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Straight!? v0.18 Patreon Release!
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2020-08-01T16:55:57+00:00
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It's been forever, and here it is. The new update includes the first part of Chapter 9: Ash. Depending on how fast you read, there's probably 1 to 2 hours of story here. Just start a new game and follow the Update prompts to start from the newest chapter.

Note: Usually those in US have decent luck with the MediaFire link. Please use the Google Drive sparingly because it has limited downloads. I usually just recommend those with really slow downloads or those who do not reside in the US, use the Google Drive.

Also: Don't use old saves. The game will crash. Start a new game and follow the prompts on screen, it will jump you right back to the end of the last update.

Also: Please don't openly share this on any other websites. This costs me thousands to make and I'm only able to do this because of the donations. That also allows me to keep the game free for life and completely avoid advertisements (So please don't put it up on Gaytorrent until the public release). Once it's free to all, share it with whoever you want. Free version goes live in 3 weeks.

PC: Google Drive MediaFire

MAC: Google Drive MediaFire

Feel free to discuss openly in the comments. If you don't want spoilers, avoid the comments below. If you find bugs or spelling issues, you can DM me on here or hit me or Blayke up on Discord for the fastest service (basically whoever is on).


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Update Status 2020-07-31T00:36:21+00:00

Hey all,

Just wanted to drop a quick note for those not on the Discord or the Twitter account where I've dropped a bit more information lately. I was wanting to get the update out within the month of July but that may not happen. We only have one day left in July and I still need a few more things completed and then coded in. As it stands right now, I could release the update without these two components. However, I'd rather include them if I can:

1. Chapter Quotes: I've stated in the previous DevLogs that the new update would have each chapter in the game starting with a game quote that exists somewhere in that chapter. I think these are fun and it honestly motivates me to write at a higher level that's actually quotable. These would be throughout the entire game and not just in chapter 9. However, since this new update starts a new chapter, it makes sense for the first thing for you to see is the new chapter quote for chapter 9 so you actually get a feel for these. Thus, I'd rather add it into the initial Patreon release and not just wait for the typical hotfix v2 that comes out free.

2. Quick movie: So in contrast to the end of the last update, this update will not have any animation in it. That's mostly because the animation at the end of the last update took 9 months alone. However, I want to include a short movie file in this update similar to something we've seen in the past (sorry it's vague but I'm avoiding spoilers). I will state that the update could be released without this but ideally, I think with it, the emotional impact of one particular scene will be enhanced, which is really important to me at this moment in the story.

After that, it should be a quick run through and testing and we should be good to go. So I'm hoping the game will be released by the end of the weekend. Also, releasing it on the weekend gives me more time to interact with the community and respond appropriately to any problems that pop up on release day. No clue what time that would be. I used to release in the morning but if I get it done in the middle of the night, I'm just going to drop it.

Not what I hoped for but it's not necessarily terrible news either because it's only a few days. If you want more up-to-date info, hit us up on the Discord or check my Twitter.

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User #14518220 - 1 Aug 20 07:10
ready to wait it will be magic as usual :) thanks for your work! I hope that we will see them take action two young beautiful teenage boys who have been circling around for a few years are going to end up not spending ... (in bed: p) lol
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User #19904873 - 31 Jul 20 00:42
Heh! It's not like the world is suddenly going to open everything back up between the 31st of July and the 2nd or 3rd of August. I'll wait till it's the way you want it (like I really have a choice, right?). It's always been worth it before. This is kind of starting to feel like edging, though. Almost ready to come - er cum - and then hold off a bit longer. Just sayin'. πŸ˜‰ But seriously, thanks for the hard work that you and the team put into this!
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β˜… aaryn - 31 Jul 20 00:50
oh for real. I just wanna launch it and sit back and catch my breath. I can't ever fully take a break in the middle of an update. But i'm worried about the edging too, tbh. I dont want too much hype. I think this is a good update. I feel good about it--but in a much different way than i did the last chapter. I just dont wanna hype too much and have people be disappointed
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User #19904873 - 31 Jul 20 00:55
Have you ever seen that your favorite actor was in a movie, and you had to go see the movie, even if the critics panned it, just because he was in it? Well, your track record is like that: we've watched you craft each other chapter of this thing with love and passion. And in its own way, each one has been a bit more of a masterpiece. You put too much of yourself into this thing every time for it to ever fall short, and we know that. Now, Zack, come back out of your head for a moment. That last paragraph is not 'pressure,' it's called 'confident assurance.' So, don't overthink it and start worrying that this one won't be good enough. It will be fine. So, don't worry about overhype. We just want to see what our friend(s) has been working on. Relax. We're all hooked, now - invested - I think is what Mikhail would tell you. Just breathe, and get ready to relax, soon. It's all good. To paraphrase Braden: we're all pretty open to whatever you've got for us. Thanks in advance.
DevLog Update (with tentative release date) 2020-07-12T21:12:06+00:00

sup.

Ok, so finally some good news on where things are at. This DevLog is probably worded a bit more optimistic because I'm finally getting some place so I wanted to poke my head back above ground and do a shout out where we are with things before I burrow back down into the abyss again.

So here we go...

Writing

So I'm pleased to announce that the rough draft writing for v0.18 was finished last night. While I consider it to still be pretty rough, at least I have the bones for things done. I have a hard time doing images in advance before I get the actual writing done. The way things have been working lately, I have been doing writing and then CGs and just switching back and forth. This allows me to stockpile pics to render in the background while I'm doing the writing so that there's never really any downtime when the game isn't being worked on.

So length of this update is pretty big. We're looking at another chapter about as long as the last update. Current coding length is around 3,600 lines so expect some time to go through this one--about the same as the previous one.

At this point, I want to officially state that v0.18 is now bootable. Which means, there's enough code and stuff done to where Renpy will let me actually start to test and play through the update. This is always a painful and tedious process because of spelling errors, lost pictures, or mistypes that make it impossible to find images. So basically my first read through of an update usually takes several days to work things out and eliminate bugs enough that I can actually start to refine the writing and concentrate on what's happening.

So the next steps is making the update working enough to concentrate on things and really start to narrow down the emotions in this one. That usually means several read throughs after the bugs are fixed.

CGs

One problem that I've run into (and some of you may have spotted this in the past) is Braden's hair. There's spots in the game where Braden's hair looks a bit patchy and bald on the sides above his ears. For shots behind him, it's really noticeable on the back of his head. Normally, when I get a ton of pics done, I use a batch program that allows me to just queue them up and the computer will render then automatically load the next and render--I don't have to be present to do that at all. It works great when I'm asleep. However, I've run into problems with shots with Braden in it because every pic I render, deflates Braden's hair and makes it bald on the sides. The fix that I've found is that I have to manually load these up. So basically I have to run back to the computer every 2-3 hours to open the next pic and click render on all pics that involve Braden. I haven't had time to find a fix for this yet but I may do it after the update launches because it's hella annoying and slows me down. But right now I'm just manually loading all those. Good news is that I found a fix from earlier to reduce my render time on pics so I don't have to deal with any more 12 hours per pic problems again for right now (that shit was rough).

Current pic count is 470 with several more still in the queue. The beach update was just shy of 500 so you can expect about the same with v0.18. Again, changes for this update are going to include better lighting and more detailed shots with more characters in one shot. This was a boring part in the beginning of the game where there was only one or two characters in each shot. I'm still trying to rectify that but anything else I had, slows down the process. This update has a ton of shots with multiple characters in one scene to really drive the story home so that partially explains the delay here.

What's Left?

So even though the writing is done and the CGs are mostly done, there's still a ton of post production shit that we gotta cross off the list. This is where I rely on my friends and fellow devs to help me out. They're the magicians when it comes to movies, effects, or fixing shit I fucked up with the pics. I have a list right now of shit we still gotta do but at least I can work on editing things while they're going through and working on the other stuff. We have a few slideshows in this update as well as some more moving shots like you saw with the rain in the last update. Just shit like that they gotta help me with still.

What to Expect

I know it's been a long time since we had an update and I've tried to be transparent about what all has been going on. The biggest concern here for me is was it worth the wait. That's always hard to answer because I'm probably the toughest critic of this out there. I always freak out about how long it takes to make an update. However, I think visually, we're looking at a step up for this update. This one looks really pretty, guys. It's not perfect but it's noticeably better than even the beach update. If you're in the $5 tier, you've already seen a few shots of what to expect there. I have yet to actually test the update but given that the game is bootable at this point, I should have an idea of how things really look in a few days or so. It's always terrifying to see if things look the way in game that I wanted things too when it's all put together.

But overall, I wanted to try and give you a bit of an idea of what to expect from this one. 1) length. Hopefully, this one will feel as long as the last one--however, it wont have as many changes of venue as the last one did. We're looking at around 6 fairly lengthy scenes in this one. 2) Hella character development. This one is going to answer a few questions for you guys and go into some more background than we've had access to in the past. Hopefully, this will bolster more of the characters as we move forward. Given how the last one ended, there's a pretty big impact to everyone so we'll see that play out on a macro level. 3) Tons of setup. This sorta piggybacks off the character development. But I'm gonna have a hard time making this update as good or better than the last one. The last update has some amazing moments in it and the stylized way they were done is something that I'm really proud of. We're not going to get as much stylized stuff in this one but given that things are gearing up for the end, this update is very much setup and foundation for things while hopefully providing some context to a few things from the past. 4) All the Feels. The last update ended with a cliffhanger and we want to bring things back to basics a bit to catch our breath before shit heats back up again. This means a lot of dialogue and hopefully some really emotional moments for these guys in the wake of the dorm fire. However, I'm also going to say that this one has a weird mix of the typical humor you may have noticed from the previous ones that hopefully balances that one out. So expect it to just go up and down with emotions like usual but not quite as intense as the last one.

Release Date

I'm always careful about release dates because I hate postponing them or not meeting deadlines. But I'm going to tentatively say that I feel fairly confident that we're going to get this one out during the month of July. Not sure when that's going to be but I'm really shooting for that right now. I'll definitely keep you posted about it. You can also follow my Twitter for up-to-date rants about where I'm at. I've gotten used to just dropping quick updates on there about where things are. However, the DevLog here is going to have the most detailed information (mostly because Twitter only lets you use like 4 characters in a fucking tweet and I ramble on forever).

Ok, imma shut up now and get back to reading

-A

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User #28762234 - 13 Jul 20 03:49
Lots of kissing?
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β˜… aaryn - 13 Jul 20 05:04
I really wanna say but I prob shouldn't...
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User #3215966 - 13 Jul 20 08:36
"The biggest concern here for me is was it worth the wait. That's always hard to answer because I'm probably the toughest critic of this out there." I've gotta be honest, I often feel that this sentence should be reworded to read, "... I'm probably the toughest critic of me out there." People love this game. I love this game (I've told you that often enough). My fear is not that the game will let us down, it's that it will come to an inevitable end. Actually, that's not a fear: I already know it will end. My biggest fear is that you're not already mulling over where your game-making adventures will head next! [Although I'm willing to concede that you may need a break.] So, you know, stop worrying abut us. You've never let us down before, and we don't expect you to now. And if anyone's giving you grief, fuck 'em. Pay attention to the guys who are paying you ten or 20 bucks to support you and the team, not the ones who are only looking out for themselves. [Not including those who can't afford more, of curse - been there.] This feels so familiar, I'm sure I've said it before, but we support you because we believe that you are doing great things. Not that you CAN do great things - you ARE doing great things. You may not always believe that, but we do. We're as invested in this as you are. These boys are family, man - and we trust you with them.
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β˜… aaryn - 13 Jul 20 23:02
heh, thanks man. I know you guys are invested and I know it's impossible to please everyone but I'm hoping it just meets the expections. Hell, the genre doesn't really set the bar that high to begin with but I'm hoping to add something serious to the genre and to set out and finish what I started. I'm usually ok with the negative comments--like you said, most of the people that complain or talk shit aren't the ones supporting the game anyway so I take them a lot less serious than they probably want me to. I just hope it goes together like it should in the end. This is just the most difficult part of the story to write...this update and probably the next one are fucking hard and it's taken me forever
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User #7215555 - 14 Jul 20 19:41
Quality takes time. I've been working on myself for years and I still have a long way to go.
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β˜… aaryn - 15 Jul 20 16:44
For real. Same. And it does take hella time. It's unbelievable where the time goes when I'm working on this stuff. You can lose days with little progress
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User #2298121 - 13 Jul 20 16:14
your lucky i like you so keep up the great work
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β˜… aaryn - 13 Jul 20 23:02
haha. lucky me :p
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User #11978227 - 25 Jul 20 17:54
What do you think? You'll make it this month?
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Jul 20 17:57
Still hoping. I made it through the draft last night finally but I usually go through several times. I need to get some other stuff from the other guys, code that in, and then send that off for feedback. Hoping for some time this week ideally
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User #27538190 - 13 Jul 20 00:04
Well, look at that. We are almost there! β™₯️ PS: you forgot to mention nudity levels and sexual tension meter for the update πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
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β˜… aaryn - 13 Jul 20 00:41
that's a very italicized "almost" there but yeah... My list is down to one page now. And I will generically say there is "skin" in this one
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In an effort to show continued progress, I'm dropping more teaser pics than I normally do for updates. I'm going to drop a devlog before long, too (Maybe around the weekend or so). I've just been prioritizing more writing and CGs lately to try and get this beast done.

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User #246938 - 8 Jul 20 23:31
It's here MF'er finally confides in Zack how envious he is of him... ...he's envious of how much *awe* Zack gets to feel in having a teammate like himself. I mean, MF'er has the looks, the lushious hair, the pretty boy face, swims like a fish, that huge swinging meat; not to mention those mad slurp skills. He already knows how awesome he is just by catching a glance of himself in the mirror, but Zack *gets to feel that* in doses like a contact high. Yeah, he's definitely envious of Zack. Admitting he could be envious of anyone? That's the sign of a real down-to-earth and humble guy - despite him being such an obvious big-cock-on-campus - he has thoughts just like the little background people, occasionally. #HumbleMf'er #TeamBraden
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User #223940 - 9 Jul 20 04:30
Lol, I'll second your assessment!
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β˜… aaryn - 9 Jul 20 16:01
#spoileralert
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User #153697 - 8 Jul 20 17:51
I don't like to be teased... I'm much more in favour of instant gratification.
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β˜… aaryn - 8 Jul 20 18:00
i feel ya... believe me, its hard for me not to spoil shit
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User #19904873 - 8 Jul 20 23:40
Zack and Max hanging out where Zack had his first kiss? There's some deep, deep, deep sharing happening there. Is this after Zack bottoms for the first time, or is he working up the nerve and consulting with Max for some advice on how to make it hurt less? Inquiring minds want to know! The campus park looks better than it did in the middle of the night, Aaryn! Keep it up! Looking forward to the next chapter whenever it arrives. No rush - you always make it worth the wait! Thanks!
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β˜… aaryn - 9 Jul 20 16:02
hope so. I'm always nervous tho. Especially these next couple updates
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User #762432 - 8 Jul 20 17:51
There he is, the prettiest boy
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User #11577225 - 8 Jul 20 23:03
The way I’m so hungry for this update! I know y’all got some goodies for us!
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β˜… aaryn - 9 Jul 20 16:00
I hope so. The last update worked out so well from a storytelling aspect. Just nervous to write the aftermath. I think this one will still have some surprises in it that I'm excited to share
Happy Pride Month: Part 3
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2020-06-30T22:55:33+00:00
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... Aaaaand Jordyn's finale

('Cause we can always use some more peen around here)


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User #9338364 - 1 Jul 20 00:39
The story always makes such a big deal about how big Braden's penis is, but from this picture, Mikhail is clearly the MVP when it comes to size. Even before this, though, Mikhail has always been the hottest one for me. 🀀 They're all cuties, by the way.
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User #9381103 - 1 Jul 20 13:43
I think that it depends on the angle.
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User #19904873 - 1 Jul 20 01:56
Don’t forget Max’s β€œmeat propeller” referred to previously. I’m not at all sure he’s not tied with Mikhail. πŸ˜‚πŸ† And bonus points for Max’s smoothness! Avoids hairballs! πŸ˜‹
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jul 20 14:57
I so wanna make comments about this, lol
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User #6507502 - 1 Jul 20 22:05
As always identifying with Zach and his average dick
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jul 20 22:20
Right?!
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User #3215966 - 1 Jul 20 08:47
I saw the underwear and erect versions at roughly the same time, and wondered which I would choose for my actual desktop image. ... But honestly, I'm too much of a pervert for it ever to have been in doubt!
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jul 20 22:19
No judging πŸ˜‹
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User #3215966 - 2 Jul 20 09:18
My only wish is that the background was black rather than white: the desktop icons get a bit lost. Oh, and that Mikhail was further to the left: I had to rearrange all my game icons!
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User #27538190 - 30 Jun 20 23:57
Overall i like zack. He's got the bod, the ass and is relatable to other parts. Braden comes next because he is the dream twink. Daaamn Mikhail is thick though
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jul 20 00:02
Mikhail is bae 😍
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User #867362 - 30 Jun 20 22:58
It sucks you can only "Like" once because I really love this.
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User #4886762 - 30 Jun 20 23:06
We'll just dog pile likes on your comment to help it out. A like for the above is a second like for the post.
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Jun 20 23:08
Dog pile!!
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User #20110999 - 30 Jun 20 23:10
A very nice gift for pride.
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User #599126 - 30 Jun 20 22:59
:: insert appropriate George Takei "Oh My" gif here ::
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User #6549337 - 1 Jul 20 02:34
Love this so much more than I can say in words!
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jul 20 14:58
Jordan's amazing
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User #9381103 - 1 Jul 20 13:40
Just wow, while we saw all of them nude already, this is one hell of a picture. and both previous as well.
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jul 20 22:20
Yeah, the lineup is just kinds fun
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User #8658257 - 1 Jul 20 05:15
A lovely pic. But I would also love to see them just in their flaccid pride....
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jul 20 14:58
Don't worry, we'll get more soft D airtime
Happy Pride Month: Part 2
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Here's Jordyn's second pic for the month


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User #6549337 - 30 Jun 20 14:48
Love whats going on with Braden! 😍
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User #9381103 - 1 Jul 20 13:44
love it.
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User #27538190 - 30 Jun 20 15:22
Its quite astonishing to see how different each character is. Seeing them all together like that makes me realise i don't really like the shape of Max's head. It feels kinda weird. But i love all characters and i am sure Max will soon learn to smile a bit and not be always so gloomy
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Jun 20 17:14
Maybe he's angry cause his head is obtuse πŸ˜‹
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User #599126 - 30 Jun 20 18:03
He's got Resting Mom-Fucker Head. ;)
Happy Pride Month
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Hey all,

While I've been busy writing and doing game CGs, Jordyn is continuing to work his craft with the Patreon content for this month. Since it's Pride month, we figured we'd do a wallpaper style set for people to enjoy featuring the main cast. So here's the public version as well as the breakdown for the other images. Images are kinda light this month because we're still trying to catch up other pics that are going to be used in game.

pic 1: Free/Public

Pic 2 (undies variant): $1 folks

Pic 3 (NSFW variant): $5 folks

We'll drop the rest within the next few days


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User #3215966 - 27 Jun 20 00:28
Happy Pride to all of you! Great timing to: I'm in need of wallpaper since I lost all my image files.
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User #20110999 - 26 Jun 20 18:45
great thanks.
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User #3215966 - 27 Jun 20 09:28
Just playing Demo version 'Everyone's a baby'... Braden: "A lot of people are into that whole "Pride thing though." Zack: "Meh. Not me. That's an internal thing, to me. Not something I need to proclaim and show off." Braden: "Heh, you've thought about this shit haven't you?" Zack: "Besides, if it's natural, why would I need to have 'pride' in something that occurs naturally? "I view it kinda like religion. "You can still be a spiritual person without actively going to church or overtly proclaiming your views." :D :D :D :D :D
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User #223940 - 26 Jun 20 23:24
Happy Pride Month
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jun 20 23:38
You too
DevLog Update 2020-06-10T03:20:07+00:00

Hey all,

So first off, I know I jumped back to the typical DevLog format here rather than doing the fancy PDF version. This is only for the sake of time this week because I'm actually getting things done and I really don't wanna slow down and spend a lot of time on extra formatting just for these notes.

Been awhile since I caught you up so there's a lot to cover here again so let's dive into another exciting episode of Aaryn's Wall of Text.

Writing Status

Ugh... ok, so I just gotta say... as an amateur AF writer, putting together the ending on things like this is TOUGH -- at least it is for me. In the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. In the middle, it felt an identity form for the story and then I feel like my style improved around chapter 6 when the game really started to take off. That being said, those middle parts are easy to write because I can just droll on and on without any real accountability. It's easy to set up plot lines or introduce people or whatever--but those things have to matter to the story. So as things begin to wind down and move towards the end, it's increasingly important to go back and tidy up some things. This means, rereading and constantly combating doubt with what you're doing.

The ending is intimidating to write and it feels like Thanos is coming as I move closer towards it. I will say that things are coming together and scene 4 is mostly written at this point and it's pretty damn long with a LOT of dialogue. Scene 5 is going to end up merging with 4 I think to help save some time and 6 will sorta do it's own thing. I'm writing it based more on feelings than anything else.

Right now there's around 2,000 lines of code in the update and that's not counting some pretty substantially long areas of dialogue that still need the images coded in so it'll quickly lengthen more than that. So when all is said and done, it'll probably be a fairly long update again.

CGs

Ok, so image-wise things are going ok but for the amount of time that it's been since the last update, I'm not feeling super great about how much time has passed. 2020 has been a shitstorm so far with many real life demands that I wasn't ready for. Additionally, early after the last update, I needed to go back and re-read things again and try to find the direction moving forward--that took time. Then we had all the real world crises happen and my workload for my normal job blew up exponentially. So overall, I'm really disappointed with how long things are taking. However, that is more than being made up for in the quality of these pics. The new update is leagues above what we saw even in the last update. I'm still not professional but it's progress overall, so I'll take it.

As of right now, there's 279 images done for the update and that's through scene 4 (there's around 6 scenes planned but I may mesh one of them together to make things a bit easier without negatively affecting the story here). I'm still behind on coding for Scene 4 because it's such a long scene but there's a lot or room for reusing the same pics over and over because of the heavy dialogue. That usually means less CGs. However, (I put this however in bold because I'm an idiot) the newer approach to the game is attempting to make it more cinematic. So you get more camera angles and more sequences of images to fill in some of the gaps. I know some people bitch about this because it slows things down but I'm enjoying the process immensely and I think it adds to the realism of the characters in the long run. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, You may have multiple poses of a character accomplishing a task while their conversing or we may have more action shots like we did in the last update when Braden catches the frisbee like a fucking ninja. I like shots like that and they're fun to do (I also think it's good practice for animating in the future so consider it part of the learning process to improve things later).

I have several other images already finished that need to render but some of these have to be done manually because I keep having some issues with Braden's hair getting puffy or shaved on the sides with the batch setup. As soon as the current pics are rendered and coded in, that should allow me to look at the remaining holes of pics for Scene 4. Right now, I feel pretty good about it but I wont know until I get these other pics done and coded in.

Quotes

So v0.18 is going to feature something that I'd originally been working on for a long time--like a year or more and never really told anyone about (including the dev team). Originally, my plan had been to start each Chapter of the game with a black screen and some type of literary quote to somewhat hint at something within that chapter. Also, because this game is so personal to me, many of the quotes I had selected had been personally helpful to me in some fashion or just really punctuated some profound literary skill that I aspired to reach.

So basically, I'd began selecting and searching for these over the course of writing the game since its inception. A few months ago, I finally showed my list to Blayke who promptly shit on it because of copyright issues (among the many reasons why I love him). Because I'm completely ignorant to copyright issues, Blayke tends to be my guy when it comes to shit like this. I figured as long as I quoted who the damn quote came from, I was good from a legal standpoint. Apparently, that's not true.

So yeah... I wasted a ton of time creating this stupid list of quotes that's useless and illegal now without a ton of cash to purchase rights.

Enter Plan B. So Blayke shot back a counterpoint and made me feel about 10 feet tall (that's over 3 meters for your metric people :p ). Blayke stated that he felt the Str8!? writing is actually good enough itself to actually quote. Which got me thinking and I ended up liking the idea. So starting with v0.18, each of the chapters will fade in with a quote from the writing of that chapter somewhere. There's essentially no context to the quote until you get to that point in the story and form it together. So far, I like the idea and it's FREE because we're actually quoting ourselves. If I get some time before long, I may be able to try and have one of the guy put a GIF together of what it will look like as an added preview. But it's just another step that I'm sorta excited about that will gives things more polish in the long run.

The Ending

So many of you have asked about the length of the game and have expressed concern about the ending. Overall, I take that as a compliment. I like that people are invested in the upcoming ending as it approaches and I hope that we're able to do it justice. I'm terrified of the ending but simultaneously feel good about it as well. As it draws closer, I will keep you more up-to-date with how many updates are left. You will know for sure and there will be no surprises on what is the last update to end the game.

However, as of now, I'm going to say that overall, I'm estimating that we have around four to five updates left before the scene fades to black for the final time. However, in that process, the writing is going to become a lot more complex as I try and weave together everything that's been setup so far. That slows things down. If i was more experienced, it would probably go quicker but I'm not. The beginning and the middle are easy to write because we can always fill in other shit later or correct things. Tying things up, as a neophyte writer, is a little harder but I'm trying to work on that as best I can with the guys I have at my side.

As of now, I don't have an ETA on the update. I know that's frustrating for people and it's frustrating for me, too. There's still more to write but the game is moving forward as best it can with the workload I have and all the nonsense going on in the world.

I do plan on posting another teaser pretty quick here to give you more to look at and I'll try and do some more behind-the-scenes write-ups for more content while you wait.

Thank you for the continued support; especially in this crazy times. You continue to humble me.

I'm gonna get back to coding again because I'm still wide-awake for tonight.


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User #3215966 - 10 Jun 20 07:22
First: this year has been a shitticane for everyone (it's way beyond a shit storm!). I'm glad that you and the team have come through it so far: from what I hear of what's happening over there, there are no guarantees. So stop beating yourself up over something that's screwed up the whole damn world - there may be other issues you're factoring in, but honestly the last time things were this disrupted half the world was shooting at the other half. Secondly, if I may put my own two cents worth in, I'd be perfectly happy if you never actually brought the game to an end, and just kept gong with the story for the rest of my life!
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User #7373159 - 10 Jun 20 08:47
Blayke is right (about the Str8 quotes being amazing) and he should say it! You don't know how many times I've sent my best friend (who only knows the game from my excited ramblings) screenshots of this VN because it's made me so emotional with it's writing.
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User #26461463 - 10 Jun 20 06:53
I can't wait for the HBO release!! :P -Meridian
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User #20110999 - 12 Jun 20 21:51
Thanks for the update with all the craziness going on.
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User #599126 - 10 Jun 20 17:21
Soooo... you're essentially saying you and Blayke have found yet another way to torture us with out of context quotes that are going to cause us to try to guess what's coming until we finally get to it. "Ow, no, a little to the left..." - Braden WAIT WHAT?!?!?!?! :: furiously fast reading ensues:: :D Sweet. :D
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I usually stay out of politics when it comes to my creative side.

But I published this custom pic on my Twitter a few days ago after talking with Blayke a bit the other day and we came to the agreement that a game like Straight!? was founded on diversity and was specifically designed to have a narrative that goes against the status quo. It should come as no surprise that we support all people of Color and take pride in the diverse group of people that have been attracted to the game and its characters. As Pride month opens, we hope our community continues to be accepting of others and support movements that include the bolstering of minority rights and viewpoints: both ethnically and orientationally. Do what you can, support each other, educate yourself, check yourself, empathize and get to know your neighbors, and find constructive ways to share positive messages in a way that others will be receptive to them. The entire world is on fucking Probation right now and it's a great time to come together.

Here's links to our original individual posts if anyone wants to comment there, share, or drop a like to show additional support.

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User #4177969 - 7 Jun 20 23:38
This topic will unfortunately catch up with the US again and again. Maybe changes will finally come to the US, the only question is for how long. But unfortunately this is unjust all over the world, in some states more or less. Sometimes I think people can't live with each other... well, never mind. Stay healthy these days and try to live in peace and homony ; )
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β˜… aaryn - 8 Jun 20 03:32
You as well. This is not a quick fight, imo. Its a siege. One must bunker down and plan on a long but consistent fight. You stay safe :)
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User #3215966 - 8 Jun 20 00:28
BLM isn't politics, it's human rights. I'm proud of you and Blayke for standing up to be counted. I don't use Twitter, so I can't like or share your posts - which is a good thing, as I DO take a political view of much that is happening (in Australia and elsewhere), and decent people shouldn't have to read that kind of language.
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User #3215966 - 8 Jun 20 02:51
Oh, fuck it. You forced me to open a Twitter account, if only because your post didn't have enough support.
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β˜… aaryn - 8 Jun 20 05:32
Haha...welcome to the Twitter cesspool. But thanks for the extra support on there. I dont know if it'll get a lot of traction or not. Its one of my higher rating posts so far so thats refreshing.. Never was in this game for the likes, fortune, or fame anyway though. But we will take pride in our values.
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User #3215966 - 8 Jun 20 07:36
I was a short-lived twit. "Prove you're a real human: enter the code we sent to your phone." Yeah, that was five hours ago. Still waiting.
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User #2421612 - 8 Jun 20 04:32
Braden even wore his glasses for this, so it must be important!
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β˜… aaryn - 8 Jun 20 05:35
His game face. I actually went with the glasses because I sorta wanted to break the fourth wall and have the characters take a break from the current part of the story to address this. Easiest way to do that was to keep Braden's glasses and Zacks hair
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User #37800844 - 26 Jun 20 06:19
I'm sorry, don't be mad at me. I would like to ask if an update is available for STR8-v0.17.2, or if it becomes available, when can I expect a public appearance or a supported appearance and would you explain exactly how these achievements can be achieved please. I love the game and am curious to continue. Thank you in advance and afterwards for everything!
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jun 20 23:32
No worries, you can ask. So basically the game is always free to everyone but those who help support the game on Patreon will get access to the update 3 weeks before I release it for free. Right now I dont have an ETA on the next update. It's a longer one probably similiar to the last update and covid and life in general has set me back pretty hard this year already. But I'm still working on it as much as I can. It's planned for around 6 scenes and I'm writing the 5th one now
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User #37800844 - 27 Jun 20 17:00
Good luck and perseverance! We are excited!
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User #4114706 - 8 Jun 20 19:15
Thanks for speaking up!
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jun 20 23:31
Yo, sorry i didn't respond to this. Somehow I missed you, man. My bad. Appreciate the support
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User #2514887 - 7 Jun 20 23:42
It's something I deal with daily and this is much appreciated
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β˜… aaryn - 8 Jun 20 05:29
With ya to the very end
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User #4886762 - 7 Jun 20 22:37
I don't see it as an issue of politics I see it as an issue of right and wrong. I have voted Republican most of my life but I'll be casting a vote for a Democrat for the first time in a federal election in November. I know other centrists that voted Trump that will vote Biden as well. My mother is a big Christian candidate supporter and she speaks so ill of the president. The man has got to go.
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β˜… aaryn - 8 Jun 20 03:29
I agree this is less politics but can easily turn political. I also think sometimes people depend on artistic stories or other media to escape reality. Sometimes even to detach from something like this as a means to mentally regroup so as to rejoin the fight more emotionally collected. I don't wish to interject politics but we do want people of Color to know we're behind them and they have a sanctuary here so long as we have the hands to fortify it
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User #4886762 - 8 Jun 20 03:52
I agree with you there. On Friday, one of the people at work sent out his usual payday email that includes some sort of music video link and clues to the song. Instead he flat out send a link to several Ragtime pieces by Scott Joplin. Listening to Ragtime music while I worked took me out of the strife of the day. I appreciate the escape but I also applaud the creators who raise their voices in solidarity against injustice. Thank you for your work in general and for raising your voice in particular.
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sup.

So here's another teaser pic from the new update in progress. Hopefully you can see some of the image quality changes, specifically the light. This one wasn't the best from this set but it has the least amount of spoiler potential for now so I'm rolling with it just so you guys know things are still moving forward.

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User #23871269 - 12 Jun 20 21:41
Wow I really like the lighting, it’s been awhile since I’ve commented but I’m still loving everything
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β˜… aaryn - 12 Jun 20 21:44
Thanks. It's still a work in progress, though. Things will constantly evolve. Remember, this is just the practice copy
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User #13774290 - 14 Jun 20 18:23
I still have v 0.17.2. Is that the most recent one? What's going on with the sudden slow lack of releases> I think, IIRC, I've been supporting the project for 17 months?
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β˜… aaryn - 14 Jun 20 19:41
So I kinda had to rewrite this reply a few times because, while I sincerely appreciate the support--any support and the length of your support--, you kinda hurt my feelings when I feel like I've been pretty clear in the devlogs with what's going on and how serious I take the length between updates. Here's a recap off the top of my head, though if you didn't read any of the devlogs: 1. covid fundamentally changing the way business is running. Find something that hasn't been delayed this year 2. I work in the healthcare industry. My regular job, which already took around 50 hours of work per week has doubled. Previous updates were accomplished by me working a minimum of 90 hours per week on regular job and game dev combined. I'm hurting right now on my workload, man.i've been running on empty for months 3. The game required a full re-read on my part because I havent' done it forever 4. A full outline had to be made from scratch because the end of the last update was the end of our current outline 5. Several state governments changed tax laws that required research into that to save supporters the maximum amount of money possible on their donations 6. Self study and a desire to further improve the game visuals so I've researched lighting and practiced those more as the preview images have hopefully shown 7. A desire to make the game continuously more immerse with more shots to give it a more cinematic feel so there's more pics like there was in the last update. there's currently 310 pics done. Those each take about 2 hours per picture to create so that's over 600 hours of time just on pictures so far and that's not counting any of the practice images. 8. as we move towards the end, several plot lines need to be tied up neatly and I've never written before so that's something that takes me longer than it would an experienced professional 9. to finish the other updates in the past, I typically just burn vacation time and spend my entire vacation at home in front of the computer writing and working on this. i'm trying not to do that right now because I'm already at home but i'll probably do it anyway because i'm so self-conscious about how long these take.
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User #246938 - 15 Jun 20 00:42
I'm happy to say I 'got in on the ground floor' when there were thermostats to bash and lockerrooms to clean... You've done an incredible job with all this Aaryn, and your passion for it is fucking obvious. For the love of Braden -- blessed be his bulge -- don't practially kill yourself over this. I love every update as do 99% off us, I'm sure. Your insane drive for all this is greatly appreciated Aaryn, truely, and we can all see the huge leaps in skills you've developed along the way. It's difficult to not let a few harsh words bum you out, and it's easy to say 'just think of all the good things instead', but Straight?! is genuinely one of the more unique and endearing little journeys to go on, and it just so happens to have some horny hung dorm boys so there's that hehe. As I said I can't wait for what you got cooking for us, and it's one of the best things seeing a project update appear from you guys. Seriously, go find a Braden for yourself and 'wrestle' - no Mikhails though, unless you got some ointment handy. #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 15 Jun 20 01:21
There's always been a balance when you do this by yourself or in small teams. You simply don't have the resources that massive multi billion dollar companies can throw at projects. Plus, there's also the concept of training myself to do these things, research, testing. I've always been very self conscious of the update times, even eliminating entire plot lines early in the game just to make one update per month. I still regret those parts (although some I've written out of the story now so we'll never see them now). I have a hard time taking a break despite most supporters encouraging me to do so but the amount of stuff that's happened this year that has delayed stuff still negatively reflects on the project and it's something I'm very self conscious about. I take that serious and it's probably one of the few things that I personalize. But as we near the end, things are going to slow down even more and I realize this. I also realize that most people will never understand how much time this takes and I can't even describe the amount of time it takes. Thanks for the support and I just ask that you trust that we're busting our asses like we always do.
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User #246938 - 13 Jun 20 15:08
Finally the *true* star of the show is back in the steamy spotlight. So far we know there's a sauna involved...? Well, whatever, what matters is Braden has returned! I'm going to have to bad mouth the lighting because it's clearly obscuring what should be quite a banana-shaped Braden bulge in that towel; otherwise it's much better. Can't wait for more painful teasers Aaryn! #Bulgegate #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 14 Jun 20 19:21
don't worry, there's a bulge in the update...somewhere
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User #3215966 - 12 Jun 20 23:34
You're making me so nostalgic I'm teetering on the edge of playing through again from the beginning - for the fourth time, I think!
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β˜… aaryn - 12 Jun 20 23:35
Its crazy that others have played the game more than i have..i just don't have time!
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User #3215966 - 13 Jun 20 00:46
I make no secret of the fact that I adore this game, but your engagement with it is much more intimate - and you know far more about it than I do. Especially about where it's going. Until it's finished, though, playing it for you will be work: always looking to see how you can improve it. For me it's pure escapism.
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β˜… aaryn - 13 Jun 20 02:07
heh, dont underestimate the power of the fan base man. Y'all really help motivate me to be intimate. I never expected people to connect on the level that they have. I WANTED it, but i never thought it was actually possible. I definitely owe the fan base a debt when all is said and done. When the screen finally fades to black, I can promise, I did my best and I have the best friends in the world at my side on this shit. Even if it's not perfect, it was definitely worth the journey with them and with all of you
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User #27538190 - 12 Jun 20 21:52
Bro, you know i support you and want you to relax but if you keep teasing with Braden like that i am gonna light your ass on fire to rush things through!!! Braden looks so vulnerable and cute here!! Really nice bro! Keep them coming
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β˜… aaryn - 12 Jun 20 23:13
There's a few cute Braden shots in this one tbh
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User #8658257 - 12 Jun 20 21:52
Just lovely! I hope he loses enough of his shyness, to show his beautiful nakedness in this sauna to others... Mikhail maybe...
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User #27538190 - 12 Jun 20 21:58
Nah the boy is exclusive to zach!
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β˜… aaryn - 12 Jun 20 23:13
argh, i can't respond to these...i'm so bad at teasing
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User #2514887 - 12 Jun 20 21:42
It looks really good
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β˜… aaryn - 12 Jun 20 21:44
:) thanks Joe
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User #19904873 - 13 Jun 20 01:53
Trying to picture Zach's expression at this point. I feel like Braden has smuggled Zach in as a reward for the swimming lesson. Braden looks just a bit nervous, but it's Zach we're talking about. I hope they're about to have a really special time! Gorgeous work again, Aaryn! (Now to stop drooling over Braden again before I have to replace my keyboard! Again!)
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β˜… aaryn - 13 Jun 20 02:10
it's always interesting to read the theories behind these CG shots. thanks for the love too. it's not a bad shot
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User #20110999 - 12 Jun 20 21:50
Looks great. Walking into or out of a steam room?
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β˜… aaryn - 12 Jun 20 21:57
i'm terrible with giving shit away so imma just shut up :p
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User #36774923 - 25 Jun 20 23:13
You are producing a great product. I will continue to support your project while you give us updates on your progress. Just need to know it is still happening. Patience is a virtue and this is something worth waiting for. We waited sooo long for the final season of GoT and it was sooooo disappointing! Take your time, mate. Make it good.
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jun 20 00:10
I'm terrified of the comparison because I agree with you. GoT fell apart. There was a huge build up for nothing and that's a concern I have here when you do something like this that really builds on itself. Endings can make or break something and given that I've never done this before, the whole thing continues to be intimidating to say the least. Yes, work is still being done. But yeah, i still worry and always worry about the quality. But that's been a good thing so far...i usually dislike all the updates until they come out. The last update was a perfect example. I though it was ok but now looking back I think there was really some amazing stuff done in that one and i'm proud of it. But i definitely didn't feel that way at the time because there's high expectations there. Yes, it's still coming though--despite everything that life has thrown at me in the past 6 months. I promise you I'm working on it. Thanks for the support. I never take it for granted :)
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If y'all thought the game writing was good, wait 'til you hear me talk about taxes.

There's a summary at the bottom for those who want to skip to the bullet comments

This is the longest post ever...

Sooooo, here we go...

I dropped a post a few days ago about changes in regional tax laws that is affecting companies like Patreon. While I have to pay taxes on all contributions to the game on my end, now many areas of the world and various states within the United States are adding taxes to you, the supporter, at the time of the contribution. In the spirit of transparency, I want to fully disclose what is happening here on my end to mitigate any surprises and allow you due time to make a decision on whether this would affect your contribution amount to the game or not. There is a lot of information here but I think supporters need the opportunity to have full information related to where their donations are going if they so choose. If you're one of the ones that doesn't care about the details, you can pretty much ignore this post and assume that I got these taxable amounts as low as possible based on my own primitive knowledge. While these taxes are not insane amounts, it can quickly add up if you support multiple creators. Please remember that the world is in shambles right now and you need to take care of you. The game will always be free so please do not feel obligated to contribute or donate to the project if you're not in the financial place to do so right now.

Recap

In case you missed the first post, I want to clarify a few quick things here. Taxes are not based on my location, they're based on yours. This means that some people will be paying taxes on pledges while others will not. This has nothing to do with Patreon at all, it's based on local or national laws within your area. Taxes will not affect those in the UK, y'all been paying extra for this shit through VATS since 2015.

Patreon will be contacting all supporters on June 1 with an email of notification. I'm not sure what all it will have in it-- I'm assuming pretty much a recap of this but probably worded a lot more professionally.

To see a full list of who is affected, you can check this link and scroll down a little over halfway. This has a list of all affected countries and amounts. For those within the United States, it has a state breakdown.

My Overview of the Changes and Justification Here

So overall, the way this tax seems to work is that when you pledge an amount, the regional tax for your area is also charged by Patreon. I never see this money and it is directly sent off to wherever it's supposed to go by Patreon. One thing that I really like about Patreon is they handle a lot of the logistics for managing this stuff. Like, for example, if I had to go through and deal with all the monthly billing to supporters, it would take an unreal amount of time (or I'd just have to hire extra people just to do that). The new tax changes are no different. Essentially, I can do nothing and they will automatically make the necessary changes based on key words in the reward descriptions and apply the assumed amount of taxes to your donation automatically. Downside to this is that they will likely charge you the max amount of taxes for each tier.

One quick note: it is impossible for me to just absorb the taxes as part of your pledge and just pay it for you. This was already asked by others and something I had original considered, too. But basically, I can't just change the tier amounts and reduce them, figuring in the natural tax for the areas, and have the taxes come out of my end rather than yours. Basically, it would be impossible to start with because every regional amount is different and Patreon's system doesn't allow this.

However, for those creators who want to save their supporters the most money, Patreon has developed a tool for us to individually figure out the rewards that we give at each tier and factor that in as part of the taxes. Basically, the way this works is that the taxable amount (let's say 10% tax) is applied for 100% of a donation. But what if you have multiple rewards within that tier, all of which may or may not be taxed at a different regional rate? Essentially, this is where the tool allows us to individually select the type of reward we have for each tier and then apply a percentage of the overall pledge amount of that tier that's applicable to each individual perk. The best part about this system is that "general support" is not taxable. So essentially if the overall intent of the tier is just supporting the creator with little regard for rewards, all that shit is tax free!

So.

If we take a tier that has a few different rewards in it, we can quickly see that an overall 10% tax rate on your pledge is not going to add the full 10% to your overall Patreon bill. Here's the breakdown for one tier to show you how it works:

  • A major thank you for your donation and the general support for me and the project (95%)
  • Access to patron-only content including written Newsletter updates on current game progress and Dev Log diary on the process (5%)
  • Private Discord channel access for Patron supporters only (0%)

Ok, so here we have the $1 tier and after each item, I've shown you the actual percentage that I've figured in for each reward. This means that 95% of that tier donation is actually not taxable because it's listed "general support" for the project. I'm able to do this because I choose to keep the game free and have always considered posts throughout the inception of this game as a donation. In many areas, even the remaining 5% and perk isn't taxable either (but this does differ by region). The private Discord is listed as 0% since there's no extra content there, it's considered a "gift" which allows me to set it at 0%.

So a couple more notes on other amounts before I list the tier breakdown.

1. Pics for $5 tier are somewhat inconsistent and some months, there is just no time for these. Therefore, that amount of tax has been adjusted to lower amounts because it has never been setup as a reward system.

2. I've also seen mixed reports for "early access" examples on taxes in Patreon examples (shown here ). So because the game is always and will always be free, I'm taking an average of those examples just to cover my ass. This is because the "early access" images are images from the game that is free and not taxable. However, some Patreon image content like the selfies and comic stuff are not included in game and are considered supplemental. However, these values are set lower on the taxes because these are not rewards, they are practice images that I use to hone my skills for the actual game. They are released as additional perks for those who choose to donate higher amounts and wish to have more access to the process of game development. So these are set as more "behind the scenes" content rather than "digital rewards" because "digital rewards" are taxed at a higher rate in many areas.

Complete Reward Tier Breakdown

Below is a list of all donation tiers. Keep in mind that some of these tiers have changed to accommodate this system and to remain more in line with the type of perks that you've seen more recently. Please go through these updated tiers and adjust your pledge amount accordingly if you need to. The perks in bold are added stuff in addition to the previous tier so you can quickly see the difference. These have also been updated on the main game page already.

Supporter ($1)

  • A major thank you for your donation and the general support for me and the project (General Support, 95%)
  • Access to patron-only content including written Newsletter updates on current game progress and Dev Log diary on the process (Behind the Scenes, 5%)
  • Private Discord channel access for Patron supporters only (Private Community, 0%)

Member

  • A major thank you for your additional donation and the general support for me and the project (General Support, 89%)
  • Access to patron-only content including written Newsletter updates on current game progress and Dev Log diary on the process (Behind the Scenes, 2%)
  • Private Discord channel access for Patron supporters only (Private Community, 0%)
  • Occasional sneak peek pics of game version in current development (Behind the Scenes, 2%)
  • Limited access to additional uncensored series and practice pics not found in game. Early game access when released. That's 3 weeks before it goes free to everyone! (Behind the Scenes, 7%)

Elite

  • A major thank you for your additional donation and the general support for me and the project (General Support, 89%)
  • Access to patron-only content including written Newsletter updates on current game progress and Dev Log diary on the process (Behind the Scenes, 2%)
  • Private Discord channel access for Patron supporters only (Private Community, 0%)
  • Occasional sneak peek pics of game version in current development. Early game access when released. That's 3 weeks before it goes free to everyone! Access to additional uncensored series and practice pics not found in game (Behind the Scenes, 9%)

Complete Nutcase

  • Access to All previous rewards.
  • This tier provides no extra content at this time. Some member simply asked for an easier way to donate more to support the creator (Perks mirror Elite above)


Summary

  • Taxes are stupid.
  • All reward tiers have been changed to reflect the changes so check to see if you need to change your donation amount
  • Taxed amounts are based on region and I have made adjustments to each tier in an attempt to be fair and legal but still attempt to save those affected as much money as possible. Rather than being taxed the full amount, different perks have different taxable amounts so you should only get charged a percentage of the actual tax amount. This means that "general support" donation amounts remain the overwhelming majority of the intent behind patron support because the game was established as being funded solely by donation and "general support" is not taxable (Most reward tiers list "general support as around 90% of the purpose of the tier, making 90% of your donation not taxable). Other rewards, due to their inconsistent nature are considered "practice" for the real game and are taxed at the rate of "behind the scenes" content (which is typically lower amount than more professional "digital content").
  • Taxes are stupid

If you have questions, let me know. I tried to make this as detailed as possible to really give you a solid breakdown on my thought process and why those amounts are the amounts that they are. If something looks crazy to you, call me out on it. I can always change these. Keep in mind, changes do not take effect until July 1.

Love you guys and your continued support is insane to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart-- the government can't tax that shit.

Please stay safe out there, tell someone that's important to you that you love them, and do something nice for somebody.

<3

-Aaryn


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User #7215555 - 4 Jun 20 07:47
FYI, I think there actually IS a 2.5% tax on thanks that originate from the bottom of the heart. However, the left ventricle is a tax-free zone. I'd offer more tax advice but tax advice is taxable so...
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jun 20 16:55
Lmfao, well if the left ventricle is tax free in your area, that's def where its coming from for you πŸ˜‰
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User #14408980 - 2 Jun 20 00:07
We will get through this together. Thanks for your information. <3
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Jun 20 00:18
That we shall...like everything that 2020 throws at us
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User #14408980 - 2 Jun 20 00:40
I just imagine everyone, you and me hold our hand and walk together.
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User #10847877 - 2 Jun 20 05:30
Thank you for your clarification. I might move to Alaska digitally. I have heard the summer up there is very cool and refreshing.
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Jun 20 13:53
Haha, this made me laugh
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User #599126 - 1 Jun 20 05:45
I truly appreciate the fact that you obviously care so much about US. Thank you.
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jun 20 13:24
Of course I do. Obviously you guys help me in supporting the game. But this community has done so much more than thst over the last 2.5 years. I've gotten ideas for the game through watching dialogue and reading your comments and met amazing people. Youve also perked me up when ive crashed a couple times during this,, too.. Ive def intended on finishing the game but doing it without the financial support it would have taken a lot longer. Of course I care about you guys <3
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User #790001 - 1 Jun 20 04:09
The US taxes are an outgrowth of states taking on Amazon to get tax money from sales. It's a sales and use tax
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jun 20 13:21
Yeah, def isn't limited to Amazon though.
First Covid--now taxes. Happy Summer, folks! 2020-05-28T01:31:51+00:00

Hey all,

So super boring post here but this is something that needs to get out there with some notification because it will effect some game supporters.

Beginning July 1st, Patreon will be required to start charging sales tax on some pledges based on recent law changes in several countries and US states. This will not affect everyone, for example, changes based on VATS in the EU were already implemented in 2015 so EU supporters will not be affected at all.

Patreon has posted a complete list of these changes including affected countries and US states here

Whether or not you will be charged sales tax depends on your location not the creator's, and what is considered taxable there. Not every pledge is taxable, not all benefits are taxable in every location, and sometimes only a fraction of a pledge will be taxable. The money that Patreon collects as a result of these laws are paid directly to local governments.

Moving forward, Patreon has stated they are developing a tool for content creators to use to try and maximize the savings for game supporters with more information about this over the next month before it rolls out. Rest assured, I have a keen eye for loop holes and really want to maximize the savings to you, so stay tuned. Odds are there will be changes to the content tiers that exist now to maximize those savings but I do not anticipate less content. When decisions are made regarding this, I will publish a detailed public post to highlight the tier changes and why they were made to comply with the legal requirements. But expect to see some random changes in those tiers over the next few days or month. For more detailed information directly from Patreon, here is a link from Patreon's CEO explaining the changes in a lot more detail as well as other links associated with FAQs that some of you may have.

https://youtu.be/CvOtULx_cK0

If you have further questions, you can post them below, DM me, or hit me up on the Discord and I'll stumble through them as best I can; math and taxes aren't my strengths by any stretch.

On June 1, Patreon will notify anyone who is a current game supporter here with additional information. Thus, if you don't get contacted then, I'm assuming you're not affected.

More to come later on this....stay safe, all.

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User #19904873 - 28 May 20 01:34
Thanks for the heads up!
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β˜… aaryn - 28 May 20 01:39
πŸ€™
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User #19904873 - 28 May 20 01:43
Now why, with that little emoji, did I just hear Mikhail's voice saying, "I gotchu" ? You've made these characters way too real in my head, man! Thanks!
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β˜… aaryn - 28 May 20 01:45
Haha, I do the same thing
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User #14408980 - 31 May 20 15:20
Thank you for the information. Love you.
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User #2298121 - 29 May 20 15:01
intersting
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User #3215966 - 28 May 20 08:36
It will add 10% to the cost of my support across Patreon. On top of exchange rates that may at times impact on whether or not I can continue to support creators as I currently do. In your case, that may mean an occasional (hopefully temporary) drop in pledge level, but unless something catastrophic happens I can't imagine a point where I would ever stop contributing. Thanks for the link to the country breakdown, incidentally: most of those I support have let me know that tax may be applied, but this is the first time I've seen it confirmed that Australia is one of the countries included. Although I have to say, I'm entirely unsurprised.
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β˜… aaryn - 28 May 20 17:26
Yep, i basically wanted to share all the information that they've given me so we're all in this together. I'm unsurprised by the tax increases in general as well. I did some restructuring with the tiers last night twice. I plan to continue to go through them again as well as run it past the other dev team guys for feedback before posting what we're going to go with. However, I do expect to be offering things here for significantly less than the full taxable amount because the majority of people support the game based on a donation (which is the way the game has always been marketed as) rather than transactional where you get monthly rewards (which are the actual taxable part). More to come later so stay tuned. I plan on a lengthy post for this in the end that will show a full transparent breakdown of the taxes for each tier. Nothing to hide
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User #3215966 - 29 May 20 08:39
I hope the process of working through this is being simplified by Patreon. It sounds like it could be quite complex.
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β˜… aaryn - 29 May 20 13:19
So there's a lot of things I like about Patreon but one related thing to this general topic is that Patreon mostly handles all the logistics for creators automatically. For example, they handle all of the billing and I don't have to touch it each month. In this case, on July 1st they will automatically begin doing this based on applicable laws. So essentially, if I want, I don't have to do anything and it will just automatically apply the regional taxes. However, creators have the ability to go in and actually tweak these taxes based on how much of a percentage of the pledge is actually going to what service. I'll go into more detail in this in the final post but essentially, for now, the creators have the option to put in some extra work to save supporters tax money if they want. So it's only as complex as the creator makes it (yes, i overthink shit, haha).
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User #3215966 - 29 May 20 23:56
Thank you for the explanations, and for looking out for us. Between the game and everything else you do, you spoil us! I'd already decided that there are other creators I currently support that I would cut before I had to reduce my pledge to Str8!? (if it ever becomes an issue) - and things like this are the reason why.
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β˜… aaryn - 30 May 20 00:09
aww, haha. I don't spoil you guys, I'm just treating people how I'd wanna be treated, but full disclosure: I'll credit Patreon with developing tools for us to do this. They've given some examples and direction in the articles that I linked in the post so that you have the same information I do. I've already made some adjustment and plan to continue to look at this over the coming days. It's a pain in the ass and takes away from game time but I'm also not gonna have taxes bullying people when the game was designed as being 100% fully donation-funded. Thanks for the support though Phreddy. I appreciate the confidence :)
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User #3215966 - 30 May 20 00:30
If you don't think you spoil us, clearly you haven't been seeing the same game and selfie posts I've been seeing! :D
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User #24299002 - 28 May 20 01:46
Thanks for the heads up!!!
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β˜… aaryn - 28 May 20 02:03
Yep. More to come later. Im still sifting through stuff
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Hey all,

Sorry about the silence recently. My normal job workload is absolutely destroying me right now. I'm going to work pretty heavily on Str8?! things this weekend if I can and try and get a devlog out in the next few days (goals) to try and get you some updates.

However, on the picture side of things, I have quite a few new CGs done. The problem here is that a lot of them are more spoiler than normal. To the point that I'm actually just going to display a cropped image this time as a teaser. I'll drop more full images later but I just haven't gotten to them yet. Wanted to give you guys something to speculate on so that you know things are still moving forward.


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User #599126 - 23 May 20 20:12
So much sad...
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β˜… aaryn - 23 May 20 20:15
mhmm :(
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User #2514887 - 23 May 20 20:00
I'm here for it, but why does bae have on his shoes in bed!!!!
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β˜… aaryn - 23 May 20 20:15
I've been getting shit about this since day one. at this point it's canon :p
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User #2514887 - 23 May 20 21:09
Got it! Lol no worries it's canon and I accept it! Bae looks good
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User #7215555 - 5 Jun 20 20:22
A college student with a living plant on their desk? Now I know this is fiction. Then again, it is a jade plant, even I have a hard time killing those.
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β˜… aaryn - 5 Jun 20 20:29
It could be a succulent though...let's nerd out really quick and point out that jade nodes are a little smaller
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User #19904873 - 24 May 20 00:10
The images look better than ever, Aaryn, no question. The story, the little hints you drop, you're starting to scare me, man. I'm looking for a storybook romance, and you seem to be trying to hint that I'm not going to get it. But I'm trusting you man. You're gonna bring us through this somehow! I'm waiting with, *ahem* baited breath. So bring it on, but gently, especially if this is headed downhill!
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β˜… aaryn - 24 May 20 16:59
So i will say that I consider this game to be a romance. I never intended it that way but apparently, deep down when i drop all my inhibitions and go full blown anonymous, I'm a big softy. I'll also say that the dev team guys, who honestly know me better than most people I've known my whole life, would agree that I'm a big fucking softy. So yep: it's a romance. that being said, I've never read a romance. I've seen chick flix and some of them i'm ok with it. But I'm waaay too "bro" to make a textbook romance but I'm writing a romance the way I see it. I don't know if it will have the ending people want and endings are always tough because everyone has different expectations of how things end. For me, the ending is what I want. It's always been what I want and imo it's the only ending there ever was going to be. It's why both routes collide. The story never needed more than one ending. Now whether you agree with that, IDK, cause everyone is different. I will say that it's gonna be a ride up to the very end and I'm happy with the finality of the character arcs in my vision (some, i'm really excited about).
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β˜… aaryn - 24 May 20 16:50
These comments are really hard to respond to without spoiling shit...
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User #867362 - 24 May 20 18:49
Spoil away because you are creating a very interesting and compelling story and you plan to finish it unlike some others that start doing something like this then stop and pretty much tell us fans to FO because they got better things to do.
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β˜… aaryn - 24 May 20 18:57
heh, nah. i'm invested. No way I could drag this story out and then walk away. I need closure just as much as you guys do. Even though I know the ending, it's still different to write it and experience it. To actually feel the last line be written. I know I need that... i can't imagine what it's like for the fans that are as invested in the story as I am but don't know the ending. It will be finished though. Some parts are just taking longer right now
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User #867362 - 24 May 20 03:47
It looks like a deep conversation is going on. I wonder if it's about MF. Lol
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User #19904873 - 24 May 20 17:54
I certainly hope that MF gets a happy ending too. No, not just that kind! Clean up your minds, people! 😈
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β˜… aaryn - 24 May 20 18:06
So while I consider the trio to be Zack, Braden, and Mikhail. I will confirm that MF will also have a character arc despite being a supporting character. So MF fans will get some closure on his angsty contribution to the story
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User #246938 - 23 May 20 22:20
Glad to hear your still torturing yourself writing and posing our boys Aayrn hehe, and that your still earning cash monies in these troubled times. Poor Zack is looking a little down, as his dear friend Mikhail... moves in for the kill. I knew it. CODE RED! Resist this incubus Zack! It's the classic set up; befriend team newbie, shamelessly flaunt in shower, get 'caught' banging hung roommate, 'help' newbie get his guy, save said guy from drowning, act humble, ...burn down dormitory, bang newbie. Who didn't see this coming?! #CalledIt #TeamBraden
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User #19904873 - 24 May 20 00:05
Um, @Surfe? Back off the Miranda Lambert CDs. I think Mikhail's just trying to help Zack either (a) quit overthinking the whole lockup when Braden almost drowned; or (b) get him through the guilt of burning down the dorm with his unauthorized electrical tampering. or (c) console him about the loss of Blayke not escaping the dorm by tripping over one of the 27 electrical cords he had rigged up to power way too many appliances in Blayke's room. So relax. It's not total destruction yet. Now. That said. If Aaryn dares to post a picture of Mikhail sitting that close to Braden.....there may be war declared!! You have been warned, sir!
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The finale, and my personal fav... a very subby side of Max

I'm still viewing this as a Part 1 so we'll probably come back to this set in the future.

Hope you enjoyed em.

Thanks for the support, y'all

Stay safe out there <3


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User #27538190 - 29 Apr 20 00:27
Quick question... Is Max's hair dyed here or is it the lighting that makes them look silverish?
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Apr 20 00:54
It's the lighting. His hair is jet black
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User #246938 - 29 Apr 20 01:29
Static selfies? Pffft. That's so April 25, 2020. Get with the times Aaryn! It's all about those Snapchat clips that *totally* won't be saved and shared on xvideos later, ending up in some music compilation of 'big meat swim twinks #7'. "... and says keep filming." Where's the film, old man? Close your MySpace page for 5 minutes and leak us that footage! #MFerHomeVideos #TeamBraden
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User #2421612 - 28 Apr 20 03:16
Damn that’s hot.
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Apr 20 03:47
Heh...i was digging it too
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First pic for the $10 tier, folks

Now he's just showing off...

One left in this part of the set



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User #9338364 - 26 Apr 20 00:14
Max really is such a cutie. I'm really looking forward to the next sections of the story to see more of him. I feel like there is a lot of stuff going on with him and his relationship with Mikhail that is to come. My guess is that Max just is misunderstood and actually just wants to be loved.
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User #867362 - 26 Apr 20 00:13
Those eyes just captive you that you just want to lay him down and ride him. At least I want too.
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User #246938 - 26 Apr 20 16:07
That's a lot of blood flow... becareful he doesn't pass out. There should be a law against having such a mighty weapon and being a total bottom MF'er. This boy's a federal fugutive! #WastedWang #TeamBraden
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Heh...

One of my favs in this set.

This is also the last one for the $5 tier. Two more coming up.


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User #28365417 - 23 Apr 20 02:21
OwO It's getting kinda steamy .-.
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User #246938 - 23 Apr 20 00:53
No wonder Mikhail throws him around like a chewtoy... #TeamBraden
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User #2514887 - 22 Apr 20 23:20
Is it bad that I don't like him because he's a douche but I want to edge him till he nevermind. My brain is filthy πŸ˜‚
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User #28762234 - 24 Apr 20 07:38
Will someone join max?
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User #9941064 - 25 May 20 20:23
I just hope we can see more of Max in the game because I feel like he can be a cool character.
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β˜… aaryn - 25 May 20 20:51
Confirmed he will appear more
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User #19904873 - 23 Apr 20 02:14
Damn! Looks like Max is gonna go for it tonight! He's got plans for his man! That is obvious! Whose idea was this 'photo shoot' thing again, anyway? Somebody better check. I think Max is doing some manipulating of his own! πŸ˜πŸ˜‰
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Yo,

Dropping the next smutty selfie. So I'm pretty proud of a few of these because of the light effects. I still have a long way to go but hopefully you can see the intent here and more realistic lighting.

I'll also say that this is a nighttime set. So think of visual shots and shadows like this in the future for some of the night shots after they turn the lights out. You can also imagine what this would look like for the early game shots when we go back and redo things.

Next up is one of my favs.

Stay tuned!


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User #2514887 - 18 Apr 20 02:14
Hole pics? 😈😍
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β˜… aaryn - 18 Apr 20 02:19
Haha, think more classy slutty
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User #2514887 - 18 Apr 20 02:25
Got it lol I can't wait, great picture
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β˜… aaryn - 18 Apr 20 02:39
Thx :)
Straight!? Novel Adaptation: Chapter 1, Part 2 2020-04-20T15:00:04+00:00

Hi guys, it’s Blayke!

Here is Straight!? - Chapter 1 Part II :D

This one was a little tricky, because we all know that the start of the game can be abit of a journey what with all the repetitive days. Adapting it to suit a novel format took some time, as I needed to pull out everything that was important, scrap things that weren’t… and then string them back together a semi-descent chronological timeframe.

So reading this will probably be a different experience than when you played the game, but I think it captures the spirit quite well and adds some new touches. As you all know, we are looking at overhauling the first section of the game. That was taken into account when writing this, but please be aware that what’s written here is not representative of that overhaul, at this current time.

I hope you enjoy! Let me know your thoughts in the comments! :D

Love yah – Blayke <3

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User #19904873 - 21 Apr 20 06:45
Obviously you snd Aaryn are in sync on this (not the boy band). Please keep writing this! Love the humor and the note is s fantastic addition! It should survive future events! Probably discovered by Braden in Zack’s wallet months from now, where he tucked it yo keep it safe, not even entirely sure why. Keep up the great work, Blayke!
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β˜… aaryn - 21 Apr 20 12:49
Omg... I love the note so much
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User #14599990 - 21 Apr 20 14:23
Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it! I spent a day or so coming up with different ideas to replace the pervy side of the game with subtle actions that would serve to stimulate Zack's feelings for Braden. The note was risky, because I wasnt sure if Aaryn was going to like that I'm actively changing key things... but he loved it! So that was a huge relief Haha!
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β˜… aaryn - 21 Apr 20 16:33
There's a million positive things I could say about the way that Blayke and I click; but, we're also two very different people with two very different perspectives on a lot of things. We share a lot of messages about risky ideas back and forth and I think we both get really excited when the other is onboard with one of those ideas. It's a really good feeling when we both agree on something. Blayke dropping that note into that scene is just fucking magical though. I'm pissed that I didn't think of it but more than happy to give him all the credit :)
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User #7373159 - 20 Apr 20 15:12
Umm hello there! Looking forward to reading this <3
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User #14599990 - 20 Apr 20 15:18
Hope you enjoy!!!
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User #20110999 - 21 Apr 20 16:35
A fun read. It doesn't distract from the game. It helps with emotions and feelings. A great addition to the game.
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User #14599990 - 21 Apr 20 18:06
Thank you!!!
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User #14559478 - 21 Apr 20 01:41
Thanks for writing this, very much enjoyed it! I converted both parts to epub and read them on my kindle. Seem’s more fitting than reading on a monitor for some reason
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User #14599990 - 21 Apr 20 14:19
That's such a good idea! I tend to read alot on my tablet or phone, but otherwise you cant beat a good hard copy in front of a fire with a glass of wine. Glad you enjoyed!!! :D
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Aight, first pic up for the $5 folks.

I'm still fairly happy with the lighting on this one but I was a lot happier with the next two. Upcoming alternate angles in the next one.

Also, I'm a dick and forgot to mention in the first two that Blayke did the Snapchat overlay you're seeing for this set and that totally wasn't me, I'm useless with Photoshop stuff and want to make sure he gets credit.


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User #19904873 - 15 Apr 20 03:33
He's cuter with every picture. I just want to see him break down at some point and finally, actually smile - like he did when Mikhail needed him that time - but one real, genuine smile! Then he'd be perfect! Keep up the great work, guys!
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β˜… aaryn - 15 Apr 20 03:54
haha, I love him in that scene
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User #246938 - 16 Apr 20 09:51
Once again we see the meat propeller that makes him so fast in the water. I heard it's been nicknamed 'wavebreaker'. #SwimMeat #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 16 Apr 20 12:53
Here we go with the meat propeller again...
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User #246938 - 16 Apr 20 19:53
It was either 'wavebreaker', 'buttcracker' or 'cherry-smasher' - I forget which... #BradenBoneBestBone #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 16 Apr 20 22:04
It's like when someone announces someone's lineage...
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User #9338364 - 15 Apr 20 05:00
Max's face looks very much like Braden's in this picture. I've never really noticed how similar they look until now. Max could basically be a paler version of Braden with different color hair and eyes. It would be interesting to see him dye his hair blonde to see what Zack thinks hehe
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β˜… aaryn - 16 Apr 20 12:52
He looks really different when he isnt frowning all the time
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User #18501824 - 15 Apr 20 03:26
Damn, momfuck is growing on me every time
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β˜… aaryn - 15 Apr 20 03:29
So I like a lot of things about doing this set but hands-down, favorite thing about these first 3 pics: those twinkling eyes
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User #19904873 - 15 Apr 20 03:31
Oh, he's growin', all right! πŸ˜‰
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Yo,

Here's the second in the set.

Y'all have no idea how long it took me to get that dick tucked in there like that...


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User #6549337 - 12 Apr 20 23:18
Me too!
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User #2514887 - 12 Apr 20 23:16
You did a fantastic job, also love how he has a tight foreskin. Love our intact guys 😈😈🍌🍌
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User #19904873 - 13 Apr 20 02:02
So you had to get it exactly where you wanted it? Does that make you a dicktator? πŸ€”πŸ˜
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User #26890477 - 12 Apr 20 23:02
Amazing job
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User #12932372 - 13 Apr 20 00:09
Again, WOW!!! This just reminds me why Max is one of my faves!!! ❀️ πŸ”₯
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User #14408980 - 12 Apr 20 23:56
You make me have some imagination, haha.
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User #867362 - 12 Apr 20 23:39
Well i guess you had to play with his dick first to get it in there and I don't blame you
Selfie 017a:  Max Late Night Photoshoot (Part 1)
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Sup.

This month, I'm taking the lead on the selfies again and giving Jordyn a break so he can work some Photoshop magic on game CGs. This month will showcase Max in quite possibly the sluttiest set of pics I've ever done. Why? 'Cause Max is seriously growing on me and is apparently pretty freakin' subby.

So here's the breakdown for the month and we'll be dropping these pics periodically (every 3 days-ish) throughout the month to spread the set out. There's 7 pics total in the set and I'm honestly pretty stoked about how the alternate shots turned out (For those who haven't seen the Discord or Twitter posts I've been doing recently, my lighting skills have improved a bit).

I also attached the unedited version of the pic for those who want to see it without the captions and UI.

17a: Free (Public)

17b: $1 Tier (Max tease)

17c: $5 Tier (Loses the bottoms)

17d: $5 Tier Turns up the Sluttiness (Alternate Camera angle)

17e: $10 Tier Slutty: Part 2 (Alternate Camera angle)

17f: $10 Tier Strike a Pose

17g: $10 Tier 1st person close up (New camera angle and my fav)



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User #19904873 - 9 Apr 20 05:37
We know he’s shy around Zack already. He’ll warm up around Zack and Braden and be fine! Hell, he’s a drama major, right? He’ll do just fine! He just needs to smile once, you’ll see! #DramaToTheMax!
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User #19904873 - 9 Apr 20 01:30
He has his moments, sure, but the more you get to know him, the nicer he gets. I’m happy to get to see him. And lots of him, apparently! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚
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β˜… aaryn - 9 Apr 20 04:32
I dont even know how to answer this...yeah, we'll see lots of him but a different kind of him maybe
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User #20110999 - 9 Apr 20 16:46
you start with a tease and it only gets better from there...Thanks
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β˜… aaryn - 11 Apr 20 01:57
Yeah, this one escalates pretty quickly too so stay tuned
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User #4177969 - 10 Apr 20 02:02
So if you did, you really improved your lighting and rendering :p You should have let momfucker/Max wear a face mask! "Face mask for COVID-19" (:
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β˜… aaryn - 10 Apr 20 02:14
I seriously have a shot of Braden in a mask on my computer
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User #4177969 - 10 Apr 20 03:08
top (face) or bottom (crotch)? :p ...lol...
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β˜… aaryn - 10 Apr 20 03:48
I know its surprising but top πŸ˜‹
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User #223940 - 9 Apr 20 11:58
I've always liked Max best, of the support cast. Bring on the selfies!
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β˜… aaryn - 11 Apr 20 02:00
It took me awhile to start to like him
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User #246938 - 9 Apr 20 12:09
Does it really count as work when you're just putting sub-boy cutie Max here in poses from your own real-life cheek-blushing selfies, Aayrn? Shameful! At least you didn't include the dog ears or sparkle filter... #TeamBraden
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User #7215555 - 10 Apr 20 00:41
Is sparkle filter an option? Because I want to join TeamSparkleFilter4
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β˜… aaryn - 11 Apr 20 01:59
lmfao. I have you know my fav snap filters are the one with the face mask and the one with the devil horns
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User #27538190 - 9 Apr 20 00:48
I am still trying to figure out if i like Max or not... He is a twink and has the body type i like. But there is something in the face that is putting me off. He is growing on me and i can now see his boyish charms but dunno... Time will tell...
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β˜… aaryn - 9 Apr 20 04:30
Valid points. I've never trusted him either
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User #2514887 - 9 Apr 20 01:06
I'll fap because he's so full of himself but it'll be a soft fap
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β˜… aaryn - 9 Apr 20 04:31
Haha, gonna pace yourself huh?
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User #12932372 - 10 Apr 20 13:28
Love Max!! πŸ”₯
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User #3215966 - 9 Apr 20 08:31
Max is growing on me, too. I no longer think of his as Momfucker. He's a guy with a lot of issues, and it's no surprise that he can be an arse, but it's testament to the depth you bring to your characters that, as the game has evolved, so too their character. The other advantage this gives you is that, once Straight!? has come to an end, you have several characters you could build another story on, if you chose. I kind of think that Max is the most complex person in the game, even though we know the least of his story. And yeah, I like a boy who follows orders, too.
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β˜… aaryn - 11 Apr 20 01:59
May have a plan for this btw
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User #15496606 - 11 Apr 20 01:44
Nice! Might have to try and recreate some of your selfies!
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β˜… aaryn - 11 Apr 20 01:46
I'd be excited to see that
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So it hasn't been that crazy long ago that I shared a teaser image, but I wanted to drop another one early in the month here. Essentially, the first teaser image was more of a code than anything else--a teaser to help make some suggestions--some of which we may be seeing here. However, that first image didn't really give you much that you hadn't seen before visually.

I plan to try and drop a DevLog in the very near future to try and get y'all updated (I know, it's been forever) but this will give some context to some of the stuff I'll talk about in the Devlog.

So we have a return to a familiar setting here in the sample image but I wanna show off some of the lighting differences and upgrades in image quality. One thing that I was insanely nervous about was being able to consistently try and increase our standards. The last update was mostly outside and there was enough style in those shots (including my favs--the underwater shots) to carry us through that part of the story. However, interior lighting is more difficult to do and v0.18 is mostly indoors again.

But honestly, I'm pretty fucking proud of myself in these current images so here's a peak of what's in store and how v0.18 is going to look.


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User #3215966 - 6 Apr 20 08:34
I've played the game four or five times now from the start, and from that perspective every update is visually better than the last. The last couple of updates, though, took the game to a whole new level. In one way I'll be disappointed when you return to re-creating the start of the game, if only because it will probably mean that it's reached its end, but I'm also really looking forward to it
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Apr 20 13:09
Yeah, itll def be bittersweet. I'm just anxious to fix the beginning because its sooo bad. I feel like a lot of people probably quit playing early on and never really made it to the part where the writing and visuals got better
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User #27538190 - 6 Apr 20 18:16
That's not true though and you better believe it @Aaryn. For me it was never a deterrent to replay the game at all. I'd appreciate new renders for sure but even with the ones we got i am very very ok! What matters is the story! And I can't say i don't appreciate the kinky parts
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User #28762234 - 6 Apr 20 03:26
Looks like a screenshot of an animation. Good job
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Apr 20 04:14
Thanks man
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User #18501824 - 8 Apr 20 22:40
Oooohh, that would be fun - seeing them all four in a sex party. Hahaha.
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User #27538190 - 6 Apr 20 01:07
You should be fucking proud bro! You did good! Keep getting better and keep evolving! Love ya! β™₯οΈπŸ‘πŸ€—
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Apr 20 01:10
thanks man. I feel pretty good about it--I wont lie. Still have areas to improve but it's def an upgrade imo and it makes me excited to go back to do the entire beginning of the game justice
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User #27538190 - 6 Apr 20 01:13
And I'll be there to be the voice saying "Relax","Take a break" and the usual πŸ˜‚
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User #3215966 - 6 Apr 20 08:34
[Also, trying really hard not to second-guess the directio of the story from the preview!]
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User #27538190 - 6 Apr 20 09:57
I do wonder if MF is quite unhappy with the arrangement of the boys staying in their dorm and he walks around the house naked all the time just out of spite. That's why Mikhael is so exasperated 😝
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Apr 20 13:11
This image was selected on purpose
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User #27538190 - 6 Apr 20 18:17
Please elaborate to the best of your abilities!
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Apr 20 19:19
No elaboration. I dont wanna spoil things. But I've always been pretty selective in the type of teaser images used. But I also like to use them to demonstrate new areas/skills sometimes too tho
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User #20110999 - 6 Apr 20 13:20
Braden looking for help and turns to Mikahil and MF just happens to be home.
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β˜… aaryn - 7 Apr 20 20:33
Have to wait and see... :)
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User #246938 - 6 Apr 20 14:41
*sniffle* Look at our boy, getting all professional. I remember the locker room cleaning days and sabotaging thermostats to cop a late night feel... Now we've got shaders, Braden wearing glasses, possible theromstat-related arson, beach trips, a swim team, a wrestling team, a student body of almost a dozen, Mikhail itching less, and Zack starting to get him some regular Braden love. Can't wait to see what you got for us Aaryn! #BroFeels #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 7 Apr 20 20:32
Haha, dude....the visuals have come a long way. I'm having a hard time not redoing just that opening shot of the game where Zack is laying in his bed in the 4K mode just to make us all feel better
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User #19904873 - 7 Apr 20 02:56
Envisioning the four of them sharing a room is the kind of situation that would lead to some Max and Mikhail - instigated sex play that's bound to push Zack and Braden into new territory. But I also hope that Zack and Braden get some chances to have some time on their own again soon. Because the two of them need to explore together! That said, from purely prurient standpoint, Max and Braden in the same room? Good heavens! The two of them will burn down that dorm, too, just from spontaneous combustion from their hotness. Better keep Cody and Jordyn, and Blayke away, or they'll have to start building the damn dorms out of steel to keep them from melting!! Speaking of that, is it warm in here? Or is it just them? ;P
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β˜… aaryn - 7 Apr 20 20:31
LMFAO. Now I wanna just make a naked Max and Braden model that's on fire. I'm legit thinking like a floating/burning Dr Manhattan from Watchmen (if anyone actually gets that reference I love you)
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User #19904873 - 7 Apr 20 21:51
#Str8?!Merch Just sayin’. πŸ˜‚
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User #5218424 - 6 Apr 20 13:10
Braden is so cute in his glases :D
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Apr 20 13:12
Its kinda growing on me. I didnt like it at first but when I drop his base model in, it already looks weird without then
DevLog Update 2020-04-12T17:34:31+00:00

Hey all,

So it's been forever since I posted one of these but I'm sure you're all on the edge of your seats waiting on another edition of the manic ramblings of an over-caffeinated game dev during the Apocalypse.

First off, I planned to post this a few days ago but we ended up having a quick poll on the Discord to see what people wanted us to post first between the DevLog, the new Max selfie, or the next portion of the novel version that Blayke has been working on. Turns out that the selfie won and apparently people wanted to see more of our angsty little hothead (more hints on that later). So let's dive in because there's a lot to cover here...

Outline

So the progress on the outline is really mixed so far. One thing that you don't think about (or at least I didn't think about) is how many good ideas that you actually forget. I learned my lesson about a year into this (yeah... it took that friggen' long) and began to write ideas down. It's ridiculous how many great ideas I've had for things and swore I wouldn't forget only to wake up the next day and not remember it. So about a year in, I started writing stuff down. The problem there is that I didn't have a system in place and I sorta just jotted ideas down here and there--which turned into multiple documents and no order whatsoever. You really can't control when you get a good idea about something. I'm pleased to say I mostly have those ideas all in one central location now that can be shared with the other devs. I'm continuing to work on this as we go but it's definitely a work in progress and another one of those amateur obstacles.

This is also why you're not seeing the long-term outline progress going up significantly. While the ending is one of the things that never changed about the story, like most of you, it's gonna be a bittersweet moment when we get there. Making the outline sorta forces us to take more steps towards the inevitable and that's intimidating to me. There's a ton of stories that are decent but then flop at the end. To me, a bad ending ruins the entire story--especially something like Straight!? because it's soooo fucking long. So expect that progress stat to stay on there for awhile as we slowly chip away at it. I'd like to slowly work on that aspect but not necessarily force myself to complete it before this update (this was a change from my original plan).

Writing for v0.18

So the writing is going. I had a hard time starting this one out. The last chapter ends on such a downer. The problem is that we can't just teleport away from that moment. That shit is not over so this chapter needs to pick that back up again. From a writing standpoint, that meant that I had to drop myself back into that headspace again to empathetically write the intro. Like... it's a sad scene so I have to actually make myself sad-- but not just any kind of sad will do. There's a weird balance and I have to be in-tune with the characters at the same time. We saw the same thing at the end of v0.17 in that closing scene and I think it turned out good. But it was a bitch to get into that headspace. That was the last scene I wrote for that update because it was so difficult for me to emotionally manage the writing balance. It seriously took me awhile this time, too, but I'm happy to say that the intro scene draft is done as well as the next scene. So basically two scenes have the drafts done and I'm starting the third scene now.

I will also officially confirm that chapter 9 is appropriately entitled: "Ash."

Similar to the previous section on the long-term outline, I'll also say that we're still building the outline for this update because I wasn't entirely sure where I wanted to end this one. The last update was an easy selection for the ending--plus it ended the chapter; this one is a bit more difficult. So stay tuned for more on that. Basically, depending on how things go, that may make the update longer or shorter--so we'll see. But rather than sit around and be stumped by the outline, I ended up dropping back into my old school writing mode and just writing the chapter from the beginning and seeing where it takes us. Right now, we have about 6 total scenes of varying length planned for this update but that could easily change.So 6 scenes tentatively planned with 2 done right now.

CGs

So for anyone who's seen some of the recent teaser images posted in the $5 tier, you'll hopefully have noticed the quality increase. We're still shooting in 4K from here on out. I alluded to some fears I had coming into this update that the beach and pool shots were going to be the apex of game quality. I'll still go on record as saying the night swim pool scene is always going to be my favorite in the game and I love the stylized take on the underwater scenes. But, when it comes to image quality, a majority of that quality comes from lighting and accurate shadows. The game is rendered using Daz3d and uses NVidia IRAY, which gets it's realistic look through the use of light that realistically reacts to solid objects. Images are more crisp when the lighting is right. In general, this is accomplished easier during the outside shots--the beach being the best example that we've seen so far. Basically, I just create the sun and everything else sorta falls into place. That being said, v0.18 is mostly indoors and interior lighting is much more difficult to accomplish. Basically, you have to setup shots using the science of photography: 3 point lighting and shit like that. Welp, I dont know crap about photography-- my IRL friends can attest to that based on every snap I've ever sent them. I was concerned that we would see a very vivid v0.17 with the exterior beach shots and then return to interior shots in v0.18 and they would look inferior.I was terrified of giving the illusion that the game was going backwards.

Welp, that's not the case by any stretch right now. I've posted a few teasers recently to show the progress of the lighting and I'm really pleased with it. To anyone who isn't able to see those shots, you can also check out some teasers on my Twitter account. The recent Max selfie that was posted publicly on 4/8 showcases some of those lighting changes, too. To be honest, the Max selfie set originated in a light study I was working on and sorta just went from there. For those in the higher Patreon tiers, you'll see any more light changes in the $5 and $10 pics from that set.

I want to cover one other aspect to CGs that's been in slow development with every update. It's no secret that each update has had more pictures than the last and this is partially because I feel like it helps character development. One thing that the CGs option has that sprites don't is that they're easier to customize. I can get shots with multiple camera angles or take a few hours to drop one more pic into the set that shows more body language. We saw this increasingly more prominent in the beach update as the characters interacted with each other. For example, Braden could have just caught the frisbee but I wanted an athletic spin to his catch to give it more flair. And sometimes this stuff is just fun to do! I know some people have a problem with this. They would rather have the game play more like a storybook with minimal pictures because updates are faster to create. One reader on f95zone awhile back criticized the game because he found the multiple shots distracting and felt that it pulled the reader out of the story immersion as they had to keep shifting their eyes back and forth from bottom text to top images, looking for the changes. You could basically compare this to watching a movie with subtitles. There's another game that's a slow burn that gets a lot of criticism for multiple shots as well. However, this is going to be the new norm for Straight!? I think the subtle movements of the characters or facial expressions add realism to the story and I think it supports the lengthy dialogue we're used to by this stage of the game. I'm really trying to create a subgenre of the VN and call it a "cinematic novel" rather than just a visual novel. I think there's room here to redefine the genre and create something of our own. As a result, this takes longer to do updates now than it used to but ultimately it's going to save me time in the long run for the revamp... in fact, we should be seeing more shots like that in the revamp during the earlier parts of the story.

Another problem I ran into that began with the last update is that some scenes, when shot in 4K are just monsters to render. The ending of v0.17 with the rain and fog was a bitch to render, each pic taking around 15 hours to render. So that slow me down on CGs at the beginning. As a result, I've made a few adjustments to the rendering process and things have been sped up to around 2-4 hours per pic now-so significant increase there.

Right now, the first two scenes of v0.18 are complete with CGs. Total CG count completed right now is 73 new pics and the quality is definitely better than anything we've seen before (including the beach pics). We're also gonna try and slide some of those pics into some new shots that resemble a montage to help show the passing of time plus we have to do some more image animation (because it's still raining). Again, this game is still in a rough draft and, as the story permits, it's nice to explore new techniques and help polish those before we go back and try and put it all together on the full game revamp.

What to Expect from v0.18

Sooo....what to expect from this one...

v0.17 was always pitched as a "rollercoaster" update and had a litany of emotions spread throughout it. Good news is that this one is more stable and hopefully won't fuck you up as much. We all need some closure and this update should give some sense of balance to things while still moving things into a new direction with more questions. That being said, we won't see as much action as we did in v0.17, but that's ok. If you were playing this game straight through, you wouldn't want more action at this point. We need some time to heal with the characters. So this update is going to be pretty heavy character and dialogue driven. You may expect to get some background on supporting characters that have a bit more screentime than they normally do--one in particular has been a lot of fun to write so far. But expect it to start right where the last one left off so expect conflict and mixed emotions as the cast is thrown into the unknown, some of which may be out of their control.

Conclusion

Well, that about wraps stuff up for now. I know this is a longer DevLog than normal but hopefully it gives some context to what’s going on and reassures you that the project is still in full swing. I’ve really wanted to find more time to work on this with a lot of the lockdowns around the world but sadly, my own job has just gotten more intense despite still working from home. It’s going, though, and there’s some motivation back so stay tuned.

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User #3215966 - 12 Apr 20 22:31
"So it's been forever since I posted one of these but I'm sure you're all on the edge of your seats waiting on another edition of the manic ramblings of an over-caffeinated game dev during the Apocalypse." - Yep. That's 2020, right there. "I'm really trying to create a subgenre of the VN and call it a "cinematic novel" rather than just a visual novel. I think there's room here to redefine the genre and create something of our own." Yes. Just yes.
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β˜… aaryn - 13 Apr 20 00:29
heh, glad you're feeling the vibe. One thing I feel like i've slowly gotten better at is having an articstic vision for--IDK what to call it-- direction (?) in the shots. I'm no Stanley Kubrick but it's kinda fun to have that vision of how you think the scene plays out and the software is pretty powerful. I'm getting better at being able to see a shot ahead and now actually create it and give the game a little more cinematic feel to it in contrast to other games
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User #3215966 - 13 Apr 20 01:14
It shows. :)
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β˜… aaryn - 13 Apr 20 01:29
Thanks man
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User #13314335 - 13 Apr 20 20:14
I know it's most likely already written but I think it would be emotionally gripping if somehow the picture they took at the beach appears floating towards them with embers coming off of it and lands right in front of them. They pick it up and look at even though there is destruction around the edges the picture is still somewhat in tack, showing that no matter what happens within their lives their relationship can endure it all.
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β˜… aaryn - 14 Apr 20 13:17
Yep, it's written so you'll have to wait and see. I like the feel of it tho
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Hey all,

So for those of your in the $1 and $5 tier. Jordyn ended up doing a cover for the comic he made at the last minute so I wanted to pass that along and share it.


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User #19904873 - 1 Apr 20 03:57
Well, they're both on the cover, but they're not covered! Yum! :P Nice work, once again, Jordyn! Well done!
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User #27538190 - 6 Apr 20 19:19
Aaaaah Cody... If only you were a real boy... Alas you are not...
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β˜… aaryn - 7 Apr 20 20:31
Crushing dreams...
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User #27538190 - 7 Apr 20 21:06
Don't get me started...
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User #28762234 - 1 Apr 20 04:40
They look so inviting
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User #26945659 - 2 Apr 20 20:22
Why? Thanks! Thanks and many thanks!
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Apr 20 20:51
Yuuup
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User #19886081 - 1 Apr 20 11:16
wow i love them, i want to drink all their... coffee =)
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User #2514887 - 1 Apr 20 03:49
Thank you both! Does he shave?? Hmm curiosity of mine
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Apr 20 03:51
If you're talking about Cody, he's trimmed and shaped. There's actually a pic of him in the shower in game when they're in the wrestling locker room. He's also in the Blayke selfies series here on the Patreon briefly. As for Jordyn's avatar...have to wait and see
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User #2514887 - 1 Apr 20 03:52
Thank You, now I know 😈😈😈😈 Hot!
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So Jordyn ran into some problems late in the evening but here they are. This finishes out this version of his comic.

Stay tuned for a separate post, too. He ended up making a cover for it so we'll post it separately. I know it's late but it's a learning process.


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User #19904873 - 1 Apr 20 03:54
Um....Something tells me when Cody turns around to get Jordyn his coffee, Cody's gonna get more than Jordyn's tip! :P
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Apr 20 04:19
Maaaaaybe. Or I'll take over writing it and itll be the longest fucking build up you've ever seen. Somewhere on page 9,000 they're say they kinda like each other.
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User #19904873 - 1 Apr 20 05:47
But if that's what happens, then you'll still have made us love them both, and we'll be hanging around waiting for page 19,372 when they finally take their pants off, for real! Because that's what you do to us!
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User #3215966 - 1 Apr 20 09:52
Ha ha ha ha ha!!!
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User #26945659 - 2 Apr 20 20:21
Jordyn, you really do a great job... I know I always say it, but dang... I'm such a fan y'know... Like when you see a musician you're in love at his live show and can touch him... Getting all aroused and stupid... I'm like that when it's with your work! Plus, I truly want to thank you again guys for all your work, mostly during those hard times... I mean it's hard for everyone and we really need what you did and do... Not just cause we are naughty haha, but cause you can make us get out of that shit for a while and dream a bit more! Keep going! And thanks again!
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Apr 20 20:53
Yeah, the game world can be a good distraction from all the bullshit that's going on right now. And yeah, Jordyn has a good eye for stuff and we like a lot of the same things so I usually like it when he surprises me with stuff like this. Ki da fun being a fanboy too sometimes
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User #2972690 - 1 Apr 20 03:41
Wow thanks alot for this comic ❀️❀️❀️
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Apr 20 03:52
Credit to Jordyn
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User #8658257 - 1 Apr 20 20:38
Hope it doesn't end here, let's see some more action!
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User #28762234 - 1 Apr 20 04:40
Milk drink
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Apr 20 12:58
Coming up!
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User #28762234 - 1 Apr 20 13:10
I want some milk. "Straight" from the source.
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Apr 20 20:47
I see what you did there...
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These two are another page split again.

Think Jordyn has two left due out tomorrow


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User #26945659 - 2 Apr 20 20:18
Why it never happens when I go to a coffee shop :'(
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Apr 20 23:23
I wouldnt know, I always use the drive thru
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User #23574986 - 31 Mar 20 05:45
So uhhh can I watch if I buy the coffee?
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Apr 20 12:57
Sure. Obviously the place was still open
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User #2972690 - 31 Mar 20 04:24
Uhhh I love it 😍
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β˜… aaryn - 31 Mar 20 05:08
Jordyn does good work
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User #6549337 - 31 Mar 20 05:06
I'm loving this!
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β˜… aaryn - 31 Mar 20 05:08
Same
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User #19904873 - 31 Mar 20 03:55
Ah, so we get cream first, then the coffee! And that way both the cream, and the coffee are hot! Yummy! :P
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User #10245979 - 31 Mar 20 04:21
Lmao
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β˜… aaryn - 31 Mar 20 05:07
Yeah, til the health department shuts us down...
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So here's the next page and we finally get to see who stumbled into the coffee shop while Cody had his hands full on break.

It's none other than Jordyn himself who just dropped himself into the Str8 universe.

So fun fact: I've never actually done an official post on Jordyn joining the team so stay tuned for that in the coming days along with some other news about the dev team. But spoiler alert, Jordyn has been helping for awhile.

Next page starts at the $10 tier. There's only a few left for this month.


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User #26945659 - 2 Apr 20 20:17
Guess I need some cream in my coffee too <3
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Apr 20 23:24
Normally take mine black but I can make exceptions
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User #19904873 - 30 Mar 20 03:18
Well now, Jordyn, and just what plans do you have now? :P
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Mar 20 03:44
Same plan he always has: to be a hoe. God, I hope he doesn't read the shit I write about him on here.
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User #19904873 - 30 Mar 20 03:46
And the dev wars begin on this site now too! Jordyn's really heating up everything, everywhere. What'd he do? Start the fire just by walking through the dorm? :D
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Mar 20 03:53
Haha, way to spoil it for everybody!
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User #19904873 - 30 Mar 20 03:58
At least you can't be arrested for causing spontaneous combustion. Although Jordyn is sort of rocking that "older bad boy" look here. So maybe it was intentional!
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User #28762234 - 30 Mar 20 02:28
Pierced bellybutton?
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Mar 20 03:44
Jordyn got his tastes
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User #28762234 - 30 Mar 20 06:12
This got me some early 2000 britney vibe
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User #7373159 - 30 Mar 20 12:36
*incomprehensible gay noises*
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Apr 20 23:24
I wanna k ow what this sounds like sooo bad
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Busted!


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User #2514887 - 29 Mar 20 03:49
Keep stroking
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Mar 20 14:55
I sooo wanted to post a Dori shot to this response but figured that was a bit too far :p
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User #2514887 - 29 Mar 20 16:00
I say go for it
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User #6384220 - 29 Mar 20 14:53
I'd like to know in which city guys just walk around topless with an unzipped leather jacket :>
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Mar 20 14:56
This one :p (i'm totally being a smartass)
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User #13093843 - 29 Mar 20 03:48
Oh! I wonder what will happen next?
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User #246938 - 29 Mar 20 17:01
Those god damn leather jacket wearing federal health inspectors and their chiselled abdominal muscles - always picking on the little guy. This employee was merely undertaking a medical activity to boost his immune system during a time of national crisis. #BonerBeatsCorona #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Mar 20 02:47
if boners beat corona then we're probably all immune
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User #19904873 - 29 Mar 20 03:50
Ruh-roh, Shaggy! But this should be fun!
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Mar 20 14:55
*crosses fingers*
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User #867362 - 29 Mar 20 11:09
Oh man. Sucks that I can only hit the Like button once.
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Mar 20 14:55
haha, i've felt that way about stuff before too
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User #7373159 - 29 Mar 20 13:03
Not the kind of bust I was hoping for D,:
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Mar 20 14:56
I see what you did there :p
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User #28762234 - 29 Mar 20 03:57
He aint complaining. He loves what he sees
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Mar 20 14:55
agreed
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User #28762234 - 29 Mar 20 14:56
And the shirtless dude looks hot.
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User #6549337 - 29 Mar 20 03:48
Haha! He looks absolutely mortified!
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Mar 20 14:55
I know! I told Jordyn the same thing....that FACE!
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So 2 images this time around.

Jordyn's being tricky and split this one in half like a book... you know...a book... you guys remember those, right?


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User #19904873 - 28 Mar 20 02:18
One order of Cocumnut milk coming up - or is that cumming up? And a flavor shot! :P
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User #7373159 - 28 Mar 20 14:03
Okay, but why is that dude showing off his abs because kinda same if I had some
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User #28762234 - 28 Mar 20 17:34
I remember this xxx scene where the barista asked "Would you like cream with your coffee?" and he came on the coffee
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User #15985062 - 28 Mar 20 04:30
Someone's gonna have to make a completed series once it's all done XD
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User #26945659 - 2 Apr 20 20:16
A book? Let me think about that... I remember hearing that word long ago... Cant wait for the whole book tho :D
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User #23574986 - 28 Mar 20 02:12
I’ll have what he’s having 😬
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User #23574986 - 28 Mar 20 02:14
Also. If you go to a coffee shop right before it closes wearing no shirt and a jacket you aren’t there for a coffee. Your there for a Cody.
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User #27538190 - 29 Mar 20 20:35
Cody is def my kind of twink boy!
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Mar 20 02:47
he's a cutie
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User #3173961 - 28 Mar 20 03:36
This is my kind of coffee shop... I love it
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User #867362 - 28 Mar 20 02:36
Oh yeah. It's those things with paper pages that you can use to wipe your butt with when jackasses take all of the toilet paper at the store. Lol Love the work so far btw.
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User #3215966 - 28 Mar 20 03:34
I'll have mine heavy on the cream
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I know. I know. Page 5 is late tonight...

I was busy watching Lego Masters and my heart got broke...

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User #12932372 - 27 Mar 20 06:45
Wowza! Also is Cody getting hotter and hotter and hotter and .... well πŸ”₯
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User #19904873 - 27 Mar 20 03:53
Hmmm, I guess I won't have to google cocumnut milk after all. But will it be a single or a double? Maybe a buy one, get one free deal? :D
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User #28762234 - 27 Mar 20 03:32
Hope this is gonna be a cream-filled action
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User #3215966 - 27 Mar 20 06:40
Oh god - I haven't seen the latest episode of Lego Masters, and I hope we're thinking of different couples...! If you're into Lego Masters, check out the Australian one. The US version is based on it rather than the British original, but overall I'd say the Australians have more imagination - the "Cut in Half" episode in Australia produced some mind-blowing creations.
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User #26945659 - 2 Apr 20 20:15
Dang ..... I'm getting jealous :o
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User #23574986 - 27 Mar 20 03:29
There ya go Cody.
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User #19068213 - 27 Mar 20 03:52
Oop- it's getting interesting πŸ‘€
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User #10245979 - 27 Mar 20 03:32
Wow. Wonder if he'll order a flat white or skinny latte
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User #6549337 - 27 Mar 20 04:37
πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
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User #867362 - 27 Mar 20 04:43
I like his methods for distressing. I do it all the time. Hope this new guy likes warm protein in his coffee
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Ok...I totally lied on Discord....gonna post this one tonight


Next pic in the series will hit at the $5 tier and is planned for tomorrow


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User #28762234 - 26 Mar 20 03:37
What kind of relax. Hmm? Haha
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Mar 20 15:58
The best kind
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User #3215966 - 26 Mar 20 05:36
I love how cute all your guys are. Perfect taste!
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Mar 20 15:59
:)
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User #26945659 - 2 Apr 20 20:15
Why do I want to hide with him right now? :$
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Apr 20 23:25
Theres prob room under there
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User #23574986 - 26 Mar 20 03:40
I love the subtleties that make you excited when you catch them.
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Mar 20 15:59
Probably easier to catch when it comes out one page at a time too
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User #867362 - 26 Mar 20 11:22
He looks so tired. Must have been a long day and I think it is going to be longer in the end
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Mar 20 15:59
New employee training is a bitch
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User #19904873 - 27 Mar 20 01:59
Apparently this was set BCV*, because he appears to have had a busy day, maybe? *Before Covid-19
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β˜… aaryn - 27 Mar 20 02:44
Def pre-Covid
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Page 3 from Jordyn


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User #19904873 - 25 Mar 20 01:40
What is "Cocumnut Milk"? Inquiring minds want to know! Another great series in progress, Jordyn! Keep it up.... (the work, too!)
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User #3215966 - 25 Mar 20 07:07
Exceptionally tasty!
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Mar 20 13:28
I'm gonna bet that people just googled cocumnut to see if they can stock up for the quarantines
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User #19904873 - 25 Mar 20 15:19
Now that’s funny! I don’t care who you are! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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User #26945659 - 2 Apr 20 20:14
I don't like coffee, but tbh, I guess I would spend all my time there hahaha
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User #20110999 - 25 Mar 20 16:47
Another hit from Aaryn, Jordyn and team. Great work and fun to follow. Thanks guys....
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Mar 20 13:10
Thanks for the support Kirk
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User #6549337 - 25 Mar 20 01:34
Just stringing us along huh? Lol it's kind of suspenseful haha
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Mar 20 02:07
hey, i'm along for the ride too. Jordyn doing this shit
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Yo, here we go with page 2.

Jordyn got pretty carried away with these so they may be dropping about one page per day at this rate. Stay tuned.


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User #867362 - 24 Mar 20 11:23
Jordyn can either drop a page a day or drop his pants for a good sucking
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β˜… aaryn - 24 Mar 20 18:54
win-win
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User #246938 - 24 Mar 20 11:46
Marvel/DC comic cross-over when? How long till the Netflix series? #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 24 Mar 20 18:52
Shiiit, that would be the day
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User #23574986 - 24 Mar 20 03:23
I like where this is going
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β˜… aaryn - 24 Mar 20 04:19
I'm along for the ride too. Let's do this
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User #23574986 - 24 Mar 20 04:21
I’ve got the energy drinks you take the radio. We’ll cruise through this story.
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User #26945659 - 2 Apr 20 20:13
That pic is such a good tease!!! Just enough to keep us waiting for more! As always a f....ing great job!
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User #28762234 - 24 Mar 20 03:27
Who is this
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β˜… aaryn - 24 Mar 20 04:20
Have to wait and see. Jordyn is a tease
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User #28762234 - 24 Mar 20 04:28
Is it NSFW?
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β˜… aaryn - 24 Mar 20 04:43
I'm gonna go with yeah but I havent seen all the images. I've only seen the next 3 after this one
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User #28762234 - 24 Mar 20 04:48
Exciting
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Yo,

So I know it's been quiet over here a bit. I'll put more specifics out in the next DevLog (which is way overdue) but I did wanna share a teaser pic for v0.18. I've officially started working on some of the art for it and these outside images are a bitch to render (this one took about 17 hours).

I know that last update hit like a truck and ended on a downer. I know that there's a lot of uncertainty in the world right now and just a lot of general craziness--we all could probably use a distraction right now. But hopefully this teaser will give you enough of a hint at where things are going with our little story and give you guys just a little bit of hope for Zack and Braden moving forward.


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User #15985062 - 23 Mar 20 01:12
This story means so much to me! I only hope they will be okay. I have faith in the strength of their relationship to overcome what's happened. Everything is crazy right now, but I appreciate every effort you make towards getting this story out in the open. It truly is a wonderful thing <3
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β˜… aaryn - 23 Mar 20 01:16
Thanks Duncan. That means a lot
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User #4114706 - 22 Mar 20 22:16
this looks so good, congrats!
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β˜… aaryn - 22 Mar 20 22:28
Thanks a lot Domi
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User #484849 - 23 Mar 20 17:06
Maybe I'm too much of an optimist but for me the ending merely meant that the crew can finally get together in a lovely condo outside the campus's perimeter where the most perilous occurence would be Blake perpetually dropping bars of soap within the bath leading to who knows what kind of shenanigans ;-)
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Yo,

Ok... So something new this time from my buddy, Jordyn. We're moving things in a different direction for the selfie set this month. I'm not really sure what to call it but it's definitely not a selfie--but whatever. This is somewhat of a test to try a different genre we've tossed around and much like the alpha version of Str8, we may as well test out some other mediums to give ourselves more options later.

So Pic 1 we have here is just the teaser. Jordyn is actually working on a series of images and ended up dropping them into a comic book format to tell a short story featuring Cody. We're still ironing out the details (i.e number of images, pages, etc; plus, I haven't actually seen most of the images yet because Jordyn likes to surprise me). This is something we've thrown around before and I won't give too much away but this is more of us just practicing some stuff and looking at formats--and having some fun.

We'll end up splitting the story across the tiers like we normally do but I don't have a full idea of how it will be split yet. Odds are, when we get more images done and posted, I want to be able to provide more information about the next pic--that way you guys can make an educated decision on tier support or changing donations.

However, this image is free but the next page will be posted for the $1 tier and then we'll go from there. I will say that even tho we're planning to do things on a comic book format (i.e. pages with several different pictures on it), we will end up releasing all the original single images in one format for the $10 tier people if they want those instead of the comic book.

Just keeping it fresh and trying out something new this time.

Y'all stay safe out there and I'm planning on releasing more information in the coming weeks.


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User #867362 - 20 Mar 20 22:56
Hot guys + Comic book = Super awesome idea.
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β˜… aaryn - 22 Mar 20 15:03
There's a lot of possibilities here if we can get the structure down
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User #28762234 - 21 Mar 20 03:36
He works at a coffee shop?
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β˜… aaryn - 22 Mar 20 15:03
Yep, it was subtly hinted at in the last update when Braden gives Zack the beach pic. He said one of his wrestling buddies got a job at the coffee shop they went to
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User #19904873 - 22 Mar 20 20:24
And there was that wonderful little selfie series at Christmas! πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‹. Which, like everything else, it seems, is just a little bit more canon than not, no matter what Aaryn says! 😑. Just kidding, Aaryn. But only about being angry. Keep up the great work.
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β˜… aaryn - 22 Mar 20 22:29
Hey, y'all can decide canon or not. I'm just not specifically saying most of them are canon
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User #26945659 - 20 Mar 20 18:08
I'm totally down for the Comic! Great job again :)
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β˜… aaryn - 22 Mar 20 15:12
Thanks a lot. If it works, it could mean some new ideas
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User #11670085 - 20 Mar 20 18:19
You guys are amazing!
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β˜… aaryn - 22 Mar 20 15:12
Trying. it's been a rough few months. But hell, it's rough for everybody now
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User #19904873 - 20 Mar 20 18:25
Nice! Way to experiment! We’ll take our guys any way we can get them! 😈😈. So yes, comic book format works too! Just wondering if there’s any plans to continue the novel version started a while back.
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User #14599990 - 20 Mar 20 18:35
I'm on with that! Dont worry, hoping to have another chapter out *soon* ;) x
Dev Team Changes: The Departure of Lazy Jayke 2020-04-05T00:34:04+00:00

So I've put this off for awhile because I'm never good at these kinds of things...

So back in October 2017, I started this project solo, but over the past few years, the team has grown. Lazy Jayke started out as a game fan and made an animation for me as a way of saying thanks for the game. I've said it numerous times that supporting projects like this doesn't have to be financial. There's a million ways of expressing the impact of the game on you and Lazy Jayke found one of my favorite ways to date. In time, that animation touched me in such a way that it became the main menu animation that you see in game now.I still remember watching it for the first time. I probably watched it for an hour, bottom jaw dangling open. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have an emotional reaction.

Over the past year, he's significantly enhanced the game through further animations. The panning animated camera shots are all his as well as the text message animations that were incorporated later in the game. He also has a knack for creating items from scratch that really helped with the realism later in the story. That bag of chips that Mikhail was eating in the car was something that he made. In the late night swim scene, the balled up trunks that Zack throws at Braden was a custom Jayke job.The entire beach environment was custom made, including the shower prop where Zack and Braden share some heartfelt moments after the frisbee accident was all created by Lazy Jayke specifically for Straight!?. He also built the exterior dorm building from scratch as well as everything you saw happen in the final animated conclusion of Chapter 8 (no spoilers).

One thing that I've made it clear to anyone who joins the team is that real life and their own ambitions will always take a priority over the game. Blayke summarized the story as "my passion" one time and this is very much true--the other devs are companions in this journey for me and I'm truly blessed to have them at my side. The friendship and the contribution of Lazy Jayke to this game has been invaluable to me on a personal level and I think to everyone who has played it. Some of the most viscerally heart-breaking moments and some of the funniest have been touched by his hand.

So with heavy heart, I'll officially announce that Lazy Jayke is leaving the team to continue to work on his own endeavors and family obligations. I wish him the best and hope that he continues to stay involved in the project as a spectator and return once again to just being a "fan." If all goes according to plan, we may stumble across Jayke one last time in the next update.

Gotta do a brotha justice...

Love ya, man. And thanks for the memories.

-Aaryn

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User #19904873 - 5 Apr 20 01:37
Thank you for all your hard work, Jayke! We’ll miss your talents, and wish you all the best going forward! Who knows? Maybe you’ll even be back to help us again somewhere down the road! Thank you! 😒😁
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User #599126 - 5 Apr 20 04:06
Thanks for being awesome Jayke... please don't be a stranger. We can love on you even if your name isn't purple. :)
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User #20110999 - 5 Apr 20 20:05
Sorry to see Jayke go but we all have to do what's best for us. Don't be a stranger. You'll be missed. Thanks for the input..
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User #28762234 - 5 Apr 20 04:09
Will he still be on discord?
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β˜… aaryn - 5 Apr 20 06:14
That's up to him. Probably depends how busy he is tho
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β˜… aaryn - 5 Apr 20 01:52
In contrast to most posts, I'm not going to respond to comments here unless there's a specific reason to. I'll just let people say their peace.
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Shiiiit, don't gotta just have chocolate on Valentine's Day, folks...


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User #13133434 - 1 Mar 20 00:40
god i wanna see them some more haha damn you Aaryn and team
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User #19904873 - 29 Feb 20 23:39
Heh! Apparently it ain't just Mikhail that likes it! Go get it, Max! :P
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 00:36
Right? That look of his. He cant even ignore it
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User #19904873 - 1 Mar 20 01:03
β€œI spy, with my little eye...” Wait! Is that Max or Mikhail’s πŸ† talking? 😈😈
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 01:37
Yes :p
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User #28762234 - 1 Mar 20 05:48
He better eat it. Looks so juicy
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 06:14
Dark meat always is
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User #28762234 - 1 Mar 20 06:25
I wanna go for a ride with a black stallion. Rawr haha
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User #2514887 - 1 Mar 20 04:11
So this goes on in their dorm room...πŸ†πŸ˜ˆπŸ‘
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 04:36
Gotta show a little bit from the other side of campus
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User #2514887 - 1 Mar 20 04:37
Agreed but mf is too close to my man
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 04:37
I'll join you on Team Mikhail
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User #2514887 - 1 Mar 20 04:39
All are welcome! I adore him so much and wish he was my baby lol...I know cheesy
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 04:47
Heh, Mikhail is a beast. Probably a weird mix of the strongest and softest character in the game
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User #2514887 - 1 Mar 20 04:47
Yes! All of that. He just is!
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 05:29
He's just bae
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User #2514887 - 1 Mar 20 05:30
All day
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User #12932372 - 2 Mar 20 07:55
They really are cute together.
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Mar 20 16:25
They kinda are...
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User #28762234 - 1 Mar 20 05:45
Love it
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 05:46
Hey thanks :)
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User #28762234 - 1 Mar 20 05:47
Gosh. I just realised that I wasn't following your twtr. I made another account bc I got suspended
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 06:09
Heh, sok..its new. I just started putting it together. Make sure to follow Blayke too
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User #28762234 - 1 Mar 20 06:10
Followed you both again
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 06:11
Cool. Thanks. And stop being naughty on twitter :p
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Lowkey kinda think these two look cute together for real now...


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User #26945659 - 2 Mar 20 12:38
Nude can be so romantic too! <3
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Mar 20 16:25
Agreed
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User #19904873 - 29 Feb 20 23:42
Hmmm, I wonder if there'll be some doubling up of roommates in the near future - I think these two could ease Team Zaden into a new comfort zone with some live porn on display. Max just needs to know that he'll be safe in the room, and not have to be afraid of Zack (or Braden). That could speed some things up in that department - perhaps without destroying the story. Because ultimately, we all know that Team Zaden has to work - like forever! Right?
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 00:35
No many things I cant comment on here...
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User #13133434 - 1 Mar 20 00:38
ooooh i mean that could be a thing... πŸ€”
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 01:33
no comment :p
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User #13133434 - 1 Mar 20 01:35
😁😁😁 also hope you guys have a better time, if its the game or life, things always get better and everything is easier with good friends
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 04:37
I think we're all doing a bit better now and yeah, I can say personally that I rely on these guys a lot
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Hey all,

So the dev team has had a pretty rough month all-around and we're cruising in some stuff at the last minute here with some selfie pics done by Jordyn. They're a little late for the holiday but we still think February can always have some after-Valentine's love in it.

I like to think this series takes place during the last update while Zack and Braden are at the night swim but you can decide.

015a: Free

015b (Move that heart!): $1 folks

015c (Mikhail seems to like it): $5 folks

I'll drop these pretty quick here to make sure people get a chance to see them. If you happen to catch things late and you changed your pledge, just send me a message and we can work something out.


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User #246938 - 29 Feb 20 22:44
Soooooo... now that 'Project Melody' is a thing, when will Aaryn be getting his mo-cap suit on and giving us a live performance with Zack and Braden? Let's call it 'Project Zaden'. #MocapFap #ProjectZaden #TeamBraden
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User #3215966 - 29 Feb 20 22:18
Sorry to hear you guys have had a rough month. Sending love to all of you
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Feb 20 22:44
Thanks man
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User #12645896 - 29 Feb 20 22:39
I'm not seeing 15b. Has it been posted yet?
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Feb 20 22:44
Gonna post it in a few
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User #19904873 - 29 Feb 20 23:44
Sorry you guys have had a rough month. I hope it's getting better for all of you, now? Anyway, I like this new series. Max looks much better when he's not wearing his perpetual scowl. And while Braden will always be my favorite (and the Team Zaden 'ship); I must admit that Max ranks slightly above Mikhail on my "Eye Candy" scale. (Sorry Mikhail fans - although, if he makes Max happy like this, then the whole "MickMax" 'ship has my full blessing!) So, good work again, Jordyn. Looking forward to seeing what the luck of the Irish brings us next month, guys!
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Mar 20 01:32
yeah, Max is growing on me, too. Hopefully, he will continue to. it is nice to not see him looking grumpy all the time
Follow Me and My Sexy Bestie !! 2020-02-29T19:04:34+00:00

Yo,

So in an effort to broaden our interaction with the fans, we've expanded to other social media platforms and I wanted to take a few minutes to share these with you guys to see if you're interested or for those of you without Discord or Patreon.

Aaryn: So I finally made a Twitter and I'm terrible at it but if you wanna follow me over there, expect more personalized rants and random thoughts from daily life--both inside and outside the game. I'm also an MMA junkie so you'll probably see me talking some shit about upcoming competitions. You can find me at https://twitter.com/Aaryn_Str8

Blayke: So Blayke is a lot more active on social media than I am and honestly this is a great opportunity for you to get to know more about one of the other devs and one of my closest friends in the world. You can follow Blaykey-poo at https://twitter.com/YBlayke

Aaaaaaaand...

If you wanna see more of Blayke (a Lot more of Blayke...); dude legit made an Only Fans page. You can see some of the teasers and stuff on his Twitter account. In comparison to a lot of OF pages, he's actually posting pretty regularly and despite him being one of my closest friends, I can honestly say that the dude knows how to tease and he always looks good. But if you wanna see him showing off some skin while keeping it classy, you can subscribe to his Only Fans at https://onlyfans.com/yahboiblayke .


We're also going to run with #str8vn as the official hashtag if you talk about the game just to streamline stuff.

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Straight!? The Road Ahead... 2020-02-04T02:15:54+00:00

So we'll generically say that v0.017 ends with a cliffhanger and most of you are already half crazy with what's going to happen next. We have a ton of new faces around here so I wanted to bring some of you up-to-date with how this process works from a writing standpoint and what to expect from things moving forward for the game and the Patreon page. There's a lot to cover here so I'll break it down into sections. For those that don't want all the details and hate reading my nonsense, I'll drop a summary paragraph at the end for a quick read.

v0.018 Plans and Outlines

To write this story properly, we have to construct an outline. During the earlier parts of the game, the outlines were less detailed for a litany of personal reasons, but as you may have noticed (particularly if you've played v0.017), the story has become increasingly more woven together with hints that were dropped a long time ago. Essentially, we're starting to get to the point that we should be connecting dots. We should be seeing more of those previously unimportant conversations start to prove more meanginful in addition to some of the world-building and background content they provided about our characters. So moving forward, we need increasingly detailed outlines for the next few chapters-- so much in fact that we may be looking at outlining the rest of the game out generically to make sure things fall into place (Ideal goal). I've done this in the past several times, usually it's every 2 or 3 updates. For those that have been around for awhile, we did this back before v0.16 and outlined v016 and v017 together for obvious reasons now. It typically means that we switch the Overview tab progress to show where we are on outlining rather than actual game development. That format may change several times as we figure things out. Ideally, I want to be able to present to the community a final chapter count and a final update count so we can emotionally plan accordingly--but we'll see how it actually goes. If we can't get that far--I'm not going to push it. This story has tons of surprises in it and that's mostly because we've left things flexible during the writing process.So don't expect much in the way of visible update progress over the next month or so. This shit has to work, folks and hopefully you saw how much this process paid off for v0.017.

At this point, we're moving towards the finale prep, something that is a summation of writing terror, excitement, hope, but sadness at the same time. I've said it before but this game is a commitment--both for the creators and the readers. There is no reason for a player to sink this much time into a story only to have the ending flop. So we're going to take our time and make sure it works. Make sure it kicks like Bruce Lee and everything is tied up nicely as it should be. Now that everyone is good and nervous after v0.017, my vision is for that anxiety to pay off. We're not done yet, folks.

Patreon Stuff for 2020

So I'm kind of excited about the Patreon content for this year. While the story is always the main focus, we have to fund this project somehow--and that's where the Patreon donations come in. I refuse to charge for this project and I refuse to put ads into anything associated with it. It will purely be developed by a lead developer with a passion to tell the story, bolstered by his friends/dev team that have a passion to help him out, and funded by readers/fans with a passion for it. But, there's obviously a lot to juggle with that. We're going to try and spice up the Patreon content and add some new things this year.

Selfies: Expect more selfies to be released--most likely every month. We may actually change these to reflect a difference between Selfies pictures (more actual 1st person shot that look like they're taken with a phone) and have more "pin-up" third person shots but with the same ideas as the selfies. Originally, the selfies were supposed to be offscreen things that occurred in the game that were actually canon; but at some point they sorta become more fantasy pin-ups for fun and 3D art practice. So to clarify that, we may split monthly Patreon rewards into categories of selfies vs. pinup shots. That'll switch things up and give us more options to play around with.

Wallpapers: Some have commented on the cinematic feel of v0.17, which I really liked and was really proud of. We may be turning some shots into official wallpapers and stuff. These may include existing CGs or custom ones just for funsies. More on that later.

Behind the Scenes: So we get a ton of questions on the Discord "Ask Us" channel from people about the game development. I used to use the Tumblr blog for developer diary sorta stuff but Tumblr is pretty lame now that they censor content (don't get me started...) so I'm moving away from that platform because I really don't want to give them any attention. But I'm considering taking some of the common questions about game development as well as interjecting some personal stuff about the game/motivations/background/inspiration that fueled the project in the first place. Some of you are just really curious about the process. So we will be doing a series on Behind the Scenes stuff to include some common themes and questions people have about the game over the years. This could include screenshots of how the characters are made, diary notes on character concept, funny dev team stories, and even outtakes from us playing pranks on each other. It will also include more detailed and complete answers to common questions like "is Str8 a real story?", "Are Zack and Braden based on real people," or "Why did you choose the adult genre" or things like that. So I'm kind of excited for this part because I think it will reward fans of the game with an in-depth look at the process--think of it like watching some of those documentaries they have on your favorite Blu-ray movie...that kinda idea...

Patreon Merch

So a few months ago, Patreon started actually allowing us to sell merchandise through the Patreon site. This could include stuff like coffee mugs, t-shirts, posters, keychains and shit like that. We haven't looked into it in-depth yet but we're curious if there's an overwhelming interest in it. Like much of this process, things like that would require an investment by me ahead of time and I already got decimated by taxes so I want to make sure there's a decent amount of interest for something like this if we were going to actually do it.

Patreon Content Ideas?

We're also looking for ideas or feedback from you guys on what you would like to see for Patreon-specific content. Keep in mind that we don't want to take too much time away from development but if you have things that you would like to see on the page/rewards, hit us up in the comments, the Discord, or send me a message if you want more privacy.

Summary

1. The Overview tab will temporary show outlining progress with me needing to do another full playthrough. Expect minimal actual game progress for the short -term because we need to play things out.

2. Patreon site 2020 will include more selfies and may divide the previous selfies into selfies and Pin-up shots to make them separate. This may also include custom wallpapers. We will also start a Behind-the-Scenes series on the Patreon to answer more personal questions about the game and show game development shots periodically.

3. Patreon is now allowing merch. Would you be interested in purchasing merchanise associated with the game like keychains, t-shirts, posters, etc?

4. We're also looking for more ideas for what you want to see on the Patreon page in terms of rewards.

So please post any feedback, thoughts, etc. in the comments or hit us up on the Discord or you can DM us for privacy. Thanks again for the support for this thing. Y'all will never know the impact of what you've done for me.

-Aaryn









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User #26945659 - 19 Feb 20 16:48
I totally agree with Troy1572!!!! About goodies, I'm not really hype, unless to help you guys again... But if you do clothes like that grey tanktop hoodie, I'd definitely buy it!
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User #6549337 - 4 Feb 20 04:43
I would be down for some merch!
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Feb 20 05:10
πŸ‘
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User #7835716 - 4 Feb 20 06:14
I would like to buy merchandise, so yes πŸ‘
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β˜… aaryn - 19 Feb 20 20:19
I legit saw the tank top hoodie in a store about a year ago...idk why I didnt buy it, I need to track it down again
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User #26945659 - 24 Feb 20 23:00
You should! Haha!
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User #6384220 - 5 Feb 20 01:54
The moment I saw "merch" my mind just went to "IRL CLOTHES FROM THE GAME???" and i guess that borderlines on cosplay (which i'm not into) but I would totally buy something like Braden's grey tanktop hoodie thing
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User #3215966 - 4 Feb 20 10:05
I'm torn on merchandise: there are some things I actively collect, like pins (not pinback buttons) and I have several from the comic strip Girl Genius and the one Oglaf did. But most other stuff doesn't interest me and, on top of everything else, freight is a killer. That said, if you ever print an art book, that may well be a whole new ballgame! Particularly an X-rated art book - but I'm (probably) legally-bound to note that I'm a pervert, so you know, maybe it's just me. On the subject of more rewards, what about a PDF version of the selfies, maybe in higher resolution, or in a book (album)-style format? I made no secret of the fact that I loved the fantasy costume series. You said at the time that it wouldn't work in the context of the game, but how about some sort of comic book using full-page illustrations that expand on some side stories like this? Most of the selfies series had a story that was hinted at. This could be a way of covering some less-important side-stories from the game itself.| I'd also like to see higher res versions of some of the supplementary artwork in the game. The photos on the wall in the boys room, for example. A pin-up of Braden posing with his car. An illustrated version of some of the stories the guys tell. Some of these could be fairly straightforward, others will naturally take a lot more work. The comic strip Menage a 3 has done a number of 3D figures of their characters as part of their Kickstarters, but they inevitably preference the females. I'd love figures of the guys (all the main characters really), particularly if things are a little juicy....! - I'd find the money for them somewhere - I've still ggot TWO kidneys, after all. And if you wanted to run something along those lines as a Kickstarter, I wouldn't object to that, either. I recognise that the logistics could be a pain, though.
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User #24299002 - 4 Feb 20 02:19
I would love to get mercy if you decide to make it!!
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Feb 20 02:35
Cool. Thanks for weighing in
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User #19904873 - 4 Feb 20 03:57
Merchandise is not a big deal for me, as I probably won't buy it anyway (for a bunch of reasons). But the rest of what you've got planned for the Patreon and the "game"/movie/story itself, all sounds incredible. Looking forward to what comes next! Valentine's day's coming soon.... (Hint, hint!) lol :)
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Feb 20 05:09
Yeah, I don't really know what to call it, I've been leaning more towards calling it a "cinematic novel" to separate it from the VN genre that mostly uses sprites and because of my vision for the camera shots in the revision. And yeah...Valentine's Day is coming up...we'll see...
A Post v0.017 Heartfelt Thanks (Generally Mild Spoilers for v0.017) 2020-01-30T00:25:02+00:00

Sup.

So I was originally going to write a warm fuzzy New Year's letter, reflecting on the past year of game development, time with the dev team, the people and fans I've met on Discord, and life in general. Unfortunately, the timing for New Year's was right in that window of the expectations for v0.017. I drafted up a cutesy post that pretty much read like a love note to the dev team and the community for everything they've blessed me with over the past year. I ended up not posting the note because it seemed in bad taste to drop a big text wall when people were waaaay too stoked about the upcoming update. So I left it.

I could have posted it but it but I didn't want people to ignore the sincerity of the message just because they were excited about the update. In retrospect, it's probably best that I didn't because it turns out I had more to be thankful about after v0.017 dropped.

v0.017 Reactions

First off, the reaction to v0.017 has been overwhelmingly positive. And when I say "overwhelmingly," I'm not talking in a statically fashion-- I mean in a genuine emotional reaction from the community to the team and myself. Going into this update, we had a huge amount of development time--something that I expected to negatively affect our Patreon supporters. I was expecting to see more people become frustrated with the wait and drop support. In fact, this was anticipated and I knew that when we made the decision to do v0.017 the way that we did (in one lump rather than two updates), we were going to risk losing people. However, it was incredible to see the faith this community has in our team and hopefully the wait paid off. Not only did we not lose people, we actually gained support over that development period. I know waiting that long was nerve wracking and I know many, if not all of you, asked yourself if it was going to be worth the wait (or maybe more appropriately: "what the fuck is taking so long?")-- but I hope it was worth the wait and that you saw the justification on why it took us so long to do this one.

Without giving details, v0.017 was without a doubt the most emotionally intense rollercoaster update we've seen with the most character development and changes in the story crammed into one single update. I mentioned on Discord recently that we almost HAD to stop at the end of it and take a break, just to catch our breath and really process what the fuck just happened. Had we only done the beach scene and then stopped, it would have lost it's momentum. Many of you have sometimes expressed not remembering what happened in the previous update. We simply couldn't risk that happening at this particular crossroads in the story--the story needed that momentum for everything after to hit like it does. In retrospect, I hope you see why we delayed it and did it in the fashion that we did-- despite it taking longer.

That being said, I've never seen such an influx in Patreon support. I've never seen such gratitude and genuine emotional outpouring from an internet community in my fucking life following v0.017. I woke up the day after v0.017 to have 79 DMs on my Discord, tons of personal stories about reactions to the game. Tragically, I think it's easy to associate internet comments with trolls. I've seen other game developers' reactions to their communities on forums and I'm honestly in awe because of the support I've received here from the community since the beginning of this. After expanding the team this year, that feedback has continued to grow to include the other dev team guys, people that I respect and care about deeply. My life has changed because of these guys and I'm proud they were accepted and welcomed into the community.

In general, this is my long-winded way of saying thank you. Not only for the past year (and before for you old-timers around here); but for the reactions and support to one of the most controversial updates we'll have for this game. I've never told a story like this before and it's such a crazy feeling to have such a large audience that just trusts the writers so much that you remain open to every curveball we throw at your guys.

So thank you for making this an experience for us, too. The stories, the reactions, the speculation, and all the feels. We're kicking off another year of this thing and we hope you're down for the ride.

-Aaryn

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User #599126 - 30 Jan 20 02:20
All the love for you and the team, yo. Catch your breath. Center yourself. Love what you've done. Then think about what comes next... but not until all that other stuff is done.
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Jan 20 13:57
yeah, that whole break thing is something i never take enough of...*guilty*. I'm trying to relax now though before we start in again
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User #867362 - 30 Jan 20 02:27
Like I said before... This game you are crafting is the best I have ever played for a visual novel. Ever. Why? The story for one. No one has put so much emotion and feeling into the story that you are drawn into it. You feel for the characters and what they are going through. The second thing is the visuials. Most VNs will use sprites or badly drawn characters. With Str8?! we get powerful graphics that just keep getting better with each update. I plan on continuing to support this project and I can't wait to see what happens next.
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Jan 20 14:01
Thanks Rozuial, i do put a lot of passion into this and I really like and respect the guy that I'm working with so that helps fuel the passion. Thanks for the kind words, i never expected to be tossed onto the stage of other larger scale VNs because we just don't have the resources or team sizes. But it's nice to see the game has had that lasting impact on you--which is def one of my goals. I know both the creation of this, the impact of the other devs on me, and the journey to create this will def be something I'll never forget.
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User #27538190 - 30 Jan 20 00:28
Awwww! Bro hug!! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Jan 20 00:32
Back at ya πŸ€™
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User #19904873 - 30 Jan 20 01:30
The wait was well worth it, guys! Absolutely no question. It was like a two-part season finale, almost, in waiting for it. But the payoff was well worth it, no question. Now, enjoy your break, get some well-deserved rest, and let us find out what our boys are up to! :) There's so much more to this story, and I love that you're drawing out the best parts and not rushing into certain aspects. And yet, there's still enough teasing to keep drawing us in, even if we do get to itching for more of the juicy stuff! ;) So, in short, just keep up the great work when you start back. We're getting excited now to see what you guys do next! Thanks for maintaining the quality and the fun!
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Jan 20 13:55
i'll be starting back shortly. I'm gonna do a post pretty quick here about the future and stuff. There's a lot to be done before we can even start working on the next chapter.
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User #26945659 - 30 Jan 20 05:49
I've already done my feedback in dm and it was long enough... Haha.. The wait was more than worthy. I can't wait for the next haha... Pressure. Joke ! You all guys are amazing cause you know how to touch us, how to drag us into your game to never let us go... We are Zack, Braden, and all people around them... Thank you... Just thank you!
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Jan 20 14:02
heh, nah...you joke but I sooooo feel you. I felt such pressure after v012 with the bar/park scenes that i was worried about what comes after that. Glad this one landed. But shit....now what do we do? haha :p
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User #26945659 - 30 Jan 20 17:26
I admit I'm really wondering what will come next cause you really surprised us! But like each time, you manage to do something better again, so I'm not scared... I know the next will be if not as good as what you did so far, it will just be better again!!! I've played that last part 3 times, and the pool part stay the best one for me with the park and bar scene (I'm still shivering just thinking about them haha). Amazing story from amazing people :)
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Jan 20 23:25
awww, thx :) People have said in the past that not every episode of a show can be as good as the last one. it's impossible to always get better and better, you have to dip at least a little bit--especially for setup. So we'll see. I haven't done much on the outline yet to get a feel for the next one
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User #26945659 - 31 Jan 20 02:56
Of course, you can't have high expectations everytime... But for each episode, you manage to do the roller coaster thing and even if some scenes are of course above all others (I'm still amazed with the pool scene that is the most intense and beautiful one in all the game so far Imo) who cares? The game is a whole thing and when all chapters are linked together, even the one "less good" (cause nothing is bad in your game) are important for getting to the best ones! And for real Aaryn, don't be so harsh on yourself haha, you're a f... good writer! I know for sure we will be amazed again! :)
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β˜… aaryn - 31 Jan 20 20:20
i love the pool scene too. it's not perfect but it's close enough to my vision that it makes me smile. I do agree with you that sometimes we need "less good" chapters to set things up and stuff. I think it's that artistic part where you're always your worst critic. People have high expectations for this game though and I really wanna deliver on that. Hell, i have high expectations too
Straight!? v0.17.2 Public Release!!
Straight!? v0.17.2 Public Release!!more_vert
2020-01-25T14:05:48+00:00
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Straight!? v0.17.2 Public Release!! 2020-01-25T14:05:48+00:00close

Yo,

So here's the public free version of the much anticipated v0.17.2. For those of you that haven't gotten a chance to play this or were unable to support on the Patreon site, I'm gonna recommend that you take it slow. This update is heavy as hell and there's a lot that happens so don't just speed click through stuff if you want to actually enjoy it. Also, replaying it helps-- you'll understand later. It took me about 2 days to really process things and I helped write the thing.

In general, this one speaks for itself. It doesn't need an intro. Enjoy the rollercoaster, folks. This one hits like a truck.

PC: Google Drive Mega MediaFire

MAC: Google Drive Mega MediaFire


Change Log v0.17

-Massive story addition and completion of Chapter 8 as well as the conclusion of Part 3 of the story. Sorry about the cliffhanger... don't hate me

-All new images in this update are now rendered in 4K UHD quality and converted down to 1080p. This should result in enhanced image quality of all the new images added in this update ONLY. All future images will be rendered in 4K as well. This should also not affect the game size either. So those who previously were downloading the full edition as opposed to the crunched edition actually have better image quality now than they previously did with 6 gig file size.

-Modified dialogue choices in cafe in Day 1 conversation to prevent references to Zack being gay before he tells Braden he may like the D.

-Corrected spelling errors but probably still missed just as many

-Slight wording change in post-park conversation to clarify "first kisses." For those confused, the park kiss was Zack's first kiss and Braden's first kiss with a dude.

Change Log v0.17.1

-Image and typo fixes


Change Log v0.17.2

-Lots of typo fixes

-Slight rearrange of dialogue in the final car scenes on the way to the beach to improve the conversational flow at the suggestion of a supporter

-Corrected a beach CG where Zack and Mikhail's shorts suddenly changed from trunks to their normal outfits during the beach intro conversations

-Made adjustments to the beach activity choices. There was a continuity error here where, based on the order of your choice, certain objects appeared in game before they were retrieved. The order has been reworked while still allowing the player to choose which beach activity they want to do first



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User #10404469 - 25 Jan 20 20:32
Haha at the "don't hate me" cliffhanger. You know Aaryn, it is something I have come to expect with cliffhanging ever since that smile on Braden's face before the card game. You know we love ya and your storytelling ways. Can't wait to download this version and play. Thanks to you and Jake, and Blayke (hope I'm not omitting other team members) for coming out with the new update.
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Jan 20 20:58
haha, that smile is still one of my favs. The new people dont even know what yall went through back in the day with that smile. But yeah, def a team effort on this one (you left out Jordyn but I haven't actually done a post about him yet cause i dont have his damn avatar pic). Jordyn helps with the CG edits and stuff right now and he does the selfies more recently
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User #19904873 - 25 Jan 20 22:34
Hey, speaking of selfies....when's the next round of those? After the break - and thus for Valentine's Day, or are you squeezing some in here at the end of January, too? Just curious! :)
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jan 20 02:32
I'm not sure yet tbh... I'd like to do something we'll see at this point. If not, we'll def do something fun next month
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User #26111324 - 25 Jan 20 16:38
Help please
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Jan 20 16:42
U used an old save. Click new game then follow the update prompts
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User #26111324 - 25 Jan 20 16:44
Thanks !
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User #9330009 - 29 Jan 20 16:43
Yes, I'm still alive and kicking and lurking :P It's a great update, I will not comment on everything, just my main observations. SPOILERS ahead! - Braden looks very cute with the glasses. "Dork" would be the negative way of saying it, I prefer to say "intellectual". And "intellectual" turns me on. It's superficial of me, even if in a positive way. In truth, it shouldn't and doesn't matter. - Mikhail's stayover. That was so lovely. He was allowed to stay. That was the ultimate sign/proof that he is part of the "inner circle" now. - The "curve". LOL. Well I was expecting WORSE. Far worse. I was expecting an angle of like 90 degrees or something xD It was so harmless, just like the glasses are harmless. But of course, both are a sign of feeling insecure (when there is actually no reason to from the outside) - Zack frozen when Braden had disappeared. I would have used this in a different way. I do not know what's up ahead in the story. I would have used this as the ultimate, last, final trust issue before their happy end. If Braden's trust in Zack had been shattered by this - then Zack would have had to work for months to regain Braden's trust. Then the swimming pool scene at night would have been such a greater payoff. It was still amazing though, of course!! For my liking it was a bit too easy and too fast how Braden was able to get in the pool AFTER such an incident (even if Zack hadn't been frozen). - The Fire. It didn't shock me. At all. Everything they need was outside of that building: themselves. Everything that is burning are just things you can replace. The fire cannot destroy their relationship nor their memories. It's just up to them to realize that. So for me, the fire really is just an inconvenience. It's a matter for the insurance, really. If Mikhail was in that building, which I doubt, I'm gonna stop ever playing again :P Please, don't do that. - Max and Mikhail. WELL. Yes and No. If Mikhail gets over Zack too easily and too fast that could diminish his GREAT SACRIFICE (TM). Those were my main thoughts. And in the sense of criticism they are just nitpicking. Your story, your game has achieved such a depth. And it is so rich and full and speaks to me on so many levels. I couldn't praise it highly enough. I appreciate a lot how this game casts a light on the issue of feeling insecure and social anxiety. There is always so much more to a person than you can see from the outside. One last thing, and I am serious: How can you even see undercurrents and what are you supposed to do when you see one?
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β˜… aaryn - 30 Jan 20 14:35
Good to see you still around here lurking. -I was really surprised to see the reaction to Braden's glasses. I was expecting more pushback from the community in changing his character model a bit. But it doesn't seem like a surprise since we've talked about it almost the entire game. It was just cool to see people open to that. -I'm with you on the Mikhail sleepover. I thought it was especially more impactful coming from Braden -In terms of curve insecurity. There's many things about people they are insecure about but to others, it seems very minor. - Zack's freezing during the drowning is probably the most controversial in the update. This was actually more of a surprise to me than anything because for the life of me, I can't see this scene play out any other way. For Zack to rescue him, it would have been more cliche. It's Mikhkail's time to shine and to consistently do what he always does, he kicks the credit masterfully right back to his friend. It reinforces who he is, who he's said he will be from the time he and Zack had that talk in Mik's dorm room. Zack's reaction in this scene is not uncommon--it's a classic trauma reaction. He's trained in controlled environments for things he's never actually experienced. In this case, he sees Braden (whom at this moment he probably already loves but hasn't admitted it until later). Don't forget the rose metaphor from before too, that he has to realize things can be lost before they actualy hold more value to him. Without that scene, we wouldn't have had a reason for the pool scene. I also view the night swim as a way for Braden to give Zack a chance to make up. Braden forgave Zack the second Mikhail dropped him in the sand, we saw that and he said it later in the shower too. Zack was the one who wasn't forgiving himself. Part of me thinks Braden was open to the night swim as a way for Zack to earn his own forgiveness. There's soooo much trust in that night swim. -In terms of the fire, we'll have to see how that plays out but in reality, i agree with you personally.I think Mikhail is gonna be ok too -Just because someone has mild interest in someone else doesn't mean they're over the first one. Mikhail is way more complex than we see. We see a few glimpses of that in this episode. undercurrents: enough time at the beach and you can sorta predict the waves and waters a bit. In that scene, Mikhail sees the water current change and knows what it's going to do before it happens. Sorta the same thing that people would use for surfing and stuff
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User #9330009 - 31 Jan 20 12:41
Heh, I didn't even wonder about Zack freezing in shock. What I was wondering about was how fast Braden got over this incident. Water is supposed to be the worst fear of his life (that's how I imagined it :P ) and he was almost drowning. So what does he do the next day? Go to the pool with the one person of whom he cannot be sure will be able to rescue him should anything happen. Braden might have forgiven Zack on a personal level. Sure enough and I can believe that. But Zack's professional ability to rescue someone who is in danger - especially Braden, maybe only Braden - should still be in question. So in a way, Braden is risking his life again in the pool scene. He can't be sure Zack would be able to rescue him should anything happen. I guess that is what trust is then. And to be able to trust someone with one's own life, yeah I guess that is the message that Braden is sending here. "Part of me thinks Braden was open to the night swim as a way for Zack to earn his own forgiveness." -> That is a very beautiful interpretation. Braden has grown a lot on me, there's so much more to him than meets the eye. You could say he is adorkable *BADUMM TZZZ*
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β˜… aaryn - 31 Jan 20 20:33
I wouldn't say "worst fear of his life" but he's definitely phobic--aversion at the very least. However, during the story, he's obviously taken steps to force himself to overcome that (i.e. go to the pool to meet Zack that one day he overheard the locker room convo, going to the beach, allowing hiself to run out into the water during frisbee). However, all of these things were linked to his relationship with Zack. I think Braden's forgiveness of Zack at the beach is instant because there was no intent behind Zack's failure. He just choked. Braden sensed that because they have a deeper connection by this point in the story. Braden trusts Zack unconditionally. We see this in the pool as he fights his own desire to get in the pool yet invites Zack to coach him into the water--even by the stupidest means necessary. Zack's ploy to get him in the water shouldn't have worked unless Braden actively wanted to do it. In my own head, he wanted to give Zack a second chance. I think he wants to spend time with Zack in his own element, which is why he allows Zack to take him under and doesn't fight it at all
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User #17568338 - 25 Jan 20 15:35
Finally got to play/read/get through this. Happy I waited till I had the correct time. As usual amazing but now I hate that I have to wait for more too bad you cannot get enough support where this is updated weekly LOL due to having a massive TEAM helping you put this together. Again props to you for hitting ALL the EMOTIONS ......I like to say more but do not want to Spoil anything for those who have not played this as yet. THANKS AGAIN FOR WHAT YOU GUYS DO FOR ALL OF US WITH THIS.
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Jan 20 16:15
you can include spoilers. I have expect people to include them in here. I know the Patreon release had some. But most people didn't even respond for a few days just to process shit. I wouldn't be surprised if comments are quiet on this one for awhile for obvious reasons
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User #17568338 - 26 Jan 20 05:09
What are you gonna do when someone wants to produce this as a TV series a Streamed Series? I could see this on Nexflix, Hulu etc. This is better that most of the dramas produce for TV or Streamed.
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jan 20 14:52
Omg... I dont even know how to answer that....sooo many variables. I do know that I wouldnt agree to anything I wasn't apart of and taking care of certain things for my friends would have to be written into the contract or I walk. The great thing here is the creative freedom. I answer to no one and that allows the story to be flexible as hell.
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User #17568338 - 26 Jan 20 05:07
Oh I got it as it happened, and in the manner that you state. I get you 100% but it still pissed me off LOL..... And that is not a bad thing. Actually later I sympathized with/for him due to exactly the same reason you gave based on the History you have shown of his thoughts and actions.
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jan 20 14:49
Yeah, I think media has conditioned characters to be heroes sometimes. In this case, it would have been pretty dope for Zack to get out of his head for once but the contradiction to his character would have been devastating. I'll also say that I think this gives Mikhails character a chance to shine (again) in that he's genuine. I think theres still a group of people out there that are still distrusting of him. I was ready for the conspiracies that Mikhail got Braden drunk on purpose so he would drown and then Mikhail gets Zack.
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User #12932372 - 26 Jan 20 00:26
Such a great update!!
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jan 20 02:34
Thanks Pierre. It's my fav too with v0.012 being a very close second (that's the bar and park scene). But the swimming night in this one is my everything.
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User #12932372 - 26 Jan 20 23:14
Agreed!! Swimming part got me goood!! Loved it!
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β˜… aaryn - 27 Jan 20 00:12
Glad. Def my fav scene in the game
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User #4319474 - 25 Jan 20 16:37
Do you know when we'll have other love interests that aren't the twinky roommate? Someone bigger? (No offense meant to anyone)
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Jan 20 16:41
prob not gonna happen. I think other games give plenty of options for dating different characters in the game. This game tends to focus heavily on specific reasons for the game and those are best told using one route. I'd rather do one route right and knock it out of the park then have 8 dateable guys with half-assed stories
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User #17568338 - 26 Jan 20 04:37
Okay with spoiler.......I actually caught myself getting mad and flicking the screen when Zack did nothing to help find his man...funny now but was not then if I was a character at that moment I wanted to beat his ASS..... but later on he made up for it. .... hence why I stated you hit ALLLLLLL EMOTIONS AGAIN. GREAT JOB...
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jan 20 04:45
I think this is a common reaction for a lot of people, but you interpreted this very differently than I do. This is a scene where Zack panics. It's not uncommon for many of us to train for a certain thing but then freeze in a real life scenario. Think of those in the medical profession, military, etc. His reaction isn't uncommon. To me, Zack is stoic and hard on the exterior but he's not built for trauma or difficult scenarios on the inside like what he faced. In reality, he's probably the biggest softy in the game, he just second guesses himself so much that he's afraid to show it. He's not a monster, he's not a coward, he's just afraid and apprehensive of his own self imposed limitations. Imo, if he had gone after Braden heroically, it would have gone against all the anxiety and second guessing we've seen throughout the game. I think in this update we see him improve, but not to the extent that he can handle a crisis.
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User #26111324 - 25 Jan 20 16:38
I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred. While running game code: File "game/script.rpy", line 31738, in script if (CarPhoneCallBeach1 and ThingsGettingSeriousBeach and WhatMikThingOfBraden): File "game/script.rpy", line 31738, in if (CarPhoneCallBeach1 and ThingsGettingSeriousBeach and WhatMikThingOfBraden): NameError: name 'CarPhoneCallBeach1' is not defined
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User #28624455 - 26 Jan 20 20:29
To me, what defines a good story is how much I fear what's coming next. I can't even remember the last time I've felt so many emotions with a story. This is some really good writing. I've been silently following the progress you made since one of the early versions, but this one got me so hard I had to say something. That cliffhanger will be stuck in my head for a really long time and I can't even describe how much impact this story has in my life, thank you for this, I'm looking foward for the next update and I hope I can find a way to support you until then.
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jan 20 22:54
As much as this one ends with some crazy stuff, it's honestly a good break for us to catch up with everything that happened. I really wanted emotions all over the place here because i think it was really needed for the story. Plus, this part, imo, had to outdo the bar/park scene. We can't have the best scenes in the game that early. I'm glad you enjoyed this and while i'm sorry you had to go through all the emotions, we all did it together. It's just as crazy writing this stuff as it is reading it. I'm looking forward to the next one too. Lot changes moving forward
Straight!? v0.17.2 (Typos and Continuity Fix) 2020-01-14T04:02:04+00:00

Yo,

Here's the updated version of v017 with the typo fixes. I want to thank all the supporters who gave feedback and suggestions on fixes. I also want to invite all of you over the next time I'm studying for a fucking spelling test. There's also a short wording change in the car scene at the beginning that was recommended to make things flow better.

This updated version also has the continuity fix for the beach scene. This fixes the previous version that had a bug if you chose "hot" before "volleyball" at the beach. For those who played the other version, this doesn't change the beach scene significantly but it does tweak the order a bit. It definitely doesn't require a replay or anything. This was an incredibly difficult bug fix for my amateur level so it took forever. Let me know if you have any problems or if there's any other continuity errors--specifically during the beach scene. I'm fully prepared to have overlooked something else with it but I'd like to be extremely confident that it's fixed before we drop the free version to the public. I also appreciate anyone commenting if they don't see any errors either. Both are helpful.

PC: Google Drive Mega MediaFire

MAC: Google Drive Mega MediaFire


Change Log v0.17.2

-Lots of typo fixes

-Slight rearrange of dialogue in the final car scenes on the way to the beach to improve the conversational flow at the suggestion of a supporter

-Corrected a beach CG where Zack and Mikhail's shorts suddenly changed from trunks to their normal outfits during the beach intro conversations

-Made adjustments to the beach activity choices. There was a continuity error here where, based on the order of your choice, certain objects appeared in game before they were retrieved. The order has been reworked while still allowing the player to choose which beach activity they want to do first

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User #17568338 - 14 Jan 20 04:15
I still have not had a chance to download and start this sort of happy now all the kinks will be gone. 😎😎😎
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β˜… aaryn - 14 Jan 20 06:02
I hope they have been. Quite a few typos were fixed. Think our eyes were just tired. Hope this one runs smooth, if not let me know
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User #14480678 - 14 Jan 20 11:23
Seems the mac links are broken
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β˜… aaryn - 14 Jan 20 13:49
I'm having some serious problems with Patreon transferring the download links right now. The MediaFire is the only one that's working. I'm gonna try and work on it when i get a break at work but for now, use MediaFire
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β˜… aaryn - 14 Jan 20 18:22
Double check now. I wanted to make sure you got the message that the links should be working now
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User #14480678 - 14 Jan 20 18:38
it's all working, thanks! sorry I didn't check again before.
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β˜… aaryn - 14 Jan 20 18:50
Nah, you're good. I just got it working :)
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User #23115203 - 25 Jan 20 07:08
My dream is for this game to come out with the Portuguese-Brazil language. I have already indicated it to several friends and I'm a big fan, but the language gets in the way. We Brazilians would be very happy if they were able to translate the game into our language. And if they can't, if they launched a beta translation done by the google translator it would be a great gift. Kisses and all the best for the developers.
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Jan 20 13:53
Thanks a lot for the love. We havent done translations yet because this is still in alpha stage. I'm also dissatisfied by the beginning of the game so that will change some and we'll likely eliminate the repetition part. We also plan to add more background characters in to fill the school out a bit. But basically the game needs polished when we get done and awhile they wont change the story, it could definitely affect translations. We plan to do translations when it's done but we've avoided it for now because we'd have to redo them. I wouldnt be against a Portuguese version though at all.
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User #19904873 - 25 Jan 20 15:45
Aaryn, I know what you mean about the repetition part, and I kind of get it, since the rest of the story is so linear. But, all of that repetition is kind of fun, too, trying to get the different scenes, and experiencing all the awkwardness as they gradually get to know each other. It works great for helping us get to know the characters better, in other words. I wouldn't necessarily eliminate the repetition, just find a way to build it in. That slow reveal, physical and emotional, is part of the, um, attraction? And actually part of the fun. Just my opinion, for what it's worth!
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Jan 20 18:14
If the repetition was removed, we would definitely keep the essence of these exchanges including the awkwardness and relationship building. It just wouldnt be a puzzle on how to figure it out, allowing the reader to concentrate more on the story and less on remembering what choices they havent picked yet. I have some ideas for it that feel like a happy medium. It's just going to take time to recode it
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User #19904873 - 25 Jan 20 22:32
I can understand that. You're doing such an awesome job with this whole thing! Just waiting now while the motorized track pulls us to the top of the next hill of the roller coaster! :) Keep up the awesome job, team!
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β˜… aaryn - 26 Jan 20 14:44
Thanks man :)
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β˜… aaryn - 14 Jan 20 18:21
Links are now working again. Sorry about the delay
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User #26945659 - 25 Jan 20 01:56
All worked good for me about running the game (maybe some mistakes to correct in typo but that surely doesn't break the game mood! )
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β˜… aaryn - 25 Jan 20 02:25
Good to hear. Thanks for checking in. Appreciate the feedback
Behind the Scenes: Is Str8 Based on a True Story?! 2020-02-27T01:28:06+00:00

So for these logs,we're going to be looking at some of the common questions that we receive from fans about the game and the dev team. This is one of the biggest questions that we get from people so we thought it would be cool to actually do a post and write the answer up more succinctly. I'll also warn that these logs get a bit more personal, at least from my perspective, but they will hopefully give more insight into the characters and the passion behind them and the story as a whole.

So many of you, over the past years, have asked in some fashion or another where the idea for the game came from. Is it a true story? Are Zack and Braden real? Are the stories they share real?

So is Str8 True!? Do Braden and Zack Really Exist!?

In short: nope. First and foremost, Str8 is a work of fiction. Neither Zack, Braden, or Mikhail or anyone else in the story exists outside the scope of the gameβ€”at least to my knowledge. So unfortunately, they aren't real people--well, not in the way that they appear in the game anyway...

I’ve been pretty open in past replies that I’m very β€œZack” and this is actually true across most of the characters. Zack is the character that I relate to the most and the most visceral depiction of my own personality that I've really ever shared with anyone until I started writing this, but I'll talk more about that in a future log. However, there’s a part of me that’s very Braden as well. Braden is very much my "bro" side and the one that really teeters on not necessarily fitting into any particular sexual stereotype at times. While Zack represents my "overthinking" side, Braden very much represents the side of me that doesn't subscribe to boundaries very well--things sorta just become what they become in all my relationships. Mikhail, on the other hand is my ideal self and the part of me that summarizes what I know to be true but sorta try to pretend like it isn't. He's like my conscience giving the other characters advice based on his own life experiences and struggles that happened before the story began. He's also my favorite because he's the strongest of all the characters in my opinion.

Essentially, the dialogue you see between Zack, Braden, and Mikhail is my own inner monologueβ€”like one side of me talking to another. This is why I never did outlines in the beginning of the game and it's also why I've frequently referenced how personal the writing is to me in spots. It's also why some of the characters speak similarly. I could go out of my way to be more professional and vary the voices of the characters but then I would lose the personal nature and the purpose of the story to me.

On the other hand, some of the stories the characters share are true. For example, when Braden talks about the bully during a secret dinner conversation (to unlock, don't try and scare Braden in the bathroom when you sneak up on him) β€”that’s a true story from my high school days (That dude was such a dick...). Zack’s distaste for squeaking basketball squeaking shoes: that’s totally meβ€”can’t stand that shit and I refuse to watch basketball because of it. Also, Braden's Tai Chi not only has a point to the story, incorporating a sense of balance to Zack's overanalysis, but it was something that I learned and really got into in my undergraduate schooling. It helped me quiet my head and accept things beyond my control--something that I always struggled with before. I'm also a huge martial arts fan and this serves as the basis for Braden's enjoyment of MMA. At the time of the scene where they watch the fight on Zack's bed for the first time, there was a huge fight that summer on Pay-per-View that I was stoked about (Cormier is my boi and he totally won!). There's also true stories early in the game in which I reference lost family members that were important to me and some other deeper shit. There’s hints at my own personality throughout the characters but no one character or the story is fully true as they appear in the story.

The one story I won't confirm (and the one that I get asked the most often): was the coffee shop story about the veggie oil wankfest true? Haha. I won't confirm or deny this one. People seem to have their own minds made up on both sides of the fence on that one already so you can decide for yourself. But I will say that scene is the best real life example of hanging out with me at a coffee shop. Zack telling that story is the most unfiltered version of Aaryn you will see in this story. My voice and the cadence of the writing in that scene was so glaringly obvious that I remember Blayke saying that it was totally me.

I'll go into more detail on how the story came to be in another post. But let me know if you have more questions about this topic specifically. I can always modify the post to include those if they aren't too crazy personal to me.

Stay tuned for more Behind the Scenes stuff include walkthoughs of the game making process and other Q & A stuff about the game. If you have specific questions you'd like to see addressed, feel free to comment below and we'll consider them.

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User #26945659 - 2 Mar 20 12:41
You know what all of that means? Just we would be deeper again in that game! Anyway, thanks for sharing that too! But still, yesssssssss we want to know about the oil mess part hahahaha (angel face)
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Mar 20 14:28
Haha, people really got into that story :p
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User #10245979 - 27 Feb 20 02:11
Thank you for sharing this πŸ’œ Always nice to have a bit more insight into the man behind the creative curtain 😊
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β˜… aaryn - 27 Feb 20 02:29
No problem. It's a common question and I think the actual response gives some insight into why the characters and issues feel real without actually being true
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User #19904873 - 27 Feb 20 02:29
Not trying to go ultra-deep here or anything, but wouldn't psychologists argue that any character that an author creates really represents at least some part of their persona? Even if the character seems completely opposite your "normal' outward personality, that there must be some part of you that feels that way, or you won't be able to create the character (at least not in a believable way). That doesn't invalidate your answer, of course, just makes it make sense. I just figured that, when I write my (totally) fiction stories, even my cruelest, most sadistic characters - some of them are real assholes - are really a manifestation of my darker, more evil side. Is that true, or do I need serious professional help? :P Just wondering. But thanks for sharing. That totally makes sense. And, ummm, I'm really hoping that Blayke is okay - and that he didn't start that fire!
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β˜… aaryn - 27 Feb 20 02:35
I mean, sure. I think you have to have something to embrace; something that you have as an anchor from reality to make your fictional characters seem real. For some people this could be a part of you but it could also be characteristics you base off others, too. Then again, I'm not the best person to answer this because I dont have any formal training on this stuff. The psych stuff is my territory though... And Blayke is fine. I talked to him earlier. The bandages on his face and arms are breathtaking and really accent his natural glow... especially if you like Deadpool (im soooo kidding...hes gonna fucking kill me)
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User #19904873 - 27 Feb 20 02:47
I might have to go on the Discord just to find his reaction to this! That's funny! Sounds like he might be trippin' from your response?
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β˜… aaryn - 27 Feb 20 02:48
Haha, we just tease each other a lot
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User #19904873 - 27 Feb 20 02:53
That, certainly - honestly, I meant literally trippin'. Because, you know, just being Blayke and all.... Sorry, Blayke! Just wondering: until the bandages come off, are we supposed to call you, "mummy"?
Straight!? v0.17.1 Patreon Release
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Hey,

Normally I say a bunch of crazy stuff but in all honesty, I'm pretty proud of this one. It took forever but this one is best to just jump in and ride the wave; hopefully you'll hit every emotion on the spectrum by the time that last screen fades.

Spoilers and discussion are welcome in the comments. If you haven't played the update, you're going to really want to avoid spoilers on this one.

This is our best, guys. Thanks for the patience, support, and believing in us.

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PC - MediaFire Google Drive Mega

MAC - MediaFire Google Drive Mega


Change Log v0.17.1

-Image and typo fixes


Change Log v0.17

-Massive story addition and completion of Chapter 8 as well as the conclusion of Part 3 of the story. Sorry about the cliffhanger... don't hate me

-All new images in this update are now rendered in 4K UHD quality and converted down to 1080p. This should result in enhanced image quality of all the new images added in this update ONLY. All future images will be rendered in 4K as well. This should also not affect the game size either. So those who previously were downloading the full edition as opposed to the crunched edition actually have better image quality now than they previously did with 6 gig file size.

-Modified dialogue choices in cafe in Day 1 conversation to prevent references to Zack being gay before he tells Braden he may like the D.

-Corrected spelling errors but probably still missed just as many

-Slight wording change in post-park conversation to clarify "first kisses." For those confused, the park kiss was Zack's first kiss and Braden's first kiss with a dude.


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User #19639292 - 4 Jan 20 19:15
Yes downloading right now! Very happy when I saw this might be ready on my birthday and it is! Thank you for the gift haha.
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 19:34
damn, a few of you having bdays today. happy bday man :)
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User #17568338 - 5 Jan 20 09:03
Going to have to wait till I have sometime. When I start each update I cannot stop so I cannot afford to get fired, get no sleep or miss appointment. Been a busy weekend this is going to add to it but in a NICE WAY....THANKS.
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Jan 20 00:09
Yeah, give yourself some time on this one. It's pretty long and the pacing seems to move pretty quickly so theres not really a good place to stop
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User #13093843 - 5 Jan 20 00:26
This is perhaps the best update so far! I can see the amount of hard work Aaryn and his team put into this one, even more than the already high level of quality they've been producing so far. Great job, man!
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β˜… aaryn - 5 Jan 20 20:59
Thanks man. Glad it paid off and you enjoyed it
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User #14635139 - 4 Jan 20 15:58
Cliffhanger!!! :( If this update ends with Zach and Braden not going to 3rd base I will be truly upset after waiting for 6 months...
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 16:17
Only if the story allows. Keep in mind the adult tag for this game really means zero boundaries on the story rather than just overt porn
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User #14635139 - 4 Jan 20 22:21
Hello Aaryn, I am not going to lie, I liked the update. Though I would be upset if it ended up with the beach and if you didnt include the 2nd half. LOL. I hope the new update will not take this long. I am following the game since chapter 1 - so I was used to updates every 1.5 months... :)
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 22:35
Yeah, I feel ya. There's huge differences between the beginning of the game and the current state of the game, though. Updates back then that dropped every 1.5 months or so probably had about 80 pictures in them--this one had over 500. The old ones didn't use any spotlights or anything. The newer ones require lighting to make things look more realistic. We also reused the same sets in old updates or there were few clothing changes. Basically the progression of the game contiues to increase the intensity of the updates. Plus, people tend to expect more. i know I do. I can only speak for myself when I say I spent around 40 to 50 hours per week average on this thing plus the full-time job. I also burned almost a year's worth of vacation just on this update alone to get it completed this quickly. I do see future updates not taking quite as long because this one was longer. There were plenty of action shots and animations that this part of the story required. I wish it hadn't taken so long either but looking back at how I feel about the finished product... I'm ok with the time it took because this part of the game needed to work. I wish it was faster but I can't really push more than 90 hours per week of work, i'm tired man, lol
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User #867362 - 5 Jan 20 02:25
Loads of respect to you Aaryn for all the hard work you and your team have put into this game so far. Like you and me briefly discussed on Discord, you said this game was very close to your heart and it shows in every smile, look and side glance. This game shows more emotion then I have ever seen in a game let alone a VN that usually use sprites. Keep up the great work and keep doing what you do.
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User #10153791 - 4 Jan 20 19:23
Woah, that was the best update so far! Every time it faded to black to change scenes, I kept expecting a "to be continued" to pop up, I'm so glad it didn't haha I was too into the story. The hard work put into this update really showed, I was glued to the story the whole time. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 19:35
yeah, this is why it took so long. There just wasn't a good place to end any earlier so we stretched out essentially two updates into one big one. New Year...new story :)
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User #22394057 - 5 Jan 20 01:43
So excited for this next instalment! Thank you guys for your dedication and tireless work, I'm super proud to be supporting such a great project.
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Jan 20 00:01
It's an honor to have you onboard. Without the support, this would take like a century to make and I'd be dropping the last chapter from a damn nursing home, lol. Theres still plenty of story left
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User #246938 - 4 Jan 20 16:21
!! SPOILER ALERT !! I'm hyped. Also my VPN is making this slower, but you'll never find me! #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 18:09
welp, you wait longer but at least you get privacy, right?
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User #26537878 - 4 Jan 20 15:50
Can't wait to continue the story!
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User #14518220 - 4 Jan 20 16:25
really a nice update, but I think the story allows to go further with the two characters, they turn around for a long time, at some point we must take action (preliminary for example) a young couple at the start it's curious: p
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 18:09
yeah, this is very much a theme in the game if you haven't noticed
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User #20110999 - 4 Jan 20 16:49
Thank you for all the hard work put in by you and Jordyn and Blayke and anyone else involved. You're treading new ground and learn experiences. Much appreciated. And Thank you for allowing us to come with you in the process.
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 18:11
and Lazy Jayke did the animations but he's been on the quieter side because of real life obligations. But i'm glad you appreciate the direction. It's definitely different than I think a lot of us were expecting but i'm optimistic for the future despite
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User #17119381 - 4 Jan 20 23:27
Stakes? In MY game??? It's more likely than you think...
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User #19886081 - 5 Jan 20 09:58
really really good job on this. Best update ! So intense, so emotional... you had me so badly for some situations i can't say to no spoil this... great job again, i'm proud to give you money for this fantastic job ! Really good story so !
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Jan 20 01:34
I tried to warn you guys on this one... rollercoaster just doesnt even do it justice. I'm glad you liked the intensity though. Def an emotional thing to write
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User #17041387 - 4 Jan 20 16:20
Downloading can’t wait 😁. Thank you Aaryn πŸ€—
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 18:08
yuuuuup
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User #22673861 - 4 Jan 20 15:55
Thanks nearly downloaded.
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 16:16
good. I'm glad speeds are doing ok
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User #24299002 - 5 Jan 20 02:38
Loved it! although at the end when it said to be continued after the last scene, i was like "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, it can't end with a cliff hanger" xD
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Jan 20 00:06
Yeah, we tend to specialize in cliffhanger updates and let's be honest...this was the best place to lower the curtain
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User #24299002 - 6 Jan 20 01:27
True, it was the best place to lower the curtain!!
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User #10785091 - 4 Jan 20 16:32
β™₯
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User #10245979 - 5 Jan 20 09:23
Aww guys this was the most heart melting add on yet! πŸ’œ Definitely know how to pull on the heart strings with this update, amazing work πŸ™Œ
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Jan 20 00:11
The swim lesson is my everything
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User #10245979 - 6 Jan 20 00:28
Aww it's so beautiful πŸ₯€
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User #14518220 - 4 Jan 20 15:49
<3
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User #12408750 - 5 Jan 20 02:02
It was worth waiting! A great update. Of course, I want to kill you now after I saw the final scene because now I am waiting even more for the next chapter, but I still love you for what you do for us! Thank you so much, a great job! <3
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Jan 20 00:03
Yeah..I feel ya. This is one of the most intense cliffhangers we've had in the game. Hopefully some of the other revelations gave you a little bit of closure though in some areas
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User #10656466 - 4 Jan 20 15:58
I am so excited! Thanks guys, can't wait to see where this story goes!
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 16:18
buckle up, bruh
Update Eve (v0.17 Live Tomorrow) 2020-01-03T21:05:01+00:00

Hey all,

So for those not on the Discord, I've recently made it more apparent that I was shooting for a weekend release--originally Friday/Saturday. Obviously, I'm publishing this today so we're gonna go live with the update tomorrow. I wanted to drop a few thoughts on this update before it actually comes out because I figure not as many people read these text walls after they see the game link. There's kind of a big mix of stuff here and I know we have a lot of new folks around here so here's some pointers as well as reflections on the update and release.

Credit

This update is massive. We've added just under 500 pictures and somewhere around 3,600 lines of code. This is visually the best looking update with images rendered in 4K. You'll also notice that some static images in a few of the scenes now have moving backgrounds. I want to credit both Blayke and Jordyn for their work on these. Blayke had the original prototype images and the vision for this and Jordyn was able to do some subtle Photoshop magic to make my favorite scene in the game really pop. These guys know how important this scene is to me because they've been listening to me talk about it for like a year. Even though I finally finished writing it and did the CGs for it, these guys still were tinkering around behind the scenes to try and think of ways to improve it so that it had more of an impact on me and the game at large so I want to publicly acknowledge this sacrifice and y'all will never hear me stop saying how much it means to me.

Some of you were on the Discord last night when we did some Q & A with Blayke and I. We briefly mentioned that the beach scenes are actually designed from scratch by Lazy Jayke. He designed these using Blender and then I was able to import it into Daz3D to add in the boyz. For the update, we're actually using two different beach scenes, one for the arrival and one that contains the shots closer to the water. We had several activities planned for the beach section and none of the pre-designed packs really checked all the boxes, so Lazy Jayke came to the rescue. So feast your eyes on the custom beach sets and credit goes to Lazy Jayke for all his hard work on the sets.

I also want to draw attention to the last scene in the update that ends with Lazy Jayke's stunning cut-scene animation. This is the beast that he's been working on for...9 months? ( I may be off on that but I want to say that the ending of Chapter 8 was set in stone around March of 2018). Anyway, this scene is built completely from scratch and is not only one of the most stunning moments in the game but also visually insane what he was able to pull off here. The shitty part is that I want to say a million more things about it but I'll let you just see for yourselves. I plan to publish a much more detailed reflection after the update drops so we can come back to this.

Some of you rush through the updates but I'll ask that you slow down a little; take your time going through it and enjoy the pretty shit this one has to offer. There's a lot to unpack in this update. A lot.

But also know this was insane work behind the scenes and I couldn't have done it without these guys. I'm proud of them and I love them for their work, contribution, dedication, selflessness, and just the tireless effort they put into my passion. They're amazing people to work with and the spotlight is plenty big enough for all of us to fit into it.

Update!!

Ok, so enough mushy shit. So update is planned to drop Saturday morning shortly after I wake up and get my coffee going. We're delaying until then so that time zones for the dev team won't kill any of us. I also want to make sure there is tech support available and any questions can be answered to make this shit go smooth. We have a lot more Patreons than we ever had and y'all almost broke the fucking internet when we dropped v0.16. My damn Google Drive went to shit and I think we had to create like 4 mirrors to get everyone through. Hopefully we have a solution to that but I'll ask for some cooperation here:

1. We're going to still release 2 versions (PC and MAC) but there is no full or crunched version anymore. Just one version with consistent image quality that's better than the old full version--it's just smaller size.

2. Download links: I'm going to ask that you try the MediaFire download link first. We have unlimited downloads on this one. However, for anyone outside of the United States, MediaFire seemed really slow last time so feel free to use the Google Drive one if that applies to you. Google Drive just has limits on it so be polite and don't hog all the downloads if you could easily use MediaFire.

3. If you have problems, the Discord is going to be the fastest tech support line to talk with the dev team. At launch, we will have support on there (or you can just bullshit with us while you wait on the download). Feel free to post on the Patreon too but also understand that I'm the only one that has access to that and usually depend on email alerts to notify me of messages--sometimes they take hours, though.

4. Do not use old saves! There's a big warning with half naked men on the start-up screen about this. If you experience bugs in the game or crashes, it's likely because you used an old save. Please start a new game after you download the update and then follow the red prompts that say "update." This will then ask you two questions: which route (respect vs pervy) as well as if you used MF's trimmer or tried to DIY your own dick shrub. This will activate the previous choices you had and drop you off right at the end of the last episode (right before they get in the car to leave). After than, you're golden.

5. Bugs/Typos: If you run into bugs or typos, you can notify us. Please do not post these in the #Bugs channel on Discord because this is a new update and it could spoil things for the free followers. Your best bet is to actually put them in the v017 spoiler thread on Discord or DM me directly with a screenshot. I don't find this pretentious or annoying. Shit needs fixed anyway so it's actually helpful. I usually have the code open on update days and fix it in real-time as you post it.

6. Last, please don't share the download link. I've humbly asked this in the past because we do release the game for free anyway. I purposely publish the game on f95zone with an account over there once the free version comes out and we also monitor torrent sites (you know which one) for posts on there. The last time the game was pirated, it messed up my concentration for about a month and delayed v016 pretty significantly. The Patreon is simply a way to fund this project. If I had to guess how many man hours went into this update, I'd probably throw out around around 2,000 hours or so... probably more. We do not make millions, I make around $1 an hour on this project if I'm lucky. It costs thousands of dollars to make this, purchase assets, buy hardware components, and keep our lights turned on so we can render shit. So I'll humbly ask that you not distribute the game publicly until after we post the free version--then repost it wherever you want.

That's all, folks.

We appreciate the support and let's all hope this shyt goes smooth tomorrow.

<3

Aaryn and the Team


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User #18991019 - 3 Jan 20 21:52
Yes, finishing work early Saturday so I can download this!
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:56
Just pull the fire alarm and walk out (just kidding..please dont do that)
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:56
Just pull the fire alarm and walk out (just kidding..please dont do that)
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User #10404469 - 4 Jan 20 07:41
I know that I haven't been in the Discord in a bit, but it's good to always be able to count on the updates. Y'all get some rest and then GET BACK TO WORK lol just kidding. Loves Aaryn and Team.
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User #3215966 - 3 Jan 20 22:05
With all the fires around here, it will be nice to have something smouldering that isn't likely to kill me (heart attacks aside)!
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:44
Good lord, be safe man
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:44
Good lord, be safe man
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User #3215966 - 4 Jan 20 04:49
There's been a large fire burning at the end of the street for several days (and I live in Melbourne!). Fortunately the weather conditions today are quite cool where I am, and the winds don't seem to have been too much of a problem. Not so for much of the rest of the state, alas. It's nice to have something amazing to think about. :)
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User #3215966 - 4 Jan 20 04:49
There's been a large fire burning at the end of the street for several days (and I live in Melbourne!). Fortunately the weather conditions today are quite cool where I am, and the winds don't seem to have been too much of a problem. Not so for much of the rest of the state, alas. It's nice to have something amazing to think about. :)
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User #8658257 - 3 Jan 20 22:16
Is that saturday morning american time?
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 00:47
yep
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 00:47
yep
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User #8658257 - 4 Jan 20 00:51
Ok thanks. Then I now it will be in the afternoon here in Europe 😊
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User #8658257 - 4 Jan 20 00:51
Ok thanks. Then I now it will be in the afternoon here in Europe 😊
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User #28762234 - 4 Jan 20 07:07
sooo excoited!!!
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User #9334826 - 4 Jan 20 10:47
Hey hi, I live in France so I wanted to know about the time zone, what time will the update come out at my place?
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User #11978227 - 4 Jan 20 12:10
That would be great! I'm in the same time zone (Germany) and in the past he released most stuff at ~21:00
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User #11978227 - 4 Jan 20 12:10
That would be great! I'm in the same time zone (Germany) and in the past he released most stuff at ~21:00
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User #10656466 - 3 Jan 20 21:10
Ahhhhhh. Yes. Yes. Yes.
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:35
you're tellin' me...
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:35
you're tellin' me...
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User #10245979 - 3 Jan 20 22:16
Thank you Aaryn and the team! We love your work and will always be thankful for the hard work you all put in πŸ’™
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:45
Well, we're probably more thankful for the support
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:45
Well, we're probably more thankful for the support
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User #10245979 - 4 Jan 20 03:51
Well you've always got it and our patience πŸ™Œ
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User #10245979 - 4 Jan 20 03:51
Well you've always got it and our patience πŸ™Œ
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User #14518220 - 4 Jan 20 15:41
πŸ§πŸ•‘?
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User #17443319 - 4 Jan 20 02:42
Looking forward to it! Thank you always to you and the team for working so hard on this game :)
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:50
And thanks for the support and just checking in. It means a lot to us to see a bunch of screaming fanboys out there
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:50
And thanks for the support and just checking in. It means a lot to us to see a bunch of screaming fanboys out there
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User #26188152 - 4 Jan 20 02:12
It might sound weird but IΒ΄m so proud of you guys, IΒ΄m so happy to be a part of this :)
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:48
Dude, that's a pretty cool thing to say. We're glad to have you. I draw a lot of inspiration from the people I've met on here and even from comme ts that people make or questions they have. This game has truly grown because of the community
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:48
Dude, that's a pretty cool thing to say. We're glad to have you. I draw a lot of inspiration from the people I've met on here and even from comme ts that people make or questions they have. This game has truly grown because of the community
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User #18991019 - 3 Jan 20 21:57
Haha I drive a truck, the fire alarms to cool off after I’ve played the update! πŸ˜›
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 22:03
Just pull over first :p
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 22:03
Just pull over first :p
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User #246938 - 3 Jan 20 21:49
This better not just be 480 pictures of you oggling Mikael applying lotion at the beach Aayrn, with about 10 for Zack and Braden getting ice cream or something. I want some time with my boys -- inappriopriately lewd time -- involving other kinds of lotion getting in those tight spots. I can't wait!! #MikaelMadness #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:54
that's exactly what it is. all pics of me and Mikhail. And if you print them out sequentially, you can make a flip book and remember it always
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:54
that's exactly what it is. all pics of me and Mikhail. And if you print them out sequentially, you can make a flip book and remember it always
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User #246938 - 3 Jan 20 22:02
*sigh* Very well. I will endure this indiginity for the sake of my Braden and his Zack. *unzips* #ArtIsSuffering #TeamBraden
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User #246938 - 3 Jan 20 22:02
*sigh* Very well. I will endure this indiginity for the sake of my Braden and his Zack. *unzips* #ArtIsSuffering #TeamBraden
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User #26945659 - 4 Jan 20 03:34
Yesssssss... Hahaha... Well I've just read the all thing, and you know guys why I'm so anxious and hyped? Just because you put so many feelings in there. When I've finished reading your post, I realized how much that means to you... I'll take the time for this update, and again live all what would happen in the game with them intensely. Thank you by advance Aaryn and all of your team!!! For what it seems the best update so far. I'll tell you after playing haha
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:56
Heh, that's the kinda shit the dev team has to put up with when I turn into a big softy...
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:56
Heh, that's the kinda shit the dev team has to put up with when I turn into a big softy...
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User #7373159 - 3 Jan 20 21:46
OH MY GOD IT'S HAPPENING EVERYONE CALM DOWN
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:54
The time draws nigh...
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:54
The time draws nigh...
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User #4883539 - 3 Jan 20 22:45
No sleep for me for next 16 hours at least then! It will be worth it I'm sure, stay strong people!
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User #2298121 - 4 Jan 20 14:05
finally
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User #22673861 - 3 Jan 20 21:51
hugely looking forward to it.
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:55
same, if you need me, i'll be in the back with Blayke giving me oxygen
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 21:55
same, if you need me, i'll be in the back with Blayke giving me oxygen
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User #28926416 - 4 Jan 20 15:30
Gooool
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User #6549337 - 3 Jan 20 22:38
Cant wait to see what a great job you guys have been doing!
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:47
Its gonna be a ride
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β˜… aaryn - 4 Jan 20 03:47
Its gonna be a ride
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Last one, folks

Clothing optional


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User #15502941 - 1 Jan 20 20:57
Happy New Year! :)
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User #867362 - 1 Jan 20 02:37
I see someone had a great new year.
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jan 20 07:11
That's pretty much how I am on new year
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User #20110999 - 1 Jan 20 16:49
Great pics the continued story will be exciting with a lot of great art work. Awesome job guys....
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User #7259316 - 1 Jan 20 02:39
Ok so I didn't want this to stop so I just waited with this. If those are selfies, who's holding the camera? :)
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User #19904873 - 1 Jan 20 02:49
#GoPro #SelfieStick? (at least for these two - otherwise it's creepy as anything).
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jan 20 07:11
Tripod?
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User #867362 - 1 Jan 20 13:48
#Toepod #TeamBraden #TeamCody
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User #8161618 - 1 Jan 20 14:22
This one looks really nice in particular. Great Job guys! Always such good work! Happy New Year everyone!
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User #22673861 - 1 Jan 20 16:06
I keep coming back and checking for a release like a crazy person. I know i get emails when theres an update but then i think maybe its been released and ive just not been emailed. Then i think the chances of that are pretty small...and then i find myself checking.
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User #246938 - 1 Jan 20 14:13
False alarm folks - no zombie apocalpyse snuggles, just jock bros mostly naked sleeping together in the same bed having a pic taken by the ghost of late and inapprioriate Christmas selfies. A timeless classic. Zack will have to help Braden keep his bits warm - wouldn't want him getting literal blue balls. Maybe a visit to the beach will help get him all warmed up. If only there was some kind of planned trip to such a place in their immediate future... Happy New Year everyone! #ColdMeatStiffNeck #TeamBraden
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Yo peeps,

I know... we're down to the wire on these so I'm dropping the last two simultaneously to make sure you guys get to see them within the December period.

This is the last set for the month so enjoy some cuddles cause it looks like Braden couldn't make it 'til midnight.



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User #246938 - 1 Jan 20 14:06
Now *THIS* is how you welcome in the New Year! Zack might want to let poor sleepy Braden lay down soon or he's gonna get the wrong kind of stiff... #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Jan 20 18:41
If that thing gets hard its prob gonna knock Zack out the bed
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User #26945659 - 1 Jan 20 10:00
In those trouble times, sweetness is the best! And cuddles too! Happy New-Year to you and all your team and of course, everyone here!
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Jan 20 18:41
Hey thanks! You too :) And yeah...cuddles are the best
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User #3215966 - 1 Jan 20 03:42
That's so sweet! I love it. :)
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jan 20 07:13
Love the snuggles
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User #10656466 - 1 Jan 20 02:33
Not December here πŸ˜›
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jan 20 07:12
In the rearview
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User #867362 - 1 Jan 20 02:36
2 1/2 hours left here and I got no where to go or anything to do except looking at Braden while he is sleeping. Does this make me a stalker?
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β˜… aaryn - 1 Jan 20 07:13
Nah, long as you dont stare...Braden already busted Zack once
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Welp, Christmas is over but there's still plenty to unwrap 'round here.

Cody takes break time at the coffee shop pretty liberally.


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User #19904873 - 28 Dec 19 01:45
Since the weather’s warming up for them, perhaps this group ought to do a car wash to raise their college tuition! They could make a killing dressed like this (or at least in some thongs or jockstraps) while they work! And while they polish your car, they could get something else polished, for a little extra money. Just, uh, clean up the mess for them! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ˆπŸ† #FutureSelfiesSeries
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Dec 19 01:47
Car wash sounds like something I'd do to raise money for a game music soundtrack
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User #19904873 - 28 Dec 19 02:03
Well, I guess if you got Jordyn to work on it, you could animate an entire sequence, perhaps with strip-down and everything! That could be really wild! :P Of course, imho, a soundtrack is optional, unless you get the chance to get music that actually goes with your scenes. I usually end up turning off game music anyway, because they tend to be either random, or worse, porn-trax. But, meh, I trust you on this, you haven't done it wrong yet. So we'll see. But yeah, car wash, transparent, skimpy wet clothes (and eventually none at all!), sounds awesome!
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User #867362 - 28 Dec 19 00:16
OMG I'm coming. Dang this boy is cute and that smile. This was worth the wait and I bet the cameraman creamed his pants
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Dec 19 00:59
Heh, gotta ask Jordyn on that one
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User #13123726 - 28 Dec 19 11:19
I need me some more Cody in my life πŸ’•
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User #8658257 - 28 Dec 19 15:10
Just love these blonds with darker eyebrows and matching pubes. Especially when it's Cody! xD
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Dec 19 15:19
Yeah, I may have a thing for that too
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User #26945659 - 27 Dec 19 21:45
I try it but it was my bday early this month... May I unwrap gift too? hahaha Great pic as usual dang!
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Dec 19 00:58
Dont worry, if we wrapped him up, we'd poke some air holes
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User #26945659 - 28 Dec 19 17:07
You know what? You're the perfect Santa Claus :D
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Dec 19 19:43
Credit to Jordyn
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User #26945659 - 1 Jan 20 10:02
Jordyn, I hope you'll be Santa next year too :D haha
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β˜… aaryn - 2 Jan 20 18:21
I saved the red hat so I'll be sure to make him wear it next year
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User #26945659 - 3 Jan 20 08:42
Haha, GG! Can't wait for next Christmas! :3
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β˜… aaryn - 3 Jan 20 13:44
Dont be naughty then. Haha. God, I cant even say that with a straight face
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User #26945659 - 4 Jan 20 03:37
Haha I wouldn't have trust you πŸ˜‚
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User #28996461 - 6 Jan 20 05:29
Where is this coffee shop where the barista's are hot twinks that wear nothing cause I don't even drink coffee and I'd go there
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β˜… aaryn - 6 Jan 20 19:12
Yeah, someone with some disposable cash needs to green light this shit for realz
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User #20110999 - 28 Dec 19 14:30
A very nice gift thanks..
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User #2514887 - 27 Dec 19 21:00
I mean add cream and sugar, and itll be the best coffee
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β˜… aaryn - 27 Dec 19 21:32
Sounds good to me
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User #13774290 - 28 Dec 19 14:42
The selfies are nice, but when are we going to get another demo? It's been ages.
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User #19904873 - 28 Dec 19 14:56
As Papa Smurf would say, β€œIt’s not long now, little smurfs.” 😁 At least according to the devlog posted a few days ago.
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User #223940 - 29 Dec 19 03:18
If you want coffee or tea, approach him when he's wearing his apron.
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User #223940 - 29 Dec 19 03:20
If you want a choice between two other fluids he keeps on tap, approach when he's not wearing his apron.
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Dec 19 16:43
Seems simple enough
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User #19904873 - 28 Dec 19 02:09
Wait! He actually works there? Damn! If he worked for me, and dressed like that on his breaks, I'd-- Wait! Never mind! I'm not telling you what I'd do. That would totally be my business. And his. Hmmmm, break time uniform, huh? Health Department Shmealth Department! He's my employee, darn it! I set the uniform! #EmployeeGoalSetting #CostOfSpeedos #ChristmasHatsAreCheaper!
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Dec 19 03:11
Haha. No comment here
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User #4883539 - 28 Dec 19 02:18
Hey, do you need some milk for your coffee? xD
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Dec 19 03:11
*holds cup up
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User #223940 - 28 Dec 19 15:15
I'm thinking of how many bars and restaurants hire college aged women, dress them in revealing clothes and ask them to behave flirtatious as the hook to draw customers. We need more establishments where the staff are young guys dressed in little-to-nothing, paid to be flirtatious. That would certainly draw me in. I think the coffee shop is on to something, with Cody's naked break-time.
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Dec 19 15:20
I was saying the same thing when I used to go to Hooters to watch UFC fights all the time
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User #867362 - 31 Dec 19 12:46
Supposedly there is a place like Hooters somewhere in Texas that has well built male servers called Shlongs.
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β˜… aaryn - 31 Dec 19 12:56
Theres a fancy job title to put on your resume...
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User #246938 - 28 Dec 19 01:02
Quite the plump juicy tip... ...I'll be giving this industrious, gap-toothed employee. #CodyCreamer #TeamBraden
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β˜… aaryn - 28 Dec 19 01:30
Good. He's got college tuition to pay
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User #22673861 - 29 Dec 19 16:29
well im gonna go replay it in preparation for when the next bit comes out.
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β˜… aaryn - 29 Dec 19 16:43
I gotta replay chapter 8 too
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