Hey there! You know, I've never really considered that possibility. I don't think I would ever turn these characters' stories into traditional novels, since they're designed to be interactive. But, I have to admit, I would love to write something more in-depth and personal to me... Don't know if it will ever happen, but if it does -- thank you for the encouragement. :-)
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Wow, that's high praise -- thank you! And I'll take your constructive criticism on board.
Hopefully you'll enjoy discovering how the protagonist finds herself in various different scenarios depending on the route. I'll say that, for Royo's Story, you do meet her before Umar -- in a very interesting way. ;-)
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed and honest criticism of Bahadur's Story.
Most things, I can see your point -- but I do stand by the story. The main character is young, and she's written to be young. She and Bahadur do have an unhealthy dependency on each other (like you mentioned, she is his "purity token", his opinions are coloured by being conditioned to feel "shameful" and "unclean") but they are supposed to be flawed, pitiful characters who, by the game's end, have at least a hope of growing together and making a better future for themselves.
Of course, if that's not the feeling you got at all, then that's my failure as a writer, and I will seek to improve -- not just in future routes and games, but by looking back at Bahadur's Story and seeing if/where I can strengthen the backbone of the narrative.
It's probably one of the hardest things I've ever read -- to have Bahadur be called "Uncle Tom". I am genuinely mortified that this is a take someone could have, and obviously the absolute last comparison I'd intend to be drawn to this character. Though I would argue that breaking free of his servility (once admitting that it is in fact his own defense mechanism against the parts of himself that scare him) is a core part of Bahadur's story and character development -- not a reinforcement of the "servile minority" stereotype. But, regardless, this teaches me to cast an even more critical eye over my own characters, to ensure that they do not come off as unintentionally offensive.
Ultimately, I can completely understand why this game does not work for you, though I stand by it. I will certainly take some of the points you've made and aim to improve in areas I feel are lacking or misaimed, but ultimately Wilder is what it is.
Thank you for your feedback. It has been very valuable.
What an incredible piece of feedback! Thank you for taking the time to write so many of your thoughts -- it's no exaggeration that this kind of thing makes my whole day. :-D
On the subject of human-djinn babies, canon is canon. But, hey, that's the beauty of fanon, isn't it! ;-) And regarding MC's hair -- it's actually a deep brown, but sometimes the lighting of a scene can make it look green.
Thanks again! This made me giddy to read!
I'm very pleased that you enjoyed Bahadur's Story more than you were maybe expecting to. :-) And I'm also very pleased to finally be able to give players some answers to the mystery of the shah's death.
Thank you for your support! (And if you ever draw that pin-up, please don't hesitate to send me a link. ;-))
Hi! Thanks for posting this. I thought having a message board would be better than comments, since I could sticky important info. But, uh, I think I made some rookie mistakes that I'm now trying to fix -- for example, I've now added a feedback thread!
I take your point about the transition to Bahadur's route. In the full version (all 5 routes collected together) that will be the branching point for everyone's stories. That means there may be some tweaks as each route comes out and the prologue is slightly altered to better suit the branching at that point.
But I'm glad that you enjoyed Bahadur, regardless! (And I am so, so, so late, but I hope you had a great Christmas! Here's to the new year!)
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If you want to make a VN, I definitely recommend going for it! I am also a chronic un-finisher, but making these games has really helped me get over that hurdle.
Besides Ran and Bahadur, there will also be a route for Royo (who you have met) and Amir and Jamal (who you have not). There is more information on all the love interests in the Wilder tag on my two tumblrs, if you're interested.
Thank you ever so much for this long, detailed feedback! I am delighted that you enjoyed Ran's Story -- and very grateful that you took the time to say so. Bahadur's Story should be coming out before the end of the year, and I can only hope that you enjoy him, too. :-)
Oh, wow, thank you! This is an incredible compliment, and I'm grateful that you took the time to write it. And it's wonderful to hear that you've enjoyed playing and re-playing multiple times. I'm so glad!
I'm not sure why you're not able to buy Ran's Story. I haven't had any other reports of purchasing issues. Sorry I can't help with that.
There are no current plans to release Wilder on Steam, but that may change in the future.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this comment. Can't tell you how much I appreciate it! There are definitely a lot of different aspects of the world still to be explored, so I hope you enjoy the upcoming stories as well.
Thank you! It's such an important part of the games I write, that players feel like they have agency without being punished, so I'm very glad that you felt like you could be the heroine you wanted to be.
(Sorry for the late reply!)