Jolly Good: Cakes and Ale Free-for-All Discussion Thread Where Spoilers May Appear

I see. Thanks for the quick reply!

I thought about popping in here to say that of all the CoG games in my Steam library - and I have quite a few - this is the only one that I’d be prepared to call a true work of art, but then I realized I might come off as pretentious, or snobbish, or overly gushy, and I dread earning the disdain of random strangers on the internet, so I’ll restrain myself to:

It’s brilliant, and I loved it. Vyv is a total sweetheart. I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel(s)!


Thank you so much for this (and for your Steam review)! I’m glad you like Vyv. I’m pretty fond of Vyv too.

I’m closing in on the end of Chapter Two, and I can’t wait to share Tea and Scones with you–eventually!


I would say that I also love Gilberto and Fitzie, but Gilberto’s head is swollen enough already and Fitzie is in deep denial about love and all things love-adjacent (I’ll annoy you into a declaration eventually, Fitzie!), so I’ll just keep my mouth - or is it fingers? - shut. :shushing_face:

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@Gower I don’t really know if this is a bug but when I activated Croesus mode in the cheat menu and had given myself 500 readies, when I come back to the main story it said that my readies were not enough.

I think there is an oddity of the way the stats screen works that you have to advance a screen for the changes made to kick in.

So, if that’s so, you would have to give yourself the readies before getting to that screen, which is annoying. Makes “lock in these changes” a bit deceiving.

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Wait how do you do this???

@Jess1973 believe they mean once you make the changes using the cheat menu, you have to press next and advance to the next page in the game. You gave yourself more readies but that most likely won’t kick in until you make the choice of garment graveyard or no and advance in the story.

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Yes, exactly. Adding readies via cheat won’t help when you are confronted with a choice that is not selectable because you are too poor, because the cheat doesn’t kick in until the next screen. It’s very annoying, but it has to do with the way the stats screen interacts with the main screen.

So your best bet is to add a bunch of readies right at the start, I suppose…

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Ooooooh … that makes more sense now. Well, I can just replay the chapter, right ?

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I’ve been a fan of Tally Ho since release but never got around to playing Jolly Good until recently! Thank you @Gower for your beautiful story-telling skills; your writing has been a source of great comfort during these crazy times <3 I’ve absolutely fallen in love with your characters, so while I’ve been home sick these past few days I drew some fanart of my favorite, favorite scene, which is Fitzie and my MC (in a magician’s outfit!) at the opera house. The atmosphere of this scene was the perfect combination of mysterious, romantic, moody, and hilarious, and Fitzie’s little monologue is a beautiful bit of writing that completely captured my heart. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your writing with us and we all look forward to whatever you come out with next, whenever that is!!!


This jumped back into my head yesterday, so I thought I’d share it here: did anyone figure out what was the joke/mystery behind the odd Roman numerals in the club’s headquarters? It’s DCIVMCD, which is a bit strange, so I don’t think it’s supposed to relate to any number. Maybe it’s supposed to be mirrored, like DCM MCD, only one of the legs of the first M fell off, which turned it into a IV.

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The joke is that the original founders of the Noble Gases club were not very good at Roman numerals.

Bit by bit, I am getting there! I hope to finish Chapter Two this coming week–I’m neeeeearly there. There’s two extended jokes that I really want to add, but I have to decide if I have time for that. Chapters 1 and 2 themselves are nearly 500k words, so they’ve taken me way longer than I expected, but I’m really, really really happy with them, so at least there’s that.

Not really spoilers per se, but blurred for those who don’t want any information about the flow of Tea and Scones.

The reason chapter two is taking so long is that, in addition to a regular long chapter, I decided to add an additional adventure you could have, depending on which sponsor you have, which would be five wholly discrete sections of the chapter.

Then I decided that the adventure should be a completely different one depending on something that happens in chapter one, so that made ten adventures to write–now two for each sponsor. I just started the tenth and final one this morning (the second Mysterious Benefactor one). I have to finish that, and then write the final bit at the very end of the chapter where it all wraps up and leads into chapter 3, which, I pray, will be way less complicated to write.


At this rate I’ll have to make ten different MCs to import to the next game. Fortunately I’ve already got five, so I’m halfway there…


Aha! And apparently the quince is also dedicated by the ancient greeks to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite!
Gower, this fruit was very well chosen! Did you know this? Next thing I know you will be hinting plot twists/crucial moments through fruit and flowers all through your books! (;

I am reading ‘In and Out of the Garden’, by Sara Midda. For those who are curious. It’s a beautifully illustrated little book (with poetry as well) about gardening. And the quince also appears in it, obviously :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: Naturally I immediately thought of our small conversation.

Hope all is going well with writing and with you and everyone else :sparkles:


I have had a sudden thought and would like to hear other (and perhaps the canon?) opinions. Do you guys think Vyvian might have synaesthesia? The scene of Chapter 2 where they take some MCs to their little art room and one sees their indescribable painting got me thinking. Perhaps they are painting something they are “seeing” with another sense, or every sense at once? I’m not particularly well informed about synaesthesia at all, so please do correct me if necessary as to how it works.

I think Vyv is just an abstract person living in a concrete world. But if they start painting symphonies or discussing the taste of the color blue, I’ll come over to your way of thinking.

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Now that I think about it, it could be! Vyv could have chromesthesia (a type of synesthesia in which you “see” sounds) or grapheme-color synesthesia (you see colors in numbers, words, and letters). I have grapheme-color synesthesia, so I can’t inform you much on chromesthesia, but I think those two types of synesthesia could be a possibility.

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hey guys ive got a bit of a long question so i apologize for that in advance, been playing CoG games for a while now, but this is my first time writing here, so hi everyone, loved tally ho and loved cakes and ale, but there’s something that’s been bugging me about my replays

so i finished my first playthrough and i was satisfied with how it turned out, and i don’t typically replay CoG games but i just wanted to choose a different choice in one of the later chapters and i forgot to choose to restart that chapter instead of proceeding, so here i am, but the specifics of which chapter/what choice it was isn’t the important part

what’s important is that in my first playthrough, i was going for Tabby as my romance interest, and at some point during chapter 5 i believe? we enter a cab with Fitzie, and since i chose to stay at the arena, i told Fitzie to go to the opera to sniff around

after this, Fitzie told me about how i missed an opportunity to go to the printing thing with Tabby, saying that it’s “rife with romantic possibilities” or something, to which i said something along the lines of “yes i think so too”

then, Fitzie offered to go to the printing place thing to help my chances with Tabby and paint me in a better light, to which i graciously accepted, and i distinctly remember this cuz my relationship meter with Tabby went up from 72% to 76% after that choice was made

so that was how it was in my first playthrough, but then in my subsequent playthroughs, since i only wanted to change a choice in one of the later chapters, i breezed through the game, picking all the same choices i did before, and im fairly certain i didn’t deviate once from my previous choices, but somehow, for some reason, when i reached the aforementioned point in the cab with Fitzie at chapter 5 i believe, where she told me of how the printing place is “rife with romantic possibilities,” instead of Fitzie offering to aid me in my romantic endeavors with Tabby, they instead told me they were spying on Tabby, and suggested that Tabby might be associated with a group of unsavoury people, this time Fitzie seemed adamant in their stance to discourage me from Tabby rather than supporting me as they did in my first playthrough

so what am i doing wrong? what causes Fitzie to want to aid me with Tabby? do i need to have a better relationship with Tabby? or does it actually need to be worse? so far ive just been trying to get my choices completely accurate to my first playthrough, and after more than 5 or so playthroughs, i still haven’t been able to recreate the same scene

again sorry for the long post, and id appreciate any help or insights anyone can offer, thanks everyone!!!

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The difference is that in the second case, Fitzie had fallen in love with you, whereas in the first case they hadn’t. That difference changes much of how Fitzie responds to you.

So I would guess you did deviate from your previous choices, and selected some options that made Fitzie see you in rather a different way. You can get the analogous difference if you are thinking of pursuing a romantic relationship with Gilberto or Vyv, as well.