Tonight, we're pleased to serve you a fun little romantic dish with a scoop of horror and a nice, bloody ganache. May I Take Your Order is a short visual novel about a half hour long with five endings. You play as a waiter serving a couple with...strange tastes.

There's also a "Content Warnings" document in the file marked "game." Fun gore is very personal to balance, so if you're worried and don't mind spoilers, it's all laid out there.

The game runs more smoothly when downloaded, but we're trying out RenPyWeb. Check it out over here: https://renpy.beuc.net/

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this is honestly one of my favorite games.... horror and comedy are my favorite genres and i'm such a sucker for paranormal romance. such a cool experience....  hendrik is super sweet in a fucked up kind of way sdksjdksd

Thank you so much! Hendrik and Talaiporia were the big bads from the first long campaign I GMed, and have become recurring characters in a lot of the other stuff I make. An alternate universe version of them show up in this chapter of my webcomic Sire: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sire/sire-chapter-11-part-1/viewer?title_n...  And the main characters bump into them coming out of a date in this chapter: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sire/chapter-12-part-4/viewer?title_no=109...

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Honestly, any game where there's a good nonbinary gender option is a win for me! And as a fun of horror comedy, this game was perfect!

It also reminds me of No Eyed Girl by Lemon Demon

Thanks! I think I'm starting to realize that my favorite genre is whatever uses a ton of horror concepts and imagery, but also uses the horror as a preamble to fun and humor later.

Also, adding different pronouns is so, SO easy. Mundane games should have them, let alone games that include a sexless entity that prefers to identify as female.

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I've gotten ending four and five so far and I've really enjoyed it. I hope I can get the other endings the next time I play. It's well written and humorous,  entertaining and I love the art style. I can't wait to see what the other endings have to offer!

Edit: unlocked the rest of the endings, amazing game!

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At this point, even this is a dream date.

Sorry that it took me a couple weeks to watch your LP, but thank you for making it! You're really funny, and it was nice to see someone so cleanly and correctly work out the puzzle of how you're supposed to choose dishes.

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It was my pleasure! It's a really well made game and I had a lot of fun with it. ;{)

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The endings were great but the true ending was amazing, this is my fave game made in Ren'Py :) this couple will be on my brain for a while longer.

Thank you so much, that's really high praise!

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how do i get the true ending i cant figure it out and im very curious-

Focus on racking up that damage for Hendrik. Getting him stabbed is especially helpful. ^u^

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I love it, what a sweet couple.

Always so nice to see a couple whose interests align.

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I got ending 4- A Hug Goodbye

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I made it through the night without dying and serving the demon girl!

Yooo excellent work! And hey, thank you so much for trying out the game!

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The game was amazing! Great artwork by the way. It reminds me to LavendarTowne on YouTube. It's a really great game for Halloween too!

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I absolutely LOVE this game! The artwork is adorable and the characters are so fleshed out, and the story is so unique. No spoilers, but my favorite ending is the 'perfect ending'. I got ending number 4 in this playthrough and am getting all the rest in a separate video, cause I HAD to see all of them. <3

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Your video was so much fun to watch, thank you! I'll need to check out more of your stuff; LPers are my favorite thing to watch while working on stuff, and I've got a loooooot of work to get done in the next three days!

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Thanks for solidifying my attraction to humanoid forms of eldritch horrors. Really love the game, the humor is top notch, and having worked in hospitality it felt all too real in how my reactions as the server was. 

would love to see more of these two in the future! 

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Thank you so much for giving the game a try! I'm glad that you liked the humor; it's easy and fun to write it with these two. :3

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Hmm... upset and confused by how much I see myself in Hendrik. Will receive therapy and check back later.

BUT ON A SERIOUS NOTE!!! The writing is so funny??? Like, I had to take breaks to laugh. Like, leave the room breaks. It's real cute too! I'm gonna work on getting other endings, but I absolutely ADORE this!!

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Oh no! Don't be like Hendrik, he has zero self respect. XD But thank you so much for playing!

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ive been play a lot of games and this is amazing, from its art, and story. keep it up ur rlly good, even tho its ur first game!

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Thank you so much! I’ve made a couple more, though they’re a little different. I’m hoping to announce a new one in a couple weeks!

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sure ill check them all out!

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The story is great. Loved the atmosphere. Had a lot of fun playing it.

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Oh, it's so cool that you made a Let's Play! Thank you for checking it out.

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I got the ending 4 and I must say, I really enjoyed this little game. It's neat and the art is amazing! The writing was great and I really liked the overall atmosphere. Good job!

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Thanks for letting me know you played it! I didn't know if anyone else would enjoy the eldritch rom-com atmosphere, so it's nice to know that you did! ^u^

Are you KIDDING? I LOVED this. I want a full length game of this! It was adorable, and bizarre, and hilarious with JUST the right amount of cringe. This was an AMAZING game! Please make more like it!

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Haven't gotten all the endings yet, might go back and get them later. I really enjoyed this game! The style is right up my alley, with the horror being mostly just an aesthetic element while the game itself is pretty lighthearted. The characters are incredibly enjoyable, the artstyle is nice to look at, and the dialogue is hilarious. Would recommend!

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Thank you for the kind words! You're right that I wanted horror as an aesthetic, instead of a mood. While I love horror, sometimes all I want is a fun little comedy.

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I got ending 4 the first time around and I gotta say, this game is really really well made, I love it! Like, who doesn't like some good ol' eldritch abominations y'know? Seriously though, this is awesome! I also love that you added enby pronouns as a feature, not enough people do that so to see that made me really happy!

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Thank you! Half this restaurant's clientele exist outside the wave-light spectrum, so the gender one is a similar grab-bag of unknowable beauty. If it weren't putting so much work on the player, I'd love to let people input their own pronouns sometime!

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I've only played through this once but I loved it! I got ending five and I'll definitely be coming back to check out the rest!!

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Marvelous, thank you very much! Always glad to see another player who opted for the after-dinner brandy. XD Which of the endings ended up being your favorite?

I haven't figured out how to get ending 1 or 2 yet, so I'm still a really big fan of number five (though the others are great too)!!

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I must say this was ABSOLUTELY delightful to play through. I ended up getting ending 5 through my first playthrough and honestly this is so well made and short enough that coming back for more playthroughs is a must. Keep up all the good work :)

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Thank you! I'm glad that it holds up on subsequent playthroughs! Also thank you for letting me know what ending you got the first time. It looks like a fair number of people get #5 their first time through, which makes me happy, since it's both one of the better endings, but not the true ending. I hope you enjoyed getting some of the other ones!

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I liked this a lot, it was fun. The couple were kinda of cool. And Hendrick needs to grow a backbone or date like a witch or something.

Thank you! And yeah, if he had any friends, Hendrik would likely get that advice a lot.

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Yes,  mayb the server should have given that advice, lol. Keep up the great work.

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Wow, what a great and unique take on a dating sim! It was more fun than I expected to essentially chaperone one, especially with an unfathomable eldritch horror and a man in desperate need of some kinkshaming.

Perfect length to encourage you to fully explore all the options, and the art and music were lovely too. Thanks for the food! :)

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Thank you! I think that dates can be really fun when  you're not the one on them; it can be nice to just enjoy when the people around you have fun chemistry.

And please, kinkshame the hell outta Hendrik, he needs to rethink his thoughts and deeds. XD

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At first I thought he had  major kink issues but since she eats suffering then it makes sense.  Her flesh puppet may get fed with meat but the real her is still hungry so he suffers so she can feed.   It's kinda nice in a messed up way.

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Hendrik's life pretty much ranges from "nice in a messed up way" to "just plain messed up." XD The first one's about as good as it gets for him.

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Just a bug note, in case you're trying for mobile web integration: the text prompt to choose a name does not trigger the keyboard and I was unable to get past that point.

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Whoa! That’s not something we were trying for, but it’s really cool to note that the game will load on a phone! I just tried it on my iPhone to check, and I can see it on here. But yeah, looks like it’s looking for an actual keyboard. I’m not a programmer, so this isn’t a bug that I’m going to try to fix on my own, but I’ll keep an ear out and see if anything can be done about it in the future. Thank you for letting me know!

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No prob! I'm using my phone as my primary computer lol, trying out games that look cool :) I'll come back when I get a real computer XD Cheers!

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well that was... different! (and i do mean that in a good way) i got ending 5. do the other endings reveal more information about the world, or is it just different jokes and maybe some death? a walkthrough would be nice now that i've gotten my 'true' ending.

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first blind playthrough I got ending 4 a hug goodbye. I'm proud I emerged unscathed 

You made it through, and lived to tell the tale!

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Got Ending 5 - Sweet and Dreams.

I adore it. Atmosphere is amazing, art really captures the other-worldness of Talaiporia and that whole bizarre experience. My choices feel like they matter even if they probably not, and for such a short game worldbuilding works great, I can see any number of games in that universe. 

Thank you for playing, and all that wonderful praise is too kind! 

The choices that make the most significant difference are mostly the food ones. However, I wanted to slip a couple extras in to try to judge how the player might want to handle the situation. The color of the crayon you give Hendrik at the beginning determines the MC's attitude in a couple of lines: whether they're helpful or snarky. I didn't do a ton with that, but I figured those might be the two biggest moods, and hoped they would assist the player in feeling like the MC expressed them. Even if juuust a little bit.

Ah, so that's what it counted to! My MC definitely was snarky and I wondered if it was because of some choices. Enjoyed it immencely, especially when he brought 3 glasses (one for himself) that was super funny!

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Absolutely one of the best games i have ever played. It's the perfect balance of funny, horrifying, and lovable, and it has great replay value! Ending #1 is my favorite ;)

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Whoa thank you so much! While writing it, I got really nervous that nobody else would like the combination of horror, romance and comedy I wanted to make. Hearing such high praise fills me with confidence as I stare down my next deadline!

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I saw your post on LewdJam about the branding for your next game and came in to check your profile. Wow! Your art is simply amazing! Congratulations :3

Thank you very much! I do comics and convention tables to make a living, but I always want to branch out and try learning new mediums. And getting to make a visual novel was just...weirdly empowering, if that makes sense. I think it's easy to feel like some things are out of your reach, or that nobody would want to play or read the sorts of stuff you want to make. But finishing May I Take Your Order kinda reminded me that so long as I can be proud of something, it's worth making!
Good luck on your entry, too! I'll be rooting you on!

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SO CUTE! I absolutely adored it - I'm a sucker for horror games, but sometimes you just want a mellow, well written, and excellently illustrated, fun-natured one! Thanks for delivering. Here's my video playthrough - I'm only going to post one ending, but encourage everyone else to play and find the four other ones!!!

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Hey! I just downloaded your game.  When I finish it I will give my final feedback xD

Thank you very much! I look forward to it. :D

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Nice artwork :D ~ Looking forward on playing this 

Thank you very much! I hope you like it, and if you have any comments or crit, please let me know. It's my first release but I had a really good time and I'd love to know how I can improve.