I adore this game <3 Favourite route was the Rafael and Shika Ash route. (I love all the routes to bits)
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It was.. well, it was cool)) Hilarious and very interesting)_))))Place this game at Steam and I'll buy it, immediately)
Thank you! I’m hoping to try and put it on steam once all the voices are finished. But no need to buy it, it will remain free ^^
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?)
I just finished my first run of this game and... wow. I did Braums' route and got Ending 6. Is that the best ending I can get in his route?
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!
Don't worry this game is in my top favourite now so it didn't bother me a lot :D
And yeah, this gameplay was amazing ! Feel proud about having this idea ;)
Ps : Looking forward to you new game !
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 cough
spock cough) 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
Thanks again, this really made my day!
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
Thanks again for the lovely feedback c:
As a vegetarian I am offended by MC (but actually i just started playing the game and I like it so far)
Would anyone know how to unlock endings 5 and 7? (also if anyone knows how to get CG 13, 18 and 19? I'm stumped on those too lol)
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
That's bizarre! Can you give me a little more detail about what happens after you click on Braum's route?
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?
usually the game just clicks on Paris for me when I try to click on Bramus. I tried a couple of times to choose him but still clicks on Paris
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!
Some troubleshooting, is this the screen you see when playing as a reaver?and hovering over Braums should look like this:
Then it should go straight to the chapter 1 screen.
I love this game so much! It's wonderful, has lots of choices and custimization. I've done two and a half playthroughs so far!
Hey, I really like the game so far, but I have a small request: Can you make it so the emotion icons pop up what emotion they stand for when you mouse over them?
In the next update, I've added the tutorial screen to the CGs page so it can be reviewed at a moment's notice. Hopefully that will help!
ahh I'm scared to do the bad endings bc I never like getting them ;_; This VN is so pretty and fun, though!
Yeaaaah I feel you. This game really only has one "bad" ending though, so hopefully that'll make things easier to bear!
I laughed SO much throughout the game - this was fantastically and very humourously written!
Playing Shika is awesome! I'll try the other races eventually - haha
The game's cool, I just started playing it like 40 minutes ago. The thing is... Apparently I couldn't choose Paris route? Is it a glitch, did I do something wrong, or is he the last route to play? Thanks!
Anyone else decided that playing as a Shika (female) was definitely and interesting choice?
It's not a glitch, Paris can only be romanced by reaver or cubi Ash. You can romance Braums and Paris as a shika!
Excellent game! Now I'm waiting for a sequel that I now realize that I can't say anything about because it's so spoilery, lol
I am having trouble figuring out to get last few endings.
Hi there, which endings are you trying to get?
the 3rd ending and the 8th ending also is there a reason the 6 ending has a line through it and also no after story.
Ending three is getting Braums' good ending as a shika. Ending six has two different endings depending on whether you're a reaver or a shika, and there's no after story because that's Braums' bad ending. Ending eight is unlocked after seeing all the extra scenes in the bonus content unlocked after finishing Rafael's route. Hope that helps!
I love everything about this game! I have had so much fun reading through all the routes. All of the guys are wonderfully charming, in their own way. There were parts that had be laughing and blushing in equal measure. And, I love the fact that Ash has a personality of her own. It makes it so much nicer when the MC is an actual person and not some cardboard cutout.
I'm looking forward to Arena Circus! I went ahead and bought golden. But, I'm going to wait until it's all done before I read it. I'll just get frustrated if I try to read what's available and then have to wait to finish it. :P
Also, one last thing. I'm missing a CG and I have no idea what I may have missed. It's the first CG on page 4. I have all the rest.
Hmm, that's odd! If you have the other CG on page 4 you should have that one too. I'll look into this!
Glad to hear that you enjoyed the game! Thank you so much for your support and your comments. I hope you like Arena Circus when it's complete!
hi hi just wanted to say your pretty cool nd like i really enjoyed playing the pretenders guild ? just wondering though for the arena game can we play as a male character or not yet ?
Not yet, sorry! I plan on finishing all 6 chapters from Lilié's point of view then start on Aldrich's. But, once I finish chapter 6 it shouldn't take me as long since there won't be as much art, and I'm rewriting from a different POV rather than writing all new stuff.
I've been following your games for a while now (unknowingly though). It started when I noticed how similar the art styles were between Heartbaked and Arena Circus. Needless to say, I love you and your works. Especially Ellaria, that one's the best so far. I also can't wait to buy the Arena Circus Golden (since i'm under 18 and can't buy things yet). I look forward to more of your works. <3
Thanks so much for playing! I really appreciate it. I hope you enjoy my future stuff just as much!
Love it.... The only thing is that you're awfully generous for giving away a hardwork like this for free. Thank you so much! Definetely looking forwards for your next ones.
Do you have a walkthrough?
I've been thinking about making one! But you can turn on hints to help you get all the points you need for the 'good' endings. c:
I was wondering if it would be alright if I either recorded this or livestreamed it?
Feel free! So long as you link back to this page (:
looks super cute, are there H scenes? love me some yaoi :D BUT why does our character still look like a girl if we pick male?? :/
I tried to make Ash fairly androgynous, as it would have been more difficult to draw two completely different characters for CGs rather than just doing a male/female version of the same sprite. So Ash's male version still has the long hair, but has a guy chest, adam's apple, and loses the eyelashes. Sorry he looked too girly for you~ There are a few steamy scenes, but no H scenes
Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed playing this VN! Not a whole lot of VNs are as enjoyable or as involved (or as detailed! Different NPC convos for different traits? Like, what?!), and I sincerely enjoyed romancing all of your characters with all the different races and trying to get into their heads. :P While Braum was... a character (lol), my heart probably pounded the most for Paris, and Rafael's "meng" ness was definitely my favorite. What a sweet, innocent, yet totally BA character. <3 and I loved the extras (and extra route... ;) ). All in all, wow! Thank you (:
Thanks so much! I'm so glad to hear you liked the extra route, haven't gotten much feedback on that so it's good to hear! Your comments really made my day <3
htis homophobic that i cant romance paris as a shika please god let me have my boy other than that 100/10 i love it
One word - AMAZING.
Okay, I'm kidding, you won't get away with only one word, I'm too hyped for that :) I would like you to know that I am simply in love with TPG. I play more VNs than I care to admit, but seldom I get so involved. It's enough to say that I didn't skip seen text and read it more than 3 times :D
The writing is smart and funny, the characters are deep and lovable, the art is unique and stylish. And the music complements it so well!
Now, to SPOILER territory
1. What did you think overall?
It's one of my favorite VNs, really. I'll force my friends to play it and they better like it!)))
2. Were you satisfied at the end of the route you played?
I played all the routes and all endings: Braums as Reaver, then Shika, Paris as Cubi, Rafael as Shika, then the extras ("the sercet route"). I knew I would like Rafael best so I left him for desert :) I think that its the best order to play, 'cause I feel the Rafael-Shika is kind off canon because off the secret route))
now I want a fan-disk were the big bad is killed off and Rafael can chop veggies in Ashes restaurant :D
I greatly enjoy the "roadmovie" genre, the humor and MCs with personality, so the game hit me in all the right spots.
The boys. oh, the boys.
Personally, I liked Braums the least because of my general dislike of the crybaby-shota types. But I quite enjoy tsunderes, so it kinda balanced it)) I laughed so hard from the comment below about him being a fashion disaster, it's so true :D Still, I would like to complement your writing - normally I just skip or completely ignor this type of LI's, but Braums got to my soft spot. Storywise, I didn't quite get his age - is he younger than the MC? Because of that his romance felt more like a teenage crush, rushed into courtship and marriage
Paris - ooooh the steamy bits ;) good thing red cheeks don't glow in the dark. I still have reaver-Ash/Paris to run through, I wanna see the dynamic, but it was quite fun when NPCs commented Cubi-Ash with pink hair and Paris as siblings) so cool
And Rafael is my favorite, omg i'm going dangerously in fangirl territory, make it stop! Or no, don't. His sprites were absolutely gorgeous, all that emotion! He's badass, but a little socially incompetent, but not in an awkward way (I hate to feel embarrassed for characters), so sweet. The flirting parts were just hilarious, I love hin so much)))
3. What was your favorite part?
Apart from all said above, I really liked the GUI style and the system design (that it shows immediately if you chose right and that you can scroll back and rechoose, and that you can skip to next choise if you want). Generally I play otomes with a walkthrough because I hate skipping 10 routes a thousand times 'till I get it right, so its great
The customisation was fun and that it actually meant something (even your eye color is sometimes) - funX2. I liked that Ash had I different personality and background, the playthroughs felt different for me (like a Shika-Ash and Rafael with all the Shika culture and hand stuff). Don't know if the gender makes such a difference, didn't try male Ash
But most of all I enjoyed the writing and lighthearted atmosphere. I had such a good time with the game
4. Least favorite part?
Why is it so short? *crying*
On a serious note, the ending (bandints + last night) felt a little rushed, like there was intended to be a couple more scenes somewere there. The whole pretender intrigue was simple, but it's not the point of the game so its ok)
And yes, some of the paid VNs took me less time to go through, but any amought less than infinite of TPG is short :D
5. Did you find any bugs/typos?
The extras didn't open the first time I played but then they popped out
6. Other comments or suggestions
Actually I was circling around the game for quite and amount of time and didn't consider it because of the yaoi tag (I don't play pure BL games). But then I read the description and that was the end off me
7. Would you consider sharing the game page on Twitter to spread the word?
I'm not from the english segment of Twitter (so please excuse me for my poor English), but I certainly would like to share screenshots and screams!
8. If I made a commercial game would you consider purchasing it?
I already bought Arena Circus GK, now I'm waiting for the whole thing to be done to play it all together
THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU'RE GREAT
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and in depth comment! It really made me happy to read. I agree that the endings were rushed, I find myself struggling with that in my writing. I hope it didn't take away from the experience too much!
I'm glad that you were still able to enjoy Braums even though he's not your usual type. He's actually Ash's age, he just comes off as a little younger/naive since he's never been outside the castle before (at least that was my intention). Despite this he still interacts with people better than Rafael. smh That being said, Rafael is my baby, glad to hear he caught your eye!
I am so happy I think you're the only person who's mentioned the GUI! I was really proud of the GUI for this. I didn't want this to be a stressful experience or something you had to try over and over again so I'm glad the hints helped!
Thank you for giving the game a shot despite the tags!
Now you've made me want a fan-disk
omg, i have so many errors and typos, im so embarassed ><
If you'll make a FD i'll be the happiest vn-fan on earth ^^ the new CG are so cool and I cant wait for the voice acting) If not for my accent I would totally apply xD
I just wanted you to know that I love this. I love this so much! I had just got done reading 2 just ok visual novels. This was a much needed breath of fresh air for me. The writing is phenomenal and I will admit it was difficult NOT to laugh out loud at some parts. I wish it was longer though. I really look forward to what you guys make next!
I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! And if your only complaint was that you wish there was more, I’ll take it. My next project will be chapter 4 of Arena Circus, I hope you’ll check that out too!
Hello! Is it possible to be a Shika and get Paris? (Or a Reaver.)
You can be a Reaver to get Paris but sadly you can't be a Shika if you want to romance him
I still haven't finished the game completely, but I played 2 routes already and absolutely loved it! All the characters are really funny and charming, especially Ash. In most of the VN i played the MC is either stupid, bland or really annoying, but you made such a great Main Character! I'm more used to the "anime" kind of art, but I really love the art and designs. I'd definitely would pay for it if it was commercial, because it deserves it :D (english is not my main language so sorry if i spelled something wrong he he)
I’m so glad to hear! Writing Ash was really fun, it was important to me to make a main character that was enjoyable to play. Thanks so much for playing!
Hey there, just a quick question: on Page 3 in the gallery, the 1st CG is from whose route again?
That would be Paris' route!
Oh, I see! So I unlock this one by scoring real high with Paris, right?
Actually, that's his bad ending CG!
Alrighty, thanks for letting me know ^_^
I guess that's kind of a good thing I don't have this CG unlocked, then xD
Anyway, I LOVE this game. I pretty much adore every game you've worked on so far. At any rate, as soon as I've played through all the routes I'll let you know my thoughts about the game in more detail :D
Hey! I'm really truly enjoying The Pretenders Guild! I've never wanted to actually complete a visual novel. Usually I just play the "good endings" and then move on to the next, but I find that I actually want to complete this one.
However, after unlocking all the secret routes and getting ready to get Ending 8 (which is the only one I am missing at the moment) I got this error.
It popped up both in Scene 2 and Scene 6 making it impossible for me to complete it, since I can't progres after this pops up. I saw that someone else mentioned something about Nonbinary not defined, but thought this might help you figure out what the problem is easier.
It's an incredibly good Visual novel, and I hope that I can one day see Ending 8, but I am already blown away by it as it is now! :)
Thank you so much for pointing out this error! I'll get to work on fixing it. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it so much and I hope you check out my future stuff! You'll get to see ending 8 soon. (:
I just finished my third playthrough. I loved all of them! I loved that you could customize how you looked (must've been a lot of work), and all the little details. Rafael and Paris in Braums' route were hilarious. And everyone is really sweet and funny. Thank you for making this!
Thank you for playing! I'm so glad you enjoyed and I hope you check out my future stuff. (:
I absolutely loved it! Rafael is my favorite, but I love everyone. Including Ash. Gods,the variations of dynamic between races are also quite interesting!
I wanted to go with Rafael at first, but cuz I chose to be a Reaver I couldn't pick him and then defaulted to Braum. After finishing that route and going back to play as a Shika, it turns out I actually like Braum better anyway!
Loving this game but has anyone else noticed a error that pops up saying "name 'nonbinary' is not defined"?
Loved the game! Could you tell me the name of Braums´ tune(or whatever plays when he first appears). I swear it´s been playing inside my head for days now, I need it in my life
If you check the music room, you can see the name of all the songs! I believe I named it Tsundere Blitz haha xD
Ooops, that went straight past me! Thank you for the tip! And you know, looking forward to your next work already :)
So is there a way to buy it? Can´t seem to find it.
Oh no, it's not for sale, sorry. I mean, they're just little songs I put together for the game, I didn't upload them anywhere. I could make the mp3 files available for download free here though!
Oh yes, please, please do! I really want it in my playlist!
Well until I can figure out how to put the files in the game without them getting archived, I uploaded the album on soundcloud. Thought you might like to know! https://soundcloud.com/user-577383146/sets/the-pretenders-guild
Hey, I loved the game, have just finished! I did Braums' route as a Reaver, Paris' route as a Cubi and Rafael's as a Shika. I have one question though, I seem to have ended up with endings 1, 2 and 4, and even though I did Rafael's route as a Shika I can't see the button for the secret route! D: I have 85% with him by the end of Chapter 4 so I don't think I'm doing anything wrong?
Love the game, I thought it was very emotional and incredibly well-made. Could you give me some hints so I can get the rest of the endings? :D
I'm so glad you enjoyed! Thanks for playing.
Yeah of course! Hmm, that is puzzling! When you completed Rafael's route as a Shika, did you get a message saying you'd unlocked content?
The other endings can be found by finishing the different route with under 80%, and ending 8 is the ending of the secret route.
Thank you so much for answering me!
Yes I did get the message! Which is why it's so strange! Under the 'Quit' button there's three little ones that link to the extra scenes (still don't have three of those unlocked - two, four and six), one to Rafael's letter and one to the concepts. Did I do something wrong?
And thanks for the tip! I didn't even think about failing the routes to get bad endings, how useless am I haha!
(Extra note - I just went through and did all of the races I didn't do the first time and AWW to Braums and Shika Ash's ending <3 honestly really love this game I think it's extraordinary. Thank you for making it!
Oh okay! Those extra scenes are the secret route, so you're all good! Probably should call it something else but I wasn't sure what to dub it but a secret route xD To unlock the extra scenes there you'll have to play through the bad endings.
You're so kind, thank you so much ;u; I really appreciate you taking the time to play and comment!
OHHHH right! Thank you, I didn't realise they all strung together - since I'm missing some I wanted to wait and unlock them all. DERP!
No problem at all, and I can't wait to see all the rest of the content :) I love the concept of different races and the Shika hand thing is just...wow. I wish I was as creative as you :) Thanks again for all the help!
Haha no worries! I hope you like the rest of it just as much c:
I can't take all the credit for the hand thing, I was greatly inspired by Star Trek! Although if Vulcan hands were exactly like Shika ones the narrative would be a lil' different. c;