laughing so much :D It's great fun! (I don't normally like to watch playthroughs of my stuff, because it makes me too nervous, but they're so amazing at going through it I can't help it!).
Hearing that you wanted to go through all routes in one day is a big compliment!
(Stanton was my favourite... I know, I know- I shouldn't have favourites :D But he was the romance I wrote for my tastes).
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, it's so encouraging to hear people are enjoying the game :)
I agree that Montfort would have been a lovely option (I know it's not and will not be...just adding my ten cents). Amesbury's extracurricular activities drive me batty. LOL It would have been fun to have the option to take the Amesbury path and realize that Montfort was actually the path you wanted to be on. ;-) I just love Stanton and have done that route several times. All in all, just wanted to say, GREAT work!!
Thank you so much for your kind comment! It's great to know you like the game and the guys ;)
Uh can i also say that i've played Amsbury 10 x still doing it over again i love him as a character. Stanton makes me think that im somehow kissing Jesus XD lol
I'm so glad you like Amesbury :) He was much different to the other love interests, so it's good to know he still appealed!LOL at Stanton comment! :D
If you are into Jane Austen or anything to do with Regency setting romance, then this is the game for you. Very well written, pleasant music/art, and compelling characters. I truly hope to see more from the developers!
Thank you so much for the recommendation! It really means so much to know you enjoyed it and that you took the time to comment :)
Just wanted to chime in and say I really enjoyed The Lady's Choice. It took me back to watching Jane Austen movies growing up, so you nailed the regency era feeling right on the head.
And I agree with AmaraDenee, Montfort was delicious. First time he popped up I was sitting back snapping my fingers, wondering if I could possibly switch from Amesbury to him lol. Anway, this game was lovely and I wish you luck in your other endeavors. (^.^)
Thank you so much! It's so amazing to hear you enjoyed it :) Even more so that it could give you the same feel as the Austen type movies!
While I adore pretty much EVERYBODY in the game, I have to say I was dying for a route with Montfort. Maybe I just have an addiction to otome games, but his smoldering gaze haunts my soul and I wish I could've pursued him as an interest. It's an amazing game and I hope to find more like it!
Montfort has certainly been a popular guy- maybe I should have toned down his smolder! :D
Thank you so much for playing and taking the time to comment :)
Captain Blake is my man!!! I didn't like Amesbury at all. Not that he wasn't very well written, because he was, but because I didn't like him as a person. When I played through his story line then went back and left him I laughed when it said bad end. SO not ending up with a criminal and my best friend not getting shot is bad? Don't get me wrong. I gave this game a five star rating. I'm just expressing frustration. Which is a compliment, because I couldn't be frustrated if I didn't care so much. Lol :)
I'm so glad you liked Blake! His route was a tough one to write, but worth it in the end. Amesbury was much more specific I think :D
Thank you so much for playing and taking the time to comment :)
Thank you for taking the time to create this masterpiece! I had never played a visual novel before so this was quite a wonderful introduction! I can honestly say that I will play anything you make, because I can tell you have some true talent!
I loved this game and two things I died and almost passed out from shock its soooooo amazing lol
I'm glad you enjoyed it so much :D Even better to know it had you so immersed!
how'd you come up with the story line? just curious
All the routes went through a lot of work- some of them weren't even close to how they turned out when I first came up with the ideas :D A lot of back and forth, idea taking, and talking it out with family and friends.
I think Blake was the only one who I was certain of all the way from the start. Amesbury's route actually changed just before writing him.
amsbury is actually my favorite of all the characters you did a good job with your team in making him into a phantom of the opera type character. XD not kidding though love the characters great job
I found this VN last autumn, and I loved it. The characters and story feels real, which can't be said for many popular books, movies, and TV-shows. And, as a big fan of victorian literature (Jane Austen etc.) the 'world' just feels right.
I was so happy when I found that another character had been added to this, as I'd picked out Amesbury as my intended lover after the ball scene, before discovering he wasn't an option. It didn't disappoint. I think I can safely say this is my favourite visual novel. Can I hope for more characters added to this in the future, or is this the end?
I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed it, even more so that it piqued your interest considering you're a historical fan.
The Lady's Choice is now a completed game, so no more routes will be added. But, it's quite the compliment to know you hoped for more! :D
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!
Hello, I'm wondering if possibly you would be willing to make Mr. Montfort a pursuable character. He is handsome and enchanting; a real gentleman.
Montfort was certainly quite popular in the end :D Unfortunately, I won't be adding a route for Montfort; I really don't think a route with this MC would work after the Amesbury stuff.
But, I'm so glad he enchanted you enough that you wanted more of him ;)
hi! i think there might be a problem with the files? i've switched computers a couple of times, and restarted, and redownloaded but i still can't open the files. if there's a different place you'd like me to contact you, please let me know!
Hey :) That's really odd- it's the same files it's always been.
Is the file downloading properly? Or, is it just that you are having trouble actually opening the game?
Sorry for the trouble! I'll try and help as best I can.
sorry... my bad...!!! the reason it wasnt working was because my housemate was playing competitive league and it caused our internet to shit out and corrupted my downloads :\ hahha.
i rlly hope u think about making a Montfort route if you think about making another route