The Porthecrawl Witness
The town of Little Porthecrawl’s idyllic existence is under threat and it’s up to a small-time columnist to stop the town’s unraveling. Between tears in the timeline and a radical occultist, it may just make the front page.
For two hundred and fifty years, Porthecrawl’s colonial ancestors have watched as modernity has improved the lives of their descendants - that was the deal they made and they have accepted it with hands clasped and heads bowed. But something is changing in the past as an enigmatic young man emerges from the shadows, intent on saving his people from a sweeping plague - and quite possibly condemning yours in the process.
Secrets can’t stay hidden forever, it seems, and Little Porthecrawl’s are starting to whisper from the town’s ancient shadows. As bodies start dropping, a group of newcomers means to find out just what those secrets entail.
Challenge tradition or support it. The choice is yours, along with the consequences.
About the game:
The Porthecrawl Witness is an in-progress interactive mature fantasy novel. Your choices control a story in which you will be able to experience the adventures of a small town reporter as you try and stop a radical occultist from threatening the idyllic community of Little Porthecrawl. It’s a task easier said than done when there’s two and half centuries between you.
Play as female, male, or non-binary with options including straight, gay, or to pursue an asexual romance in a story that centers around developing personal relationships.
Define your relationships with various characters, many of whom have secrets and motivations of their own. Cultivate these or don’t - choose your friends and enemies wisely!
Question the secrets you’ve sworn to uphold or support tradition as a member of one of Little Porthecrawl’s Old Families.
Decide your priorities! Will you form a lasting romance or two? Rip the timeline to shreds? Your playthrough and the secrets you uncover are dependent on your personality and decisions.
Decide where your loyalties lie! Past or present, love or sacrifice, and more.
Uncover the truth with traits and skills including Occultism, Insight, Empathy, Charm, and others.
Currently, the story is about 40,000 words / 4 chapters done, and I plan on updating the demo as I complete the chapters.
The three chapters of the demo are up now and my primary concern is making certain that my coding hasn’t accidentally set something on fire. If you discover a problem with the variables (i.e. an error code of any kind) please let me know!
To play the demo, go here: https://dashingdon.com/play/coy/the-porthecrawl-witness/mygame/
Let’s play…Name that character!!!
Several folks have come back and mentioned that there’s some confusion between the characters Staci and Sasha due to the similarities in the names (both S names, both five letters). I’ve had some mix ups myself in the coding with these two.
I’m simply not going to go the route of gender-specific names - it’s too much extra work.
Below you can vote for the re-name you would most like to see for SASHA’S character - to clarify, that’s the doctor and one of the romance options. The names below are (sort of mostly) gender neutral and Hebrew and/or European in origin to fit with the original character design. If you want “Sasha” to remain “Sasha”…vote for Sasha.
The name with the most votes wins. No ifs, ands, buts, nors, or fors.