I know it’s Tuesday and not Monday and I’m sorry! I keep telling myself that things will settle down sooner rather than later but that hasn’t proven true yet. But I am still working!
Firstly, thank you guys so much!! It’s such a HUGE relief and so encouraging to get on here and see your nice messages! They lift huge weights off of me; I didn’t expect that putting up the demo and receiving support would cause this kind of anxiety but I’m just so worried about disappointing you all! So it means a lot to me to see all the nice things you’re saying!!
As far as customization goes, I am trying very hard to walk that line between “create a fun experience for people who want to visualize their character” and “not interrupting the narrative for physical descriptors that will literally never come up.” It’s… tricky, trying to figure out what’s most important and helpful for visualization without breaking the story to say “so what’s your hair/eye/skin color,etc” but I’m playing around with it a lot. If things end up feeling weird, it’s all open to change and I think this is one of the parts I’ll be most relying on feedback for. If there are parts you’ve found in the first three chapters that stand out as weird to you, please feel free and encouraged to bring them and tell me your thoughts on them! My process right now is writing the story and then going back through and lacing those things in as well as I can, but I realize that might be a weird way to go about it. The truth is that I just hadn’t planned for CC; it had slipped right past me when I was doing the main outline of the whole game.
As for romance, I’m trying to keep things as organic as I can but there will be a sort of “lock in” option toward the end just for the sake of coding. I don’t want to discount actions or conversations that happen before you make that choice and I’m planning carefully for that, but I’m also trying to give you enough time and development that things don’t feel weird and rushed.
Thank you all again!!! So much!!!