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 :)
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 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
<font>English isn't my first language so sorry for my english xD</font>
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
I'm glad the other characters in this appealed to you that much :D He turned out more popular than expected!
I just completed the Amebury route and...OH MY! I played it as a sweet, understanding and coy Lady Elisabeth Reginald. It was lovely! I had such a fun time taunting Laurence and the releationship blossomed so beautifully! I cannot wait to try out the other routes. I've no clue who to court next! This coming Season shall be wonderful! Fantastic job. I will definitely be donating to your cause come pay day!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D (And, what a brilliant name for your character!) I really hope you enjoy the other routes just as much as Amesbury.
Thank you so much for your kind words and support, they really mean so much :)
Wow! I have just finished Guy's (or Captain Blake's) route. I must say I am quite excited to try the others if they are half as good as that one. As a frequenter of otomes I often find myself feeling delight as my choices get me closer to my chosen man. What I did not expect was the thrill the game caused me. I found my heart beating just as fast for the Captain as I am sure the MC's was. You have made a game of truley captivating characters. I was on the edge of my seat as I played all the way to the end unable to walk away from such an exciting story of twists and turns. I look forward to looking out for what you might come out with next.
-A new avid fan
I loved this game so much. The writing was great, I was kept on the edge my toes all the time, and the romance between Blake and the MC had me swooning. I've yet to play through with Amesbury or Stanton though, but from what I've heard, they're pretty good, so I look forward to that! :D
Thank you so much for playing the game :D (And, I'm very sorry for the incredibly late reply!)
I hoped you enjoyed the other routes just as much, and they also had you swooning ;)
Hi there, I know that my girlfriend would absolutely love this game, but sadly we haven't got a PC or a Mac. Are there any plans to release this on iOS at all? Please say there is - really want to get her into gaming!
Hi :) Unfortunately, I don't have any plans to release it for iOS. Mainly because if I did, I would have to charge for it (because to put it up on the store costs quite a lot!), and I think that would be unfair to have it for pay-what-you-want/free on PC, and then charge on phone.
I'm really sorry about that!
I love this game! Though I wish it had a gallery so that I can admire the CGs again and again :)
The CG Gallery was something I wanted to add in, but just didn't get the time :/ It's something I will definitely be shooting for in my future projects though!
MONFORT IS BAE, I love Stantons route the most, a very well written game
Montfort certainly gained some fans :D More than I thought he would!
But, yeah, Stanton's route was my favourite too (even if I shouldn't admit favourites as the creator!)
I run a book blog, I would love to cover these on my site!
Do you mean like a review? Because, of course that would be fine!
I'd love to see what you write :)
Thank you for your interest!
Thank you for your perseverance in creating a wonderful game!
I managed to get the 'True Love' Ending in all three playthroughs which was a surprise to me.
Lord Stanton was my absolute favourite. The MC being very much her own woman and going against all society's conventions, especially when confronting not one, but several dangerous individuals in the name of justice
I was a bit cold for Mr. Amesbury and Blake was a bit boring to me, but that is probably because you had written such a great story for Lord Stanton.
I'm very much looking forward to future titles! I also particularly loved the soundtrack, especially the solo piano at the very last CG. (Best for Stanton)
<3 Much love from this player.
PS: I think Stanton's CG scenes were the best. Blake's looked a little deformed at times. Amesbury had the second best CG scenes.
And thank you for your lovely comment and support!
Stanton was definitely my favourite out of the 3 love interests (I know I shouldn't have favourites, but still...)
Poor Blake's route was a bit put under time-constraints, I think that's why some of his CGs are a bit off the mark. Hopefully I will get better at time management in future projects :D
I so hope you make more regency games - what a wonderfully addictive game.
I'm not working on any more Regency games for now, though I do have a new project underway. Hopefully it will be just as interesting though! :D
Thank you so much for your kind comment :)
is their going to be more updates?
There won't be anymore updates to The Lady's Choice- it's now a completed project :D Thank you so much for you interest!
I'M ADDICTED TO THIS GAME. During Amesbury route i fangirled everytime Monfort appeared and loved everything about this game. I would definitely like to see a route for Mr. Montfort if it doesn't trouble you. Looking forward to it ~
If I can create an addiction to one of my games, then I hope that means I've done the job well :D
Montfort was rather more popular than I expected! Unfortunately, I won't be able to do a route for Montfort. I don't think he would suit the MC in this game, especially after he's so linked in with Amesbury's route. It would mean a whole new setting and cast of characters just for him (which I'm sure he would feel most entitled to anyway!).
I am currently working on another big project, so don't have the time to dedicate to a route for him :/
But, thank you so much for commenting, and for playing the game! It's honestly so motivating to hear you enjoyed it so much :)
I, like several others, created an account just to let you know how good of an idea this is. I'm actually not that big of an Otome fan, but the setting intrigued me so much I had to purchase this.
I'm looking forward to more updates!
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to make an account and comment, you have no idea how much it means to me that you enjoyed the game so much to do it :)
It's even more exciting to know that your not a big otome fan, but still enjoyed this! Thank you, again, for giving it a chance and playing it :)
I too created an account on here just so I could leave you a comment telling you that I absolutely LOVE this game so far!! :3 I played Guy's route first (with the true love ending)...it is so well written and the tone of the dialogue fits the theme so well that I was totally immersed in the story and felt so in tune with the MC! I must admit that this had me swooning right along with her (Guy is pretty dreamy imo), as well as feeling the need to speak out against the class system that the Huntington's loved to enforce....I love that there were dialogue options that allowed the MC to be a strong and interesting woman. The art in the game is lovely too. All in all, this game is everything I was hoping it would be <3 can't wait to play the other routes! Thank you for this great game!
Seriously, knowing you liked the game enough to make an account to comment makes me smile so much. Thank you so much for taking the effort to do it! It's so motivating and inspiring to see how much people like the game :D
I hope you enjoy the other routes as much as Blake's!
Of course (: I think it's important to give much deserved praise when you've obviously worked hard on this and it turned out so well! I find people like you inspiring and motivating, because I've thought about making games like this too. Thank you again, and yes I am loving the other routes as well!