The Path of Death

Player Rating6.86/8

"#22 overall, #1 for 2016"
based on 455 ratings since 01/15/2017
played 2,489 times (finished 157)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length8/8

"Even light has to break at the rest stop"

Maturity Level7/8

"anything goes"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 18. If this were a movie, it would probably be R.

Take control of Dagden, a small Orc child taken from his family and taken prisoner in Reaper Castle under the control of the Grand Necromancer, before making friends with his daughter Blaise and choosing how to make your mark in the world.

This is my spin-off to Mazkil, except better, longer and with more things you like and less things you don't like, whatever they may be. Somehow, I've appealed to everyone! I'd like to thank the wonderful Mizal for beta-reading and helping me sort through this storygame and make it readable, she was a fantastic help. Please rate, comment and tell me if you find any bugs. Thanks, and enjoy!

Player Comments

I don't know what I was expecting, but this game absolutely exceeded expectations. It took the standard tropes of dark fantasy and turned them upside down, managed to bounce between snarky, dark, fluffy, and badass all while delivering a great plot at a snappy pace.

The writing is fantastic, the characters are all very unique and memorable, the dialogue is witty and very natural, and the game just great fun all the way through. It's serious when it needs to be serious and funny when it needs to be funny, as well as packed to the gills with action and adventure with a non-standard protagonist and his equally unique love interest.

Just play it.
-- the_quiller on 2/29/2016 2:38:48 AM with a score of 0
Steve, this was both fantastic and inspiring.

The writing was great, and the narrative had an amazing voice that was very much you. The story was thrilling, adventurous, sweet and romantic in different aspects. I loved how you played with tropes, twisting them around in interesting ways. The Path of Death is filled with memorable moments, characters and personalities. This story is a must read and just goes on and on and on. I also highly enjoyed the lore in the story and how some early decisions came back to relevance later in the story.

This story is absolutely feature worthy, though we have so many excellent stories in the fantasy section. Perhaps it is time to break the fantasy section into two of its sub-genres so more top stories can sport the main StoryGame page. Or if the site moved to drawing six stories from a select pool of feature worthy stories randomly when the page is loaded, I would strongly support this story being among that group.

As great as any story is, there is always room for improvement. There were some grammar errors, but I would expect that in a story this size, without having a publisher and editing team to help support you. A tad more jarring were the rare instances where you typed the name of one character, when you were referring to another. I believe there was one instance where Blaise was called something else entirely (as in a name that wasn't even a another character in the story.) The occasional paragraph would read odd, where you would use the same noun repeatedly in close proximity, often at the end of one sentence and the very beginning of the next.

Other than that, only two things really jumped out at me. You had Checkers IIX in the story. Unless I missed a joke somewhere that this was intentional, the roman numeral for "8" is VIII. The other was Dagden suffering multiple broken ribs early in the story and immediately jumping around and going axe crazy on his enemy. I understand he's an orc, and they're 'special' but that really stretches my suspension of disbelief. Severe trauma to the core makes even the slightest movement incredibly painful. A character suffering multiple broken ribs would have severe difficulty breathing, possible internal injuries (fluid in the lungs, for example) and would be incapable of swift, sudden movements. Dagden tended to heal awfully quickly in general from what seemed to be rather significant wounds (with or without potions).

Oh, and I had 100 gold coins at one point in the dwarf town, but I was able to buy everything in the store, despite the combined price being more than that.

All that aside, I felt the story had so much effort poured into it - and was so well thought out and done - that I gave it a perfect 8/8 because taken as a whole, it was marvelous and cross blended multiple genres quite well. And I give very few perfect ratings. You should be quite proud of this story.
-- Bucky on 2/8/2016 5:40:39 PM with a score of 0
Very long. Great Job detailing; one thing that would make it better for me is more options. It's less interesting without so many choices. I made it to the end after probably a few hours but it kept me interested; that's a hard thing to do with a story this long.
-- Kestrelzoo on 4/20/2017 11:03:37 AM with a score of 0
Amazing story. Couple of typos though, but didn't impair my reading.
-- Meru on 4/14/2017 1:52:49 AM with a score of 0
This was a great story but i felt trapped for a choose your own adventure most choices lead to death or you fail vary little outside of combat and relationship with the girl are change able and only slightly but all in all great story for sure read it love the new out look on orcs and necromancers
-- Caseydeni on 4/11/2017 9:43:41 PM with a score of 0
this is a grate game and i would be willing to play any sequles you make so please do
-- carlos on 4/11/2017 11:34:36 AM with a score of 0
This was really really good I loved it loved the characters and I felt for them I was Dang. I felt his lose and I loved his character growth. I was happy to be apart of it and if I rated 1 out 10 i'd give it a 11!! I loved it great job.
-- Drew Jepsen on 4/2/2017 4:23:32 AM with a score of 0
Kinda short
-- nargoth715 on 3/29/2017 4:17:43 PM with a score of 0
I love so much when you can get into the characters and feel some emotion. This was perfect and I completely enjoyed this art. Thank you!
-- Galootius on 3/28/2017 5:03:47 PM with a score of 0
You have a few typos and got a few names mixed up
-- ApeKing4 on 3/26/2017 2:25:48 PM with a score of 0
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