——— Plot ———
A few years from now, in Little Peak, Minnesota, a teenager is ready to go to sleep.
While the heavy industry is more active than ever, the effects of global warming are evident, with higher temperatures, dying bees, and animals acting weird.
It has simply been another normal Wednesday, but little do people know that it’s the last day of normality Mother Nature has granted them.
After Dark is a scientifically accurate apocalyptic horror. You’re tired of zombies rising from the ground for no reason? You don’t believe in ghosts? Glittering vampires aren’t for you? Then you have to try one of the three different stories that unfold in After Dark.
When a global pandemic starts to transform people into dangerous monsters, which path will you choose? Will you fight for humanity? Will you stay for your family? Or will you run away in search of a better future?
——— Mechanics ———
Play as cis male, cis female, FtM, MtF, or nonbinary; straight, gay, bi, or ace.
Lots of characters to meet, with 3-5 romantic interests for each route, and even a secret one.
Three different routes with three completely different stories.
Functional smartphone including a social network, an online newspaper, and a weather forecast app —don’t forget the charger!
Various subplots: investigate the pandemic, become a godparent, learn the American Sign Language, become an evolved human, analyze your worst nightmares, or do something else!
Portrait gallery of your travel companions: imagine them, read them, see them.
Intelligent character definition system. Your character’s ethnicity, constitution, and background are no longer narrative accessories —everything actively affects your story.
Intelligent autonomy for the romantic interests: they will notice your attention and will behave accordingly, acting independently based on your relationship.
…and much more!
——— Frequently Asked Question ———
Is it a stand-alone book?
It is for now, but there may be a sequel in the future.
Since it starts in teenage age, will we be growing along with the character?
Not in this book, but it will definitely happen if there is a sequel.
What do you mean with "scientifically accurate?"
After Dark’s lore is based on a plausible futuristic scenario and supported by scientific explanations. MC will have the opportunity to investigate it throughout the book! This obviously does not mean that these events will actually happen in real life; the distinction is useful to tell it apart from fantasy and traditional horror.
Can you tell us more about the ROs?
Answers with few spoilers aren’t blurred, while detailed answers with spoilers are blurred.
How many ROs are there?
About 3-5 for each route!
(spoiler) There are nine different ROs, plus a secret one. One of them is common to all routes.
Are all of them gender locked?
Some are gender-locked, some are not.
(spoiler) There are two male ROs, three female ROs, and four ROs whose gender changes based on MC’s preferences. If MC is bisexual, then the number is five male ROs and four female ROs.
Are all of them available for all MC genders?
(spoiler) The only non-romanceable teenager is actually aro/ace.
If autonomy is on, can they flirt with MC even if MC doesn’t like them?
They might. They read MC’s behavior, so if they don’t feel romantically appreciated, they feel like they have no reason to hit on MC.
Can you list the available ROs with every possible detail about them?
I can, but please note that this is a huge spoiler!
Michael, 17, M
It’s a schoolmate of yours and a football player, your typical strong and brave guy. Tall and beardless, he has a lean and muscular physique, wavy blond hair, and light blue eyes.
He’s more in pain than he’d like to admit.
(Michael’s portrait: click here)
Max, 16, M (or F)
Shy teen, very smart and capable with technology. Wavy hair, almost curly; (s)he has an amber complexion and black eyes.
Max is slim and quiet. (S)he prefers to look around and listen rather than speak. (S)he’s also a vegetarian.
(Max’s portrait: Male | Female)
Divya, 16, F
Classmate of the science lessons. She’s Indian and has chestnut hair, black eyes, and a magnetic smile. She’s usually cheerful and witty.
(Divya’s portrait: click here)
——— Development ———
The code is almost finished, but given the complexity of the story I am unable to predict its length.
Currently available in the demo: prequel, start of the first route.
Current words count: 11668 words
[ I will try to update every month, but at the present time (April 2021) I’m writing my final paper, so I may be a little slower than the usual! ]
Try the demo here: After Dark
(You can also discuss it in this Discord server.)
[DashingDon tags: No sexual content, PC can be male, PC can be female, PC can be transgender, PC can be nonbinary, romance, romanceable gay NPC, romanceable bisexual NPC, romanceable heterosexual NPC, future, lore rich world, monsters, zombies, horror, trigger warnings, young adult]