I've finished the demo right now (well no, I've completed the survey before coming here), and I'm utterly in love! I'm so hyped for the full game now - honestly, it's awesome to see a very complex otome game so full with choices, and all of them at least a little bit meaningful!
The only thing I'm sad about is not being able to interact with all of the bachelors in the demo, but it makes sense of course. It's just me wanting to know them haha!
I've answered the questions from the LemmaSoft thread, so I'll put these below since I don't have an account on there. But before doing that, let me say I LOVE the presentation of your game! The narrative style, the intro to the clan from the prince's perspective, how the clans are presented, and all that details that add up to make a very immersive experience. I think none of the questions really cover that, so I wanted to tell it before!
Oh, and keep in mind I've answered the first set of questions before playing and the second one after, so you can see my honest opinions and how they changed or not. Oh and a warning... long comment incoming haha!
1. Are you interested in playing Beauty and the War (X Playing Pieces)? What do you make of it so far and is there anything you're particularly curious about?
Yes. And the thing I'm really curious about is something you said about the game: "Do you want to be independent? Go for it. However, that doesn't mean someone won't fall for you - perhaps, even to the point of resorting to blackmail or kidnap..." - I have a weakness for relationships that start REALLY badly, and if the MC being kidnapped by one of the guys but then slowly falling for him is a thing, it woulld be really interesting. So yeah, I'm curious about the whole thing about guys falling for the MC even if she doesn't necessarily tries to court them.
2. I'd love to hear your opinions on the characters. Do you have a favorite? The entire cast has yet to be revealed, but from what you can see so far, who would you befriend, romance, and/or antagonize?
From the descriptions, I like them all, at least a little bit. The one I like the less may be Night, but I still like him. My favorite before starting the game is Chase, with no doubts, because I love trolls and I have a big weakness for runts, and he's both! Onyx and Alexandrite are interesting too, because I like characters that are despised or said to be heartless - though I don't always like them once I get to know them in game (usually I either love or hate them, actually - depends on the direction chosen for their behavior).
3. How do you think you'll play the game? Would you try to make a bunch of allies? Use your charm to forge peace? Or just try to live your life, keeping out of trouble?
I don't know yet - I must get to know the characters and the world. I guess I'll play with my guts! Though I don't think I'd like to rely on charm.
1. What were your expectations going into the game? And how did Beauty and the War (X Playing Pieces) meet or contradict them?
I've expected a more classical VN with less freedom and choices of actions - it was quite nice to be thrown in such a complex game! Other than that, I did expect for it to be quite unique, since I've played "Don't take that risk" before, and I see how you're not affraid of making very unique and bold choices about your games. I wasn't disappointed!
2. Tell me. How did you spend your two days? There are a lot of choices, so I'm curious what you decided to do and who you tried to befriend.
I've started with going to the forest and things like that on the first day, but I've tried to focus more on the wounded on the second day, though I wanted to remain balanced and help with dishes and so on too, when I was able to. I've tried to be friendly with everyone, but I've decided to focus on Chase since he was the character that I liked the most before starting the game and I had decided to try his romantic path.
3. What are your thoughts on the story and the characters now? Do you have a favorite? What were you feeling during the last scene at the end of the demo?
It's hard to talk about the story before it really began - at this point, I'd say it's a "setting" rather than a "story", to be honest. But overall, I'd say I'm pretty intrigued about how it'll all unfold, and what's the deal with the situation in the intro of the game. How dit it all end like that? By the way, I like how you're not playing AS the main character here, but you're "guessing" what she did and all - nice feature! Now, about the characters... I like all of the characters I met until now, and as far as the bachelors I know go, I stick with Chase as predicted - he's really awesome! But I think I actually like Viktor even more, even though I talked to him like... once? But he left a strong impression on me! Now, the last scene... it was stressful, but it made me consider Wind as a more interesting character that I originally thought! Oh, and Onyx seemed cool too (oh dear, I'll have to play this game sooo many times - all the choiiices!)
4. What are you looking forward to seeing in the full version?
A route for Viktor? Pleeeaaaase tell me he's the secret character - I want it sooo badly! Oh and also... a walkthrough. No, seriously, I consider myself pretty good at VNs, but I KNOW this one will be really hard, and it would be nice to have a walkthrough or at least some kind of hint guide about how to achieve certain things.