Runt of the Litter - BETA TESTERS NEEDED

Runt of the Litter: As a thrall in the city of Aerie, you are tasked with maintaining the gryphons that the elite of the Vaengren Empire fly into combat with the evil wyrms. But when a runt egg ends up in your lap, you can’t just let it die. Risking your life, you tend the egg until it hatches, but that just leaves you with a baby gryphon to take care of…

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 and the game you want to test. I would also prefer if you included your real name, but you don’t have to.

(You cannot be testing two games at once.)

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.

“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.


New draft up!

New draft up!

Thanks to beta feedback, the author is re-writing the last chapter. I’m going to suspend the beta for now, and reopen when a new draft is submitted.


Ok! New draft up!

  • Rewritten epilogue.
  • Typos

New draft up! (in five minutes)

  1. Addresses typos
  2. Clarifies the reasons behind a few choices, specifically in the “cure” storyline. The beta reader was right, if a player takes that path, the reasoning should be more gryphon focused.
  3. Expands a few conversations to include more clarity or relationship based reactions, particularly in chapters 5 and 9.
  4. Expands on the meeting with Neeris in chapter 9.
  5. Changes the names for the early Follower stat levels.

New draft up!

• Typos
• Made “not getting exiled” easier.


New draft up!

  1. Fixed typos
  2. Adjusted the appearance of the stat screen
  3. Made minor stat adjustments
  4. Made minor adjustments for clarity and consistency

New draft up!

  1. Typos, continuity.
  2. “Reworked stats.”
  3. “Made it less impossible to beat.”
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This game satisfied me, I went in expecting fluffy gryphons, romance and angst. And there was much fluffiness, more games should have fluffy gryphons. Angst and romance were also at acceptable levels. Four tawny owl-mountain lion feathers out of five.