A downloadable not-Neopets game

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"Needless to say, when a story connects that way with the reader, the author has done something right, and is towards the top of my list." -- Jack, blog.templaro.com/

"The aesthetic here 100% nails the early 2000s, pre-social media internet." -- The Short Game podcast

""This is absolutely [Bez's] best." -- Verb Your Enthusiam podcast

Follow user StaircaseHaven14 on a Neopets-esque site called Ruffians as she faces life's challenges, RPs with her long-distance BFF (or more than BFF?) Bee, and encounters familial hardship, from age 8 to 18.

By Naomi Norbez, aka Bez.  Received 16th Place in the Interactive Fiction Competition 2020.


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LDR 1.0 VO.zip 80 MB


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ohhh my god. this was an amazing game!! this hit so personally. like. the rping, the online relationships, all of that made me cringe at my own old memories where i was an unsupervised child on the internet.

but god!!! i love them. bee and kayla deserve the world and i wish ruffians was a real thing </3


Thank you so much for playing!  I'm glad it struck a chord for you. C: I love these characters too!  I hope to make a sequel someday.

if you ever do, i'll be sure to support it! <3

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I did not know that game that looks innocent like this could go so under my skin, holy sheet I'm crying. It was how protagonist is same age than me and that chatting felt so familiar.

Only critique is that I needed to zoom out so I could see "mouse" cursor fully. Don't know is that problem from my or your side.

(ofc it can be planned but I was confused where I should click first)


(offers tissues) Aw, thanks so much! <3 I appreciate that a lot.

& can you send me a screenshot of what the game looks like on your end?

Just like this! i think this is intentional? I was just confused first :D "why this new user button doesn't work????... oh....."


Oh, gotcha!  Yeah, I could have designed that better.  I'll keep that in mind for my next game!

i just finished this, and i love it!!! also, for those who got it through the palestinian aid bundle: you're gonna have to manually download the game through the site, since it plays in your browser!

thoroughly charming game. i had the biggest smile on my face watching the relationship between those two grow

Thank you so much! C: I appreciate your kind words.  Thanks for playing!


this is a really nice place you took me to here ty !

idk i could say more but


I'm glad you like the game! ^u^ Feel free to say more!