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Update- 15th December 2016

Amesbury's route is out now! Download the new version (2.0) to play his route!

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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.

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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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literally in love with this game

Great game!

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Urgh. I just played Mr Amesbury's route. How is there not an option to slap the kind of asshole who'd hold people up at gunpoint for fun?

i think there is now LOL

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I love the game and the artwork is amazing. I only wish there was a gallery to admire them again and again.

we loved the arkwork ♥️

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Recommendation, a female love interest maybe?

This is great

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absolutely beautiful! the scenery, the characters, the storylines, everything! <3


OMG I GOT GUY BLAKE'S TRUE LOVE STORY IM TRULY WINNING

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I was never a big fan of Regency-era stories and books, but this game has put that opinion entirely upon its head. I read through all three true love routes within a day. Then went back and read them again two days later. I loved it from beginning to end! A very well-done game all around, and absolutely more than worth the price!

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A high recommend, for sure!

I gave my character the surname of “DaBadBitch” as a joke, and then I kept playing. The game made me cackle with how many times I was called Ms DaBadBitch or the MC’s father was called Lord DaBadBitch.

Jokes aside, I applaud the racial diversity of the characters. Is it historically accurate? I don’t know, and with all the intentional erasure of non-white people across history, who knows? But it sure is fun to have this diverse cast of characters around, instead of a perpetual sea of people who look inbred.

I mean, it is fiction for the sake of non-white people’s enjoyment, and a dating sim at that. If your biggest problem with a dating sim is the inclusion of non-white people, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Now, with that said: LORD STANTON. YES. That is all. I got his true love ending in the first playthrough and, honestly, I don’t think this has ever happened to me before, but I don’t want to play again. I don’t want to see the bad endings, or try to get with other love interests. That’s how good Isaac Stanton is as a character. I wish the ending had been a bit more detailed, perhaps with an epilogue, but that’s just nitpicking.

Great game!

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I tried the Captain Blake route: he is a total cutie. I wasn’t expecting the drama that ensued.  

Lord Huntington, ugh, what a slimy little prick. Congratulations are in order when a character meant to be hated can indeed be so despicable. When the MC kicked his cane away, I was living for it. And when Blake did *that*, I was *living* it.  

I got Blake’s true love ending and… oh… my… god… that duel had me dying.  

Then I did the Amesbury route. I love how each route reveals a new side of society as the characters deal with all kinds of conflict. His route is surprisingly sweet and saucy.  

By the way, Mr Montfort? What a good-looking fella he is. I wish he hadn’t been made the third discordant in a love triangle. It’s a shame he’s such a creep.  

Aw, and I like that there’s more of the Foxley x Arabella romance in the Amesbury and Blake routes as well.  

The Society Swindler plot was most exciting. I love how each route has something new to offer.  

“How can I trust the words of a man who has to wear a mask to make his life fulfilled?” I love the dialogue and my witty MC.  

And when the MC calls out the fake Swindler and his ideas of what romance is? *chef’s finger kiss*  

Lord Stanton is still my favourite route by far; I have fallen for an imaginary man, and I don’t want to get up. But I do recommend playing through the other two as well. The entire game is a high recommend. I love how each route reveals a different side of the supporting characters without it being contradictory. It fleshes them out more, makes them come to life. Each route is like a new game altogether, but in a good way.  

Also, a part of this game that I thoroughly enjoyed but haven’t mentioned yet is that the MC and her friend are obviously not as young as your average dating sim/romance protagonist. Seeing characters like that in these types of games is refreshing.  

This comment is embarrassingly long and I am so sorry haha. Really, just play this game. You won’t regret it.

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Lord Stanton was my first play and he is my favorite! also, it's been over a year since I played this game and I'm still waiting on a Mr. Montfort route.. a girl can dream.

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Right??? Why can't we pick him lol.

I loved this story! I highly recommend it.

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I loved it, especially Stanton and captain Blake routes. As for other than story stuff :D I really like music, its simple piano mostly but somehow, even tho its almost the same few chords over and over again, its not irritating or tiresome.

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Late to the party... assembly, perhaps? A really charming game! I've played through both Guy and Isaac. I liked both. Guy is very Captain Wentworthish,  Isaac is this dreamy mishmash of Darcy and Rochester and Huntington is a ghastly mutant combination of Collins and Elton. And while I haven't played the Laurence Amesbury route, I'm sensing he's very much a Henry Crawford/John Willoughby/George Wickham/Frank Churchill/William Elliot type of thing. So far I've really enjoyed it! I know you've moved onto many other games since this, but if you are to revisit this, some additional outfits for the female characters would be awesome such as an outfit for a ball or assembly. Also, while I understand liberties were taken to 'appropriately modernise' the language, there were some immersion-breaking moments because the language was too modern and lax (like the word 'sync'), there were slight grammatical errors (it's 'could have', not 'could of') and some adverbs and verbs were repeated ad nauseum (like every time someone 'curled' their arm around another person's arm).

But other than those minor things, I'm really enjoying it. Darcy emerging from a pond is nothing compared to those intimate, steamy moments! Thanks for making this gem of a visual novel <3

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Just finished Laurence's route, while he isn't an outright scoundrel, there is definitely that bad-boy thing about him. He's the character in the Austen novels which is 'too good to be true'. The one who matches the heroine's wit, romanticism and individualism, but being less tempered by rational thinking and driven more by ego, they have a  character flaw and Austen's protagonists will end up marrying the more grounded character who reinforces, rather than disrupts polite society. But glad to see, not this time! It's like a parallel universe where John Willoughby DOES marry Marianne Dashwood or Henry Crawford DOES marry Fanny Price. My favourite  thing of all three routes, is Arabella and Ernest. I love how their love reminds me of Jane and Bingley's; unaffected and consistent. I ship them, wholeheartedly! 

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how many romance options are there?

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3 (male) love interests.

-Guy, Amesbury, and Isaac.

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This Novel is just GREAT!!! I would love to pay for a bigger" Novel like this, but (please) no Abo. This Novel have really, really wonderful stories, sweet artwork and a high standard! One of the best Novels I have seen ... and I played a lot.

Thank you very mutch!

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No Abo???

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I love this game so, so much! If you are in doubt, I think it should be a truth universally acknowledged that any Austen lover will love this game. Kept playing well into the middle of the night to complete stories, because I could not stop. Treat yourself, get this game and support the creators!

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This game was so much fun. Amesbury's route in particular had me giggling with delight - the playful banter and moments of surprising earnestness just completely won me over. It's the perfect visual novel to spend a comfy afternoon playing. I found myself wishing it was longer even before I finished it. 

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I really like this game. If you are looking in the comments whether to play or not like I do, give it a try! normally I get bored by historical games since I prefer other genres, but this is a gem. I really enjoyed all the characters and never got bored of the game! I played Mr. Amesbury's route and enjoyed it. While some may not because the society swindler is obvious, I still enjoyed it since I like characters that are antagonist-like, but he's sweet too so it's the perfect combo. Fabulous game thank you for making it!

I just wish there was an opportunity to chew him out, I was like, you're a bored rich boy terrorizing people... why??? And I dumped him, haha. But I can see how people would find him appealing!

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this game is so amazinggggggggggg. I feel like i am really heroine.

I love Isaac so much. I always chased after most scandal man after all.  XD

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really fun game !! i enjoyed the length of each route and i loved having multiple options on who to date.

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Game does work at all on windows and no its not an old laptop! Download it and all it comes up with is 'Could not execute' and says about a file being missing. Considering all files have been downloaded and extracted I have no idea what to do. No help or anything online. Absolute waste of money.

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how is it a waste of money when the game is free 

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Actually I was coming back to tell people to ignore that comment. I sent money over before downloading the game so I was super annoyed that it seemed to work for everyone but not me. After 3 hours of going through the computer and files looking for the issue, we found out that it was the new antivirus program that was quarantining a game file after downloading, which preventing the game from opening. Very sorry about the previous comment. Its a wonderful game. I've been looking for something like this after playing 'Regency Love' for the hundredth time

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I had no idea what to expect but this was very romantic, and well written game. I had to clutch my heart for some of the events, thinking I messed up somewhere but I ended up getting "True love- Blake end". I didn't get to try other routes but one path romance was enough for me (Will replay again, though later).

I really liked the dialogue choices, and a few things I don't want to spoil. Hope those who play, also enjoy it, and the fluttery feelings that bloom between the characters.

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I really enjoyed this game. Especially Guy Blake's route. It was so well written and I just loved his character.

Amesburry's route was kinda nice but I felt the whole Society Swindler thing was too obvious. Isaac's route was also well done but I just wasn't a fan of him.

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I love Guy and this game. <3 (That's all!)

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I love Guy and Isaac's routes. Amesbury's is too irresponsible, but still well done (it is his personality I guess). 

I would pay more for a Mr. Montforte and an Arabella route <3

Really well done though. I look forward to future projects!

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At first, I thought that this game would bore me as it isn't the typical VN that I read but THIS.IS.THE.BEST! I've just completed Guy's route but I cannot help myself to comment and just praise this VN. The visuals are all good, it did well on its theme and the story ooooh the writing! The story! It's beyond the best! It's simple is one of my favorite VN. I love how open the choices are, it truly expresses the MC/players thoughts -- some of the VN doesn't have that, it truly is the 'Lady's Choice' heh.  

Guy's route is the best (I'm saying this early I haven't played the other two route), it's the perfect story that I've been looking for. I find myself giggling and smiling when I read Guy's route. Mah heart, filled with love hahaha. Now, Guy is one my top Love Interest of all time in VN and choices games. Top 1, if I may add.


JUST. This VN. Simple the best!

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this was super fun!! the writing was v. good & appropriate for the atmosphere of the game -- it did feel very austen-esque! i played through all three routes and found them accessible and fun. the romance is very well done too. would LOVE to see a mr. montfort route if you ever decide to update this. overall one of my favorite vns i've played recently :)

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The fact that there wasn't an Arabella route seriously left me disappointed.

I legit thought there was going to be one when I started playing.

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I know, right? That's literally the reason why I kept rejecting all the guys at the initial ball.

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agreed i want an arabella route too

it may be hidden but there should be one.....

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Ahhh Guy and Isaac's routes were so good!! I wish I could've punched Huntington myself, but watching Guy punch him was almost as satisfying!

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BROOO I just... dang.. just finished Blakes route.... my heart is weak...

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One of my favorite historical games! Amazing CG's, writing, routes and artwork! 

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I adored this game and I loved all 3 routes. Fantastic writing and it really captured the feeling of the era. Amazing job!

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This is one of the most enjoyable romance visual novel that I've read where romance between the MC and other characters are focal points. I can't stress enough that this is one of the best visual novel I've ever read. The art is gorgeous, the MC is absolutely lovable, and the love interests are really fun to read. Anyway, thank you so much for making me very happy by making this visual novel. Keep up the great work!

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Man, I would love a Mr. Montfort route if you ever come back to do more with this game.

I've found walkthroughs for stanton and blake but is there one for Amesbury? An official one that is?

https://seraphinitegames.tumblr.com/post/154699497333/the-ladys-choice-endings-walkthrough-amesbury


Hope this helps c:

Ty so much

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I smiled the whole way through the game. I love stuff set in this era. You made my day :)

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This is a delightful game. 

I absolutely loved this vn! Beautiful artwork and intriguing storyline. Thank you so much.

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I LOVE this VN. It's absolutely charming in everyway and I've completed every route. I honestly wish there were more Georgian Era VNs to be honestly. x

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Dear god, I spent HOURS playing ! It's the best visual novel I've ever encountered...It left me grinning like an idiot and I enjoyed every bit of it. While reading the comments, I was quite surprised to find out Amesbury's route was the least favourite, as I found myself quite fond of the witty tongue of his. He was so much fun to be around, I could not resist :) The others routes did also ravish my heart, of course, but in a less enchanting way I must admit.

The writing was a pure delight. This VN is truly a master peace. My apologies for such a rough review, but I'm speechless.

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Definitely one of my favorite VNs. I loved the writing most of all, it was a joy to read. Often I found myself scrolling back just to re-read what I thought was a particularly excellent piece of language. I played Stanton's route first, Guy's second, Amesbury's third. And that was the order in which I liked them, ha! 

I have no knowledge whatever of England in that time period, but nothing seemed amiss. I loved the friendship between Arabella and Sophie, and I rooted for her to be with Foxely. They were the cutest couple. I guess I liked Amesbury last because of what happened to Arabella. Stanton was definitely my favorite-I loved him, and his sister and her son. The art was lovely! Overall, an excellent VN. Keep up the good work!

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