One Thousand and One Days is an LGBTQ2+ fantasy otome.
In a world of magic and court intrigue, you are the Dreamer, an individual who is haunted by visions that seem to have no end. Find answers to your visions and unveil ancient secrets laid deep within Gehennam. Power, romance, and wealth are within your reach, but you must risk everything you have just to survive.
One Thousand and One Days is based on the mythology of ancient Persia and Islamic lore. It features an all POC cast that mainly is inspired from Middle Eastern and North African cultures, with some influences from Mongolian culture as well. With three available origins and four romance options, pave your own unique story.
Romance Interests: (line art done by Casper/@PastelBelmont on twitter)
3 playable species with individual backstories and dialogue choices.
4 unique love interests to romance.
2 unique polyamorous routes.
Multi-choice system: your choices in dialogue and action matter and will change the outcome of the story and your relationship to characters.
This project is in development.
Chapters 1-4 are currently available. Chapter 5 is to be determined
This game has cast a spell on me- its so captivating and enchanting!! The music, the characters, the scenery, are all so delightful! It seemed to touch my heart so easily. Thank you so much for sharing this game with us- I expect this is one I will find myself coming back to time and time again.
The visuals in the game were so beautiful! I enjoyed the story and I definitely want to replay it as another character and see what is different, keep up the good work this was amazing :D
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I finished my first play-through in about an hour, and it was absolutely charming. I personally love the way the reader is just kind of thrown into the storyline, because it really helps the full immersion into the life of the main character. There was so much suspense and I probably missed a ton that I'll have to go back and read, but from what's here so far, this game seems amazing. The art is beautiful; the little details in both the character designs and backgrounds add a lot to the story. I love all the small, extra details about the characters, like constellation freckles, and the mystery surrounding the entire plot. I can't wait for more updates :D
This VN has completely captured my imagination! The characters seem so lively and real, I'm always excited to learn more about the history and lore of the world you've created! I've been following this game since Gehennam and although I was disappointed to see its hiatus all those months ago, I feel that it has come back even stronger and better, and absolutely deserves support!
There are a lot of whodunit stories out there, but this one is utterly unique in its setting, storytelling, art, and voice. There are interesting little details uncovered in each choice made, making the different routes worth going back over. I especially love how the different race choices each has an effect on the characters' relationship with the player character.
Asif has truly made something to be proud of.
I can't wait for the next update and to see Salam again! <3
I've finally gotten the chance to play chapters 3 and 4, and it has somehow gotten even better! I was thrilled to see Salam again, and watching as the story and this world unfold further and further has been truly amazing!
I especially loved the background CGs and all of the new lore in ch 4, and how each character truly came alive in their individual little storylines in ch 3! Again, these chapters were worth taking the time to investigate each option, many of which had stark changes in how the story progressed depending on the choices made. While the mystery grows more complex with each update, the new developments are always fulfilling and never leave me feeling strung along.
Thank you for sharing this story and world with us!
I finally played chapter 2 and I cannot express just how in love I am with the story already and the world. I am excited to learn and see more. All the characters are so unique and charming in their own ways and the art, scenery and music is just gorgeous.
It's such a breath of fresh air as well to have a fantasy story that is not-eurocentric in the narrative and design. I love learning things about other cultures and to know it's made with so much love and respect is heart warming.
Additionally, Noor and Anka specifically are so beautiful and I grin like a love struck fool everytime they pop up on screen. Every scene with either of them is a delight. It makes me so HAPPY as a poly lesbian to not have just one, but two beautiful wlw romance options AND have the ability to romance them both together. That is so rare in the romance game genre I feel. So thank you, truly.
Thank you for the work you do and the love you put into this project. It really shows and I look forward to see how it progresses!
I personally love everyone but Zsan (pompous little man,lucky I didn't have a smartass option),Alibaba and Sinbad being tied for first,and completely on different sides of the spectrum,I love them both so much,maybe because I'm a mixture of both.Noor and Anka are adorable,and endearing to the point where you want to hex anyone that upsets them.(Looking at you two buttheads you know who you are) Anyway keep up the good work
Hi, I really appreciate all the work you put into this game, but a couple of things have personally made me very, very uncomfortable. To put it explicitly; Sinbad is a creep.
There have been several points where I felt like my personal boundaries have been compromised by this character. A shameful feeling since Sinbad is supposed to be a romance option.
For one, this is less his character and moreso the narrative's fault. Our first interaction with Sinbad is him asking us to dance, but even if we decline the offer he still asks to engage with us. I was under the assumption that the "no" option was a rejection of all romantic gestures and was honestly shocked and confused when I recieved a CG of Sinbad kissing our hand. I understand that it's a polite gesture but I'd really prefer if Sinbad had not touched my character's body at all when I clicked on that option.
The next time when Sinbad enters our Main Character's personal space, we're not the only one. In a separate scene, Anka and I are about to fall asleep in a shared bed when suddenly Sinbad enters the room without permission. He jumps into the bed shirtless and it seems he's either obvious or gains pleasure from the fact that his intrusion makes Anka visibly uncomfortable. She hides herself under the blanket, and Sinbad even makes notice of her accelerated heartbeat, but he refuses to remove himself from the situation. In fact, he even strokes the Main Character's hair.
And all this stems from an argument between Anka and Alibaba. I quite literally did not consent this. The whole interaction just rubs me wrong and I don't find Sinbad's perverted demeanor charming in any way. Did I also mention this happens after he tells Anka she can sleep naked before an entire audience? Anka shows signs of uneasiness and its unfair to her to have a shirtless man slide into her sheets within the next 10 minutes.
We're not finished yet!
Sinbad blatantly invades her space yet again in the next scene! He literally picks Anka up and carries her out of the room without even giving her a second to protest -- which she does anyway. And then Sinbad laughs. That's completely unacceptable and that's the part I felt the most bothered by his character. He completely lacks the ability to sense a person's discomfort and seems to take no consideration to even do so.
If his character remains this way, I'm sorry, but I'll have to stop playing. This mirrors too much like reality for me to completely immerse myself in a way that makes me comfortable.
Yes! I was playing as a lesbian intending to romance Anka, and I chose Sinbad to guard us while we slept because I thought Alibaba guarding would have led to something terrible (considering he accused both of us, almost leading to our execution). Imagine my shock when a shirtless Sinbad hops into bed with us, makes fun of Anka's heart racing, sleeps in between us, and starts stroking my hair! Absolutely no option to reject these advances, to tell him to get clothed, get out of our bed, not touch me, not make fun of my best friend, nothing! He reminds me of this guy who used to have a crush on me who thought he could treat me any way he liked because he was conventionally attractive and well liked. I felt absolutely powerless.
Thank you for your comments, they really do help me with getting an insight on where I can improve. I've taken your concerns to heart and in Chapter 3 I hope to make amends for the situation. I'm sorry that I made you feel uncomfortable and thank you again for your comments - they help me a lot in making the game better and to better my own skills as a narrator!
This project really is a labor of love and you can see it in every scene. The art is breathtaking and has improved so much from the first cg's and sprites. The story already has me hooked and I'm in love with all the characters. Gehennam really is a rich world and I love learning about it and playing it and everything!!! I can't wait to play more and I'm super ready for the next chapter, ty for your hard work ⊂((・▽・))⊃
hi! i love the concepts for the world and the characters therein! for one person this is honestly a lot of work and i'm pretty astonished that you have the drive and the willpower to keep it up! you're a lot stronger than I could ever be, keep up the good work!
so I don't want to seem mean or anything but I would really like for this project to actually be completed as I was excited to see the rest of the story for ghennam. would we possibly be able to see some character concepts of the races? it's difficult to immerse myself since I have no idea what my character looks like. I really don't want to invest myself again if it isn't going to be completed. I really want to see more of the story. please don't think I'm being mean I really just want to see more of the story as it is interesting and don't want to get my hopes up again if it isn't going to happen again
Very interesting game and characters with an original art style! Not to mention, you take inspiration in myths not necessarily that often used in visual novels. Playing this was enjoyable and I'll be waiting for the next act!
Now, I do have some complaints (that may or may not actually be questions). During the whole thing, I was under the impression I've missed some important lessons and that I was basically lacking the knowledge to play the game properly. Let me explain: we have some vague background stories for the MC that depend on the chosen species, but no info whatsoever on the species themselves. I don't even really know how these species look aside from what I can see during gameplay while looking at other characters. And not only that, but well, there is close to no information about the world either. I know some creators approach their stories by revealing info very slowly and letting the public piece things together, but it really feels like it goes beyond that at this point. If I understood correctly from reading the comments and one of your posts, it seems you had an unfinished game made earlier called Gehennam and that was absorbed into 1001 Days. If that's the case, I suspect it was that game that was an introduction to the world and species. But I didn't have the occasion to play it and well... I'm utterly confused by 1001 Days' lore and I feel like I'm missing on SO MUCH. Like, I don't even know what my playable character really is and I'm unable to make a mental image for them, let alone design them. Even if it's in the form of a storybook lore dump upon starting, the game would really benefit from some context. Or, if the info is accessible somewhere, like on a personal blog or something, linking to the lore and species related posts would suffice - at least to me.
That being said, if you DO have some website or whatever that would explain me more, I'd happily take the link and have my issues resolved haha!
I understand your confusion! There’s so much I really don’t want to dump everything on everyone at once. On the official blog 1001daysgame.tumblr.com , if you go to the ‘lore’ tag, you should see most of the lore of the game. For now, it’s hard to incorporate the mass amount of lore within the 2 chapters, but I’ll find a solution to the ‘what do these species even look like’
Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad you enjoyed!
Ahhh, so, finally got off my bum to write an actual comment on here! I honestly love this game and am so happy to see Gehennam continued in a different form from when you first started it’s lore publicly.
I am utterly blown away by the effort and dedication put into it by you alone, and the characters are plain wonderful with just two chapters in. I’ll be rooting for Anka and Sinbad till the end! ;)
And you work hard, and should be proud of getting so far, don’t let anyone stifle you. Thank you for sharing this charming world with us!
I’ve been sitting on this particular issue since the news has hit. However, there is a lot of back and forth accusations that are probably never going to be put forth due to private issues on all sides, I can not judge based on that. I can base my continued support, as an adult, on Asif’s reactions, he has addressed this on his social media without ignoring it, given his side as others have, that’s all I can really ask for.
What I will base my hesitance on is the rabid hounding of an indie creator over the past few weeks that has been far from professional and frankly terrifying with it’s language at times. I do not like fandoms, I avoid them due to this as you always have to be on the wrong or right side.
I can only speak for myself, and say that based on Asif’s continued work, he has learned from this experience, good or bad. Maybe I am enabling, but that is my business alone as I think this game shows representation that is desperately needed and will not be given it’s due within mainstream media any time soon. I do not know Asif personally, I will allow him his privacy as he sees fit. This issue is not for the public to judge, in my opinion, and all parties involved need to decide what they will do from here.
I will not be made to feel guilty as a fan of this game as there is a lot of good through it. I am not going to continue to reply to this chain, as my anxiety is not the best to handle most of the upset online for many things. I do wish you a good day however, and hope you well despite my disagreement. Thank you.
I'm in love with the game so far. You've inspired me to make one myself someday. The character designs are brilliant, the story and world are fantastic and the writing is really captivating. Thank you for your time and effort <3
Thank you for working so hard on this! I've been following since Gehennam and was sad to see it go. Thank you for getting the second chapter out so fast but please take your time! Please do not push yourself to get chapters out because it's always quality over quantity and your mental health. Don't strain yourself and thank you again!
Hey! I just finished the first chapter and it was great! (I'll just assume it was the first chapter though I'm not entirely sure... I mean, there was no transition so.... Let's just say it ended when some guy entered the room lol) However, I'm somehow not able to play chapter two. I think I may be mixing up the files since the one I have is 1.0 and I'm not sure if I need the 1.2 one. I did save the game when it told me to do so, so I'm wondering if there's anything else I'm supposed to do to get to the next chapter. I also tried playing with multiple saves since I read that on another comment but I'm either too stupid to understand it or it just doesn't work for me. I'd be glad if I could get some help on this "^^
Aaah I just finished the first chapter and I have to say this game is lovely! Especially loving the art style and cultural references!! Although for some reason I can't get to chapter two, even after I saved where the game told me to,,, I'm not sure if I'm mixing up the files since the one I have is 1.0 while the log says the second chapter is supposed to be 1.2?
The log is incorrect! Sometimes it won't let you reload your save because it's in a location where it transitions into chapter 2. The best advice I can give is to have multiple saves so if your last one doesn't reload, you can try the others!
Hello! I'm new to this website and I really enjoyed the first chapter, I can't seem to get the second chapter to work for me, after I finish the first one and save where it says to save it just puts me back to the start screen for some reason?
Hey, I absolutely love chapter one and I tried downloading the file again to get chapter two but it just repeated one. Am I downloading the wrong file? Sorry if this is a dumb question im new to itch.io
I love playing your games no matter what the format is! The characters and plot are so enriching and I enjoy seeing what differences are in each game. I look forward to finishing Chapter 1 and playing Chapter 2 when it comes out!
Part of me agrees with Pixel below, that the abrupt deletion of previous stories is a bummer (especially my dear Vali didn't make it to this version... when I found your vacant page, it's like the moments shared and their embodiment of the previous works never even happened -- I'm such a sentimental bastard). Moreover, I sense that Gehennam, Gehennam text-based-second-version, and this 1001 Days somehow like a string of plots from three different MCs in three distinct historical time of this universe, only with slightly alteration of terms mentioned in the writing (but still in the same universe and the source of conflict comes from the murder of a powerful Njid).
Nonethelesss, the universe is pretty enchanting to make me stay and engage further in it :'))
Your description says there are "4 playable species with individual backstories and dialogue choices" but in the demo we can only choose one of 3. Is this a typo or we will get another species further down the road?
I haven't seen a lot of LGBTQA+ friendly Visual novel which revolves around 'Arabian' or 'vaguely Islamic' themes, maybe because... Uh, I'd rather not say, but if you're Moslem--yeah, you know why. So I definitely enjoyed this, loved the whole vibe of the world you built. We didn't get to see much of the characters yet so I don't know who I like the most but anyway, it was so enjoyable! I love how we can also choose between three classes (clans? what's it called?) and our own pronouns. I like the art and the music too, they work well for this theme. Anyway, if you would like to continue the game I'll be happy to play! I hope this will turn out the way you wanted it to. Thank you for creating the game and sharing it with us. Have a nice day!
Thank you so much for playing and I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hope to disperse the negative stereotypes about MENA culture and Islamic culture through this VN-- it being not only fun, but informative as well. I'm glad you like it!
So not to be a downer or anything but if I keep following this project, are you going to have time for it? Like I was pretty interested in the last one and excited to see how everything went, I liked most of the characters and then it was just excuse after excuse and now the entire thing is gone and you're making a new one... Are you actually going to dedicate a part of your busy schedule to this? Can I hope for this or is it going to end up being another "I'll try but if it's too hard, meh"?
I'm sure it sounds harsh but you literally JUST said you didn't have time for your other project last month so, please forgive my skepticism... =/ I'm sure I'm not the only one here thinking this either.
I'm not sure if you follow my tumblr blog (@souratgar) but I've explained it quite a bit as to why I kept jumping back and forth on the project. It was an accumulation of my own depression, anxiety and harassment I've been dealing with it. I also do have a busy schedule, and whether I can dedicate my time to it is more of my business rather than yours.
I understand if you're skeptical, but you most certainly don't need to hang around. I will be updating the game and the chapters at a pace that is fitting around my schedule and my mental health, so even if you're looking for very exact and precise dates of updating/chapter releases, this may not be the game for you.
But, if you really do enjoy the game, I'm sure waiting awhile and being understanding to the creator isn't something too difficult to do.
I'm certainly not hoping for scheduled updates, in fact I would have been understanding of needing breaks and so on. I do not however, want to stick around if the game is going to be cancelled constantly. That's all.
I get that mental health is important and I do wish you the best. I admittedly stopped paying attention when the game was put on hiatus, then updated, then changed, then removed but I didn't see the need to bother unfollowing here. Hence how I got the updates. If you're passionate about actually creating the game, I would like to be supportive and possibly even donate to the project, this wasn't meant to be an attack or negative but it's hard for it to be put nicely I suppose. I just don't really want to actively follow a project and become invested in something that's just kinda there and maybe it'll get done and maybe the person creating it will lose interest halfway through and disappear. If there isn't any dedication, I could forget about it and if it happens, it happens. Which is totally fine and seems like what you're suggesting. I'm definitely not going to try and talk you out of making the game or anything.
Anyways, I liked Alibaba, Noor and Zsan and I'm happy to see Alibaba back. Sorry if I seem harsh?