A general thread to discuss Khenbish's update, from serious talk to goofy shitposts and jokes. Have fun!
There's actually something I wanted to ask, considering you witnessed the fourth hangout. Do you think the scene with Tuan goes for too long? We aren't sure if we hit the "sweet spot" of length there.
Well, it is too long if you pick every option yes, but you can skip through if you select the last options so that's nice. From my experience with VNs, i find that interactive sex scenes can be fun the first time but then become obnoxious to go through each time you want to try different interactions of the story, yours at least get the avert eyes option, but Asterion's kiss suffers from having too many subsequent options at once. If you want an example of how much interactivity and variations a sex scene should ideally have, i recommend checking out "Burrows" latest update on Mark's route, to spoil a bit if you don't have the time there's 4 big variants, one being a solo and 3 fantasizing about different characters. I do give big points for animating the scene, that's an extra step few VNs have started doing and is still very uncommon. I do, however, want to point out that i don't know the average reader preferences for these scenes, so my one opinion doesn't account for deciding if scenes should have more or less interactions going forward.
Thanks! Excellent points, I took note of them. And I do plan on playing Burrows soon, I've been meaning to for a while.
Yeah, Burrows is rather new and is one of the best VNs i came across. One more thing i thought of is that the Khenbish scene having so much interaction goes with the theme of indulging in excesses, so if you didn't do that in purpose you can claim that was the intention the whole time.
I actually can say we did that on purpose! We were smart enough for that. Doing something horny and thematically appropriate went hand in hand.
Not wanting to intrude or anything, but I felt the length of the scene was warranted. Put it in the context of Khenbish thinking back on a moment in time, a "missed opportunity", fantasizing about how his first sexual experience could have been, all the different things he wished he could try and all that. I specially like how the scene builds up, starting shy and exploratory slowly gaining confidence and gathering momentum for a satisfying climax.
>is everyone getting stuff like this before we see the next main chappy?
Nope! We're going to have a couple more updates like this one (albeit shorter, we went apeshit with Khenbish because he doesn't get much to do in the main story otherwise), but we'll definitely get chapter 19 out before everyone's hangout routes are finished. We've had enough time to rest after 0.5 and to plan where the last third of the main story is going.
I was low key worried it was something of a sex toy, his father would find out about Kenbish sexuality from that and cut connections because of it and the gods made hotel realm.
I got the impression that Altan's "I have a... friend... who has a gay son, and he's really hardworking and (list of qualities that could describe Khenbish) and he's worried about what his father will think if he finds out" speech to the MC was a "yes, I know, but I can't openly know until he decides to tell me."
You can go full hog with the spoilers here.
It was a passing theory. I think he mentioned a smell.
Have you read the Robert conversations yet?
Probably not. I feel that we already gave enough hints for people to be able to piece it all together.
Probably because it's not "manly," ie, it's sweet and fruit flavored. I don't know about the rest of the world, but in America the stereotype is that tops are masculine and bottoms are feminine, and that sweet drinks are feminine.
While I could imagine there being some kind of "drink code," meant for clandestine flirting and hookups, in which different drinks mean specific things similar to hanky code, I could find no evidence of this being the case.
Why didn't I think of this
In any case thanks for the response Chellay, we're taking all this feedback to heart for when we do make a sex scene between Asterion and the MC (oh it's happening), glad we had this opportunity as a test run to see what works and what doesn't