Nothing wrong on your part. It's a bug I need to fix. :(
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There are CGs actually! But I have to finish coloring them. x_x They're by a different artist than Story Mode, her name is Alizze and she is an angel who stepped up to draw them for free when I told her I had no plans for some (I was broke). There's 2 for each romance route. Here's one of Wizz's (it's a hug, the last scene of the route when Robin is freaking out):
I'll try to hurry and finish these. I'm sorry. ;_;
Thank you, this is a new one. I'm in the process of moving my files to a new hard drive, but my guess is to try to write a new song and see if that helps. If you're literally stuck on the screen, can you go back at all?
Hm, that sounds like a bug. They should unlock as you go. I'll work on addressing that.
To answer your question, no there is no ending to open-ended mode, as per the name. There are closures and the main story is Sebastian's so when that's over, that would be the most final aspect. I would like to add another scene that involves the original band, however.
Oh I see, you don't have songs. That makes this harder! You write new songs by putting someone on "writing" in the manage screen. A little blue bar under their writing stat will fill up. When it's full, you get a new song.
Email me to get the cheat: maselphie @ gmail
Hmm, if you have zero recorded, then that will be hard as you can only record 2 each weekend. If you don't have a previous save, you can cheat? There's one to record all your songs at once.
Adding the main story characters back into the band is actually harder than it would seem. And of course once I do so, players will expect content from them - band chats, hang outs, new responses to gifts, which of course I understand. They've all changed as people by that time.
That said, I've decided to let 1 person back into the band after their route. The other 2 will not be recuitable for story reasons BUT will be around. You can "hang out" with them on the weekends and I'll try to make them present in other people's arcs. Right now, just including them into Sebastian's arc is my main goal but I will try to do more where I see fit. (I'm open to suggestions.)
If you want to just have a band with them in open mode, you can do that by starting a new band and choose not to trigger any story (true sandbox). They'll be available right away then.
This is a bug ... one that I've let stay in the game because I wasn't sure if I even wanted to include the (very long) scene ... but after letting you guys read it, hurtful as it is, the test readers voted it as important to their arc so I will be fixing this bug in the next release.
If you'd like to read it now, I can give you the cheat code to unlock it via email: maselphie AT gmail
I will definitely announce it on Twitter (@aleema, @happybackwards) and I will post here and probably make use of itch.io's new "devlogs" feature. I post development pics on my @aleema twitter sometimes too.
You're not stupid, there's supposed to be buttons at the bottom of the screen that are cut off for some reason. Looks like you're playing on a Mac. I would venture to say that the Mac version may be broken.
However there's something you can try: https://www.renpy.org/doc/html/display_problems.htm
Basically, hold down shift when the game boots, or shift+G in game and try different rendering options. I hope that works for you.
Romances in this game are linear, you just work to unlock them.
VNs condition us that if something bad happens, we did something wrong. However, relationships in real life aren't perfect. Confessions can be made and not accepted - but still come together later on. Part of the reason there is little to no story choices is to not give the impression that difficulties in these relationships are in any way your fault.
Robin has difficulty seeing Emmitt as an adult in the beginning of their path. That is no reflection of you, the player. It's simply a story I wanted to tell. Keep playing! :)
I don't know when Seth's route will be released. It's a bit emotionally tough as it deals with recovery, but I do plan for it to come out. I am working on completing the Story Mode char's open mode routes for the time being, but Seth will be released.
Sterling's route is short so don't get too excited. It's accessible through Dallas' route. There will be an option to stay with Sterling or go after Dallas, you must stay with Sterling.
If you want the cheat codes, email me: maselphie AT gmail
I'm so glad the game could impact you that way. Hell, it's impacted me as well. It taught me that games are my passion, and I'm so happy for you to find the same. I look forward to your future work. Good luck!