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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.

Latest Blog

Offical Custom Content Download

The file, found here, is a ZIP file of all published content we know about (or, at least, that I have backups for) as of the 2nd of August 2017. The characters included in this file are:

Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
21 Ways
dude797 (Caretaker: Dozen)
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode (incomplete?)


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
? Takuya
Kevincalanor
Profile, tachie, music
Designed for a somewhat similar purpose as flowerthief's pre-made tachie.


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Kuwabara Emiko
Marrend
Story, profile, music, tachie
A shameless self-promotion.


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Tanaka Grace
mysteriousone3
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name

Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Ijona on'nanoko (Itawa Miyuki, Shogowa Yuka, Fujita Suki, Sato Chihiro, Shigoza Izumi)
RukasuWYZ
Story, profile, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, Enable "Lambardia Yuu", incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Umehara Joruri
Marrend
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, Enable "Junko", Enable "Masako"


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Junko (Watanabe Junko, Watanabe Aio)
Nekochi
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Equirements/Notes
Hayashi Kitsune
Garage
Story, profile, tachie
Some backgrounds are edits/modifications from the SOSC pack, and from Stuidio 74's site.


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Shiraki Kotone
BasedMG
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Maeda Eriko
triad2
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, Enable "21 Ways"


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Mistuya Masako
Marrend
Story, profile, music, tachie
First custom content ever!


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Murakami Megumi
Render
Story, profile, music, tachie
Incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Midori (Konohana Midori, Natsume Rika, Hasegawa Kanon, Kirihara Kana)
LordNight
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Multiending
Garage
Story, tachie (background edited from SOSC pack)
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Nadeshiko (Sasaki Riku, Yamaguchi Ayame, Kimura Nanashi)
Garage
Story, tachie (background edited from SOSC pack)
Incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Momohana Nami
GloopMaster
Story, profile, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Yoshimura Noriko
dewelar
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Robin Clark
Wowzer_
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Katanashi Seira
triad2
Story, profile, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Tsukino Emi
SilentPhoenix
Story, profile, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Uchioniko (Monotami Ruri, Nemoto Mayu, Terakado Shoko, Shirazu Izumi)
Marrend
Story, profile, music, tachie
You can get an extra scene with "Masako" installed.


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Winggirl (Harada Himeko, Fujikawa Sayumi, Fujikawa Mayumi)
Garage
Story, profile, tachie
Alternative stories with Clean Mode disabled


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Requirements/Notes
Requirements/Notes
Requirements/Notes
Winggirl - Pathways
Garage
Story, profile, tachie
Optional add-on to "Winggirl"; Includes an optional story if you include "Masako"
The first line of "masako_ref.text" should read
"WG_Pathways/shika_profile.txt, Masako/masako_profile.txt, WG_Pathways/hibiko_profile.txt"


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Wolfpack (Yamisaki Eliza, Yamisaki Alessa, Sakamoto Yuriko)
Kevincalanor
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
YAK (Winters Yuki, Winters Koneko, Lee Mae, Isas Akio)
LorSquirrel
Story, profile, music, tachie
Incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Requirements/Notes
Tanaka Yoko
triad2
Story, profile, music, tachie
Disable Clean Mode, Enable "Masako", Enable "Uchioniko" (may play "solo" in Clean Mode); Incomplete


Content Name
Author
Content Included
Requirements/Notes
Lambaria Yuu
KimotoDragoon (Caretaker: Marrend)
Story, profile, music, tachie
Incomplete






I will endeavor to keep this list updated, and make a comment when I do.

Posts

Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
I suppose, instead of replacing the main download link whenever an update happens, you could make a post on the Testing page that links to a MediaFire-hosted download (or some other external link) for updates until things settle down more? Doing this will still tell the beta testers, or other subscribers, when the newest version would come out (Gotta love notices!) without bumping the gamepage to RMN's front page. I least I think it would work that way!
The game is awesome but i cant get to meet some girls that i seen in the credits but i dont know their names one has black hair and one had hair the same colour as miki's
@Marrend
Yeah but if a bug is worth fixing for testers it's worth fixing for everyone.
It's silly to be worrying about this. It's not as if I'm spamming.

@Animetor
Thanks, and here are some hints:

There are three ways to meet Akari (dark-haired girl):

Method 1 -- In a Miki event, for a set of two choices with the first being a Mind check, take the second choice. Later, there will be a choice with a Soul check in a Keika event. Take the first choice and pass the Soul check.

Method 2 -- In a Riho event, for a set of two choices with the first being an Athletics check, take the second choice. (you won't be able to get Riho's ending, however)

Method 3 -- In a Tsubasa event, for a set of two choices with the first being a Mind check, take the second choice. (you won't be able to get Tsubasa's ending, however0

Once you have gotten Akari's affection up a bit, there will eventually be two opportunities to meet Hinami (orange-haired girl).
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
@flowertheif: *shrugs* I dunno. If it was a serious enough offense, I suppose being contacted by a mod would be a clear sign that you were doing something wrong. Ultimately, the decision of what to do is yours.

@Animetor: Did you meet... the blonde!?
Damnation! I got the miki, keika, akari, and shihoko ending, well, the were availiable, and then, on that very last day, all of them (exept Akari)told me through the 'grapevine' that I hadn't talked with them for ages and I got minused (is that a word) a lot of points for each character. Sigh, I cannot believe it! I was so brilliant in doing everthing too. Shame I only had one telephone call to make every night.
By the way? Is Akari just seeing things or is she not hallucinating and it actually is real, Akari is simply the bestest! But it intrigues me of the things she's seeing, Akari kind of reminds me of myself, apart from she dosent do anything to hide her feelings and acts like me when I am at home. Anyway, skidding off my original question. Is Akari hallucinating or are the things she sees real! Tell me! I need to know! Also, I cannot believe that robot seller, 7000 yen, it left me bankrupt for life!

Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
Ichimaru_Gin's blat

I take it you never bothered to upgrade your phone plan with orbs. That increments the number of calls you can make by one for each upgrade. Then again, I don't really know if it works like that, as I've only upgraded once ever. Then again, the upgrade also costs 3,000 Yen on top of the orbs. If you were having money troubles thanks to the robot (which I've never gotten), then, yeah. Kinda stinky either way.

Also, "minused" is totally not a word. "Subtracted" is what you were looking for.
Hello people, flowerthief this is going to be my lastest post ever! They have finished the new forum! So I will probably post on it unless I like this forum better, it is just that that forum has a lot less people and is more like a community as there are only, at last count, 26. Members. I'm not going to put the link for it or the name, because it is kinda nice, only having 26 people. Sigh. Peace is so nice. Since this may be my last post, I shall say farewell!
Namarie mellon-nin! Namarie!
Farewell friends! Farewell! (The translation is there because I know a lot of people will not have ever bothered reading the lord of the rings, or learning ther elvish sub language Quenya)
If this isn't my last post, just in case, i will post on here to make it known, it is not that likely though. Sigh. I will miss you all!



EDIT*
Oh No! I just looked on the site, and it had been on for like a month already! And then I looked on the members page, and they had deleted all the members it seemed! and no-one from before had re-registered! NEVER!!!!!!!!!Now only the two makers of the site, DonFan, and spazta are members! NO!!!!!!
I will have to stay on here! For some reason I'm not sad! How can this be?!
author=Marrend
If you were having money troubles thanks to the robot (which I've never gotten), then, yeah. Kinda stinky either way.


And the robot didn't do that a good job anyway, I know.
my robo janitor rocks. used it for the last 3 sundays in the game and it did a perfect job. i had gotten 3 salary raises so i raked in like 3,000 yen each sunday.

BTW, visiting the station gives you a shot at finding the robo janitor dealer. it's kinda pricey, i think it was like 6,000 yen.

As far as I know, there are at least 3 phone upgrades. Every time you pay 3,000 yen more to upgrade, in addition to 5 and later 6 orbs.

It's worth saving the game manually once in awhile, not just relying on the autosave.

About Akari's route....
I wanted it to mirror the way in which paranormal reports heard from a secondary source can be interpreted in more than one way. When you hear weird things from a secondary source such as a friend or acquaintance, you can usually find a way to explain it all rationally. But...just maybe there could be something crazy going on. Whichever your favored interpretation, you can never be 100% certain of it. Similarly, with Akari's story, I did intend it to be as ambiguous as it seemed. However...
I think the story slightly favors the paranormal interpretation, doesn't it?
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
Must... not... hit.... the spoiler!
i remember seeing a japanese nintendo 64 game with the same type of gameplay
Release v0.62 has many changes to customization in particular including features that have been requested. If you are using the customization features, be sure to see my explanation of what's new if you haven't already.
everyone be sure to run a play through of the latest build. I'm sure you will find a pleasant surprise when you see your favorite characters on screen.
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
author=dude797
everyone be sure to run a play through of the latest build. I'm sure you will find a pleasant surprise when you see your favorite characters on screen.


This comment kinda makes me want to get it, but I want my attention to be focused elsewhere.
Taking a page out of the Legionwood tactical exposure manual, eh?



...
I can say "eh". I'm a Canadian, eh.
Marrend
Guardian Angel of the Description Thread
16858
Legionwood? I thought we were calling incessant spanning of the front page the "Davenport effect" because of this game being on the front page least once a month?

But what would I know?
There is new built-in story content in v0.70 including:
- a secret character
- Hinami's story route slightly extended
- new cheating/jealousy events

You can now hold the L button ('q' on the keyboard) to "smart skip" through text. It will only skip through text if you have already seen it, or if it is a generic event. R or CTRL can still be used to "stupid skip" through any text.

Also, new customization features I've mentioned on the custom content page, countless bug fixes, etc.

Because of the new story content and changes to record-keeping, old saves and records will not be compatible with this version.

edit: Marrend found a bug today that was rendering his custom content useless so I've fixed that one too.
Adon237
if i had an allowance, i would give it to rmn
1813
Arghh! This game is on the front page every day.
I am reluctant to try it out though. I will look at the screenshots. And maybe subscribe... depending if it looks good. :\