Okay, to begin with it turns out I may have been wrong about AB blood. It'll raise her stress by only 1 at the end of each month, but it'll also give her 2 free points of Sensitivity at the same time. Not too bad.
With that out of the way, I'll start the proceedings with a basic rundown of the what I have available to me. First, the chats.
I'm an extremely
busy man, so I can only spend time with her once per month, under most circumstances. During those times, I could give her pocket money to reduce her stress, or I can scold her if her behaviour gets out of hand. Since I have no need of either at the moment, I'll just have a chat with her.
"What is it? There isn't really anything I'd like to talk about..."
Don't just blow me off! I'm only trying to connect with you! I only get this chance, like, once a month!
Maybe if I give her lots of food she'll like me more? This diet is the most expensive, and she'll gain lots of weight while on it, but it'll also up her constitution. This is important to do early, since it decreases the odds of her falling ill and gives her more HP in combat.
Oh, and the little devil guy is my faithful butler, Cube. He's a demon, but he's still loyal to me for some reason...
You know what's another neat way to get your daughter to like you? Take her shopping!
When winter comes around, it'll be important to have her dressed warmly. So I'm buying her a winter dress for that in advance. I'll buy her a summer dress closer to the appropriate time, and the really fancy
stuff when I can afford to.
And it'll be important to dress the part when she starts ingratiating herself with high society. Speaking of which... Susie!
I think it's time for you to make your societal début. You're 10 now; that's old enough to start making friends in high places!
It's certainly what this game seems to think. Now go up to the palace and introduce yourself!
"Good day, miss. What is your business here at the palace?"
"I've come to see the people here..."
"Ho ho! You want to make connections, eh? You're quite a modern woman... Well then! Let me give you some advice. The more important the person you talk to, the greater the effect on your reputation will be. However, important people won't easily agree to meet you."
"What should I do?"
As you can see, there's quite a list of people available to talk to. As you go further down the list, Susie will need a higher level of Decorum for the person in question to agree to meet you. If they blow her off for being a rough-tongued commoner, it also wastes the visit, of which she can only make one per month.
There is an exception to this, though. You will always be able to talk to the Jester. Doing so will actually decrease
Susie's popularity, although she'll get a boost to sensitivity in the process. Making friends with him may carry certain advantages...
But I'm not interested in taking advantage of that right now. As she has had no training in the proper etiquette, poor Susie can only talk to one other person on this list:
"I think grace and refinement are the most important qualities in a woman."
That's another thing about these visits. Although decorum will determine whether you'll get your conversation, it's another stat that determines how much of an impression she makes, and how much popularity she gains. Said stat is different for each person; for this guy, it's her refinement.
With 9 points of popularity for her efforts, it's time to move on to her schedule for the month.
Now, you can see the possible outcomes here. Since we're already quite far into the month, we've effectively already wasted some potential gameplay. Usually you'd want to make her birthday on the first of whatever month matches your chosen sign for her, but I'm playing honest here. Now, we could send her to school.
Schooling gives huge stat raises, but it's expensive. Those costs? They're per day
. And since you pick out tasks in thirds of a month, a week or so of classes will rack up an enormous bill. We plain and simply can't afford that... yet.
Or I could send her out adventuring. With low stats, and no equipment. Yeaaaaaaah, no.
Free time? Free time from what, exactly? I can't afford a vacation, and we really need more money around the house, so...
She's going to do some work. Working also gives stat gains (and losses...), but it also gives money. Except for housework. That's just practice. Now, farmwork gives the most money, and it'll raise her strength and constitution. I already mentioned how important the latter is, so let's go and use this schedule:
Like I said, you select them in units of about a third of a month. So our little Susie's going to spend a week being a cowgirl! How do you feel about that, Susie?
"Yay! Yahoo! Giddyup!"
That's the spirit! I'll hand you over to Farmer Bongor, then. Bongor... *snort*
"You say somethin'?"
Nope! Not me!
"Good. Now then lil' miss, I'm the boss of this farm - name's Bongor."*snort*
"I may own the land, but the crops still come from God.Work straight and hard, or I'll take it out of your hide."
"Relax, I don't mean nothin' by it. Besides, I'm sure that she'll..."
Not a single day's work completed, which means she didn't even get paid... Ouch...
C'mere, girl... it's okay... *hugs* At least you still got the stat boosts.
So then, I put it to you guys. Now that you know what's generally going on, what's your advice?