Ah, I finally get to give you a bug report. That’s actually year 7. But it has been fixed and will be uploaded soon, thank you very much!
@Snowflower That was another spot where my brain flipped when to do = and !=. Fixed, will be uploaded soon. And yes, I did not rewrite the whole toy but in the allowance scene because of the amount of different words needed to go into detail for ten different interests, but I did agree that there needed to be some mention of the favorite thing in a scene about what the kid spends their money on. Thanks for suggesting it!
I also switched that option at the tree; it was tied into a stat check just like the rough warning, but I made it default to one of those choices that does seem more tonally appropriate.
I love all the feedback, y’all. I’m also excited about writing the pet segment, it was one of the earliest ones I had flagged as a mandatory. I’m also looking forward to how having the pet there may impact later scenes.
Regarding the money, I actually mentioned this to my wife a couple of weeks ago. Ever since introducing the school bit and having Edgewick as an option, I have wondered if it was something that should be open for everyone, or if you should have an actual money mechanic a la something like CCH where if you don’t have the dough, you don’t get to go. Up to this point, things that cost money mostly just drove down the Self stat, but that feels too simplistic.
I would likely not introduce it until December because it would distract from my writing goal, and I would definitely need some help from y’all balancing it. But it could add to the experience and make it more real. I mean, the option to just do overtime on the kid’s birthday might be more appealing if you actually get the tangible benefit from it that can help in other ways despite hurting your child by not giving them a party.
I really don’t intend to ditch the Education/Athletics stat, honestly. It is stereotypical, but in the late teen years it’s also going to be largely true. If your child wants to be a valedictorian (yes, it’ll be possible), they can’t spend all their time training for football. If they want to be an all-star right fielder, it’ll be hard if they’re saddled with a bunch of advanced class work every night. You can be good at both education and athletics, but for most people if they want to be great at one, the other has to suffer.
I did originally call this stat Brains and Brawn. I am definitely glad I dropped that.