Christmas Sweaters [GxB][Otome][Holiday Romance]

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Christmas Sweaters [GxB][Otome][Holiday Romance]

#1 Post by Shaples » Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:35 pm

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Samantha Perez has just finished closing up her cafe late on Christmas Eve when she hears one last knock on the door. But the guy she finds outside isn't another customer - he's a grad student who got stranded in the snow on his way home for the holidays. With the weather getting steadily worse, his chances of finding a tow truck are looking pretty slim. But will Sam give him the boot the first chance she gets, or will their unlikely meeting turn into something more?

A short, sweet visual novel to celebrate the holiday season. This is my first VN, and was made in about three weeks.

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12,000 words
6 Endings
Snow!
No CGs (Sorry!)
Writing and Programming: Shaples (Shannon Lewis)
Sprites: Fungii
Backgrounds: Uncle Mugen, tropicalmonsoon, and Lanea Zimmerman
Music: Kevin Macleod
Rated 13+ for language/mild suggestive themes

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#2 Post by Fungii » Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:29 pm

Ahh, it's so nice to see my sprites being used in a project! I'll have to check this out when I have the time.

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#3 Post by Larite » Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:31 pm

Just finished the story (got the End #1) and it was wonderful! Writing is really good, characters sound like a real people (and looove Sam, she is gorgeous!) and the story is sooo sweet :) At least in an ending, that i got, heh)
Thank you for this kind and nice Christmas novel!

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#4 Post by Shaples » Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:51 pm

@Fungii - I really hope you like it!

@Larite - Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Happy holidays! :D

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#5 Post by Xiomaraze » Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:19 pm

This was charming and very sweet, the characters made me smile and the reactions felt natural and easy to understand. Over all I absolutely loved it.

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#6 Post by Shaples » Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:41 pm

Thank you thank you!! So glad you liked it :D

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#7 Post by Elze » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:37 pm

I played it and it was just soooo adorkable! And wow you're right, it's an uplifting, fluffy story that has to do with coffee. Hits all points for what I was hoping to get from my secret santa! It's really like I'd gotten an additional Christmas gift. Thanks so much! I really enjoyed this <333
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#8 Post by Shaples » Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:42 pm

Huzzah!! I'm really glad it was what you were hoping for! Merry Christmas :D

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#9 Post by Angie » Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:54 pm

Nice heartwarming story. Really... I especially like how Sam isn't your usual slim girl ;) Merry Christmas and hopefully you will deliver us more games like this one!

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#10 Post by Shaples » Thu Dec 25, 2014 4:32 pm

Really glad you liked it Angie! It's a personal goal for me to tell stories and make games that have more realistic, diverse characters, and I'm so glad that came through in this one! Of course, all art credit goes to Fungii's fantastic customizable sprites, but yeah - I plan for my future games to have diversity in terms of body types, race/ethnicity, sexuality/gender, physical abilities, etc. It's too easy to default to straight/slim/middle class/WASP characters, and there are so many interesting stories to be told outside that one dominant narrative.

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#11 Post by Angie » Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:25 pm

I'm glad there are people who wants to make characters like this around! Keep on with good work :)

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#12 Post by Le Hewitt » Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:56 pm

This was adorable.

An excellent little self-contained story with interesting characters and a terrific writing style, I really enjoyed Sam's inner monologue at those awkwardness points. Quite the nice little Christmas gift if I do say so myself.
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#13 Post by Shaples » Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:21 pm

@Angie - Thank you again!

@Le Hewitt - Really glad you enjoyed it! Sam was a super fun character to write - I'm so happy everyone seems to have liked her as much as I do! Merry Christmas :D

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#14 Post by Aita » Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:44 pm

Okay, I'm going to say right off the bat that I loved this and would like to see a lot more from you. I've been finding a lot of great games here recently (mainly ones with only one romance interest) and I've got to say, yours is one of them. It was cute, the choices felt natural, the MC was absolutely gorgeous (and had a lot of personality), and the style of writing was right up my alley. Keep up the great work, Shaples!

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#15 Post by Shaples » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:40 pm

Hey! Thank you SO much! Your lovely comment really made my day ^_^ I actually have two longer projects in the pipeline (one of which I'm hoping to announce soon!) and I'm toying with the idea of trying to squeeze in something for NaNoReNo. So never fear - this won't be the last you hear of me :D

Also, if you like two-character VNs, I personally really loved A2 if you haven't found and played it already.

Thanks again for your comment, and thanks for playing!

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