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Novel Not New is a visual novel game club with a queer focus and a casual bent. Every month, join Jen Unkle, Colin Detmar, and Em Marko for a critical and fun conversation about a new visual novel game. Our favorites will be dated, murders will be solved, lives will be lived, and all bad ends will be expunged from memory as we read our way through this most literary of video game genres. Novel is right in the name!

Novel Not New Jen Unkle, Six Dettmar, and Em Marko

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Novel Not New is a visual novel game club with a queer focus and a casual bent. Every month, join Jen Unkle, Colin Detmar, and Em Marko for a critical and fun conversation about a new visual novel game. Our favorites will be dated, murders will be solved, lives will be lived, and all bad ends will be expunged from memory as we read our way through this most literary of video game genres. Novel is right in the name!

    Novel Not New 20: 80 Days

    Novel Not New 20: 80 Days

    New cohost Olivia joins us for a trip around the world! What mysteries await us in this steampunk reimagining of Jules Verne's classic? Automata and empires stand between us and making around the world in 80 days or less!
    This Month's Game! 80 Days
    Next Month's Game! Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk

    Novel Not New 19: Dizzy Hearts

    Novel Not New 19: Dizzy Hearts

    The podcast, long divided, must unite. Jen and Six meet up for a fantasy fish out of water story with more than a hint of sexual tension. Maybe it's better for hentai developers to just make hentai, than to dance around the issue? Dizzy Hearts claims to issue in the "Year of the Elf." Let's see how true that is.
    CW: Sexual content, a little discussion of an abusive relationship between a mother and daughter.
    This Month's Game! Dizzy Hearts
    Next Month's Game! 80 Days

    Novel Not New 18: Unavowed

    Novel Not New 18: Unavowed

    We’re back with the first game of a new era, an era when we can click on things and solve puzzles in addition to just reading games. Join us as we explore the strange new world of magic and the afterlife with WadjetEye’s adventure game/bioware style RPG with Unavowed!
    This Month's Game!Unavowed
    Next Month's Game!80 Days
    You can support Jen and Six on the Scanline Media Patreon, and support Em and the network on the Abnormal Mapping Patreon. You can find Novel Not New on iTunes!
    Please send all your questions and comments about this game or anything else to podcast@abnormalmapping.com!

    Novel Not New 17: 428: Shibuya Scramble

    Novel Not New 17: 428: Shibuya Scramble

    After many months off we return with one of the longest games we’ve covered, and boy are our arms tired. What does it mean when a game has all the stories in it? Does live action convey anything special to narrative past charm at some hokey acting? Can glossary text single-handedly save a game? All this and more as we spiral out from diet drink scams to world-ending virus conspiracies as we scramble through the twisting paths of this massive, complicated game!
    This Month's Game!428: Shibuya Scramble
    Next Month's Game!Unavowed
    You can support Jen and Six on the Scanline Media Patreon, and support Em and the network on the Abnormal Mapping Patreon. You can find Novel Not New on iTunes!
    Please send all your questions and comments about this game or anything else to podcast@abnormalmapping.com!

    Novel Not New 16: Why Am I Dead At Sea?

    Novel Not New 16: Why Am I Dead At Sea?

    It’s time to die and time to not let that stop us as we explore the tangled web of intrigue in this small narrative RPG Maker mystery. Do novel character-hopping abilities make up for the rough seas of buggy games, or is this one particular love boat run aground? The winds blow both ways this month. Boat puns!
    This Month's Game!Why Am I Dead at Sea?
    Next Month's Game!428: Shibuya Scramble
    You can support Jen and Six on the Scanline Media Patreon, and support Em and the network on the Abnormal Mapping Patreon. You can find Novel Not New on iTunes!
    Please send all your questions and comments about this game or anything else to podcast@abnormalmapping.com!

    Novel Not New 15: Portopia Serial Murder Case

    Novel Not New 15: Portopia Serial Murder Case

    We go into the distant past of the 1980s to explore the very origins of both Japanese adventure games and visual novels with Yuji Horii’s incredibly influential Portopia Serial Murder Case. From Phoenix Wright to Metal Gear, so much of gaming started with this one quiet murder and the exploration along the waterfront. Join us for a surprisingly accessible trip down memory lane.
    This Month's Game!Portopia Serial Murder Case
    Next Month's Game!Why Am I Dead at Sea?
    You can support Jen and Six on the Scanline Media Patreon, and support Em and the network on the Abnormal Mapping Patreon. You can find Novel Not New on iTunes!
    Please send all your questions and comments about this game or anything else to podcast@abnormalmapping.com!

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