First: I've started another image cleaning thread, dedicated to Karter / Katri. Hop on over there if you're interested in helping out. :)
I've been getting out about five nights per week for running. Not always a full two miles - sometimes I'll just jog home from somewhere I went during the day, and not feel like going out again later.
Last week, my fastest / furthest was 2mi / 20 minutes. This time it was 2mi / 18 minutes. It's an improvement! Not a huge improvement, but a good start.
I had very few takers for my challenge to get in shape alongside me. Those of you who did accept - have you been getting out daily? At all? Take up a sport of your choice because it was too cold outside? Share your stories, success or failure, in the comments. I want to hear - really, I do.
So, time for a bit more self-aware reflection, then. This time directly about the game.
Have you noticed that the women in the game never say no? They never seem to turn down customers, unlike those in my original game. This is a gameplay consideration - it's no fun seeing "Hathawa refused" a whole bunch when you first hire her.
At the same time, I fear I'm perpetuating a harmful myth, that sex workers don't get to choose their clients, that prostitution is inherently coercive. That they have to service anyone who asks.
Bullshit. If I were writing more realistically, rather than within the confines of the game mechanics, every customer who gets to spend time with Hathawa would have to deal with Antinua first (and she's picky!). They can use her as a cum dump, fuck her six ways from Sunday and stretch her ass, but they cannot hurt her, call her names or tie her up - only Antinua gets to do that.
Wend would turn away 30% of everyone interested in her (more or less at random), and Alison would decline to have sex with anyone who wasn't young and attractive. Hilde wouldn't sleep with women.
If you think about it for a minute, it makes sense - they're service workers, just like an auto mechanic, a hair stylist or a waitress. And like all other service workers, they get to choose their clients. Just like real sex workers, who turn down anyone they want, and don't have to explain themselves for it.