I don’t know if any of y’all remember this, but sometime in November, I began work on a little WIP called ‘Notes from the Underground.’ For personal reasons, I ended up going underground myself, and the thread died.
Now here’s the latest version thereof. You start out as a monster and have a variety of options through which you navigate the paranoia of post-Augustus Rome: will you divert yourself with occult studies, support the totalitarian regime of the Emperor Tiberius or work to undermine him?
Play through and tell me what you think. I’d be much obliged for any feedback, especially on the gameplay mechanics or aesthetics (but also on the writing): I’m more of a writer than a programmer.
Warning: Mature content, potentially triggering.
-Adding options to the upcoming ‘increase skills’ stats, sort of like the free periods in TIn Star.
-Fixing a bug in the Thrasyllus conversation, which takes you to Chapter II when you die.
-Adding more story and making the exposition sections with Livia a bit less painfully clunky. Romance options, including several historical characters, are in the works.
7/2/17: Finished the dinner party, set up a ‘skill development’ scene, and began a choice to bond with Bellona.
6/18/17: Added part of Chapter III. Apologies for the lack of length–I’m beginning a master’s program at the moment, so I may be a bit pressed for time. However, I WILL STILL BE ADDING UPDATES REGULARLY.
6/14/17: Fixed the series in Chapter Two, at the expense of one of the if-conditionals (now we don’t get Bellona’s death confirmed until the next chapter). The current WIP has now passed Quicktest and should be playable.
6/13/17: There’s a chance I won’t be able to work on this for a bit, so I’ve been hastening to hammer out rough drafts of chapters as fast as I can instead of polishing what I have. This update brings Chapter 2.
6/1/17: Cleaned up the monster selection screen and added a bit more actual plot. I’ve also revised the storyline to make things flow more smoothly: instead of being assigned to one of three different people, you’ll be assigned to bodyguard the Dowager Empress Livia. This technically places you in what used to be called the Gangster path, but you’ll have other occupational options (the Occult and Revolution paths) open up as the story progresses.
5/25/17 Update: Added a new monster option and sub-types for various other monster options.
5/15/17 UPDATE: Fixed @DUNGEON_MASTER’s ‘infinite stats’ bug.
5/14/17 UPDATE: Switched the meat of the story to second person, setting it up as a sort of ‘archaeological found footage.’ Added gender and name options. Added stat bonuses for family origins.
5/11/17 UPDATE: Added ‘reconsider’ options for each monster type. Fixed the bug in the small portion of Chapter Two.