Hello, first let me say I love your games. Though I will confess Golden Eagle is my favorite. Capitaine Ameliè De Levesque is very eager for a chance to earn her promotion to Major and hopes for one as soon as possible, completely unsubtle hint.
As for the gender lock, I’ll be quite honest, I don’t enjoy gender locking in general, (looking at you Infinity series) but I’m willing to accept it so long as the story is an excellent and enjoyable experience (looking at both of you Aswick and Infinity series). And I understand if you want to write an interactive story where the setting’s gender norms have a significant role, you almost have to gender lock it otherwise you have to write what is essentially two separate books that may take too long to be economically viable, we on the forums have to acknowledge that you guys do this for income as well as passion.
And I will say that I was quite pleased to see that this was gender locked female, as I said, I don’t like gender locking in general, but I have a particular dislike for the fact that in almost all cases, they are locked as male. I happen to quite enjoy playing as female, it helps me disconnect and view the character as a seperate entity unto herself, with her own personality and outlook different from my own. And I think you mentioned female ROs, and I love lesbian options, so I am thankful for that. Is homosexuality taboo in Norwall?
As for the content itself, will our choice of Saint play a large role in the story? the only real complaint I have thus far is that the saints don’t seem to matter much. On my first playthrough, I went for the warrior Saint, small side note: the brother describes them as “brothers and sisters who take up the sword,” or something like that, does this mean that the order includes female warriors or was he simply referring to the order as being militant with male warriors and women filling out the supporting roles. I stopped when I got to the beating scene and decided that the order was to crazy for my taste and decided to try again with the healing order, and found more of the same. This kind of bothers me, it makes sense for a militant order stuck in the old days to have a violent and painful induction, but an order dedicated to a saint of healing and mercy? I’m not saying the whole scene needs to be changed, as I know creating a specific scenario for each Saint would be a lot of extra work and I’m not sure how critical the beatings are to the set up, but I’d at least like my character to have the option of ackowldging the hypocrisy or at least the contradiction of a group dedicated to mercy and healing beating, starving, and basically torturing their initiates. And I don’t think it mentioned you being taught the arts of healing at all, so I would like if that were mentioned. (if it is and I just missed it I apologize.)
All in all, a good start and I’m looking forward to see it continue.