Rent-a-Vice -- BETA TESTERS NEEDED

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In the near future, a technology has been invented that allows individuals to share experiences. This quickly gives way to an economy of Feeders and Users, where Users spend exorbitant amounts to experience, risk-free, anything a Feeder can be paid to subject themselves to.

You’re a private investigator, and when a political activist goes missing, you get drawn into the maelstrom surrounding this new technology and the human wreckage it engenders.

Trigger-warning: Self-harm, addiction, substance abuse, and exploitation are all key themes of this game.

Email me, jason AT choiceofgames for access. DO NOT SEND ME A MESSAGE THROUGH THE FORUM MAIL SYSTEM. When you send your EMAIL, include your forumname, your real name, and the game you want to test.

(You cannot be testing two games at once. Send feedback on one and you can apply to another.)

I will send you a link, a username, and a password.

Return feedback TO ME. Preferably part of the same thread, rather than a new email.

I’m looking for “high level” and “low level” feedback. Not mid-level feedback.

Low-level = typos and continuity errors. A continuity error is when a character’s gender flips, or someone comes back from the dead, or you run into a plotline that just doesn’t make sense (because it’s probably a coding error).

For these low-level issues, SCREENSHOTS are VERY HELPFUL. If you see a problem, take a screenshot, or copy and paste the text that is in error, and email that. Also, the “BUG” button is great; but if you use BUG, make sure to say in your email who you are, so I can give you credit for the report.

“High level” feedback has to do with things like plot, pacing, and characters. “Scene A didn’t work for me because x, y, and z,” is useful feedback. “B character was entirely unsympathetic, because u, w, and v,” is also useful feedback.

“Mid-level” feedback describes things like grammar, style, or the use of commas. As I said above, I do not want mid-level feedback. In particular, DO NOT WRITE TO ME ABOUT COMMAS.

“I had a great time and saw only a few spelling errors,” is not useful feedback. In fact, it’s the sort of thing that results in you not being given access to future betas.

Some examples of useful feedback:

In Choice of the Dragon, you get to choose what type of wings you have: leather or scaled. Someone wrote in and asked about having feathered wings. Great suggestion! Done!

In “The Eagle’s Heir,” someone asked about Eugenie. They said that the romance moved too quickly–because she only appeared in the last third of the game–and wished they could have had an opportunity to meet her earlier. So the authors added an opportunity to meet her and start the romance earlier in the game (in a scene that already existed).

In “Demon Mark: A Russian Saga” several people commented on how the PC’s parents were unsympathetic, so the authors added a choice or two to deepen the relationship with the parents in the first chapter, to help better establish their characters.

Similarly, pointing out a specific choice and saying, “this is who I imagined my character was at this particular moment, and none of these options seemed right for me. I would have liked an option to do X instead,” is really helpful feedback.

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#3

New draft posted!

Mostly just typos, though. She’ll get to more substantive comments after the holiday weekend.

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#4

Loved the book. Biggest problem I saw was instead of saying my ex-wife’s name, sometimes it would just do random symbols.

#5

@Gemo143 please read the private beta testing rules in the OP, specifically:

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#6

Thank you. I didn’t know how to use threads so I just emailed him directly.

#7

New draft up!

Some larger issues tackled.

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#8

FYI I’m going to pause on accepting new testers until the author can get up to speed on the current requests. (It’s a holiday weekend that she’s celebrating.)

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#9

New draft posted!

some typos, some continuity fixes, removed the option to select the client’s name, clarified the VE tech description, made addiction visible in the stats screen, fixed the main case achievement, changed the threshold for getting shot in Chapter 9, among other minor changes throughout

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#10

New draft posted.

Expanded recital scene. Other minor fixes throughout.

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#11

I’d like to beta test, if possible.

#12

New draft posted!

Continuity errors, alimony fixes, debt fixes, general money fixes.

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#13

New draft posted!

  • More alimony and debt fixes
  • Fixed the “everything is fine with your ex / you lost custody” paradox
  • Additions to the rally scene (chapter 4)
  • Additions to the pancake scene (chapter 4)
  • Option to call Chalidah in a friendly manner & option to call kid before the gala (chapter 7)
  • There’s now a family-focused VE trip in the final chapter
  • Tweaked the relationship thresholds in the final chapter
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#14

New draft posted!

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#15

New draft posted!

More bugs ironed out. Money is revamped again.

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#16

Are you still accepting beta testers?

#17

No, the game is off to copyedit.

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