Many years ago I tried to make a visual novel dating sim, and like most people, I underestimated how much goes into actually making a good visual novel. That VN was The Duenkhy, and though I got as far as a demo and a rough version of an entire dating candidate’s route, I found myself constantly deterred by how much more the project was taking out of me than I’d anticipated. I’ve always regretted not being able to share my finished vision because I grew attached to these characters, and so I lay this incomplete iteration of The Duenkhy before you.
You can think of it as a text-dump of an unreleased, unfinished game, or you can think of it as a text adventure, or you can think of it as a shoddy dialogue-heavy original piece of fiction. There’s a lot of old art assets intermingled with newer sketches that I added in. There are a lot of story beats that remained unchanged, and many more that I completely replaced with new writing. This is a confusing piece of work and I don’t expect everyone to fully understand it, but I wanted to share what I had with the world, however imperfect the presentation may be.
tl;dr, it’s a visual novel turned webnovel, kind of?
Q: But more importantly, how do I pronounce “duenkhy”?
A: “dwen-kai”, rhymes with “when pie”.
Q: Do you plan to post the other character’s routes someday?
A: At this point, most likely not. I want to move forward onto new projects instead of reanimating this one’s corpse over and over. I used Krystoff’s route to gauge how much interest there would be in this format, and truthfully there was not much interest at all, so I’ve decided to move on.