A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

"Tithe your blood to me, and in exchange I'll ensure you spend the rest of your days in comfort."

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Blood & Play is a gay, safe for work, T4T visual novel about the intersection between debt, disability, & transgender healthcare that can be a romantic-comedy or a macabre psychological horror story depending on how you guide Santiago to interpret an offer that's hard to ignore.

Poor Santiago is unfortunately one of many hit by the latest wave of tech industry redundancies, and without a decent job offer he's willing to take, he's desperate for a stream of income; it's too bad that the blood plasma donation center near his apartment is indefinitely closed for renovations. Just before all hope is lost though, a stranger passing by offers him some company for the evening, and much, much more not too long after...


But... there's always a catch to these things, isn't there?

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Santiago Delgado CV: Rex Rosario
Age: 29
Birthday: January 19 (Capricorn)
Gender: Transgender Male
Pronouns: he/him
Ethnicity: Mexican-American
Blood Type: O Positive
Occupation: Software Developer (formerly)


Santiago is the textbook example of the classic burnt-out gifted child trope, spending a lifetime studying to enter a workforce that would deny him promotion opportunities at every turn. After a few unlucky incidents that left him in a little more debt than he’s willing to admit, the final nail on the coffin was getting laid off from his job one morning. He enjoys a good horror movie or book while talking to his trusted rubber duck, Sir Java the First, when he’s not full of anxiety.

Matikas Baccay CV: Sterling Barbett
Age: ??? (He looks 27...?)
Birthday: July 6 (Cancer)
Gender: Transgender Male
Pronouns: he/him
Ethnicity: Filipino
Blood Type: N/A
Occupation: "Independent Researcher"


Why hello there, dark and handsome. Matikas is well liked by those who know him as he aims to please, but something about his sweet and confident personality seems suspicious, to say the least. Even if everyone else has fallen for his suave demeanor, surely Santiago won’t fall for it so easily. After all, life is never this simple.

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Content Warnings:
  • Alcohol Use
  • Blood
  • Living with Disabilities
  • Allergies
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Portrayal of Acute Mental Illness Episode
  • Medical Trauma
  • Healthcare System Failures
  • Institutional Medical Negligence
  • Possible Death, Discussions of Death
  • Sudden Loud Noises
  • Suggestive/Sexual Themes
  • Violence


Features:

  • 2 Trans Masculine Gays
  • 4 Endings (2 Good, 2 Bad)
  • Partial Voice Acting in English
  • Original Art & Audio
  • Parallax & Animation Effects
  • Current playable wordcount: 9K

Blood & Play was originally developed for Queer Vampire Game Jam and is in Early Access. The team largely consists of marginalized developers from various ethnic, transgender and queer, neurodivergent, and/or physically disabled communities.

NamePronounsRoleWebsite
BáiYùhe/theyProject Lead, Writer, Programmeritch
inkymawhe/himCharacter & Illustration Artist
Portfolio
bloodmachineit/its
Background Artist
Notion
timepatchesshe/herUI Artist
itch
MysteryCorgifae/faerNarrative Consultantitch
Els Whitehe/himNarrative Consultantitch
Urazielthey/heComposerPortfolio
ReverbInTheVoidthey/themAudio Editor
Portfolio
Orianna Greene
they/themProgrammerN/A
Rex Rosario
he/himVoice of Santiago
carrd
Sterling Barbett
he/him
Voice of Matikas
Website
ResourceAuthor/Developer
Ren'Py Caption Toolnpckc
Ren'Py Save/Load Screen OverhaulKnickknack PJ
yet another phone Ren'Py code
Nighten
Sylexiad Sans FontDr. Robert Hillier
Kinto Fontookami Inc.

Please note that Blood & Play is intended to be a commercial game. At this time, we are reconsidering the retail price for the full game. If you liked what you've played so far, please consider leaving a tip on any of our other projects. Thank you!

Mac players: having trouble launching the game? Try playing it via the itchio app! Updates to the game will automatically be downloaded.

Updated 1 day ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(22 total ratings)
Authortofurocks
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
TagsBoys' Love, Comedy, Dating Sim, Gay, Psychological Horror, Queer, Romance, Transgender, Vampire, Yaoi
Average sessionA few hours
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen
AccessibilitySubtitles, One button, Blind friendly

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blood-play-win.zip 107 MB
Version 0.070 56 days ago
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blood-play-mac.zip 114 MB
Version 0.070 56 days ago
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blood-play-linux.zip 98 MB
Version 0.070 56 days ago

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Love this game! Great demo! I would totally be down to buy this with my paycheck lol. It's just cute and quite honsetly is perfect for me as a queer, trans/non-binary, gay person who thinks vampires are hot and is deeply anxious about everything including finances and healthcare. Watching that convo with Java, talking to my friends like, "if it's worth half a liter every 2 weeks, literally sign my soul away or whatever" lol. I am so excited for the full thing!!

(This is the inner "whore"-able person in me but nsfw extras dlc i mean what?)

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THE WORD USAGE N SLANG KINDA REMINDS ME OF KUBZ SCOUTS IM LOVING THIS. UGHFJIV

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I haven't even played yet and was already for it because of the characters/story but THEN SEEING THEM IN MASKS I AM SOBBING THANK YOU

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a filipino green flag AND a burnt out gifted kid mc?! I LOVE IT.

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yes yes yes yes yes finally something for me!! as a demographic??!? WHAT -- i'm playing this asap