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Well, I'd be up. Might be worth posting in the hosting sticky.

Remnants Review

sooz basically hit the points I would've wanted to make about this game. I really, really liked, but I felt the framing device and examine text really took me out of the game. I did like the tension created by the story elements in the bottom couple floors -- I felt like there needed to either be some hard commitment to the narrative elements or striking them out altogether and making it much more vague. Also this is about the only game where I felt like the walking speed was too /fast/, it felt like a crime to move through those rooms so fast when they were all so detailed haha.

(but besides all that, this was a good experience, would not have taken the time to figure what was/wasn't working if I didn't enjoy it)

[RPGMAKER] What engine would you recommend?

Don't use Unity for RPGmaker-style RPGs unless you like coding. You'll either spend a bunch of time getting an rpg framework set up or a bunch of cash buying someone else's rpg framework from the asset store.

I'm not a reader, but I want to learn to write for video games

I don't think there's a way to write well without doing a lot of critical reading. "Read more" is basically going to be the first step for 90% of any given how2write faq.

Doesn't have to be book-reading, though, necessarily. If you're looking to make a story-based game, you could start by playing/thinking through a bunch of other story-based games, looking at what works, what doesn't work, what techniques are used... taking notes, analyzing the nuts and bolts.

If you don't play any games with stories, you're not going to write a good story for your game. Just doesn't work.

Pa-Lette's Make!

Yeah, sorry, I've removed myself from the event -- did not realize posting in the scouting thread was equivalent to a signup

Next Event Team Scouting

graphics: don't make me do this
script: I do c#/unity professionally. I could do js/mv really unprofessionally.
sound: horror/electronic composition

Dont Eat The Purple Ones

Hey as a heads up, the download is 3 gigs - I think a large part of this is that there's a second, zipped copy of the game within the download itself.

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I'll enter.

Favorite game of my own is Favorite genres are horror, vn, mystery. Favorite RTP character is that robed blue-haired emo guy.
Sound or writing or LPs silly stuff or or anything is fine. It's the thought that counts. Play to your strengths.

Fear and Hunger Review

Yeah sorry, I didn't mean to imply in general that "no romance == rape," I meant that in the context of a game overflowing with sex, after reading the description of the god of orgies and being asked to perform a rite in their name with a character of the opposite sex, it's not exactly a stretch to imagine that's what a rite titled "show love" would be. It's not confirmed obviously but I don't think I was in left field.

My reflex to take down the review was mostly because I don't agree with leftongue, and I don't want the review to be Google-able to people looking for ammo against the game when it's out of date, and I'm not looking to condemn it for being explicit. My issue was specifically about weird, arbitrary equivocation an example of which is this whole sex/murder/leave choice.

@kumada Yeah as I said I can only offer commentary on the build I played where the girl was the only recruitable member, and this choice was offered next to a "sacrifice" command - and she definitely does not consent to being killed in the name of gol'goroth, and it's perfectly possible to do /that/ to her. I also object to the idea that the protagonist is "better" than the dungeon, because they arrived at the dungeon voluntarily, and killing the girl is rewarded by the gameplay systems with a shiny OHKO skill.

I've already sort of failed at this but I'm not really equipped for talking about F&H again when I played the demo years ago, and I think my opinion would be colored already if I were to replay it. Weirdly enough most of my frustration was around the gameplay at the time, but what's stuck with me is mostly how the content matter was deployed and to what effect.

Fear and Hunger Review

In my mind the implication was never in doubt. It's the god of orgies and there's zero romance in this game but plenty of explicit sex, and the character in question is very clearly a child. Plus I don't think the game dishes out a "No" and gameover for chastely kissing her on the forehead or something when the rest of the time it's 100% okay with showing her beheaded/maimed/killed.

I can't speak to any of leftongue's comments. I suspect this review is massively out of date and I'm not at all tempted to redownload the game and see what's changed, to the point where I've considered just taking this review down.