All right, we have spent the better part of today messing around with the Hangout feature in Google+ as a means of doing this whole multi-person Hatoful thing, and the results are actually very encouraging! I think this is going to work, I really do.
Next weekend will be the real test, when I see if I can get the core Team Hatoful (that is, me/davidn/ravenworks/xaq, and possibly BudgieBin if I can work things out with her and she's good to commit to regular appearances and everything, that's still up in the air at this point, we'll see) together to do a runthrough of Anghel's otome route, mostly as a test of our overall dynamic/ability to work together as a group, and make casting decisions on the fly since only Sakuya and possibly Okosan are decided at this point. If that works (which I am actually very hopeful that it will,) then we're basically set to ... probably just ignore the HolidayStar demo, wait, and go into the full game blind, where the fun will truly begin.
The bad news is that this cuts down on the live audience portion, since I don't think there's a chat or anything, and therefore this will end up being more like an episodic broadcast show wherein the non-core audience members will just have to wait until we're done and watch the upload or something. On the other hand, if you thought feralmuse guest week in my Hatoful Streem was entertaining, today's tests have already confirmed that the dynamic with this many actual speaking hosts should really be something, and adding in text chat comments from the audience on top of the banter the hosts are exchanging with each other might actually have been too much anyway.
Anyway, today's experiments may have been a pre-test test just to make sure we're ready for the test, but I nevertheless find them very encouraging and am very excited about this project now.