Battle demons and undead attorneys, and win souls to pay back your student loans! At the elite demonic-law firm of Varkath Nebuchadnezzar Stone, you'll depose a fallen god, find romance, and maybe even make partner, if you don't lose your own soul first.
User reviews: Very Positive (257 reviews) - 94% of the 257 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 20, 2013

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"Although this is simply a 'choose your own adventure' text-based game, there are many choices throughout the story which lead to many consequences."

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Battle demons and undead attorneys, and win souls to pay back your student loans! At the elite demonic-law firm of Varkath Nebuchadnezzar Stone, you'll depose a fallen god, find romance, and maybe even make partner, if you don't lose your own soul first.

"Choice of the Deathless" is a necromantic legal thriller by Max Gladstone, Campbell Award-nominated author of Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise. The game is entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

  • Explore a fantasy realm with a rich and evolving backstory, based on the novels published by Tor Books.
  • Play as male or female, gay or straight, dead or alive (or both).
  • Build your career on carefully reasoned contracts, or party all night with the skeletal partners at your firm.
  • Navigate intrigue and mystery in a world of scheming magicians and devious monsters.
  • Look for love in at least some of the right places.
  • Balance student loans, sleep, daily commute, rent payments, and demonic litigation—hey, nobody said being a wizard was always fun.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • OS: 10.6
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 32 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Ok, I've played a lot of these 'Choice of Games', and I've really had fun with them all. I realized, though, that this one was extra special when I noticed I was replaying it for the 4th time in a row. While the others are a blast, I rarely replay them, and have never replayed one as much as this one(except Choice of Robots, go play it now if you haven't). This one is exceptionally written, and if your a book worm like me, and really 'get into' the story and 'transport' yourself there, you'll have a freaking blast. I even name my character my real life name just to add to the immersion, and I recommend this for any Interactive Novel, it really adds to the fun. Anyways though, without giving away spoilers this game/story is a lot of fun, you'll especailly enjoy it if your into lawyer, crime, and supernatural shows. 5 stars!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Sooooooo here's where I'm at with this.

It's pretty good. Substantively, it's enjoyable and that's rather an achievement for Spellcasting Lawyers: The Game. At first, you kind of suspect that none of the choices you make in this game will have any effect, because honestly a lot of games with dialog choices these days just do effect A, regardless of whether you selected option A, B, or C (hello Bioware). There are a few of those, but just like one or two. Everything else will have an effect, even if it's subtle or you aren't sure what's happening at the time and there's a few different major ways things can change without those. The theming is definitely odd, but it's quirky and charming and all-in-all "well that was more interesting that I thought it would be".

Here's the problem. It's short, like really ♥♥♥♥ing short. This is actually the shortest game I've ever played. If you're a relatively average reader, your first playthrough will only take you an hour at most. Subsequent playthroughs will take less time, as you're already familiar with the setting and large chunks of text. And, while the writing is good, I don't honestly believe that it took all that long to come up with this or that it would have been overly difficult to double its length.

It's fine while it lasts, but I question if it's appropriate to charge three dollars for something you'll only be doing for one day out of your life and, even if you played the ♥♥♥♥ out of it to get all the achievements and all possible dialogues, will only get three to four quality hours out of.

I'd only recommend this on a 50% off sale.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Oh this takes me back to the bygone days of D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) choose your path adventure books without the ability to look ahead or flip back in the book and make a different choice. Engaging story where what you choose makes a difference and has definite repercussions. Excellent character development of every character throughout. If this were just a novel it would be worth the read.

Story: Play as a new hire lawyer in the prestigious demonic law firm of Varkath, Nebuchadnezzar and Stone. Old friend, new colleagues, magic wards, demonic litigation, depose a goddess, punch a dark god in the face, have a girlfriend or boyfriend or no one at all what ever you prefer, you might even manage to pay off that student loan. Play nice, play nasty, be good, be bad, it is all up to you in the quest to make partner in your law firm hopefully without becoming a living skeleton, literally.

32 steam achievements reflecting the various outcomes of different scenerios and every ending based on a "hidden" point system accompanying every choice. And for those interested it is possible to have in one read through a relationship with every character in the book. (Some of a personal nature, 3 to be exact, and if I remember correctly can get turned down for a fourth, what a player one can be.) I mention this because despite its nature this is a well written, fully developed novel.

Written by Max Gladstone, Campbell Award-nominated author of Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise. (Novels can be found on Amazon)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Choice of the Deathless is a fun text-based "choose your own adventure" game in which you play as an aspiring necromancer trying to make a name for him/herself. I first discovered "Choice of Games" on my Android phone, and was delighted to see the adventures continue on Steam. The writing is great, with enough intrigue and drama to satisfy any interactive novel fans, while having enough RPG-like elements to draw in some new players.

As a brand new necromancer, your job is to rise in the ranks of a corporation by using your skills and your wit to overcome adversity. You will go head-to-head against coworkers, rival necromancers and demons, and possibly even find love.

The story is well planned and flows smoothly, although there are a few bland bits scattered here or there. The choices you are faced with are as realistic as a game about raising the dead and summoning demons can be, with your character showing real human weakness and fears along with the courage and bravado expected from an RPG hero. Gameplay is easy, because there are no controls to learn: just read a bit, then click on the response you think fits your hero's personality. One of the great things about this type of game is that you can be anything you want to be.

If you don't enjoy reading, then this game probably isn't for you. But if you enjoy reading a good story and wonder what it would be like to be a part of that story and dictate the protagonist's every move, then look no further.


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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
The Craft Sequence written by Max Gladstone has a lot of world building, which might feel overwhelming at first. But I strongly encourage you to explore it and enjoy its captivating universe - think of a more adult and "scientific" version of Harry Potter, using Craft to bend physical laws and travel through realities and probabilities.

You work as a "lawyer" for a firm and will have to solve some missions, using your four attributes - conviction, cunning, craft and charm - to make craft contracts, swindle gods by giving a physical manifestation to their contradictions, and make your firm prosper. You build relationships with others that could help you later - or make you fall.

There are three love interests: the male workaholic who steals credit to your job, the female soap box idealistic, and the rich haughty aristocrat (male or female depending on your preferences). A bit disappointing, and virtually no impact on the story. Another negative points is that a lot of stats are pointless. You have limited sleep and soulstuff (your "magical energy"), yet I've spent nights to work and used craft every single time I could, without ever running out of any of these. Those minor negative points have all been fixed in the sequel, Deathless City's thirst.

Overall, I've had a great experience with this game and I recomment it - however, the sequel is even better, so I strongly encourage to buy the bundle.
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