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An interactive, dimension-hopping portal fantasy romance from Choice of Games' romance imprint, Heart's Choice. * * * Find true love and family with a pirate crew at the ends of the universe, where aliens, ghosts, and portals open the space between worlds...and your heart. You are a Navigator, one who creates and guards portals from one dimension to another, wary of the An interactive, dimension-hopping portal fantasy romance from Choice of Games' romance imprint, Heart's Choice. * * * Find true love and family with a pirate crew at the ends of the universe, where aliens, ghosts, and portals open the space between worlds...and your heart. You are a Navigator, one who creates and guards portals from one dimension to another, wary of the liminal sea between them. Your universe is made of two worlds: one contains the magic-infused world of Zephyria, and the other, the dystopian space station Eclipse. The worlds are balanced, until one day, an explosive disaster, a deadly energy storm, and an infamous pirate—the Ghost Queen—upend your life and plunge you into a race to save both worlds. Dawnfall is a 235,000-word interactive romance novel by RoAnna Sylver, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power or your imagination. So what happens when you find there’s not just two dimensions to save, but three? Is saving two worlds worth sacrificing one? Will you find love with the crew of the Dawnfall, or will you bring these pirates to justice? Are connections between universes, people, and lives meant to be forged and protected, or severed for the greater good? * Play as male, female, nonbinary, or agender; gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, or aromantic * Play as monogamous or polyamorous--romancing up to 5 crewmates at the same time! * Live your best life as a star-covered space elf, or as a feathered, magical bird-person * Face off against infamous pirate known as the Ghost Queen, or join her rebellious quest * Save not one, but three whole worlds; one built on magic, one on technology, and one on something entirely unknown... * Explore an ever-shifting, magical pirate ship * Open portals between dimensions with magic, technology, or the power of rock n’roll Navigate your heart’s own course, and hope you can weather the storms.


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An interactive, dimension-hopping portal fantasy romance from Choice of Games' romance imprint, Heart's Choice. * * * Find true love and family with a pirate crew at the ends of the universe, where aliens, ghosts, and portals open the space between worlds...and your heart. You are a Navigator, one who creates and guards portals from one dimension to another, wary of the An interactive, dimension-hopping portal fantasy romance from Choice of Games' romance imprint, Heart's Choice. * * * Find true love and family with a pirate crew at the ends of the universe, where aliens, ghosts, and portals open the space between worlds...and your heart. You are a Navigator, one who creates and guards portals from one dimension to another, wary of the liminal sea between them. Your universe is made of two worlds: one contains the magic-infused world of Zephyria, and the other, the dystopian space station Eclipse. The worlds are balanced, until one day, an explosive disaster, a deadly energy storm, and an infamous pirate—the Ghost Queen—upend your life and plunge you into a race to save both worlds. Dawnfall is a 235,000-word interactive romance novel by RoAnna Sylver, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power or your imagination. So what happens when you find there’s not just two dimensions to save, but three? Is saving two worlds worth sacrificing one? Will you find love with the crew of the Dawnfall, or will you bring these pirates to justice? Are connections between universes, people, and lives meant to be forged and protected, or severed for the greater good? * Play as male, female, nonbinary, or agender; gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, or aromantic * Play as monogamous or polyamorous--romancing up to 5 crewmates at the same time! * Live your best life as a star-covered space elf, or as a feathered, magical bird-person * Face off against infamous pirate known as the Ghost Queen, or join her rebellious quest * Save not one, but three whole worlds; one built on magic, one on technology, and one on something entirely unknown... * Explore an ever-shifting, magical pirate ship * Open portals between dimensions with magic, technology, or the power of rock n’roll Navigate your heart’s own course, and hope you can weather the storms.

52 review for Dawnfall

  1. 4 out of 5

    RoAnna Sylver

    I mean, I think it's pretty good~

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly (kimberly_reads)

    I really enjoyed this story! The diverse characters and exciting adventure Dawnfall has in store is one I really can’t recommend checking out enough!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eri

    Dawnfall is not like any other romance game I've ever played before, on multiple levels. The first and most obvious is the sheer lengths that the author has gone through to make sure that this game is as inclusive as possible. It's probably the MOST detailed game I've ever played in allowing players to pick their own pronouns (for a lot of nonbinary players this will be the FIRST TIME this has ever been an option) and the exact kind of relationships they're interested in. Want some mildly steamy Dawnfall is not like any other romance game I've ever played before, on multiple levels. The first and most obvious is the sheer lengths that the author has gone through to make sure that this game is as inclusive as possible. It's probably the MOST detailed game I've ever played in allowing players to pick their own pronouns (for a lot of nonbinary players this will be the FIRST TIME this has ever been an option) and the exact kind of relationships they're interested in. Want some mildly steamy and highly artistic sexual encounters with the crew of the Dawnfall? You can do that! Like romance but want a fully nonsexual experience? You can do that too! Just want to grow friendships while playing a portal adventure? Also an option. And in a bonus, though the PC may be one of two alien species, none of this is treated as alien in any way, no matter your gender choice or orientation, the player is not made to feel Othered by any descriptions. The detailed questions on your exact romantic preference takes the forefront because the focus of the game really and truly is entirely on your bonds with the crew that you find yourself fallen in with, if you don't trust them and hold them at arms length to try and save the world as an individualist or forgive the secrets that have been hidden from you in order to embrace your teamwork, whether you want to romance one, none, or all of them, and whether your loyalties lie with your family and lawful way of life or the pirates you're working with. This narrow focus allows deeper scenes with each character and lets you get to know them as practically living, breathing people. Each of them has a full history and relationships with other characters that really help to fill out the world. I felt as if my character was stepping into a truly developed history and full world, not just shallow backdrops to play out the story against, which is not easy to do with a text only medium. The writing, of course, is top notch. The story goes to great pains to paint vivid pictures of the two alien worlds and even without the aid of images or audio cues I felt that the setting was fully realized and shown in amazing detail. Also unique to this game are the polyamorous options, which are shown in surprising depth and detail. Each romance is acknowledged by your other potential romances and can be merged together in unique ways. While the pirate queen is the only option to be fully monogamous, there's little reason to not want to try for everyone as they all knit together into a fascinating tapestry and your character can be part of several different very sweet triads and polycules. There are also several possible endings to reach, depending on which relationships you choose to develop and whether you focus on teamwork or on your own goals and I found that my ending felt distinct in a satisfying way. The impacts of your character's relationships are what guides the ending and it felt as if all my choices over the course of the game really came together to create the impactful ending. All in all, I highly recommend this game especially for queer or polyam inclined players who might never have played a game that so openly acknowledges and is made for them. After years of being on the outside, finally a game lets me in and I, personally, couldn't be happier with it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jaziru

    This was more than a book for me, and better than a 3D video game RPG, something rather more than both. Perhaps it is because I come up from MUDs, text-based roleplaying, that this format seemed so natural, comfortable, and right. I don’t want to do spoilers, so I’ll just say a bunch of words like transcendent, compelling, emotionally stirring, and starving for your attention. You won’t want to look away, even for your silly little livetweet of the experience - and it IS an experience - and you This was more than a book for me, and better than a 3D video game RPG, something rather more than both. Perhaps it is because I come up from MUDs, text-based roleplaying, that this format seemed so natural, comfortable, and right. I don’t want to do spoilers, so I’ll just say a bunch of words like transcendent, compelling, emotionally stirring, and starving for your attention. You won’t want to look away, even for your silly little livetweet of the experience - and it IS an experience - and you WILL form bonds with these characters regardless of the particular relationship status you develop with them over time. When I saw my own pronoun on the page, it was stunning. I was seen. I don’t use a traditional pronoun, so that has never happened in my thirty-seven years of reading. I am 40. It’s an astonishing experience. It makes you feel grounded in your person, a truly existing human being. As this does with any representation of marginalized identities. I’ve read other stories with nonbinary characters, before, but never one with my very own pronouns, let alone a character that I myself was playing. That was Something Special. The choices you will face as you engage this story are always impactful, and always worth being weighed for the inevitable ripple effect they will have. If you are anything like me, you will come to see these characters as real people, with real feelings, and it will matter to you how they take your actions. And I have yet to play through another time, with a whole different worldview. The experience was intense. You will want to read and play through this story many times. I promise you it is worth it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    As a nonbinary, aromantic asexual person, it's almost impossible to find media that represents me. Dawnfall is the first time I've really gotten to see myself on the page (screen?). I got to play a nonbinary character whose pronouns were never once questioned. I got to play an aromantic asexual character who was never pressured into dating and/or sex (I ended up dating everyone anyway because why not?) Dawnfall is an engaging story, with a world that feels real and characters that felt unique and As a nonbinary, aromantic asexual person, it's almost impossible to find media that represents me. Dawnfall is the first time I've really gotten to see myself on the page (screen?). I got to play a nonbinary character whose pronouns were never once questioned. I got to play an aromantic asexual character who was never pressured into dating and/or sex (I ended up dating everyone anyway because why not?) Dawnfall is an engaging story, with a world that feels real and characters that felt unique and fleshed out. The choices I had to make, both in regard to relationships and the plot, had me stopping and contemplating my decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I look forward to playing through again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vanellope

    This was So. Much. Fun. I hadn't expected it to be so addicting. It honestly became a bit of a problem, because I really should have been studying the past few days, but I couldn't stop myself from reading "one more chapter" over and over until I finished it. Then I immediately started playing it again to get different endings. Definitely not good for my productivity, but man, I enjoyed it. And god, it was so freaking diverse and inclusive in so many ways, which I really really appreciated. It This was So. Much. Fun. I hadn't expected it to be so addicting. It honestly became a bit of a problem, because I really should have been studying the past few days, but I couldn't stop myself from reading "one more chapter" over and over until I finished it. Then I immediately started playing it again to get different endings. Definitely not good for my productivity, but man, I enjoyed it. And god, it was so freaking diverse and inclusive in so many ways, which I really really appreciated. It was nice. Also, I felt like the balance between action scenes and scenes when you build relationships with characters was really well done. Definitely gonna keep coming back to this one. I gotta finish all the achievements!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kawiria Creed

    I highly recommend this to lovers of interactive games and choose-your-own-adventure novels! I was scared my opinion of it would change after my review of the first four chapters (on my website), but it never did. This book/game just kept getting better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    I'm not usually one to rate books before I read them. But this is different. 1. It's interactive, and draws you in from the very first sentence. 2. It's RoAnna Sylver, an author whose works I'm pretty sure I'll always enjoy. 3. The first four chapters are available NOW, for FREE! So I've already started it, and I can confirm, it's incredible. You play as one of two fantasy races, part of a team of Portal Navigators who get hurt in a storm. There are hijinks, adorable friends, feisty Ghost Queen I'm not usually one to rate books before I read them. But this is different. 1. It's interactive, and draws you in from the very first sentence. 2. It's RoAnna Sylver, an author whose works I'm pretty sure I'll always enjoy. 3. The first four chapters are available NOW, for FREE! So I've already started it, and I can confirm, it's incredible. You play as one of two fantasy races, part of a team of Portal Navigators who get hurt in a storm. There are hijinks, adorable friends, feisty Ghost Queen pirates, and, as always with RoAnna Sylver's works, an incredible commitment to diversity of choice, both in the character traits you choose and the NPCs. Honestly, I cannot wait to finish this book. Game. Gook? I don't even care, I'm hooked.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wow. Science fiction and romance? Damn, who knew I loved the two mixed together? RoAnna writes very distinct characters, I could tell which main character was talking by their utterances and body language. Zenith, Averis, Oz, and the Ghost Queen are awesome, complex characters. I’d love to read more about them, especially the Ghost Queen. My only issue with the novel was the amount of information barrelled at me, it was a lot to take in. I did appreciate the addition of a glossary though, I feel Wow. Science fiction and romance? Damn, who knew I loved the two mixed together? RoAnna writes very distinct characters, I could tell which main character was talking by their utterances and body language. Zenith, Averis, Oz, and the Ghost Queen are awesome, complex characters. I’d love to read more about them, especially the Ghost Queen. My only issue with the novel was the amount of information barrelled at me, it was a lot to take in. I did appreciate the addition of a glossary though, I feel like science fiction novels should do that more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Luka

    I had no idea I could enjoy choose-your-own-adventure novels so much if they were digital. I'm on my second playthrough and definitely planning on a third. This has everything: romance, adventure, magic, aliens, pirates, a place that responds to the inhabitants' wishes, gender diversity, birds…

  11. 4 out of 5

    Density

  12. 5 out of 5

    W B

  13. 5 out of 5

    Isa Boog

  14. 4 out of 5

    Acqua

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becca

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Meerkat

  17. 5 out of 5

    Keira

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lucyndaria

  19. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Cannon

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dvorah

  21. 4 out of 5

    Larishia-kia

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sedona Sunshine

  23. 5 out of 5

    RoAnna Sylver

    I mean, I think it's pretty good~

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eri

    Dawnfall is not like any other romance game I've ever played before, on multiple levels. The first and most obvious is the sheer lengths that the author has gone through to make sure that this game is as inclusive as possible. It's probably the MOST detailed game I've ever played in allowing players to pick their own pronouns (for a lot of nonbinary players this will be the FIRST TIME this has ever been an option) and the exact kind of relationships they're interested in. Want some mildly steamy Dawnfall is not like any other romance game I've ever played before, on multiple levels. The first and most obvious is the sheer lengths that the author has gone through to make sure that this game is as inclusive as possible. It's probably the MOST detailed game I've ever played in allowing players to pick their own pronouns (for a lot of nonbinary players this will be the FIRST TIME this has ever been an option) and the exact kind of relationships they're interested in. Want some mildly steamy and highly artistic sexual encounters with the crew of the Dawnfall? You can do that! Like romance but want a fully nonsexual experience? You can do that too! Just want to grow friendships while playing a portal adventure? Also an option. And in a bonus, though the PC may be one of two alien species, none of this is treated as alien in any way, no matter your gender choice or orientation, the player is not made to feel Othered by any descriptions. The detailed questions on your exact romantic preference takes the forefront because the focus of the game really and truly is entirely on your bonds with the crew that you find yourself fallen in with, if you don't trust them and hold them at arms length to try and save the world as an individualist or forgive the secrets that have been hidden from you in order to embrace your teamwork, whether you want to romance one, none, or all of them, and whether your loyalties lie with your family and lawful way of life or the pirates you're working with. This narrow focus allows deeper scenes with each character and lets you get to know them as practically living, breathing people. Each of them has a full history and relationships with other characters that really help to fill out the world. I felt as if my character was stepping into a truly developed history and full world, not just shallow backdrops to play out the story against, which is not easy to do with a text only medium. The writing, of course, is top notch. The story goes to great pains to paint vivid pictures of the two alien worlds and even without the aid of images or audio cues I felt that the setting was fully realized and shown in amazing detail. Also unique to this game are the polyamorous options, which are shown in surprising depth and detail. Each romance is acknowledged by your other potential romances and can be merged together in unique ways. While the pirate queen is the only option to be fully monogamous, there's little reason to not want to try for everyone as they all knit together into a fascinating tapestry and your character can be part of several different very sweet triads and polycules. There are also several possible endings to reach, depending on which relationships you choose to develop and whether you focus on teamwork or on your own goals and I found that my ending felt distinct in a satisfying way. The impacts of your character's relationships are what guides the ending and it felt as if all my choices over the course of the game really came together to create the impactful ending. All in all, I highly recommend this game especially for queer or polyam inclined players who might never have played a game that so openly acknowledges and is made for them. After years of being on the outside, finally a game lets me in and I, personally, couldn't be happier with it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jaziru

    This was more than a book for me, and better than a 3D video game RPG, something rather more than both. Perhaps it is because I come up from MUDs, text-based roleplaying, that this format seemed so natural, comfortable, and right. I don’t want to do spoilers, so I’ll just say a bunch of words like transcendent, compelling, emotionally stirring, and starving for your attention. You won’t want to look away, even for your silly little livetweet of the experience - and it IS an experience - and you This was more than a book for me, and better than a 3D video game RPG, something rather more than both. Perhaps it is because I come up from MUDs, text-based roleplaying, that this format seemed so natural, comfortable, and right. I don’t want to do spoilers, so I’ll just say a bunch of words like transcendent, compelling, emotionally stirring, and starving for your attention. You won’t want to look away, even for your silly little livetweet of the experience - and it IS an experience - and you WILL form bonds with these characters regardless of the particular relationship status you develop with them over time. When I saw my own pronoun on the page, it was stunning. I was seen. I don’t use a traditional pronoun, so that has never happened in my thirty-seven years of reading. I am 40. It’s an astonishing experience. It makes you feel grounded in your person, a truly existing human being. As this does with any representation of marginalized identities. I’ve read other stories with nonbinary characters, before, but never one with my very own pronouns, let alone a character that I myself was playing. That was Something Special. The choices you will face as you engage this story are always impactful, and always worth being weighed for the inevitable ripple effect they will have. If you are anything like me, you will come to see these characters as real people, with real feelings, and it will matter to you how they take your actions. And I have yet to play through another time, with a whole different worldview. The experience was intense. You will want to read and play through this story many times. I promise you it is worth it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    As a nonbinary, aromantic asexual person, it's almost impossible to find media that represents me. Dawnfall is the first time I've really gotten to see myself on the page (screen?). I got to play a nonbinary character whose pronouns were never once questioned. I got to play an aromantic asexual character who was never pressured into dating and/or sex (I ended up dating everyone anyway because why not?) Dawnfall is an engaging story, with a world that feels real and characters that felt unique and As a nonbinary, aromantic asexual person, it's almost impossible to find media that represents me. Dawnfall is the first time I've really gotten to see myself on the page (screen?). I got to play a nonbinary character whose pronouns were never once questioned. I got to play an aromantic asexual character who was never pressured into dating and/or sex (I ended up dating everyone anyway because why not?) Dawnfall is an engaging story, with a world that feels real and characters that felt unique and fleshed out. The choices I had to make, both in regard to relationships and the plot, had me stopping and contemplating my decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I look forward to playing through again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vanellope

    This was So. Much. Fun. I hadn't expected it to be so addicting. It honestly became a bit of a problem, because I really should have been studying the past few days, but I couldn't stop myself from reading "one more chapter" over and over until I finished it. Then I immediately started playing it again to get different endings. Definitely not good for my productivity, but man, I enjoyed it. And god, it was so freaking diverse and inclusive in so many ways, which I really really appreciated. It This was So. Much. Fun. I hadn't expected it to be so addicting. It honestly became a bit of a problem, because I really should have been studying the past few days, but I couldn't stop myself from reading "one more chapter" over and over until I finished it. Then I immediately started playing it again to get different endings. Definitely not good for my productivity, but man, I enjoyed it. And god, it was so freaking diverse and inclusive in so many ways, which I really really appreciated. It was nice. Also, I felt like the balance between action scenes and scenes when you build relationships with characters was really well done. Definitely gonna keep coming back to this one. I gotta finish all the achievements!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly (kimberly_reads)

    I really enjoyed this story! The diverse characters and exciting adventure Dawnfall has in store is one I really can’t recommend checking out enough!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    I'm not usually one to rate books before I read them. But this is different. 1. It's interactive, and draws you in from the very first sentence. 2. It's RoAnna Sylver, an author whose works I'm pretty sure I'll always enjoy. 3. The first four chapters are available NOW, for FREE! So I've already started it, and I can confirm, it's incredible. You play as one of two fantasy races, part of a team of Portal Navigators who get hurt in a storm. There are hijinks, adorable friends, feisty Ghost Queen I'm not usually one to rate books before I read them. But this is different. 1. It's interactive, and draws you in from the very first sentence. 2. It's RoAnna Sylver, an author whose works I'm pretty sure I'll always enjoy. 3. The first four chapters are available NOW, for FREE! So I've already started it, and I can confirm, it's incredible. You play as one of two fantasy races, part of a team of Portal Navigators who get hurt in a storm. There are hijinks, adorable friends, feisty Ghost Queen pirates, and, as always with RoAnna Sylver's works, an incredible commitment to diversity of choice, both in the character traits you choose and the NPCs. Honestly, I cannot wait to finish this book. Game. Gook? I don't even care, I'm hooked.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kawiria Creed

    I highly recommend this to lovers of interactive games and choose-your-own-adventure novels! I was scared my opinion of it would change after my review of the first four chapters (on my website), but it never did. This book/game just kept getting better.

  31. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wow. Science fiction and romance? Damn, who knew I loved the two mixed together? RoAnna writes very distinct characters, I could tell which main character was talking by their utterances and body language. Zenith, Averis, Oz, and the Ghost Queen are awesome, complex characters. I’d love to read more about them, especially the Ghost Queen. My only issue with the novel was the amount of information barrelled at me, it was a lot to take in. I did appreciate the addition of a glossary though, I feel Wow. Science fiction and romance? Damn, who knew I loved the two mixed together? RoAnna writes very distinct characters, I could tell which main character was talking by their utterances and body language. Zenith, Averis, Oz, and the Ghost Queen are awesome, complex characters. I’d love to read more about them, especially the Ghost Queen. My only issue with the novel was the amount of information barrelled at me, it was a lot to take in. I did appreciate the addition of a glossary though, I feel like science fiction novels should do that more!

  32. 5 out of 5

    Luka

    I had no idea I could enjoy choose-your-own-adventure novels so much if they were digital. I'm on my second playthrough and definitely planning on a third. This has everything: romance, adventure, magic, aliens, pirates, a place that responds to the inhabitants' wishes, gender diversity, birds…

  33. 4 out of 5

    Airhawk

  34. 4 out of 5

    Ann Elise Monte

  35. 4 out of 5

    Riska Sleepless

  36. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

  37. 4 out of 5

    Harker

  38. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Anne Hamilton

  39. 5 out of 5

    Ocean Weeks

  40. 4 out of 5

    Claudie Arseneault

  41. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Barton

  42. 4 out of 5

    Dill Werner

  43. 5 out of 5

    Barry Raifsnider

  44. 5 out of 5

    Ceillie Simkiss

  45. 5 out of 5

    sam

  46. 5 out of 5

    Salome'

  47. 5 out of 5

    Lynn O'Connacht

  48. 5 out of 5

    Kristīne Vītola

  49. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Cannon

  50. 5 out of 5

    Christy

  51. 5 out of 5

    Tasha Turner

  52. 5 out of 5

    Alex Reithmeier

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