Your name is Qiuyi (Karen?) Zhao, and you’ve just been signed up by your parents for a beauty pageant. You’re not ready, not even close, but you don’t have a choice. But perhaps you can make the best of it. Maybe it’s the one opportunity to create a “hook” for your college application. Maybe you can reinvent yourself, get rid your anxiety and become someone new. Or maybe you can find true love (or some approximation thereof).

Features:

  • Be a socially anxious Asian-American lesbian teenager. Deal with stress, anxiety, and loneliness.
  • Form deeper bonds with one of your three friends, and maybe start a romance?
  • Prepare for and compete in a beauty pageant! Try to change yourself, for better or for worse, or don't. Pick your outfit and style!
  • Participate in a full range of extracurricular activities, from science competitions to science research. You can even learn some actual science!
  • Learn Chinese history and geography from your parents!

The story is complete, with about 79k words, but might still receive updates. An average playthrough will be around 25-30k words.

Source code link: https://github.com/aucchen/pageant

Cover image source: https://www.pikist.com/free-photo-sjpjl/ (public domain)

Cover font: "Parisienne" by Astigmatic - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Parisienne

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What a great game, I can't wait for the sequel!

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Thank you!

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such a fascinating story, I love it. Gotta ask tho been playing around with twine lately, how did you get such a simplistic but Aesthetically pleasing design on your story, and how did you make the choices like that. It’s so cool. 

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The story isn't written in Twine, it's written in dendry. But it should be possible to make a similar style with CSS; you can look at the web page's CSS with developer tools, or check out the source code link.

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I honestly can't get this game out of my head. I want to play again but I love my ending with Emily (and winning) so much. I can't wait to see what else you do with this story in sequels. You're a very talented story teller!

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Thank you!!! If you're interested in beta testing for the sequel, feel free to contact me in the links in the latest development log.

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Awesome work!  I definitely can see the influence of both Bee and Love Nikki Dress-Up Queen, which is not a combo I ever thought I would be experiencing!  XD
Great writing -- It's intense at parts!  I'll have to play in sessions so I don't get too stressed~

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Thanks! I hope you enjoyed it.

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great so far, allready know I will replay after I am done.


Typo : stress event says “you can go bac home” instead of back home

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thanks! just fixed it.

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Excellently written, and painfully relatable! I was really attached to all the main characters by the end, I hope they all end up okay ><

I was fairly happy with what I got, but definitely want to replay it and try out the other options too!