Lurker of several years here, excited to actively step into the forum!
I found the Princess Maker franchise about a year ago through someone’s comment that it had some limited WG content. I was a little disappointed in how limited that turned out to be, but I saw enormous potential in it. I also really like the game itself.
I’ve been playing with the idea of re-programming the game in RenPy, and I’ve even gotten the basic foundation of the UI up and running. However, the rest of the game will take quite a commitment of time and effort to recreate and modify. Before I go any further into that commitment, I wanted to run the idea by this community. Specifically, I have these two questions:
1. Does this fly legally?
I’ve heard it said that since Princess Maker 2 Refine was released on Steam, the original English beta is no longer abandonware. However, I question that. The game is still available to play on a number of abandonware sites. (Classic Reload, Playclassicgames, Abandonia…) One would think the producer would have it taken down if it were not to be considered abandonware.
In the end, is it licit to use the game sprites (from Spriters’ Resource) and other assets, while attempting to recreate the game mechanics of the original, given that I will not sell my finished product?
2. How would a WG raising sim be received?
I’m planning on these changes to the base story: instead of the gods dropping a child on you for no reason, they give her to you in order to promote fat acceptance. That is, they foresee that if current trends continue, the future is one where fat people are shamed, and only thin girls glorified. They ask that by fattening Olive, and raising her to be well-liked and influential, you help prevent such a sad future. (I’m on the fence about adding some time travel elements.)
I know some people already object to certain more risqué elements of PM2, such as the Undress item, and the father marriage ending. Throw in weight gain - with its larger sprites, gameplay consequences, etc. - and I’m not sure how it would be received. I could easily do away with some such elements if necessary.
Don’t get me wrong, I would never promote the intentional fattening of a minor in real life, but here it would be in a game, and by a quasi-father, even if consensual. What say you?