Title: Choose Well, Choose Wisely, Choose Again
Fandom: Long Live the Queen (video game)
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: Repeating time, Drama, Introspection
Length: Short (1578 words)
Warnings: Canonical (repeated) character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] tuesdayfic
Author Website: tuesday

Summary:

Elodie knew that a princess had only one chance to rule wisely. Elodie knew wrong.

Review:

Long Live the Queen is a peculiar little simulation game that takes place in a magical kingdom, following the forty weeks leading up to the fifteenth birthday and subsequent coronation of the Princess Elodie. She begins as a sheltered young girl, utterly unprepared for the duties that await her. Over the course of the forty weeks, the player chooses what skills Elodie should learn from her tutors and selects her reactions to events. If the proper skills and responses are chosen, Elodie lives to her fifteenth birthday and becomes Queen. If not, Elodie dies. And dies, and dies, and dies.

Choose Well, Choose Wisely, Choose Again presents an Elodie who becomes conscious of the repetitive nature of the game over the course of her resurrections and subsequent 'playthroughs'. Most interestingly, tuesday incorporates the game's unusual mechanics into the in-universe lore and subtly molds the functionally immortal Elodie into an avatar of the gamer who plays the game again and again in search of perfection.

Choose Well, Choose Wisely, Choose Again


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