Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll! No final title decisions yet and probably not for a while, but that’s very helpful.
In other news, Chapter 7 is now up! This one is super complicated, and I’m excited to see how it goes and what everyone thinks. It is very possible that there will be continuity errors, and I definitely want to know if there are. Also, there are a few places where there are a lot of things coming together behind the scenes in ways that make it really difficult for our automated testing programs to judge the difficulty, so I’m very interested to hear how hard they are. Those particular moments spoilered below (list includes things from right before the end of the chapter):
- What happens when you get to the Tower? Can you go in without a problem, have you lost your position and are therefore denied entry, or do they try to arrest you?
- Whether or not Natalia gets arrested isn’t a complicated difficulty thing - it’s solely based on if you established an alliance between her and Em earlier on. But I would be interested to know how hard it is to negotiate her release, and how things generally proceed in the dungeons with regard to one or both of you being arrested.
- What happens when you get to the tunnels at the end of the chapter? Does Renard immediately catch you, do you notice him chasing you down, or do you find him at the tomb?
I’m interested in how the difficulty feels in general, of course, but those are the moments it’s particularly hard to run tests on. Also, for chapter 7, content warnings for widespread environmental disaster pretty much throughout and a very brief (couple of sentences) indirect reference to suicide in the conversation with Renard at the end of the chapter.
I’ve also tweaked a few things in earlier chapters in response to your feedback. This includes a couple more Em/Natalia moments. That’s still in progress, they’re pretty small and may still not be enough chances to work on their relationship overall, but there’s now a longer interaction between them when you first meet them in chapter 2 and options to discuss their relationship more directly if you meet either of them in chapter 4. (There always were, and still are, chances to discuss their relationship if you take their jobs in chapter 3 and the big moment between them at the end of the same chapter.)
Also, by popular demand I have followed up on the book you can steal from the Tower archives in chapter 4. I will tell you up front that it is definitely not the Sorceress’s diary, and it offers no significant lore or plot development at all, but it is extremely silly. (You will not see the silliest version unless you avoid getting captured while escaping the Tower and have a high relationship with Vivian.)