more Rance VI and exhaustion

Over the past two days I have spent another 14 hours or so on Rance VI. What with having to get up for work at 6:30 now I’m getting about five hours of sleep a night, and it shows; I just about fell over in the classroom earlier this morning. I feel that this is how it should be, however, and would continue it indefinitely if it didn’t lead to physical and mental collapse. I guess I’ll take a nap before I start playing when I get home tonight.

Needless to say, the game is addictive. I don’t know whether this is because it is actually good or because it’s been so long since I last played an RPG of Japanese origin that the format itself feels new and refreshing. I can say that the sex scenes aren’t the attraction, as they are generally too few, far apart, and short for my liking – the game does stand on its own merit, which is something I would have never expected from an H game. Alice Soft’s popularity is starting to make sense.

I wonder how many hours of play it will wind up being… according to the “plot-o-meter” I’ve progressed about a fourth of the way through the game, and have acquired roughly half of the 16 (?) playable characters. After a couple of dumb mistakes early on I’ve pretty much figured out the system – it might be worth the effort to write up a bit of a guide to the game if anyone is interested.