I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Let me know if there is anything I could do or if you need to talk to someone 🫂
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Hello Helgrin, I am the creator of Pumpkin Eater. Archive.rpa is a ren'py function that prevents people from peeking into the files as to not spoil themselves. Don't mess with it unless you know what you're doing, which is causing these errors.
After you download the game, only click the .exe file, which should start up the game. You can always try to delete and redownload. I am very sorry about the trouble, please let me know if you need any more help.
Hello! I'm very sorry you're having trouble. When you click start, does the narration not appear while it fades to black? Are you just stuck on the main menu?
I just downloaded it to make sure itch didn't corrupt anything, and I can play it just fine. What OS are you using? I use windows so I'm unable to test this on Mac or Linux. Did you make sure it is completely downloaded and all the files are there? If it's working, the icon of the game should be my protagonist Manson or at least the default Ren'py logo.
Hey, thanks a lot! Unfortunately Object Ward is planned to be a game where all choices matter, as much as I would like to have silly flavor text, it goes against what I have planned. There are many endings planned in the final game due to Manson's choices, 21 of them!
In what way does Jones make you feel weird? Is there something wrong with him? He's a very eccentric character, hahaha!
Hello! Yes, this game was free for a limited amount of time. My artist and I decided to make it paid and posted an announcement of the change about two weeks ago. If you already downloaded the game before the price change, then congrats, you already own it! Everything is fine :)
Well I'm glad you've fixed it then hahahah! I'll be sure to let you know if I spot anything else ;)
But are you currently taking suggestions?
It would be really nice if there was some hoverable text saying what buildings they were and if the protagonist says he can't enter them at the moment. I'm not sure if it's because something broke, I really can't enter it until later in the game, or that location isn't functional yet hahah!
In addition, I would love if there were confirmation screens if I would like to leave an area or not. I'm trying to explore and whoops I'm now back in the city and all out of energy!
Aside from this, it's certainly interesting. Keep up the great work, dev! :)
I found a bug when attempting to save. All these menus appear and I am unable to get rid of any of them.
Escape partially helped, but I am still stuck and had to close out of the game, losing my progress :(
Thanks! I wrote more about this in the bonus content. Decomposition is pretty gruesome for the average person, so media waters it down until it's palpable, showing either a fresh body or a mummified skeleton.
I'm pretty proud of my research and presentation of the decomposition. It's gross, but that's reality.
O-Of object head fame?! You're too kind! :D I'm glad you enjoyed this. Pumpkin Eater actually came from a nightmare of mine about a year ago, where I was on some pretty rough SSRIs where one of the side effects was "abnormal dreams". It was so realistic, detailed, and bizarre that I wrote it down and finally became a VN! I haven't dealt with a close death in the family, God willing, but a while ago one of my professors passed away in a complete freak accident, and I would say morbidly inspired me with the theme of denial and grief. Memento mori is definitely weird.
That was certainly an interesting visual novel! As a Catholic uh... um... yeah that mom was pretty crazy hahahha XD
Nice atmosphere, sound effects, and I loved the black/white style. Though I didn't understand the final image, what did he become? An exploded skeleton?
Thank you! I'm a big lover of horror films, especially psychological horror like The Lighthouse or The Shining, so I completely agree on how you feel. I enjoy stories that get under your skin and keep you up for hours thinking about what you just saw, and not how the spoopy ghost is hiding under your bed.
And I'm glad you enjoyed the family dynamic and how you still felt sympathy for these characters, despite the events that occurred. It was definitely difficult writing multiple characters interacting at once! :D
Thank you so much for your kind words, and especially a letsplay, I was not expecting it! I have received some feedback also about the short scenes, and I agree. I will do my best to remedy them. :)
The game does not have to be polished! The purpose of game jams are to give you a time crunch and motivation to create a game. No one is expected to create the visual novel of the decade, just do the best that you can, because every submitter is a winner 🙌
But I do know of some games that update after the jam period has ended, so if you do, just let the reader know in the game page :)
Have any questions about the jam? Let us know here!
Q: If I have an object head character who isn't an object head all the time, is it still allowed?
A: As long as the story focuses on the concept of object heads, then yes! Do not show a character with an object head in one scene and never be brought up again, the characters and their object heads must play an active role in driving the story.
Q: What is and isn't considered an object head? Skeletons? Robots? Siren Head?
A: This is a difficult question to answer, due to how broad the category of object heads can be. Even though the rules state that the character must have a non-human head and humanoid body, we encourage you to be creative in your design. Admins may review submissions and will use their best judgment to determine if the character is an object head or not.
Q: Then what about anthro?
A: There is no reason for it to be disbarred as long as everything besides the head remains humanoid. For example, an anthropomorphic needle that looks mostly human but has pointy ends in place of hands or feet would be allowed while a sentient needle whose entire body and head consists of the inanimate object (E.g., the brooms from The Sorcerer's Apprentice) would not.
Q: Are submissions to other jams allowed?
A: Of course!
Q: What about characters wearing masks to appear like an object head or their head *is* a mask?
A: Same as the first question! If these characters have masks to resemble an object head, the masks must play an important role in the story. If their head is a mask, that's already an object head!
Hello everyone! This is a thread to talk about the super awesome games you'll be submitting to the jam! What is it about? What kind of heads will we see? Do you need any help with coming up with ideas?😄
Awiola and I will be submitting our own visual novel to the jam! Due to the story, the less you know about it the better, but it'll involve some spoopy pumpkin heads~