Just west of Autumn Boulevard stands an ordinary high rise block.
It’s stood there for 30 years, doing nothing of any particular interest. Most people wouldn‘t be able to pick it out of a lineup, no matter how often they‘ve passed it by.
You‘re no different from them. When you move in, however, your opinion changes quickly once your new neighbours approach you with a list of rules. Rules to stay safe.
Find out why riding the elevator after sundown is forbidden, flee down stairwells whose length doesn‘t match any floor‘s height and get to know the people living on the 50th floor of your new 45 story home.
Maybe you can uncover the mysteries surrounding the building just west of Autumn Boulevard. And its residents.
Hi, every one!
I‘m finally putting out my first choice script project (and first writing project in a few years) and I‘m super excited to share it with you guys.
Just West of Autumn Boulevard is a horror/mystery WIP that explores not ancient horrors, waiting in recently unearthed and long-forgotten tombs, but modern ones. The kind that hides in an empty alley on your way home, stares at you through a dark subway window at night or makes you feel alone and forgotten as thousands of people walk mere feet away from you.
I want to take a look at just why you can‘t avoid your reflection‘s eyes while riding the elevator alone. The reason you find yourself sprinting up empty stairwells at night.
And, of course, at how well you can know the people sharing your roof once there‘s a hundred of them.
The current demo includes the prologue as well as chapter 1. It clocks in at about 23k words (excluding code) with an average playthrough length of probably less than that.
If you’ve got anonymous feedback or want to see a bit more writing reports as I work on the game, I’ve set up a tumblr here.
Characters currently in the demo (I will reveal more characters as we move along; romantic options are highlighted; all ROs are available to all MCs):
Ben (he/him): Your brother and oldest child of your family. He‘s big in every way, strong and warm. He likes to act tough and cries at cat videos when he thinks no one‘s looking.
Lea (she/her): Your sister and middle child of your family. She‘s tiny and sharp, like a knife. She likes to make fun of Ben but it‘s clear she loves her family very much.
Rae (she/her, 24) : A tall, muscular woman with tawny skin and dark red hair, Rae‘s one of your new neighbours. She‘s almost always smiling and if she‘s not, chances are she‘s laughing her warm and booming laugh. Rae‘s confident and acts completely at ease in her home. Which is weird, since she‘s only been living there for a few months longer than you. Yet unlike you, she doesn‘t seem bothered by any of the building‘s… quirks.
Elli (gender choosable, 25) : Elli‘s your across-the-hall neighbour. Pale, lean and tall, they feel ill at ease in most conversations and usually withdraw quickly. Yet it doesn‘t take long for you to notice that no one seems to know nearly as much about the building as them.
Alex (he/him, 28) : Alex is confident, charismatic and always in control. He‘s the head of the neighbourhood association that approaches you as soon as you move into the building. And it quickly becomes apparent that its members know exactly as much as Alex wants them to.
What’s Elli’s canon gender?
Elli does not have a canon gender - the player is free to choose! This character was originally two siblings: a nonbinary one and their brother. Once I noticed these characters were too similar personality-wise to justify keeping them both, I opted to make a single, gender-choosable one instead. There will still be canon nonbinary characters in the game.
Was this inspired by a nosleep story?
No! I get where the question is coming from - I’m using a setup that’s very popular with authors of short horror stories, partially because this story came to be as a fusion of several shorts I wanted to write. I am aware that what we have so far is fairly generic, but I hope I’ll get it to feel more unique as we go along.
Does the choice of who we meet in chapter 1 affect who we can romance?
No, not at all! The choice is just who you meet first. You get a chance to make a good first impression here, but that’s about it. You can still romance any of the ROs you did not meet in chapter 1 and you’re not locked into a romance with who you did meet either.
Thus far there‘s no content in the game worth warning about in particular. I‘ll keep this warning updated as I add more to the story, but I feel it‘s appropriate to mention now that the WIP will contain general disturbing content as well as general horror elements.
Fair warning: I’m not a native speaker and have thus purposefully littered the game with grammar and spelling mistakes to bully those who are. If you’ve got the time, please point them out to me!
I‘m happy about all feedback, so please don‘t be shy if you‘ve got any!