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1037169 No. 1037169 ID: 9ea24b

It’s the Gamer AU Y/N Quest, a visual novel inspired quest where the MC (that’s you) moves into a house of gamers based on tippler’s old OCs. Hearts will be broken. Images will be reused. Twitch chat will be every –ist and –phobic possible. At the end of the day, who will be the real MVP?
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No. 1037170 ID: 9ea24b
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You’re so excited to be moving into a real house instead of a shitty apartment where the hot water and AC break every other week. Okay, there might be four other people living here, but at least your rent will be lower and the toilet will work. Right now you’re struggling to drag your bed frame up the driveway.

Internal dialogue will be represented with italics.

Spoken dialogue will be bolded.

Choose from the following options:

Allocate three skill points in the following options. Multiple points can be invested in one option:
-Mental health
-Gaming ability
-Social skills
No. 1037171 ID: c1d4af

1 point each to Gaming, Social and Atractiveness.


Non-binary Cis.
No. 1037172 ID: 899c9f

Cis sis, secret option E none of the above.
No. 1037173 ID: 629f2e


Attractiveness +2
Gaming Ability +1
No. 1037175 ID: e51896


Skills are
Social skills

Social skills and education can help us get a job later, which will then help our mental health when we earn money.
No. 1037176 ID: c1d4af

And human.

We are playing a human protagonist for once!
No. 1037181 ID: 8255b7

You are a speeding gamer who cheats
No. 1037182 ID: 4ef090


Put one point in Job so we can pull our weight around the house

One in Social Skills, so you can rub elbows with the neighbors and potentially forge strong allies

and last point in Attractiveness, so you can be the hottest mess on twitch
No. 1037183 ID: 2fce91

-Secret option ACE

Skill: Gaming Ability +3

We are a robot.
No. 1037185 ID: 5c9cc3


Gaming II
Job I
No. 1037190 ID: a70a13


Mental Health +2
Social Skills +1
No. 1037197 ID: 36cdf6

Male, ace, cis, job 2 gamer 1.
No. 1037213 ID: 15a025


+2 for social
+1 for education
No. 1037241 ID: 9ea24b
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Your name is Beck, queer extraordinaire. You’re non-binary, ace, and prefer they/them pronouns though you have little hope of being gendered correctly in League of Legends voice chat.

>Gaming ability: 2 points
>Social skills: 1 point
You’re a pretty damn good gamer and you keep up with industry news. True to your namesake you’re a bit of loser IRL, with a food service job and one year of an undergrad degree in economics. Doesn’t stop you from being polite and fairly well adjusted.

You’ll have an advantage when talking about and playing video games and you’ll notice social cues.

You get your bedframe to the door and realize you don’t have a key yet. With a sigh, you knock.
No. 1037242 ID: 9ea24b
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>And the randomly selected housemate who answers is—
After a few moments of waiting, the door swings open to reveal a man wearing a ‘her body, her choice’ t-shirt. He has a mop of curly hair and is wearing shiny bangles on his wrists. Your gaydar gives a tentative ding.

Zach: Hi there, you must be the new person, nice you meet you.

He extends a hand for you to shake before bending down and helping you carry the furniture into the house. Yo, this place is bougie. There’s a spacious living room with an open kitchen plan and all the furniture looks new. It’s a suspiciously tidy place, and Zach admits they have a cleaning person.

Zach: Bad praxis, I know, but I clean my own room and try to cook for myself. My girlfriend is coming over for dinner, you can have some too, Wyatt and Julia are traveling and Steven never comes out of his room while I’m awake so it’ll be a quiet welcoming party.

A. Tell me more about yourself.
B. Tell me what to look out for.
C. You seem like the kind of person who has a Tumblr. Please tell me about modern leftism.
No. 1037244 ID: c1d4af

And then we look at the Twitch chat response.

Sometimes, you just want to see the world burn.
No. 1037251 ID: cdbcf8

No. 1037252 ID: 629f2e

C is the only reasonable thing to say here.
No. 1037488 ID: e51896

No. 1037602 ID: 9ea24b
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Zach: Eh? You want to know my opinion? I’m just an upper middle class straight white bi guy.
Beck: Exactly, so you should have a slightly different take on things.
Zach: Not really, just the usual opposition to entrenched social hierarchy and support of equity, the rights of minority groups, and climate action. I actually don’t have a Tumblr, I use Twitter to announce stream times but otherwise I try to spend as little time on social media as possible. It’s not a productive space.
Beck: Hey, I get that.
Zach: My girlfriend’s an activist, she’s getting her public policy masters right now and she’s a lot cooler than me. Oh, we try not to talk politics too much here because Julia and Wyatt are way more moderate than me and they’re also more likely to pick a fight when they’re bored.

Zach shows you the spare room, which has a bunch of boxes in it, presumably everyone else’s stuff that they’ve been storing here.

A. Look through the stuff
B. Ask Zach to help you clear it out
C. Naw, just shove it to the side, there’s still plenty of space. Time to get your computer set up and start gaming
No. 1037603 ID: e51896

No. 1037604 ID: c1d4af

B, but C immedeatedly afterwards.
No. 1037605 ID: 899c9f

C. You can look through everyone's stuff when he isn't looking over your shoulder.
No. 1037618 ID: 629f2e

No. 1037654 ID: 9ea24b
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Neatness is future Beck’s problem. You shove all the boxes to one side of the room, thank Zach for the help, and spend the rest of the afternoon moving your smaller possessions into the house. Your computer is a custom built beauty that you quickly check for damage and then boot up. Zach gives you the wifi password and you’re plugged into Riot Game’s cash cow until he calls you for dinner.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Gaming +0.2
Mental Health -0.2

A tall brunette girl is helping set the table and introduces herself as Percy. She seems friendly and well-adjusted.

A. Eat fast and continue gaming
B. Linger and talk, suggest topics
C. Other
No. 1037659 ID: e51896

B. Ask about current events for world building!
No. 1037683 ID: 629f2e

B, ask about her, and what she does for a living.
No. 1037686 ID: 9ea24b
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You sit down for an extended meal of pasta and grilled tofu.

Beck: So Percy, what do you do for a living?
Percy: I’m taking a summer class but I’m also doing an internship at the local Planned Parenthood. They need the help more than ever with the [REAL LIFE EVENTS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF FICTION HOLY SHIT].

Oh right, Zach mentioned his girlfriend was in college, honestly you forgot after your fugue state of intense AD carry. You live in Colorado so the collapse of democracy in the USA isn’t as depressing, but still.
No. 1037688 ID: 9ea24b
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Zach dabs the tomato sauce off Percy’s cheek in a bone-chilling display of personal affection. Okay, it’s not really that bad, you’re ace but PDA doesn’t bother you that much. If they start having loud sex later that’ll be awkward though.

Zach: I think Julia should be back sometime tonight, she’s excited to meet you so don’t be surprised when she knocks.
Beck: Where was she?
Zach: Battle Animals tournament, that’s the game she likes, it’s one of those Smash Bros clones like Rivals of Aether.
Beck: Oh yeah, Battle Animals, I’ve played it a couple times.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Zach Friendship +0.2
Percy Friendship +0.2

Evening plans?
A. Watch a movie with the lovey dovey couple
B. Work on some of your Stats
C. The gaming grind never ends, get back in your room
No. 1037691 ID: 629f2e

B would be smart to do soon, but focus on developing your relationships first. You're living with these guys, it'll be better for all of y'all if you're friends. A
No. 1037709 ID: 899c9f

Watch a movie and chill.
No. 1037751 ID: 9ea24b
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Zach pulls up Sonic 2 on his laptop via a sketchy free movie site and connects to the big screen in the living room. You tentatively settle onto the couch with a cushion of space between you and the couple while the CGI hedgehog makes clever quips and Jim Carrey hams it up. You watched the first movie but never went out of your way to go see the second. After Zach and Percy start gasping and commenting on the fairly mundane plot points you relax a little.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Zach Friendship +0.2
Percy Friendship +0.2
No. 1037752 ID: 9ea24b
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The door bangs open during the heart to heart with Knuckles on the beach and you spot a stick thin woman with a backpack and a half eaten burger squeezed in her hand. Zach immediately scrambles to pause the movie.

Zach: Hi Julia, how was the tourney?
Julia: Got third ughhhhhhh. Fuckin’ hate the Carl ditto.
Zach: You’ll get ‘em next time. Beck here just moved in.
Beck: Nice to meet you.

You extend your right hand and get the life squeezed out of your bones by Julia’s heavily scarred grip. She has leaf shaped hairclips to hold back her greasy hair from her pockmarked face.

Julia: I’m tired from traveling but let’s hang out tomorrow new guy. Gotta see if you’re worthy of all this elite gamer energy.

A. Drop the hot Battle Animal knowledge to impress Julia (all the characters are tippler ocs)
B. Finish movie and go to bed
No. 1037755 ID: 629f2e

A, the alternative is watching the Sonic movie, which isn't accurate to the games.
No. 1037772 ID: b85170

A. "did you know that in terms of male human and female battle animal breeding..."
No. 1037778 ID: c1d4af

A version of the copy pasta themed around the world's best zombie, Body.
No. 1037799 ID: 9ea24b
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You’re seized by the memory of a Battle Animal copypasta you saw once in Twitch chat, and before you can stop yourself you’re blurting it out.

Beck: Did you know that in terms of male human and female battle animal breeding, Body is the most compatible candidate for humans?

Julia takes a huge bite of her burger and considers your hairless upper lip, short stature, and masculine presenting clothing as you feel the sinking feeling of a social interaction gone horribly wrong.

Julia: You on the spectrum, Beck?
Beck: Er, I mean, I never got checked or anything so probably not or if I am I’m high functioning. Sorry if what I said was inappropriate, I just blurted it out.
Julia: Naw, it’s fine. For your information, Carl is far more fuckable.
Beck: Oh. Okay?
Julia: Let’s hang out tomorrow. I’ll make waffles for breakfast.
Beck: Sure? Thanks, sorry again.

No. 1037800 ID: 9ea24b
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Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Julia Friendship +0.2
Social Skills -0.4

You excuse yourself after Julia leaves, unable to face Percy and Zach after that display. Doesn’t help that you got clocked into next year, and you hurriedly brush your teeth and prepare for bed. Luckily you don’t work Tuesdays so you’ll be free to apologize profusely to Julia.

You lie in bed, unable to sleep.
A. Count breaths and try to relax
B. Get up and walk around the house
No. 1037801 ID: 899c9f

Pace around, get those steps in.
No. 1037802 ID: d5321c

B. Midnight snack should calm us down
No. 1037812 ID: 629f2e

A, do some counting. It'll help lull you to sleep. Counting your breaths will be a good way to know you're still breathing, and that your body hasn't given up on you yet after that awful display.
No. 1037826 ID: 9ea24b
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No use staying in bed when your brain won’t cooperate. You roll off your full-sized mattress and put on your pants before peeking into the hallway to check for life. To your surprise, you see a light coming from the kitchen and hear the shuffling of someone getting a late night snack.

You wander toward the light and spot a hunk of a man hand mixing a whey protein drink, presumably to avoid using the blender at this hour.
No. 1037827 ID: 9ea24b
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You clear your throat to get his attention and he startles, shoulders tensing. This must be Steven, the guy Zach mentioned who doesn’t come out of his room very often.

Beck: Hey, I’m Beck, just moved in earlier.
Steven: …Hello.
Beck: Did you finish a workout? Good for you for staying fit, I’ve been slacking on that.
Steven: Yeah.

He seems shy more than unfriendly.
A. Ask him about exercise
B. Ask him about gaming
C. Ask him about one of his housemates
No. 1037828 ID: 629f2e

B, it's the only thing you know. If you talk about exercise, then he'll have to carry the discussion. If you talk about something you hopefully both know, it'll be more balanced.
No. 1037834 ID: d825a8

B. I have a feeling he likes sports games or fitness games, but dont assume. Just ask what games he likes
No. 1037838 ID: caeefa

A and B, because why limited to a single topic during a conversation.
No. 1037890 ID: 9ea24b
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The topic of games never fails to ensure a comfortable, safe conversation. Steven lives here so he must be in the know.

Beck: Are you a pro gamer like Julia?
Steven: No, I’m a streamer like Zach. Not as popular as him though.
Beck: That’s so cool, what do you like to play?
Steven: Uh, Switch games mostly. Mario and Pokémon and Zelda stuff.
Beck: I respect a man who does variety.
Steven: Thanks. If you want to work out I can loan you some weights.
Beck: Sure, that sounds great.

Steven leads you to his room, which is packed with gym equipment. Heavens, he’s even fit a rowing machine in there. Aside from a few empty Lacroix cans strewn around the desk it’s fairly neat for a bachelor pad.
No. 1037891 ID: 9ea24b
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Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Steven Friendship +0.2
Social Skills +0.2

He gives you a set of 5s and 8s and a yoga mat for body weight exercises. What a pal. You decide to go back to your room and you thankfully fall asleep.

The smell of waffles and maple syrup greets you in the morning. Ah, that’ll be Julia waiting for you.

A. Shower first
B. Waffles first
No. 1037893 ID: 0838d6

waff ffle s
No. 1037894 ID: 899c9f

Don't waffle on those waffles.
No. 1037895 ID: c2bf1b

Waffles first. They might make you dirty and we don't want a second shower.
No. 1038053 ID: 9ea24b
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Waffles are extremely important and best fresh. You brush your wiry black hair and hurry to the kitchen.

There’s a broad range of toppings on the counter, chocolate syrup, whole butter, whipped cream and the aforementioned maple syrup. Julia is looming over the waffle iron, unsticking a waffle from the hot metal with a butterfly knife.

Julia: Beck, my guy, my man, my brother in arms. Have a waffle.

She impales it with her knife and holds it out to you. You hurriedly grab a plate to catch the waffle before it falls.
No. 1038054 ID: 9ea24b
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Julia: I’m a busy bitch between streaming and tournaments and my girl, but I always make time for schemes. And you’re going to help me with the current one.
Beck: Okay? Um, about last night, sorry I made a bad first impression—
Julia: Old news, old news, all you have to do is play a little Battle Animals with me and help with a few favors and we’ll be best friends. Not actually though, like I said I’m busy.
Beck: What’s the scheme?
Julia: Okay so you’ve met Zach and you’ll meet Steven eventually.
Beck: Actually I saw him last night, got up cause I couldn’t sleep, he gave me some weights.
Julia: Really? Damn you’re good. Right, so Wyatt is due home this afternoon and he’s the main target. I’m trying to get him to overcome his internalized homophobia and get laid, preferably by Steven but I’m not picky.

You have gained knowledge of Julia’s Mission! Each housemate will have a primary mission that they want your help completing.

A. Sounds great, where do I start?
B. Hold on a second…that’s kind of weird bro
No. 1038056 ID: 899c9f

B + C for Concerned.
No. 1038060 ID: 7b75ea

A, but with a caveat: "I'd be down to try and cure a phobia - hating ain't cool - but how he identifies is ultimately up to him. If he's still straight when we get to the climax, we respect that, a'ight?"
No. 1038103 ID: c1d4af

Myeaah, I don't think getting him to kiss a guy is gonna solve it. He'll probably write an article about how messy leaf-hair girls are making our children gay, or something.
No. 1038113 ID: f86580

No. 1038139 ID: 9ea24b
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Beck: I think his sexual identity is up to him, I don’t know if I’m comfortable trying to manipulate Wyatt and as far as I know he could be ace or straight.
Julia: Aw man…
Beck: I haven’t even met the guy, I don’t want to cause drama in the house.
Julia: But drama is the best. Things get too peaceful around here.
Beck: Not really interested.
Julia: Fine, fine, no problem. Eat your waffle.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Julia Friendship -0.4
Social Skills +0.2
Mental Health: +0.2
No. 1038140 ID: 9ea24b
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You have your breakfast while Julia cooks the remaining batter and rambles about stage counterpicks. You feel slightly uncomfortable around the spindly woman.

What do you do with your morning?
A. Play League
B. Play Battle Animals with Julia
C. Go see Zach or Steven
No. 1038141 ID: 7b75ea

B: "I'll take you up on that Battle Animals pseudo-offer, tho."
No. 1038156 ID: cb7ab4

Play League, feed your smurf to mid.
No. 1038165 ID: c1d4af

B) We can still bond over Battle Animals.
No. 1038184 ID: 05ff33

B, have some non-drama fun with her.
No. 1038197 ID: 9ea24b
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There’s still time to redeem yourself in Julia’s eyes, you hope. You wait nervously while Julia does a haphazard job cleaning her mess, leaving behind a cooling pile of waffles on a plate on the counter.

Julia: Alrighty, time for you to get absolutely slaughtered. With any luck you won’t be too discouraged and with more practice you’ll actually be a marginally useful training partner.

She leads you to her room, which is to the left of the bathroom. You gaze longingly towards the unoccupied shower, feeling the gamer grease on your skin. The listing said there were three bathrooms total, and you spot one of the others adjoined to Julia’s master bedroom.

Every free surface is covered with knives, trophies, or Battle Animal plushies. There’s a half open closet filled with generic t-shirts and jeans and a few pairs of sneakers. The bed is unmade, but it’s not like you’re doing any better over in your room.
No. 1038199 ID: 9ea24b
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Julia slides into her chair at her desk, which is fitted with a similar streaming set-up to what Steven has. She kicks the other free seat towards you and you sit.

Julia: You know the controls?
Beck: Yeah, I’ve played before.
Julia: Great, so I’d recommend some of the easier characters who are still high tier, no projectiles or anything.

A. Kibble, massive hitboxes, good disjoints, light
B. Carbon, big boy, good grabs and simple combos
C. Other
No. 1038200 ID: 899c9f

No. 1038201 ID: 05ff33

No. 1038202 ID: 770f88

Carbon reminds me of a mixture between donkey Kong and sayble, so of course I'm gonna chose him!
No. 1038208 ID: 7b75ea

Carbon; for someone who doesn't know any good combos in this game (yet), grapplers need to win the smallest number of exchanges by far, and being heavy means you're less inclined to just explode if you screw up once. They flounder if you can't pull off the timing and inputs for your command-grabs consistently, but I believe you have the gamer skill to get those down quickly.

That's unless she says she's picking a zoner, of course, in which case you immediately switch to Kibble. DO NOT step to a zoner with an untrained grappler - you don't know Carbon's tools for stopping that nonsense.
No. 1038237 ID: 9ea24b
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Big monkey!!!! Your favorite genre of video game character and a grappler to boot. You instantly pick Carbon as Julia selects a wimpy brown fish and loads the map.

Julia: Test out your moves a bit. He has a tether recovery which you can use as an approach option, that’s probably the weirdest thing. Do up throw to up air and practice your short hop back airs.

You have the gamer skill hand-eye coordination to input all of the moves correctly. You notice Julia’s character has a meter that’s slowly filling over time.

Beck: What does your guy do?
Julia: Oh, Sal’s completely unplayable bottom tier garbage. Base stats are shit, he gets stronger and faster when his meter fills up over time when you take damage and from hitting the opponent’s shield, but at max meter it stuns him for like five seconds which is a guaranteed kill for the opponent. Landing a hit also drains the meter so it’s a real pain to manage.
Beck: Okay, come at me.

No. 1038238 ID: 9ea24b
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You get utterly pulverized for the first hour, but start to pick up the subtleties of movement and spacing pretty fast. Julia gives you a constant stream of tips and by the time your stomach is rumbling you actually manage to take one stock of three consistently.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Julia Friendship +0.2
Gaming Ability +0.2

A. Shower
B. Talk to a housemate
No. 1038239 ID: 7b75ea

Shower time! You've put it off for too long.
No. 1038243 ID: a543d5

Go shower, stinky!
No. 1038258 ID: 9ea24b
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You stink and if something like a physical attraction score existed it’d be taking a hit.

Beck: Which bathroom should I use to shower? I’ve been using the one in the hallway.
Julia: Yeah, that’ll be the one you share with Wyatt. Good luck haha he was pissed when he heard he wasn’t getting it all to himself anymore. Feel free to have some waffles for lunch I’m ordering food.

Unlike these well-to-do pro gamers, you’re poor and definitely can’t afford to eat out all the time. You’ll need to pick up groceries soon.
No. 1038259 ID: 9ea24b
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You fetch a towel and a fresh pair of boxers. Your shirt and pants still have plenty of life left in them and—wait a second there’s an in-house washer and dryer, doing laundry will be easy! Might as well change.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Mental Health: +0.2

You’re enjoying your post shower stare in the mirror and contemplate life routine when you hear a commotion coming from the front door. That’ll be Wyatt’s return. Seems like this guy is a piece of work, though it also feels like Julia gives him a hard time.

A. Obtain groceries
B. Greet Wyatt
C. Other
No. 1038262 ID: 899c9f

Fetch groceries.
No. 1038275 ID: e51896

A Go get those gross-eries. Yay responsibilities...
ugh, responsibilities...
No. 1038300 ID: 9ea24b
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You take shelter in your room until the shouting has stopped, then sneak out of the back door with a couple reusable bags tucked under your arm.

There’s a grocery store several blocks away, and you sweat under the hot summer sun as you walk through the idyllic suburban neighborhood.

What do you buy? You have more than enough money for all of the options.
A. Standard fare
B. Healthy food, requires more cooking time
C. Ramen and snacks
No. 1038307 ID: b0b5f8

B. Let's make good impression even if we eventually drop it for being too time-consuming.
No. 1038312 ID: 899c9f

B. Enjoy!
No. 1038361 ID: 9ea24b
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Time to turn a new page in your life. No more frozen tater tots and dino nuggets, you’re going to get mostly fresh ingredients and look up a recipe and cook them goddammit.

You find instructions for some simple beef chili and get the requisite supplies. You buy some apples and bananas as well and then spend two minutes reading the names of all the green vegetables before buying some kale to roast into chips.

You swagger through checkout and head home with immense confidence.
No. 1038362 ID: 9ea24b
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You’re starving so you help yourself to a waffle while you start the chili. Zach wanders through and takes an appreciative sniff, but admits he’s vegetarian for environmental reasons.
After an hour of stewing, during which you took the time to prepare the kale, you finally have a meal.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Mental Health: +0.2
Attractiveness: +0.2

You finish in the mid afternoon and gobble up your bowl of hot nourishment. What do you do next?
A. Gaming
B. Talk to a housemate
C. Try to improve your Job or Education stats, which are difficult to influence in day to day life
No. 1038367 ID: 899c9f

Gaming, of course! No game, no life.
No. 1038368 ID: 4d4d03

C, those really need some active attention to improve.
No. 1038393 ID: 9ea24b
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>A: In case of tie, gaming will always win
You’ve been productive enough for one day, time to relax by playing ranked LoL. You pack away the leftover chili in some Tupperware you found in the cabinets, then tiptoe to your room without interference.

>Gaming check: Success!
You somehow queue into friendly players that are not totally braindead and climb a decent amount.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Mental Health: +0.2
Gaming Ability: +0.2
No. 1038394 ID: 9ea24b
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>Randomly chosen housemate visit
By the time you look up from your computer, it’s dark outside. You hear a polite knock on your door and answer it to see Zach.

Zach: Hi, I know you ate late, but do you want any dinner?
Beck: Naw, I’m good.
Zach: Oh great! Um, Percy’s not coming over tonight so if you want to hang out I have lots of different card games, like Pokemon and MTG.

A. Politely refuse
B. Play cards in the living room
C. Play cards in Zach’s room
No. 1038395 ID: 08f52c

Play some cards in the living room!
No. 1038397 ID: 899c9f

Play in the living room.
No. 1038403 ID: 139189

MTG and you talk about the lore in very specific detail.
This eventually devolves into harrassing Mark Rosewater with story-related questions on Tumblr (which is something you can do in real life).
No. 1038404 ID: 9ea24b
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You’ve dabbled in Magic but loath commander, so Zach fetches some standard 60 card decks from his room and lets you look through them while he clears off the coffee table. You pick the monowhite deck and Zach takes blue black control. He’s very forgiving and shows you what he’s planning to do for the first game.

Wyatt stomps into the living room and pours himself half a mug of rum, from the sound of it. He’s short and stocky, with a bit of a gamer gut and Harry Potter glasses. You keep an eye on him as he circles around the sofa to look over Zach’s shoulder.
No. 1038405 ID: 9ea24b
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After a hard fought game where you manage to rally a strong final attack, Wyatt breaks his silence.

Wyatt: You could have played better there, why’d you let him win? Grow a spine, man.
Zach: Beck prefers they/them pronouns.
Wyatt: Whatever, you let him play that buff spell when you have a counter in your hand.
Zach: Well I play this game a lot, I don’t want to discourage them.
Wyatt: Yeah and I bet Beck doesn’t appreciate being patronized.
Beck: We’re just hanging out, it’s not a big deal either way.
Wyatt: Jesus you both are such cucks.
Zach: Wyatt, I know you’re mad about your team losing on Sunday but could you please leave us alone.
Wyatt: Fuck you, this is my house too, I can go wherever I want.
Zach: Uh—I’ll get Julia to come yell at you if you don’t leave.

A. Honestly male pronouns are fine, you don’t want to cause trouble
B. Let Zach call in Julia
C. Defend your honor!
No. 1038408 ID: e51896

C. Defend your honor! and also Zach's

And by that, I mean if he thinks he's a better player to judging how Zach plays like that, challenge him to this game!
No. 1038409 ID: f98309

A, you’re rather neutral on this anyway, that’s kind of the point.
No. 1038412 ID: afe7de

I think you should remain silent and do B, watch what plays out, get an idea for common dynamics with people who instigate. I'd lean more towards A of just not letting it get to you and not letting that person get a rise out of you or it'll encourage the behavior.
No. 1038413 ID: a70a13


Absolutely choose C.

Fucker doesn't get to ignore your pronouns like a tool, that's a shitty thing to do and we will GAME HIS ASS.
No. 1038419 ID: 7b75ea

A+C: "'They' is preferred, but ultimately? You can call me whatever pronouns you want, my dude... But, you do not get to imply that I need people to let me win."

"I'm saying it's on, like Donkey Kong."

Do be a good sport if he does beat you... but while he seems to have min-maxed [Gaming] at least as much as you have, I still think our odds against an about-to-be-tipsy Wyatt are pretty decent.
No. 1038420 ID: 139189

Challenge him to Dance Dance Revolution.
No. 1038440 ID: 9ea24b
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If Wyatt had realized your randomly assigned government gender at birth was female you’d care a bit more about the pronouns, but honestly you’re more offended by how he’s acting like a tool. Zach’s been nothing but welcoming and courteous since you arrived, and while you don’t want him throwing a game to make you feel better, you can appreciate the thought.

>Challenge Wyatt to a game!
He’s a pro gamer in something and while you’re probably a much better League player than he is it’s not really fair to ask him to play something he might not be familiar with. Ironically the common denominator is probably Battle Animals and you’re not about to get Julia involved.

Beck: Don’t go easy on me, Zach. Wyatt, shut the fuck up.

Zach beams at you with pride and to your surprise, Wyatt scoffs and goes to his room.
No. 1038441 ID: 9ea24b
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Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Zach Friendship: +0.4
Wyatt Friendship: -0.2

You’re almost pretty good pals with Zach! He’ll confide his mission with you with a little more friendship. You play several more games, lose them all, then head to bed.

You sleep much better than the previous night and get up early to start your morning shift at your job. Where do you work?
A. Coffee shop as a barista
B. Fast food as a general employee
C. Restaurant as a waiter
No. 1038442 ID: e51896

A. Barista. Because then we can spell everyone's name wrong on their coffee cups!
No. 1038445 ID: 899c9f

No. 1038446 ID: 7b75ea

C: It's the classiest environment (by a thin margin), you make more consistent tips, you aren't standing in one place constantly, and you aren't working the most stressful position there by a country mile - as long as you behave, any problem the customer has becomes the chef's problem, not yours. Since you aren't presenting as female, you don't have to worry too much about gropers.

I assume it's a brunch place, given the morning shift.
No. 1038447 ID: e51896

Actually, the good detective makes a good point.
Changing vote to C.
No. 1038448 ID: afe7de

C seems fun
No. 1038462 ID: 3bbc5a

I wanna say CEO of a self-made pioneering E-service company, full Zuckerberg style.
No. 1038486 ID: 9ea24b
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You work at a brunch place slinging eggs benedict and mimosas from early morning until midafternoon. Luckily it’s a weekday so you’re not swamped with tables, but there are also fewer fellow waiters on duty to share the load. You’ve been working there almost half a year now and you’re used to the fast-paced environment though it’s definitely not the best paying job.

It’s also quite tiring, and by the time you finish your shift and take the bus home, you’re exhausted. Your days off are Monday and Tuesday so you’ll have limited time the rest of the week for your own pursuits. You have some leftover chili for lunch and ponder what to do next. It sounds like everyone is here from the muffled voices behind each bedroom door.

A. Talk to a housemate
B. Rest
C. Game
No. 1038490 ID: c7e7b6

B. Rest up. You deserve it.
But leave the door open as an invitation to anybody who wants to talk to us.
No. 1038491 ID: 0838d6

rest up so you can game with the late night boiz (or whoever was late night I forgot)
No. 1038494 ID: 9ea24b
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Rather than play League you get on your computer and mindlessly browse the internet with a cold glass of water on hand. Once you get sleepy you take a short nap and wake up feeling refreshed.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Mental Health: +0.4

You feel great and surprisingly optimistic about the future. Some of your housemates might be a bit rude or odd but you’re saving tons of money and you get access to a proper kitchen.
No. 1038495 ID: 9ea24b
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>Random encounter time
You’re back to browsing the internet when you spot Julia approaching your open door on the right side of your peripheral vision. There’s a round Asian woman at her side with eye shadow and a pixie cut.

Julia: Hey Beck, how’s it going?
Beck: Just chilling, what’s up?
Julia: Oh, I thought I’d get some of my stuff out of your room. Lots of pricey knives in there and some of my old trophies.
Beck: Sure.
Julia: And then we have to continue your training or you’ll forget all the tech I just taught you! The grind never ends.

You have time for one more action before you go to bed. Julia will be disappointed if you don’t game with her.
A. Battle Animals 4 life
B. Other (suggest)
No. 1038496 ID: 7b75ea

Yeah, A... assuming box-moving doesn't take up too much time.
No. 1038499 ID: 7ec758

Battle Animals! Who's her friend there?
No. 1038520 ID: 9ea24b
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Julia and the woman take a few boxes across the hall to Julia’s room while you twiddle your thumbs helpfully.

Beck: Who’s your friend?
Julia: Friend? Friend? Beck this is my smoking hot big tiddy goth girlfriend Yen, show some respect.
Beck: Uh, cool, hello.
Julia: And we’re going to be having lots of loud sex buster so you better get used to talking to me with a straight face.
Julia: That’s not how you do it at all, get it together man.
Yen: ‘Sup.
Beck: Hello, again.

Yen seems like a homosexual of few words, unlike Julia. She thankfully goes back to ignoring you almost immediately.
No. 1038521 ID: 9ea24b
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>Monkey Monday
You seat yourself back at Julia’s setup while Yen lies on the bed and thumbs through her phone. Instead of using Sal, Julia picks a much larger character, a weird white figure with torso eyes.

Julia: Duck’s Head has bigger hitboxes, so it’s easier to hit, but it’s also heavy and a zoner. Good luck dodging all the attacks!

You get thrashed in a very frustrating manner. It’s hard to weave Carbon’s large body around all the area of effect special moves and you go to bed grumpy.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Mental Health: -0.2
Julia Friendship: +0.2
Gaming Ability: +0.2

Work will be the same the next day, so what would you like to do when you get home?
A. Talk to a housemate
B. Game
C. Other (suggest)
No. 1038525 ID: 629f2e

C: Why not make an attempt to improve your Education stat? It may open you up to new job opportunities in the future.
No. 1038529 ID: 899c9f

No. 1038541 ID: e51896

No. 1038543 ID: 7ec758

Cook dinner to share. The others have been pretty good about it for you!
No. 1038578 ID: 9ea24b
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>C, work on your education stat
College is a bit of a sore subject for you since you dropped out after freshman year. You don’t think you have the motivation or time to attend traditional on campus stuff again, so maybe you can teach yourself a skill or take some classes online. Coding would probably be the most lucrative and feasible though you don’t have any passion for it.

You’re not sure if any of your housemates have a professional education since you haven’t brought it up. Maybe one of them could give you some advice?
No. 1038579 ID: 9ea24b
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You’re closest with Zach, so you knock on his door and announce yourself.

Zach: Just a sec! Streaming, let me turn off the camera and mic, then you can come in.
Beck: I don’t want to interrupt—
Zach: It’s fine, I can play Hearthstone with my eyes closed. What’s up?

Zach’s room is neat, orderly, and well-decorated with tasteful anime posters. You step inside cautiously and spot the man at his desk while chat rushes down his second monitor. He’s clicking through his turn with only half his attention on the screen.

Beck: I was thinking about taking some online classes or something, do you have any suggestions? Also, what did the people here go to school for?
Zach: Oh, I was a biology major actually, but that’s usually hard to get a good job for unless you go to med school. Julia didn’t go to college, Wyatt is a computer science guy and Steven did some kind of engineering, mechanical I think?

God, what a bunch of smart cookies. You feel a tad inadequate in comparison and bummed that Wyatt would be your CS contact.

A. Pursue coding and ask for help from Wyatt
B. Pursue something else
No. 1038580 ID: 58d9ce

B, how do you feel about math? Engineering is a lot of math, way too much math tbh? But if you network hard enough after getting a few courses it’s not hard to find paid internships to supplement rent/fees at the downside of being looked down upon by snobby elite college bros post degree
No. 1038633 ID: 9ea24b
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Okay, you’re not into coding but maybe you could still do something technical, like engineering. Is there an easy engineering subject? Ugh, if you end up taking some online classes it’ll be ages before you actually get anywhere. Maybe you can ask Steven about his experience sometime.

>Time constraints
It’s Thursday evening. What’s your second action before bed? You’ll be extra tired Saturday and Sunday and will only get one action each day. You get four actions each on Monday and Tuesday. The thread will end after two weeks total time spent in the house and you’ll be rated on your choices and achievements.

A. Talk to a housemate (specify who)
B. Other (suggest)
No. 1038639 ID: 629f2e

B, Cook something nice for yourself and some of your fellow housemates
No. 1038640 ID: 0838d6

B, Cooka-da-spaghett! or some other food for you and your roomates. It'll be a nice chance to vibe and gain friendship through the best way, their stomachs.
No. 1038641 ID: 8004f7

A. Go talk to Wyatt about his opinion on a coding career. Endear him by opening his door and saying "Jesse! We have to cuck!"
No. 1038690 ID: 9ea24b
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>B, cook dinner for the house
You work hard to make a hot meal of fancy grilled cheeses for your housemates. Sadly, when you knock on everyone’s doors and tell them food is available, only Zach comes out. Guess your friendship score isn’t high enough with your other housemates.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Attractiveness: +0.2
Zach Friendship: +0.2

Zach seems deep in thought for most of dinner and you ask him what’s up.
No. 1038691 ID: 9ea24b
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Zach: Oh, I’ve just been thinking about me and Percy. She’s a wonderful, smart gal and I’m very lucky that we’re dating.
Beck: But?
Zach: I don’t want to sound ungrateful or anything or that there’s anything wrong with her but she’s ace and I’ve been wanting to try some, er, more kinky stuff, not sex stuff necessarily, and I’m afraid to ask her about it because she’s made it clear she’s not interested in sex and the BDSM stuff is usually considered sex adjacent, so I dunno how to bring it up without overstepping.

You’ve learned about Zach’s mission, kind of? It seems more like some kind of internal hang-up than anything. What’s your advice?
No. 1038692 ID: 629f2e

You're ace too, so maybe your perspective might help him out here. She is personally disinterested in sex. That doesn't mean she won't be willing to do anything with Zach, she mightbe willing to try if he asks. It's like when you listen to your partner ramble on about something they care about for a while that you know jack shit about. You may not really care about that game they've been explaining the lore of, but you listen anyway because their happiness as they speak makes you happy too. Sex could be like that for Percy, or maybe she's not just disinterested but strongly opposed. No way of knowing without at least talking about it. Communication is the most important thing in any relationship.
No. 1038695 ID: 03c437

If El Goonish Shive fanfic has taught me anything, the best not-exactly-BDSM kink for an ace lady is petplay.
No. 1038707 ID: 7b75ea

What kind of Ace is she? If she's merely unenthused by it, most kinds of BDSM should be fine, but you should talk to her first to be safe. If she has an active distaste for it, maybe have a conversation exploring that before broaching anything? It's possible it's just that she doesn't want any other people's crotches approaching hers, which means BDSM might still be fine. If she can't even look at someone orgasming, then maybe it's time to drop it.
No. 1038724 ID: 9ea24b
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You want to clarify a few things before you drop the hot knowledge.

Beck: Have you talked to her before about this? Is she the kind of ace who doesn’t want to have sex at all or is she more demi?
Zach: We’ve talked about sex but not kink, she says she really likes me but she doesn’t have any desire to have sex with me or anyone else and I don’t want to push her. We cuddle a lot so she’s okay with contact.
Beck: That’s a fine starting point, like you said kinks don’t have to be super sexual, how about you try suggesting something like petplay? That’s good if you like praise and rewards.
Zach: I do like praise and rewards.
Beck: There you go, that’d be great. Don’t be scared to communicate more with your partner! She seems like a nice lady and I’m sure she’ll listen.
Zach: Okay…Do you really think so?
Beck: Of course I do.

Zach seems to be more cheerful after your pep talk. He finishes his sandwich and helps you wash dishes afterwards. You’ll hear about the results of his mission in a few days.
No. 1038725 ID: 9ea24b
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Back to the ole capitalist grind. What would you like to do after work on Friday?
A. Talk to Wyatt about coding
B. Talk to Steven about engineering
C. Game with Julia
No. 1038734 ID: fe7de6

No. 1038738 ID: 7ec758

Yeah chat with Steven. B.
No. 1038739 ID: 629f2e

No. 1038785 ID: 9ea24b
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Steven seems partially nocturnal, so you listen for movement at his door before you knock. There’s the sound of a barbell thumping on the ground before the door is cracked open.

Beck: Hey Steven, how’s it going?
Steven: ‘m fine.
Beck: So Zach mentioned you got your degree in engineering, that’s really cool! I was thinking of taking some classes or going back to school, do you have any advice?

Steven hunches his shoulders and averts his eyes. Maybe school’s a sore subject?

Beck: If you’d rather not talk about it, that’s fine, just thought I’d ask.
Steven: It’s okay. I have some old books in the boxes in your room.

No. 1038786 ID: 9ea24b
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He emerges from his den with what seems like an excess of caution, craning his head to make sure no one else is around before darting over to your room. You watch as he sifts through the boxes before finding the one with his textbooks.

A. Start studying
B. Ask Steven why he avoids the other housemates
C. Ask Steven about his education experience
No. 1038787 ID: 629f2e

C, learn more about him
No. 1038791 ID: aaa6a3

No. 1038793 ID: 7b75ea

A, but make sure to thank him. He's a private fellow, and you want to respect that.
No. 1038796 ID: 899c9f

B, is it him or them?
No. 1038825 ID: 9ea24b
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You can tell this is a sensitive topic but you’re curious.
Beck: Did you enjoy engineering?
Steven: …Yeah.
Beck: I bet it was hard though. Did you ever get to build a robot or something?
Steven: I was more manufacturing focused.
Beck: Wow, did you have an industry job or anything before you got into streaming?

Steven’s face darkens, which makes him look very threatening. You gulp.

Steven: I thought streaming would be a better choice. I regret it a lot now. Wish I had just gotten a normal job.
Beck: Well uh, it’s not too late to change careers.
Steven: I don’t have any experience though. I don’t know if anyone would hire me. I’ve been looking a little. Don’t have any people I can network with so I never get responses on my applications.

No. 1038826 ID: 9ea24b
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Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Social Skills: +0.2
Steven Friendship: +0.2

You’ve gained knowledge of Steven’s mission! The tall man slinks back into his room while you ponder his words. What is your next action for the day?
A. Start studying
B. Talk to another housemate about Steven
No. 1038828 ID: 629f2e

A! If you can get a foot into the engineering job market, then maybe you can hold the door open?
No. 1038892 ID: 9ea24b
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With a sigh you sit at your desk and start reading about Statics. Your mind is spinning with levers and force vectors when you finally stop and go to bed.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Education: +0.2
You’re very tired after work on Saturday and when you finally get home you see that Percy and Yen are both visiting. What would you like to do?

A. Talk to a housemate
B. Talk to a visitor
C. Work on Stats
No. 1038894 ID: 629f2e

You're tired, so give yourself some time to rest and chill out with a friend. Maybe Percy and Zach?
No. 1038896 ID: e51896

No. 1038943 ID: 9ea24b
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You’re curious to see how Zach’s doing on his mission, and you find him and Percy in his room, opening packs of Pokémon cards. The computer’s off, so it looks like they’re just doing it for fun.

Beck: Hey guys, what’s up? Mind if I hang out here on the floor for a bit.
Zach: Hi Beck, no problem! You have the actually physically demanding job, I don’t blame you for being tired. We’ve pulled a few VMAX cards, good haul today.
Beck: Are those worth a lot of money?
Zach: Well, some of them but not enough to go through the trouble of selling them. I like them because they’re very pretty and I like pretty things.

He smooches Percy on the cheek and she smiles. You don’t want to press them on whether they’ve had a talk, so you enjoy the ambience and occasional squeal of excitement when they get a particularly good card.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Zach Friendship: +0.2
Percy Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: +0.2
No. 1038944 ID: 9ea24b
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Sunday brunch is even more stressful, not to mention it’s the end of your work week and you haven’t played a game of League in ages.

How do you spend your Sunday evening? You’ll get an evaluation and suggestion of steps to take for your second week at the start of Monday.
A. Talk to a housemate
B. Game
No. 1038950 ID: 629f2e

Spend some time gaming. You've been good this week, you deserve some relaxation time.
No. 1038960 ID: ebb04d

Game time
Let Zach or any friends interested watch if they want.
No. 1039006 ID: 9ea24b
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>Gaming check: Success
Once more the League Gods smile upon you, showering you with a positive win rate and average to good teammates. You leave your door open as an invitation for the other housemates to watch, and after a couple games you hear socks padding on the hardwood.

You glance backwards and spot Wyatt lurking by the door. He doesn’t say anything but grunts in approval a few times when you do well.
No. 1039007 ID: 9ea24b
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Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Gaming Ability: +0.2 (You have gained God Gamer status, at least in League)
Mental Health: +0.2
Wyatt Friendship: +0.2

You wake up late on Monday. You have yet to learn about Wyatt’s mission or make any progress on Steven’s. Increasing friendship with Julia can help give you tips on both lads. Otherwise you’re feeling good and thriving in your new home.

A. Talk to a housemate
B. Do something fun out in the big wide world
No. 1039010 ID: e51896

Game with Julia again to increase friendship with her.
No. 1039078 ID: 8483cf

A: Julia
No. 1039101 ID: 9ea24b
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>A, Julia
You quell your unease and wander through the house until you find Julia making bacon at the stove with Yen.

Julia: Beck! It’s been a while, your grindset lifestyle has denied me of your presence.
Beck: Yeah, work kind of wipes me out.
Julia: I’m flattered that you deign me with your immaculate moral center. Have some bacon and toast.

You gratefully accept the food and make small-talk with Julia. She’ll be gone this coming Thursday for another tournament in Florida and hopes to redeem her 3rd place finish from last weekend. Yen addresses Julia a few times with questions about her flight and hotel, but otherwise ignores you.
No. 1039102 ID: 9ea24b
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Beck: I have free time today, can we play Battle Animals?
Julia: Absolutely. Put some of those leet gamer instincts into getting good.

You get your ass beat even worse this time. Julia finally brings out her main, the light blue fish Carl who has some kind of fighting game true input nonsense that doubles the power of all his moves at the cost of some self-damage. You get killed off combos enough times that you almost feel like rage-quiting.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Yen Friendship: +0.2
Julia Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: -0.2

Julia needs another round of friendship before she’ll spill any deets.
A. Keep playing
B. Take a break
No. 1039103 ID: 629f2e

A, mental health can be sacrificed if it means improving at video game.
No. 1039106 ID: e51896

A. Our mental health is pretty good, still above 1. Just take solace in knowing that while you might not be good at this game, you're at least real good at League.
No. 1039118 ID: 9ea24b
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Your mental health can take a hit, you need that friendship and you’ll be a better gamer if you keep playing! Julia is a pro, no shit you’re going to get beat, the important thing is staying calm and taking her advice without throwing the controller.

After another hour of not being allowed to play the game, Yen finally complains that she took a day off work for summer fun, not watching her girlfriend bully people.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Yen Friendship: +0.2
Julia Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: -0.4
No. 1039119 ID: 9ea24b
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To your surprise, Julia invites you to the mall for a rich lunch of Americanized dim sum. Yen drives, thankfully, and after the food goes shopping for a few cute outfits while you look around the store politely.

Julia doesn’t seem like a big clothes shopper either, which provides ample opportunity for gossip.

A. Ask about Wyatt
B. Ask about Steven
No. 1039122 ID: 629f2e

B, ask about Steven!
No. 1039123 ID: e51896

Poor Steve needs a job. Ask about him since he's been quiet.
No. 1039216 ID: 9ea24b
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>B, Steven
Beck: I’ve talked with Steven a couple times in the last week. He mentioned he’s trying to get out of streaming.
Julia: Oh really?
Beck: You didn’t know?
Julia: I see the guy once every month can you blame me? I know he has a massive self-hatred complex and depression and is bi but I’m not up to date on his dreams and aspirations. Yen’s not an engineer but she could probably help him get a desk job at her investment firm, if he asks, which he won’t because he’s deathly afraid of talking to us.
Beck: Why?
Julia: I dunno, the guy’s been stuck in his head for so long playing baby games in his room that he’s convinced himself we hate him or something. Wack shit. Since you’re new he probably hasn’t managed to psyche himself out of interacting with you yet.

No. 1039217 ID: 9ea24b
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Julia gets distracted by an ad for the new Minions film and forces you and Yen to go to the movie theater in the mall. Honestly, it’s not bad, and you allow yourself to enjoy the corny humor and vacuous plot.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Julia Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: +0.2

You have one action left after a long day of gaming and hanging out at the mall. What would you like to do?
No. 1039219 ID: 629f2e

Study! You're probably going to talk to Steven soon, so best to reach an area where you're getting hung up in the engineering study. It'd give you a nice excuse to chat with him.
No. 1039243 ID: 9ea24b
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>Study into talk to Steven
If you sincerely study and get stuck on some engineering thing, you’ll have the perfect excuse to ask Steven for help. It helps that it’s later in the day so that the man is awake.

>Study Check: Success
You really have no idea what’s going on! Wow, all according to plan. You pick up your book and scratch paper and knock on Steven’s door.

What do you say to him?
No. 1039257 ID: 2ca3ce

"Can you help me with this question,
Also I know someone offering a job if you're interested."
No. 1039259 ID: 629f2e

Ask your engineering questions, and then mention what Julia told you about Yen's job offer.
No. 1039493 ID: 379b5b

"Steeb, you dear big dweeb, please help me with engineering stuff because you are smart and cool and helpful and shit. In exchange I can make your deepest wish come true. Sorry for talking like this I've been hanging out with Julia all day."
No. 1039519 ID: 9ea24b
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A day of spending time with Julia has rubbed off in all the wrong ways. You strike a gangly pose against the doorframe, all elbows and sharp joints, and fix a massive grin on your face. Steven looks visibly disturbed and you arrange yourself into a more presentable approach state.

Beck: Sorry, uh, don’t know what got into me there. I have a question about this lever stuff, do you mind pointing me in the right direction?

Steven nods and you show him your scratch work. He quickly sets you straight.

Beck: Thanks, oh, by the way Julia told me that Yen can help you get a job at where she works, at an investment firm. That’s technical enough, right?
No. 1039521 ID: 9ea24b
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Before Steven can respond, you hear a huff from the hallway. You turn to see Wyatt poking his head out of his room, drawn out by the conversation. He glares at you with a mix of dislike and…jealousy?

Wyatt: You really believe that crap, Steven? Yen and Julia are just messing with you.
Wyatt: Remember when I first moved in and Yen told me this wasn’t the right house and I went around the whole block with my luggage before I realized? They’re a pair of b—jerks. Beck here just hasn’t learned that yet.

Steven quickly retreats without another word and you’re left to stew in bed, incensed.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Steve Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: -0.2
Social Skills: +0.2

What do you do for your first action tomorrow? It’s your second day off of the week so you get four actions.
No. 1039529 ID: 629f2e

Is punching Wyatt in the face an option? He is the worst.

If not, treat your mental health another way by playing some nice relaxing games. It's dropped below 1, best to attend to it now before it gets any lower.
No. 1039580 ID: 9ea24b
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>Punch Wyatt in the face because he’s the worst
You spot Wyatt coming out of the shower the next morning and take a swing at him. You don’t use your full strength and aim for his cheek. He yelps and staggers into the wall, almost dropping his towel.

Wyatt: What the FUCK? Get away from me!
Beck: Stop being an asshole, then. I was trying to help Steven yesterday when you interrupted and scared him away.
Wyatt: You met him a week ago, you don’t know anything about anyone here. I’m telling everyone you assaulted me you piece of shit.

No. 1039581 ID: 9ea24b
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The response from the other housemates is unfortunately negative. A group meeting is called to discuss your infraction, with Steven being absent.

Julia: Look, we’ve all been there with Wyatt being a little bitch, but ambushing him outside the shower? Not cool bro. Respect the sanctity of the home.
Zach: Maybe if you got to know Wyatt a little better you’d get along?
Wyatt: I’m not talking to him after that.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Julia Friendship: -0.2
Zach Friendship: -0.2
Wyatt Friendship: -0.4

Wyatt will try to avoid you as much as possible from now on.
No. 1039586 ID: e51896

Normally I'd step down, but I feel like making drama happen

Lets keep this drama going and continue this argument! Defend yourself and help Stephen!

Tell him you'd rather not get to know Wyatt better after what he did and explain that you were only trying to help Steven gain some confidence and sort some kind of job with him when stupid little Wyatt had to butt in like the asshole he is and discourage Steven from getting a job from Yen, telling him that Yen and Julia would just lie and mess with him, and reject him from getting a job as a prank, and now you don't know if Stephen is going to have the confidence to get a job from her, or worse from others as a result as Wyatt might have lowered Steven's confidence even more from Wyatt's interaction.

get angry and yell if you need to! this is for Steven!
No. 1039590 ID: 2ca3ce

You shouldnt yell, instead, you should admit that it was a heat of the moment dick move, but you should double down and explain the reason behind the action.

That continual beratement of another individual in the house is a form of abuse, psychological. That while there is a difference between what you did and what he did, you don't want someone shit talking every action you do.

Is everyone in the house okay with Wyatt lying about yen/julia's offer, claiming that she'd do this just as a prank to hurt him?

Is everyone okay with his casual mispronouning?

He just wanders in and shit talks someone immediately and no one stands up to the action. Why does that kind of action, something that would get HR called in at any job, not warrant a house meeting and discussion and this instead does?

Be willing to accept blame or even punishment, but only if Wyatt is treated to the same standards.
No. 1039594 ID: 629f2e

Alright, for your part admit that it was a dick move and apologize. You got heated, simmered on that anger for a bit too long, and caught the dude by surprise. Unfair to him, that's totally on you, sorry.

But you really need to address the fact that Wyatt is a terrible housemate. Like, everyone else has made some effort to get to know you to some degree. You wouldn't think poorly of him if he didn't want to, not everyone who shares a roof has to be close friends, but so far you've only had unprompted negative interactions with him. He knowingly misgenders you, he talks shit about everyone, and your approach of leaving him to his own devices hasn't worked out because he is the one who keeps butting in and starting shit you didn't ask for.

You don't like him. You'd be happy to pretend he doesn't exist if he let you, or even to be friendly if he'd just tone it down a little. Like, if he would put in enough effort to just get your pronouns right.
No. 1039627 ID: 9ea24b
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>Stand up for yourself
You wait for Wyatt to leave before making your defense to Zach and Julia.

Beck: Okay, it was a dick move for me to sucker punch him, I’m sorry and I won’t do it again.
Zach: Great!
Beck: But I don’t want to know Wyatt better, every interaction I’ve had with him has been negative and he just seems like an unpleasant person. He’s still misgendering me, he told Steven that Yen was lying about her job offer which totally discouraged him, and he’s constantly talking shit to all of you!
Julia: Oh yeah, Yen and Wyatt have had beef ever since she told him this was the wrong house when he moved in and he walked around the block with all his luggage. Classic. She’s not lying about the job offer though.
Zach: Sorry about the pronouns, I’ll have a talk with him. It’s perfectly reasonable that you don’t want to interact with him, it took me a while to get used to it, Wyatt has a...strong personality.
Julia: And a whole lotta perceived wrongs against him. You know, he’d be a lot more relaxed if he finally got over his internalized homophobia and sucked a dick—
Zach: Aw c’mon Julia, not that again.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Julia Friendship: +0.2
Zach Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: +0.2

You feel better hearing Zach and Julia’s words of support. You have two actions left for the day.
No. 1039628 ID: e51896

Felt better to get that out of our system. But it'll be nice to relax a bit after that drama.

Lets touch grass and take a walk at a forest preserve. Maybe bring Zach and ask how he's doing with Percy, give some pointers if he needs it.


We can invite Zach AND Percy for a walk. Get to know more about Percy this way, and see more of their relationship firsthand.
No. 1039629 ID: 629f2e


Touch grass. And have some fun with the more easygoing housemates.
No. 1039705 ID: 9ea24b
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>Touch grass
You’re not an avid hiker, but you can be convinced to take a trek into the mountains every now and then, provided someone drives.

Zach has a car and you want to know how things are going with him and Percy, so once you wait an hour or so for things to be less tense you find him and propose a half-day trip. He throws open a previously unnoticed closet stuffed with backpacking gear and starts babbling about which shorter trails are less busy. It’s a weekday, so you’re not too worried about that, and pick the trail that goes up to a nice lake.
No. 1039706 ID: 9ea24b
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Ugh, it’s hot, even in the mountains. Zach has the calves of a Grecian goddess, and volunteers to carry all the snacks and water while you struggle up the steep, dusty trail. It’s very beautiful though, and you enjoy the occasional fresh breeze and wildflowers.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Zach Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: +0.2
Attractiveness: +0.2

How do you broach your questions about Zach’s love life?
No. 1039710 ID: 629f2e

Broach the topic gently. Something like, "So, did you end up talking to Percy about your situation?"
No. 1039759 ID: 9ea24b
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>With great gentleness
Beck: Did you talk with Percy?
Zach: I talk to Percy every day, she has some finals this week so she’s stressed but she’s very smart so I’m sure she’ll do great.
Beck: No, I mean about the kink thing.
Zach: Oh yeah! I did it just like you said, with the pet play idea. She said she’s willing to try it out. I bought a bunch of stuff on Amazon, even though Amazon is bad, and it should be coming tomorrow.

He turns suddenly and claps a hand on your shoulder. You almost collapse from the shock.

Zach: You really did me a solid, giving me good advice like that Beck.
Beck: Er, no problem.
Zach: Anything you need pal and I’ll try my best to help you.

You fall silent for the rest of the ascent so you can focus your precious oxygen on your already tired legs. The lake is a beautiful sheet of pristine freshwater, and you admire it for about five minutes before the flies and mosquitos find you and your tasty sweat.
No. 1039760 ID: 9ea24b
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You’re satisfyingly worn out by the time you get back home, and you sleep like a baby, without even too much dread about your incoming work week.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Zach Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: +0.2
Attractiveness: +0.2
Zach Mission: Complete

What is your first action after work tomorrow (Wednesday)? You have a total of 8 actions left for the quest. You remember Julia will be gone starting Thursday until Sunday.
No. 1039763 ID: 629f2e

If we want to try and win Steven over into taking Yen's job offer, we may need some help. Maybe you could ask Julia for help talking to him about it.

Julia mentions that Steven thinks they hate him, so it might make him more likely to join if she specifically offers it to him directly. You'll mostly be mediating, and keeping Wyatt away by being present.
No. 1039856 ID: 0c69db

Yeah, this
No. 1039949 ID: 9ea24b
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>Talk to Julia more about Steven
You find Julia in her room and she immediately thrusts a controller in your hands before you can explain your genius plan. You play your sacrificial games, lose them all, then find a gap to talk.

Beck: I wanted to ask about Steven.
Julia: I dunno how much more I can share about the guy, I already dished about his bad mental health and sexuality and you’ve witnessed his immaculate bod and stunning conversational skills.
Beck: Why don’t you or Yen tell him about your offer for job help?
Julia: Um because I’m obsessed with getting him to be gay with Wyatt and Yen has never talked to him once before and also we don’t care that much about him? He’s just a guy. Long as he pay his share of the rent it’s not really my business to bug him.

No. 1039950 ID: 9ea24b
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Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Julia Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: -0.2

Julia: How bout this, since you and me are such good pals I can go knock on his door right now. I give it about a 33% chance it works, and you can always try and talk to him yourself in a couple days anyway.

A. Take Julia’s offer for your next action
B. Do something else with your time before bed
No. 1040054 ID: ea1027

A, Let's do it now.

No elaborate plan to win him over, just bring Julia and lay out the facts. Her GF can get her a job if he wants, you think he should go for it, and both Julia and Yen have no qualms about helping him out. If he doesn't wanna still, that's fine, no judgment. It just felt right to try and help him out since he helped you.
No. 1040065 ID: 29a165

Give it a shot
Otherwise, we can try to improve our friendship with Yen later and try getting her help instead.
No. 1040067 ID: 9ea24b
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It can’t hurt to try. You agree to Julia’s offer and she groans before sliding off her chair like a limp slice of bacon and trudging across the hallway. You follow close behind to serve as a Wyatt deterrent.

Julia raps on Steven’s door with her bony knuckles and strikes a casual, knifeless pose.

Steven: I’m streaming.
Julia: Good for you, listen, when Beck told you that Yen could get you a boring, sterile office job they were telling the truth. I know we can be a couple of trolls but we look out for the house homies, okay? Literally just email Yen your resume.
Steven: But I’ve never had an industry job—
Julia: Holy shit have you not heard of nepotism? The way people more incompetent than you as a 15 year old get jobs?
Steven: I—okay.
Julia: Eh?
Steven: What’s her email?

No. 1040068 ID: 9ea24b
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Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Steven Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: +0.2
Steven Mission: Complete

What an unexpected success! Since you don’t want to spend any time with Wyatt, you’ve basically completed all the major activities related to your housemates’ missions and can move a little faster through your actions.

Choose two actions for Thursday. They can be normal adult life responsibilities, time with housemates, or something fun. Actions will continue to affect Stats in an expected manner.
No. 1040069 ID: 629f2e

Study, because now that you've dealt with your friends' missions (excluding Julia's because you like Steven too much to inflict a Wyatt on him), you should focus on your own. Being a waiter suuuuuuuccckkkkksss, so you need to get educated and get yourself into a nicer career.

Then spend some time playing some relaxing games with a housemate. See if you can drag Zach and Steven into joining you (Julia if she's available and the game isn't competitive). Something like Portal 2 multiplayer for a nice co-op experience.
No. 1040071 ID: 9ea24b
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Learning might be hard, but by gum you’re going to improve your situation and get a cozy high paying job one day instead of suffering as a waiter!

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Education: +0.4

Your brain hurts after studying so much and you feel the need for a relaxing game.
No. 1040072 ID: 9ea24b
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>Ask Julia to play Portal 2
Sadly Julia has boarded her plane to Florida to achieve greatness and crush amateurs in Battle Animals.

>Play with Zach
Zach is still ready to die for you, so he immediately agrees to puzzle solve by your side in Valve’s greatest non Half-Life single player game.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Zach Friendship: +0.2
Mental Health: +0.2

What are your two actions for Friday?
No. 1040076 ID: 629f2e

1: Goal should just be to hit 1.0 Education by the end of the quest, that seems pretty achievable. Study again, but try to make it fun! Give yourself a hypothetical engineering scenario, like building a game console or something, I dunno what engineers do. Just choose something that interests you, and go at it, researching whenever you run into a wall. The shake-up may help you learn better.

2: Play that game you play with Julia online, honing your skills for when she gets back.
No. 1040086 ID: 7b75ea

Activity 1: >>1040076
I agree with step one of this.

As for Activity 2... Well, if you manage to complete your education, get Steven to celebrate it with! He's the only not-Wyatt main housemate we haven't gotten to Friendship 1 yet.

If Wyatt, for whatever reason, wants to bug you during all this (or Steven celebrating your achievement is a bonus to Activity 1 and doesn't count), cut him off as fast as you can with a "sorry I punched you, dude; I admit that was uncalled for." Short-circuits what he was going to do AND extends an olive branch... kinda. Look, there's nothing wrong with not wanting to be friends with him, but we want to be at the very least on neutral terms with all the people we're gonna be living with for the foreseeable future.

And if he refuses the apology... Offer to fight it out. Like, actually fight it out; like real gamers. "Name a game. Any game... that we can feasibly play today without spending more than 30 bucks." (What? It's obvious this is the dude that min-maxed [GAMING] - (virtual) strength and respect is the language he best understands.)
No. 1040090 ID: 9ea24b
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>Purchase Battle Animals to hone your skills online
Even though Julia isn’t here in person, you can feel her spirit giving you the knifes up of approval at your hardcore gamer grinding. It also feels good to play Battle Animals and actually win.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Julia Friendship: +0.2
No. 1040091 ID: 9ea24b
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>Hang out with Steven and extend the olive branch to Wyatt if he butts in
Sadly, Steven streams at these hours and Wyatt is purposefully avoiding you. You can tell the big guy feels guilty about turning you down, and he offers to make time to work out with you Saturday or Sunday.

>Education to the max!
You can feel your frontal lobe expanding as you hit the books once more. You want to get that full point in education to lay the framework of a future degree or internship post quest! Staying up extra late to squeeze in more big brain activity is worth the cost.

>Try to make it fun
Sorry, the only fun you’re going to get out of engineering is the joy of problem solving and the sense of superiority you’ll gain over your plebian computer science peers.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Education: +0.4
Mental Health: -0.4

What are your two actions for the weekend? The quest will conclude with your overall performance score next update.
No. 1040093 ID: 629f2e

Education at 1.0! Nice!

Action 1: Hang out with Steven. Maybe you can exercise together, or play some games. Get a vibe read on him and go with something that'll be fun for you both.

Action 2: Cook dinner for everyone. Julia will have something nice to come back to (assuming this is Sunday, if it's Saturday then whatever you can toss some of it in the fridge for her to enjoy as leftovers when she gets back), Wyatt can take a portion and leave if he wants, and everyone else can join you on the couch after eating to enjoy a crappy video game movie.

Make something simple that you won't fuck up, but which the others may enjoy. Like pancakes.
No. 1040100 ID: 9ea24b
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>Saturday: Work out with Steven
You take the barbells that you haven’t touched since Steven gave them to you and enter Steven’s room. He lays out a clean yoga mat in the small amount of free space and then coaches you through an hour of torturous body weight exercises. If Steven were the type of person to judge, you’d be making a pathetic picture, but he mostly stays silent and does his own workout.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Attractiveness: +0.2
Steven Friendship: +0.2
No. 1040101 ID: 9ea24b
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>Sunday: Cook dinner for Zach, Percy, and Steven
You’re exhausted and sore but you want to show your appreciation for your housemates. Julia is still gone and you don’t have much hop of inviting Yen over, which is fine. You sweat over a vegetarian feast that’s even enough to draw Steven out of his room. You’re surprised to see that he gets along swimmingly with Percy, though he still seems timid around Zach. Everyone helps you clean up after they’re done eating.

Stats (tracked on wiki: https://questden.org/wiki/Gay_Quest/Log):
Mental Health: -0.2
Steven Friendship: +0.2
Percy Friendship: +0.2
Zach Friendship: +0.2
No. 1040102 ID: 9ea24b
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Stats: 5 + 0.5 Gaming Level 3 Bonus = 5.5/6 possible
Friendship: 3 +0.5 Zach Level 2 Bonus = 3.5/6 possible
Missions: 2 + 0.5 Sensible Refusal Bonus = 2.5/4 possible
Romance: N/A

You obtained 81% Achievement Completion, which is more than enough to fully experience a game. You stuck to your morals and made several great new friends. Moving to the house was a success.

Thanks for playing.
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