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The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!
The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!
The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!
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Romeo and/or Juliet: Choose your character!

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While the favourite Romeo and/or Juliet option here was OPTION 3 (learn more about the author) yesterday, when I incorporated Twitter and Tumblr votes, OPTION 2 (play without spoilers) was the winner by about 20 votes out of 850.  So that's what we'll do!  But as you guys are OG and my SECRET FAVOURITES, I'll let you know a bit more about me: one time I rescued a skateboard from the sea, and I messed up walking my dog so badly it made the news.  That's me!

So!  LET'S BEGIN WITHOUT SPOILERS, SHALL WE?

BEGIN PLAY:

You have just been born! Congratulations, good work on that thing! Now SURPRISE, babies are boring, so we’re going to jump ahead in time to a point where you’re a COOL TEEN and you’ve already lived a reasonable chunk of your life. I can promise you that most of what we’re going to see now will be FLABBERGASTINGLY INTERESTING. Teens do all sorts of interesting things! They make friends, they shed tears, they totally make out, AND OTHER THINGS TOO, PROBABLY. I think we all can agree that high school rules and is definitely the most important part of your life. So let’s join this awesome stuff already in progress!

Where you are is Verona, in Italy. When you are is Sunday, July 21, 1585, 8:18 a.m. Who you are . . . well, that’s entirely up to you. 

Are you: 

ROMEO? He’s a 15-year-old teen who loves love, loves being in love, and loves being in love with love! Big into love, this guy. He’s deeply, sincerely in love with Rosaline, who is smart and pretty and SO PERFECT OMG. It’s weird we haven’t mentioned her in the title though? Anyway, Romeo’s interests include thinking about women and also not being called up to the front of the class while thinking about women. Last year he moved out of his parents’ house and into a tinier house that his parents also own. 

Romeo’s got a +1 perk to composition and elocution (that’s, like, talking), but a −1 weakness against moderation and foresight. If you think you’ll need to recite poetry in this adventure, he’s a good choice. He’s allied with TEAM MONTAGUE. 

JULIET? She’s a 16-year-old teen who is a dainty flower, as fragile as a spider’s web in the morning dew. Naw, I’m just having a little fun, like when you call a short guy “Tallo” or “Doctor Heightsworth.” Juliet’s actually SUPER RIPPED, and her top six interests are: muscles, boys, getting muscles, getting boys, kissing boys, and kissing her own muscles. Look, you can play as a boy who wants to meet a girl or as a girl who wants to meet a boy! Each has what the other wants, and you can control either of them. Hey, this book is gonna be EASY. 

The downside to Juliet is, her parents micromanage her life and tell her what to do all the time, which leaves very little time for chatting up boys. She never gets to decide anything for herself, she barely leaves the house, and her nurse is her only real friend. It’s a little sad when you think about it. She tries not to. 

Juliet has a +2 perk to muscles (OBVIOUSLY) but a −2 weakness against the mad hotties. She’s an excellent choice if you want to solve your problems with muscles, and why wouldn’t you? She’s on TEAM CAPULET. 

  • OPTION ROMEO: Play as Romeo 
  • OPTION JULIET: Play as Juliet

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Vote in the comments and we'll post the winning option tomorrow!  You should know that SHAKESPEARE HIMSELF chose Option Romeo when he was writing his book (the choices Shakespeare made are marked in the book again). Character art on this page is by Kate Beaton, who is and remains amazing!

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    1. Renee on May 11, 2016

      Juliet!! PUNCH THINGS! :P

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      Susan Schomburg on May 11, 2016

      Team MUSCLES! Team JULIET!

    3. Philhouse
      Superbacker
      on May 10, 2016

      Juliet sounds good.

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      Heather Kingsley on May 10, 2016

      Option Juliet Please ^.^

    5. Scott Martin on May 10, 2016

      Juliet and mighty muscles!

    6. Rebecca Newman
      Superbacker
      on May 10, 2016

      Juliet!

    7. Matt Crawford on May 10, 2016

      When is poetry going to be useful? Muscles are an objectively more likely way to solve problems.
      JULIET

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      Jonathan Bagelman
      Superbacker
      on May 10, 2016

      Juliet smash!

    9. Sasha on May 10, 2016

      Juliet! Please <3

    10. Mary-Ann Wyatt on May 10, 2016

      Option Juliet Please.

    11. Román on May 10, 2016

      OPTION JULIET

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      Jota on May 10, 2016

      Rosaline, of course. Billy already wrote plenty about R & J; let's hear a bit about someone else!

    13. Cindy Womack
      Superbacker
      on May 10, 2016

      OPTION JULIET

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      Aaron Hilton on May 10, 2016

      As someone with a weakness for hotties, I support team juliet

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      Robynne Blume on May 10, 2016

      Gonna have to be Option Juliet.

    16. KLAWLOR on May 10, 2016

      Option Juliet

    17. Craig Kozeluh on May 10, 2016

      I bite my thumb at every Montague,
      to mighty Juliet I will be true.

    18. Corey Palmer on May 10, 2016

      My bet must for for young Ms. Capulet!

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      Jayme Bell on May 10, 2016

      Juliet is the option of my choosing.

    20. c k on May 10, 2016

      Inventory
      Check inventory
      Look inventory

    21. Travis Jay on May 10, 2016

      OPTION JULIET

    22. David M Pickett on May 10, 2016

      I hope there are some LGBTQ romantic pairings available. Romeo/Mercutio, perhaps? Romercutio as the kids say.

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      wrincewind on May 10, 2016

      Option juliet!

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      Ian Reed on May 10, 2016

      JULIET, DUH muscles are rad as hell??

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      Charlie Reavette on May 10, 2016

      Juliet, violence is fun.

    26. c k on May 10, 2016

      GO SOUTH

    27. KatMarie on May 10, 2016

      Option Juliet!

    28. Micah on May 10, 2016

      Juliet #BGSD

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      Kelly Burkhardt on May 10, 2016

      Option 2 - Juliet

    30. Asa on May 10, 2016

      Juliet please

    31. Pablo Soares on May 10, 2016

      Everyone here at work secretly agrees on option 2. I'm preeeetty positive on that one