That is not to say there will never be a Renpy version of Date Ariane, I’m saying the HTML upgrade is a better use of my time right now.
I do not think a Renpy download version will ever achieve the same level of popularity, so I am concentrating on upgrading the HTML game.
As mentioned in my last post the resolution is now 1000 x 600, and the links are no longer hidden.
I have already made these changes and they are already live.
What I have not announced here is that I am bringing one change I had planned for the Renpy version and brought it to the HTML: eliminating alcohol as a means to unlock content.
Alcohol will still be needed to get to “drunk” scenes, and after two glasses of wine Ariane will decline to drive, but that’s it.
I am implementing a very simplified RP system to replace it.There are four personality traits you can demonstrate: nice, smart, funny, and sexy.The introduction part of the game (which was kind of lame anyways) has been rewritten giving you two opportunities to demonstrate a trait to Ariane.The first is immediate and obvious: “Compliment her looks” = Nice, “Give her a hug” = Sexy, “Say something smart” = Smart, “Say something funny” = funny. She will react negatively to the kiss, but you can explain/apologize in a smart, nice, sexy, or funny way. The game plan is this: Various activities will require different combinations of these traits.Or you can choose to read a smart, nice, sexy, or funny poem. The various dinner conversations, give you one to four more opportunities to unlock these traits when you “talk to” or “complement” Ariane. For example, it used to require at least one glass of wine to unlock dinner at the restaurant or picnic in swimwear.The objective here is to demonstrate as many traits as possible, so ideally you should demonstrate all four before dinner is over. Unlocking only one leads to an end state: Too smart = too pretentious. Dinner at the restaurant now requires the “nice” trait, and picnic now requires the “funny” trait.