Report Lengthy Critique of Academagia Year One in General Discussion Posted December 21, 2010 That perspective of the game only measuring you on your grades, so you only play for your grades, is something I'm hoping a little more emotional investment in the characters around you would help move the game away from. If you really cared about the other people in your college or clique, I can definitely see the player making the choice, "I really *should* study, but [student] needs my help in resolving something... Which is more important to me?" I'm not sure whether I made it clear in my post, but I completely agree with you on this. Personally, I don't feel that there needs to be any more 'free time' to complete anything. The limited amount of time you have, which you can decide how to spend, is actually one of the places where the game does a good job of giving the player meaningful choice. Again, it's a decision of "What is more important to me." In fact, you can always choose to spend time that you should be at class doing other things, but there's always the risk of detention if you do that too much. Adding more time, particularly time where you're restricted as to how you use it, would lessen the significance of those choices. I'm afraid I might not have explained myself well enough in my last post. I'm not sure I'll do much better this time - I'm really tired - but I'll give it a shot. (Before I get started, let me preface this by saying that whatever suggestions I make pale in comparison to yours in regards to NPC character development. That is, beyond a doubt, what Academagia needs most right now. It's not my intent to diminish that). I certainly don't expect the developers to give players time to do everything in a single playthrough. I do, however, think it's unreasonable to suggest that a student can't succeed (or even excel) at his or her academics while also having an active social life. (Many of us managed that even without magic!) The point I was trying to make was that, while it's probably possible to do both, in my experience you need to have an advanced understanding of the way the game works, and then really exploit the system through the use of spells, etc., to boost your results. Perhaps if I played through the game three more times or so I'd learn more ways to improve upon that, but it brings me right back to my problem. As I pointed out in my last post, I spent almost every single action my first game in my academic development, and my scores at the end of the year (compared to others in my class) were average to below average. Now obviously, there are game mechanics in place that make it unnecessary to spend your entire year studying to pass your exams, but until you've spent a few games learning them, it makes for playthroughs that are relatively dull by comparison. Once you do learn them, you've seen a good share of what the game has to offer (at least by way of random encounters) - I find myself clicking through certain encounters with a sense of 'been there, done that'. There are a few problems with this: The first, I believe a player should just be able to enjoy the game from the start without having to spend a few games learning the system. A free social action would help to draw the player into the game (and its cast), particularly if the developers take your advice about making the characters feel more alive/real. And, as someone else pointed out, many social actions really wouldn't take up much of a person's day. I wouldn't be opposed at all to limiting such a free slot to certain types of interactions (a date, for example, would take a bit longer than telling an anecdote). Making players spend one of their time segments to accomplish more demanding social actions is entirely reasonable. My other big problem with the way the it currently works is that - to me - it felt like I was being pushed to master the nuances of the game's mechanics just to get anything accomplished - to the detriment of actually just enjoying the game or my character's development. Once I'd gotten enough understanding of the mechanics, a good share of the immersiveness disappeared - in a way, it was just me wrestling against the engine and the time limit. It's not really anything I can quantify, and I realize it's entirely subjective, but that was my takeaway. On a final note, as someone else pointed out, my reasoning for the 'free' social action was simply that many of the social actions available would use very little actual time. The weekly 'free' adventure action - which, to be fair, I was never as set on as the social one - I considered somewhat reasonable as well, seeing as students (particularly at this age) might very well adjust their sleeping schedules to work in an adventure on most weekends.