I already gave my thoughts on Discord, and you already replied. but I’ll also put them here in case the forum dwellers want to see them.
"I am writing this as I read through, so I can give feedback fresh in my mind, if I complain about something that makes sense later on I’m sorry.
I like how the game is explained and has a history, The game is nice, though I accidentally made a very similar fictional sport so that probably means that both of them are good, though yours is much more in-depth, and mine only exists in the context of its world, so I do like extreme ball very much.
Specifying the sex of the players probably wasn’t necessary, seemed more like some sort of boxes were being checked off. Same with the lockers, I understand it is practically required, or the forums will bombard you with complaints, so I am sympathetic. However, it makes it feel more like a corporate memo, or a government document.
I like the customization, though most of the people I know who dye their hair aren’t athletes, maybe that’s because of FCA because I live in Edmond Oklahoma, or maybe the rules are different?
Comment- Did you guess that my birth name was Jack? Was it because of COG getting my email, if so that’s cool, but also creepy, if not then people without a J name (lucky bastards.) probably wouldn’t appreciate that detail? Maybe have 26 letters to choose from, then have a few names for each, and then the “No… none of these.” That is a phrase that is oddly common, not necessarily a bad thing, I just noticed how to default it was.
Also, why is Jane a default name for dudes? Just seems like you copy/pasted the list for both. Which is kind of lazy, but
Height can’t add inches, so you can’t be 5’11, only 6 feet.
Never mind, but that wasn’t explained. So I couldn’t be 5’11, it’s not a bi tissue, but it would be easy to fix.
Thanks for specifying that (Even if your preference is not for them)
I also don’t know who the people are, except Mikala, I think she was someone’s sister?
Some flavor text would be appreciated, especially the classmate in the stands.
Maybe some time with these characters might be fun? Because otherwise, they’re not very memorable.
I like the part where your leg snaps, the description is just long enough.
Also, I think it might be more meaningful if you’re given a choice to listen to your mom, and then thinking about how much would be lost as an “are you sure.” If you then listen, it describes your unfilled life where you think about “what if.” Then the game ends, most wouldn’t do this, but it would probably give you more attachment to your success.
It might just be me, but I don’t like naming RO’s. Kinda makes them feel more like a pet than their own person. At least add in some pre-made names, please. As for her classmate, why would I want to name her? She might be more important, and likable, but I’d prefer them to feel like people, rather than a Mad Libs. I do like being able to name myself, so I can be myself, and it is good to name things that are nameable, (kids, pets, or pet names.) In other cases, I get a random generator.
So wait Lailah Biggs and Valeria Little have premade last names? Why didn’t you say so earlier?
Thanks for the patch notes, that’s useful.
I didn’t realize I had a letter until the end, I like how it felt like I found a secret, but if it turns into a notes section with important details it might be better to let the player know about it. Same with the rules. Also, there is an error where it just refers to me as just player, even my congratulations note from the governor that he was too probably busy to know about. With its faked signature had my name on a blank to give some legitimacy.
Nothing against the governor. Whoever made these had their heart in the right place, but those dumb enough to believe it was from him probably aren’t smart enough to care.
Also, having the commissioner have the same name as you is a little confusing, or are they an in-world character writing to the protagonist? Or is the note from the author to the one controlling them?
I am glad you’re adding more character depth, but it would probably be better to fix freshmen year. Now they’re seemingly just plopped in to tick RO boxes. I’d like to have some interaction with them before sophomore year, the bus would probably be a good time for this.
Overall it’s good, these complaints don’t add up to much, I enjoyed it even though I don’t usually care about sports fiction."