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.
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Very Positive (276 reviews) - 94% of the 276 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 20, 2013

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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
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
If you love choose your owns. All games by 'Choice of games' are made for you!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
It's really, really good.

No, really. It's really really good. Not in "good for CYOA game" but, it is, independently, a very good fantasy story. Great setting. Unique premise. (Or is it Unique Setting and Great Premise?) Engrossing storyline. Good characters.

I could totally see this as an actual, best selling, fantasy novel with a bit more development. I almost hoped it is instead of a CYOA game. But maybe not, because by it being a CYOA game might've gave me some different involvement in the story that color my view of the game. In other word, it works as CYOA game as well.

What's it about? It's a fantasy story set in a universe where magic is a study of law instead of art or science. And magicians, or craftsmen as it's named in this setting, are more lawyers instead of scientists or artists.

Definitely the best Choice of Games work I've played so far.

Edit: What do you know? It IS actually a series of novel. There's an actual series of fantasy novel based on this setting. Definitely going to hunt for it now.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Choice of the Deathless is an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure game with a dark yet humorous setting: in a world where demons are an everyday thing and necromantic spellcasting is something you're very good at, you just started out as a newly hired lawyer at a famous law firm. A demonic law firm to be exact, where you'll travel between dimensions, try to understand various demons, talk your way through contracts, work with or against gods -- all while wearing a nice suit and squabbling with your fellow colleagues. What will your path be at the Varkath, Nebuchadnezzar & Stone law firm?

Will you be able to pay off your student loans? Will you be able to save your friends and colleagues, and perhaps even find romance amongst them? Will your bosses be so impressed with the way you handle cases and clients eventually make you partner? So many demons, so many choices! And you could even die or lose your soul...

"Necromantic legal thriller" seems like a good way to describe this story. It reminded me of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman in some sense, dealing with demons and hellish creatures while keeping up the dry humour and a modern setting. If you love this kind of angle, then you'll probably like this game. I surely enjoyed myself a lot and heck, even dying is fun in this game where necromancy saves the day!

The Good
+ The modern, demon-infested necromancy-casting setting
+ Really well-written, especially the workings of magic and some of the romance scenes
+ You can actually turn into a skeleton and still get the guy/girl!

The Bad
- It's pretty short: you can finish it in 1-2 hours depending on your reading speed
- No save points and skip options
- Sleep and Soulstuff stats do not appear to affect your wellbeing and spellcasting ability

If you like the setting and text-based, interactive novels, be sure to give it a try! I had a great time as a bisexual skeleton demon lawyer who ended up with her favourite workaholic, saved the day, and eventually even made partner of the firm.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
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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181 of 212 people (85%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
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