To be fair, I haven’t been asked these many times, so this is kind of like an effort to preemptively answer common questions these kinds of blogs get. I’ve left the option of being able to comment on this page in case there were questions you’d like to ask with no answers in the FAQ.
How do I contact you?
There are quite a few ways you’re able to! You can comment in this section, or:
~ E-mail: (← If you can’t see this image, it’s (no spaces and replace [at] and [dot] with the appropriate symbols) akisame2290 [at] gmail [dot] com.)
~ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Laramie_Castiel
It’s bets to comment in this section or e-mail me, as I check those the most frequently. Don’t worry; if you choose to comment in this section, your comment must be moderated by me first, so it’s safe to add sensitive details (which I’ll delete before finalising your comment, or you can inform me through the comment that you want certain parts or all of it deleted). I used to have a Tumblr, but since I rarely use it, I’ve removed the link to it. If you’re wondering why my e-mail is displayed as an image instead of text, this is to prevent spammers, spambots, etc. from using various methods to “copy” the text of it and use it for whatever shady stuff they’re doing. If you’re currently displaying your e-mail address publicly, I recommend you to do the same!
May you add me to your blogroll/may I add you to my blogroll?
I always welcome adding people to my blogroll! I only plead that you ask me first, even if it’s unlikely I’d reject your offer- that is, as long as your blog is about visual novels and/or drama CDs. If your blog does not fit either category, I’m sorry, but I won’t accept your offer. Also, WordPress seems to automatically sort the names in alphabetical order, so your placement on the list IS NOT indicative of how I feel about you and your blog. Just so you know! 🙂
Where do I download [X]?
Sorry, but I won’t be providing download links for any game that isn’t free. On that note, any post that details how to get them illegitimately or asks a question to this effect will be deleted without exception. Only free games reviewed on here will have links provided to download them.
Where can I get [X] in English?; Is there an English patch for [X]?
If there is an English translation, I’ll mention it. The absolute best way, in my opinion, is to check on the Visual Novel Database (VNDb for short). It’s easily the most comprehensive database of visual novels currently on the web. I’ve already input the search parameters so it’d show up as a list of otome games in English (be it OELVNs, fan translations or official English releases), sorted from latest to earliest released. You can find it here. Another good way is to Google search “English translation of [insert novel name here]” or “Translation project of [insert visual novel name here]”.
If you can’t find any info with those methods, I can say with 99% certainty that there are currently no plans for the VN you’re interested in to get some kind of English translation.
Help! I can’t complete [X]. Please provide a walkthrough!
Take a look at my “Walkthroughs and Save Data” section, where you can find many links to what I consider the most comprehensive sites. If you still can’t find it, THEN ask me for help, please!
Can you please play/review [X]?
Just take a look at my backlogs, and you’ll see that I’m not in real need of any suggestions! Even so, I’m still open to requests. While I’m willing to try most things I come across, I like to do so on my own terms and in my own time. I’m always happy to hear your recommendations, but I won’t make any promises I’ll actually play/review what you’d like me to.
How does your scoring system work?
Previously, I just assigned letters (A, B, C, D or F). As of 30/11/2014, I changed my scoring system to something that I believe is more accurate. I think switching to a numerical style better reflects my thoughts, as well as the fact that numerically scoring each category of a VN will better show my readers which are its strongest and weakest aspects. At the moment, reviews before 30/11/2014 will not be reassessed to fit the changes, though I may do so at a later date. If this happens, I’ll be sure to make a note of it.
With that out of the way, here are the details!
All visual novels are assessed in individual categories, with each category being scored from 0~5:
3) Voice Acting
6) Gameplay and System
The numbers basically represent my opinions on each category:
5 = Excellent, or in some cases, even perfect (to me)!
4 = Good. Certainly above average and deserving of praise.
3 = Par. No extreme negatives or positives.
2 = Subpar, but not completely worthless.
1 = Bad. You won’t be trying this out because of this aspect!
0 = Abysmal, possibly nothing good about it.
I considered many methods to create a more “singular” kind of final scoring, if that makes sense… Such as a percentage, a letter grade or tallying up the categories’ individual scores and placing them out of the total amount of categories (e.g. VNs would be scored out of 35 since 5 points for each category x 7 categories = 35 total points). However, I felt like these methods wouldn’t work. I also felt that a letter-grade system would be too inexact.
In the end, I felt that just scoring each category and leaving it as is will enable readers to quickly look at what aspects I felt were the title’s strongest and weakest points. After the scoring, I’ll briefly elaborate on things like who I might suggest the work to and whether I recommend it as a whole or not.
Why “Purple Nurple Wonderland”?
“Purple Nurple” is the name of a shot featured in season two of a TV show called Supernatural. As the name of the drink implies, it’s a lovely purple in colour. As purple is one of my favourite colours, and Supernatural was my favourite show at the time, I started to use that name, “Purple Nurple” for various stuff I did on the Internet. As for “Wonderland”, I think the name itself has a nice ring to it.