Friday, September 8, 2017

TLS 0.29.5 Public Release

Download*: https://mega.nz/#!CssCiABJ!-SU_hj7FZbGxvBDbF3amjPrRPb2giwS3DB8BJsjJnbU
Mirror*: https://www.mediafire.com/file/wwi0h1deh6je0v9/TLS%200.29.5.exe
RTP: https://mega.nz/#!Ts1CAJgD!t2T1YLwHsHU0lq-H7ku5_e5zdpYr72LRbHpuD42yFC4

*Requires RPG Maker VX Ace RTP to be installed. If you don't know what that means, use the RTP link.

Version 0.29.0
 - Another double update, both the end of the war and the aftermath.
 - Four new plot sex scenes.
 - Six new affection sex scenes.
 - Decided to increase the speed of buffing skills and trialed it on Carina's. Report if you like it and I can use the same style for other skills that target the entire party.
 - The new section of the game involves splitting the party into three groups for one dungeon. This is only possible thanks to the scripting work of Decanter. Huge thanks to him!
Version 0.29.1
 - Some polishing, removal of serious Hilstara bug.
Version 0.29.2
 - The orc summit has been made somewhat easier.
 - Hilstara's sequence has been made harder.
 - The number of reserves during the aftermath has been reduced.
 - This section has also been modified to eliminate some bugs, but more checking is necessary.
 - Riala's skills have all been compiled into a single menu.
 - The Unsuccubus Mass image has been improved (thanks to Decanter!).
 - All party buffing animations improved and sped up (thanks to CyberForte!).
 - Many minor bugs/fixes/improvements.
Version 0.29.3
 - Reviewing the entire war, there have been a number of tweaks to improve the overall balance.
 - Though I kept the reduced reserves, I made the instability penalties less punishing. In theory this will nudge games away from both extremes.
 - The results of the investments have changed in multiple ways. They are generally more beneficial to the player, so you may want to replay the very end.
 - Thanks to Decanter, we have an edited chapter four title card. Now hopefully more people will read it right at first glance.
 - Riala's sex skills have been given new animations and slightly rebalanced.
 - The usual bugs, typos, and polishing.
Version 0.29.4
 - Fixed several invisible but nontrivial mistakes involving hidden variables.
Version 0.29.5
 - Yet more fixes, most trivial but a few inconveniencing to certain saves.

Alright, everyone, this is the official public release of this version as well as the end of the third chapter! As you can see, the war has undergone a lot more rebalancing than a normal release thanks to all the new sections and different kinds of challenges. I also feel that some of the initial values I had for the investments and consequences weren't quite right, so I've modified many of those. Hopefully this version gives you some hard choices and challenges but is still fun to play!

With this chapter complete, I will be taking a break to work on a short new project, to refresh my creative energy. After the last chapter I created Ouroboros, for example. I will be saying a little more about this in the future, and you can count on the roadmap to the end of TLS being made public soon, but for now, please enjoy the release!

EDIT: The links have been updated to version 0.29.4, which makes a number of invisible changes. While these are not generally critical, if you did reasonably well in the war but received zero social capital during the aftermath, you definitely want to replay that section.

154 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot. :) Can't wait to see what my investments will be worth.

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  2. I'm already giddy with excitement for the update. It's still downloading, but I wanted to use the time to say thank you for creating one of the most marvelous games I have ever played.

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  3. - Thanks to Decanter, we have an edited chapter four title card. Now hopefully more people will read it right at first glance.

    What were people reading it as?

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    1. "Orbiter" - the new version has a much clearer A.

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  4. Since my hard disk broke and this
    - The results of the investments have changed in multiple ways. They are generally more beneficial to the player, so you may want to replay the very end.
    I dont need reason to get my save back
    time for 4th or 5th replay cant remember

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    1. Haha, only post-war investments have been changed! You're welcome to replay if you want, but a save from pre-war would be just as good. If you ask, someone might provide you with one that matches your choices!

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  5. Damn my last save (beside the current one) was in the dungeon, getting to the investments will take a while. Well I guess I can skip dialog now.

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  7. was my mistake, sorry for bother.

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  8. Loving this game more and more. The idea of publicly making Iris a save was pretty kinky, and it seemed like the Incubus Emperor had the same mental deepness that plagued the Ardan King, only to make it about himself in the end. There's still hints to stuff that implies the same kind of writing in Ouroboros, but it still feels good to close the book on the guy who was introduced as the big bad and responsible for a lot of Arclent's problems. Chapter 4 HO!

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  9. Thought I'd try fighting solo again for this update's long awaited fight for a laugh since he's got so much HP. What's the worst that could happen?

    http://i.imgur.com/8Sv7QwJ.png
    http://i.imgur.com/AVymTko.png

    ;___;

    In all seriousness though, this doesn't prove anything since I'm a nut for not thinking of just attacking and taking a screenshot at the same time. So you only have my word.

    Really though, I ran out of potions when his HP was around half and somehow I got to that point thereafter. That kind of luck you just cannot replicate, especially for a first attempt.

    (Also loved the update and the teaser has left me very excited for when you come back off your break!)

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    1. Any possibility of another video (provided that you can beat him)?

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    2. Certainly, I just need to record all my attempts and need some extra preparation. I don't actually have any editing software though. Do you know of any free software just for at least being able to cut and paste footage?

      I think I also need to go back before the war and get some potions and perhaps other equipment. I could get away with using more large health potions along with some huge ones, but I'm going to also check whether there are any lust pastries in the store that opened before the war as well. At least if I'm overstocked, I can see how far I can get and whether I can do it with less at that point.

      It's honestly a more doable fight in terms of difficulty... he just has a lot of HP. Speaking of him, would anyone here or the wiki know what his Agility stat is? Knowing that I could manipulate my gear to more defensive options, although I would be concerned of my overall damage output.

      I'm going to also see if I can squeeze in some extra XP for Simon somewhere. He's at 2819 just before the fight, so I wonder if I can get a little bit more of an edge from somewhere.

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    3. Answering some of my own questions here, I can optimise my equipment for an extra +5 agility and +10 attack for -10 magic. Defence wise I cannot get any higher than I already have. However I need to go back and purchase some equipment from the Dwavern section to do so. Since I want to use as little Sx as possible, I'm going to keep what I have which will reduce my overall damage output, but it keeps the current equipment checklist everything you can get as a pickup or reward.

      Looks like you can't even buy huge health potions or lust pastries, since they're just rewards. Therefore I'll have to stick with large health potions if need be. Fortunately, they're 500 Sx each, but unless there is some way to buy them during the war I'll have to play from the start.

      At this point his agility stat is irrelevant since I currently out speed him... providing I have the same stat line once I reach to this part of the war again.

      Causing the earthquake in this chapter kills all the mobs if you don't choose to fight them. Can't choose to get enough experience earlier on either without having to replay a lot further back.

      So the most I can do is just stock up on potions if necessary. I will post my results here if any :P.

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  10. Three fucking hours, and it was insane. Have more 9 saves to play tho.

    I checked the spoilers but didn't help much because I played on a VERY unoptimized run.

    It penalized me so much for ignoring Hilstara for so long (sold Mammoth Armor to get better gear on damage dealers on most of my runs), it's absolutely hell taking 1.1k damage for each Burner, couldn't use her in Incubus Castle and had to survive that Unsuccubi with Nalili.

    Had no Sx to spare, so had to make the Orc fights with 2 Orc Potions but thankfully you can abuse the Defensive Strikes to spam Goos or Potions on your Orcs. Also, doing these fights without Impaler (Magic Crusher) might be a nightmare.

    I was glad to finally battle an epic boss just to listen that song.

    Want to add Antarion to the 'Deserve to Die' list, with Ivastan, Yuanuon and that asshole in Yhilini Palace near the beds.

    AoA battle might be the first one I didn't went full damage party, Carina helps a lot.

    And ffs Janine, open your damn legs!!!!!!!!

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  11. Hello Sierra, this is completely unrelated to the update, because I'm still at the beginning of chapter three. But I drew fanart! I wanted to know if you have any dedicated space for fanworks and where I should publish them to?
    I have two links of the image, I hope that at least one of them would work. <3
    https://imgur.com/JqZruuH
    https://68.media.tumblr.com/1ed1c9466ea3858a8f69140eb6837e1d/tumblr_oumv5cz7gs1vf1gbqo1_1280.png

    I love your game and I hope your creative break is going to be fun for you! Best wishes~

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    1. Oh, thank you! That's really a very nice picture - it's fun to see multiple characters enjoying themselves, and thanks for including Simon in the pic!

      Currently there is no dedicated space for fanwork. Maybe there should be - my folder has a decent number of different pics in it now. Hmm, I will think on it (suggestions welcome).

      Thanks for the well wishes and glad you're enjoying the game!

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    2. What about your page on HF? You won't have any issues there with censure or anything like that (the wiki is not an option sadly) and you can add notes with the details of the original creator. Who knows? Maybe some artist will be interested...

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  12. Sooo many things to talk about. Beware the spoiler below, people.
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    First, the cliff(hanger) made me want to run straight off of it like that Aramite Chosen.
    Second, Xestris, you're scary, please marry me.
    Third, Kalant, your new look is so damn cool. Keep it that way.
    - Overall I'm VERY enjoy this huge update. The system, the dialog, the conclusion, everything.


    I do have one complaining, however. It's about Robin. It seem everyone have to relied on her like there's no one else and somehow she can do all sort of magical-related subject to help them all.

    I don't have any negative impression toward this ex-theoretical mage. I get that she's talent young girl and there're many people help her in magical study/research. But she accomplished way too much for a teenager human girl (hopefully you won't pull a prank on me by make her become some half-angel or half-demon or any legendary bloodline of sort in the future).
    You need someone to help Balia improve the orcs? Robin's here! You need someone to help Qum with her research? Robin's here! You want someone to find a way to cure Dari? Oh look who's here?
    She's like a Megail of magic.

    Hopefully with Riala join the party will fix that.

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    1. If you pay attention to the her conversations with her peers, she is very talented mage (like Hermione from HP), but also, that is the key from my point of view, she is someone who has the total trust of Simon. For most of the game, Simon doesn't really have other competent mage that he can trust: Qum is a savant but she doesn't have any kind of formal training in the magic arts (also sometimes it's difficult to comunicate with her), in function of your choices Altina is missing, a sex-obsessed slave or a lost woman trying to recover. Both Carina and Yarra are experts in their fields but don't really know much about the others. Trin is even more specialized (although to be fair both Altina and Trin can help a lot during the basic Trials in Yhilin).

      For Balia, Robin's role is one of support. In Qum's case, it's basically supervision. Aka or Dari's cures implies more than just her (for instance to solve Aka's draining, Robin needs to speak with Yarra, for Dari's we don't know but I'm sure that Vhala, Riala and Wynn will have to lend a hand...).

      It's totally realistic? No. But to me, it doesn't require a big suspension of disbelief.

      Just my two cents, of course.

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    2. Haha, I promise you Robin is human. She's a generalist theoretical mage, so she's able to contribute to a wide variety of projects, making her a good choice to manage the party's magical research. But you shouldn't get the sense that she's spearheading groundbreaking research on all those different subjects - she's involved, but she's relying on the talents of Yhilini royal mages, succubus mages, Yarra, Qum, Carina, Trin, Wynn, Balia, etc. But compared to less trusted people and specialists, Robin is the natural choice to manage the research system.

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    3. Before I make my point clear further down below: I noticed that there is no Order of Silence in the ledger, which is weird given Iron Cudgel and Sanitation Mage are there.

      OK. done with the report.

      @lostone2 You see, "talent" isn't a magical word to explain everything. And I get both your and Sierra's point about Robin is NOT the only one who do the work, more like managing them. Still, it nagging me for a bit for all the responsibility she has to take. Heck, even a succubus princess like Nalili doesn't have half a role of what Robin has.

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  13. A bug report posted in the wiki:

    First, I admit I looked at game files. When I look at them, I find that on Instability 40+ (This update raised the Instability threshold to get/avoid penalty) has its Social Reserves(Political Aid in-game) set to 0. Yet, on Instability 80+ (Next threshold), SR(PA) only get -1.

    The original poster is unsure if's intentional or not.

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    1. No, looks like this is a serious bug, it should have been += 0. =/ I will wait a little longer to see if other issues are reported, then put out a version 0.29.4. Thanks for reposting the report!

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    2. Another bug? reported in the wiki:

      I found another bug, when you have between 100 and 125 army left at the last tally your instability gets set to 0. Can't easily report this on the blog site atm.

      No idea of why he can access the wiki but not the blog but whatever.

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    3. Oh dear. -_- Yes, it's a bug, thanks for reporting it!

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    4. And another one:

      Hi there - Apologies if I am a little late with the bug report, but I attained more than 36 on the Aram battle score, yet for some reason my Hilstara isn't among the party members to infiltrate the Incubus King/Emperor/Duke/Superking's fortress. She definitely survived the fights in the passes (only 3) uninjured and the mage said she was completely healed and rady to fight. I tried running a save on V0.29.4 and her avatar apologising for missing the fight disappeared from the Headquarters scene, but she still wasn't in the party. I miss her in the final clash!

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    5. Hmm. This one is not really something I can pinpoint, so unless someone notices the proximal problem, not much I can do for now.

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    6. Sorry if it's a stupid thing to ask but would a save help?

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    7. Speaking of the wiki i have some more variables for you.

      Var15 = Social Stat/Score??(98% sure)
      Var16 = Religion Stat/Score
      Var17 = Economy Stat/Score
      (16 and 17 could be swapped tested this with the Ivala bank purchase which affects both and made an estimate based on the other flags i tripped)
      Var145 = Elleani Affection
      Var147 = Riala Affection
      Var149 = Iris Affection
      Var188 = Military Extensions
      Var190 = IKD Moral
      Var208 = Political petitions help
      Var209 = Economic petitions help

      some others I think are accurate but could get a definite result from my tests were (so may be inaccurate, up to you if you want to include them).

      Var192 = Instability (90% sure)
      Var195/7 = Various Fronts during the war (50% sure)

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    8. Providing a save file is not necessary in the case when the given issue happens 100% of the time. As this is not that case (it worked as intended for others I presume, and it certainly worked for me and I also had Aramite Front variable in the category of 36-41), providing a save is almost always necessary. So yes, upload a save is what I'm saying. :)

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    9. for the hilstara bug, in the end of the king's bedroom cutscene she will be added in the active party if aramite front is >= 36.

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    10. Hey Omega2501:

      A Direwolf has updated the Cheating page and about your doubts:

      Var 15 = Social Score
      Var 16 = Religion Score
      Var 17 = Economy Score
      Var 189 = 3rd Arclent War: Instability
      Var 195 = 3rd Arclent War: Zirantia CD
      Var 196 = 3rd Arclent War: IKD CD
      Var 197 = 3rd Arclent War: Aramite Front

      As I don't cheat, I don't know if there are the right values or not.

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    11. More on the Hilstara bug:

      I got through that part of the story fine and got these two messages telling me Hilstara would be A-OK.

      "Hilstara is okay, she got pretty banged up but she'll be fine with enough rest"

      "Now that she's rested she should be in fighting state immediately"

      Then... she just couldn't join the party. Don't know what went wrong exactly but here are some save files immediately before and after it happened:

      https://mega.nz/#F!5HwCHDba!aV9esOWAbEhrLT7ui-xKTw

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    12. I was able to do a temporary fix by cheating up the Aramite Front value a few points, so I'm guessing the issue comes from there somehow.

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    13. Yes, it seems the problem occurs between 34 and 36 on the Aramite Front variable. I will eventually put out a fix for this. Sorry to those affected, and thanks to Fulminato for noting the problem!

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    14. Thanks lostone2 it's good to have some clarification (I had the top 3 right :) but so many stat changes happen between each save point in the war it's hard to test sometimes), and thanks to Direwolf for the corrections.

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  14. Okay, I'm still playing through the new update with my original playthrough and am not looking at any comments or any of the guides.

    But I just returned to Janine and Simon has commented how bad it might be if Aram had weathered the war too well.

    Sierra, I have to know, my comment on the last Public release about Aram theoretically doing too well in the war, did my idea make it into the game? Or did I successfully guess at something you were going to do? Or was it just completely random? (I really should wait and play through the rest of the update and sum up all my thoughts and how well my theories hold up, but I'm simply too excited not to ask about this first one!)

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    1. You're mostly thinking along the same lines as me. While this isn't a critical aspect of the war, you'll see elements of it in the aftermath, both in this version and next chapter.

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    2. Excellent! I'm going to do two more playthroughs. One with my Paragon without guides and then again with guides.

      After that, I'll do a full comparison and see how my guesses panned out.

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  15. anyone have a save like right before or after the unsuccubi popped up? my computer bricked and i lost mine, i really want to play the new content but dont really wanna run through 30 hours again with mostly the same choices

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    1. dont really want one with qum whored but if thats all someone has ill take it

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    2. Here you have my files. There is a version with Dominated-Varia & Cockwhore-Altina (called Hard) and other with Reshaped-Varia & Saner-Altina (called Soft). Qum wasn't whored in either version.

      At the end of the update 27:

      Hard: Save 70
      Soft: Save 68


      At the end of update 28:

      Hard: Save 78
      Soft: Save77

      I hope that it helps.

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  16. Not a bug, but it's a bit weird that the quest log isn't updated at all during the war.

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    1. Though I did question my decision here, it wasn't updated during the Battle of Yhilin, either. Basically, I feel like the quest log is most used when the player has a lot of freedom and multiple objectives, whereas during the war you're almost always focused on a single task.

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  17. I read somewhere that we get the same amount of Pron from the bank of Yhilin if we invested 50k or became a core lender for another 450k. Can someone confirm if that is true?

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    1. You were likely reading about bugs in prior versions. In the current version, you only get returns for being a core lender.

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    2. Ak okay. I am relieved then. Thought I have to go back and switch to the Ivalan bank.;)

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  18. *A few spoilers below*

    Hey Sierra, first of all I want to thank you for this wonderful update. Nothing else brings a smile to my face like this masterwork of a game does. It was great seeing the orcs together like a band of brothers, united together by the need to crush skulls. My two favourite moments have to be when the AoA revealed his true goal, and Megail's reaction to Qum's research. Oh, and I can't forget about "but thou must". Trin is such a dear.

    On a seperate note, does anyone know where the six new affection scenes mentioned in the update are? I'm not sure if my game is bugged, or if I'm somehow just outright missing it like a fool. As far as I can tell, there's never even a moment where any affection scenes are available in this update? Somebody enlighten me, please.

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    1. don't accessible yet, there are the three scene for iris and riala

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    2. Never sure if these refer to the "on demand" scenes by leveling affection only or include things like Megail negotiating with the tribe and Qum's research project. If it's the former then there aren't any in this update (or non that are accessible) if it is the latter then you have (Qum research scene, post war scene with iris+harem, etc)

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  19. So I am curious how much Pron do you people have at the end?

    Mine stands at 2.645.000 . Didn't whore out Qum and hired mercenaries in the beginning, because I didn't want to let Carina's soldier die. So I guess there should be room to get above that number.

    P.S.: Thank you Sierra that these soldiers finally gave a true in game benefit too now. So far I only kept them alive because I would feel too guilty to end their pixel lives prematurely, if it's in my power to actually save them.

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    1. Though you'll probably get responses here in time, you might want to check the wiki for more active discussions!

      As for the soldiers, no problem. I never had a big role planned for them, but I did want the player's choice to have at least a small role.

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    2. Only 1,390,000 for me. That's kind of a ridiculous difference in available funds! Yikes.

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    3. Wow, you got 80,000 more than me Chris. Even with my whoring of Qum and Carina's soldier's biting it, I only managed 2,565,000. You must have made a lot of good investment choices to be able to give up effectively 10k or so early game...

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    4. By fiddling with things and buying all the things I could (all 3 merc troops) and not whoring Qum I got 3,000,000+ (there was a 9 in the thousands range 3,090 or 3,009 can't remember which) in my normal playthrough i got over 2 million but don't remember the actual value.

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    5. @Guile: To be honest I checked the investment outcomes, before I decided where to invest. If I would have went in blind I wouldn't have kept enough Pron to get the magic shop in Stineford for example or how to get all the lowest prices for investments. Your result is therefore probably more realistic for a playthrough without meta knowledge help.;)

      @Charles: Did you get the 2 magic shops?
      Btw my investments in the first round were:
      Yhilin bank 25k
      Yhilin Mine processing 25k
      Premium steel 20k
      Bridge repair 10k
      Took 25k from Megail and invested that in:
      Cache excavation 10k
      Iron Cudgel 10k
      Magic shop Stineford 10k (thanks to the extra 5k you get from the bank before you leave Yhilin)

      Oh and in Ardoheim I didn't get the mercenary flottila. That seems to have reduced a lot of people's income.

      Currently I replay the whole game where I actually whore out Qum (after seeing what she and Succubi are willing to do sexually, I don't feel that bad anymore to whore her out for a valid cause.;)) Won't take Megail's extra money this time, but still save the soldiers. Will give up cache excavation instead. Will also get the Eustrin embassy this time, but not Eustrin processor. Haven't calculated everything, but I guess I should get closer to 3 million in the end.

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    6. I'm stuck with 2592500 in the end. a slight pity since that 50k loss from not choosing ivalas bank makes me miss the mushroom farm. But I take it as it means i had some extra discretionary funding for some extra stats in the end.

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    7. I thought there was a line about the banks not paying out but that they'll pay out better later. So why did you guys all pick banks?

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    8. You crazy people. I have ~1.7 mil and i thought that was a good result.

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    9. Took the bank cause it was a huge investment and the bank had been good to me before, also by taking the bank i got megail to 100 rp and it let me save 20% discriotinary funding. Which turns out to be good cause I need to have 25% leftovers so I can get those last 10k I need to do the investments I want.

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    10. Okay, so in the playthrough where I whored out Qum I have 2.655.000 Pron. 10k more than in the one where I didn't whore her out.^^ Btw still saved Carina's men again, which I know isn't a good Pron investment.

      Nevertheless I think it was worth it, since in that playthrough I got the Eustrin embassy and could open the war vaults. I also got the Ardoheim supplier, which I couldn't afford before.
      I lost the Sanitation mages, which isn't a problem, but also the Eustrin processor(because of embassy) which hurts a bit and is the main reason the Pron result isn't really better than before.

      Also to get significantly over 2.7million Pron at the end of Arclent war, you have to give up on a bank (got 2 myself:Ardan and Yhilin) which will probably hurt you in the next round, when banks should most likely get you in the profit zone.

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    11. In my Hard playthrough I get 2648500 (I made a miscalculation and I was unable to spend 60% of my discretionary funding). I had both Yhilin Bank and Ardan Bank and most of the Ardan Investments. I also seized the Mine (that it's a great investment), so I'm pretty happy with it.

      In my Soft playground, I was not so lucky. I made 2070000, but the difference is less that at first appears with the other one, as I was able to invest in Infrastructure that reduces the cost of some of the new investments in 250,000 in total. The other differences are explained by not doing the Seize the mine and selecting other options in Ardford.

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    12. hey I'm a bit confused on why my investment ended up so poorly. I thought I had invested wisely but I got a measly 2,100,000 at the end of the war. I think im gonna have to play through the whole thing and change it up if we are suppose to get around 2,700,000. Here, what I did:

      First Round: Bank, Premium Steel, Mine, Bridge Repair, and Megail's supplier.

      Chapter 2: At the very start, did Yhilini beautification. Then during Megails path I did Ardan Magic Trade, Yhilini Supplier. And at Aram I went for the embassy, Aramite supplier, bounty office and drawf manufacturer.

      After Reunion, I did premium Steel Ownership, Cache, the 3 mercenary troops, yhilin beautification 2, and anti-corruption.

      At Ardford, I did everything but Ivala bank.

      At Chapter 3, I did private mineshaft, sex shop, and both fighting rings.

      I had very low CD at the end of the war. What investments should I change?

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    13. @Calvin Wang: 2.100.000 PRon isnt bad. Around 2.7 is what you get when you use the investment wiki page and plan every step.;) Concerning tips for you: Don't get Megail's supplier and invest in the Magic shop in Stineford for 10k. If you plan to get the embassy better whore out Qum then and don't take 25k away from Megails personal funds.

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    14. Still perfectly alright to get the embassy without whoring qum if you want to avoid that entirely though. still got 2590k on that playthrough.

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    15. Good lord I only got like 2,050,000 PRon. How did you guys do on the conference room? With all the petitions and stuff?

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    16. @bef: Hmm you must have given up quite a lot of other factors in favour of PRon then.

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    18. @Chris Eh maybe, but not anything I felt I needed. The soldiers at start and 10k bridge aren't really that necessary for me I felt. I still get a lot of the stats I need, the only thing that hurt me is probably missing the 50k supplier.

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  20. Hey Sierra, you should modify the title of the post (it still says 0.29.3 ;-) ).

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  21. I just want to say that the game is good. Damn good. There are only a tiny number of WEG that make me genuinely care about character development and the story/lore/world/etc and this is one of them. To me the best erotic games are the ones that don't rely on the erotic element to carry all the weight. Fun gameplay or good writing can make up for lame sex scenes but good sex scenes can't make up for bad gameplay or bad writing. TLS strikes a good balance. Decent if typical gameplay, a ton of effort put into the writing and lore and some pretty good sex scenes. Oodles of content as well for an uncompleted game. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you! This has always been the type of game I wanted to create, so I'm happy to hear that other people feel it strikes a good balance of everything.

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  22. New comment to share with you all! [also SPOILERS!]

    Alright, here is a successful run of soloing this updates long awaited boss fight with Simon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_kPsnhilAU

    Here if you are also interested, is an unsuccessful run using no Sx to buy any potions (although you'll have to take my word on it). This is the closest I could get, being my 4th attempt out of 6, and it was pretty damn close - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U4qqFOC-iA

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    2. Thanks! I couldn't back down in the end, and now done it.

      But now, I'm kicking myself again because I completely forgot about elemental charms negating damage. If I just had a Fire Charm...

      ...I saved about 3000 Sx in the process I guess.

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  23. Hello Sierra,
    first I have to say TLS is wonderful game! Few months ago, I bought Final Fantasy VII and VIII to replay them, as I had fond memories of both games. And I was quite surprised how shallow FF8 feels now, when I am not teenager anymore :). So I can say for sure - your writing surpasses quite a few AAA RPGs of the past.

    And then there is a bug! I am playing the game on Linux, through Wine, and the latest update is actually crashing the game. It's because AIFF format is not supported by default, so when this one sound file .aif gets loaded, it crashes. Fortunately I was able to fix it by converting it to ogg, without changing the filename.

    Enjoy your well deserved rest!

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  24. I've played through twice and have read through the wiki. So, I feel comfortable enough to measure my own predictions from almost two months ago in the previous Public Release post.

    Be advised, spoilers ahead.

    1. The Aramite Army would prove to be an issue to Simon's plans. Results? Mostly Accurate.

    While there doesn't seem to be an actual penalty from having too high of an Aram score, were it not for military intervention or Qum's 'bomb' (which was adorable), the Aramite Army was on the verge of invading deeper into the IK Domain.

    2. Simon will choose to outright take control of the IK Domain through the Doom King or assassinate the IK and use a regent. Results? Mostly accurate to Half accurate, depending on view.

    Simon ends up taking a lot from column A with a bit of column B. The Doom King does have some kind of official control over the new territory, but the IK Domain is split into three new nations with the Doom King possessing varying levels of control from direct (the Chalice States) to indirect (New Givini). It's a delicate game where Simon retains enough power for the next phase of his plan, while releasing enough power to prevent a new Arclent War with Ardoheim and Aram.

    3. "I also hypothesize that we'll finally be allowed to earn and invest ProN, specifically in the elf kingdoms." Results? Completely accurate.

    Although I expected to actually travel back to the Elven nations, the investment does happen, along with reaping prior investments.

    4. Various relationship resolutions with Carina, Janine, Sarai, and Wynn during consolidation period. Results? To be determined.

    5. Consolidation period ends with a Gathering or War with the Fucklord. Results? To be determined.

    6. The Fucklord will be the next IK Simon challenges. Results? To be determined.

    However, there's plenty of weight for this one. Dari asks Simon to slay him, he has been getting more screen time, and, finally, the Fucklord launched a raid against Arclent. Unlike the Lustlord, who merely talked a good game, there's Arclent blood on the Fucklord's hands.

    7. Sarai will become the High Priestess of the Lost Territories. Results? To be determined.

    Although Sarai mentions that pieces are moving, nothing definitive has happened yet other than the possibility of an official Succubus branch of the Ivalan Church, if I remember right.

    Thus far, I'm mostly on target, though the finer details slip by me. My next post will be an update on my theological musings from the same comment thread.

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  25. I really like that bit in the Incubus King castle, where he's seated on his throne surrounded by a bunch of skeletons and nothing else, and being all pissy that he has to get up and get his healing cache rather than having Iris bring it to him, like a mortal.

    That's what your road got you, Incubus Superboss. A castle full of fire and corpses, abandoned by everyone except for a double handful of orcs, wraiths, unsuccubi, and one succubus guarding the treasury.

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  26. Also, Qum in the aftermath party thing, says:

    'Simon~
    Now is Simon is the Doom King and ALSO the Incubus Emperor but he will be the nicest Incubus Emperor because he is still Simon!'

    That first 'is' should probably go away.

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    1. Also Carina has a line,
      'And conversely, without me perhaps things would not have been this way. I do not wish to be be prideful, but I think I played some small role.'

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  27. Awesome update, I enjoyed it a lot! Have a well deserved rest, Sierra Lee.

    If I could make one request, I hope that in the beginning of the next update we get a chance to talk to all our harem members again. There are quite a few that are over 100 relationship, but I haven't had a chance to lock in on max yet because the war got in the way of any relaxation time.

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    1. You definitely will! Next update will begin with some downtime, and not only will you have some relationship point boosts, some limitations will be lifted.

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  28. You know what the game lacks? A text skip option for replaying passages. Not purely for speed but because if you manually skip and hit enter all the time you are in danger of hitting it when an option comes up and then you have to do it yet again………

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    1. try going to options, change to instant text, hold control button during dialogue.

      that should resolve all isues

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    2. Unknown is good one the other fast one is to
      spam X , Space double the speed

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  29. I don't know if this is intentional or not but i gave Stark a new body but i'm still carrying his head in a sack in my inventory?

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    1. That's the way it was in earlier versions. If you give him a new body in newer ones, it will be removed. You can also get it removed by starting this version in the 0.28.3 waiting room.

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  30. It seems to me like Simon is sprayed awfully thin. He has to play three personas, keep his harem satisfied, rule over a whole continent in which most nations are fighting against each others or against him and that will probably soon be attacked by another continent. After Sx, ProN, reserve, political influence, etc... maybe the next currency will be free time.

    Next on the agenda :
    -grow harem to delegate as much as possible
    -Practice cloning yourself to multitask
    -Load airships with Qum Bombs and bombard like a love terrorist until all hostile forces forget how to hate

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  31. I've sent you an email Sierra to Hreinn Games.

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  32. I think that it has been a change in Western Ardan Mountains. I'm only able to find one Unsuccubi patrol outside in the lower level, instead of two. Can anyone confirm if it's true?

    Combined with the Stark's bug (he is not appearing in the 0.29.4 version), it doesn't seems to be possible to get the best result without deploying an Army Extension.

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    1. Don't remember how many patrols I had, but I certainly saw Stark getting owned by Unsuccubi just outside Ardford. Unless he's supposed to be on some other place as well? And yes, I had 29.4.

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    2. I had been told that Stark's bug only happens in determinate circumstances (and I yet have the Stark's head in inventory). The thing that is driving me crazy, that even without him I should be able to get the best result and I'm not getting it :-P. Also, it had been confirmed to me that there are 4 patrols in 0.29.4 and now I don't know what I had missed...

      Well I will finish the war as I'm confident that the missing points in Social, Economy and Religion scores won't matter much.

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    3. I haven't tried to minmax the war yet, so can't help you there.

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    4. for the stark bug: you need to load a save in the 0.28.3 waiting room in the game 0.29.X, or replay the game (0.29.X) before restore stark body. the unsuccubi patrol are 4, two outside, two inside the cave. outside the two patrol wandered before the two stairs

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    5. Thanks Fulminato. I'm glad to have the 0.28.3 version still installed.

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  33. I had no idea if it's intended or not but I had equipped Riala with a Charm of Masturbation but she doesn't have the Masturbate+ skill. The poor thing with so few skills... *lol*

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    1. You sayin that Riala needs a buff, right? Yep, aGREED! She needs to be able to solo the whole Demon realm + Goddess realm on her own, so far she's just slightly not being able to do that... Also how has she so little health? And where the FUCK is her AOE Lust Death skill?!? Clearly she's underpowered! BUFF PLZ!

      In all seriousness though, the Masturbate+ skill shows only on characters that had previously Masturbate skill (which she kinda have, but exactly that one). So that's the issue. Should it work on her? Maybe, but it's not really necessary (I mean I could see someone equiping her with Zirantian Vibrator, in that case it's relevant, but she doesn't really need the SP).

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    2. Well Nalili gets the Masturbate+ skill and she doesn't have Masturbate skill. Maybe three Masturbate skills are one too many...

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    3. As it DOES work for Nalili, I have no idea either... Clearly I was wrong about Masturbate+ requiring Masturbate (it just hides Masturbate when you aquire Masturbate+), but it really should work... Unless for some reason, only 2 Masturbate skills are allowed for Riala, which doesn't make sense at all. Because I tried and Nalili can have Masturbate+, Combat Masturbation and Healing Mastrubation all at once just fine. It really doesn't make sense. Maybe Healing Masturbation doesn't count, because it's a synergy skill, but that's like a big stretch...

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    4. Well apparently it's because Masturbate is a Sex skill type, but Riala can only use Special type of skills... Honestly, since you have to specify which character gets what skill anyway (like specify the skill), I'm not really sure what is the point of this... I guess when you get a skill from an item like in this case, you can disable it... Anyway, if Sierra enables fir Riala Sex skill type, it will work just fine. Maybe she doesn't want it to work though, no idea.

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    5. Which on the other hand means Riala CAN'T be Sexbound, as that works only on Sex type skills... It's like a bit weird considering she's a succubus, that she can't be sexbound, but I guess she's a strong mage so she has developed some magical defense against it. If only she could teach it to the other succubi... ^^

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    6. She also had classical mage training (which she mentions to Robin) so maybe she learned a work around from that? Due to that fact that it's an item given skill you'd think she would be able to learn Masturbate+. Used her as another mage myself so i didn't even think to try equipping one.

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    7. In Patreon versions 0.29.0 and I think 0.29.2 at least) she has two groups of Skills: Special and Sex. Later, Sierra decided to consolidate them in just one group.

      But I have serious doubts that she can't be Sexbound, she has sex skills, as they use SP (I don't think that we can compare her with Simon, for obvious reasons).

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    8. No, Lostone2, you missunderstand. She CAN be sexbound, but as sexbind seals (disables) sex skills, which she doesn't have and can't use (again, that's the reason she can't get Masturbate+ as that IS a sex skill), sexbind would effectively disable none of her skills (again, no sex skills on Riala as she can't even use those). Does she have an immunity to being sexbound like Simon? No, but again, as it effectively doesn't matter, if she does get sexbound as it doesn't do anything to her, it's the same as if she couldn't be sexbound at all in the first place. (and the AI hopefully realizes that, although AOE sexbinding skills would still affect her I guess)

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    9. It's the same as all the orcs, Antarion and both chosen fools we had in party (who are now dead so w/e), they also CAN be sexbound, but also have 0 sex skills, so that wouldn't do anything to them either.

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    10. Both Sex Torment and Succubus Kiss are undoubtedly Sex attacks (probably the Storms and Bolt Lance too) and they should be disabled if Riala is sexbound. Not that it should really affect her as she has also Special Magic Skills.

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    11. They are not Sex attacks, if they aren't defined as such... I mean it would make sense, what you imply, but again, one could argue as I did before, that Riala might have some magical means to protect herself against that (or w/e other reason). We'll see, if Sierra changes this. Maybe yes, maybe no...

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  34. Finally managed to reach chapter 4. It was very difficult to navigate through all the trade offs, thankfully the .4 version gave me reason to replay the whole thing from the end of Zirtania onward. Excuse the barrage of questions but there are lots of pending issues.

    About the war vaults, now that there is no longer a threat in the continent, besides Aram in a sense, and given how there is a cleanup effort underway by the church, will we have a second shot at acquiring it? At least partially? Or maybe just the helm through indirect means like some one else investigating/scavenging it? Blocking both the Orc hunt and the new unperson motions left me without options as I prioritized other uses for the ProN. By the way, I still have high hopes for the Bank of Ivala investment in intangible assets as Megail would have said it.

    Do the Chalice state trade and/or the Yhilini succubi trade make up for the infrastructure project from the discretionary funds? They mention the problem so it seems that investing in them also implies investing in the infrastructure.

    Will the mercenary regulations, if funded city wise, conflict with the new mercenary offices investment? It seems they will and I would prefer to let new recruits join the regular forces instead of a new independent force. Similarly, will refusing the investment in the fighting ring at the secondary house of petitions boost any of the previously mentioned investments as the fighters would look for alternatives? By the way, I would be very surprised if the result of refusing all these three investments at the same time does not turn out to be something serious.

    Is the Eustrin Guild investment something like the Premium Steel investment? I have not even invested in the latter yet and I am in doubt between investing in the guild and in the Chalice State trade.

    On one hand I have invested in the processor, the manufacturer and the private mine shaft, all these seem to have a good synergy and it seems helping Eustrin against Aram will be the next immediate issue at hand.

    On the other hand, food will be critical in any conflict with Aram, to get some leverage against them, and recovering the infrastructure will also be a major boon. Besides, the Chalice states trade seems to be the one with most promising returns due to the synergy with the new Gehenalon/OE/Yhilin trade (specially given the control over the assistant by Trim), the Chalice foreign trade program, the Yhilini succubi trade (this one with possible repercussions related to the goddess of magic given where we last saw the petitioner), succubus saturation (all succubus options with discretionary funding) and the Mushroom farm.

    PS.: It would be awesome if we could fund a church/garden/grove or the like for the Mother in the slums, particularly so if we are of the peaceful type who refused a fighting ring, the spot will even be available and some green will do wonders for the environment there.

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    1. War vaults - If I am not mistaken, no, if you miss a collectible item in this game (shining sword, incubus king equipment), you won't be able to get it anymore. Deal with it or get it on the first try, 'cos there won't be another one.

      Other than that, you are basically asking for spoilers for the results of your investments. No one knows except maybe Sierra and I can tell you, what she would say to that: Wait and see, when it's actually implemented in the game, what are those results.

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  35. I've found a possible bug in .29.4 or .28.3

    I started a new game in .28.3, moved my save files to 29.4 sometime during chapter 2, and I'm currently in chapter 3, just before visiting Zirantia. Ginasta's RP is -21, but going by the wiki, it should be -16. Have these calculations been changed, or is something failing to trigger?

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    1. On second thought, it could be a false alarm. I'll replay a couple sections later to see if I simply failed to trigger something myself.

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    2. Everything should be as is stated on the wiki regarding Ginasta, so unless something bugged out for you, you made a mistake.

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    3. Thanks for going back and checking, bluej. Symptoms like those are very unlikely to be bugs, so it saves me time if they aren't reported directly. If you recheck and something seems wrong, though, report it on the wiki - the people there can either fix the typo on the wiki, or report something more specific to me.

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  36. How about buffing Varia's Wild Blow dmg a bit? It's really bad compared to Forceful Lunge/Powerful Blow. I'd say like +300 dmg for Wild Blow as a constant would make sense.

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    1. The idea with Wild Blow is that it does inconsistent damage, varying more than most skills. I can take a look at the equation again, though.

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    2. You're "wrong" there, Sierra, that's the point of the whole character/class (at least all Varia-specific skills have that amount of variance), but like what matters is the average, right. The fact that you sometimes high-roll and do actually a bit more dmg than Forceful Lunge/Powerful Blow doesn't make the skill suck any less (also, it actually costs MORE mana than Forceful Lunge, which is also ridiculous, but hey, whatever). C'mon, you're a programmer, so by definition a math person (I mean, were you not, then boy, would you have to hate your job...), you know that the average is what matters in any dmg formulae, not some random variance. Also, this is unnecessarily many words to defend a skill that's gonna suck anyway (I mean, all the other skills are gonna be better even after you buff this one anyway), but hey, might as well actually argue my point just for the heck of it, why not...

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    3. The name of the skill is called Wild Blow. I feel like it adds more character to the game personally and makes her more of an individual and unique compared to the other characters. I feel like it should be a gamble to pay off. I find the damage to be fine on my play throughs. I might just be luckier though.

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  37. I dont know if this is a bug but i gave stark a body in the wiki it says he show up to help with his undying body in the war the scene where the nun says it will be bloody but not a peep

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    1. Did you give him a body in an older version and didn't start this one in the 0.28.3 waiting room cause if so the switch to check that either wasn't flipped/didn't exist

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  38. I understand the need to avoid spoilers, but could you mention something about how the investments will interact with each other and with the politics in the future? At least in generic terms.

    I mean, I have the felling that there could be so much more synergy between the investments, now at most there are lowered prices. Also, it stuck to mind how Orilise mentions the importance of soft power, I am sorry but I cant see it now, at best there are some benefits here and there, but nothing too meaningful to the plot, is this on purpose? Are we going to see more political/religious consequences of our investments in the future?

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    1. If you're unsatisfied by the investment impacts so far, then the developments in chapter four aren't likely to change your mind. You will see synergies such as certain sets of investments being required for characters' unique equipment, or investments unlocking certain scenes or events. If you want the entire plot to turn on having an investment, I'm afraid that isn't going to happen.

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  39. I love the games so much and I cant wait IT THE BEST OUTTHERE
    ALSO SHOULD GET MORE SUPPORT
    My standard for rpg have amp up alot
    Since I cant wait Can someone reccomend a similar Games for me to play to pass the time

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    1. To be fair, this game could be improved in many ways. If it had like a hundred Sierra Lees instead of just one developing it, boy, we could actually get an AAA game that would blow 99% of other RPGs out of the water (I mean 99% of other video games period). Also a hundred artists I guess. But sadly, only one Sierra Lee exists (anyone has a working cloning machine??)... So unless you specify, in which way do you want similar games, no one will probably come up with anything. Because I haven't heard of a single RPG game with a lot of erotic/porn content that is strongly focused on a compelling story and has a lot of long lasting choices via either choices of what to do or what to invest in... The closest thing I can think of is like Mass Effect and that's not all that similar TBH.

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    2. well grin and bear it is for me then

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  40. I really wish Tyna will be included in the harem though, since she is one of a few has no backstory between her and Simon, and it seemed she really has a crush on Simon. I also wish that it will go voluntarily, since most non-succubus joined the harem under duress(except for the two elves). Aka and Carina were corrupted, Altina lost her mind, Varia broke down in despair, Hilstara were under the influence of slavery choker, and the need to secure contract for Trin. Only Robin was fully under her own will, no immediate crisis for her.

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    1. I wouldn't count Trin's recruitment as being under duress. She is the one who talks you into the contract, not the other way around.

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    2. To be fair it kinda is. but from Simon's side instead of from Trin. He needed to stop and find out the detail of the coup, and to prevent Trin from screwing things up.

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  41. Sierra, a question:

    Is it possible in RPG Maker to make the Stage music override the Battle music?
    Some Stage
    themes (Ex: Unforge) are really good that every time you need to go to a normal battle I get slightly disappointed.

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    1. Sorry, there's no straightforward way that I know of.

      But I'm glad you like that theme! It was offered by a fan especially for TLS!

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  43. I was wondering, i just started playing TLS 29.5 and the first 3 sex scenes were only text. I downloaded the game from this blog and i was wondering if i did something wrong. i havent had any issues with noxian nights, or with ouroboros, so i wasnt sure if it was a bug, or if i did something wrong, or if the actual cg's are later in the game. thank you so much for these great titles and keep up the good work.

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    1. You didn't do any wrong its is just text only sex scene but hey they are good even if they are text only. This is a great game nevertheless.

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    2. oh yeah lol i love sierra lee's games. im just used to there being cg's lol its still a fun game. i love it.

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    3. Yeah, I haven't found a good artist willing to commit to a project of this size. I'm testing out various artists on my side projects, though, so maybe someday!

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  44. I'm not sure if it's a bug or working as intended. After the war when the when you get the first finances screen, I've got well in excess of 1 million profit, but it only gives me 210k in ProN to work with. Any idea if this is intentional or am I supposed to be getting the full amount of profits that it mentions?

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    1. Hmm. There are no bugs in this section to my knowledge and you should be receiving the full amount. There is a reduction of one million if you had to purchase the deeds to Vinario late, though.

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  45. I do so hope that we'll get to deal with the other Incubus Kings, since it doesn't seem like you're setting us up for a sequel (thank you for that, I love self-contained games). Above all, though, I really love the concept of having a post-game where we can go around and learn about the impact we had on the world. Too few games let you do something like that, and while that insignificant sideplot that gave crap rewards may not matter to everyone, knowing that the people I helped is good enough.

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    1. Yup, no sequel! And if that's what you're looking for, then the post-game should work great for you. ^-^

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  47. I think the Empress' sprite needs some work, it's always slightly off of center vertically.

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  48. Last time I played the game was the 0.22.4 update which was like around February, ending at the Elf section, came back here and the third chapter is done.Well done Sierra :)

    Just finished the public version, one question: I realized you have created a possibilty where party members can be " permanently disabled" if you finish the war horribly, any chances in the future you are going to "kill off" a party member if done wrong too? Cause we all know you have the ability to make us players feel really really bad, and also because "War is grim" ?

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    1. Glad you've enjoyed it!

      While I want there to be serious consequences for player choices, in the end my goal isn't to make people feel bad. In addition, having characters be potentially dead is a huge headache for me designing future sections. So don't expect people to be dying right and left.

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    2. Of course I don't want anyone to die (being a perfectionist here), so your reply is kinda reassuring for me.

      Gotta replay the whole game now thanks to the 3rd War and my old save is quite sad on the outcome of the war. Xestris with the Yu-Gi-Oh eyes at the end really caught me off guard, and kinda making me anticipating a lot now :)

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  49. A serious bug: at the Incubus King Final Assault (the 3 team split), if you trigger the Incubus King scene with Simon's team and press W right after walking past the door, after the scene the next team (should be Robin's) will be teleported to Simon's team, therefore cannot trigger the 3 red doors

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  50. hello Sierra Lee long time fan. I still have a version before the name change somewhere. but anyway I went to download this from mega and it said the file no longer exsisted.

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    1. Ack, I may have deleted it while clearing out my Mega account. The mirror should still be up, though, and in any case thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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