Visual Novel / Extracurricular Activities

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From left to right: Chester, Coach Grifter, and Spencer.

Extracurricular Activities is a Ren'Py-based Bara Genre Furry Visual Novel written by DyneWulf and with character art by CaptainGerBear, also known as BigFingers Games Inc.note  As well as background art by Gavel.

A Slice of Life visual novel where a CrestHaven University studentnote  is on the tennis team and gets to explore a relationship with one of his teammates; Chester, Spencer, Dozer, Dariusnote , or even Coach Grifter, the tennis coach. The creator has stated that more characters might be added in the future.

This is a nonlinear visual novel where your choices really matter, so choose carefully because once you're on a route, who knows whether you'll stay on the path, enter a different route, or end up failing to start a relationship.

Worthy of note is that this visual novel has exceptional writing that explores realistic characters and situations, as well as being mostly SFW. All of the characters have unique personalities, each with strengths, flaws, and quirky charms. It reaches the writing level of Morenatsu, which was one of the only furry novels to break the mold into popularity.

The novel is in development and one can gain early access by supporting it on Patreon. This grants the beta version with monthly updates and additions.note  There is also a free demo on itch.io, if you would like a taste of the game before purchasing the beta version. (The demo updates monthly as well.)

A unique feature about this visual novel is that the creator is hosting a Tumblr pagenote  dedicated to Q&A with the characters, usually with tidbits outside of the novel.

The novel and all links posted here are Not Safe for Work.

Compare Morenatsu, another furry novel with a similar theme and atmosphere. Compare Coming Out On Top, which is basically the human version of this novel.

This visual novel contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Practically the whole cast, but the most prominent are MC, Coach, and Chester.
  • Agony of the Feet: Richard is on the receiving end after Maria stamps his foot as a "Be Quiet!" Nudge in Grifter's route.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Averted with everyone except Darius. Most choices end up having MC bring up the idea of sex pretty much right after they start their relationship, with MC pretty much being told a straight "no" from said relationship. Plus, most dates end with the most intimate thing being a kiss.
  • All the Good Men Are Gay: Most of the men in this series that are neither background characters or a total Jerkass are implied to be gay or, at least, bisexual. Makes sense considering the material of the novel.
  • Bad Ending: If you fail to impress anyone by Day 3, MC won't have a dream about anyone and has to start all over.
  • Bara Genre: To the max, every character is a swole, musclegut beefcake.
  • Bash Brothers: Between the protagonist and his love interest when they play doubles but special mention goes to Spencer. The two are so in sync with each other when they play they frequently don't even need to communicate strategy.
  • Beta Couple: If neither are romanced by the MC, then it is possible for Chester and Dozer to start dating.
  • Camp Gay: Isaac, Darius' costume designer.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: A recurring problem between MC and Spencer in his route. To wit:
    • MC keeps Spencer in the dark about being homeless for almost a year.
    • Spencer has been keeping his job as a stripper a secret.
    • And of course both have been hiding the fact that they have been harboring romantic feelings for one another.
  • Cool Bike: Darius owns one which he uses for his job as a stunt rider.
  • Cool Car: Darius also owns a top of the line sports car which he is fiercely protective of.
  • Dramedy: While the novel is mostly light-hearted in general, every route has its own share of drama within it, with special notes going to Grifter's and Chester's routes going as far as giving Mood Whiplash to some more unexpecting readers.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: The MC experiences this multiple times on every route, some are very simplenote , others...not so much.
  • Evil Former Friend: Most of the current football team, although Vernon in particular, towards Chester.
  • Fanservice: If the massive muscular frames of the characters didn't tip you off, then the tasteful nudity certainly will.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment: How MC and Grifter conclude their date at the amusement park.
  • Friends with Benefits: Darius keeps a network of these for when he feels like fooling around.
  • From Bad to Worse: In Dozer's route, MC accidentally injures his pinky finger and Dozer patches it up. The next day in Grifter's English class, Coach accidentally tripped and caught himself with MC's shoulder. Unfortunately, this caused MC's injured finger to get jammed into his desk, injuring it even more, and gets sent to the infirmary.
  • Friendly Local Japantown: There's one in Brindel where most of your dates with Dozer take place.
  • Gag Penis: Chester's route tends to bring this up a lot, pretty much confirming he has the most packing downstairs even for this game's standards.
  • Guide Dang It!: Since the game doesn't exactly have a way of telling you which choices you made are the best ones or the right ones which gets you the best ending or results, the creator has made official guides on each character for what you should do in order to earn the Golden Ending(s).
  • Harem Genre: A Westernized take where cute schoolgirls are replaced by muscular anthropomophic men.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: Darius is forced to perform in one of these, advertising a nearby seafood restaurant.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: MC will point out that no one appears in his dream and he has to "start over", forcing the game to the main menu.
  • Leitmotif: Most sex scenes have unique music playing in the background for each character. For example, Coach Grifter's theme has a brass and jazz theme that feels like it's from the 70's, whereas Spencer's theme features vocals that sound of whispers and seduction.
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • Averted, unlike other visual novels that take place in schools with uniforms, the characters actually wear different clothes on different days.
    • Defied, after the artist change, the creators have added a feature where you will get to customize the character's outfits as well as MC's appearance.
  • Like Brothers: MC and Spencer, in any route where they don't hook up anyway.
  • Manly Gay: Although most of the cast doesn't start off gay, they are all very manly with huge muscles.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Big boys don't cry." When they were children, Spencer said this while patching up MC when he was crying after scraping his knee. In the present time, Spencer tells him this again when MC cries after explaining his living situation.
  • Mr. Fanservice: All of the male main characters.
  • Multiple Endings: You can get good endings with someone or you can get bad endings with no one.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: It boils down to being on the tennis team and dating your teammates (and coach), but the writing makes the sport feel dynamic.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Just who is the person that molests MC? The worst part is that all we see is a dark shadowy figure, a silhouette with no name or appearance. In a world where humans and anthros exist, we don't even know what species this person is.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Appears to be a favored tactic for Darius when setting the MC up with someone.
    • In Coach Grifter's route he aggressively flirts with the MC and tricks him into suggestive positions to get the Coach's attention. It works.
    • In Spencer's route he takes it a step farther by having a friend straight up try to molest MC in the locker room in order to provoke Spencer into action. Extreme? Yes. Effective? Also yes.
  • Porn with Plot: With much more plot than porn. Of course, there is still plenty of Fanservice.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: More accurately, Psycho Ex-Wife, courtesy of Dianna, who tries to frame MC for assault and later breaks into Grifter's home.
    • Darius seems to have picked up at least two of these from his conquests, including Isaac, his costume designer. Emphasis on psycho.
  • Queer Romance: Male/male relationships.
  • Rated M for Manly: The men's physiques are ripped and it's surprising that they're playing tennis with the size of their bodies.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: There's a lot, considering this is a story-driven dating simulator and relationships can change depending on the choices you make on each route (heck, routes can change your outlook on an entire character), but there are a few constants to keep in mind.
    • MC is usually a Blue Oni, due to his role as a audience surrogate but is also calmer and more collected in most situations compared to most of his relationship choices.
    • Dozer is almost always a Blue Oni, being the calmest and more down to earth players on the team, as well as his hobbies with gardening. Just don't get him angry.
    • Chester is usually a Red Oni, due to his very open nature of the world of his interest and his anger issues.
    • Darius is almost always a Red Oni, mostly for his promiscuous nature and the mischief he causes within a lot of the routes, even his own.
  • Running Gag:
    • Chester accidentally hitting the ball to Coach's crotch.
    • Chester ending up the butt of the joke.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Or rather, "Not My Boyfriend." This is inverted, where MC tells Darius that he and Spencer are just friends.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Generally averted but played straight with the protagonist's math class which is frequently cancelled to allow the characters to do something else, to the point of Lampshade Hanging.
  • Shower of Love: Assuming the player made the proper choices, this is where MC and Chester end up making love for the first time together.
  • Sleek High Rise Apartment: In contrast to the rest of the cast, Darius lives in a large, well-furnished condominium paid for in part by his wealthy family.
  • Slice of Life: The overall theme of this novel.
  • Straight Gay: The main cast hardly shows any stereotypical traits.
  • Surprise Creepy: In Spencer's route, the moment where MC finds himself being molested by a stranger is very jarring compared to the lighthearted slice of life tone of the novel up until that point.
  • Themed Harem: All of the characters have different personalities but they are all on the same school tennis team.
  • Token Human: Defied. They're outnumbered 100 to 1 it seems, but they exist.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Darius is on the receiving end of this when his motorcycle is rigged to try to kill him by an ex-lover.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The person that Darius hires to molest MC is never named, shown, or heard from again after that moment.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: MC delivers one of these to Darius once he learns Darius had someone corner MC in the locker room and attempt to molest him in order to provoke Spencer and get him to admit his feelings. Granted, it worked, but it was still crossing a line.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: While it's implied that the story takes place in America, the game isn't very clear where in America it is.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Attempted by Dianna, Coach Grifter's ex-wife who hits MC and then throws themselves to the ground, accusing MC of assaulting them when Grifter arrived. This backfires when MC starts bleeding where she slapped him and Spencer coming around saying he saw the whole thing.

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