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Re: Alice I might be less interested if she weren’t an RO, tbh–it adds a veneer of unfinished business and makes me really wonder what exactly went down between her and the MC. Of course, what we get in the game proper is still pretty interesting–I really like that she’s introduced as kind of harsh and professional and the first piece of her clothing that we get to see is a hot pink shirt with a pun on it, like that’s amazing. I do kind of wish there were an option to screw off of the current job the MC is doing to go help her immediately, but like I get why it isn’t there and I’m sure Alice would be significantly less happy to see the MC if they did that kind of thing.
And in trans issues/Isaac’s work, I think I remember a couple conversations about this in the trans issues thread a while back? I see what you mean about wanting to make sure that the transness of characters is visible, not have a Gay Dumbledore or more recently Pan Lando situation (where it looks like the identities of the character was just tacked on for clicks without being relevant), but I think trying to include it more naturally is a good idea, and I don’t think making transition easy in your universe is necessarily shooting yourself in the foot with making sure it is visible. Like I think there’d be much more of an issue if you introduced a character as “looking trans”, not that I think it’s something you’d do. Right now I think including it more naturally sounds like a good idea–you might include Isaac being more explicit about getting into it for the gender-affirmation surgery when he’s talking about his work? He does say it’s what got him interested in it, but he could directly say “I got interested after they helped with my transition”? But on the other hand, I don’t know many trans people who would directly say to a stranger “I’m trans”–but on the other OTHER hand, people might be more comfortable being more open about it in a world that doesn’t have prejudices against trans folks? I mean for now I think it’d be best to just write it in naturally as you’ve planned it, and from there ask people whether they thought it was included explicitly enough. If nothing else it’s a good sign that you’re putting this much thought into it.
And with Rami, I haven’t played through with an MC that isn’t Alice’s ex because, as noted, I am deeply in love with her and will flirt with her again at the earliest opportunity, but that does make sense. I know earlier on in the thread there was some discussion about assumed relationships in games–even if the MC and Alice were very close I do hope that you get some more options about the relationship once she’s less of an unknown. She might’ve been close with every MC but I think the option would be appreciated to say whether it’s like, “we were honestly very good friends” closeness or “we were really great as a team on a professional level” closeness, or even “there was physical attraction at play that might’ve influenced our interactions but was never acted on,” depending on the type of person Alice is. And specifically with the way Rami worded it–if instead of “shacking up” he just said “shacking up or whatever”, I think that would fix it. It turns what feels like his personal knowledge of their relationship into his own speculation or assumption.