The fall semester at UofX, 2003.

Two graduate students gather to speak with an angel girl.

Meanwhile, the ties that bind three women tighten and twist.

Only files remain. Trace your fingers around the circle carefully.

Click to navigate menus. Advance text by clicking or pressing space. Control volume by clicking and dragging the music visualizer.
Content Warnings (click)
gender dysphoria, transphobia, illness, needles/blood, assault

A CIRCLE OF CHARITY

a gifpunk angel VN

~25-30 minutes in length

music by bagenzo and fotocopiadora

made with spectacles engine

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StatusReleased
PlatformsHTML5
Rating
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(160 total ratings)
AuthorBagenzo
GenreVisual Novel, Interactive Fiction
TagsLesbian, Narrative, Queer, Singleplayer, Transgender
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LanguagesEnglish

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i read this for the very first time on sunday, and jesus christ did it hit hard. i am not a trans woman, but i am an intersex woman (+ genderweird, you know how it is), and charity's rant about being reduced to that of a helper and patience talking about how her estrogen was taken away was what truly struck me. the way charity called herself a "desexed faggot" and a "parody of a woman" hit far too close to home for me.

i love this visual novel. its genuinely the best visual novel ive ever read. the presentation and aesthetics and everything else is nothing like ive seen before. this was truly lightning in a bottle. every scene is like a punch to the gut, a look into the psyche of someone, a look in the mirror. it's beautiful. i might even go as far as to say this isnt a vn; its an experience.

ive been thinking about this constantly and already i think im due for a reread. this is a masterpiece, genuinely. thank you for making this.

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This is amazing, I can't describe this well...but wow. As a Trans Woman some lines hurt like a train

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sincere, real, and wonderfully presented

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thank you so much for this

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This is the type of thing art is meant for. This is poetry, I feel, in a way.

this was so beautifully written. i did not expect the events that transpired, and it hit me so heavily. thank you for making this

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as someone who is a trans woman.. god this hit so hard and close to home. Some of this isn't something I realize I was even doing, feeling need to be useful otherwise... what am I doing? I'm here just to fulfill a role, but what is it that I want myself? Are these done out of love or a sense of duty or a need?
I... cried so much during this game. It really made me rethink on things, and is a wonderful, beautifully made game. Thank you for making this game

this is amazing work!luv the soundtrack also <3

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is this supposed to be a horror game cus it gives me horror vibes

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holy shit what a game <3 everything was amazing, the visuals are just stunning. looooved the ost <3

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wow uhm. i didn't know i needed this until i finished it and was in absolute shambles. 

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this is a scary story, well i think help can be given without conceit that it'll work. add some other people to talk? open peoples attention to act itself out. thinking trial and error cant be afforded or doesn't pay back i want to say is a big mistake.

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This writing is absolutely beautiful and I am so thankful to have gotten to play this game and to hear a story like this. It really hit home in a lot of ways and it is a story I think I'll never forget.

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I don't usually comment on games but I felt the need to on this one. This game is beautiful. The writing and story is incredible and so painfully relatable. Thank you for this, I loved it.

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This was agonizing and it hits really close to home. There will be times when I'll go above and beyond "to be of use" to other people, and I think I'll be doing something good because technically, I am still helping out and benefitting other people. But upon dissecting why I do stuff like that, a lot of it more geared towards "fulfilling a role". After being chatsised, scrutinized, berated, and battered down a lot in childhood, you feel obligated to render yourself palatable to others, and so you do that. And you exhaust yourself helping others because "someone has to. who else will?" In gearing so much of your energy towards others all the time, there's a part of you that wishes you had been loved and cared for in the very same way. That someone were to pick up on the pattern and recognize it in you. It feels like wanting to be there for others, less because you actually want to help them, but because you wish that someone - anyone - could have been there to comfort you the same way. The line between gestures done out of love versus those stemming from a sense of pattern and duty "because it needs to be done" blur after a while. I've been doing a bunch better in terms of that mentality, but it just reminded me of that a lot. I don't know where I'm going with the rest of this, but it was really, really good, and I cried a bunch, and the way the events of the story pan out is so interesting. I loved all of the sounds and music too!!

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god this hits hard

real

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The only thing I can wish for after this fantastic visual novel is for a better society to come, where people would no longer experience what has been depicted in this work. Thank you for making this.

Damn, this is so good, so many layers(I think lol). Beautiful yet distressing.

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This is game is incredible and beautiful. I loved the visuals and the music. It added a lot to the overall aesthetic. Charity is super relatable and I loved how angels are depicted. 

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this game is insane but in a good way

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I love the entire aesthetic of this game, and also it put me in chilling headspaces I'd rather not dwell on for too long.

Genuinely though, thank you for this.

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"we've gotta be strong now charity"

this was really really really good, thanks so much for writing and sharing this.

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this hurt so bad thank you so much for this ar

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Incredible writing, and the UI adds something cheerful and sinister. That last "I can hold you if you want" repeated hit me hard. I really enjoyed this

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I just wanted to tell you thank you for making this. It's fantastic stuff and I am so glad I got to play it.

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Thank you for making this. I'm not entirely sure I understand the ending or even if the player is meant to have a concrete understanding of what comes next - hell, I'm not even sure if some of the characters being angels is meant to be taken literally or is meant to be taken as something that the unknown character at the start who may or may not have edited any of this might have changed in order to get at the emotional truth of something that can't quite hit right when expressed in plain words - but I really want to thank you for talking about care and obligation in a nuanced and humane way.

People can definitely burn themselves out trying to help others, especially when everyone involved is falling apart on the outskirts of a society that doesn't really care about them, but the strain of thought where you should cut people off when their problems are too difficult to deal with and they'll probably be okay anyway because something something professional help... it's ignorant, and it's cruel, and the people who say these things are often very quick to change their tune when they're the ones who want something. There's no easy solution to the cycle of caretaking and burnout among people who have very little to give but almost definitely won't be saved by anyone except each other, and I came away from this story thinking that maybe the more sympathetic characters could've made a few choices differently, but the reasons things ended this way had a lot more to do with who and what the rest of society values than with anything these characters did.

I don't know if that's what you wanted people to take away from this, but as someone who's been all three of the angel characters at different times to different people, it rang very true.

This reply has helped me understand the ending a bit more. I think I get what Patience is now. What she represents. Now I just need to consider what Temperance is. Is she perhaps a representation of someone who understands "help" in a healthy way?

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A really great game! It felt a bit eerie at the end which was kinda cool and what red and blue did was..weird. I really felt for charity at the: "Just a parody of a woman" part, love the game!

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i love this ...a lot thank you so much for this

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woah- i enjoyed this a lot more then i thought i would, you did an awesome job with the visuals and story

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Oh wow this was extremely good

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damn, this is great.

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Its weird, its beautiful and it is melancholic. I like it!

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ow. (In a good way). This story was so well written and relatable. I was hoping for another epilogue for closure, but it feels right to leave it where it was. Beautiful graphics an story telling.

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Red and blue are jerks

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This is amazing, I loved this game so much.

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I am not an English speaker, so I played the game while translating, but it had a great atmosphere because the music and the various images on the screen, as well as the chat logs, made it more immersive.

I like Connected a lot, whether it's communication, mental or instrumental!

I made a video of the game, but when I first played it, I downloaded it from the itch app, so the music didn't come out right (I realized halfway through and replayed the web version), and it took longer than normal to play because I had to translate the game while playing.

Fascinating. It was really cool with all the visual presentation, UI and music. The story isn't anything particularly, but the way it was told really made this soar to some great heights.

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Goodness...This was intense. Not sure what else to say at the moment. I'm glad I read it. Thanks for making.

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so good

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