Childhood friends for the win

After doing my poll, it seems it’s not necessarily the personality that people want, but more or less the circumstances.

That means childhood friend wins! But which one wins? The one that’s been in love with you since you were kids, or the one who never even saw you as anything else but “just one of the guys”? It seems the latter was the most popular, with the former being the second most popular.

So I got to thinking, wondering how to incorporate this into Tailor Tales, and I got it; you get to decide whether the bachelor has always been in love with you, or never even considered you part of the female species. Yes, that’s right, that means the bachelor can be either one of these childhood friend types, which also means two completely different playthroughs of the same bachelor, as well as two endings.

How do you decide this? Well, indirectly, I hope. You don’t get to pick “I want him to always have been in love with me”, since that feels too much like manipulation to me, and instead, I’m basing it on your personality. I think, in the beginning you will experience a few flashbacks of the bachelor in question. These flashbacks will present you with a few choices (no choice is the ‘right’ choice!), and depending on what you think fits you the best, you will have effectively decided the bachelor’s fate. I’ll have to stress that these choices aren’t straight forward as to what will lead to which ending. For example, if you act all lovely dooey towards your bachelor in the flashback, he won’t magically start crushing on you – it might be the opposite! Basically, it’s tailored to the bachelor’s personality, and how well you clash with his.

Basically, after these flashbacks, the bachelor will either have had a long standing crush on you, or has never seen you as a potential romantic interest. Both can be super fun to play through, even if it’s the same guy!

But first, I have to decide which bachelor will get priority. Who will get created first? Yes, this means the old bachelors are no more. A remake means new characters. I’m going to leave it up for a vote. So far, I’ve got 3 bachelor options, whose personality type I’ve got a bit of a grasp on, so these are your options (no the artwork won’t be chibi-style, but this is basically what they will kinda look like):

1. Cody
Cody is a troublemaker, or at least, he hasn’t fully grown up yet and accepted his adult responsibilities. He helps his dad who is a fisherman, but he doesn’t really know what to do with his life yet, and instead goes windsurfing or sailing most of the time. He can be a bit childish and immature sometimes, but can be serious when the situation calls for it. When you were both children, he lived on the same street as you, but moved away due to his father’s business. He pulled a lot of pranks on you, and even got you into trouble several times.

2. Zack
Zack would be the sheriff in town, as he’s always had a thing for taking care of people and protecting them. People come to him for guidance and really look up to him. He’s a bit of a perfectionist, and has a weird quirk where he needs to wear symmetrical things all the time (refuses to wear his badge just for this reason, unless he gets to wear two). When you were children, his mom was friends with yours, so you got a lot of play dates together. You would play dress up together, but you’d do such a terrible job that he might have developed the quirk mentioned earlier. He’s the only one that isn’t surprised you became a tailor, as he’s always known you loved playing around with clothes.

3. Neil
Neil is your snobby rich kid. Wealthy parents that always gave him everything, and they expected nothing but the best. He’s really good at painting, but his parents would rather he go back to med school to become a doctor. Neil is rather at odds with his parents about this. He will at first not recognize you, until some time has passed, but when he does, he knows you’re the little kid who he met when he ran away and cheered him up. He may, or may not, have thought you were a boy.

So, which one is your pick?

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