ScottishAnon, I made this posts: >>65146137 >>65146287 >>65146776
First I would like to say that I understand that there was suppose to be more things to eat than fish, but the town seems to heavily depend on fishing, even if other things can grow, that's why I said "barely" anything to eat besides fish. Maybe it was an exageration, but in the end this is really the least of the problems for someone trying to live in that place for long.
The thing about the dangers is... the world seems already pretty grim even without them. Even if there weren't any dangerous, I still wouldn't want to live in that village. Also, the CYOA tells us about the dangers in the village - but not dangers are outside of it, in the vast sea for instance, and the CYOA gives the feeling (true or not) that there are vastly more dangerous things out there.
Honestly, I would like to give you suggestion on how to make it comfier, but I have a hard time seeing it being comfy. If it were up to me, I would make a survivalist CYOA anyway.
The city already seems pretty much like a Purgatorio(the man in the ferry, crows usually eat dead things, the people from various places and disappearances etc) , so a CYOA about you having died and trying to escape the village seems more appropriate.
But I understand that you want to try a genre different than what you usually make.
But I don't known, even my first impression of the CYOA wasn't that it was about something comfy - maybe it was in part because you were the author, but seeing as a story about a dock town, my first association was with Innsmouth from Lovecraft.
I guess in a comfydark cyoa usually the first impression is that "this is great!", but there is a certain mystery of things that might be creepy and dangerous.
Your CYOA already starts looking pretty grim, and then we learn about one or other things that might make it a bit comfier - only to learn about more and more dangerous.[1/2]