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1. Are you enjoying Neil's route, do you still like him/hate him?

I personally wasn't fond of Neil to begin but I've found myself really enjoying his route! I love argumentative relationships and bickering so there's that and I think the masque was an interesting twist and a fun way to spin the relationship and added a lot to the way they interact in chapters 13 and on.  His route is a little frustrating considering all the back and forth but I enjoy the drama and  the romantic moments are enough to keep me interested in what happens next. By the end of chapter 18 I think I've really come to love his route (although, as user Reiyane said, curse cliffhangers aha).

2. What are your thoughts on Dimitri's first two chapters? Do you want to read more?

I enjoyed reading about Joselina's time spent with Dimitri and found that even in only a short two chapters I left his route already very fond of him. The fact that Joselina was dating his brother does largely complicate my feelings toward his route but Dimitri on his own is a lovely character. I'm also very interested to see if he had anything to do with the reveal at the end of the second chapter.

3. Who's your favourite guy out of Neil and Dimitri? Or perhaps Alex?

Just going by first impressions my favorite character is Dimitri but overall I've warmed enough to Neil to consider him my favorite so far.

4. What's your favourite CG?

My favorite CG is probably Neil's first CG. It's such a silly but endearing moment in his route that kind of solidified the moment I started to appreciate his character as someone other than just a big ol' jerk.

5. What's your favourite chapter or scene?

My favorite chapter by far was the masquerade because it was such an interesting one, visually and from a story perspective. The setting, character designs, and interactions with Neil were all very enchanting and romantic.

6. Which part was the most romantic to you?

Same as above!

7. Out of all of the side characters, is there anyone you would want as a date option?

Probably Sarah? She's such a fun, spunky character and such a wonderful friend and her relationship with Joselina is just too sweet.

8. Did you at any point get stuck on a loading screen?

Not once!

9. Were you able to create clothing using the β€œDesign” button?

Yes! I had no difficulties with the design feature.

10. Did you encounter any bugs while designing?

None I noticed.

11. Were you able to dress up your avatar using the β€œOutfit” button?


12. Was everything easy to use, or were the menus too complicated?

I found the UI very clean and easy to navigate. Being able to scroll wheel through design menus was a nice touch! The only issues I had were with the naming screen? It seemed a little odd to backspace using right click but considering it's such a brief moment it isn't a big deal.

13. What did you like more, creating clothes, dressing up the avatar, or reading the story?

The story but I really enjoyed creating clothes and hope to explore the menus a bit more in the near future. I hope we'll have some story ties to the design system beyond just earning money, though? I think having to make chapter specific outfits or something like that would be a nice touch but definitely not necessary. I imagine making customer clothing will be fun in it's own right!

14. Most importantly, did you enjoy the game? :D

Absolutely! I had a great time in exploring the new features and really loved reading the new chapters!

Thank you for your thorough feedback!

The menu for inputting your name is awkward, I won't deny it. It's the default settings that came with the engine, I will see if I can find one that's more intuitive and uses your keyboard. I'm still going to re-haul the intro and character creation anyway, but that's stuff I can always work on later.

I'm glad Neil grew on you. He grew on me, too. He's not my favourite character to write, and he's only the first bachelor because he won the popular vote. People wanted the jerk character haha. I tried to give him some redeeming features (the first CG is my favourite moment of his!), as well as being able to bicker with him and call him out on things - I don't think I could stand him if this weren't the case. After chapter 20 Neil will mellow out and there won't be much back and forth going on anymore to frustrate you further. So stay tuned!

Dimitri on the other hand is adorable and his route is fun to write. I'm guessing you have some issues with going after a guy that's your ex's little brother. I've had someone else comment this made them uncomfortable as well. Personally, I think it's a great trope to use - plus it happens in real life all of the time as well. Not to mention the complications that arise from it, I'm excited to write about the conflict. Also, he's got some great moments with Sarah in his route, she'll definitely be more present here than in Neil's.

Got any suggestions on what you like to see in the clothing system? Perhaps a certain hairstyle, some really cute shoes etc.

Of course, aha. I feel kind of silly typing it all out but I hope my feedback in any way assists!

That's totally reasonable! For now I'd consider it largely an after-thought but other than that I found the UI to be very easy to interact with.

Jerk characters seem to often be a hit with readers and not with their writers! That said I definitely wouldn't enjoy his route as much as I did without the ability to match his bickering. I think the bickering, at times, is very endearing it just frustrates me to see him jumping back and forth between affectionate and dismissive -- which is an understandable character trait considering his situation. I look forward to seeing him less guarded in the future!

I'll admit dating an ex's little brother is a kind of uncomfortable idea for me. Still, I think getting past that is something I won't be alone in facing, since along the route I imagine Joselina will also have some complicated feelings on the matter. I think it's a great way to draw up conflict around the relationship, though, and am definitely not adverse to exploring his route because of it. And, of course, I'm happy to see more of Sarah!

My suggestions for adding to the design and outfit categories are honestly just things I'm personally fond of. I really gravitate towards large sweaters and cardigans, blazers and jackets in general, crop tops, high-waisted bottoms, and combat boots but that's all personal taste. I'd also really love to see an a-line bob hair style on the longer side as an option for hair just because it happens to be my favorite style. Other than that nothing comes immediately to mind, I'm afraid!

Found one, in the next beta you should be able to use your keyboard when typing in a name :)

As for Dimitri's route, definitely Joselina will struggle with this as well, and it's an underlying theme in his story (every bachelor has its own underlying theme). Also, his route is probably the sweetest cavity inducing one among them all, he's a real sweetheart. I really want to hurry up and finish his script, but I'm only 18k words in! I want every route to be around 60k words at least.

And thank you for the clothing suggestions, I'll keep them in mind. I was actually working on drawing a bob hairstyle just now.

I'm glad to be able to type freely! Thank you for finding a solution, and so quickly!

After the cake scene and learning his mother is a pastry chef I fully associate Dimitri in all his adorable glory with confectioneries. Probably a cinnamon role, to adopt the trope.  Honestly all the progress you make in short intervals amazes me, already having about a third of his route  scripted is honestly awing. I'm definitely excited to have such foil characters as the Beta Bachelors: being able to break up Neil's route with a character as precious as Dimitri is refreshing, to say the least!

I definitely needed to write someone sweet after writing a jerk, hah. Plus, I know Neil is not everyone's cup of tea! So adding someone who's basically the opposite of him was a wise idea.