Player Rating5.85/8

"#112 overall, #8 for 2017"
based on 173 ratings since 11/05/2017
played 7,275 times (finished 259)

Story Difficulty1/8

"no possible way to lose"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level6/8

"I'll need to see some identification"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 16. If this were a movie, it would probably between PG-13 and R.
It doesn't matter what they say...

Player Comments

"This was not a game I would have picked up had I known the high sexual needs shown by the characters before."

This was my opinion during the first two pages on the story game. However, being honest, it's not so the case anymore.

I guess the start did put me on edge about the nature of the story, making me wonder if it was the same old kind of story about two people being madly, desperately in love, come what may (no offense to that theme either, but it's just not my cup of tea). However, I'm glad and proud to say this that the author has put my former opinion down big time. And I love it. This story, for me, was not what it seemed so at the start. It is much deeper, and much more developed, both character and plot wise.

I'll be honest, as mentioned before, the conception framed by the starting lines did set me off initially and I was uneasy reading ahead. But that really lasted two pages at the most. As you read ahead you realise the story has so much more to offer than two men going at it with each other (yes, sorry. It's not the gay which was a trouble for me, but just the concept of love making, in general. Anyway. It's irrelevant). Walking across the village, visiting different places from the past, the church, everything--that was the point where the story really took my attention. Reading about the disease and all other hardships faced was a real eye-opener and made me understand the intensity of the protagonist's loyalty to his loved one. Talking about love and loyalty, reading the bits about the mother inflicted a pang of hurt. It was almost like you could feel the hurt and betrayal felt by the protagonist and Mondy.

Mondy. The numb, stiff, dead as a log lover. Beautifully narrated. It was only towards the end that I was finally able to really understand the suffering faced by them. The protagonist's regret of not visiting the healer soon, of Mondy's almost death, the dilemma between choosing to stay or walking up the hill in the village, it all felt too real and too chaotic. The author really did hit the nail at the best spot towards the end in the part about going out in the snow. The part where he leaves Mondy and runs away to the church and later hangs himself was my personal favourite. I don't have an explanation besides the fact that it tugged at my heart the most. That and the other choice of staying in the cold together and dying were both nice. These two sort of add towards my opinion of the relationship stuff being shit, but honestly, the author has successfully managed to also make me consider the purity of emotions displayed.

Summing it up, it was an extremely well written and narrated story. However, that's to be expected considering it's Mizal. If you knew Mizal, you'd know that she's really not likely to add any dumb stuff in any of her works. It was completely worth the time and read. A great work. Plus it's always good to try out newer themes and genres, especially if it's from authors like Mizal.
-- Nehal on 4/30/2019 3:33:19 PM with a score of 0
Barring a few endings of other stories, this is probably the best gay romance I have ever read. Granted, I don't make a habit of reading gay romance, but this was the best all the same. I think the gradual reveal of Mondy's condition would have been more effective if I didn't know it already, but if I hadn't have known it, I probably would never have read this story.
There were not really any real choices until the end, which works given the length and style of the story, but I would have liked to have seen some all the same.
The main guy had sex just about every other page, but considering Mondy wasn't the talkative type, I suppose he needed something to do to express his affections. The beginning certainly was a memorable way to start a storygame.
The story was interesting throughout, and it didn't drag on in any place. It's short enough that one can read it in twenty minutes. So whoever is reading this and actually reads reviews before storied should definitely give it a try.
Unless you're homophobic, I guess. In which case, this is a safe space, and we don't want your scum on here anyway.

-- Cricket on 3/8/2019 1:08:49 PM with a score of 0
I read (and commented) on this storygame two weeks ago, but my mind keeps on coming back to it. The reason may not be what the author expects, for I absolutely love the narrative delivery especially for a shorter storygame.

Initially, the driver of the plot is the reason for the two's isolation. I wanted to know what happened and why it happened. It seemed to be a pretty standard occurrence. In the town, I was confronted with memories from a time long ago that were both sweet and bitter for the protagonist. I started piecing together the plot in what felt to be a very organic manner.

That is what I liked about this storygame so much. I was just wandering around a town looking for some supplies, but it used non-linear narration to fuel my desire to continue reading. I could feel the loneliness and the cold (both in the literal and metaphorical sense). Never once did I find anything that seemed forced upon by the author.

As for improvements, I can't point out much. There's no grammar or spelling error (an easy way for me to normally criticize). There's no plot-points that make no sense or "lol random" moments. Heck, there's no instance where I slogged my way through a section that drug on for too long. I can't even criticize it for being linear, for I do have choice as the reader along with not being shoehorned into a path.

Anyway, this is a great storygame that might even be worthy of a featured position.
-- WouldntItBeNice on 11/18/2017 12:07:02 PM with a score of 0
Too short not romantic
-- Hali on 4/27/2019 4:24:58 PM with a score of 0
I think I died.
-- InvictusXL on 3/24/2019 1:39:53 AM with a score of 0
I enjoyed the story and also enjoyed the way it was made out.
-- Unkindcrab on 3/1/2019 8:36:36 PM with a score of 0
That was so sad. I really thought the village just had issues with the main protagonist being gay but I suppose love can make you turn a blind eye to the truth especially when it's heart wrenching. Did Mondy somehow spread the sickness or was it some kind of "Black Plague"? It was good story to start the afternoon thought.
-- Rikrik on 8/24/2018 9:35:58 AM with a score of 0
Short little glimpse into a world where love is a luxury, and survival coats every choice. Very enjoyable little tale. Thank you!
-- jspringer55 on 8/19/2018 8:14:44 AM with a score of 0
I'm a little confused. Was Mondy dead the whole time? If the goal was to make the reader feel unsettled and just overall upset then you succeeded
-- why do you need to know on 7/23/2018 11:04:54 PM with a score of 0
Like Bob before me, I gotta admit, this was pretty gay.
-- Chris113022 on 6/19/2018 4:04:44 PM with a score of 0
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