I’m glad to have feedback from both sides of the fence. I was originally going for the tension of an uninformed decision, but I also acknowledge that this might not be the best place for it. Ultimately it will have to come down to my goals for the choice, which I haven’t quite solidified.
I wanted to let the user define the relationship for this reason, and I plan to dig a little deeper into that later. Some authors use prior relationships in the beginning of the game to determine the MC’s romantic preferences, but I’m more interested in having an established person in the MC’s history and from there determining the nature of that history. I didn’t offer the same option for Rami, because that would have been way too symmetrical and I want these two to exist on their own as characters.
It’s hard to tell right now because we’re just getting started, but there isn’t going to be option to select romantic preferences. Flirt with whoever you want. Or don’t. I would rather leave that up to the player to pick the options that appeal to them as they come up. Not all of the NPC’s will necessarily be interested in what the MC’s selling, but it feels more natural to me to have that come up in conversation in-game than for me to place limitations in the code.
The exception to this is there will be a couple points with an aromantic option that will completely shut down any further NPC flirting or advances. It is not my intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or force unwanted interactions on the player and I respect and acknowledge that some people aren’t into that.
@HomingPidgeon: To answer your question: yes, Alice will be an RO. Assuming Chapter 2 doesn’t get too long, she should be showing up in Chapter 3 or 4.