There are probably better ways to do this, but nobody else has posted it yet, so I'll give it a go. The idea is that sometimes you want to know which choices the testers made during through the course of the game, and give them an easy way to tell you.
There are a few steps, some of which you can skip, and all of which you can change.Step 1
: Adding a menu option, because it's a logical place to have it.
Open your screens.rpy, and find a part called screen navigation. Add a button for the testers to press somewhere amongst the similar existing buttons.
textbutton _("Generate Feedback") action Jump("generate_feedback_file")Step 2
: Creating the feedback generator.
You can put this code anywhere you like. Personally I created a new .rpy file called Feedback.rpy, just to stay organized. Change the info to match your project.
with open(os.path.join(config.renpy_base, "feedback.txt"), "w") as file:
# This part puts together all the info that will be saved to the text file.
$ feedback = str("The protagonist's name is " + mcs_name + " " + mcs_surname + ".\n\They are "
+ mcs_gender + ", and " + mc_he_or_she + " is from " + mcs_city + " in " + mcs_country + ".\n\The player took "
+ str(time_taken_to_choose_gender_in_minutes) + " minutes and " + str(time_taken_to_choose_gender_in_seconds) + " seconds to choose the protagonist's gender.\n\ "
+ str(mcs_initial_feelings_about_the_first_invitation_to_japan) + ".\n\ "
+ what_did_the_mc_tell_dave_about_their_japanese_ability + ".")
# If you want to show the player a message to confirm this functionality is working, do it here.
# Don't forget to set an initial state for variables, to avoid errors later.
# Don't be afraid of variable names that are easy to read.
# Call this next label at the start of your game.
$ mcs_name = "undecided"
$ mcs_surname = ""
$ mcs_gender = "of an undetermined gender"
$ mc_he_or_she = "this person"
$ mcs_city = "an unknown city"
$ mcs_country = "an unknown country"
$ time_taken_to_choose_gender_in_minutes = 0
$ time_taken_to_choose_gender_in_seconds = 0
$ mcs_initial_feelings_about_the_first_invitation_to_japan = "They have not yet been invited to Japan"
$ what_did_the_mc_tell_dave_about_their_japanese_ability = "They have not met Dave yet"
All that's left is to get them to send you feedback.txt. Be aware that it may be in an unexpected folder (I haven't tried archiving this and testing). If you want, you could set the destination folder.
Any thoughts, questions or improvements? Let me know.
"We must teach them through the tools with which they are comfortable."