Recently, I had to ask myself an important question regarding whether or not to include multiple backgrounds that can be selected.
Opting for the Set Background option would save me considerable time. However, this would restrict you, my dear Reader, to follow a specific background and its associated details throughout the later stages of the story, leading to a simpler story in that aspect.
On the other hand, choosing the Multiple Backgrounds option would exponentially increase the time required. Yet, it would provide you with a choice of different cultural groups that would:
a) influence the dialogue options available later on, leading to unique interactions with characters from your or other cultural groups.
b) shape your upbringing before becoming a Sequi Imperfecta, your family, and potentially unveil a particular ending, interaction, or twist in the story.
c) potentially offer bonuses to certain stats depending on the specific traditions, upbringing, and cultural ideas.
Incorporating the cultures into the story and worldbuilding to ensure relevance would also become necessary. In the end, the decision rests with you, dear Reader.
Pros & Cons Summary
Set Background Option:
- Saves time and resources for me
- Offers a simpler and more streamlined approach to character creation
- Avoids potential confusion or decision paralysis that may arise with multiple options
- Limits player choice and agency in shaping their character and their story
- May feel restrictive or unsatisfying for players who do not identify the pre-set background
- May lack the depth and diversity of experience that multiple background options could provide
Multiple Backgrounds Option:
- Provides a greater sense of player agency and choice in shaping their character and their story
- Offers a more diverse range of experiences and perspectives, allowing for greater immersion and engagement with the game world
- Encourages replayability as players may choose to explore different cultural backgrounds on subsequent playthroughs
- Requires significantly more time, and effort to write and implement
- May lead to potential inconsistencies or contradictions in the story if not properly integrated
- May create additional complexity and potential confusion for players who may struggle to navigate the various background options
The addition of a female character option has been long overdue, and I fully recognize that the reasons for not including this option earlier were rooted in a desire to simplify coding and streamline development. However, as my knowledge and capabilities have grown, I can no longer justify neglecting the importance of inclusivity and allowing all readers to select a character that they can truly identify with. It is time to rectify this mistake in the upcoming update or the one after that.
I am considering incorporating the theme of gender into my story in a meaningful way. This would involve the character undergoing a prolonged period of denial, self-exploration, and interacting with other characters to determine their true gender identity (if you choose this option).
↳ This plotline would have implications for the character’s relationships with other characters and their own personal growth, as they struggle to challenge their ingrained societal beliefs. Rather than being a token choice with no impact on the story, it would be an authentic and fitting addition.
↳ However, the decision to engage with this plotline would ultimately be up to you as the reader/player. Furthermore, please note that this idea is still in the conceptual stage and subject to change.
- Set Background
- Multiple Backgrounds