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For the album, see Hiveswap Friendsim (album).
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Hiveswap Friendship Simulator, or Hiveswap Friendsim, is a Hiveswap spinoff anthology of visual novels, written by a diverse group of writers, including Andrew Hussie, and primarily developed by David Turnbull in Ren'Py. The games are modelled on the style of the dating sim genre, styled as "friendship simulators" as the interactions had with the characters are platonic; this format follows in the footsteps of Andrew's previous dating simulator project featuring Homestuck characters, Namco High. The game features Hiveswap trolls first introduced by the Troll Call event, with whom the player interacts with in the persona of an unknown title character (potentially the MSPA Reader, acting as a nameless player substitute) who has crash-landed on Alternia. According to What Pumpkin, the format is a riff on the traditional dating sim; "The idea is, instead of trying to date a character, you just try to befriend them, and in the process, you get to know them better, and ridiculous things happen along the way." 

The Steam store page for the game describes the Hiveswap Friendsim as "loosely-canonical" with respect to the wider Hiveswap canon, and even the internal canon of the anthology is fuzzy, as events can vary depending upon player choices (despite this, some events from specific routes are referenced in later volumes). This is later explained to be at least partially due to a meddling influence.

The series is an anthology that was released in several volumes; its first installment was entitled "Hiveswap Friendship Simulator: Volume One". Each volume cost cost $0.99, with volumes beyond Volume 1 released individually as DLC. The first installment was introduced on April 13, 2018 in a surprise announcement on the What Pumpkin tumblr, in the immediate aftermath of a major company shakeup coinciding with the transfer of Homestuck and some related MSPA properties over to the Homestuck.com domain under the stewardship of Viz Media (although the project was reportedly in development long before this and the announcement was not directly linked). This post explained that the Friendship Simulator series was part of an immediate strategy to produce "smaller, fun, lightweight games that can be produced more quickly" between main acts of Hiveswap, as the company went through a period of transition.

The final episode and an epilogue, was released on December 14, 2018. A followup game that serves as a sequel, Pesterquest, was announced in August 2019 for an episodic release commencing in September of that year.

Volumes

Volume 1 was released on Steam on April 13, 2018. The game possesses an ESRB rating of Mature 17+, suitable for ages 17 and up, for containing "violence, blood and gore, and strong language."

On April 20, 2018, Volume 2 was announced in a festively dank post for a release one week later on April 27. Volume 3 followed in a surprise announcement and release on May 11. Volume 4 released on May 25th, followed by every new volume being released each two weeks except for Vol. 17 due to Thanksgiving, released the week after it.

Each of the Hiveswap Friendsim volumes has featured two characters from the Troll Call, with the exceptions of Volume 6 and Volume 18, which both spotlighted two in a single route. Other characters do occasionally make an appearance, with some previous characters returning for cameos or minor roles. By volume, Hiveswap Friendsim has featured:

Volume One Scormini.svg Ardata CarmiaArrius.svg Diemen Xicali
Volume Two Sagira.svg Amisia ErdehnGemrius.svg Cirava Hermod
Volume Three Taurist.svg Skylla KorigaVirus.svg Bronya Ursama
Volume Four Liga.svg Tagora GorjekTaurza.svg Vikare Ratite
Volume Five Leus.svg Polypa GoezeeSagimino.svg Zebruh Codakk
Volume Six Scornius.svg ElwurdGemnius.svg Kuprum and Gemittarius.svg Folykl
Volume Seven Scorgo.svg Remele NamaaqLepia.svg Konyyl Okimaw
Volume Eight Licer.svg Tyzias EntykkTaurra.svg Chixie Roixmr
Volume Nine Gemra.svg Azdaja KnelaxCaprinius.svg Chahut Maenad
Volume Ten Gempio.svg Zebede TongvaLibittarius.svg Tegiri Kalbur
Volume Eleven Scorist.svg Mallek AdalovViriborn.svg Lynera Skalbi
Volume Twelve Sagicer.svg Galekh XigisiLiblo.svg Tirona Kasund
Volume Thirteen Lelo.svg Boldir LamatiLicen.svg Stelsa Sezyat
Volume Fourteen Arittarius.svg Marsti HoutekCaprira.svg Karako Pierot
Volume Fifteen Leiborn.svg Charun KrojibVirmino.svg Wanshi Adyata
Volume Sixteen Aro.svg Fozzer VelyesCaprist.svg Marvus Xoloto
Volume Seventeen Virnius.svg Daraya JonjetSagicorn.svg Nihkee Moolah
Volume Eighteen Virsci.svg Lanque BombyxCapriun.svg Barzum and Caprimini.svg Baizli

Credits

Director
Producers
Writers
Character Artists
Colorist
Background Artists
Ending Illustrations
  • Danny Cragg - Volumes 1, 2, 6
  • Adrienne Garcia - Volumes 3, 5, 8
  • Gina Chacón - Volumes 4, 7, 9
  • Phil Gibson - Volumes 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18
  • Leland Goodman - Volume 12
  • Angela Sham - Volume 14
  • CJ Walker - Volumes 16, 18
  • Kim Quach - Volume 17
UI Designer
  • David Turnbull - All volumes
Musicians
Main article: Hiveswap Friendship Simulator Music
  • James Roach - Title Theme and Fanfares, Cirava's Theme, Amisia's Theme, Tagora's Theme, Folykl & Kuprum's Theme, Remele's Theme, Chixie's Theme, Chahut's Theme, Zebede's Theme, Mallek's Theme, Stelsa's Theme, Boldir's Theme, Karako's Theme, Marsti's Theme, Wanshi's Theme, Fozzer's Theme, Daraya's Theme, Nihkee's Theme, Special Theme, Lanque's Theme, Lanque's Other Theme, Soleil Twins Theme, Final Route Theme
  • Alexander Rosetti - Ardata's Theme, Diemen's Theme, Bronya's Theme, Vikare's Theme, Polypa's Theme, Zebruh's Theme, Tyzias' Theme, Azdaja's Theme, Tirona's Theme
  • Max "Imbrog" Wright - Skylla's Theme
  • Yan "Nucleose" Rodriguez - Elwurd's Theme
  • J. "CharredAsperity" Steven - Konyyl's Theme
  • Toby Fox - Tegiri's Theme, Lynera's Theme, Galekh's Theme, Charun's Theme
  • James Roach and Toby Fox - Marvus' Theme
Game Design and Programming
Quality Assurance

See also

Gallery

Hiveswap Friendship Simulator
The Player Mspa icon.png MSPA Reader
Befriendable Trolls
Volume One Scormini.svg Ardata CarmiaArrius.svg Diemen Xicali
Volume Two Sagira.svg Amisia ErdehnGemrius.svg Cirava Hermod
Volume Three Taurist.svg Skylla KorigaVirus.svg Bronya Ursama
Volume Four Liga.svg Tagora GorjekTaurza.svg Vikare Ratite
Volume Five Leus.svg Polypa GoezeeSagimino.svg Zebruh Codakk
Volume Six Scornius.svg ElwurdGemnius.svg Kuprum and Gemittarius.svg Folykl
Volume Seven Scorgo.svg Remele NamaaqLepia.svg Konyyl Okimaw
Volume Eight Licer.svg Tyzias EntykkTaurra.svg Chixie Roixmr
Volume Nine Gemra.svg Azdaja KnelaxCaprinius.svg Chahut Maenad
Volume Ten Gempio.svg Zebede TongvaLibittarius.svg Tegiri Kalbur
Volume Eleven Scorist.svg Mallek AdalovViriborn.svg Lynera Skalbi
Volume Twelve Sagicer.svg Galekh XigisiLiblo.svg Tirona Kasund
Volume Thirteen Lelo.svg Boldir LamatiLicen.svg Stelsa Sezyat
Volume Fourteen Arittarius.svg Marsti HoutekCaprira.svg Karako Pierot
Volume Fifteen Leiborn.svg Charun KrojibVirmino.svg Wanshi Adyata
Volume Sixteen Aro.svg Fozzer VelyesCaprist.svg Marvus Xoloto
Volume Seventeen Virnius.svg Daraya JonjetSagicorn.svg Nihkee Moolah
Volume Eighteen Virsci.svg Lanque BombyxCapriun.svg Barzum and Caprimini.svg Baizli
Supporting Characters Doc ScratchLusiiMother Grub
Locations AlterniaOutglutArdata's hiveBrooding cavernsOld WatchtowerClown ChurchDoc Scratch's Tower
Related Concepts HiveswapPesterquestTrollTroll CallFriendsim Music
Volumes Volume OneVolume TwoVolume ThreeVolume Four
Volume FiveVolume SixVolume SevenVolume Eight
Volume NineVolume TenVolume ElevenVolume Twelve
Volume ThirteenVolume FourteenVolume Fifteen
Volume SixteenVolume SeventeenVolume Eighteen
Epilogue
Hiveswap and Hauntswitch
Playable Kids Joeysymbol.png Joey ClaireJudesymbol.png Jude Harley
Playable Trolls Ariborn.svg Xefros TritohTaurcer.svg Dammek
Supporting Humans BabysitterPa HarleyA. ClaireMysterious Cult
Supporting Trolls Picen.svg Trizza TethisCridea Jeevik
Troll Call Trolls Licer.svg Tyzias EntykkScorist.svg Mallek AdalovVirnius.svg Daraya JonjetCapriun.svg Barzum SoleilCaprimini.svg Baizli SoleilSagicorn.svg Nihkee MoolahCaprinius.svg Chahut MaenadArrius.svg Diemen XicaliTaurist.svg Skylla KorigaGemittarius.svg Folykl DaraneGemnius.svg Kuprum MaxlolSagira.svg Amisia ErdehnLeus.svg Polypa GoezeeLibittarius.svg Tegiri KalburLiblo.svg Tirona KasundViriborn.svg Lynera SkalbiScornius.svg ElwurdSagicer.svg Galekh XigisiTaurza.svg Vikare RatiteLelo.svg Boldir LamatiGemrius.svg Cirava HermodLiga.svg Tagora GorjekScormini.svg Ardata CarmiaCaprist.svg Marvus XolotoAro.svg Fozzer VelyesLicen.svg Stelsa SezyatVirmino.svg Wanshi AdyataVirus.svg Bronya UrsamaTaurra.svg Chixie RoixmrSagimino.svg Zebruh CodakkGemra.svg Azdaja KnelaxLepia.svg Konyyl OkimawCaprira.svg Karako PierotArittarius.svg Marsti HoutekVirsci.svg Lanque BombyxScorgo.svg Remele Namaaq
Other TesseractThe Lone GunbirdsGreen shadow monstersImperial DroneZoosmellCornibusterDoc Scratch
Concepts TrollExtended ZodiacCherub PortalAbilitechChittrScythianAchievements
Locations (Earth) HauntswitchHalf-Harley Manor
Locations (Alternia) OutglutDammek's hiveXefros' hive
Acts Hiveswap: Act 1Hiveswap: Act 2
Additional Media Hiveswap Friendship Simulator (Vol. 1Vol. 2Vol. 3Vol. 4Vol. 5Vol. 6Vol. 7Vol. 8Vol. 9Vol. 10Vol. 11Vol. 12Vol. 13Vol. 14Vol. 15Vol. 16Vol. 17Vol. 18Epilogue)

HomestuckPesterquest

Works by Andrew Hussie
MS Paint Adventures JailbreakBard QuestProblem Sleuth (Midnight Crew)HomestuckRyanquest
Team Special Olympics BlurbScriblettesWhistlesAnd It Don't StopNeon Ice Cream Headache
Videogames Namco HighHiveswapHiveswap Friendship SimulatorPesterquest
Other Barty AndersonJandrew EditsWizardologyParadox SpaceThe Homestuck EpiloguesHomestuck^2: Beyond Canon
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