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Date, create, and share!

Assuming the role of a male high school student in Japan, the player will meet, interact with, and date a number of female characters with the goal of winding up with one of them at the end of a 101-day calendar. Yeah, you've seen this all before...or have you?

In other romance sims, there's little reason to replay the game again once you've pursued all the characters you're interested in. But Heartache 101 allows for a variable female cast. The number of characters in the game is completely open-ended!

You can create new characters and add them to the game, share them with other users, and add characters created by other users. You can create the images for custom characters from a template, or use images you created yourself, or images from any source. (only "standing" images of characters can be imported; there is no event CG in the game) A simple scripting language is provided for writing story events. You can also customize some of the music.

The game system itself is in part a visual novel interface with gameplay that include conversational decision-making, board game-like mechanics, stat management, financial management, and more.

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Since I've been asked many times if I would ever make a sequel to Heartache....

Well this is not a sequel. In very many ways it's radically different. But some might find that it partially retains a bit of the same feel?

So I'm posting the first public screenshot here, and whoever is interested, look for a game page up in the next week or two with the title "Where One Citizen". Game is not complete yet, but after 10 years of development it's about time to start showing it!

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Sounds good :)

I'm toying with the notion of making the title "Heartache 101 ~Sour Into Sweet~" or "Heartache 101 ~The Bitter Before the Sweet~" or something to that effect. Want to capture the idea of bad relationships turning into romance. What do you think?
I like the way that you construct the storyline, and I find it quite easy to use and follow, although maybe you should have given it more time, I just finished it within 45 mins, redid it as well. I think it is the first of its kind as I have not seen another RPG made this way, apart from maybe RE Alistair, which is a little similar.
Wow, 45 minutes? Is everyone finishing it that fast?
Took me 4-5 hours. But then i'm slow and think a lot :P
How do you plan to make other characters people addable to the game for others?

but that I mean: Do you plan to have a page on the game's profile where one can share a link to a locker file of their character, or something?
Or,
Just not do anything and let the feature only be used by the dedicated and greatly interested? I for one would love to play with an RMN-subscribee created character in the game, but there's no place to share characters. Maybe make another page on the game profile and encourage people to start it up? (Possibly add the first character or two yourself?
that was the best hour of my life ever! i got riho and kaneshiro both lovesick at the same time. day 100... save. reach the end. Riho ending :DDDDD load. reach the end. Kaneshiro ending :DDD!!!!! load. kaneshiro ending!!!!!! load... riho ending!!!! omg i luved this game soo much.


woah did it just get updated? harem routes allowed now? :D lawl jk. this game inspired me to once again try visual novel games and sim date games :D
HAHA! IV DONE IT! iv got riho's ending, FUCK YOU GENERIC,UNESCAPABLE ENDING...did feel kinda bad for miki her text box made it sound like whe was gona go home and commit suicide...which i would feel worse about...also i got some ideas ill PM you about. and tell you about the experience of getting an actual ending

also: WOOOOW it took me at least 3-4 hours to get riho's ending, then another 1 backstory scene-less hours to complete the game itself
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How do you plan to make other characters people addable to the game for others?

but that I mean: Do you plan to have a page on the game's profile where one can share a link to a locker file of their character, or something?

I support this idea of making a tab on the gamepage for custom characters, and allowing users to comment on it. The idea would be to have users link up locker files of custom characters as part of the post, or to make comments on how difficult/well-written/whatever other custom characters are.

Having said that, these customization options are making my mind whirl with intriguing possibilities. I think I've come up with a scenario where it's better off for the PC to have a low stat, rather than having a high stat. In other words, when the game checks to see if a stat is X or higher, the "else" sequence actually brings you closer to getting the girl. So to speak. Convolution revolution!

*Edit: Eventually, I'll get to actually playing the game instead of playing around with custom content.
I really like the story and i just have finished Miki's ending. And I like the random part in game. Even though sometimes i get the feeling i can't get to meet the girl i want but whatever it's fun!
Ah, apparently anyone can dl the link, not just testers. I guess checking the "testers only" box doesn't do anything, but whatever. I'm glad ppl are enjoying the game :)

My plan was to eventually put up a website where everyone can submit content. Until I get around to that, I like Storyteller's idea of having a tab page here. Will add that today. And actually, I do have a possible plan for an additional character of my own, but that's a low priority atm.

COOL!!!!!!!!!! Can I be a tester?! I haven't got any misao votes at all, look, so! I have to do something so my name shall not die with me, can I be a tester? Please?
^ Yeah, I made you a tester yesterday. You can send me a PM with criticisms & feedback.
Thank you so much! I'm really happy! Usually when I review stuff or want to look at a game, I like to look at it in its editable form, so you used XP to create this right, I can, therefore, because I have XP on my thing, look at it from an editors point of view. Would you mind terribly if I did this, because it may be a violition of copy-right, but I sincerely promise that I won't re-publish it on another site or anything, as soon as I'm done with it and ready to give you some views, I'll delete it from my thing. But then, I woundn't mind that terribly if you didn't let me, after all, I already have the game!
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Ah, apparently anyone can dl the link, not just testers. I guess checking the "testers only" box doesn't do anything, but whatever. I'm glad ppl are enjoying the game :)


Where is this link!? I can't see it at all! Not that I don't already have the program (thanks for that by the way, flowerthief), but still!

Side note: Noticing the Custom Content tab. Pro move. Might have something to put in there by tomorrow, or maybe the day after. Other beta testers, be sure to check it out too!
For the new release v.030 I just put out, if you want to keep your records just move the "records" file into the directory. Also, since I had to make some changes to the save system this time around, old saves won't be compatible with this new release.

@Ichimaru_Gin
Okay, I've got stuff to take care of now but I'll get back to you on that.

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Is there not a "Download Now" button to the left of the rating up there?
i cant download v.0.30 it brings me to a page that says the page cant be found, and then it above it is a picture of a sign that says "no climbing paint has been applied to this building"

edit: thanks for fixen the download flowertheif =D
i found a glitch, i was trying to call keika and it called tsubasa, and i dont have tsubasa's number
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@Marrend: Is there not a "Download Now" button to the left of the rating up there?


I swear, that was at "0 downloads" before, and there was no file it was linking too! Whatever. Moot point.
Yeah, download had to be approved by RMN since the file size is large.
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Anybody try for Tsubasa yet? I might try going for her when I get around to playing the main content.