Hello! I have opinions about this! Please don’t think I’m telling you what to do. Make the game your heart wants to make! But also, food for thought…
- one main feedee and an MC feeder
- visual novel
Sounds like fertile ground for relationship / feelings type stuff. I love that! I hate it when the whole game is tricking some naive bimbo into overeating and watching her get fat. Not because it’s wrong (this is smut), but because it’s boring. I miss Forks, man.
If I just want to customize a picture/model of a person, there are many character creators, and AI image generators are starting to get good. To me, the appeal of this VN is getting the character, someone with backstory and her own wants and opinions and agenda, to be the kind of partner/feedee I want. Or maybe discovering her plan and deciding that’s better, or some compromise.
The feedee should feel like a real person as much as possible. Honestly don’t care if the other chars are cardboard cutouts, but personality there too can’t hurt. I don’t know how much to give the MC a personality and how much to let the player roleplay / self-insert. It’s a tough problem.
About the dom/sub/neutral thing: when I look for stuff with these themes I find a lot of leather, whips, chains, and fascist-themed stuff and it’s all silly. I’m hoping this is more about will and control than the equipment. Like, to me the fun of playing a dom (not in real life lol) starts with getting and having power over someone, but it really gets going once that power isn’t new, and you have this person to manage, and oh boy they’re complex and person-y, full of history and traits.
Like, let’s say I’m playing the MC as dom and I want the feedee to stuff in public. I don’t want the struggle to mostly be at first she won’t because I don’t have enough dom points, but I keep stuffing her and making her call me “master” or whatever behind closed doors and then she agrees and that’s that. There’s fun in this kinda building up influence and wearing down resistance thing, but it doesn’t do much for the characters themselves.
Instead, let’s say her parents had weight issues and were scared of letting her get fat, so they’d nitpick and police her eating at the dinner table year after year. But everywhere and every time else she had pretty free reign to eat whatever, which she did, in normal amounts. So she’s not so hung up about “is it okay if i eat this much”, but more about “if I eat this much in front of someone else, something bad will happen”. It doesn’t make any sense, until you learn how she got that way, then it makes perfect sense.
So that’s why “stuff yourself in public” is a big ask for her. But you’re dom and sub, so the question isn’t whether she’ll do it. You can tell her, “that sounds horrible. do it anyway” and she will. But then she’ll be a blubbering mess afterwards, and that may or may not be your thing. But instead you could find ways to work with/around those things.
Maybe you could be like the opposite of her parents and praise her when she eats extra? But that’s really weird in public, so it’d crank the embarrassment way up. Find her friends that tend to overeat? That could go unnoticed, but maybe it’s a little weak. Maybe you let her know that when she’s eating in public, any time you praise her you’re really thanking her for eating, and so you do that a lot and it just looks like you’re buttering her up, but really you’re buttering her up. Maybe you sit next to her and pat her thigh and rub her belly when you can. The physical touch is powerful but also kinda risky.
No matter what tactic you choose, it’s uncomfortable for her at first, but she’s doing it for you, and that’s great. But the more you get at this root cause shame thing, the more you can fix it or even reverse it, and if you do that with enough things you can kinda change her personality.
In conclusion: brute-forcing your sub into doing things is small brain. Talking to your sub and training her to like doing things is normal brain with electricity and chakras. Knowing your sub like yourself and slowly molding her soul to your liking is transcendent galaxy lightning brain.
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