Whenever you meet someone who writes, it’s always interesting to ask why they write. Not as in some spiritual dreamy answer, but what inspired them to start writing. You’ll find that the medium in which they like to work is often (but not always) the medium that originally inspired them.
I am a person who learned to love storytelling with video games. Like your average millenial I didn’t think this through to consider programming as an employable goal. I didn’t want to make games, I wanted to write stories. This is one of the reasons TWS has the format it does.
All of the animals in TWS that are non-sentient are either based on bugs, fish, reptiles or amphibians! This is because the world is young, and evolution hasn’t had much time to change things.
In 2014, my wife and I binged on Christine Love’s work. I watched her liveblog it between layovers on my way to Helsinki, and once I arrived she made me sit down to read Analogue: A Hate Story and Hate Plus. Those two games remain high on my list of visual novels that I will recommend to anyone. When Christine revealed her next game was going to be a exploring the themes of manipulation in dating games for women, I was thrilled. I’ve been watching the development closely ever since.
Today, I finished every route. I feel like Ladykiller is impressive and should inspire visual novels to come, but LoveConquersAll Games has bit off more than it could chew. The theme of this review is going to be an apocryphal line by Samuel R Delany:
“If you’re going to fuck the dog, put it all the way in.”
(The review below contains spoilers, discussion about rape, and nudity.)
Hi everyone!! I hope you’re enjoying chapter 6 so far!
As you see in the subject line, this will be the last update for this chapter until the next game segment is ready. It isn’t very long, but it does have some new features we have to figure out. Please bear with us!
As with last time I will make the offer: if my patreon reaches $50 per month, I will post the entire second half of Chapter 6 when the game is posted. What do you say?
-Dawn & Team TWS
Thanks for your patience! As of last week, Chapter 5 The Refuge is complete!
Today TWS won’t be updated, after making a decision to add a game segment to Chapter 6. As you may know, these things take some time, so I’m trying to get it situated. The Chapter 6 cover page should be released on October 12th!
For the upcoming game, I’ve released a call for extras. If you would like to see your OC have a cameo on Those Without Shadows, please let me know! Check this patreon post for more information.
Chapter 4 is done, in case you were waiting for the whole thing to be available before reading – thanks for your support! Next week starts Chapter 5: The Refuge! Patrons keep an eye out for a preview of the chapter cover!
If you’re local to the Halifax area, I’ll be at the Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival on Sunday with my pal Bruce Delo. Please drop by. I’ll have some copies of the TWS OST available and free postcards.
Sorry for the delay – please enjoy the animation in the new page of The Star. Updates will be continuing on Wednesdays as normal from here out!