I just updated the game build which should fix this issue again! Apologies for the inconvenience, and thank you for playing Emberfate!
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Hi! Thank you for playing Emberfate! I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed the game :D
Oops, I'm not sure how that bug slipped through the cracks all this time, but I have just updated the game build on Itch.io that should include a fix to the bug. Sorry about that issue, and thank you for the report!
Hi! Unfortunately, I'm unable to replicate your issue even after trying it on a Macbook. The code for the chat system and the game menu buttons wasn't really changed either between the original game jam demo and these newer version updates, so theoretically it shouldn't have broken anything.
I'm unsure what could be causing the issue, so all I can suggest at this point is potentially try a fresh clean install of the game to see if it fixes the issue.
Delete all previous downloaded builds of Emberfate, then navigate to this location on your computer: $HOME/Library/RenPy/
If you see any folders called EmberfateTempestofElements, whether it's EmberfateTempestofElementsPublic-1631333206 or EmberfateTempestofElementsDemo-1631333206, delete all the contents inside those Emberfate folders.
Then redownload the game and extract to a fresh new folder again.
Sorry about the strange issue, but thank you for your interest in Emberfate!
Hi! Thank you for playing Emberfate! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it and liked the characters! :) The final episode (Day 8) for this game should be released for the public in early Jan, while Patrons will get it later this month, so hopefully that isn't too long of a wait! Haha. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your playthrough!
Hi! Thank you for playing Emberfate and your question.
To answer your question: Chris' pronouns is not an option for the player to choose from, and there's no setting for you to toggle between referring to them as he/him or they/them. I've gone back to double check the script to confirm, and the narrative does use the two pronouns interchangeably, but they/them was probably used a bit more frequently!
Hmmm yeah that's really strange, I have no clue why that happened. But I'm glad to hear it works fine now, though I'm sorry that you had to start from scratch and spend time replaying 😭 Sorry about the issues, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the game!
Thank you for the report! I think this bug is a different issue from the one mentioned by OP though, as it's not a bug triggered by loading an old save. It was also reported on Tumblr yesterday and I've already uploaded an updated version of the game that should include a fix to the bug. Please update your game files to the newest version and try and see if the issue remains. Thank you!
Hi! Thank you for playing Emberfate! I'm sorry to hear you're encountering technical issues with the game. Admittedly that's... a really strange bug, and I've not been able to replicate it on my end while attempting to repeat the steps you mentioned.
You mentioned there was an error that popped up and you had to close the game -- would you happen to have a screenshot of the error message or remember what it said roughly? Additionally, if you still have that bugged save file, would it be possible to send the save file to me directly in private so I can test it personally and try to figure out the issue? I'm available on Discord at Windchimes#1995 if you'd like to send me the screenshot / save file in DMs (or need further directions on how to find the save file on your PC for sending)!
Again, really sorry about the inconvenience and issues. I'll try my best to investigate and fix the issue as soon as possible.
If you have save files from the previous Day 4 build, they should be compatible! But let me know if you have any issues loading old saves -- I'm still trying to investigate what makes certain save files buggy when loaded. Thank you for playing Emberfate!
Hi! Thank you for playing Emberfate. It looks like the 0.4.2 build had an error pointing to the wrong save directory on the computer -- please download the newest 0.4.3 build to see if the issue has been fixed.
Otherwise, you should be able to find your previous saves manually in:
- Windows: %AppData\Roaming\RenPy\EmberfateTempestofElementsPublic-1631333206
- Mac: $HOME/Library/RenPy/EmberfateTempestofElementsPublic-1631333206
- Linux: $HOME/.renpy/EmberfateTempestofElementsPublic-1631333206
You can then copy the saves over to the "saves" subfolder in the unzipped game folder. Then relaunch the game. The old saves should appear on the list again.
I apologize for the issues. Thank you for your patience!
Hi! Sorry to hear about the issues -- I admit this is the first time I've received a report of that bug, so I'm not sure exactly what's causing it. If possible, please provide more information on the issue -- screenshots of the spot where it stops, as well as the guild & realm chat and private messages window at that point, would be appreciated! If possible, please also let me know what your previous decisions / choices were for (a) whether you or Ali would be doing the recruitment (b) how you responded to HermitCrab's application to join (c) how you responded to Sorcerer's chat about his brother wanting to join.
EDIT: I just uploaded a new build of the game to Itch.io with an attempt to fix the issue. Please update the game and load a Day 4 save file with Force Recovery Mode on (which should put you at the start of Day 4) and try to get back to the point where the game stops and see if you're still unable to progress. Please let me know if the problem persists!
For more detailed support / troubleshooting, please consider joining our Discord server and private messaging me directly! It'd be easier to be able to identify what's causing the problem that way.
Thank you for playing Emberfate, and I'm very sorry for the unexpected bugs!
Please try reloading the save file with Force Recovery Mode enabled, which would bring you back to the start of Day 3 chapter. You'd have to replay the portions from start of Day 3 leading up to the route branch, but I'm fairly certain that it should fix the problem you're having which is due to incompatibility of old saves. The save point you made for the save file is after where I added new code to fix an issue where players are softblocked from progression by saying No to every single love interest, which affects how the No option is displayed during the route branching for the last love interest to respond to.
Please let me know after trying that to see if it works. I apologize for the issues. Thank you for playing Emberfate!
Thank you for playing Emberfate!
I'm sorry to hear the chats got overwhelming — I've had some similar comments before, so I'm trying to be mindful of it when writing future episodes so less parallel conversations happen at once.
You can also always pause the chats and ignore the other conversations to focus on only one at a time if that helps! There's no time limit on answering conversations, and they don't progress until you make a choice, so you can always take as much time as you need to go through each chat!
I'm so sorry for the wait, but the full version should be out in 4 more months (one episode released a month)! Though Patreon would get early access and receive the final episode in November, if that's something that interests you~ Thank you again for your interest in Emberfate!
Thank you so much! (I see we have yet another player who couldn't resist the charm of Chris' voice.... hahaha)
I'm so sorry for the wait, but the full version should be out in 4 more months (one episode released a month)! Though Patreon would get early access and receive the final episode in November, if that's something that interests you~
Thank you again for your interest in Emberfate!
Hahah thank you so much for playing Emberfate! I'm glad to hear you had fun playing it, though I'm sorry for making players wait between episodes. The newest episode for Day 4 content is out now, so I hope you'll enjoy it if you get the chance to play it!
Thank you so much!!! I really do love this game and pour my heart into creating this, so I'm so happy to hear that it shows through the game.
The newest episode for Day 4 content is out now if you want to continue playing! Thank you for playing Emberfate!
LOL I definitely took inspiration from my own MMORPG experiences as well for this game's story arcs / drama, so I'm glad to hear they come off as realistic!
The newest episode for Day 4 content is out now if you want to continue reliving your MMORPG days! Thank you so much for playing Emberfate!
Thank you so much for playing Emberfate and leaving such a glowing review!! I'm so glad to hear the game offers a realistic experience since that's definitely my first goal — and even the annoying characters can actually evoke annoyance LOL
The newest episode for Day 4 content is out now if you want to continue your journey (and romance Chris some more! ;) haha) Thank you so much again for the kind comment! It really does warm my heart knowing my creations can entertain players :D
Whether a romance option is available for you to choose their route on Day 3 depends on your previous choices while interacting with the character in Day 1 and 2. The threshold requirement you need to meet in terms of relationship points with the love interest before their route is available in Day 3 is the same for all three love interests, but difficulty in getting that may vary. Thank you for playing Emberfate!
Hi! Thanks for the reply, and sorry again for the technical issues.
Is this your first time playing Emberfate, or did you play the old demo previously of Day 1-2?
Upon the first playthrough of this v0.2.1 build, a tutorial should be there at the start of the game. This is what it looks like on my end when I run the game, but that appears to be missing from your screenshot. Can you confirm whether you've played through the tutorial once before? Were the previous tutorial tips showing up before the first dialogue choice point?
If possible, please go into Settings and check if there's a Tutorial Hints setting that can be toggled on and off. It theoretically should not be in the Settings menu until you've played through the start of the game (i.e. finish the tutorial) once, but if it's there, please check to see if it's turned on or off.
Another thing you can do if to delete all persistent data and save files for Emberfate. Check in the following location:
- Windows: %AppData\Roaming\RenPy\
- Mac: $HOME/Library/RenPy/
- Linux: $HOME/.renpy/
If you see any folders called EmberfateTempestofElements, whether it's
EmberfateTempestofElementsDemo-1631333206, delete all the contents inside those Emberfate folders.
Then delete all previous extracted game folders of the game, including past builds. And redownload and re-extract the game to a different folder again.
If none of those work, if you have a Discord account, please consider joining our Discord server (https://discord.gg/S3pgGyv) and then sending me a PM. It'll be easier to troubleshoot and try to figure out what the issue is in a direct conversation.
Apologies again for the strange bug. Thank you for your patience!
Thanks for checking out the game! I'm sorry to hear you're having problems playing. Unfortunately, I'm unable to replicate the error you're describing on my end, and I haven't received reports of this issue before either. Can you please give me more details on what the issue is, where exactly it took place, and what you were doing? If possible, please attach a screenshot as well. Thank you!
Thank you for playing the demo!! I'm glad to hear you liked it!
The newest episode (Day 3 content) is out now if you haven't tried that yet! There'll be a new episode released at the start of every month, so you don't have to wait as long as the full game's release if you want new content now! :D
Ahhh thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment! I'm really really happy to hear you liked Emberfate so much :D
Most of my closest friends are friends I've met online, and I have very fond memories of good friends from my old guilds / online games I've played, so I definitely relate there. I've tried to capture some of those found family vibes for the guild in this game, and I'm so happy that touched at least one person's heart.
The voice and video calls have been really fun to write, and I'm glad they add to the immersion!
I'm hopefully going to be able to release new days of content for Emberfate in monthly episode, so I won't keep you waiting too long for future updates! ^^ I hope you'll enjoy the eventual new content as well!!
Hahah thank you so much for playing the demo! I'm super glad you got more than what you came for and stuff other than the LIs were interesting too! I'll be trying to do an episodic release for this game, which means new content will be released every month or so, so you won't have to wait too long for more of Emberfate! ^^
Thank you so much! I'll be trying to do an episodic release for this game, which means new content will be released every month or so, so you won't have to wait too long for more of Emberfate! ^^
Thank you for playing the demo!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and the MMO simulation part was realistic LOL I'll be trying to do an episodic release for this game, which means new content will be released every month or so, so you won't have to wait too long for more of Emberfate! ^^
Thank you so much!! I'm so happy to hear you like the demo so much, and I'm always pleased when someone notices and appreciates the little details that I definitely spent way too much time on even though they weren't important LOL
Haha thank you so much for the anticipation for the full game! The enthusiasm is really nice to hear. I'll be trying to do an episodic release for this game so that new content will be released every month or so, so you won't have to wait too long for more of Emberfate! ^^
Thank you so much for playing the demo! I'm glad to hear you liked it and that it was nostalgic for you too, haha. I'm likely going to try to do an episodic release for this game so that new content will be released every month or so, so you won't have to wait too long for more of Emberfate! ^^
Thank you so much for playing the demo and leaving a comment! I'm really glad to hear the game is realistic and managed to replicate the feel of being in an MMORPG guild! I definitely made this game out of nostalgia for the good old MMORPG days I've had, so I'm really glad players have been finding this nostalgic too!
The point you raised about the choices in relation to college and occupation -- I'm really sorry about that, that one is actually an oversight on my part for the branching. As someone who's both self-employed and went to college, I definitely don't regret my decisions and I don't mean to give a negative impression of it!
I'm going to try to give a quick explanation of what happened behind the scenes in my code where I messed up LOL I hope this isn't too confusing to understand since I'm really bad at explaining things concisely.
**SPOILERS ALERT FOR ANYONE WHO HASN'T PLAYED THE DEMO**
So the choices you referred to there are not specifically for the self-employed background, but basically what is shown for all players who chose any background that wasn't "college student" or "post-graduate student", because I only wrote two sets of possible choice options, one for the students, and one for non-students (and another response choice for the occupation discussion for those who chose unemployed background).
Then here is where I made the mistake for the first choice discussing college: I set it up in the script so that if the chosen work background is not college student or postgraduate student, then it would offer two special choices, where you can state you didn't go to college and either regret it or don't regret it. Otherwise (which means the chosen work background is either college student or postgraduate student), it'd offer the two student choices, which simply state whether you agree or disagree with Muse.
...And I completely forgot that that means non-students would not be able to see the generic agree/disagree choice and only get to state they didn't go to college... LOL Oops, that was uh a really bad oversight on my part in that logic branching.
As for the occupation discussion, that one I admit was because I was rushing for the deadline and couldn't think of another choice option to offer to players who chose the employed or self-employed background where you can answer Khanyisa without mentioning your job (because then there's too many possible career options to offer, if I want to make sure players who are roleplaying or self-inserting wouldn't have their immersion broken suddenly by being forced into an option that they didn't want for their job background). So I was trying to keep it vague, and the only choice I could think of was just "I don't want to talk about it", but I didn't realize how that could come off as being negative or disliking your job. So again, that's an oversight on my part, and I'll go back and try to think of another choice option to offer that's more positive!
Thank you for pointing these out, because I definitely did not realize my mistakes at all until now, and I'll work on fixing this soon! Again, I'm very sorry for this, and I hope it didn't detract from your experience too much to have the unfortunate combination of my mistakes come off as a negative portrayal of being self-employed.
Thank you so much for playing and leaving a comment! I'm really glad that it wasn't too confusing to play even if you have no prior MMORPG experience -- I was a bit worried about that and didn't want it to alienate non-MMORPG players, so I'm relieved that the tutorial / hints helped! Happy to hear that you like the characters too! I'll try to keep you all updated on progress for this game with devlogs!
Thank you so much for playing and leaving a comment! I'm really glad you think it replicated the MMO feel well and you like the characters :) Chris has definitely been a fan favorite so far, much to my surprise! LOL Thank you again!
Thank you so much for playing the demo and leaving a comment! I'm so glad you enjoy the characters LOL Lamp's terrible mic is one of my favorite parts of the game, so I'm glad you liked it too! (I promise the VA's mic is actually really good quality, I just butchered it with sound editing for this purpose xD)
Thank you so much for playing the demo and leaving a comment! I'm so glad to hear that the game was enjoyable even if you aren't an MMORPG player yourself -- and I hope the terminology and mechanics weren't too confusing! I'll work hard to make sure the full game is as fun and hopefully live up to your praise! Haha
Thank you so much for playing the demo and leaving a comment! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it. I hope it brought back some fond MMORPG memories for you too! Haha
I think quite a few MMORPGs I know of share similar UI setups like this, actually ^^ This particular UI was also a royalty-free premade MMORPG UI kit that I purchased, which I then edited to fit my needs, so I suppose it might also be a bit generic in that regard, haha.
Thank you again, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the game! :D
Thank you so much for playing the demo and taking the time to leave a comment! I'm so happy to hear that you find the mechanics fun! My own nostalgia for the good old MMORPG days was definitely what inspired me to create this visual novel, haha.
Don't worry, you're not the only one! Apparently, Chris has been sneakily stealing a lot of players' hearts out of nowhere LOL. I'm glad you like the characters!
Thank you again! I'll work hard to finish the full game as soon as possible!
Thank you so much for playing the demo and leaving a comment!
You're far too kind with your praises and compliments ahhhh. Thank you so much! I'm really happy to hear that the extra details I spent probably way too much time on enhanced the experience!
I'm so glad that you like all the three love interests and the side characters too! Hahaha, Lamp with his bad mic is one of my favorite parts of the game for sure. I wish I could afford to give voiced lines to more side characters, but alas, budget concerns, so only these lucky few get to have a working mic I guess LOL
Thank you so much again! I'll do my best to finish the game as quickly as possible! ^^