A couple of years ago I did a Let's Play (my first ever) for a visual novel called Scheherazade. It lasted a few months and I had fun doing it, but it petered out before I got even halfway through the game because I found the time commitment to be too much.
When I concluded the thread I said that I intended to try another Let's Play, for a browser-based tactical RPG called Conclave, in a few months' time. I ultimately decided not to follow through with it (for a variety of reasons which I won't go into here). However, I've decided I'd like to take another stab at a Let's Play, with another visual novel called Cinders.
I played Cinders all the way through, to a not entirely satisfactory ending, once before. I've been meaning to play it again, to see what other endings I can find. However, the consequences of your choices are less transparent in Cinders than in many other visual novels I've played, which means that unless I follow a guide, trying to achieve a particular outcome is a matter of trial and error. So I figured I might as well let other people make the decisions for me as do it myself. (There are no "right" or "wrong" choices here.)
Although I like the story and gameplay of Scheherazade better, I think Cinders is better suited for a Let's Play for a couple of reasons:
- It's a much shorter game than Scheherazade, which means it's more likely that I'll be able to see it through to the end (provided there's enough audience participation to make it worth my while).
- Since it's a shorter game, there are fewer choices, but each individual choice has more impact on the outcome. (With Scheherazade, it would have been ridiculously impractical to put every single action up to a vote, so I just had people vote on the high-level decisions -- which plots Scheherazade would pursue -- and then played through the chosen adventures, making all the incidental decisions myself.) That means more frequent voting, with shorter updates between each decision point, so hopefully it won't eat up all my free time or wear my fingers out from typing.
I aim to update about once every two days until the game is completed or people lose interest. That should allow sufficient time for people to vote on choices, and keep me from burning out like I did with Scheherazade. If you've played this game before, feel free to vote and comment, but please avoid mentioning anything that could be considered a spoiler.
Cinders is available on Steam, but I bought the DRM-free version direct from the publisher's website long before the Steam release, and that's what I'm playing (though the publishers were nice enough to give me a Steam key for free when I asked them). I don't know if there are any significant differences between the two versions.
It makes me wonder... If I decided to act earlier, maybe things wouldn't be so broken between us.
Maybe with just a little effort this family wouldn't fall apart like this.
But I suppose it was easier to complain and do nothing rather than try to change things. Isn't it always?
Tonight, it's different! This is the night of change. The night where my plans finally take effect.
I can hear my stepsisters talking in soft voices in the hall. I imagine they, too, won't get any sleep tonight.
During the last few days, I've learned so much more about them. But can it erase all the years they tormented and humiliated me?
Don't worry, the backgrounds will get more interesting real soon.
So, what say ye? Do the stepsisters deserve a second chance? Place yer votes!