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Cryptic Stitching Update & Question

Hey, gang!

ETA: Oh crap, it's April 1st. No, this is real. I was asking on Twitter last night. I wouldn't do that to you.

Not dead. Have post book tour plague, I think, and my back is in that state where it hasn't yet gone out but it is thinking very, very hard about doing so. So I've been laying in bed, working frantically to get caught up on Real Work, and in my copious spare time, working on Cryptic Stitching.

Still porting it to Ren'Py, and it's working great--it's just a slow process. A lot of things need to get tweaked, but this is a very stable platform that will probably not change wildly in the next few years. I'm able to do a fair number of things that I couldn't do in Twine, which makes me happy, and the UI is actually much prettier and about to get more so. So it is not dead! It is just...in progress, slowly. I manage to find time every few months to add another thousand lines of code or so.

All that said--a few people, most notably my buddy Otter, who played obsessively back in the day, tells me that Cryptic needs romance options. I am tentatively okay with this...in theory...but it occurs to me that I have no idea WHO anybody would want to romance!

So I'm asking--those of you who played and remember it--anybody you really wanted to snog?

I'm already thinking the Silver Rat, as a mouse-only, the Lime Rabbit, possibly the Mule Woman's Granddaughter, and the Magenta Lop. Maybe the Carmine Raven and one of the Teddy-bears, but that's getting to be a lot. Otter says the Responsible Cheetah, too. (I also want the hard-to-unlock Tangerine Rabbit romance, because she's a very fun character to write, and damnit, we need more games where a middle-aged rabbit-woman with grandkids is a viable romance option.)

(please don't say Quippet, please don't say Quippet, Quippet has too much going on already)

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I would assume, based on the BioWare fandom, that the answer is going to be "everyone, we should be able to romance everyone".

Bioware has STAFF! I've just got me...

So no romance option for the potted plant then?

And yet, you on your own lonesome somehow end up making better writing choices than Bioware approximately 99% of the time, plus or minus one percentage point.

/fetches tea

Hmm. I second the Mule Woman's Granddaughter and the Responsible Cheetah (because those are the only ones I remember, it's been a while).

I've never really played computer games (I'm assuming Mahjong solitaire doesn't really count)...but I gotta say, these names are exercising a serious pull on me....

I didn't think about romance while playing. So whoever you think makes sense is good enough for me. I like to break things and occasionally do software testing in real life. I also know the Ren'Py engine, so if you'd like someone to test, so long as I have free time when it comes around, I'd be happy to help. I do so love trying to break things and I love your sense of the absurd and writing, so I would enjoy it very much.

...I was going to say Quippet. I even logged back into LJ to say Quippet. But I can understand your point. Poor Quippet.

Is it weird that I think Crazy-Wool would be really interesting to *ahem* grow closer to?

I feel slightly embarrassed to say this, but most of the reason I went with the mouse is so that I could have the Silver Rat hit on me a little. XDDDD Romance options are very welcome!

There is something weirdly sexy about the Silver Rat, and I don't know what it is either. *cough*

Uh, that is to say, I of course have no idea what you're talking about.

the shamen person? was that crazy-wool?
also the character that's always feeding you

I really want to say Quippet because Quippet is awesome. But poor Quippet probably doesn't need more stress.

I would love... well, anything, because I wind up whining vaguely at things that don't offer them but do make me fangirl... but also it seems like it would be awesome to offer a few "I dunno if I wanna snog, but I want to grow old together and repair each other's seams now and then" options, perhaps?

Anyway, good luck and I hope your back is better quickly!

Would Quippet be open to a purely platonic relationship involving repairs and the occasional hug?

If not, the Pink Hedgehog, please. I am a sucker for those with the Feeding Genes.

Maybe an option where you consider Quippet, and then realize that'd be way more stress than he needs and/or can handle? Possibly Crazy Wool talks you out of confessing to Quippet.

how about the Chartreuse Ram?

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