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Feb 032020

You overwhelmingly asked for it in my poll, and so here it is: our first ever Celebrating All Things Romantic event!

While I might have most of my publications in the horror genre, I do write some romance as well. One of my first fiction publications was a Christmas romance story called “A Special Present” in the anthology Love Under the Mistletoe.

It really became my niche in the indie game writing world, however. Most notably, I wrote the script for Ascendant Hearts, a romantic comedy visual novel available now on both Steam and the Nintendo eShop.

I also wrote the scripts for several of Genius’s mobile romance visual novels, the most recent of which are My Time Traveling Girlfriend, My Ninja Girlfriend, and Gossip School: Romance Otome Game.

As you’ve probably guessed, Celebrating All Things Romantic is going to be a lot like Celebrating All Things Spooky, which we do every October, except focused on romance games instead of horror games. Since this is the first time, it might not run as smoothly (can I play & review as many romance games in a month as I do horror games?), but let’s get down to the details!

2020’s Celebrating All Things Romantic Contest

That’s right, I’m doing a contest as usual, and the available prizes are:

  • Ascendant Hearts (gift sent through Steam)
  • Hatoful Boyfriend (gift sent through Steam)
  • Steins;Gate (gift sent through Steam)
  • Muv-Luv (gift sent through Steam)
  • $15 sent through PayPal
  • You pick a game for me to review!

If you choose the review option, your chosen game must be something I either own or is easily obtainable, which you can discuss with me beforehand. It must be a single game, not a collection (although the chosen game can be part of a collection). I will start playing it in March.

Rules and Scoring

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Only comments made between February 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST and February 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST will be counted.
  • 1 non-spam, non-anonymous comment on any blog post here = 1 point.
  • 1 non-spam, non-anonymous comment on a Celebrating All Things Romantic blog post = 2 points.
  • You must use an email address or website URL (or include another way of contacting you) in your comment so I can contact you if you win.
  • You must have at least 10 points at the end of the month to win.
  • The person with the most points will get their first pick of the prizes. The person with the second most points will pick second, and so on, until all prizes have been given out.
  • The winner will be contacted by March 2, 2020.

Once again, I’m pretty much following the Celebrating All Things Spooky format. Any questions? Ask in the comments!

Now let’s see if we can make this celebration a thing.

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  13 Responses to “Our First Ever “Celebrating All Things Romantic” Event”

  1. Looking forward to seeing how weird these romance games get for you. Have fun!

  2. Hatoful Boyfriend is awesome.

  3. It definitely is. When I first played it, I mainly got it as a joke, and I was surprised by how legitimately good it was.

    • Have you tried Holiday Star? Sadly it wasn’t half as good. It was still amusing at times, but it just fell short.

      • I actually liked Holiday Star quite a bit, although I don’t think it stands on its own very well. A lot of the moments that had the greatest impact for me (Shuu’s interactions with the Migrant, the hints about the King’s true identity, the storybooks for each character’s in the King’s world, etc.) rely so heavily on the player having knowledge from Hatoful Boyfriend.

        • Does it get better later on? I didn’t bother to finish it because it just didn’t entertain me like Hatoful. It had a different vibe and wasn’t as funny to me. Maybe I approached it from the wrong angle.

          • There are four episodes in the main story if I remember right, and the first two are just silly comedy stuff while the second two are darker and more serious.

            So I’d say if you enjoyed the BBL route of Hatoful Boyfriend, Holiday Star is worth it for the second half. If you’re hoping for something funnier, then probably not. The second half gets into some fairly dark territory.

            • Dark is good too. I can imagine the writers coming up with some pretty twisted things. The doctor in the first one was really creepy.

              • If dark is good, then yes, I’d recommend giving Holiday Star another try. 😀 The mini-episodes are also worth it, if not for themselves then at least for the extra context (and hints) they give to some of the Holiday Star events.

                The writer also announced a third one, although there haven’t been any updates about that for a long time now.

                • Nice, thanks.

                  I didn’t know that, that’s awesome. It will probably be one of those things where we don’t get an update until it’s almost finished. I seem to remember Holiday Star was like that, but I could be remembering wrong.

  4. […] when one of February’s Celebrating All Things Romantic contest winners picked me playing P4G as his prize, I finally relented and picked up a digital copy the […]

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