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Update 6/09/19:

+ Fixed an issue where the extra scenes 2 and 8 were unable to be played.

+ Typo fixes


StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
(93)
AuthorMinyan
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
TagsCasual, Character Customization, LGBT, renpy, Romance, Yaoi
Average sessionA few hours
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilityOne button

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hi I just love love this game so much!! But I'm having trouble with Braums route. I tried his route  as a reaver or shika but it always seems to randomly select Paris as a reaver or Rafael as a shika or cubi. Please help I really would appreciate it. Thank you 

That's bizarre! Can you give me a little more detail about what happens after you click on Braum's route? 

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Well when I try clicking on Bramus it just either clicks on Paris or Rafael when I play as a reaver or shika. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong. Is it the choices I'm making at the beginning of the story? It's too bad that I can't play his route. Anyway  I already finished with Paris and Rafael T_T

No, the choices at the beginning don’t affect which route you’re on. When playing as a reaver, only Braums and Paris should be highlighted, so it shouldn’t be possible for Rafael to be clicked. How do you know which one the game is clicking on after you choose Braums?

usually the game just clicks on Paris for me when I try to click on Bramus. I tried a couple of times to choose him but still clicks on Paris

I haven't heard anyone else say they have this issue, so I'm not quite sure where to start, but I'll do my best to figure it out in the next update. In the meantime, I'd suggest redownloading the game if you haven't already. Sorry about this!

Some troubleshooting, is this the screen you see when playing as a reaver?and hovering over Braums should look like this:

Then it should go straight to the chapter 1 screen.

I love this game so much! It's wonderful, has lots of choices and custimization. I've done two and a half playthroughs so far!

I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying it! Thanks so much for playing ^^

Hey, I really like the game so far, but I have a small request:  Can you make it so the emotion icons pop up what emotion they stand for when you mouse over them? 

In the next update, I've added the tutorial screen to the CGs page so it can be reviewed at a moment's notice. Hopefully that will help!

ahh I'm scared to do the bad endings bc I never like getting them ;_; This VN is so pretty and fun, though!

Yeaaaah I feel you. This game really only has one "bad" ending though, so hopefully that'll make things easier to bear!

I laughed SO much throughout the game - this was fantastically and very humourously written!

Playing Shika is awesome! I'll try the other races eventually - haha

Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. 

The game's cool, I just started playing it like 40 minutes ago. The thing is... Apparently I couldn't choose Paris route? Is it a glitch, did I  do something wrong, or is he the last route to play? Thanks! 

Anyone else decided that playing as a Shika (female) was definitely and interesting choice?

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It's not a glitch, Paris can only be romanced by reaver or cubi Ash. You can romance Braums and Paris as a shika!

Excellent game! Now I'm waiting for a sequel that I now realize that I can't say anything about because it's so spoilery, lol

Haha I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for playing.

I am having trouble figuring out to get last few endings.

Hi there, which endings are you trying to get?

the 3rd ending and the 8th ending also is there a reason the 6 ending has a line through it and also no after story.

Ending three is getting Braums' good ending as a shika. Ending six has two different endings depending on whether you're a reaver or a shika, and there's no after story because that's Braums' bad ending. Ending eight is unlocked after seeing all the extra scenes in the bonus content unlocked after finishing Rafael's route. Hope that helps!

thanks!

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I love everything about this game! I have had so much fun reading through all the routes. All of the guys are wonderfully charming, in their own way. There were parts that had be laughing and blushing in equal measure. And, I love the fact that Ash has a personality of her own. It makes it so much nicer when the MC is an actual person and not some cardboard cutout. 

I'm looking forward to Arena Circus! I went ahead and bought golden. But, I'm going to wait until it's all done before I read it. I'll just get frustrated if I try to read what's available and then have to wait to finish it. :P

Also, one last thing. I'm missing a CG and I have no idea what I may have missed. It's the first CG on page 4. I have all the rest. 

Hmm, that's odd! If you have the other CG on page 4 you should have that one too. I'll look into this! 

Glad to hear that you enjoyed the game! Thank you so much for your support and your comments. I hope you like Arena Circus when it's complete!

hi hi just wanted to say your pretty cool nd like i really enjoyed playing the pretenders guild ? just wondering though for the arena game can we play as a male character or not yet ? 

Not yet, sorry! I plan on finishing all 6 chapters from Lilié's point of view then start on Aldrich's. But, once I finish chapter 6 it shouldn't take me as long since there won't be as much art, and I'm rewriting from a different POV rather than writing all new stuff.

im excited and everything but please take your time ! don't want you to pressure yourself xx :D and yeah i really appreciate this like sm your awesome seriously but yeah thank you alot ! 

I've been following your games for a while now (unknowingly though). It started when I noticed how similar the art styles were between Heartbaked and Arena Circus. Needless to say, I love you and your works. Especially Ellaria, that one's the best so far. I also can't wait to buy the Arena Circus Golden (since i'm under 18 and can't buy things yet). I look forward to more of your works. <3

Thanks so much for playing! I really appreciate it. I hope you enjoy my future stuff just as much!

Love it.... The only thing is that you're awfully generous for giving away a hardwork like this for free. Thank you so much! Definetely looking forwards for your next ones.

No, thank you for playing! I hope you enjoy the next one just as much :D

Do you have a walkthrough?

I've been thinking about making one! But you can turn on hints to help you get all the points you need for the 'good' endings. c:

I was wondering if it would be alright if I either recorded this or livestreamed it?

Feel free! So long as you link back to this page (:

awesome! I definitly will! let me know if you will want a link to it!

I'd love a link!

Here's the first one! 

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looks super cute, are there H scenes? love me some yaoi :D BUT why does our character still look like a girl if we pick male?? :/

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I tried to make Ash fairly androgynous, as it would have been more difficult to draw two completely different characters for CGs rather than just doing a male/female version of the same sprite. So Ash's male version still has the long hair, but has a guy chest, adam's apple, and loses the eyelashes. Sorry he looked too girly for you~ There are a few steamy scenes, but no H scenes

ah yes i only noticed they did look guyish when i saw the sprite's face, game was super cute btw I really enjoyed

Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed playing this VN! Not a whole lot of VNs are as enjoyable or as involved (or as detailed! Different NPC convos for different traits? Like, what?!), and I sincerely enjoyed romancing all of your characters with all the different races and trying to get into their heads. :P While Braum was... a character (lol), my heart probably pounded the most for Paris, and Rafael's "meng" ness was definitely my favorite. What a sweet, innocent, yet totally BA character. <3 and I loved the extras (and extra route... ;) ). All in all, wow! Thank you (:

Thanks so much! I'm so glad to hear you liked the extra route, haven't gotten much feedback on that so it's good to hear! Your comments really made my day <3 

htis homophobic that i cant romance paris as a shika please god let me have my boy other than that 100/10 i love it

LOL I’m sorry xD Glad you enjoyed it anyway

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One word - AMAZING.


Okay, I'm kidding, you won't get away with only one word, I'm too hyped for that :) I would like you to know that I am simply in love with TPG. I play more VNs than I care to admit, but seldom I get so involved. It's enough to say that I didn't skip seen text and read it more than 3 times :D

The writing is smart and funny, the characters are deep and lovable, the art is unique and stylish. And the music complements it so well!


Now, to SPOILER territory

1. What did you think overall?

It's one of my favorite VNs, really. I'll force my friends to play it and they better like it!)))

2. Were you satisfied at the end of the route you played?

I played all the routes and all endings: Braums as Reaver, then Shika, Paris as Cubi, Rafael as Shika, then the extras ("the sercet route"). I knew I would like Rafael best so I left him for desert :) I think that its the best order to play, 'cause I feel the Rafael-Shika is kind off canon because off the secret route))

now I want a fan-disk were the big bad is killed off and Rafael can chop veggies in Ashes restaurant :D

I greatly enjoy the "roadmovie" genre, the humor and MCs with personality, so the game hit me in all the right spots. 

The boys. oh, the boys.

Personally, I liked Braums the least because of my general dislike of the crybaby-shota types. But I quite enjoy tsunderes, so it kinda balanced it)) I laughed so hard from the comment below about him being a fashion disaster, it's so true :D Still, I would like to complement your writing - normally I just skip or completely ignor this type of LI's, but Braums got to my soft spot. Storywise, I didn't quite get his age - is he younger than the MC? Because of that his romance felt more like a teenage crush, rushed into courtship and marriage

Paris - ooooh the steamy bits ;) good thing red cheeks don't glow in the dark. I still have reaver-Ash/Paris to run through, I wanna see the dynamic, but it was quite fun when NPCs commented Cubi-Ash with pink hair and Paris as siblings) so cool

And Rafael is my favorite, omg i'm going dangerously in fangirl territory, make it stop! Or no, don't. His sprites were absolutely gorgeous, all that emotion! He's badass, but a little socially  incompetent, but not in an awkward way (I hate to feel embarrassed for characters), so sweet. The flirting parts were just hilarious, I love hin so much)))

3. What was your favorite part?

Apart from all said above, I really liked the GUI style and the system design (that it shows immediately if you chose right and that you can scroll back and rechoose, and that you can skip to next choise if you want). Generally I play otomes with a walkthrough because I hate skipping 10 routes a thousand times 'till I get it right, so its great

The customisation was fun and that it actually meant something (even your eye color is sometimes) - funX2. I liked that Ash had I different personality and background, the playthroughs felt different for me (like a Shika-Ash and Rafael with all the Shika culture and hand stuff). Don't know if the gender makes such a difference, didn't try male Ash

But most of all I enjoyed the writing and lighthearted atmosphere. I had such a good time with the game

4. Least favorite part?

Why is it so short? *crying*

On a serious note, the ending (bandints + last night) felt a little rushed, like there was intended to be a couple more scenes somewere there. The whole pretender intrigue was simple, but it's not the point of the game so its ok)

And yes, some of the paid VNs took me less time to go through, but any amought less than infinite of TPG is short :D

5. Did you find any bugs/typos?

The extras didn't open the first time I played but then they popped out

6. Other comments or suggestions

Actually I was circling around the game for quite and amount of time and didn't consider it because of the yaoi tag (I don't play pure BL games). But then I read the description and that was the end off me

7. Would you consider sharing the game page on Twitter to spread the word?

I'm not from the english segment of Twitter (so please excuse me for my poor English), but I certainly would like to share screenshots and screams!

8. If I made a commercial game would you consider purchasing it?

I already bought Arena Circus GK, now I'm waiting for the whole thing to be done to play it all together


THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU'RE GREAT

Thank you so much for your thoughtful and in depth comment! It really made me happy to read. I agree that the endings were rushed, I find myself struggling with that in my writing. I hope it didn't take away from the experience too much!

I'm glad that you were still able to enjoy Braums even though he's not your usual type. He's actually Ash's age, he just comes off as a little younger/naive since he's never been outside the castle before (at least that was my intention). Despite this he still interacts with people better than Rafael. smh That being said, Rafael is my baby, glad to hear he caught your eye!

I am so happy I think you're the only person who's mentioned the GUI! I was really proud of the GUI for this. I didn't want this to be a stressful experience or something you had to try over and over again so I'm glad the hints helped! 

Thank you for giving the game a shot despite the tags!

Now you've made me want a fan-disk

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omg, i have so many errors and typos, im so embarassed ><

If you'll make a FD i'll be the happiest vn-fan on earth ^^ the new CG are so cool and I cant wait for the voice acting) If not for my accent I would totally apply xD

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Ah I'm so glad you like them, I've been having so much fun! And everyone's welcome to audition, don't let that stop you (:

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*internally screaming and reaching the microfone*


O, then be prepared xD

I just wanted you to know that I love this. I love this so much! I had just got done reading 2 just ok visual novels. This was a much needed breath of fresh air for me. The writing is phenomenal and I will admit it was difficult NOT to laugh out loud at some parts. I wish it was longer though. I really look forward to what you guys make next!

I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! And if your only complaint was that you wish there was more, I’ll take it. My next project will be chapter 4 of Arena Circus, I hope you’ll check that out too!

Hello! Is it possible to be a Shika and get Paris? (Or a Reaver.)

You can be a Reaver to get Paris but sadly you can't be a Shika if you want to romance him

I still haven't finished the game completely, but I played 2 routes already and absolutely loved it! All the characters are really funny and charming, especially Ash. In most of the VN i played the MC is either stupid, bland or really annoying, but you made such a great Main Character! I'm more used to the "anime" kind of art, but I really love the art and designs. I'd definitely would pay for it if it was commercial, because it deserves it :D (english is not my main language so sorry if i spelled something wrong he he)

I’m so glad to hear! Writing Ash was really fun, it was important to me to make a main character that was enjoyable to play. Thanks so much for playing!

Hey there, just a quick question: on Page 3 in the gallery, the 1st CG is from whose route again? 

That would be Paris' route!

Oh, I see! So I unlock this one by scoring real high with Paris, right?

Actually, that's his bad ending CG!

Alrighty, thanks for letting me know ^_^
I guess that's kind of a good thing I don't have this CG unlocked, then xD
Anyway, I LOVE this game. I pretty much adore every game you've worked on so far. At any rate, as soon as I've played through all the routes I'll let you know my thoughts about the game in more detail :D

Ah thanks so much! I'm so happy you've enjoyed it so far, and I'd love to hear your thoughts :D

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Hey! I'm really truly enjoying The Pretenders Guild! I've never wanted to actually complete a visual novel. Usually I just play the "good endings" and then move on to the next, but I find that I actually want to complete this one. 
However, after unlocking all the secret routes and getting ready to get Ending 8 (which is the only one I am missing at the moment) I got this error.

It popped up both in Scene 2 and Scene 6 making it impossible for me to complete it, since I can't progres after this pops up. I saw that someone else mentioned something about Nonbinary not defined, but thought this might help you figure out what the problem is easier.

It's an incredibly good Visual novel, and I hope that I can one day see Ending 8, but I am already blown away by it as it is now! :)

Thank you so much for pointing out this error! I'll get to work on fixing it. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it so much and I hope you check out my future stuff! You'll get to see ending 8 soon. (:

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I just finished my third playthrough. I loved all of them! I loved that you could customize how you looked (must've been a lot of work), and all the little details. Rafael and Paris in Braums' route were hilarious. And everyone is really sweet and funny. Thank you for making this!

Thank you for playing! I'm so glad you enjoyed and I hope you check out my future stuff. (:

I absolutely loved it! Rafael is my favorite, but I love everyone. Including Ash. Gods,the variations of dynamic between races are also quite interesting!

Thanks so much for playing! I'm so glad you enjoyed. 

I wanted to go with Rafael at first, but cuz I chose to be a Reaver I couldn't pick him and then defaulted to Braum. After finishing that route and going back to play as a Shika, it turns out I actually like Braum better anyway!

I'm glad to hear you liked Braums! He was my personal favorite.

Loving this game but has anyone else noticed a error that pops up saying "name 'nonbinary' is not defined"?

Ah, sorry about that, I’ll look into it as soon as I can!

Loved the game! Could you tell me the name of Braums´ tune(or whatever plays when he first appears). I swear it´s been playing inside my head for days now, I need it in my life

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If you check the music room, you can see the name of all the songs! I believe I named it Tsundere Blitz haha xD

Ooops, that went straight past me! Thank you for the tip! And you know, looking forward to your next work already :)

So  is there a way to buy it? Can´t seem to find it.

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Oh no, it's not for sale, sorry. I mean, they're just little songs I put together for the game, I didn't upload them anywhere. I could make the mp3 files available for download free here though! 

Oh yes, please, please do! I really want it in my playlist!

Well until I can figure out how to put the files in the game without them getting archived, I uploaded the album on soundcloud. Thought you might like to know! https://soundcloud.com/user-577383146/sets/the-pretenders-guild

Hey, I loved the game, have just finished! I did Braums' route as a Reaver, Paris' route as a Cubi and Rafael's as a Shika. I have one question though, I seem to have ended up with endings 1, 2 and 4, and even though I did Rafael's route as a Shika I can't see the button for the secret route! D: I have 85% with him by the end of Chapter 4 so I don't think I'm doing anything wrong?

Love the game, I thought it was very emotional and incredibly well-made. Could you give me some hints so I can get the rest of the endings? :D

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I'm so glad you enjoyed! Thanks for playing.

Yeah of course! Hmm, that is puzzling! When you completed Rafael's route as a Shika, did you get a message saying you'd unlocked content?  

The other endings can be found by finishing the different route with under 80%, and ending 8 is the ending of the secret route.

Thank you so much for answering me!

Yes I did get the message! Which is why it's so strange! Under the 'Quit' button there's three little ones that link to the extra scenes (still don't have three of those unlocked - two, four and six), one to Rafael's letter and one to the concepts. Did I do something wrong?

And thanks for the tip! I didn't even think about failing the routes to get bad endings, how useless am I haha!

(Extra note - I just went through and did all of the races I didn't do the first time and AWW to Braums and Shika Ash's ending <3 honestly really love this game I think it's extraordinary. Thank you for making it!

Oh okay! Those extra scenes are the secret route, so you're all good! Probably should call it something else but I wasn't sure what to dub it but a secret route xD To unlock the extra scenes there you'll have to play through the bad endings. 

You're so kind, thank you so much ;u; I really appreciate you taking the time to play and comment!

OHHHH right! Thank you, I didn't realise they all strung together - since I'm missing some I wanted to wait and unlock them all. DERP!

No problem at all, and I can't wait to see all the rest of the content :) I love the concept of different races and the Shika hand thing is just...wow. I wish I was as creative as you :) Thanks again for all the help!

Haha no worries! I hope you like the rest of it just as much c: 

I can't take all the credit for the hand thing, I was greatly inspired by Star Trek! Although if Vulcan hands were exactly like Shika ones the narrative would be a lil' different. c;

This game is absolutely delightful! It's been a long time since I laughed as much as this game made me. It's absolutely fantastic when the main character has a personality of their own, and Ash's personality was so refreshing! When they crack that smile after the customization process, I knew this would be a great ride.

One thing I did notice though, if you choose to be a man, but choose a "She/her" pronoun, it will state "Ash is a biologically female . . . ", which technically isn't correct. The story will still play out with Ash as a physical man (nipple tweaking vs coping a feel/the green outfit at the end, etc) while using  the she/her pronouns. It's the same if you choose to be a woman, but pick the He/him or They/them pronouns, it will state "Ash is a biologically male . . . ".  It plays correctly though! That wording is just off. (I only found this out because I'd pick a different combination each play through just for kicks, so I'm not offended/affected by it. It just confused me the first couple of times.

I also recall seeing the typo "aroudn" instead of "around", but I don't remember where. The 'skip to next choice' option was my favorite, considering how many times I replayed this, ahhahaha. It also stops at unread text, which is GREAT. This option can make/break the decision to find all the endings for me.

I cannot for the life of me think of how to get ending 3 though, since I'm pretty sure I got the good/best ending with everyone? I'm not even sure where to begin. I saw somewhere else that you could get 10% with Paris in the beginning, which would get me past that 80% by chapter 5, but the bread seems to be the only option that raises it? I know there's a response to Braum in the carriage that makes him laugh, but that option is only available with you're Shika and can't romance him.

All in all, this game is absolutely fantastic, and I would recommend it to anyone!

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Ahh thank you so much for your lovely comment! What a nice way to wake up. Thanks for mentioning that, there were a few errors made when I added in the pronoun feature, I'll be going through to fix those soon! 

Ending 3 is achieved by playing through Braums' route and getting his 'good' ending as a Shika, I believe. You can also raise Paris' points in the intro depending on which guild emblem symbol you pick! However, getting past 80% won't unlock any new content. 

Thanks for playing and I'm so glad you enjoyed!

I . . . don't know why I didn't think of that. *Face palm* I think I got distracted by the Paris/Braum thing that I didn't think to go back for him as Shika, ahhah. Thank you!

No problem!

Dear Minyan, I so enjoyed The Pretenders Guild! You created lovely characters and a really exciting and refreshing story. It felt really vibrant to me and I was delighted to see the world you created (I liked the map, it provided extra support for the imagination). In addition I find your art style very appealing and the characters had a wide variety in very own loveable nature and appearance.

To possibly give you some useful feedback and not just rambling I'll answer your questions now. :D I'm not a natural English speaker, so please don't mind some mistakes.

- SPOILERS AHEAD -

1. Were you satisfied at the end of the route you played?

Yes, I was! As a minor critique point I felt like the endings were a little sudden and short compared to the rest of the game. But that's maybe just because I love fluff and would have enjoyed some more of it. :D Even so I liked the endings, especially the scenes after the credits really felt nicely fluffy and fitting for the characters. :)

2. Favorite / least favorite part?

I loved the scenes in the last night! Most of all the one with Paris was extremely hot and romantic at the sime time. In general I very much enjoyed that it felt mature (Rafael jumping out of Ash's bedroll was hilarious :D) and espacially Paris! I will refer to this later again. Back to my favourite parts: The customization of Ash is great! The different races are gorgeous: Their artstyle, the different cultures and most of all how they played out, it's brilliant how you involved them in the game. And I was really thankful for the hints, I can much more relax when I know what the "right" answer is. :)

I don't have a least favourite part, really. As I wrote before I would have enjoyed if the endings would have been a little longer, so that I can enjoy more romance, but that's it. :)

3. Favorite love interest/what made him your fav?

I really like all of them, but I have to admit that I completely fell for Paris. He's gorgeous. His charme and how he slowly starts using it on you (and stops to do so with others) is just so... lovely. And flattering. I think I turned red myself a few times because of this charmer. And I fell in love with his looks at first sight, too. His style is great, a tall, broad man with this cute little Cubi ears (it gets even more adorable to know how sensitive they are). In addition I felt he has a great dynamic especially with Cubi Ash - it was so rewarding to hear in that last night how long he has wanted her and how he looked at her. I think I've got a soft spot there for those Casanovas, damnit. I so liked how Paris was Ash's soft spot and seems to always have been. And the cute little gestures of him the entire journey were just so sweet. The scene in the rain was one of my favourites, too, I wold have love to hear some more of his history (and about his right eye). Oh, and the very first drunken kiss was so great, it catched my completely by surprise! I'm used to waiting at the end of visual novels before the characters are kissing. So Paris really got me by surprise there and I find it truly refreshing and hot and butterfly-y. I really fell for Paris here.

3. What made you decide to play the game?

I play a lot of visual novels (maybe too much :D) and I saw your game by accident. I was really pleasd by your artstyle and I saw that you took part in This, My Soul, which I thoroughly enjoyed, too. :)

4. Did you find any bugs/typos?

I saw three typos (like I said I'm not natural in English, so please excuse me if I got it wrong):

1. The last evening at Paris' route: And you're always wearing that tiny *litle shirt... (by the way I really enjoyed him saying that :D)

2. At Rafael's route after the bandits: ( I don't have the complete sentence, it begins with: I want to believe him. Rafael looks at me with those clear honest eyes... and now it is probably going on with: telling nothing) but the *tuth.

3. At Rafael's route shortly after 2. (begins with I don't know Braums for long...) I can accept easier than whatever it is my heart's *decding to do with Rafael.

5. Overall thoughts/ comments or suggestions

The Pretenders Guild really is a great game! You have the characters fleshed out really well and they are all so loveable.Oh, I nearly forgot to mention the music, it was very cool! I liked the different themes and how you placed them, the feeling fitted the world and characters quite well. I already mentioned your art, but I will say it again: Your drawing style is as magnificent as your writing. :D

6. Would you consider sharing the game page on Twitter to spread the word?

I don't have a Twitter account, but I surely will tell my friends about this game. :)

7. If I made a commercial game would you consider purchasing it?

Yes, totally! This was really polished and high quality for a free game. I always appreciate when I don't have to pay (much), but you definitely deserve a reward.  I don't like playing unfinished games, but I'm looking forward to buy Arena Circus Golden once it's ready. :)

So, I hope you don't mind the long post and I could express my admiration of your game (and, as you should know by now, Paris :'D) properly. I would be happy if it was helpful for you. You have my support and I'm excited to play your future games. :)

Oh, I just remembered something I forgot to mention:

I truly appreciate how different the romances played out! They didn't were the same with different characters, they each followed their own pace and offered own choices. It never felt forced to me, instead all the routes hadenough space for Ash and her lover to unfold their story. This is very well made! Just wanted to add this. :)

Thank you so much! I don't mind the long post at all, it made me really happy to read. And I never would have known you weren't a natural English speaker, no mistakes noticed c: I agree with you on the endings, it's something a lot of people have pointed out. I'll have to work harder to flesh out my outline next time! 

Hehe those last night scenes are my favorite too >w< They were so fun to write, particularly Paris'. Honestly Paris caught me off guard with that first kiss too, it wasn't in my original outline then as I started writing I was like: Paris... Paris what are you doing? Paris! This wasn't part of the plan! 

He has a mind of his own haha.

Thank you for the typo fixes, I'll go through and fix those soon! 

I'm really glad you enjoyed and I hope you enjoy any future games just as much if you get a chance to check them out!

Gha No Walkthough? I'm gonna fail XD 

No worries! The hints will get you through c:

I kinda wish there was a walkthough for life XD

This looks pretty fun, but when I doubleclick on The Pretenders Guild.exe to start the game, nothing happens...?  I don't even see it popping up in Task Manager.  I'm on Windows 10.

Hmm, I'm not sure what the issue is! I haven't heard from anyone who's had this problem. But, I tried building a 'windows only' version of the game, please let me know if this helps!

For whatever reason that seems to have done the trick, it's working now! Thank you for going to the trouble!!

It's no trouble at all! I'm glad it worked, and I hope you enjoy the game!

Slight Spoiler if you haven't played yet...

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I seriously love all your games and hope you continue to make them indefinitely. I thought it was pretty cool seeing the reaver universe in a different way to that in arena circus. My favourite character in this one was Paris, I love that how they continued to reach for their dream at the end. However, gotta say i'm a bit iffy about the baby, though i did think it was rather funny and probably realistic considering his former lifestyle.

Aw thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Indefinitely making games would certainly be the dream xD 

Thanks again for playing and I hope you enjoy Arena Circus chapter 4 once it's complete!

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Once I'm done with the whole game, I'll gladly answer the questions you pose for those who have finshed playing, but I've come across something... odd. I decided to play both of Rafael's and Braums's routes as a female Shika after I had played as a male Shika, just to see if there was much of any difference. I had selected Rafael's route, but I seemed to be recognized as a female Reaver on Paris's route.

Also, did you use garageband to make the music? There is one part that just reminds me of Bastion and of the theme song of TAZ Dust, and they both used bandcamp for their music.

[Edit] Is there anyway to get higher than 5 points for Braums in the prologue? Because I can't seem to do anything to get it higher. A hint would be wonderful, if you could.

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Thanks for pointing that out! However I'm a little confused, you shouldn't be able to play as a Shika on Paris' route. 0.o Can you clarify the issue? You selected Rafael's route, but then were jumped to Paris' route? Or were you somehow a Shika on Paris' route?

And yes, I used garageband loops to make the music. There are only small differences between playing as a male and female, that was one part of the customization I tried to keep pretty much the same, since I knew there were some people who would only want to play as a female and vice versa, and I didn't want them to miss out on content because of that. As for Braums, five is the maximum number of points you can get for him in the prologue.

Thanks for downloading, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your playthrough!

I selected Rafael's route but was somehow booted to Paris's route. I only noticed around the time that Braums is coached on how to use his adorableness as a weapon. Though I don't remember all the choices I made, I could try replaying and seeing if the same thing happens

~~~~Possible Spoilers Ahead~~~~

1. Were you satisfied at the end of the route you played? 

I was pretty satisfied with all of the endings. I ended up playing Rafael's route first and fell in love with everything this game is. I felt a bit disappointed that the only "bad end" was Paris's, though things did not go to great for Rafael in Braums's "bad end". Its a really weird thing, but I feel like a bad ending is suppose to be a consequence for being a dick or not understanding the situation and/or characters enough. I understand if I'm just being jerk about this, but its the only I found lacking in terms of the endings.

2. Favorite / least favorite part? 

Rafeal trying to bond with the group was the greatest thing in the world. I also kinda liked the running gag of men confusing Braums for a woman and how everyone dealt with it. It could have been a very distasteful thing, but it was done nicely! I don't think I really had any part that I cringed at or wanted to skip or anything. Most things were playful enough or serious enough that the mood didn't seem off.

3. Favorite love interest/what made him your fav?

I love all of them but I think I'd have to pick Rafael. He was the first route I ended up playing and like. The fishing scene was so good. Made a lasting impression. Also I really like the hand thing that the Shika have, so that helps. Also his social awkwardness is kinda relatable and charming enough not to make it... awkward. Braums would be my second fave and Paris my third. Braums also has a kind of social awkwardness and he's really sweet? Like, I feel like he's the sweetest out of all of them. Paris is pretty much the embodiment of two very specific types I have, but the whole crush thing Reaver and Cubi Ash had hit very close to home. But Paris did have my favorite intimate scenes, with Rafael and Bramus just barely behind.

3. What made you decide to play the game?

I'm really pan and love a good visual novel.  Though seriously, I do enjoy the fact you can pick which gender you want to play as, as well as customize Ash. I've only seen customization in really only one other game and being able to pick your gender in a few. Plus the characters seem interesting.

4. Did you find any bugs/typos? 

Other than the weird jump to Paris's route, not really.

5. Overall thoughts/ comments or suggestions

Maybe add a pronoun option, separate from the body choice? //TODO: today is a good example of this, or even Hustle Cat. I'm nonbinary and use they/them, and while I don't mind have to play as guy or gal, its always nice to have the option to choose to be closer to who I am, when given the choice. I mean, most the time I see I have the option to be nonbinary in a game, I will play it, just for the chance to be myself. I've also straight up just played games because they have a canon nonbinary charater.

Also maybe adding skip button? I know you can hold down ctrl or press tab, but I forget sometimes, as I'm sure some people do.

6. Would you consider sharing the game page on Twitter to spread the word?

I have like 20 followers on Twitter, but sure. Also if you had more content on the tumblr page, I'd follow it and share that.

7. If I made a commercial game would you consider purchasing it?

I'm planning on buying Arena Circus Golden when I'm able, so yeah.

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I'll look through and see if I can find that bug, thanks for pointing it out! edit: and I would appreciate if you could see if it happens again! Going through a few times I couldn't reproduce the error.

As for the endings, I've heard a couple people mentioned they were surprised that there was only one 'bad end'. I wanted to give each ending it's own flavor, so I kind of avoided doing something gruesome in each one. I'm a sucker for a happy ending ahhh 

I'm glad you liked the characters! And my baby Braums. I think some people were turned off by his initial attitude so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed him. 

Adding the ability to choose a pronoun is something I could definitely implement with a little bit of work! I think it would fit in nicely with all the other customizing options, and you're right, it would be a nice feature. I'll see about doing that in the near future.

There is a skip button, it's the little right facing arrow on the quick menu bar! Sorry if it was a little too inconspicuous. 

Thank you for your support, and I appreciate you taking the time to play and comment!

I've found the save file that it happened on and have played through a few times, but I can't seem to replicate what happened. I also tried with a new game, but I just stayed on Rafael's route. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

No worries, I haven't heard anyone else mention this glitch so maybe it was a minor glitch in renpy? Either way, thanks for trying.

My, it took some time, but at long last, I´ve finished all the routes! Uhm, spoilers and lackluster English ahead?

1. Were you satisfied at the end of the route you played? 

Yes! My first route was the Shika/Raphael one, because I´ve adored Raphael since the demo and I really liked the aesthetic of Ash as both a shika and a reaver. After playing through all the routes, I do get the impression that maybe I was supposed to play in the order of Paris, Braums and then Raphael. Was that the intention? Anyway, I liked Raphaels and Braums good endings the most,  mainly because Raphael is MY BOY and Braums makes Ash his consort regardless of your race, which pulled at my heartstrings.  He´s such a sweet boy. I was surprised to see that Paris is the only one with a really "bad" ending (although Braums "bad" one was so cruel towards Raphael) When the other boys still let you be happy together. 

2. Favorite / least favorite part?  

I really liked the beginning of Chapter 2, on the boat. I think that you did a really good job of presenting the cast, mainly Braums, in this part specifically. Most of the time I really hate plowing through the beginning of a characters route, especially characters that haven´t been present for too long, like Braums. Seeing my poor boy being terrified of storms och being sick just made me want to protect him. :(

I also loved Raphael on the boat. When playing the demo I assumed he was going to be my sweet clueless son by the end of the game (which, I mean, he was) but seeing him hunting rats and saving damsels and then protecting his friends after only knowing them for like, two weeks made me want to shout "MY BOY" out loud. 

There was never a part I really disliked story wise, although I ended up just skipping through the part with the bandits for most of the time since nothing really changed there. Maybe adding some short dialogues depending on the romance, like Braums (or was it Paris?) yelling at them not to hurt Ash could have been switched depending on the route or something? 

3. Favorite love interest/what made him your fav?

As stated, Raphael is best boy. I loved his design, it was really serious and stoic compared to Paris the bunnyman and Braums (my second fav) who´s a total fashion disaster.  I found him so endearing because of his lack of social grace and I loved him even more after seeing his strength and how dedicated he is to his friends. 

Also, that scene with the blanket?  Raphael getting embarassed because he thinks Ash is pretty? Adorable. 

3. What made you decide to play the game?

Well, I´ve already been following you since I played some of your previous works, so I guess I played it because I´m a fan? Oh, and I thought Paris looked like a charming goof, so that kinda peaked my interest. 

4. Did you find any bugs/typos? 

Nope! 

5. Overall thoughts/ comments or suggestions

Thank you for your work! I think I forgot to mention it earlier, but it really makes me happy to see customization like this in a visual novel. I´m just, so impressed with the quality of it all. Especially the cgs! I can´t begin to guess how long that must have took, but it´s just so impressive if you ask me! 

I there´s one thing I´d suggest, it would be some sort of hint-system in the game och download files as to aquire the different ending/cgs. I spent an ETERNITY looking for the eigth ending, even though I did the shika/Raphael romance first. Maybe It´s just me though, ha.

6. Would you consider sharing the game page on Twitter to spread the word?

I don´t have a twitter-account, but if I did, you bet I would. 

7. If I made a commercial game would you consider purchasing it?

Absolutely! After playing the demo, I was suprised to see this one wasn´t!

There was no particular order to play in that I had planned out, but I imagine playing it in that order would certainly make things interesting in terms of gradually unfolding the mystery! Ahh I'm so glad to hear you liked Braums' endings, he is my little cinnamon roll and I love him >w< Yeah I wanted each 'bad' ending to be different, I thought all death death death might get a bit repetitive xD 

I'm happy to hear you liked chapter 2! Since Braums especially isn't seen much in the first chapter I wanted to give him a little chance to shine. Yes the bandits scene was pretty linear, definitely could have done more with that.

Also HAHAHA BRAUMS THE FASHION DISASTER. Reading that made me laugh out loud. He is so offended. 

Oh my, a fan? I'm so honored ;u; I hope you like my future projects as well then!

Sorry the ending took so long to find! I debated whether making it an official 'ending' or not, but I thought it might motivate people to check out the extra content if they were interested xD I'll add an 'ending guide' to the itch page when I get a chance!

Thanks again for playing and leaving such lovely feedback. I really appreciate it c:

GAAAHHHH I'm struggling so hard to get ending 2 and 8!! and with it the last two CGs :(

Anyways,  to business!

1. Were you satisfied at the end of the route you played? 

I've played all the routes multiple times (trying to get those stupid endings T_T) and I loved them. I was very happy with Rafael's happy end. It was just so... homey?  warm? cute? I dunno. But you could tell that MC was v content. 

2. Favorite / least favorite part? 

Fave: the characters were different in way that made the romance part of the story unique to them so there's a flavor for everyone.

Least fave: (spoiler) that each route followed the same adventure? I'm more into the types where there's a common route and then each LI branch off into something different if I'm making sense. In my opinion is hinders replayability or just playing other routes in general when you know exactly what's coming so you're basically skipping on a different LI's route until you meet new dialogue.

Fave: OMG THE CUSTOMIZATION. I ADORE AND ADMIRE YOU FOR ALL THAT EFFORT YOU PUT INTO THIS AND THE CGS TO MEET EACH DIFFERENCE. I know it can take a lot. You're my hero. Especially with the eye color. Let me tell you how many VN I've run into where you can make the MC brown but you're stuck with blue eyes -_- so I appreciate this greatly as I felt more included/represented as a POC

3. Favorite love interest/what made him your fav?

Hmmm. I love how Paris can get so steamy and is straightforward with his flirting, but I love Rafael's quirkiness. Not to mention that he gives that mysterious air that makes me want to take him apart and discover all his little secrets hehe. It's a tie between the two.

3. What made you decide to play the game?

I was initially drawn to this game because of the customization (like OMG I can make her brown?!?!--sorry, I'm just... there's not a lot of good romance VN out there where I can do that so thank you so very much for this) then I saw the storyline as I enjoy science fiction/ fantasy and I was like OH! Even better! Downloaded.

4. Did you find any bugs/typos? 

Nope! :)

5. Overall thoughts/ comments or suggestions

I know having each character's route branch out can be challenging/complicated, but I'll just put it out there for maybe next time? Or whenever you feel like it.

6. Would you consider sharing the game page on Twitter to spread the word?

Sadly, I don't have Twitter. I actually tried searching for you on Tumblr but couldn't find anything. I think that would help you spread the word, too! But yes, if you had made an announcement on tumblr I definitely would've reblogged it (several times???)

7. If I made a commercial game would you consider purchasing it?

Uh, shyeah!! Honestly, as someone stated before I'm surprised this was free, and I was half expecting this be some amount of money when I was reading the description. But I can see this as being your test to see if people actually enjoy your stuff. Well, you passed with flying colors! I'm sure I speak for many of us when I say that we support you! And love this game!

Thank you for your kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Yes, this game was very linear. Most of the games I've made up to this point have been, so it would be nice to do something that changes more drastically with each route! I'll keep that in mind for future projects.

As for the romances, I really wanted to do something that was unique to each character, so each route wasn't just 'hey I like you KABEDON'. It was a lot of fun doing all the different romance scenes so I'm happy you liked them! 

The customization was actually what the whole game idea sprang from, and it was time consuming but very much worth it for reactions like yours! As a fellow POC I feel your pain on the representation in VNs front.

I keep meaning to make a tumblr, but that site confuses the heck out of me >< I'll get on it one day ^^;

I really appreciate you taking the time to play and comment! Thank you again :D 

As for endings 2 and 8

SPOILERS

Ending 2 is the 'good' ending with Braums as a Reaver.

Ending 8 is from the 'secret route', which is unlocked after playing through Rafael's route as a Shika and getting his 'good' ending. The last two CGs are from the secret route too I believe!

I'm still struggling why can't I get this ToT. But ending 8, okay so before choosing who you want is it possible to get 20 points for Raphael? Bc I keep on getting 15 and I think that's what's keeping me from getting his secret route since by the end of ch4 I have 95 points. But that may be me just thinking I need 100 or more to get his secret route. Sorry for being such a dunce ^^;

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So for ending two, you have to choose the reaver background, then have 80 points with Braums by chapter 5. 

For ending 8, you need to be a Shika, and have 80 points with Rafael by the end of chapter 4. After this, his button should unlock on the start screen directly under the quit button. That will let you see the 'secret' route screen. There are six scenes, unlocked by getting different endings in the game. 15 is the max number of points you can get for him in the intro, so no worries there. 

If you still can't unlock the endings but have fulfilled this criteria please let me know and I'll check the game for bugs!

And no worries at all, I'm happy to help!

oooohhhh so ending 8 is just all those little side routes added together? I thought it was something entirely different lol but thank you for the help! I'm excited for for what you plan on doing next! This is the only game where I've been pressed to get all the endings. Other games I get like two or three and I'm good, but this game--- ah! ^^

Haha I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! What I'm planning next is raaaather different than what I've done so far, but I have a lot planned! Thanks for your support :D

Hi so far loving the game but for some reason i am having trouble accessing Paris' route. I can select Brames' and Raphael's routes but not Paris'. Can you help me please? Is it because of any choices?     

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Hello,

All the routes are accessible by two backgrounds:

Paris: Reaver/Cubi

Rafael: Cubi/Shika

Braums: Shika/Reaver 

If you'd like to do Paris' route, you'd have to pick either a Reaver or Cubi in the beginning. Hope this helps, and if for some reason it still doesn't, let me know!

Yes it worked Thank You!!

This looks so fantastic. I'll have to take a look at as soon as I can find a spare moment!

Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it if you get the chance. c:

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