Just checked the demo out, and absolutely loved it. Few games make me want to check out EVERY route, but yours did. Am looking forward to buy the full game when it is available!
Dear & Mine
A downloadable visual novel for Windows and macOS
Kim left his small town behind to break into the art world.
Two years later, tired of juggling between part-time jobs and the hopeless quest for recognition, he's resigned himself to give up and "go back to that hellhole". He has one last month of rent paid and managed to find a part-time job at a gallery.
Little does he know that that gallery will be a catalyst for a huge change in his life.
Our MC, a disillusioned snarky ass. He can do a pumpkin spice latte blindfolded, that's how much barista experience he gained, but he still hasn't found real possibilities for his photography. He does graphic design jobs on commission to gain a little bit of extra money, since Bakersfield is expensive. Has known Shane for quite a while, since she models for him.
The one who actually sets the things in motion, a fun sized handful who models for bondage photo shoots. She's sad to hear that Kim plans to move out, so she decides to use her connections to find a way for him to stay. Recently graduated from a fashion program, she gets really excited about Deleuze--something that Ayumu, a friend from school, can't really understand.
He attended so many classes with Shane that the two became friends. He's the weird art kid of the family and he's interning at a shoemaker's workshop to gain some experience in leather designing and recycling. The shoemaker happens to be in the same mall Kim's gallery is located. He's friendly but very quiet, and he shares a small secret with Marco...
He came to the US after getting his degree in energy engineering. He started working at his cousin's restaurant hoping to soon find a job more suited to his studies, but he hasn't been successful. The restaurant is close to the mall, so he often chats with Ayumu while tending the bar. The two met at night, at his second workplace--he's much requested for his beaming smile and outgoing personality.
Just like Kim, he fled his hometown the week after graduation to pursue his dreams. In his case, it's to make a living out of his e-sport tournaments prizes, with a part time job on the side. He's lucky he didn't delete Kim's number after they broke up, so he can crash at his place. Acts impulsive to overcompensate his overthinking tendencies.
A lecturer in the Arts department of the local college and owner of a small gallery. She noticed Kim's works and decided to feature them in the newest exhibit, and when he mentioned he left his job, she offered him to tend to the gallery while she teaches a summer course. She tries to be positive and encouraging, but jobs are hard to find, living is expensive and she can help only to a point. Values independence above all.
Made in Tyranobuilder, this visual novel started as Yaoi Jam sequel to my other project, S&B, and has become much bigger now!
This demo features:
- Common route of the game, about 40 minutes long, and 1 CG!
- Gallery with sneak peeks of the upcoming CGs
Warnings: discussion and exploration of BDSM (nothing extremely graphic), dealing with trauma, bad words. Will contain in the future: smexy times, discussion of sex work
The art is made by the amazingly talented Renmiou!
To open the game, start up the executable inside the folder!
Note: to make the text faster in slow reader mode, click mid-animation! The whole sentence should pop up.
Additional note: apparently the 'auto text' and 'skip text' features have known issues for the engine I'm using. Consider saving the game before activating it, just to be sure!
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why is this tagged as otome? can you play as a girl at all?
Otome games are visual novels romantic in nature directed at a female audience, you don't nessicarily play as a girl.
omg, such a great demo! i cant wait for the rest.
wont work for me can you put a zip? really want to play the game!
For the record, 7Zip is a good, free tool to open .rar files, in case you ever find yourself in this situation again. I just used it to unpack the original archive and re-compress it in Zip format.
Hello! I am a translator of renpy games. I would like to know if your game is going to be in Spanish...
And if it is not, I want to ask permission to translate the demo into Spanish.
when will it be oooouuutttt
Really loved the Demo. Beautiful art work, realistic characters, and good back story. Looking forward to the full version.
One thing though, at one point when I went back to load a save, the dialogue wasn't appearing on screen. The sprites would change accordingly, and the names would appear, but no dialogue. Tried reloading, closing and loading, but it never worked so I had to start over from the beginning.
Can't even play the game. I'll keep trying in case it's an issue with my system but still would like to play...
is there a date to be full game or is this a give up?
ok been waiting 34 days D:
I absolutely loved this demo — though I didn't realize it was a demo, and when I got to the end and IM'd my friend, "GODDAMMIT IT'S A DEMO. AAAAAGH", he responded, "I think I heard that scream from here", because I'd been talking about this game and singing its praises for the entire hour I'd been playing it.
I adored this. The art is beautiful; the dialogue and characters feel both real and interesting. This game has a level of polish, finesse, and enjoyability that I'm not sure I've ever seen in a visual novel, and I am in love with it for that.
To give some more details as to how I felt about this game, some of what I had to say to my friend whilst playing it was:
"The characters and setting feel very realistic, and holy shit, everyone is so good-looking. And the guy who I'm hoping is gonna be the primary love interest, Ayumu, is so adorable and sweet and pleasant to be around…"
"I like Kim because he looks equally attractive whether you assume he's a man or a woman. People who are that perfectly androgynous are very rare and I loooove theeeem."
"Damn, Kim is a really realistic character… I mean, they all are, but usually people who make these games have no fucking clue how to portray the daily life and inner thoughts of an actual fucking adult. … [I]t's refreshing to play a game that feels like I'm looking at someone's actual life…"
"Shaaaane! Shane is so cute."
"Ffs Kim. How can someone have such a great smile AND such a great frown? … He actually looks really oddly sexy when he feels bad about something, because then he frowns and casts his eyes down to the right and I just want to hug him."
"Damn, whoever made these sprites is amazing."
"Wow, this conversation literally is almost making me cry."
Thanks so much for the kind comments on the art! I was really happy to see that you liked the sprites that much, hopefully once the full VN is out you'll also enjoy the other CGs!
I don't know what a CG is. ^^
I'ts short for "Computer Generated", but in VNs it's always used as a shorthand for those event scene illustrations you see every now and then. The demo should have had only one, but there are more in the completed story.
I don't really know what you mean by "event scene illustration" either. ^^" Could you explain further?
Generally speaking, visual novels are told through what looks like a puppet show, with sprites facing the reader or each other and a text box with their dialogue.
Particularly important scenes/events get a special illustration that's drawn specifically for that scene. I seem to remember that the demo here should have a scene with Marco and Ayumu on stage: that's the event scene in this particular demo. There are a few more in the complete game which were drawn already.
how much looooooooooonnnnnggggerrrr
any updates on the release ETA??
can you post a download link that a zip file for win? my computer cant open rar files, doesnt matter what i do
Just download WINRAR or something...
winrar doesnt work, nothing will open and i cant play the game
OMG THE WAITING IS KILLING MEEEE
I really enjoyed the the demo for Dear & Mine, i can't wait for the full release!
do we have an updated ETA? oh my gosh X3
oh my gosh i'm having like yaoi withdrawal over here D: saaave me visser
when will the full game be released? :) gimme dat BL goodness
I'm done writing Ayu's route and now I need to write Marco's and Terry's ;)
Holy shit, this was way more amazing than i was expecting and the characters have awesome potential! I love the snarky humor and kink shaming xD
I would definitely play the full thing and recommend this to others!
Its real, funny, hella gay, and just overall awesome!!!