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13108 No. 13108
In the interests of keeping the recs thread clean and limited to recommendations, let's bring all other discussion of stories here. Want to have a protracted argument about why writer x is a faget who should die in a freak kitchen accident? Fire your shots here. Want to complain about story y not having enough (or too much, if you're a sissy) grimdark tentacle death blood rape? By all means, make your voice heard here. Just keep it germane to THP stories and we're all good.
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>> No. 14638
>>14637

I don't read Awoo, but those other two just have a certain..je ne sais quoi, you know?
>> No. 14639
>>14630
>Nobody wants to invest their time and energy into a story when they get a turnout like that, you realize.
As a writer of stories that have never been super fast, this. Nothing's more discouraging than a halfhearted turnout. I would rather people have an opinion on a meaningless choice than go "idk whatever dude".
>> No. 14640
>>14632
Granted, PC-98 characters are both established characters that have a few certain traits. (at least as much, if not more, characterization than some windows characters/midbosses before the printed work and secondary sources are counted). However, there is typically much less in fanon characterization than for the newer stuff. OCs in general are just blank slates. PC-98 tends to be in this quasi-state of many not knowing enough to identify and knowing too much to project.

NST is currently at 2 continues/ask the author anything points, and nearly at 3, so they would have the leeway to try something. He has allowed by decisions that ended up poorly to be rewound. (Though making poor decisions intentionally did result in a loss of privileges in the story first time around)
>> No. 14641
Overall, from what I've heard around, the main turnoff has generally been the difficulty. PC98 may not be as popular as sliced bread, but they're a loaf unto themselves, at least in certain audiences. Seriously, look at Mima fans. They wanted her so bad that they've more or less become a meme.

However, when my stories get hard, votes as well dwindle. But my stories are a tad tonally bipolar, so that can shift as quick as saying a particularly long word.

Heck, that Hina Moe story over in th has quite a good response to PC98, a lot of voters, and is balls to the wall hard of late. Maybe it's not the hardness...?

>>14629

Ohh, and before I forget, I was talking about the consistent 1-3 votes, not anything to do with update speed.

>>14631

Seeing as I've a pretty popular story stuffed to the gills with PC98 and a gender swapped PC98 protag, and a story where the very same character that is the current PoV is a love interest, I have to wonder about that.
>> No. 14642
>>14640
>OCs in general are just blank slates.
Not jumping on you specifically, but I really wish people would drop this line of thought. It's frustrating when people run away screaming from stories going "ew OCs" because they automatically assume they're either going to be blank slates or Donut Steels. I try my damnedest to do the opposite and have clearly defined characters who actually fit in the setting, but I know a percentage of people still won't give my stories a chance because of that bias, and I think it's dumb.
>> No. 14643
>>14642
Considering one of my stories is based on an OC, I understand I just meant that many stories, the OC serves as a vehicle for the reader to view the story from.

An OC can also be exceedingly well developed and stand on their own, but that takes them and puts them in the category of the canon characters, which are well defined and fleshed out.

Basically, they're one extreme or another, while PC-98s occupy an awkward middle ground.
>> No. 14644
I like PC98s

Thank you for hearing my incredibly valuable opinion.
>> No. 14645
>>14644

I like you for liking PC98s. Thank you for sharing your incredibly valuable opinion.
>> No. 14646
>>14644
I don't like PC-98s but thank you for sharing your valuable opinion regardless.
>> No. 14647
>>14644
you're PC-98 a shit
>> No. 14648
Annual reminder that Border House will never be completed. Isn't it sad Kana?
>> No. 14649
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>>14648
Oh yeah! Thanks, let me add that to the list:

LOST LIST (memo: Kill yourself when list reaches 10)

Palingenesia
Supersticious and Cowardly Lot
Fallout Gensokyo
Ancient Gensoyko
Animating Gensokyo
Gensokyo High (Feat. Snoop Dog)
Gensokyoland Saga
That fucking Kahi story that was terrible but I couldn't stop reading it
Border House
>> No. 14650
>>14649
Wait why is animating on that list? We've gone this long without an update plenty of times in that story.
>> No. 14651
> That fucking Kahi story that was terrible but I couldn't stop reading it

If this doesn't mean Doll's Quest then add Doll's Quest to the list. I miss Deady.
>> No. 14652
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>>14650
Well, it fit the "x Gensokyo" theme I had going on. Besides, now it is a reader problem (can't make a plan worth shit) so even if the author mans up, it won't move forward.

Shit, I forgot to add AWIY to the list, too.

>>14651
That was the one.
Although I enjoyed the Yukkuri thing too, specially when the smut died down, it was a pretty niche story.
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>>14648
Please stop picking at the wound, friend. I'll never heal like this.
>> No. 14656
>>14649

You should definitely replace Doll's Quest with Patchy Quest. That's the one we all miss.

Seems like it was just yesterday I was trying to convince Anon not to have Remilia turn into an infinite number of bats and destroy the universe. Good times. Goooood times.
>> No. 14657
>>14649

I'm still salty that the writer for Ancient Gensokyo just up and disappeared.
>> No. 14663
>>14615
>>14616
Thanks for the kind words mates.
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>>14649
>Yamame story
If it is the new-ish one, don't panic.

If it is another one, of an age appropriate to be grouped with the rest of the list, provide name, you sneaky cunt.
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>>14664
>don't panic.
Really? You aren't kidding, right? I'll cut your head off if you are!
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>>14663

No prob. Let it not be said that THP is unwelcoming of ironically autistic but decent content creators.
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>>14664

Spider sense is tingling!
>> No. 14672
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So anons, I do have another CYOA in mind, but something I've been wanting to clear up before I get it goin', is... do people really care for any level of 'gameplay mechanics', as it were?

I mean, I'm not going to start busting out d20 rolls and stat checks or something, but my next CYOA idea kind of has the idea of running a teahouse or such... so the idea of having money, getting employees, managing how the place looks...

That sort of thing.
Also check /blue/ for RiG info, of sorts.
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14674
It is a pain in the ass to make, but Fairy Quest and Yukkuri Quest had a ton of that and were really popular.

So, go for it.
>> No. 14676
Don't forget everyone's favourite 1 CHA simulator, Doll's Quest!

You can put pretty much anything in a CYOA if you write it well enough. Game mechanics are no exception.
>> No. 14677
>>14676

Ya Tabby did fairly well for a min/max build character. Pretty sure she got her fairy wife preggo at some point as well.
>> No. 14773
>>14642
I know, right? It's almost like the village doesn't exist to them.
>> No. 15155
>>13708
Actually, the Meiji era was something of a period of reactionary formation of a national identity by the warrior castes, who decided that they needed to go back* to having the emperor in control, as opposed to a shogun. Though it kind of seems like they went gaga for foreign things at the time, overall Japan was more wary of external powers than ever; they felt like they were on the verge of becoming a tributary state to the European nations and wanted to build up their image as modern so they wouldn't be seen as a weak and 'backwards' nation. Humanity in Gensokyo would probably fall into a similar mindset of being curious about new outside influences while being highly suspicious of them. Everything in the print material suggests that humans in the setting have a strong collective identity, and while I doubt that they have a strong consciousness of the greater nation-state of Japan, they probably do band together under a sort of cultural brand.

Part of me thinks that the overall aesthetic of the village would be at least partly re-built Edo period styled buildings and partly Gensokyoan imitations of outside buildings (probably very cheap looking compared to what we're used to). I've seen some old run-down shopping arcades in Japan that would probably fit right into Gensokyo.

(*) The emperor was always the nominal head of everything, but the military powers always overshadowed him in practice.
>> No. 15160
>>15155
I like this insight.
>> No. 15161
>>15155
>re-built Edo period styled buildings
I should probably clarify that when I say re-built, I mean that the buildings would be reconstructions of buildings of that period, not buildings of the age that have been repaired.

Something that a lot of people don't seem to know is that Japanese buildings aren't built to be permanent structures. Much the opposite, they're built to be torn down every so often and rebuilt the same way. That's how so many historic shrines and temples in Japan have retained their forms from centuries ago. The same principle carries over to peoples' homes, for better or for worse.

By the way, most castles in Japan are concrete recreations of the old castles since most of them were either destroyed long ago or burned up in WW2. That's why they're not all that interesting or worth seeing beyond an outside photo-op.
>> No. 15163
I just read Flight of a lost soul and loved it (until the Snowball Arc) and I was wondering where the rest of the story is, or is it dead?
>> No. 15164
>>15163

You may want to sit down; I've got some bad news for you.

Look at the date.
>> No. 15167
>>15164
God damn it, now I want cry myself to sleep
>> No. 15366
I'm trying to figure out who all the OCs in Fallout Gensoukyou are.

Frisca I mistook for a regular mook at first. I had a bit of a holy shit moment when she mentioned the vampire incident because I actually remember her, name and all, despite it being ages since I last read SDMLA.

Kazuki and Clover hit me like a pie to the face. I love Fairy on Scarlet Lake. The drunk driving thing had me in stitches.

Wendy no-I-will-not-call-you-by-your-lame-name-you-lame-dame I was expecting because someone mentioned her cameo in AFT.

Sera's magic and the dice-roll line from Wendy make me think she must be from Patchy Quest, but I've only read part of that clusterfuck and I don't recall Patchouli being terribly impressed by any of the fairies.

I got the references to SCIENCE! and whatever story Cu was in (don't remember, been too long) but only after someone explained them.

Tabitha, Yue, K.C. and Sousha I have no idea about. If there were others then I obviously don't remember where they're from either.

On a related note, are there any other stories with plot-relevant fairies? Reading this thing has put me in a fey mood. I feel a mysterious construction coming on...
>> No. 15367
>>15366
‘Plot-relevant’ might be a bit of a stretch, but fairies are always relevant in Scarlet Tycoon. The buildup to the next bit of story seems to imply that they’re extra relevant.
>> No. 15368
>>15366

Tabitha is the MC of doll's quest. She wasent a fairy, but did end up marrying a fairy. Pretty sure her fairy wife also knocked her up.
>> No. 15369
>>15368

Go re-read Doll's Quest. I'll wait right here; you won't be gone long.

Google tells me the only two pages containing "tabitha" on THP are Fallout Gensokyo threads. So if she's from another story, it ain't on here.
>> No. 15442
I've been reading Shoot for the Moon and it's definitely been making me want to write more. A thoroughly enjoyable story, and now that I'm caught up, one I can participate in.
>> No. 15448
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15448
Tell me about the currently ongoing stories.
>> No. 15449
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>>15448
The story about the god without a church is surprisingly deep; the gal living with Rinno realized he's an unintentional thot destroyer; our hard boiled detective is still 'trapped' in the SDM and Marisa is about to outbully the bully cloud.
>> No. 15450
>>15448

The school setting story over in Others is full of youkai being assholes. It's a secret school for youkai, but the MC is Marisa, a human.
>> No. 15451
>>15449

Are those four different stories, or is that a single crazy diverse story?
>> No. 15452
>>15451
They're different stories, but I totally would read that clusterfuck of a story if it existed.
>> No. 15453
>>15366
Yue and KC are from Contemplations Under The Moon And Stars.
>> No. 15587
I'm pretty excited that there's something active in /youkai/. Unrelenting Faith is pretty chill and makes me wish there were more active stories I could vote in once in a while and otherwise sit back and enjoy.
>> No. 15649
I'm liking Exile a lot so far. Kurumi's perspective as 'the exile' is written in a distinct but enjoyable way, and the simple art is pleasant, well fitting the CYOA format. Shame I and two other guys are the only ones participating/voting in it, despite it being one of the brave nanowrimo lot and super unique to boot.

So, if Exile looks interesting to you, give it a go at least.

I might properly review it when it is far enough along. The short update length and earliness in whatever plot there is makes it pointless to say anything but 'its pretty interesting' for now.
>> No. 15650
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15650
I hate Megabucks because I'm a bit of a moralfag, but "Make a fist" turned into one of my favorite stories. I blame Yuugi and Koishi.

Rural Discord (not the actual name, nor a chat app) is surprisingly entertaining for such a boring concept Youkai Moe helps, again.

Hakuro (formerly "unnamed thread by HELP") is my actual favorite story on this site at the moment. I really like gods as MCs (if my first paragraph didn't clue you in) I can't wait to see it continue.

Awoo maid (a.k.a. From the Scarlet Moon Flows the Spring) is really good but our choices kind of hurt its momentum. There's an interesting debate here of player agency vs narrative focus but I'll leave that to people who can write a paragraph without typos.

Anyway, the premise is relatively new, the characters are very likable and the mystery is interesting. Very recommended.



Wait, I just realized this is not the recommendation thread. Oh well.
>> No. 15651
>>15650
Dude, mad props to you for giving a shit about the stories out there. Who cares if this isn't the recommendation thread man - it's always cool to get some discussion around here because god knows we need more of that on THP.

And on that note, I push all you other anons to talk about the latest story that you're reading (or have read). I'll start first with a story not yet mentioned here: A Lively Graveyard.

It's a story about a nonchalant zombie trying to get a party funeral set up and then hijinks ensue. I know it's an awful summary but bear with me here because it's a fun read and other people should go check it out. I like the protagonist in particular because their indifference to their own death makes for an interesting perspective. Before I go full middle-school book review on you guys, I'll leave it on that note and ask you, if you already haven't started reading it by now, to go read it.
>> No. 15652
The ones I'm really watching at this point are From the Scarlet Moon Flows the Spring and Rural Concord in Small Sense. The former is probably helped by having a (relatively) newer 2hu to inject some new blood (rimshot goes here) in an otherwise blase and overrepresented setting. The latter is a perspective that isn't very well represented in much of anything, and I always delight in getting a low-level view of Gensokyo.

Hakurou is decent too, but I consider it separate from the others on account of not being strictly original to this... competition? Event? Whatever you want to call it.

Honourable mention to The Train Home. I wasn't wild about the opening, but the setup is enough of a hook. Sadly, the pacing leaves some to be desired despite the short updates. I suppose I can't ask for much, though, as this whole NaNoWriMo thing comes across as rather improvisational on the whole.

Still, I'm surprised at the level of the stories we've got this time around. They're reasonably consistent and entertaining stories for the most part.

>>15651
Something about that story makes me suspicious. Like, I can't shake the feeling that it's a stealth crossover with something I'm not familiar with and the writer is laughing his ass off at those of us who are ignorant. Maybe that's not actually the case, but...

>>15650
>boring concept
boy fite me
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