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START AGAIN START AGAIN START AGAIN: A PROLOGUE (or: START AGAIN: a prologue) is a story driven RPG where you, Siffrin, are stuck in a time loop for no reason you can find.

You're fine though! Hiding your knowledge from your friends is easy! Fighting the same enemies is easy! Dying to the same final boss over and over again is easy!

You have to make sure your friends don't find out about the super fun times you're having  though.

They can't know.

They can't.


πŸ•’ FEATURES:

  • Finally, a game based on this series of comics I made a while ago!
  • ATB based gameplay!
  • Four "endings" depending on your choices (as in, as in, four different ways the battle against the final boss can go)! Including one True Ending!
  • 3-5 hour playtime!
  • Your friends having fun conversations about crabs while youre in the corner on the verge of a panic attack!
  • An amazing soundtrack by Thumpy Puppy (Lindar K. Greenwood and Alexandra Baker who both worked on Serre's soundtrack, along with Alice Liston and Sadie Robison)!
  • All the characters are queer.  It's not important to the story but you need to know.

πŸ•’ CONTENT WARNING: death, suicide, unreality, self harm, gore (visual for half a second, written otherwise), general "wow this sucks im just going on autopilot rn ho ho hee hee ha ha" depression feels. Also drinking alcohol to cope but its easily missable


πŸ•’ NOTE FOR MAC USERS: RPGmaker games don't play nice with macs! START AGAIN: a prologue has a mac version available, but I've been told it doesn't work with M1 models and might be a little shaky on others. You might still be able to play and you'll be able to save but I just want people to be aware! Don't forget to read the HOW TO file that's included in the zip file!


πŸ•’ FAQ:

"what is this!"

TLDR: a whole short game baybee!
Long version: I intend to tell this little fella's whole story, but first I wanted to make a demo to figure out the world and characters and how this rpgmaker thing even works. But my hubris has betrayed me once again and this demo is now a full short game with a start middle and end!!! Oh no!!! What luck!!!

"heck yeah! "

HECK YEAH!

"not heck yeah actually! i have a bug! "

Please reply to this post and let me know!!!


also available on steam!

soundtrack ● artbook ● press kit

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Purchase

Buy Now$12.00 CAD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $12 CAD. You will get access to the following files:

START AGAIN a prologue_v1.4_PC.zip 171 MB
START AGAIN a prologue_v1.4_MAC.zip 306 MB
START AGAIN a prologue_v1.3_PC.zip (OLD) 171 MB
START AGAIN a prologue_v1.3_MAC.zip (OLD) 306 MB

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Pretty good game!

Thanks for the experience!!

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I played the game long ago, but it's just so good I keep thinking back about all the things. The effect of tireness for the loops, the hope, the endings, the characters, the dialogue... it's all explendid. The fight system of rock/paper/scissors is really fun for going to "the basics" people try to branch with elements or whatever but in the end is just rock/paper/scissors lol 

I just want the poor Sif to be happy ;_; i wonder how you will make the continuation because it is really a challenge to do a game based on loops that is not tiring for the player. This one perfectly does it imo, making you feel the tireness of the main chara but while you are not tired for playing it. So anyway well done and thank you for doing such a fantastic game! 

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Loved this game and all the characters. My emotions are all PUNCHED. I just want them to be happy T_T!

Are you thinking about continuing their stories at all?

their working on a sequel

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I've been thinking about this game nonstop for the past two days and I've enjoyed every second of playing it. I finally finished all the endings and read through the artbook today and I am absolutely in love and also crying. Every character feels so unique and interesting and I love them all so much-- Thank you for making this amazing game!!!

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Spent my entire evening playing this!

Loved it! I mean it was terribly depressing, but still loved it!

Looking forward to whatever your next project is

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This deserves to be a fully fledged game with a Kickstarter and everything. The game broke my heart in the best way possible Siff deserves so much better.

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finished it and wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this was so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that ending was so mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but seriously this was incredible and i loved it so so so so so so so so much,

spoilery warning:

def favorite bit was the part when you get the king down to like, what, 25% health? and then You Know. god. extremely powerful moment

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I played it, and enjoyed it a lot! Exploring the mindset of the main character as they experience dying over and over again, trying to keep a brave face because why should everyone know how horrific their future is. All that while seeing how happy and jovial they are and being able to extrapolate what kind of relationship Sif had with the party prior to this was an incredibly succinct way both to establish the party dynamic and show just how much the situation tormented them. Seeing everyone have these fun conversations that build up their character and the world they live in, all while Sif desperately tries to keep things together and wonders what they could possibly do to change something, anything about this scenario, was simultaneously heartwarming and heart wrenching.


The gameplay was also quite interesting, with the combat being a simple but effective system that wears its functionality on its face with the Rock-Paper-Scissors effectiveness triangle blending well with the Cooldown system and interesting character Crafts. A simple system, but one that has enough moving parts to allow interesting, meaningful choices to be made to optimize in a fight, requiring the player to engage with the systems.


I got the true ending, and simultaneously adored it and was left heartbroken by it. A fantastic game, and if/when you release a follow up to this or any other kinds of stand alone work, I would play it in a heartbeat!

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I played it, and it left me emotionally compromised for the evening...(in a positive way!!!) I've been looking forward to this for weeks and it gave me the exact feelings I know it would! It's well paced, the quips are fun, the art is incredible... And of course the story heart-wrenching. I love all the characters and all the details about them that's discoverable between conversations! I haven't yet find the other two endings, but right now I definitely want to process it for a while, aha. ouchie.

Spoiler-ish warning:
My favourite bit was the one where you walk back and forth single-filed and Siff comments on missing human contact but tries hard to get some without asking for it out right. That really hit hard. God, please, someone hug this caring little friend. They need it so much.

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ive only got two endings and the real(?) one I think I only got by a hair but its just so lovely. love siff, love the fighter, love the housemaiden, all of them! very cool stuff going on in this game!

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beautiful and absolutely heartwrenching. I connected a lot with this game and my experience in a pandemic stricken US , quarantining in my own house for almost a year when every day feels the same. I played this game for a lot longer than 3-5 hours, the writing is wonderful, giving hints about the larger world outside the boundaries of the game and the character's roles in that world, everyone feels simultaneously like an RPG archetype and an actual person. The battle system uses a simplified "types/weaknesses" system based on rock/paper/scissors with some other well balanced and handy strategy moves. I bought this game because I loved the story premise, despite disliking most battle systems in rpgs, but actually wound up having a lot of fun with this battle system.

I really hope the creator plans to do more with this premise, I fell in love with the characters and would be thrilled to see more.

(PS fighter is my favorite, HE'S JUST... HE'S JUST SO NICE πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­πŸ’•)

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thank you so much, i'm so glad the game touched you so deeply...!!!!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• this is a lovely thing to write you're so sweet :'^)

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Will you do a guide?

It's that it gives me the feeling that I'm doing everything wrong.

(T_T)

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I will probably do one sometime in the next few weeks!!! I wanna leave some time for people to buy the game and figure it out :^)

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Thank God!

I haven't completed it yet, but I'm loving it.

I love how we discover lore, history, and relationships through every detail and conversation in this game.

I don't know if it will have a happy ending or one where they suffer more than Siffrin is suffering now, but I sure like it.

It shows that you have put a lot of effort and love into the game, it shows by its great quality.

(^///^)

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aah thank you so much....!!! That's a lovely thing to say!!! :'^)

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HELL YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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AAAAA IT LOOKS SO GOOD can't wait to meet all these little fellows !!!!

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hellz yeah

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HECK YEAH!!! I'm ready to suffer

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I'm SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS GAME!!!  aaaaaaaa