First off: This game contains ADULT CONTENT!!! It is a psychological survival horror, and intentionally contains content which some readers may find offensive. There's a proper disclaimer in-game. But the warning is there. I'm choosing not to describe the content of the game because, honestly, I want it to be a surprise to anyone who has not read it but is intrigued. I want you to not know what to expect. wink
Regarding the Save Feature The save feature should work, but only as long as you don't close out of the game or restart- you'll be asked if you want to load your save at the very end of the game, before being taken back to the beginning.
Regarding Spoilers Attention! Please, if you discuss anything about something that is in the game, tell what it is you're about to spoil outside the spoiler. Do this: About what I'm going to spoil: [ spoiler ] This would be a spoiler. [ /spoiler ] (without the spaces) Thank you! This will be helpful for people who have not discovered the same parts of the story that you have! There are going to be a lot of surprises, so please be courteous. Thank you greatly.
Progress Outline I plan to make the entirety of the game ten chapters long. This includes a number of different endings that can be reached, which will not be realeased here, but only as part of the final product when buying the game. However, everything up to that point will be released here, for your reading pleasure. It is my intent to at least try to pump out a new chapter every few months, though I don't know if that goal is realistic or not. Regardless, I'll update when I feel there is enough new content for an update to be worthwhile, and potentially flash-updating to fix any problems pointed out to me. Please, do report anything suspicious in the story, from continuity to spacing to simple spelling. It's a lot of work to synch everything up!
Q: Any plans for character customization?
A: - Yes and no, but the easy answer is, no. I've chosen to only allow you to choose your character's sex and name outright. You can also choose your character's orientation, though that is actually... flexible, to some extent, through the game. You can choose your character's personality, however- but each of the names you choose is a distinct, individual MC, and all of them 'simultaneously' exist within the story. There are Easter-eggs only available to one or two of the various names, and that does include putting your own name in. Why I've done this is to attempt a more realistic interwoven feel for the setting. In real life, you aren't able to select who you are- but most of us take it for granted. We do, however, all choose how we are. And I want that to be central to the story I'm telling. It also, I feel, gives a subtle sense of powerlessness, which I want for the horror-nature of the game. However! Later in the story, you may have the option of choosing what clothes you wear, or getting a haircut! Cool, huh? If you don't like the names for the MCs, I'm sorry... think of them as NPCs. If one of them isn't filling the role, another one of them would- because... they all actually exist as characters in the story, even if you aren't playing them.
Q: ACK! Cliffhanger! When will you update!?!?!!!!1
A: chuckle Don't you feel lucky? Having won the popular vote, this WIP will be updated regularly-ish. I will go by amount of content, rather than timeframe, though hopefully I won't span eons between updates.
Q: How long do you plan on making this story? Will it be published?
A: I DO want to finish this story and publish it! Being under the Hosted Games label I entirely believe that I can, but with the questionable content contained within, I do not know if it will be able to be distributed via all of the regular platforms. Thus, that much remains to be seen. As for average word count- that is going to be difficult to determine, because there will be a lot of bad endings which will basically terminate the game early, and obviously lead to a lower word count. I want to aim for an average word count that is over 100k on a playthrough. However, this might mean that some parts of the story end up being over 250k words. In all honesty: I don't know. One thing I can tell you is that a full game will involve a road trip in game all the way to California and back- probably, roughly, a couple of months of in-game time. In some cases, that could be shorter. But at full-length, it'll go ten chapters.
I will continue to update the story until the epilogue. There will be many endings you can achieve, but I'll tell you upfront I'm going to use that to get you to buy the game when it's done. wink
Q: Can we ask you questions about the story? Stuff that isn't written yet or your thoughts about certain things and such?
A: Yes, absolutely! If it's something already written, I'll be very forthright. If it's something that hasn't been written yet, I'll hint at it, but might not give it away directly. Feel free to discuss anything you like about the story! Just please keep in mind the spoiler alert.
Q: Why do I keep dying? Person X says they didn't die at this point, why can't I get past it?
A: Well... How do I put this...? Every single choice you make, and I mean -every- one, is affecting your stats in some way. And that also affects how the different characters react to you, what they think of you, and in some cases, how you react to them. So one little different choice might create a butterfly effect and lead to something different for you. I will say, however, that after chapter 1, it becomes MUCH more important what the other characters think of you. Because if one gets too low, you're going to die. I'll just straight up tell you that. It'll make things easier for you. '
Q: I found something that seems really weird or strange to me in the game. Should I let you know?
A: Yes! Please. I had a very devoted crew of beta testers working on it for CScomp, and myself, and we still missed some things I would have liked to have caught. So if anything at all in the game seems off somehow with regards to continuity, or grammar, or there's a spelling error or missing word or anything of the sort, yes, please post that in this thread! And thank you so very much for doing so! Please note, however, that characters who are speaking may, at times, purposefully not speak with correct grammar, or may talk in an unusual way. However, if in doubt, better to mention something than wonder.than wonder.