How do I save my game?
Your already high-risk/low-reward job gets about thirty times more dangerous when you inadvertently release an ancient archdemon into Sanctum City. Armed with only a recent promotion and the begrudging support of your enigmatic boss, Tahira, it's up to you to decide what to do with Siruud the Devourer.
Keep your head above water as you try to break your bind with a dangerous archdemon, either pursuing the perfectionist Tahira who harbours a deep and secret resentment for your demon, or by abandoning everything you know to help Siruud understand what happened the night he was arrested.
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Welcome to the update! Bad Ritual is now one singular file with toggleable light/dark mode, multilple named saves, a new "build a save" feature so you don't have to start from scratch every time, a "request a new ID" feature that lets you change details about MC mid-playthrough, and of course, a brand new chapter (playable for both Siruud and Tahira-romancers!). Let me know how you feel about it, and if you notice any errors!
If you'd like to support the development of the game, consider donating to my Kofi !!
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While you're in the game, there should be a floppy disk icon across the bottom: click on it and it'll take you to a new page, where you can click the first available "empty slot" option, then boom, your game is saved! Hit the back arrow (the << icon) and you'll be back in the game.
Ah, very cool game, at least on Siruud's path! Though now the cliff hanger will start killing me haha! I'm really eager to see more of the story!
I only had two minor issues. The first one is VERY nitpicky, but I'd love to have MC's hair color on the "ID" (as in, the "stat screen"), for the sake of memory. The second one is a bit more serious I guess (though not that much either!) - it made me a little bit uneasy that MC was forced to find all of Siruud forms attractive instead of letting the player select if they like a specific form or not, or decide which one they prefer. It may sound a little weird, but these forms vary GREATLY, so it would make sense to like one while disliking another - everyone has specific tastes, and I'm sure our MCs too! But that's the only thing, really!
Hi !! So glad you liked the game, and sorry to leave you hanging with a missing MC 😅😂
To address your concerns, I've been hemming and hawing over how to integrate player appearance, mostly because there just isn't much to it at all at the moment and I have plans down the line to give players the opportunity to go in-depth (set actual styles and textures of hair, skin colour, etc). Right now the only information is that which is relevant to SignetWorks (except maybe height but who knows what I was thinking when I added that). I can definitely add hair colour (I mean, since height is there: it seems like the place for such information but realistically I meant to only include job-relevant stuff which would only be eye colour) but the way it's integrated is subject to change !!
Unfortunately the answer for the second concern may not be as satisfying. I don't think I would integrate such an option just because the humansonas aren't strictly meant for MC's consumption, so their preference is irrelevant to the actual plot: in the long run, they just don't really matter all that much! Ultimately MC will not be romancing Siruud in the human forms, so it won't matter in the long one which the MC actually prefers: and I'm sure you can understand why I would be hesitant to let players express distaste for how their romantic lead looks at any given time.
I know it may seem intentional that MC expresses that the humansonas are handsome/hot, but I really do try to write from a place of scene building rather than trying to remind you that you're reading a romance. That's just to say that it doesn't need to be read as MC expressing their desire to hook up with the humansonas, just because they're attractive and technically all the male lead in their own right: just that they are attractive. And like I mentioned, that was integrated more or less to convey that this was still the romantic lead, and that Siruud likes men/the masculine and so goes through particular effort to craft himself attractive humansonas. In the end, Siruud will look like Siruud does while being romanced (it's a bit of a thing for him, as I imagine it would be for anyone who could change their appearance at will: how fraught would that make dating?).
I hope all that makes sense!
Eh, I get why it may be strange for the hair color to appear on the ID (height makes perfect sense, you know, as it may be relevant for some missions, like infiltrating a place where someone too tall or too short would stand out too much and stuff). I was saying that because as someone who plays a TON of games, I like to have reminders of what my MC looks like when I boot a game again after an update, in case I have doubts about specific physical traits in any given game.
As for the other thing... it's funny because I was actually saying that because it kind of is a reminder that this is a romance story for me, when my MC finds every form attractive by default. I suggested offering a choice as to give the opportunity to be indifferent, but another option would be for MC to think they are objectively attractive, without necessarily implying they find each form hot - that would leave it even more neutral. But this is just my perspective eh! I'm not insisting here, just claryfing my point of view at this point, since I feel like my intention about that didn't come across as I intended. Though yeah, it's a bit of a tricky situation anyway, since this IS the same character. I guess I'm also biased towards the idea of Siruud finding all these hot bodies, and MC being "meh, looks better in his original form" XD
THIS WAS SO GOODDDD why did it have to be so good?? It's gonna be hard waiting for the future chapters but I'm gonna push through because your phenomenal writing is very much worth it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us <3
this was so immersive! your writing is really good; it really let me just,,, get immersed with the world and the story? it- your writing is really enjoyable :^)
I really enjoyed the demo! I was hilarious and I honestly love Sigurred so much lmao, it’s really fun and easy to read so far! I cannot wait until the next future update! (Which I hope is soon! 😅)
Not soon (right now I'm working on converting and updating my other game) but eventually it will come !!! I'm glad you like it !!!!!
i've enjoyed all your games thus far and this is no exception. in particular, the writing stands out to me, it's really enjoyable and i find myself getting lost in the world you've created. can't wait for future updates!
Mannnn this is good! Would definitely like to see more of it. I love the writing style and features like how you choose your magic and use it in real combat scenes, and the talk with Bright where you choose your every reply is very interesting! plz update it even if it's a year or 2 later, I can wait but I can't wait(?) Just, I really like the game!!
Thank-you !! I'm glad you like it !! Don't worry it still in development, it's just developed in tandem with my other game that's getting an update at the moment !! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
by end of the demo you mean there's not going to be more updates until the game is finished?
Nope, just that there's no more game to play from there until I update it again !!
oh! ill be waiting then ^^
sorry if the other message sounded rude i have a little bit of trouble communicating through text but your game is incredible i love it
When I got to the end I thought: Really? I need more Siruud! I stayed reading until 3 am and today I look like a panda bear.
Thank you so much for your work. I'll look forward to the next chapter ♥
That was awesome! Thank you! I really look forward to new chapters.
What did you mean by a “ a brand new chapter (playable for both Siruud and Tahira-romancers!)” Di you literally mean that Siruud and Tahira had been in a relationship or do u mean that we can play as their characters, and lastly do u mean that we can have a relationship or have a Romance between my character who’s name is Quinn Reid and Siruud? It would really help me understand this if u could answer as soon as u are available. Oh and by the way if we are not able to have a relationship with Siruud or have a romance with him could u please think about updating this game so that our main character in my case Quinn can have a romance thx and see ya later! ✌🏿☮️ Oh and also am I able to update the game on my iPhone? Oh and I tried all the directions for what you said to do for loading a segment of chapter 5 and I did everything correctly at least I think I did and it didn’t work. So if you have any advise it would really be helpful thanks 🤩 😊 🙏!‼️❗️⚠️❕
Hi! Sorry to reply late, itch wasn't kind enough to let me know that you'd commented 😅 I'm not sure if you've played through the game yet (please keep in mind the game is 18+), but the point of the game is to romance Siruud or Tahira. Usually their routes update one at a time, but the last update was for both of them (which meant that people anticipating a Siruud chapter could also expect one for Tahira).
As far as troubles updating, I can't quite pinpoint what the problem would be. The game is automatically played through the browser. I don't have any directions for updating besides "play through again", and if you're playing the version that has the save building feature, then you're already playing the latest version. The only thing I can confidently say is that you can't play chapter five because it doesn't exist: I only have three chapters available at the moment.
so far out of all ur games I have played this is by far my fav one! U are such a great author, I to am an author but not like u because me and a friend are just making a book. If you have any advice for me please reply soon 🙃
I created this account just to tell u how funny the ligma option is in that one scene LOL
This is literally the best possible thing to come from putting a ligma joke in my game thank you so much sdjfd I'm glad you liked it !!!!! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
Okay, that was such an evil cliffhanger. If you don't mind me asking, when is the next chapter coming out, cuz this is such a good game and I adore it
The unfortunate answer is "when it comes out" !! I'm not supported by these games so I have to prioritize paid work, and I also develop another game which is up next in the queue for an update. I don't like to make promises unless I'm sure I can keep them and seeing as how the only paid work I can secure is freelance, I can't promise that nothing will come up, which would just be an endless loop of me choosing arbitrary dates and then missing them 😅. I'm not jazzed that it works out this way, but until I can pay rent with the games I'm kind of obligated to put them on the backburner if I want to keep my apartment.
this is so good. and I am still yelling over the cliffhanger. can't wait for the next update!
you are an evil, evil author for leaving me where you did. legitimately though, this is fantastically written and I am in love with Siruud, the protagonist, and the story you're developing here. very excited to follow this further:)
I'm glad you like it and I'm the record as feeling no regret !!! I'm glad you like Siruud and hope you keep enjoying the story !! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
Im not sure if it's just because of my phone but when I create a save and click the back button instead of taking me back to where I was I go back to the main screen, so I'm stuck in a loop where I can't play unless I start over again... Apart from that this is so great and I love Tahira!!
H'm, where are you trying to make a save (or where were you trying to make it when it broke)? This sounds like an issue where the save is occuring on a screen where it shouldn't, which would make the default last passage (the variable that's meant to return you to the story) the main menu. That's a big oopsie in the game code somewhere.
It's happening with both my saves on the common route, but when the save file is for Tahira's/Siruud's route it works fine
H'mm, I can't reproduce the issue randomly so we might have to go deeper. If I could get device, browser, and maybe if at all possible the specific passage where it happens? And does it continually happen, or are old saves causing issue?
Im on an Android , Chrome, and the passage is where Siruud asks you to unbind him BUT I just tried saving a couple times during the common route today and it worked completely fine. The saves that weren't loading properly before are also now loading properly, so I have no clue what happened there. I think it might've just been an issue on my end? Thank you anyway for trying to help!!
I simp so hard for Siruud it's insane like the dynamic between the MC and him are just *MWAH* enemies to lovers vibes going way strong over here I can't WAIT for the next update!!!
AH I'm glad you like him !!! 💚💚💚💚💚💚 my truly terrible demon. Thanks for commenting !!!!!
I think exactly the same!!!
i will dump literally ALL of my time into this game. i am invested. i will sell my soul for the full game. aaaaaaaa
Hopefully the code part of it all stays stable and viable for longer than a month this time and lets me sit down and write in peace next time the updates come around 😂😂😂 glad you liked it !!! 💚💚💚💚💚💚
Ooh I love this update so much! The new save workshop is super convenient, though if there was a way to back out of it without closing the tab and opening a new one that would be nice!! The multiple save slots also rock- I love the increased flexibility I now have with my saves!
The light and dark mode are also so so nice for my poor suffering eyeballs, thank you for implementing that. The added scenes are also delightful, so far I have only prayed through to the end of Siruud's route a second time, but am planning to muck about with the other options as well! As always, your narration and dialogue is excellent, I will never stop loving these quips!
If there is one thing I would ask for (tho I imagine this update must've been so much work, so no pressure!!!!!) I'd love another hair option between "heavy" and "shaved" for afro hair?? That's it though, I loved this update so much!! Thank you for your continued work and dedication to this game!!
Ah, see I removed like all hair options except for has hair and does not have hair, as that would be the deciding feature between scenes (where MC would, for example, play with thir hair, push back their hair, or just interact with their skull), just because I didn't want to crowd up the option with a bunch of different hair styles and types (I could think of too many to include in a simple "I'm sitting in the rain and my hair looks like this", so I changed it to "I'm sitting in the rain and it's making my hair wet" or "I'm sitting in the rain with my wet head"): moving forward, though, if the scene would call for some special arrangement of hair (like oh, I don't know, a fancy masquerade dress up 👀) I would definitely go into more detail !! But afaik it should show up as "heavy hair" (ie heavy with water) or shaved for everyone: is that option too vague in and of itself?
I can also add an option to back out of the build a save: oversight !! Sometimes when I'm testing I forget that what's convenient for testing purposes isn't also practical for actual playing: I just never had to back out because I always ploughed right forward !!
Thanks for taking the time to comment, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the update !!! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
Demo? Is there a full release somewhere we can buy one day 👀
Eventually !! Not right now, unfortunately 😅 but it'll probably get hosted here when it is available!
omg do i get to date the demon? do i get palpable t e n s i o n w/the demon? this is great. i love this game. 10/10. all jokes aside ur writing is great and i hope you keep adding onto this uwu
edit: omg i get to date tahira? ooh that's good too,,
So I found this part of the game that has no way of moving forward... is this an error or am I supposed to click somewhere else?
Thanks for your time and for your talent! I’m really loving this dynamic between MC and Siruud :D
I'm there too. I'm guessing this the end of a chapter until more is added. :)
This is the end of the game until this Friday, after which more will be added !!
Ahhh got it! I didn't even think it could be that, sorry! Usually there's something after the last scene saying to wait for the next update/chapter, no? But great to know this friday we'll get some more! Thank you :)
im fkcn CACKLING at the personality description “of irritable temper, characterized by bluntness, stoicism, impatience, rudeness, and general intensity.”
looove all 3 exchanges with Siruud via text and “walk in with confidence. Confidently.” and MC almost completely stop paying attention to Bright in favour of their own thoughts.
“like you have a finisher move (you don't; you'd have a lot more friends if you did, you think).” LOVE IT
the details during fight are sooo good !! “like cleaning chemicals and coolant” “shred like fucking pull apart bread compared to a hardwood desk.”
“Your heart is pounding so hard that your chest feels like a door that's being opened and closed in wide, slamming gestures.”
ooohh the suspense, this is wonderful and a little terrifying because Bright??! what the hell?!?
💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 thank you !!!! I'm glad the suspense angle worked out, and that the code problem was sorted properly 😂😂 the agony I underwent to write the fight scene.....I'm pumped it worked out 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
Hello! I wanted to say that I am really enjoying this story (I love all your stories and writing style!!) and I am very excited for this update.
NVM! This is what I get when I let my excitement guide me and I just see UPDATE on my email -- not realizing there is more to the message. Still excited!!
The update is coming to itch this coming Friday !! It's just a little early for Ko-Fi supporters 😅 I'm glad you like it though, I hope you like the update !!
maybe this is just my laptop's problem but is the next button missing here? (running on mac and safari)
This story is really good. I love it. 💚
I do not have a date !! I do not get paid to do this and work freelance to support myself, so my schedule is way too unpredictable for me to comfortably offer a date. If you follow me on here you'll get a notification when it updates, or if you happen to have a Tumblr you can follow my development blog ( heart-forge.tumblr.com ).
" being an excess-icon there. While switching back, the blue clickable lines transformed into a different font and appearing in red (which fit way more to itch's theme and the game's banner/title).
I like that this game's available on the web and actually noticed it by a forum's post-reply, getting to your profile and trying something in "hybrid"-game.
Affecting magic sounds cool in textlines. I like the option of alternate lines, especially: "You're wearing your hair as you usually do, shaved" ...uhm, I guess the text should quite replace bit more of the prev. part if this section appears by clicking?
Choosing no first/last nick, gets still the next part loaded, which just looks bit odd in reading. Maybe there could be a command in html, which greys out the continue-info, if either no input or less than x-amount of letters being entered?
"At your full height, you find" (selectable options, which also starts with "you"), sounds like some text should replace bit of the lines that stated before those?
"Altogether it's disappointingly neat"-paragraph's reply would be cool to sound more comfy in words (less "rude").
"She reaches into her bag" / reply: "plastic sleeve pages"
Just one "-icon being mentioned there, which quite needs another one (sorry if I'm being bit perfectionistic when browsing through games). So there are 3 than 4 of those icons in this section yet.
Thanks for taking the time to comment on BR as well !! Luckily BR is next in line to update, and when it does a lot of things are going to look very different !! Very different: I'm always surprised to remember how much work has gone on behind the scenes since the last update 😅😅😅
Hello! I had so much fun with this game, especially with how my dynamic with Siruud is slowly developing. I was having so much fun that I was legit confused when the subway portion ended without a link to the next part lol. I look forward to what more shenanigans me and my new demonic buddy get up to hehehehe. Happy writing!
Ps. Just a small nitpick, but if you're really going to lean into the red-on-black scheme, would it be possible to make the red brighter or easier to see? Thank you!
Thanks so much for commenting, I'm so glad that you like the game !!! And Siruud 😊 and don't worry, the colour scheme in the next update is going to be toggleable. The red parts (so, links) will be a little bolder, and you'll be able to toggle between light theme and dark theme. Hopefully that'll make it easier on the eyes: the next update has been in the works for so long I forgot that the toggle isn't in the current version 😅😅😅😅😅😅
holy shit this rules so hard, i adore your writing style. looking forward to the next update!
Thank you I'm glad you like it !! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 I'm working hard on the demon dunkage !!!!
Hi!! I really love this game. But when is the next update coming out??
When it comes out, is unfortunately the answer !! I've been out of a job since COVID hit so I spend a lot of my time looking for and applying to jobs, and working on the game in the spare snatches of time where I can find it. The good news is that I'm working on Siruud right now (this update will also include a new save-building functionality and some behind the scenes technical updates that make development a little easier for me), but I'm never comfortable giving people a hard deadline for release because I don't have the sort of reliable schedule that lends itself to strict release dates. You can follow (or just check every now and then) my dev blog where I answer questions and occasionally post about progress. I'm so glad you like the game, and thanks for commenting !!!
Oooh I really enjoyed this one! I love Syruud already I loved the dynamic we can get with him! And the plot is interesting, I'm definitely looking foreward this one! ^^
I'm so glad you like him (and the game) !! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 he's up next for the update !!
Siruud is such a dear
He hates going shopping it seems
But he devours the fridge when I'm gone
Oh Siruud, please stop at once
Its great and I can't wait for what is to come!! Good luck!
MC tries one of them baby locks on the fridge and comes home to find he's destroyed the whole thing. All your neighbours think you bought a huge mean dog that's tearing the place apart 😂😂😂 glad you liked it !!!! Thanks for commenting !!!!! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
oh wow oh wow oh wow
okay, so I may be gay,
and I may be angry,
and I may be stupid
so thank you for the representation
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I look forward for what's to come
LMFAO glad I can fulfill this dream for you !! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 Siruud's due for an update, it just needs to get written !!! It's gunna be kind of a double update (except next round, Tahira will get her second half focused on her).
Waiting for the update, gotta say I really enjoyed the demo so far! I can't wait to see where this story leads.
This is such an amazing vn! I was so heartbroken when the demo ended, haha. Keep up the great work. This is definitely in my top ten.
I'm so glad you like it !! It's up next in my update schedule, and I've made my way through the arduous task of bringing the code up to speed !! Now just the actual writing part 😅😅😅💚💚💚
this is amazing , thank u for giving us this experience!! i can't wait for the rest 💛✨
Thank-you, I'm glad you like it !!!! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 Siruud's up next for an update, and it'll come with a lot of small tech changes (like light and dark mode!)
I absolutely love this story, you did an amazing job with it! Q.Q I am currently broke, but you can count on my support once I have the finances to do so, I promise. You've certainly earned it. Thank you for making such an awesome and immersive story! ✨
💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 thank you so much !!! I totally get the being broke thing: aren't we all, now of all times especially 😔😔😔😔 but I'm so glad that you like my game !!! Thank you for playing it !!! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
I thoroughly enjoyed playing this! Honestly love Siruud already 😂 can’t wait for more!! Take your time tho and be sure to take care of yourself! 😄👍