A downloadable Visual Novel for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Update March 20, 2020:
The Pretenders Guild is now fully voiced up to ch 1! The voiced files are in beta and may contain missing voice files or sound issues. I am keeping a running list of all problems to fix once all the lines are in each chapter!
Paris and Ash have been forced to close their restaurants and sail to New Trinity after their hometown becomes little more than a rundown hunk of grass floating in the sea, thanks to the king and his taxes. They need money quick, and find an advertisement for a job requiring a guild to escort someone to the capital city. Join the adventure as two best friends fake their way through a get rich quick scheme and end up loving the consequences. Literally?
Become Ash and customizetheirgender, pronoun, look, voice, andbackground.
Different backgrounds means you can play all 3 romantic routes 2 different ways.
An emotion-based choice system, with hints you can turn on and off.
28 CGs, with more to come! The recent voice update includes 1 new CGs
A full original soundtrack, created in Garageband which is available on soundcloud.
An immersive, 98,000 word adventure about friendship and honesty (or lack there of)
8 endings, and other unlockable scenes and content
Make the game yours by choosing the main menu screen!
The intro has full voice, and voices for other chapters will be coming soon!
Accessibility: You can change the font from the main menu.
Descriptions of intimacy
Minor drug and alcohol content
Meet the voices who will bring these characters to life
+ The voiced ch 1 is available. It is currently in BETA so some files might be missing or too quiet/too loud. I will keep a running list and fix all the errors once all the lines are in for the entire game.
[Known voice bugs]
Follow The Pretenders Guild tumblr for updates on voice acting and CGs.
I love this game and it's characters!! Rafael was definitely my favorite, from beginning 'till end. I played his route first (against better judgement) because I knew I was gunna love that man, and I do, he's so precious!! Thank you so much for making this game and I honestly look forward to whatever you produce in the future!
My one thing is that I have no idea how to get ending 8, I've tried most levels of right and wrong answers, I've played through all possible race combinations, I'm not sure what I'm missing :( If you could give me a clue I'd be forever grateful! Thank you!
Oh! I forgot to say I really liked the character customization and how it actually impacted the story and CGs in a real way, kudos for doing that! I'm sure it took a while. It really helped up the replay value, I'm a completionist so I try for every ending, but the different dialogue helped keep me in the story! Really good job.
I loved it, Ashe is such a nice character, the difference in her behavior was easily seen depending on her/his background, that was definetly great. Also the other characters were just hilarious, I didnt want the story to end, I just wanted to watch them interact with each other! I was laughing alongside Ashe the whole time.
My favourite, must have been Paris, ive been so sad, because he had just 2 routes (though its still great), he was so nice, i liked the chemistry between him and Ashe, you could see that they really know each other since they were little( and the pining!!!<3)
But the ending was kind of dissapointing..? After all this getting to know the characters I expected more... And the severed friendship really stung, I really wanted to keep them together as the Pretenders Guild forever! The ending seemed rushed, when comparing to the rest of the story, it seemed as if someone had to write it really fast, without caring, but the touch with a kid was nice.
Also the Rafael route was nice. I have the same nearly the same opinion as the Paris routes. (the ending ;( ) But other than that he was really entertaining and cute, idk where you found him though, so innocent at some points and yet so oriented and smart!
Braums didnt really suit my tastes (sounds pretty stupid xd), but you know to each their own. I still found him adorable, but I'd keep him definetly as a friend, he struck me as a child of the group, while the rest seemed more like irresponsible parents.
I kind of expected the Rafael plot twist and it seemed sad to me, I mean, they just said that they were his friends, and now they are going to betray him? Even if they kind of agree with him? I didnt like that, to me they seemed like a family, and you dont go betraying your family!
Overall it was a very nice game, I enjoyed it immensely. The interaction between the characters, differences beteen them and the magnificent job that voice actors did was truly awesome, and obviously the possibility to change the main character to my tastes ... *chefs kiss*
So id like to say thank you for your hard work and wonderful game that brought me a lot of entertainment
Fluttering heart palpitations, that was good! >_< Definitely fell in love with a flirty Paris; he's my guy, especially that voice acting, but everyone else was so fun, as well. It was like I was a part of the gang. Besides Dragon Age, this was the first otome I played where there are different background options for your character which really kept me enganged and I spent waaaay too much time on the custimization. Keep up the good work and I can't wait for any future projects you guys have in store. I know it will be just as great or even more so as this one <3
it was really good, but i do have one critique... I know visual novels that offer different romance routes often have this thing where they make you go through a lot the same story until you get to the specific route. it can be really annoying at times but i think usually people get used it since once you get to that route it really gives a different light to the overall story. However in this game in all honesty , although it was very cute, i have to admit, i felt like the different routes didn't bring much to the overall story... so yea that is really all, and honestly this critique isn't even really that big of a critique since the length of the story is quite short. I am sure i had more funds and more time etc you could make a very engaging lengthy story with routes that can really add a different feel to the overall story.
Some games that did that quite nicely were for one the nitro+chiral games(but they have the funding for that so is a bit unfair), requiescence did it well too(however their like overall romance development was so lazy and forced, you did a MUUCH better job when it come to developing a good romance, felt more natural. I felt their mistake was keeping the whole story in one setting.) and lastly Pigeon Blood, like omg Pigeon Blood different routes REALLLY changed story quite dramatically depending on the route, i think it was the first yaoi visual novel that I ever seen that done so well.
So yea really great job on this game, it was really cute and enjoyable, and I can't wait to see more and more projects from you, I hope eventually you get a ton of funding so you can just make some amazing stories that will make animators want to turn them into a show xD. I am serious because your writing is very good probably the best out of any game I played, it felt so real and natural but not cringy, like the main character was by far never annoying or off-putting in anyway.(annoying main character example see Signed and Sealed with a Kiss... that game's writing was just trying to hard to be real and ended up being a cringe fest a lot of times... still was nice to play though...)
oh I also want to say the music was AMAZING, i loooooooooved it so much. Probably because I do folk dancing so the music really made me want to dance hahaha. Once again thanks a lot and I will try to donate to your patreon as soon as I can really afford to do so. I will try to let others know about your amazing writing style.
I found myself emulating the same big smile that was plastered on Ash's face most of the time just out of sheer enjoyment of the interaction between the characters. Seriously- I had to rub my face to get my smile to relax! This game was so fun to play through. Each of the characters where so uniquely characterized I just ended up loving all the boys for their own respective reasons. Hearing Paris's theme music always puts a big dumb grin on my face though so I guess he's fav.
I just made an account so I could comment here. This game...I've only played about half an hour of it, and I will probably add a more in depth review when I've finished it, but I just have to say....the characterizations are so engaging. And funny. I've lol'ed 3 times already. Excellent job with the writing. (Though, in future projects, consider using a slightly more bold font, it can get a little hard on the eyes!)
thanks, I found it! and I finished Paris' route - I can't believe you did all of the writing, art, and music, this is AMAZING. kudos, I'm so impressed! (and looking forward to seeing future projects from you!)
So happy you liked it! I hope you enjoy future projects just as much ^^ I'll be adding in the rest of the voices over the course of the next few months, and chapter 1 should have full voice by the end of January, so keep an eye out if you'd like that update! Paris' VA does an excellent job!
i've had an account on itch for quite a while (at least two years?) and yet this is the first time i've commented on a game.
i played through the whole thing (all endings and all possible species, though not all genders) in two days, and i enjoyed almost every minute of it. the pacing was just right, the tension, ash's inner monologue... the only things i regret are the order in which i played the routes, and that i didn't do my usual visual novel practice of aiming for the bad endings first, and those are both my own fault. the latter is a testament to how much i was enjoying it, though - i didn't want the bad endings. but, alas, i am a completionist.
i also had waaaay to much fun with the customization options. i don't know how other people play, but i had a distinctly different appearance for each "ash" - my first "ash" was a shika with the medium skintone, black hair, and brown eyes; cubi!ash had the darker skintone, pink hair, and blue eyes; and reaver!ash had the pale skintone, silver hair, and red eyes. part of it for me, i think, is that i have brainweird and having that stark of a visible difference between them helps me remember which "ash" i'm playing as. but i'm also just a sucker for character customizers.
i played paris's route last. (i should have just played them in top-to-bottom order from the selection screen! dangit, past me!) but my first playthrough was shika!ash, so paris wasn't an option then and i have so many regreeeets. i loved that there were different endings for braums's route depending on what species you chose (and i love that reaver!ash is a snobby little shit sometimes), and that there are little interactions with everyone that change depending on which "ash" you're playing. i'm definitely a detail person, and stopping my skip-throughs as a different species to see how the dialogue had changed was always fun.
my personal favorite route was rafael's. it was the first route i played, so naturally it'll have that special place, but i think it'd still be my favorite regardless. i found it interesting how ash interacted with a love interest of their own species versus one of a different species, as well - for example, i liked rafael's route better overall when playing as shika!ash (i found the shared cultural moments really touching, because it was something neither of them had ever really had someone to share it with), but i really liked playing paris's with reaver!ash (perhaps because reaver!ash comes with considerably more snark - not that ash is ever lacking in the snark department).
overall - i dunno, it was okay, i guess. pfff, i sure hope you can tell i loved it. i might even wipe my save and replay it sometime. need to wait for the emotional scars from my last run to heal first, though. god and in the good end! you know! [spoiler] wouldn't have [spoiler]ed ash! so that [spoiler] wasn't even necessary!!! why'd you have to do that to me that hurted.
Rafael has two endings, his "best" ending, and a more neutral ending. The neutral end is the end where he comes back a few years later. To get his best end, you have to have %80 with him by the end of chapter 4!
I created this account to specifically ask if there was a list of sorts that said the endings and what they were(good,neutral,bad) and if there were any walkthroughs to get each ending. (i like to 100% complete all games XD)
I've started playing and I'm not very far yet, but I'm having A LOT of trouble navigating the game. I can't click choices at all, I have to use the arrow keys to move from option to option, and it always goes down to the mini menu instead of the third option, so I can never choose it. It made character creation a problem, as well. No one else seems to be having this problem though? I'm going to try downloading it again and see if I just got a bugged version or something.
I'm really sorry about that! I haven't heard of this error before. Please let me know if redownloading doesn't help! In the meantime, I'll see if I can find any issues on my end. Are you playing on windows, linux, or mac?
hello! i literally just made an account to tell you how amazing this game is!
first of all,the soundtrack is awesome,i usually turn off the music in games but i loved this one so so much!
also,i adore all of the characters,but my favorites definitely have to be Paris and Rafael! my favorite Ash is the male Shika,i would have loved to romance Paris as a Shika just to see how Paris would have reacted to Ash' hands being so sensible,but then again he probably already knew,i'm sure he slept with a Shika before lmao. can i ask if the routes that we weren't able to play now will be playable in the future ? (like Braum's route as a Cubi etc)
my favorite endings are ending 4 and 5,i know that number 4 is Rafael's "bad" ending but i really liked it anyway,i think it's kinda romantic that they still haven't forgotten about each other,idk.
Love this game! Thoroughly enjoying playing it again with this update :D
Did notice some bugs though(Spoilers ahead for those who haven't played yet or aren't up to Chapter 5):
- On the ship, when speaking with the children playing with marbles the wrong audio is played. When the boy asks Ash to teach him, the audio "Thanks Ash!" plays instead and nothing plays when we reach that line.
- In the cabin during the pirate attack, an error pops up:
File "game/chapter1.rpy", line 1823, in <module> NameError: name 'guilde_name' is not defined
- Last bug I found was during the attack at camp. I've forgotten the exact moment, but during the bandits' conversation with each other multiple audios are played over one another.
In case it's important, I found these bugs while playing as a male Reaver pursuing Paris.
Pretenders Guild is brilliant ! :) I were surprised by how polished the story and characters are. I liked how different background affects dialogue here and there, it encourages me to read through once more, instead of skipping. Rafael is so cuteeee, Braums is cute tooo, now I'm torn between finishing Paris or wait for the update, ahaha xD
I'm totally enamored by my sweet boi Braums (even though I feel slightly bad about stealing him from Paris, but all is fair in love and war).
The changes from race to race were an extremely pleasing surprise, the absolute sass of ma boi Ash was (fortunalety) unchangeable no matter if he was an fluffy bunny, "horny" boi or former member of the high society. My favorite race was the Reaver (specially in Paris's route), soon followed by the Shika (Braums) and the Cubi (Rafael).
I completed all the eight routes in less than six hours, changed the background more than ten times because I couldn't decide which one I loved more and used the soundtrack (which was amazing, by the way) as study music.
Also, I'm shocked that I haven't found any fanfiction of this lovely VN, absolutely shocked!
Why not? I want to be fair - you created game, I thank you by buying it. If you'll ask me it's the best option to show affection about game and gratitude towards creators. If you'll see people love your game I think you would want to create another one, wouldn't you?)
OMG this game was... AMAZING ! I don't have words to tell how much I liked it... I was a bit confused by the gameplay at first but I think this way of choosing emotions is really great and original ! And you can really choose how you are feeling ! I choosed male reaver Ash and I first wanted to go to Rafael (the kind of character I love to pursue) but as I couldn't I just went to Paris and, you know, chosing reaver Ash was the best "mistake" I ever made ! I LOVE Paris so much ! And in fact, I really think that his story with Ash is really smooth going, it seems logical, it's well written, all fall into place ! It suits my vision of my character so much that I couldn't help but LOVE it. I think I just would have wanted a bit of a deeper review of their years together when they were children but that's not a big deal, really.
Anyways, good job, I love your game, I love Paris, and I enjoyed playing that reaver Ash !
I'm glad you warmed up to the gameplay! I was a little worried people wouldn't like it. And I'm glad you ended up liking Paris, too xD yes, I don't talk a lot about their childhood, I probably could have spent a little more time on that. thanks so much for playing!
Let me say, this game was ABSOLUTELY fantastic, to the point where I am genuinely surprised that its completely free...Ash, no matter their race is a fucking riot. All of the routes were enjoyable (of course, I always have a soft spot for the literal thinker types coughspockcough) and I didn't see many comments on it, but the soundtrack is absolute fire, the music is completely appropriate and fun for a fantasy setting without being vague generic fantasy noise, and I adore it. It's one of the few VNs that I really wanted to complete every route for, and i did not regret it one bit. Amazing job Minyan.
Thank you so much for the kind comments! Yes, I love spock—I mean, literal thinkers too xD definitely some inspiration from my favorite vulcan. I hope you enjoyed the other routes just as much! I was really worried about the soundtrack because I wouldn't exactly call myself a composer, so I'm happy to hear you enjoyed x3
So...I found this game through Mnemonic Devices, and...I may have played it too much. I found it less than 24 hours ago, and I already got all eight endings. ^_^;
Braums was adorable, and by far my favorite. I almost feel bad stealing him from Paris, though, because their romance in the Extras was really cute, too. Still, Braums is mine, and I'm not sharing him! :P
I will also echo someone else's complaint about Ash's anti-vegetarian attitude, being vegetarian myself, but I still really liked the game.
xD Ash has very strong opinions about meat, I'm sorry.
I'm glad you found and played though! I don't think I've met too many people who said Braums was their favorite, so that makes me happy x3 he's my favorite as well. And!! I'm so psyched to hear you played the BraumxParis route, haven't gotten a lot of feedback on that. Thanks for commenting ^^
I just finished Rafael's route and ughh I love this game so much! I played through Paris' route too, and loved it also!
I just want to say, that I loved every second of this VN. I knew it was going to be amazing when I saw the character's creation screen, the races are such a good idea and they're so different and interesting. I can't choose my favourite one, because I felt like all of them were very well done (I've played all three, but didn't finish a route with a Cubi yet). I really liked how Ash looked, too, they are very cute, and I really liked that you included pronouns and both genders, as well as different eye and hair colors. Oh, and the outfits were so pretty.
I really appreciate the fact that the changes in dialouge, depending on a race, are huge. The story and the world created felt so much more immersive. It also made me want to replay the game immediately, and that rarely happens to me! I liked the way the good choices were shown after making a choice, because that made the whole VN fun to play, I didn't have to be stressed out over not ending up with the ending I wanted.
Also, you have a really great writing style! I was laughing and smiling almost all the time, and I wasn't expecting that haha. The humor is just amazing, and the dialouge seems so natural and unforced. Honestly, this is one of the best writing I've seen in a visual novel, and I play a lot of them lol. And the plot twist with Rafael was really unexpected to me, I just sat there with my mouth open, you really got me good.
The fact that the whole game was free is just... wow.
Thank you so much for the nice comment! I'm so flattered to hear you enjoyed the writing so much. I really wanted this to be a more laid-back experience, so hints seemed the way to go. I want to say more but all the compliments have me flustered Dx
End 5 is unlocked if you have low rafael points on his route by the end of the game, I believe end 7 is what happens if you have low paris points on his route...those two endings both have CGs, so that's probably where you're missing them. And I think CG 19 is unlocked after viewing the secret route!
hi I just love love this game so much!! But I'm having trouble with Braums route. I tried his route as a reaver or shika but it always seems to randomly select Paris as a reaver or Rafael as a shika or cubi. Please help I really would appreciate it. Thank you
Well when I try clicking on Bramus it just either clicks on Paris or Rafael when I play as a reaver or shika. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong. Is it the choices I'm making at the beginning of the story? It's too bad that I can't play his route. Anyway I already finished with Paris and Rafael T_T
No, the choices at the beginning don’t affect which route you’re on. When playing as a reaver, only Braums and Paris should be highlighted, so it shouldn’t be possible for Rafael to be clicked. How do you know which one the game is clicking on after you choose Braums?
I haven't heard anyone else say they have this issue, so I'm not quite sure where to start, but I'll do my best to figure it out in the next update. In the meantime, I'd suggest redownloading the game if you haven't already. Sorry about this!