Today's Friday, and it's supposed to be a guest blog day, so I was planning to write an entry about going to a fantastic reading/panel/signing at Enigma Bookstore
last weekend to see Max Gladstone, Laure Anne Gilman,
and Hal Johnson.
But, you'll have to check back later this weekend for notes on that -- because it's the release day for Showdown at Willow Creek
! The game hit the stands today, and I couldn't be more excited to have it out there in the world. To make things even more exciting, Noble Beast Classics launched its Kickstarter,
and presuming it funds, I'll be writing a twisted version of The Jungle Book
with shapeshifters for that project.
So, go check out the Kickstarter, and then read the fun official announcement for Showdown
from Choice of Games (with the fantastic cover art, below, by Ron Chan
) -- I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I enjoyed working on it!
We’re proud to announce that Showdown at Willow Creek,
the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire,
and, via the Chrome Web Store,
Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Saddle up and defend the town of Willow Creek from nefarious outlaws and city slickers! It all starts when a rancher’s daughter goes missing, and it ends at the showdown at Willow Creek, where greed, lust, science and Mother Nature will face off at high noon.
“Showdown at Willow Creek” is the interactive western mystery novel by Alana Joli Abbott where your choices control the story. The game is entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and driven by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.
Gamble, seduce, brawl, or shoot your way through Willow Creek, where gunslingers make the laws, and everybody has secrets. Will you romance the gambler or the soiled dove (or both)? Will you side with the scientists bringing electricity to the Old West, or with a tribe of Native American Utes? Will you unravel the conspiracy that threatens to tear the town apart, or will you light the fuse to blow it all sky high?
Note: With “Showdown,” we’re experimenting with “try before you buy” on iOS, where the first three chapters are available for free. Android and Chrome users can try the first three chapters for free
on the web. You can buy the rest of the game for $1.99–the same price on iOS, Android, and Chrome.
We hope you enjoy playing Showdown at Willow Creek.
We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. Basically, the more times you download in the first week, the better our games will rank.