Find love, fame, and intrigue on the stage of the city's all-woman Opera! Put on a show, survive drama on and off-stage...and win your lover's heart.
A Player's Heart
is a 222,000-word interactive lesbian romance novel by Melissa Scott. It's entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.
You're a rising member of the all-woman Opera company, one of three great theater companies in the glittering rivermouth city of Tristendesande. But Tristendesande’s legal ruler is a three-year-old boy, and his mother the Regent is under ever-increasing pressure from the Castagi Ambassador to rein in the city’s notorious freedoms, the theaters among them. The Opera’s leaders are determined to stay neutral, but the louche, disreputable Electricity Theater—where, scandalously, men and women perform on the same stage, in the same acts—is equally determined to undermine the Ambassador’s influence. And in the hothouse of the theater, love and politics are always entangled.
Who will you choose? Will you seduce your rival at the Opera, Celeine, with dark complexion and a dancer's training, the remains of last night's paint on her lips? Or the innocent Myrr, a genius "artifex" on the stage crew, olive-dark and broad-shouldered, her large hands holding you close? Or perhaps you'll have the heiress Jasquillyn Isalis, a diamond pendant flashing against her warm ivory skin, cupping her cheeks so as not to disturb her towering hairstyle? Or will it be the scandalous star at the Electricity Theater, Mervelles, golden skin glittering beneath a man's suit and hat, her heavy cloak wound around your bodies?
Save the day with your brilliant performance and win your true love's heart. On and off stage, a player's heart conquers all!
Play as female, romancing women.
Find love with a scandalous rival, a fashionable noblewoman, your reliable friend, or an ambitious fellow actress.
Choose to play male roles, female roles, or to be a theater technician.
Show your skill at intrigue in Madam Isalis's salon.
Attend a scandalous performance and escape the watch.
Bring your fellow players together, or seek to outdo them all.
Court your love in a fencing match or through shared performance.
And now, the curtain rises.