OMG. I forgot about Finch! A Study In Steampunk had awesome Fem RO as well. You could let the first one die, or save her and have her hate you forever, or turn your back ideals for the second one in favor of love. I actually did one playthrough where I left Finch for Alexandera and it was satisfying AF! Okay, Samurai Of Hyuga and A Study In Steam punk are now my Fav stories for RO.
Oh god, we’re the same person. I feel so read LOL
I love Finch from Study in Steampunk too, since the romance is so well incorporated into the story. Gotta be the first novel that I even loved the bad endings for because THE DELICIOUS ANGST of Finch coming back and seeing that you’ve become an unhinged killer in his absence…
Orion from Evertree saga is also a top #1/#2 for me. As for others, hmm…Ambrose or Gray from Mind Blind WIP, Morkai from Soul Stone (this one is a guilty pleasure I’ll admit).
Also I love everything about I, the Forgotten One WIP, which includes the M/M romance option (Obren). Well developed slow burn and great characterisation.
I love him too - honestly, he almost makes the top 5. Kotori beats him by a tiny bit only
@Big_fan1231 From what I’ve seen on Tumblr, it skews more towards male ROs too. Names in asks I’ve received tend to be the male version instead of gender neutral in the case of characters who are gender-selectable. For instance, instead of using the gender neutral ‘R’, I get asks that have ‘Reese’ more frequently than ones that mention ‘Ruby’, etc.
Arhhh…I think there’s a bit of a misunderstanding. I didn’t mean there were more female ROs than male.
I meant that the favourite ROs listed in the most developed thread on ROs Love Interests in Choice of Games or Hosted Games has names of more female ROs.
Sorry for the misunderstanding! My bad for the poor phrasing of my sentence.
Good question. I know some others here say the males get talked about more, but I see more talk about female ROs than males. Maybe I look in the wrong place?
Mason from Wayhaven. The other three are good, but Mason is, by far, my favorite.
Morkai and Straasa from TSSW. Morkai has a slight edge, but Straasa is all kinds of awesome. The MC with both of these guys (single or together) feels more like an adult relationship than a lot of other IFs.
Grey and Bill from Supernatural in New York. Grey got my MC from the first time she laid eyes on him and I was convinced she would never look at anyone else–then Bill came along…
Damon and Calderon from Andromeda Six. Not a CoG game, but definitely worth mentioning. You might like June and Bash, too–they are more… cream puffy? Damon and Calderon are kinda like Mason and Adam from Wayhaven.
Asher from Replica: Between Universes. I love the whole concept of that IF and Asher is just… well, awesome.
Milon from I, The Forgotten One. Okay, so this IF is dark and the MC is seriously damaged. If you can take that (it will pull at your heart strings), then it’s worth checking out. Romance is not the focus, but the developing feelings between the MC and Milon (if you want it) are perfect.
Azuridian and Rhylo from The Shadow Society. The IF has gotten a lot of flak, a lot from fans of another IF who accused the author (unfairly) of “stealing” from their favorite IF. But it’s original, and the four ROs are different from what I’ve seen elsewhere. I’m a huge Az fan, but you may like some of the others, including the mute who wears a gimp mask…
As for the rest on your list, I liked Black Magic, too, but I thought his romance kinda got the shaft. There basically wasn’t enough interaction to call it a relationship or to get to know him that well, you know? And, like you, I liked Toshio… but as soon as he walked away from a frigging enslaved MC and got all mopey about it, I was done with that spineless ass. And SOH altogether.
I have some suggestions for other VNs with pretty awesome male ROs, if you want them. It’s often a tossup with VNs–I find more duds then gems, but the gems I find are doozies.
I wonder why no one mentioned any books from Heart’s Choice…considering that HC is all about romance???
I did try one game (mentioned the name above — Belle-de Nuit) and it was…actually, ok…although the character could really be fleshed out more.
Sure I like VNs. The only ones I tried so far are The Crossroads and Lady’s Choice (https://www.seraphinitegames.com/other-works) by Seraphinite (author of Wayhaven) and they’re good. But then Wayhaven is like…wow…so her other works can’t fare much differently.
I actually really like Lucan from Crossroads…his cold but teasing persona really gets to me.
my gentle boy, the bankrobber! i second this, Reilly is near and dear to my heart as one of my favourite ROs from all the published CS games
I’ve played 4 HC games, and the unfortunate pitfall that they fall into is that a lot of the characters just… aren’t very memorable or interesting in the grand scheme of things
i’m a roleplayer, i don’t self-insert when i read interactive fiction, so half of the fun comes from having an OC existing in that world and interacting with the “locals” so to speak. for some reason the HC releases i’ve played don’t scratch that itch as well as other CoG games
also, so as to not stray too far from the topic, I agree with anyone and everyone who has mentioned Finch from A Study in Steampunk, that game as a whole is chef’s kiss
Firebrand from The Hero Unmasked
Most of my faves were mentioned in the opening post - Dandy and Orion (Evertree), Fitzie and Vyv (Jolly Good), Nate and Felix (Wayhaven), and Gabriel from Breach. But some of these characters are quite… how to describe it… ‘superficial’ isn’t exactly the right word, but the authors have revealed very little about them and the relationship is rather underdeveloped (specifically looking at Orion and Gabriel), so there it’s largely about anticipation rather than reality.
Almost all of this is true for me as well: I don’t do self-inserts (and like having my MC become part of the world), and I don’t find the HC ROs (in the games I’ve played thus far) interesting at all. They’re very… bland. I guess part of the problem is that they have to appeal to everyone to some extent, and that typically means they can’t be too much one way or the other. To me, that just ends up being boring, which means I need a bland MC, which I don’t like playing.
Yeah, I liked him, too. Out of the two games, I liked The Crossroads much better. Lady’s Choice didn’t really appeal to me much, but I’m not into regency romances and find them cheesy and overly dramatic for no valid reason, so that’s probably the problem.
I forgot about Breach. I like Gabriel, but Rook is gold. I’m also going to have to make an MC for Michael, that frigging psycho. I love him. I do wish the romances were a bit more fleshed out in the game, though, instead of being “wham, bam, we’re in love.” But at least they’re fun.
Okay, so in addition to Andromeda Six, I highly recommend:
Wilder Badhur (you may like this one better… I prefer Ran)
Superstition (there are two seasons now… you’ll probably love Chris–I love Zillah )
When the Night Comes
Tailor Tales (I only suggest the paid for version–the free version doesn’t have a lot of the romance scenes that get very steamy–but the storylines are really great)
Ebon Light (I freaking LOVE this game)
Demonheart (another one that is awesome–and it has a sequel that is an old-style RPG)
And I’m not going to put the links here in case there are kiddies about, but look up Boyfriend to the Death. It’s romance… in a very sick and twisted way. It’s not for the faint of heart!
Very true. I couldn’t really connect with any of the RO in HC games. It felt like they didn’t want to take too many risks and played it safe. Art is created when the author just lets go and write what’s in their heart. They shouldn’t be too worried about how others might react to their work. After all, I know the people COG gets to write books are really nice people and they’re the least likely people to write anything hurtful.
as can the Wayhaven ROs, Ortega, and Haze iirc, although Tally Ho never stuck out to me
Ah. I’ve actually never played Wayhaven, or most of the other games listed - I just recognized Black Magic as selectable.
As everyone has mentioned, Finch is excellent. Mob/Synergy and Stunner from Community College Hero are both very good, although very different. Recently I’ve gotten really into the [Body Count WIP]((https://bodycountgame.tumblr.com/) (also with a thread here on the forum), and although I don’t really have an interest in men anymore (my username is somewhat outdated lol) I am very fond of Adegoke, Charlie, and Griffin and would romance them all were it not for the incompatible orientation.
I haven’t actually played either Wayhaven or Fallen Hero in full, but I’ve peeked at both. f!Ortega is possibly my favorite RO out there honestly I just have trouble getting into the headspace to play the MC
- Rook/Gabriel-Breach: The Archangel Job
This whole entire book was a surprise treat for me, I always saw it but I’m very bored by heist related stories so I ignored it. But ever since then I loved Rook character, he’s corny but the right kind plus he’s very affectionate and will do cute things to your MC that the other Ros won’t.
- All of them-Wayhaven Chronicles
Sera shouldn’t have written them so damn good
- Orion-Evertree Inn Saga
My love for mysterious emotionally unavailable men has ruined my mind and my wallet. We know next to nothing about yet I love Orion so much!
Though he might share the spotlight with Gunther, once Gunther romance really kicks in.
- Jaime-Zombie Exodus:Safe Haven
He’s just a big loving teddy bear that can cook❤️
- Azuridian and Rhylo-The Shadow Society
I had to make and try a certain MC, lemme tell you these two were just wonderful interacting with her. Azu gives me Vergil vibes and Rhylo is just so precious.
As someone else said people gave the author a lot of unnecessary crap even though the story was original and very interesting, it just has some holes here and there. But it has massive potential and I would like to see where they take it.
- Blade-Shepherds of Haven
I love subtlety and his route is full of him doing subtle and affectionate things to MC, like pinching her cheek or putting a coat over her!
- Kell-In Stasis and In Space
I love lizards……
Highly recommend this WIP and definitely not because I’m the author or anything
And here I thought you might be upset that I was pitching it for the romance. I’ve also pitched it for the battle scenes, if that makes you feel better. And how awesome the marshal is. And… well, you get the idea.
Blade from Shepard’s of Haven is my favourite male romance. He’s a stoic leader who has a soft spot for the main character (female-only).
Mr. Darcy from The Courting of Miss. Bennet is a second runner up. He’s a bratty rich man who the reader clashes with and gains his immediate attention. The push and pull is delightful, and their route is tumultuous to say the least.
Felix is my third, but you’ve already played Wayhaven. Still, having a character based off of Overhaul and romancing Felix is hilarious because he tries to play flirty with my super stoic character who doesn’t retaliate and turns into a tomato when they flirt bold out of nowhere.