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Exile of the Gods

by Jonathan Valuckas

Fantasy
2019

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About the Story

In the great war between the gods, will you wield the chains of destiny, or shatter them forever?

Exile of the Gods is a 500,000 word interactive epic fantasy novel by Jonathan Valuckas, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-basedówithout graphics or sound effectsóand fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Our story begins twenty years after the action of the first game, 2015's Champion of the Gods. Which ending did you get? Start this game as the Champion, a warrior born to serve the gods, and follow the holy destiny the Weavers have crafted for you. Or start this game as the Exile, enemy of the gods, and forge a new life for yourself in the faraway land of Khovros--where mortals are free to choose their own fates.

Champion and Exile alike must unravel a deadly conspiracy, and confront the brewing war upon their gods. Will you vanquish this invading force, or use its power to free your realm from its ruthless creators forever? Take revenge on the gods who exiled you, or steal this chance to prove your worth to the pantheon, and seize your destiny of glory?

The gods made you what you are. Now, you will show them what you are made of.

- Play as male, female, or nonbinary; gay, straight, bi, or ace
- Take the role of your realm's beloved savior, or that of a vengeful warrior living in exile
- Explore a world inspired by the myths of Ancient Greece
- Fight land and sea battles inspired by the military campaigns of antiquity
- Unravel a divine conspiracy that spans two realms, complete with shocking twists
- Use the power of Inspiration to endow your companions with unearthly prowess, or wield Rapture to stun your enemies with bliss
- Move the hearts of your foes with your sincerity, or harness the power of deception to spin a lie that suits your fancy
- Play the game in standalone mode, or import your skills and backstory from "Champion of the Gods" to unlock new storylines--and a terrifying bonus power
- Confront golems, fire-wielding mystics, and the armies of the dead
- Receive a horoscope for your character, based on their virtues and humors

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: July 11, 2019
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: ChoiceScript
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 6o9dsiw7bqbcgpni

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Continue your God-fueled conquest across the great seas, September 18, 2020
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours
If the first game in this series (Champion of the Gods) had Odyssey-themed elements, this one had ones reminding me of Greek philosophy--if Greek philosophy included brutal rampages across the countryside!

I have to admit, this series is one of the few Choicescript games where I love to play as a bloodthirsty, wild warrior who swears allegiance to the Gods at all costs. If I have any regrets from this playthrough, it's that I started out being humble and stuck with it. I plan on replaying as a completely arrogant jerk instead. In any case, I proved to be a loyal disciple of the Goddess of War.

I finished this game with my jaw open, scoffing, partly because I enjoyed twist and partly because it ends on a major cliffhanger. I felt like the main threads of the game itself were completely resolved; in my playthrough, the main antagonists were defeated and all big mysteries cleared up. But the action definitely sets you up for another surprise.

This game has you voyage away from your homeland. I ended the first game not destroying destiny and serving the Gods. In this game, though, you must travel beyond both the reach of your Gods and destiny. You go across the sea to two contrasting cities, and much of the game consists of investigating the two cities, their customs and Gods.

There is romance in this game, although I chose to stay faithful to the romance from my first game, my wife and queen. We had several romantic opportunities. I believe this game is so large because there are so many paths from the first game.

Overall, this game seemed more contemplative than the first. You are met with several who question your choices. I had a son who followed my footsteps but questioned, and both my mentor from the first game and my companion later on frequently disagreed with me. I felt like the game also made vague references to Plato's teaching, like the Parable of the Cave and the concept of ideal forms. For one like me, driven by the bloodlust of the first game, I was surprised, but I think it helped me as I had to double down on my beliefs and goals.

There is a war training section in the last chapters that is its own little minigame. You have to choose different training styles for both your troops and your ships and use them effectively in battle.

Overall, I found the narrative arc less compelling than the first game but the richness of the choices/branching and the ethical quandaries more exciting.

I've also come to realize that I enjoy series of Choicescript games much more than stand-alones. They allow for so much more depth and so many options.

I received a review copy of this (very large) game.

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