Okay, so, I’ve been a loooong time player and lurker, so I’ve decided to maybe try my hand at my first game since the idea wouldn’t leave me alone.
To keep things short and succinct: the working title as of now is Star Boy, it’ll be gender-unlocked (with trans/NB options), and I’m looking to include at least 3-4 romance options total – though I have yet to decide how those are going to work. There will definitely be options to be gay or bi however.
You’re young, hungry, and newly located to the superhero capital of the country for your new job, and there’s a baby in your backyard. No, really, there is. Having a kid and then subsequently forgetting it in the bushes behind your sleepy bungalow doesn’t exactly sound like something you’d do no matter how tired work is making you, but there he is anyways. The only clue as to where this little stranger may have come from is the name ‘DIEGO’ embroidered on his blanket and a cryptic message from a long-missing superhero imploring you to protect him. For better or for worse, he’s your responsibility now.
Oh, and that long-missing superhero is your former spouse.
You never planned for a child, especially not after the untimely disappearance that functionally ended your first marriage, and it’s just your luck that baby books don’t seem very useful for an infant who is sneezing fire and floating out of his crib. As Diego grows, you have important choices to make that will determine whether he uses those powers for good or evil or even at all. It’ll be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, of course. Parenting is never easy, but…you’ve never heard the other PTA moms complain about secret societies trying to hunt down their kid or creepy prophecies foretelling their part in a doomsday debacle. Everyone thinks their son is special. Yours just really is.
So this game is going to take place hopefully over years to allow for a deep relationship to develop between you and Diego (and possibly any RO). I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from games like The Witcher 3 and Telltale’s TWD season 1 where the MC has a story of their own, of course, but it’s also deeply intertwined with their child/young charge who has an even greater destiny. Your choices will help shape Diego’s personality, values, and his own choices, which will then ripple across the story in a variety of ways even as you directly handle your own problems.
Now, I know I’ve already referred to him as your son, but I’m really interested in including a lot of RP possibilities without demonizing any of them. I don’t want to do just ‘cool, fun parent’ and ‘evil, mean parent’ because that’s not entirely realistic. You can choose to be warm and protective, and possibly end up overbearing and smothering. Maybe you don’t claim him as your son, but he calls you Aunt/Uncle and knows he can depend on you, he just has to be more independent. Maybe you’re more emotionally distant and hold him to high standards, but maybe that push is what he needs to master his powers.
I’ll be calling him Diego for development purposes, but I’m planning on letting you name him during the first chapter. I don’t know yet if I’ll include the option to have a girl as well (maybe rename it just ‘Star Baby’), but if a lot of people want it, I’ll consider adding it a bit later.