OBS! If you are interested in trying, the first chapter (and prologue) of BU$TAFELLOWS is free on mobile, and the first chapter is also on youtube (not sure that includes the prologue though). See the home post for links.
The choices are under double spoiler. So you can unblur one choice at the time (minimizing spoilers). OBS! Some/all* choices have a time limit.
*I don’t know if it is all yet, so I will update when I know
Choices for Chapter 1 (prologue has none) for リンボ route in order:
Guides if you want to check choices yourself (link to English guide for those reading on PC)
These are the general links to the guides. You’ll need to navigate to the current route yourself. Japanese guide #1 Japanese guide #2 English guide - this is a review (that links to all the guides), so don’t read past the walkthrough links unless you are okay with spoilers. It does note when minor spoilers start and then major spoilers. Reader beware!
Please use spoiler tags for major events in the current chapter/part and any content in future chapters/parts.
When asking for help, do your best to provide context. Pasted text, screenshots, descriptions, etc. Unlike book clubs we can’t flip to relevant pages, so we may need a little help identifying exactly what is being discussed.
Feel totally at ease to ask questions or give your thoughts, any time! Clubs live and die by participation, and asking whatever question you have, no matter how silly it may seem, helps others who are reading it and even the answerer themselves.
Have fun, and do your best to interpret anything said with as much good faith as possible
Mark your participation status by voting in this poll.
(Please feel free to update your status whenever you like!)
As noted in the main post, the end date is preliminary, but read as if it is the one we’re going for, because this VN is long. Yes, I know I keep saying that, but it is important to realize we might have to spend quite a bit of time every week reading.
If I missed something above, please let me know. Or if I made any mistakes…
I’m copying the choice answers straight from a guide, so if they are wrong, I apologize (either in wording or we don’t end up on the right path! )
I know the format of the main post looks a bit different from how @Daisoujou makes their club threads. Hopefully that doesn’t matter to anyone, but if it does, I’ll change things around. I just like this organization. xD (Mostly copied from Orange, the other club I run.)
Anyway, I hope we all enjoy this VN. And that scheduling somehow just works out well.
PS. Definitely post questions whenever, but also impressions and such can be posted throughout since we’re reading this over two weeks. Just make sure to tell how far you’ve read with as few spoilers as possible.
On Android advance text is ‘tap screen’; bringing up the menu is a two-finger touch (this is where the help is that tells you about all the other controls); one finger slide right toggles skip mode; slide left toggles auto mode; slide up brings up the text log; slide down to hide/show the onscreen dialogue line.
Is it possible to see / replay the previous lines? I’ve only played one VN before, CLANNAD, and you could do that there, so wondering if it’s possible here and I’m not seeing the option, or not possible?
If you go into the text log (looks like that control screenshot calls it the “backlog”) you can scroll up and down in it; there’s a button to replay the sound for spoken lines, and one to rewind the game to that point.
Edit: Very important to know where the Text log is! Sometimes after a change of scene, there will be no subtitles, only the voice, so it’s nice to be able to go back there and see what they said, when you are not yet fluent in Japanese
Maybe there could be a mention in the home post that the first chapter is on youtube legally (right? or I remember wrong), if people want to try it there before committing to buying and joining the club?
Oh wow, I regret not reading this thread before starting. Those are some jank controls. I had to open the Steam overlay and thankfully (sadly?) the first “guide” was for the controls.
Is there a way to replay audio outside of the backlog? I’m on team “listening practice”, but really it’s a sin to have voice acting and no easy to way to replay lines. There were also like two lines in the (absurdly short) prologue that didn’t seem to have accompany text or log entries. Guess I have to stay on my toes for this one.
Edit: Grateful I took human anatomy in high school right now…
It seems to be a recurring thing when transitioning into a new scene, but it’s good to know at least the lines leading in logged if nothing else. Feels awkward, but I’ll take it.
Have to take a break for now to cook brunch for the family, but the first chapter is surprisingly long. It goes on well past those choices in list in the OP. Awkward port aside, my initial impressions of the game itself are fantastic. There’s a lot of attention to odd details I don’t usually see happen, like the first scene with Mozu they actually panned the dialogue from the background characters to the side he’s looking. It’s one of those things that would be kind of lost on a mobile first application. I also really like the dynamic backgrounds and that nice transition where the camera kind of flies away… you’ll know it when you see it. I didn’t check out much of this game during the voting period, but excellent choice!
Also, landlady please T_T
Edit: I take back my compliments. I can’t figure out how to shut off the game on PC LOL