Visual Novel / Bliss Stage: Love Is Your Weapon
aka: Bliss Stage First Act

Against an alien mind, we wield the human heart.
Love is our weapon. Trust is our armor.
Against these nightmares, we will not sleep.
- Motto, Treasure Island ANIMa Corps

Bliss Stage: Love Is Your Weapon is the official Visual Novel adaptation of the Tabletop Roleplaying Game Bliss Stage, by Ben Lehman's imprint, These Are Our Games. The game is being produced by Perpetual Motion Games.

A public demo was made available on the official website on July 23rd, 2012.

The main discussion thread on Lemmasoft is here.

The story expands on the events and characters from the one-shot, Final Act, published in the first edition of Bliss Stage. It follows the adventures of Josh Preston, the newest pilot of The Treasure Island Resistance and son of its Magnificent Bastard Commander, Jim Preston. They are fighting a losing battle again an Alien Invasion by the Nightmares, a race of Eldritch Abominations from a dimension adjacent to our dreams.

His weapon? The ANIMa, a reverse-engineered alien device that creates a psychic manifestation of his intimate relationships. But time is running out for him... Bliss happens, and if he drags his feet too long, or acts like a Jerk Ass, he is going to either die messily or fall to the Bliss.

In addition to the tropes from the main Bliss Stage page, this game and its characters provide examples of:

Dev Team
  • Author Appeal: If a certain writer is in charge of a given character's dialog, this is probably part of the reason.
    • Not to mention the character designer openly admits to a fetish for scars.


Joshua Castellano Preston
  • Ace Pilot: A mix of Steamroller and Bushwhacker on most paths. He rolls over your blind spots, especially when he manifests Anna Lin as the Sun-Tzu Tactical Matrix.
  • Deadpan Snarker: this is his general response to adversity, especially on Practical paths.
  • Expy: Sort of; it depends on the path. He's based on Shinji on Sensitive paths, Simon on Idealist paths, and Setsuna on Practical paths.
  • Hot-Blooded: On Idealistic paths.
  • Military Brat: Considering that the Colonel is A Father to His Men - literally in his case...
  • Momma's Boy: which helps to explain his submissive tendencies.
  • Race Lift: Joshua Preston from the Bliss Stage Canon main rules was of unspecified race. Josh Castellano Preston specifies it as Irish and Colombian.
  • Translation Convention: Everything Joshua understands is 'printed' in English, but the voice actors will actually speak it in the language it's intended to be. Joshua knows Spanish at the start of the game and picks up some other languages.
  • Uke: For all his bluster, he's pretty goddamn submissive in relationships to begin with. And then you just had to go on the Derek Smith path...
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Averted on the paths where he actually talks with Colonel James Paul Preston, but on the others, his Shinji is showing.

Anna Lin

Meredith Odetta Baker

Keenan Caine

Sara Smith
"Josh? It's flattering, but don't do that in front of Hurf Durk again - pretending I don't know what it means bothers me."

Gabriel Veramor Winter
Josh: "Sometimes you just can't see the trees for the forest, Gabby."
Gabriel: "I would say that's accurate, yes."
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's a LITTLE better about this in front of her neighbors in the mission, but her natural tendency is towards wearing skintight clothes and very little of it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: She's very affectionate and affects being ditzy, and plays with her foes - until they threaten bystanders. Then you run.
  • One Pilot Resistance: Literally as well as figuratively, at the beginning of the game; she's the protector of a community built on the ruins of the Mission District of San Francisco.
  • Raised by Wolves: She didn't know her parents since even before the Bliss hit. Lampshaded:
Josh: "Were you raised by wolves or something?"
Gabriel: '...No. Ocelotl."

Laura "Mulan" Porter
Joshua: Do you flirt with all the guys you meet?
Mulan: Well, not just the guys...
Keenan: What, is there anyone here who you think 'acts black?'
Yukiko: ...Mulan?

Derek Smith

Alternative Title(s): Bliss Stage First And Final Act, Bliss Stage First Act