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You step into the shoes of Lev/Liubov Morgenshtern, a bigender writer living in the city of Svet-Dmitrin. You meet and get to know one Anzu Menelik, beautiful and mysterious. A proof-of-concept/prototype for a longer interactive fiction piece. May soon see updates.
Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling
Mid-February Link Assortment
— Minor Fall, Major Lift is a short story about a romantic connection between two people. The arc of the story itself is relatively simple; the major NPC, affected in a way that I tend to associate with being young and nervous about being wounded. This turns out to be entirely fair enough as a read of their character. Meanwhile, there’s a lot to notice about the worldbuilding. The story takes place in a Slavic-influenced society with newly invented religions and perhaps supernatural genetics, hinting at a deeper universe yet to be unfolded. (The author mentions this is part of a potentially longer work or series.)
Meanwhile, from a narrative structure perspective, the story has a conceit of letting you examine characters multiple times in a row, getting deeper information about them each time. This could be grinding or irritating in some cases, but here I found it worked for me, and made it feel as though each examination of the other person was upping the stakes further… which considering that this is a tale about self-revelation and visibility makes plenty of sense.
Finally, the protagonist in this story has a disability, a point that is introduced unmistakably but without special fanfare about halfway into the story. For all that the characters (both PC and NPC) focus on self-presentation, on how they will look and what they will show and what they will hide, the protagonist’s cane is not one of those points of self-consciousness. It just is, a fact of the protagonist’s identity but one they treat as much less critical and visible than other things.
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I can't say enough good about this game. If you're someone who is not trans or gay, the perspective may be a bit jarring, but for me the whole experience resonated fondly. I actually found myself blushing while stumbling through flirting as Lev!
The little details are what makes this game, in my opinion. The setting is described intimately and the characters (both the one you play as and others) are well fleshed-out. You learn so much about the world without having to sit through paragraphs drily explaining everything to you; it is presented in a way that feels natural, with little nuggets of information spread throughout. I can't wait to see more from this universe!
Mysterious, charming, and /very/ queer.
Probably has a very specific audience however if you like good writing and a first person perspective combined with and alien sex motif then this is the book? Dating sim? changeling sex choose your own adventure? for you. If it's not then you might like the setting, fantasy Russia. Either way it's good for an interesting time, perhaps a slightly startling perspective for some but that's not always a bad thing.
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