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What's the hardest thing to say to someone you really care about when you're not sure how they feel about you? Four-Letter Word is a gay, furry visual novel about love and some of the many different paths through life it can take you. Play as one of two roommates with a shared history who are on their own journeys to figure out who they are and what they want, and help them find the answers they seek.

The visual novel serves as a continuation of the comic of the same name (which you can read here.) Although it's not necessary to read it, as the game works as a standalone piece of interactive fiction, it can provide some background information and additional context to the events in the visual novel.

Development began in the tail end of 2014 and continued until early 2016, where I took an extended hiatus for health reasons, but now things are back on track with a new build coming out each month! If you'd like to help support the project, consider becoming one of my patrons on Patreon and getting access to builds two weeks before the public, along with a number of other available perks!

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FLW_0.1.4a-mac.zip 141 MB
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still in progress? :c

Funny thing, this *has* happened before took a few years to continue 

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To anyone here wondering.  The creator has been have a few rough months.  They posted on their Patreon a teaser of an upcoming Noah CG and Noah's Theme.  We just need be patient for him to get out of this funk.

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Can somebody write to the creator on patreon to don't forget about itch.io? :/

Actually i didn't read the novel, but i don't want to if it's a dead project at here. Sad, because it's looks like a masterpiece, but you know, i don't want to suffer.

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They probably forgot this website and continued to post their updates in the patreon. I might subscribe to it depending on how much it is. Hopefully nothing too drastic. But maybe someone would be able to message them or something. If not then just classify it as a "dead project" if, however, the creator does start posting ill immediately let you know if that makes you feel better :)

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Yap, it would make me feel better.

I should support him on patreon, but actually i don't have the money and also i want to be a developer too, so if i can make it, i would have no problem with this and i could support him. :D

Any good news?

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Nothing, I'm afraid...

He updated on his Patreon earlier this month.  Been having a rough time.

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Hey, since he seems to still be active on Patreon. If any of the people who support him there also get to see this comment, could you ask him why have we not heard of him lately over here?

Personally, I don't mind if he has changed his plans regarding public updates, but I'd rather have some clarity about it.

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on march 3rd, he released build 0.1.6 on patreon, 3 versions ahead of what we have currently. either he's abandoned updates here or he's completely forgot about itch.

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He posts a public update two weeks after the new one in patreon, and it's also posible that he just posts an earlier version... I'd just wait a couple of days to see if he posts 0.1.5 here before making assumptions.

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Ok, it seems it's taking a while now. Does anyone know if there is a way to contact him and ask him about it?

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Reply to this post when the next update drops

nsfw?

Any news when the VN will be updated? Last update was in October 2020... I'm getting worried... 

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He just posted a new version on Patreon, so I think that it won't be too long before we get to see one here as well.

Hopefully... 

It's good so far, although it drags on at times like at the bar or restaurant. I never saw the lion in the screenshots, did I miss something

You have to play as Asher to hang out with him.

Is this work in android

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Yes

Dead again?

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Well ... You are assuming very soon. He update a new demo on patreon a month ago and he also notice that he was very busy this last month and soon in a time (maybe weeks) he're gonna post another update. We only have to be patient ... He do this project in his free time and obviously he has a life outside of this. And he deserve to take his time for whatever of reason he has.


The creator will probably release a new update once they release a new update on patreon. Right now the creator only has up version 0.1.5a on patreon, so once 0.1.6 comes out, 0.1.5a will be posted here

The update on patroon is said will come out soon 

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is there any daily update?

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Is there a guide to this game? Like a flow chart? 

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Can the characters in the pictures be romanced? Eli the tiger? Hugh the Doberman?  Noah? Emil the Lion? I'm specially interested in the Eli and Hugh...Can Eli be dated as Asher? 

Also, Hunter is cuteness overload personified! Loved seeing Hugh taking care of lil' Hunter, they're adorable together! :)


Found a bug I think... Playing as Colby and playing Eli's (Elias) Route his contact doesn't show after meeting him... Do we get locked automatically into Noah's route for helping and forgiving him even if we're doing Eli's route?

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I like how this is set up. It's a refreshing to see something not as linear and being able to choose between the characters for new insights and snippets of their backstory and inner turmoil. 

Keep up the lovely work! (Also Hugh and his Nephew... my heart melt... that was cute overload. Best Boyo.) 

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i like this game pls continue to making it!im support

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Hey Kho, are you gonna make a route in which Asher and Colby end up together? I SO want then to be together <3

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Yep, it's one of the possibilities you can end up with!

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sorry about your troubles but what is with the delay

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Heya, I put out an additional update to the patron build from 2 weeks ago so I wanted to give them a little bit of exclusivity time with it. The build will go up here soon!

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I like what's here, but (spoilers) at points it feels like a wikipedia article or information piece on the various fields you researched to make this game. It's a little dull to read about "Deaf culture" and the subtleties of AA the way you're wording it. I care more about the characters than getting exposition about their back story. I'd trim it down a bit, just a suggestion. Show, don't tell.

Also, the tiger being deaf, why is that so emphasized? I legit laughed when the second conversation also started about him being deaf. Don't deaf people want to be treated like regular people, too? Don't gay people want to be treated like regular people?

Colby seems normal enough, he gets around and is even a porn star, but he doesn't march down the street in a rainbow jockstrap because gay isn't his only personality trait.

Sorry if this is a bit abrasive! You're a good writer, besides. I'm enjoying it, and the text message mechanic is especially cute. Just wanted to give some constructive feedback.

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Thanks for taking the time to write me! You aren't the only one who's brought up the first point to me. I have heard from a couple of other people that the writing is too expository at times. To be honest, the sections you've outlined have been rewritten a few times already to try and pare it down and make the conversation feel more natural, so I'm not quite sure what to do with them at this point. I will likely take another pass at them later if I feel like I have a better idea of how to approach them.

Regarding your other criticism, I can understand if it feels like it's too much, but Colby is approaching the situation as someone who doesn't have any idea about what life as a Deaf person is like and wants to learn more about it, and there is truthfully a lot to know, so I don't feel it's insulting to have it be such a dominant topic of discussion with Eli. I have also received comments from actual Deaf people or hearing people who are part of that culture via friends and family who were really appreciative over the way it's covered in FLW, so I don't really think it's much of a problem.

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It's not. I really quite liked those sections, fwiw. 

Totally fine my dude. I'm just one guy with one opinion, and others obviously don't feel the same. Best of luck with your game, it's looking great so far!

New Build on Patreon.

We are still waiting.

I am still waiting.

This story just really took my soul.

He is still here.  Don’t worry.  He gave a status update on Patreon a short while ago.

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So.. Emil's story by the bonfire... thank you Kho, I absolutely adore you

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I'm really really curious about one thing but I'm scared to ask in case I end up getting a big spoiler

I'm just going to say that I really hope Colby and Asher end up together

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NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I think Elias and Colby are cute together!

As well as Emil and Asher!

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(english isnt my native language) one of the few vn that got really me i love the story and the characters ... WOW is like all i can say its like their alive a the background of them is amazing also read the comic part 2 and first page of  part 1 really amazing also its not complete but I have a good feeling about this one unlike echo wich i love and hate but i can tell no matter what endings you decide for this vn im gonna love it all. Take care ko and god bless 😊😊

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Oh my gosh

This vn is sooo good

Eli is my precious boi,

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Noah is my precious baby now. MUST PROTECT

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Hi Kho!

 Even if I'm not from an English-speaking country, I try to learn this language for my own pleasure. And, you know, I don't regret learning English at all. I was able to easily read this visual novel without using Google translator, and I am very pleased with the result.

About the novel itself - this is something wonderful. Characters are like... Alive, u know? The atmosphere is really perfect. 

Promise that you will continue, that you will not stop and continue to improve it! This story is amazing and I really want to know what will happen next.

Regards, you fan ;3


P.S. I love this novel, love this world, love you and love everything!
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ahhhh it's so good! now im sad i found this so early in the build, now i have to wait for more content :(

I agree with you :(

*Hugs*

Soundtrack ? ;-;

I love the soundtrack so much too, we need the link to the soundtrack ;0;

The itch.io page says patrons get this two weeks earlier than the public, yet the patreon only says one week. Since I'm currently trying to organise the VNs im reading by their update day, it would be helpful to know whether this updates on the 8th or the 15th for the public build.

Hmm, can you show me where the Patreon says one week? That was the case back in 2015-2016 during the VN's original run, but now it should be two weeks and I had thought I changed it everywhere it was listed. It's possible that I had missed a spot, so if you could tell me where to look so I can fix it, I'd appreciate it!

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In the 'About' section near 'When does it update'. The last line says, "Public builds will be released one week later."

Thanks so much! That made me realize I haven't updated that entire section since I launched the Patreon so I'm going to have to give it a once-over again.

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Is this the continuation of page 6 four letters word 2 comic ? Or an alternative universe  version?

It exists in the same continuity; parts of Four-Letter Word chapter 2 are included in the visual novel, but everything else you can consider as a continuation.

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Hey Kho, know that your game is fantastic and I hope with all my heart that you will continue it.

Thank you, very kind of you, and yes, I absolutely intend to continue!

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I love your work very much. The sprites and background really show how much time you put here. The CGs are also amazing! The story? I fell in love with it. And yes, both of theirs. There's just one thing that has been on my mind for a while. Can you date Noah (again) and Emil? They're just too adorable (and hot hehe). That's all haha. Thank you again! Keep up the good work! ❤️

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And another thing: thank you for their stories and personalities! They really feel like real people, and not the stereotypes and cliches we are all used to by now. Thank you! Luv u author hihi (and not in the creepy sense. Sorry that sounds suspicious 😅. But really it's not like that. I guess I'll just stop talking huhu).

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Haha, don't sweat it! And thanks! That was definitely what I was aiming for with the characters. I didn't want them to come off as too tropey and wanted them to feel like people you could meet in real life.

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Aw, thanks, that's so great to hear! I'm really glad all that hard work showed throug, haha. And yes, Noah and Emil are both romance options, for sure.

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Yay! Thanks, Author! Wishing you all the best! 😃

P.S. Don't sell yourself short! You're doing great and I love it. 😊

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Okay, so, I have played the game and covered every choice I was interested in. (Basically everything, including the dragon's route) At the end I filled out the survey, which is a very good idea btw.

Well... I love Four Letter Word already. It's hard not to like the characters or the writing. I wrote in the survey that the character sprites sometimes blend into the background, other than that you started developing a very promising project!

Emil Yates – Whatever May Come is easily comparable to for example Two Steps from Hell's music. No joke. I never expected such a professional song in a VN. Admirable.

Thank you and good luck! <3 

;)

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Ahhh, wow, thanks so much! That's really kind of you say, and I'm really not sure if my work's deserving of that, but I absolutely appreciate it!

Don't worry, I don't write for the sake of it. I mean what I said. Four Letter Word is not the first book I've read by far. I've read more than a few good books in my life, but visual novel authors are just so talented, including you... You can really bring characters to life! 

Is there a guide?

I have one, but it is a Patreon reward so I can't share it, sorry!

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hey i have a question, is Eli a datable character?

Yes

thanks a bumch man :D

A friend of mine suggested this and let me say this for the both of us..., YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY GREAT! Me and my friend are righting this cuz, He's shy, And we want to tell you how great you are doing and we HOPE for more great works like these ^^

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I don't care if you don't add that much nsfw, A kiss is all me and my friend need XD, I really hope that a 15 year old like me can be an artist for visual novels like this someday .HEHE... 

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