Because gems spent on your story now plays an influence on its place in the rankings, for when I finally release a story, I’ve been trying to think of a way to include them that isn’t in the “pay 50 gems to kiss your boyfriend” vein. Those kinds of choices are why I no longer read the Episode official stories, and while I absolutely understand why community authors may include those choices and don’t blame them at all, I know I immediately stop reading if one pops up.
Beyond support me, topping up points, or unlocking a scene you didn’t have enough points for- which I think are wonderful gem choices and will use myself-, the only thing I can think of that would fit what I’m looking to write, is bonus scenes that don’t impact the story, but I couldn’t in good conscience include those either. Something about my brain doesn’t let me easily come to terms with missing something in a story, and I don’t want anyone who also deals with that to feel pressured to spend their valuable gems so they don’t miss anything.
So, that brings me to the reason for this topic, how would you feel about a gem choice to view a bonus scene not vital to the story or plot and just something fun and extra, that was available for free at the end of the story/season/etc.? 5 Gems is the most it would cost.
It of course would be clearly mentioned to be available for free at the end (I.e, “This bonus scene will be available for free at the end of the story. However, you can spend gems if you would like to view it now.”), and since stories can take months to over a year to finish, you may not get to see that scene for a really long time. Rather than being a “pay gems to unlock this content” choice, it would be a “I don’t want to wait and want to see this now” choice, so nothing would be behind a paywall and there wouldn’t be that pressure.
If you had gems to spare, is that a kind of choice you’d pick? If there were points in the story, would it help if a point was added as a bonus?
Little edit to clarify: My question isn’t about including bonus scenes, it’s more about them being free at the end, like is that a good way to do it, because instead of unlocking content it’s seeing it sooner. I apologize for any confusion, that’s totally on me!
If this is in the wrong category I truly apologize, Share Feedback seems to be for things like creative ideas rather than more technical one, so this seemed like the proper place. I also tried looking to see if someone else had asked the same question, but couldn’t find anything, so I truly apologize if I’ve missed something!
I also apologize if this is too wordy or formatted weird! I’m not at all a stranger to forums, but I am very new to the Episode ones and still getting used to it, and I’m also super nervous about posting.
Thank you so much to everyone who reads this and offers a thought!