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All the best stories start, “Once upon a time…”

Once upon a time, just barely over one year ago, an under-employed engineer sat in his basement, drinking gin, and watching anime. “Why don’t they subvert that trope? It’d improve the story.” He thinks. Another drink. “I can write better than this!” Another drink. “Can’t animate or draw, thoughwaitWill, from work, is an artist…” A quick text is sent: ‘We should make a visual novel.’ A few minutes later, a reply: ‘Fine. What’s a visual novel?’

One year and 22 days later, we, Clayton Barnett & Will Deonne of 3-AR Studios LLC are proud to present to you, our dear friends of the Lemma Soft Community, the product of those two text messages: OTChi Kocchi, and its two spin-off VN’s: Chibi Kocchi, and N4. (Click link to purchase for $10!)

OK is just shy of 80,000 words. There are four main characters with four unique paths. Nineteen secondary characters. Twenty-one possible endings. Hundreds of backgrounds and sprites. Music and sound effects. Even secret content and prizes to discover!

What started off as a rather typical BxG dating sim set in a university hospital pharmacy ended up in places we could never have guessed at a year ago. An exploration of loss and its aftereffects. The creation of a new company paradigm. A frenetic but fun adventure into a character’s present & past. And, the existence of a secret society that has been playing with humanity for millennia. As a playtester quipped about a month ago, “Erwhat happened to cute girls doing cute things at the Pharmacy?” Quite a bit, in fact!

Sometimes, I do wonderfrom where we started…

Writer/Coder:Clayton Barnett

Artist/FX/Music/Coding: Will Deonne

Reviews below:

“Everything about it; art, story, etc is very professionally done. A tip of my hat to the team for a job well done!”

-Phillip, LemmaSoft User

“I’m certainly looking forward to a sequel!”

-Christopher Cheung, VN-er