You live in Deadwood, an old town forgotten by the world, as it is isolated by thick forests, a river and a mountain. It is one of those places that trap their residents, if you don’t get out as youth, you will likely never leave. It also has the reputation for attracting the weird and morally questionable. You had the misfortune of being born here, not only that — you work here as a detective. Granted, you only got the job a year ago or so, but you are the authority.

Now, many things start to happen all at once. Your best friend is acting more and more strange, an attractive and charming stranger moves into the town and starts to fund the mayor’s projects and takes an interest in your division. Your criminal informant is keeping secrets from you. You’re assigned a partner — one that would rather claw your eyes out than say ‘hi.’ A old friend from your past comes rocking your world in the most unpleasant way, and as strange murders start taking place — a vigilante comes to clean up the streets by any means necessary. The cherry on the top is when your captain orders you to take on a consultant on the case - the local psychic - whose first words to you make the whole world spin.

Work the case of strange murders, with the help of unlikely allies. Find the secrets of the newcomers and old friends from Deadwood and your own -- one you didn’t even know you had. Discover the second side to your home town, one that you never saw before. Choose what kind of detective will you be; one who bends the rules, or follows them. Romance any of the seven characters, or make them your friends, rivals or enemies. (You can select the gender of each Romantic Option, and there are 2 polyamorous options.)


FEATURES:

  • Customizable Main Character (or MC); you can customize how they look, their pronouns, gender (including trans options), sexuality (including asexuality and being aromantic), ways to deal with stress (smoking, fidgeting) and whether MC is comfortable or uncomfortable in crowds--more customizations will follow in future updates!
  • Befriend, romance or make an enemy of any of the 7 characters from the 'main cast'; each romanceable character is gender selectable and there are two possible polyamorous options (for Khari & Morgan, and Sage & Ariel).
  • Decide whether your Detective will be the one to follow the rules or break them.
  • Learn the secrets of the town's locals, your old friends, and coworkers.
  • Build or break relationships with secondary characters.
  • Uncover the mystery surrounding the main character--even though you might not think there is one.



Note: Romance is completely optional in game and all romanceable characters can as well be the MC's enemies or friends, or stay neutral depending on choices in-game.


ROMANCEABLE CHARACTERS:


Just looking at you makes me thirsty, Detective.”

Sasha is your new Criminal Informant. You met them as they were working the street. When you were arresting them, they flirted with you the entire time, and they continued doing so during the booking process, as well as when they were finally in their cell. As they complained on being bored, they suggested working for you as a criminal informant. You agreed, and now they help you stop the crimes in Deadwood. As they work the street, they see a lot of what is going on and their knowledge comes at a price. For now, it’s always been reasonable, but you couldn’t help but wonder — how long before they become hungry for more?



You had my interest, love, but now you’ve got my attention.

Sage came to Deadwood from a big city, officially for a change of scenery, unofficially the whole town gossips about the real reason why someone so attractive, educated and rich would choose Deadwood of all places as their home. Sage has a close relationship with both the mayor and police captain, as they invest in many city and police projects. Extremely charming and seductive, Sage is one of the hottest topics in town — and fate would have it that they are looking forward to meeting the Deadwood’s youngest detective.


I can respect your fire, little feather, but mine will get you burned.”

Ariel is a vigilante, taking justice into their own hands. As judge, jury, and executioner they rip through the crime in Deadwood, using questionable methods to achieve their goals. Legally, you can not tie them to anything, and they know it. Whatever mission they have — they are willing to die and bleed for it, and do not care for any human aspect of life as they do it. They do seem to respect you to a certain level, or just ignore your existence, as long as you stay out of their way. But what if you don’t?



I work alone, kitten, I don’t make any exceptions, not even for you.

Khari is your most recent headache, as they are your new assigned partner, and new to Deadwood as a whole. You know nothing about them, and they don’t exactly make it an easy job to work with them, as they would rather fight you and everyone in their line of sight. They do not like you and make it very clear from the start that they do not care for a positive relation with you. They prefer to work alone, and tend to keep it that way. But, you wonder, if there’s a chance to change that?



It is good to have a little magic on your side, is it not?

Roan is local good-luck charm, and coincidentally your best friend and your first kiss. You attended high school together, and went to prom as a date, on which the kiss happened. Neither of you spoke about it, however, and continued to be just best friends. They are always there when you need them, always text back, pick up the call from you, and never turn down a hang out session. You’ve seen them date many people after high school, but no one ever stayed for long, as Roan would always say they are looking for ‘the one.’ You can’t help but wonder, how would things be if you became something more?



You make me want to go feral, and I just might let it happen.

Riven is your childhood best friend. They used to live in the house next to yours, and would always sneak into your garden to escape their home. You never found out what made them want to run away — they never told you, and you never saw their parents nor the inside of their house. As a child they were quiet, even submissive, always wanted to please you and be on your good side, loud noises and too-fast movement made them flinch. They were, however, restless and would not sit in one place at the time, always multitasking, fiddling with their fingers, taking things apart only to put them back together. They were fiercely loyal to you, as much so that they were suspended from school for beating up a person who bullied you. When you were both 14, they disappeared along with their parents. Did they move and never said goodbye? Did something more sinister happen?



The only happy ending we will get will be after our death, Detective.

Morgan is a consultant, and assists police on more ‘strange’ cases. Most people of Deadwood call them the ‘Psycho Kid’ and prefer to avoid all contact with them if it’s possible. You’ve heard stories about them, it’s impossible not to. That they died as a child and now have a permanent connection with the other side — so much so that their own mother abandoned them as soon as she could, too scared of her child to stay with them. That they live in a haunted house full of spirits, and talk to ghosts, even see them all around. You never witnessed them doing anything too suspicious, but then again, you never worked with them, yet.


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No words 

Just applause


Can't wait for more ;_;

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(minor/very vague spoilers in here) FOAMING AT THE MOUTH your writing has me in an absolute chokehold. the characters, the intrigue, the suspense, you've created such a strong and distinct atmosphere with this! even with my little bit of meta knowledge and guesswork, i feel like I'm right there with the MC in how little i know about what's going on in their world––and the bit in chapter two with the choice of dream? a major "this action will have consequences" moment, i picked my favorite animal but i read through all of them before progressing and boy howdy was there a lot to unpack in there. i definitely want to replay this a few times already, to see what different routes look like bc they all feel so thorough and well-thought out!! spectacular game, take care of yourself, i can't wait for chapter 3 whenever you are ready with it :))

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oooOOO i love this so far

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dude im just trying to hook up with  khari im not trying to get killed here

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I'm in love with this game 

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I like it!

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i adore this game, i love it so much and i cant wait for chapter 3, do you have a rough idea on how long it will take, no rushing it just gives me something to look forward too! this game is so captivating and well writen keep it up! <3

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Another fantastic update, I read it out here if you're interested!


I love how this story is developing, especially with the new dynamics developing between the detective and the other LIs, particularly Sage. Everything seems to be unfolding around us despite us being so deeply a part of it. Can't wait for the next one!
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I know chapter 2 just came out,  but do you have any rough easements of when chapter 3 will be released.  I'm extremely eager to read more of this especially since you left it on such an thrilling cliffhanger.     

I'm rlly confused, how do u play?

You have to go to the website version of itch.io to play, you cant use the app.

im on the website version

Do you not see the box that says run game at the top of the page

nope

What computer and browser are you on

not in the game but i can run it, im just not sure where to go from there

you can start the game but you cant choose any of the options is that what you are saying?

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Damn, the character interactions are top tier... and the mystery?! I'm hooked already. I don't usually read detective fiction, but I'm very glad I gave this a try. Your writing flows so nicely, I don't find myself skipping over anything, which is rare for me. I also love how much replay value there is, because each of the ROs feel distinct from the others, with their own appeal. In other words, they seem like real people :))

One question, would it be possible for you to add an option for MCs to be trans and only have had surgery, no HRT? (I picked the 'feels neutral about their body' option and also selected top surgery scars, but I don't think that's flagged my MC as trans)

I'm beyond excited for what happens next !!!

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👀 Really loving this so far! I'm excited to read more.

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This ended right before the exciting part comes! >.< will eagerly await for your next chapter :D

Also, while I like how other authors wrote detailed environments/sceneries in their stories, I love how you prioritize the interactions between the characters more. Your style is straightforward and not too verbose, which makes everything that happened in your stories easier to remember and digest, and memorable too!

Love everything so far! Honestly can't wait what happens next!

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Aaah I'm so glad you enjoy the story and my style--personally I enjoy focusing more on the internal struggles of the characters, dialogues and actions, so I'm really happy you like that about my work <3

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love your work once again! quick random question though, do you happen to know the word count so far? it's just a hobby of mine to collect word counts of my fav literary works

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the current word count stands on 62,657 words! 

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This is captivating. The mystery is engaging and the relationship screen with the description of the characters' point of view is a great way to portray it instead of a percentage bar! It makes the story more immersive, and the characters are very different from each other, as well as very charismatic in their own ways.

Such a fascinating plot, and the OSTs make the scenes even more immersive. (And that's coming from me, who don't usually like sounds during my reading, but in this case, the melodies were a perfect match with the environment.)

I'll definitely keep an eye in this story, and I'm waiting for the third chapter. :)

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Thank you, I can't describe how happy your comment made me <3 

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Omg I LOVE this so much. The Chapter two was so good keep it up!! <33

thank you! <3

Loving the content as always, but I'd like to point out trans people don't always change their names.

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Hi! I'm glad you like the game! <3

I'm perfectly aware not all of us trans people change our names after transition/coming out, however the Main Character in Sinners and Saints, if trans, did change their name

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I don't think I recall the game mentioning that in the initial part where you claim you are trans. Which is why it brought me out of immersion so abrutly when MC mentioned they did much later on.

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CHAPTER 2 IS RELEASED AND YOU NOW ARE MY FAVORITE PERSON?!

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<333

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I'm so excited for chapter 2!! About to read it now :

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actually screamed when i saw chapter two released. ate it up like a starved beast ngl. i am more and more in love with all of these weirdos with each update

i'm glad! :d

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God! It's so intriguing! I cannot wait for more, the more information we get the more questions I have🖤

<33

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I really am enjoying the game, just read chapter 2. There are a few typos, specially when it comes to Sage name, the music has an error and for some reason I'm being described as Trans, idk if that´s a default or an error, if you could explain it to me, please, other than that I think this is brilliant, thank you so much for the update :D

I got this error when I tried to load my latest save :(

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The author mentioned on their tumblr that old saves from before chapter two's release won't work because of some changes to the code. you'll have to start a new save! 

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i just wanted to say thank you so much for including needles in the trigger warnings. most people don't and its really my one big trigger ;-; luckily having a heads up makes things so much easier for me.. absolutely love this so far. morgan sasha and khari have stolen my heart. actually they all have. but especially morgan aaa!!!! cant wait for more. ;w; also absolutely living for the trans/nb aro/ace and neurodivergent rep!!!!!! 

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I love this game so much! Can't wait for more :-D

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It is AMAZING!

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this was great, but holy sh*t i almost crapped my pants in the chase scene because of the drums scaring me

Perhaps I'm somehow selecting the wrong thing, but when we are introduced to Riven, the story seems to flag my character as trans, even when I selected the "I am happy with my body without surgery or hormones" option. Perhaps that is a trans flagging option? If so, maybe making that a little more clear for players would be a nice addition. If it's not, then I think this is a bug. Or is the MC just locked to being trans no matter player input?

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The option it seems you wanna pick is "You smiled, seeing your body. You were confident and happy with how it looked." I tested it out and that one, as well as one at the bottom about being neutral towards your body both don't give you the line about being trans, and I assume this is the case with the one that explicitly mentions being cis as well though I didn't bother testing.

So basically, it seems to be, if the option mentions hormones and/or surgery your character will be trans if not they'll be cis.

Oh cool. I figured I was maybe being dumb. Glad we could get this cleared up for me. Thanks

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I love this so far! Both Numbers Game and this is right up my alley! I'm looking forward to updates. How many chapters are you planning on?

I'm planning around 8 chapters!

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Cool 💕💕💕

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pleaseeeeeeeeee im so desperate for chapter two after playing T.

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Very intruiging story. I love the customization of MC. Also, every character seems interesting so far o.o 

Good luck with the progress!

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chap 1 is already so interesting! added :'

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I love this so much my gosh. Do youperhaps have any other games like this to recommend? I am digging this type of story too much like wow...

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There are a few IF games similar to this one. Wayfarer and Speaker are both fantastic games (currently developing also) You should check them out!

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i could personally recommend plenty, the ones which are my personal favorites i have listed here! https://itch.io/c/2437513/if-games

Most similar to Sinners and Saints I'd say are the games:

  • Water to Blood  (in development)
  • When Twilight Strikes (in development)
  • Superstition S1 & S2 (both finished)
  • Greenwarden (in development)
  • Larkin (in development)
  • Speaker (in development)
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ooooo this is so good i can't wait to read more as it comes out!! the characters are all so distinctive and super fun, and i love your writing style :)  the setting/atmosphere/premise is intriguing so far and i'm looking forward to learning more about the characters and lore of the story; also the explicitly ace/aro options are very much appreciated <3 thank you for sharing and have a good day!!

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ah I'm glad you enjoy the story so far, your comment made me genuinely smile <3 I hope to implement more explicit ace/aro options and text (which would show if the player chose any of those options) in the future chapters! 

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I don't know if this is intentional or coincidental, but it's really cool that the last names of some of these characters (as well as the options for our detective's last name) are words spelled backwards, like Lortnoc (Control), Rorrim (Mirror), Rellik (Killer) etc. So I wonder if that is somehow significant to the storyline? Can't wait to find out, great story so far.

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It's intentional, though I can't reveal too much ;)

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Ooh I can't wait to see where this goes. Thank you for the amazing story ❤️ 

OMG! I feel dumb😅 that I did not see it, although I had a though about the names being unique. Thank you for bringing it up!

No problem 🤭

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Oh it's soooo good & intriguing! Really loved the setting and the mystery that is being unraveled. Cannot wait for more! 🖤 

thank you! <3

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Omg, I love this so much!! The characters are great, the way you described them makes me more excited to play!!! I played this before it didn't have a description and I'm really excited to see how the story goes!! <3

<3

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Wow that was just wow I really liked the story your writing the atmosphere the characters everything I'm so excited for the next chapter ❤️

aaah thank you! <3

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aghhh this is so good holy crap!!! i can't wait for chapter 2, i'm already so invested

jkhkhd thank you, i'm glad you enjoy the story so far!

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