[VN] [Ren'Py] Locked Away [Ep. 1a] [Bitter Strawman]

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Hones

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Aug 10, 2018
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Damn, that would be difficult to solve as far as I'm not aware what seems to be the problem.
That is just the AV heuristic detection engine not recognizing the programe as being similar to those in it's data set.
(Which is why it says Anomalous 96%)
You can contact Malwarebytes and notify them that it is a false postive and have them white list it or just wait for them to check the file. You can report false postives on their forum -
 
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That is just the AV heuristic detection engine not recognizing the programe as being similar to those in it's data set.
(Which is why it says Anomalous 96%)
You can contact Malwarebytes and notify them that it is a false postive and have them white list it or just wait for them to check the file. You can report false postives on their forum -
I just wonder - do I have to report false positive every episode of it?)
 

Hones

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I just wonder - do I have to report false positive every episode of it?)
I wouldn't have thought so but does changing the game files scipts, images etc modify the exe?
If the exe changes then maybe you would yes, sorry I'm not familiar with how they maintain their white list but if it's hash based then even a slight change to the exe file would modify the hash, so maybe you would?
You'd be better off maybe asking someone in their forums for advice I just don't know.
 

uzi3854

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well i just started playing this. renders look really nice and the music also goes nicely with the mysterious/creepy vibe of the VN. the story is fresh and unique (and kind of trippy to be honest :p ). just a couple of things didn't seem right to me. firstly how openly and freely the mc interacts with the town members given that he does not know where he is and has lost most of his memories. well i guess its understandable as its stated that it is a small well knitted town and also most of the people he interacted were also trapped like him. but still it felt a bit odd and quickly paced. the second point is that he is not that much concerned about his amnesia. i think most people would panic or atleast be concerned and try to do something about it before helping a stranger with his/her problems. that's just my personal opinion. anyways it still looks nice and i am looking forward to how the story turns out.
 
Jul 10, 2017
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It is 2019 everybody ...
Arks of all kinks have all been polished and a lot of spin offs have surfaced on "the new guy in town" narrative for tens of years. A lot of plot devices rest in the fight or flight response to unforeseen circumstances. Best life advice is - do not try to change everybody as they are their own person. Another advice is to put work in relationships.
This game does reward work put into relationships and what little choice there is (most choices are so convoluted or simply too little fleshed out at the moment that no rationale can be traced as to get your bearings of the story from game alone). That being said, dev did the good deed of providing a walk through.
This showcases good quality both in writing and in renders. It also gives a "motion picture" this is a good run for its money - as the animated scenes are indeed pictures in motion. The way scenes alternate pov scenes to third person perspective gives a fresh vibe. It is already full of different paths any of which can be fleshed out going forward.
 

Tom10

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Amazing game ! The decisions are a little tough to make though, the readers have limited information as to how those decisions would affect the mc and the people around him. A little more straightforward or more explanation would definitely help. Overall, it's a great start, story seems good and the renders are nice.
 
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So after getting all replies and reviews I get that one of the key problems right now is choices itself. People complain that it is not obvious how to get certain outcome (which is in design actually) and they have no time/patience/desire to try other choices to get desirable outcome.
So I would like to hear opinions how to deal with situation like that. Should I make choices more obvious? Should I leave excessive routing at all? Should I make lewd scenes inevitable?
I would like to hear your opinion if there is one.
 
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Hones

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So after getting all replies and reviews I get that one of the key problems right now is choices itself. People complain that it is not obvious how to get certain outcome (which is in design actually) and they have no time/patience/desire to try other choices to get desirable outcome.
So I would like to hear opinions how to deal with situation like that. Should I make choices more obvious? Should I leave excessive routing at all? Should I make lewd scenes inevitable?
I would like to hear your opinion if there is one.
Maybe you could leave the game as is (choices etc) and have a separate walkthrough or an in game hint system for those want to know the best way to get straight to the outcome they want.
Just making a walkthrough would probably be the easiest idea for you to do.
 
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As the main interactions are with the girl MC ends up with ... those scenes should be mandatory. The main discussion counterpart of this game is the girl MC shacks with but has no development relationship wise - she is leading and MC is just following out of inertia.

The girl in the cafe that gets the mandatory scenes is the only one that MC is invested in and all his endeavors are towards that end - he actively pursues her well being and she needs his help. After she receives his help, MC gets rewards, which is the right thing to do.

There is a lot missing of the story and characters arcs that there have to be mandatory scenes to drive the game forward - all AAA games have mandatory long beautifully rendered scenes that drive plot forward because all the time players will tend to linger in the sweet spot of the story they end up at any given time.
 

Prokopije

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The girl in the cafe that gets the mandatory scenes is the only one that MC is invested in and all his endeavors are towards that end - he actively pursues her well being and she needs his help. After she receives his help, MC gets rewards, which is the right thing to do.
That is truth, but just because one did something nice and good for other doesen't mean he must take reward, especially that kind of reward, which can be considered as taking advantage of situation and somewhat cheap. It really ruined story for me, from good to average meh. I'd rather play dry cock than that. But again, that's just me. 100 people 103 opinions. Time to move on.
 
Feb 7, 2019
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That is truth, but just because one did something nice and good for other doesen't mean he must take reward, especially that kind of reward, which can be considered as taking advantage of situation and somewhat cheap. It really ruined story for me, from good to average meh. I'd rather play dry cock than that. But again, that's just me. 100 people 103 opinions. Time to move on.
Noted, I'll make an option to refuse in Ep1 on next release.
 
Jul 10, 2017
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#75
Please do live your dream to the full everybody.

Just because Roger Federrer is already very rich does not mean him winning Wimbledon should not earn him a Merc** Benz and a ton of money and recognition.

Just because Serena Williams is a well known and skilled rich player with tens of trophies under her belt does not mean other people do not run and throw themselves at her feet on and off the court.

Being very successful does not mean you get to cut off future successes.

All games are meant to inspire and also bewilder.

I am happy any player can feel like a rock star in this game regardless of him being a real rock star in real life or not.

Successful and adorned people do accept handouts, some even expect them, others and no fortune 500 ceo will ever turn down a huge bonus just for being a billionaire already.

Even looking at the facts ... the feats that MC does in this game are for many people what you would call out of their league - the people he woes, the people he convinces, the successes he achieves.
 
Nov 22, 2018
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Very good first episode!

Renders were really good, All the girls are top notch. Animations are a bit wonky at times but I am sure they will improve as you get better at your tradecraft. The only drawback I could really pinpoint is that the English conversion is pretty tough to read at times (I am guessing English is not your native language) but I could still understand what you were tryin to say.

Keep up the good work and I will definitely be keeping an eye on this! (y)
 
Nov 22, 2018
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Is it wrong, complicated or just not everyday speech?
Can you be a little more specific, it will help me to understand, what should I improve.
Thank you for you feedback, I appreciate it.
I believe its more a nuanced understanding of the English language (like a proper use of slang). It would be akin to me trying to right a script in French. I may know the correct word but it would simply look strange to anybody who had been speaking/writing French their whole life.
 
Feb 7, 2019
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#79
I believe its more a nuanced understanding of the English language (like a proper use of slang). It would be akin to me trying to right a script in French. I may know the correct word but it would simply look strange to anybody who had been speaking/writing French their whole life.
Oh, I get it. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I can do much about that at this point. I hope I will be able to get some native speakers for proofreading to fix all those things. I hope you've enjoyed the episode despite that flaw.
 
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Nov 22, 2018
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Oh, I get it. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I can do much about that at this point. I hope I will be able to get some native speakers for proofreading to fix all those things. I hope you've enjoyed the episode despite that flaw.
Oh for sure I did! It was just a small gripe to overcome.

Like I said the girls are great, story is intriguing and you provide a walkthrough which is great for us leisurely gamers. (y)
 

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