A downloadable visual novel for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android

Yet Another Gay Visual Novel from Echo Project

In A Role to Play, an armored fellow of varying potential names must escort a princess through a besieged kingdom to safety, accompanied by several colorful, non-human companions. 

Of course, that's only half the story.

Our real protagonist, Danny, has spent the past year recovering from a life-threatening incident that left him severely injured. Nearing his 21st birthday, and with some pressuring from his father, he leaves the solitude of his home to meet up with a local group of tabletop gamers at his town's library. A newcomer to tabletop, Danny finds that his new friends are about as unusual as the characters they play in-game.

Ultimately, ARtP is a gay, branching visual novel about roleplay, identity, and escapism. There are three main "routes" for this story, with each route being associated with a certain character. Those familiar with other Echo Project titles (Echo, Adastra, The Smoke Room, Arches) will be right at home with this framework.

  • A narrative that explores escapism, roleplaying, and all the weird gay stuff that goes with it
  • Two distinct art styles separating roleplay from reality
  • Three routes with varying choices for replayability
  • Original soundtrack by Abyuse, Anthemics, and Hop-skip and the Chewtoys
  • Monthly updates via itch.io
  • CW: Adult themes, drug and alcohol use, strong language, sexual references, violence

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StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, Android
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(158 total ratings)
AuthorEcho Project
GenreVisual Novel
TagsBara, Coming Of Age, Dark, Fantasy, Furry, Gay, Monsters, orc, Queer, Yaoi
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_NonCommercial v4.0 International
Average sessionA few seconds


A Role to Play (0.03) - PC Version 302 MB
A Role to Play (0.03) - Mac Version 297 MB
A Role to Play (0.03) - Linux Version 295 MB
A Role to Play (0.03.B) - Android Version 318 MB

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I'm curious if this is going to be updated? I can't find much information on release updates. 

This has to be one of the most compelling visual novels I've played, and it isn't even finished. <3

A question, is the MC human or anthro?


Well, as far as I know everyone's human in this story, except when they're doing the tabletop game.


For a first look, this is pretty nice. 

Would definitely play on if updates come out.


The android version always crashes for me i have ni idea why


Damn, now I understand why everyone's so pumped up for this. It's really that good. This has such a great potential and probably would be one of the most memorable VN's I would ever read, especially if it continues.


oh my god i need to hug wazzy so bad

I feel you dude. I feel you.


This is an amazing game, but it seems to be deserted even in their patreon. Would love to see it growth and be updated, both the story and charachter design are amazing, pls keep developing this astonishing game.


I don't comment on Itch games very frequently, since it's so easy to run through them one after another, giving into that endless well of unhealthy content consumption we all love to indulge in. I played A Role to Play just about 3 days ago, and it still hasn't left my mind. I keep thinking about absolutely everything about it. Firstly, i'm a gay TTRPG nerd, and this is a vn about gay TTRPG nerds. That was already enough to drag me in. Then, I met the main character and the rest of the cast, and it was enough to completely blow me away. I'm disabled. I am not disabled to the extent that the main character is, but I still am, and it just means so much to me to see this and an experience similar to mine and the way people treat you and the way you treat yourself as you struggle and try to heal inside even when you cant heal outside.  I don't know how to structure my thoughts beyond this ramble but i love Tucker and I love Wazzy and I love Megan and I just love everything. To conclude, Wazzy is my darling son and I will protect him with my life.


dude not to sound like a idiot but is this like a gay romance game?? 


the mc is canonically gay so IM PRETTY SURE 

im giggling like an idiot because of this comment ehjelpe


this was absolutely lovely but my main takeaway is that i have a debilitating need to date tucker and wazzy is literally me. but wazzy and tucker shouldnt date probably. only the LITERAL literal me should date him. his autism swag has captivated me


omg I NEED more of this one. I really loved how it started and really wanna go through it all


same, the DnD aspect and potential bara and stuff is really interesting.


so! man, I really wanna badly get to know the characters better and even see where the DnD will end

When are you going to release the next update to this visual nove?


It's seems kinda deserted. Hoping there will be an update about it soon though.


looks good so far! the characters are charming and the art style is lovely. can't wait for more updates :)

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When are you going to Post the next update to this Visual Novel?


Just read the novel looks nice so far 

Was a bit shorter than what I expected

Like we didn't even get introduced to the whole cast


Looks good so far. Covers things most VN's do not with an MC that is also different. It's a nice change.

So, uh, problem.  It won't work.  I'm an android user, and when I attempt to open the game, it will just close out automatically.  When it does open, and I press start, it gets stuck on the black screen for a sec before closing.  And if I'm really lucky, I'll get past the black screen, to the part where the radio guy talks about the temperature, then it'll close.  I haven't gotten past that part because of this issue.  Along with that, any time I try to open options, or try to use the little options down at the bottom when text is on the screen, the game immediately closes.  I can't play, anyone know why this is happening?  I've tried everything, allowing things to be downloaded, clearing cache, uninstalling then reinstalling, nothing works.


Honestly I think that's an issue with the device itself because I just managed to open it on my phone, given mine is Android 11 my exact phone is a MotoE6 but try it with another device (if possible) otherwise keep trying I had a similar issue with another VN and just had to brute force my way into playing it.

Love this, can't wait for the next build :)


All that fuss going on with D&D isn't impacting this at all is it?


Is there any NSFW in it?


maybe, but no in this current patch


A role to play -32 Does not even open. the safe for work opens but the not safe for work does not open.


Good afternoon.

There is no safe for work / not safe for work variants of A Role to Play, so you might have us mixed up.

- McSkinny


No I didn't mix you up lol. Im also a pateron of yours. I wish I can send you a picture so you can see what im talking about.

Sushi on salami XD 

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Love the set up. Hope MC gets some prosthetics or something down the track. Seeing that reaction from his dad is heartbreaking. You'd think he'd have adjusted after a year but I guess not..

Can't wait for more of this!


I liked this a lot, very short (since I just played the demo) but I really like the cast and Wazzy is so far my fave, yeah he gets the most screentime but he's a lot of fun. I like how much of a spitfire he is. Megan's also real interesting just with how she ran with her character. I have other things but they'd touch on spoiler stuff so  gotta end it here.


Hop-Skip and the Chewtoys ftw, hell yeah


Furry VN theory 

If you think about it isn't all echo project game tecnicaly is connected in the same universe, since in adastra there is millions of planets, this vn alone can just be placed in another unknown planet on adastra universe 


Quick question, will this be furry related or will all of the characters remain human throughout the entire story?



Seems a normal modern world with all the furry aficionados. Anything non-human loving I expect will only be in campaign. I can't imagine it'll get spicy at the table but perhaps romance and fanfiction might be written down the track. Twinky Orc. Illithid Tentacles. Fuzzybutt Satyr and Scalie Dragonborn seem to be the picks judging by the artwork.


But who are the artists?

Sprites and/or background i mean


they r credited in the files !!!! 

Hmmm a new novel from Echo project? Oh boi, here we go ;)


hes not introduced yet but i feel as if the guy with the lizard-like guy and bearded guy will be my favorite. the goblin guy is cool too though.


B e a r d e d   M a n <3


Just from this build alone, Wazzy is already my favourite character.

This is a very interesting concept, I'm looking forward to the next update


The oil painting filter joke, wazzy giving me awkward bitch IRL representation, and the hell kitchen sound affect playing are all giving me LIFE 10/10


Wazzy would be the best person to do weird movie night over discord with.

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I've come to expect some degree of trauma from your writing, but I wasn't prepared at all for the mention of the SBF from a character who looks like Pat

Seriously though, great to see a new project in the works! Excited to see where this goes


Oh c'mon, he's more Matt than Pat!

- McSkinny


This is so friggin good so far!! Can already tell I'm gonna love these characters 


Usually, I am against the creation of several games at the same time, I think it is penalizing for a writer. However, I see that only one person on the Echo team is working on this one. Echo Project is a team of several people. 

Im gonna try this one too. Thanks for making it.


And the musicians and artists (the picture making kind).

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Is this staying just a role-playing story or is this going to go in some Knights of Pen and Paper shenanigans?

Reading on either way.


Ngl, the town's setting is giving me echo-related-anxiety x3


Will this vn involve romance and such?

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