Forgive me if I'm misunderstanding, but doesn't that mean that, by your definition, about 95% of the fangames on /fg/ shouldn't be called "fangames" because they aren't technically related to YN at all?
Of course, I'm probably just misreading what you wrote, but if not, that just seems unfair.>>12352>>12353
Now about FOG. I'd say just do what you think works best for it. Don't overthink shit, especially not the story. Just ask "does this work with the rest of the game" and if so, I'd say go with it.
I will say, a lot of recent fangames in my opinion tend to fuck up when it comes to "story". YN was certainly not clear, so I don't know why so many modern games are obsessed with creating an overly complicated story which can only be told through the same things YN already did for some reason. Things don't have to be so deep.
A lot of recent fangames later on in their lives tend to switch over to /og/ even though they're still essentially the same thing as YN. I still consider The Other Line to be a YN fangame even if the author doesn't. I feel it's just a cheap and lazy way at trying to make oneself known, like trying to take credit for YN by saying "This is my Dream Diary game, if you'll notice, my protag doesn't actually dream even though the principles are similar, so it's an entirely different game. Pay me." LISA: The First I'd even consider a YN fangame, which also spawned an RPG series that made the guy rich and now he's in hiding, but it just feels iffy because it's basically just YN but with the rape themes made explicit. Remember who you are and what you came from, etc.