Keeping the update train rolling

It’s Sunday again, folks! You know what that means… You don’t? Neither do I. Anyway, let’s get cracking on that weekly update.

Wordcount: 51,000; I actually got no writing done until today. I think I did roughly 300 of the 5,000 in the first six days of the week. My plan is to finish writing Zuri’s route this week and knock out Sol’s next week.

Plot: So… remember when I said that we were going to have a yuri route? Well, as I was getting further and further in the route… I just didn’t feel it. They are making good friends, but that spark of romance just doesn’t seem to be developing between them. Unlike last time when I kept trying to shoehorn it in with a sledgehammer, I’m going to go ahead and let them be friends. Zuri’s route is now a friendship route and the game can put on its otome frock now…

Music: We’ve been licensing a few new songs to help make things sound a little more epic.

CG: There has been a new addition to our CG artist lineup. I want to take a moment and welcome Jason to the project.

Sprites: …what? They were all done last week.

Coding: I’ve begun the long and arduous process of adding in all of the music and sprites to the game. Wish my poor brain luck with this dull task.

Misc: Once I finish up Zuri’s route and getting the sprites added, I will be looking for testers and proofreaders once again. Expect to see that request next week.

That’s it for now. No pretty art update this week. Stay tuned for more excitement and whatnot as we are roughly a month from release.

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The video of the post is dedicated to my having to strike the yuri route.

To the future that awaits

Today, five years ago, I released my first game on ren’py. While technically not my first visual novel developed (I worked on my own engine and with Blade Engine prior), it was the first I made and released to the world. Today, I take a moment to celebrate being an active developer in this community for five years. No big contests this year, no new releases. I just wanted to take a moment and raise a toast to those developers we’ve lost over the years to the forces of the universe. There is almost nobody left of that generation still making games alongside us today. Even I feel the pull of the world upon me, having gone from an unemployed bum to an instructor engineer.  Yet, I fear for EVNs naught. I see the young’ins of today and have faith that the stories of tomorrow will be bigger and better than those that inspired me as a young, unemployed man years ago.

Cheers, mates, to the novels that have seen the light of day and those that await us.

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Bland and unfilling

Weekly update:

Word count: We had an inspection this week at work. Between the long hours and the constant exaustion, nothing got done. Yeah… I’d apologize for not getting anything done on the script, but my day job pays for all of this. It gets priority.

Sprites: All of the sprites are now done!

CG: No updates on the CGs

Music: We’ve added a few more tracks. They’re pretty good, I think you all will enjoy them.

…yeah. Not a whole lot to update today. I’ve got a few things I need to look into after getting back a few reviews of the script, but overall things are going quite well.

…so. Yeah. Not sure what else to say here. Stay tuned next week when I have something substantial to say. Until then, here is a piece of pretty art with the two route characters so you won’t burn my house down for such a paltry update.

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I’m going to blame listening to the video of the week for my lack of motivation after work.

Go Go Gadget Weekly Report

Another week, another weekly report. I was hoping we’d get some questions so I could have a fun ranting session, but things are rather quiet. They’ve been rather quiet around here as well. Every week can’t be as action-packed as last week was.Wordcount: 46,000, I had to rewrite some scenes, so my weekly wordcount was roughly 7k. Not bad for me, especially since I was sick for several of those days. I finally hit the first ending to the script (one of the bad endings). I’d say I’m maybe 20k from the ending of Zuri’s route. After that, I’ll start working on Sol’s route. Fortunately or unfortunately, I like to craft each route to be unique for each character. Subtle changes here and there along the “common route” that help make each character’s story unique and worth not skipping over. That’s why I like writing kinetic novels; it can get ugly as the differences stack up. I’m running short on time, but I think I still have this. I don’t think 3 hr playtime is going to be accurate any more. Maybe 3-4 per route…

Sprites: Sprites are almost completed. 8/9 are done.

CG: No updates for this week

Script: It’s that time again when I start looking for help to check my script and tell me just how batty nuggets I am. If you are interested in getting that early sneak peak and helping me out, let me know.

Misc: We will officially be putting out a port for Android. Komi has taken the time to figure out RAPT.

Since we are getting closer to release (45 days out), I suppose it is time to do a showing of our current GUI and whatnot. I’m still working on getting side-by images setup. Totally decreasing the number of winged characters in the next game…

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As always, if you have any comments, concerns, questions, or curiosities, feel free to throw them my way. Since comments are disabled, you’ll have to go to the LSF thread or e-mail me at chief (at) idhasstudios(dot)com.

And I didn’t do a video of the post last week! I bring great shame upon my family. There is only one way I can make this up… STAR WARS DANCE OFF!

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I remember this exists… most of the time

Time for that weekly update! I’ve been updating the LSF thread on the updates to Rising Angels: Reborn, so I figured I might as well bring the blog back up to speed. However, I am not enabling comments again because it was a pain sorting through the 99.99999% that were spam comments. If you want to talk about it, please head over to the LSF thread.

Wordcount: 41,000
-This is so much longer than I was intending, but the story is rolling very nicely. I’d say the script is at about the 60% complete for the first route. Editing for the next block of script should be starting soon. I’m going to say that the finished story will probably be around 80-90k.

Backgrounds: All done!

GUI: Coded and done. I would like to give a moment of thanks to SundownKid for putting in the hard work required for this. One of the (many) complaints with previous works was that there wasn’t a unique GUI and it didn’t fit the size of the game. That’s one problem solved! One of the awesome things being added to this project is a database of terms, planets, species, ect to help our newcomers. While some things are still woven into the story, I’m trying to combat the info dumps… with codexs of info. Various things will be unlocked as you go through the story.

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CG: Remember when I said at the start of this that I’d do CGs when hell froze over? Well, guess what? It’s subzero here in my office now. I’d like to welcome [url=http://fieru-ri.deviantart.com/]fieru-ri[/url], our new CG artist. While there may not be a lot of them, Rising Angels: Reborn will have CG!

Sprites: Progress on sprites is moving along at a good pace. Several sprites are done. Here’s an example of the awesome art you can expect in the final story.

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Okay, I think that wraps up this week’s updates. I’ve probably forgotten something, but that’s why I always welcome questions and comments. Contrary to popular belief, I do listen to suggestions. I haven’t even gone on any depressing emo rants this development since I was politely asked to stop.

Where is Pyrite Heart’s page?

Thanks to finally having someone on the team who knows how to do website stuff, we are in the middle of setting up an actual website for the game. I’ll be updating that and a few other things here in the upcoming future. IDHAS is hard at work trying to make one helluva release.

And since I didn’t do a video of the post for the last one, gotta do one for this!

You can find it at www.winged-cloud.com

Brakes released! Rising Angels launches!

Rising Angels is the story of Faye Moonfallow, her squad of somewhat loveable misfits, and their dreams of becoming officers in the Katajion Defense Force. However, before they can get there, they have to first pass the rigorous Space Sector Academy. Life is rough, non-stop, and the danger of getting the boot is ever-present. Can Faye and her squad overcome the challenges posed to them or will the group destroy itself in chaos?

-1920×1080 resolution
-Kinetic Novel
-5 to 6 hours of story
-Yuri
-Rated R for cursing and suggestive themes
-Our lovely OP sung by Azura

Download link
-Version 1.0, 277MB

Screenshots:


Never dead

Hello, folks! Chief here to give you the latest and greatest updates!

There are none.

Really. Let’s go down the project list.

Rising Angels: Completed a couple weeks ago, but since I’m waiting on backgrounds and CG, I’ve refrained from releasing. There won’t be any more progress for a while since it depends solely on getting those done.

Beyond Fading Stars (the sequel to Rising Angels): Initial development has been started, but there isn’t a lot to talk about right now. Sprites are being commissioned and everything else will follow. I’m waiting until there is a larger pool of information to share before I open up that particular mystery. Arseniquez will be returning as sprite artist. I guess I can show a little bit of that development…

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Whispered Voyages: Finished, but became a private release. Once the hold order expires in a couple months, it will release.

The Edge of Magic: I’ve handed over all responsibility to Asagi.

And there you go. Waiting on art assets. I’ve taken up a freelancer position with Neko-soft on their otome game, but I’m not sure how much I can talk about that at this time. I’ve also been considering writing reviews for EVN in the meantime, but I’m on the fence about it.

That’s all I wanted to say. I’m not dead, just waiting. Chief out!

 

Top Gun

As we move forward with Whispered Voyages, I’ve been thinking a lot about how certain characters were portrayed in Anton’s Vacation. Over the next couple weeks to release, I want to take a little bit of time and talk about the ones who are facing both major sprite changes or major character changes. Sometimes a little bit of both, as with today’s character.

Today’s character is Sylvania Logivechk, one of the longest standing characters in the series. As I’ve talked about before, Syl is very strange in that her core personality has never really faltered or changed. However, Anton’s Vacation was a bad moment when her outer shell was shown a lot more than the reason she is by far my most favorite female character from the series. Let’s go into some depth on that.

First thing that should jump out at you is the radical differences in the sprite itself. AV was so far off canon when it came to that we might as well have been talking about Lord of the Rings. Syl wore glasses, a schoolgirl uniform, green eyes, very big breasts, very wispy hair, and a stance that was very out of place for her. The sprite was just utterly wrong for Syl, but we used it because that was what we had at the time. Out of all of the characters, Syl’s sprite underwent the most changes. Changes that made her both canon and fell better within how she composes herself.

If there is one thing I loath from AV, it is how Syl was portrayed. To me, Syl is the model. She’s determined, ingenuous in matters both physical and emotional, and a team player. She can be forceful when the situation calls for it; I always picture her walking along side Anton, stepping in front when danger lurks or falling back when they enter the political arena. Falling back, but always there to step in. Almost always, Syl will hold back and gather the facts, using moderation when unexpected situations arise.

What she isn’t is a clingy servant of Anton. The thing that seemed to be missing from Anton’s Vacation is the badarseness that makes Syl herself. There was the closeness with Anton that came from three years of living alongside him night and day, but it didn’t have the feel that I wanted. They weren’t two close friends who had been through hell together, it was a shy girl who couldn’t express her feelings. Good story, I often enjoy it, not Syl’s story. While that is a facet of their relationship in the story, I focused a little too closely on it. What I want to do is show the relationship before I try forcing the changes down the reader’s throat.

Well, that’s it. Major sprite changes and more badarseness for Syl. Stay tuned for our next entry on either Ai Onday or Sora Doichu.

 

And for the video of the post, let’s pay tribute to a legend almost as big as Anton.

Winners of the Dreams of the Skies Contest

It has been a long, long day of misery and woe for me, but at least there is one bright spot in the day! Time to announce our winners for the contest. The reviews will be a little late coming due to my being at home for less than two hours a day, but we can announce the winners now at least!

Before I get into this, I want to thank everyone who participated. This project meant a lot to me. Dreams of the Skies holds a very dear place in my heart. To have people participate in this contest is something that I can’t express into words. All I can say is thank you so much and I hope you continue to support our work as we move forward.

Art Contest:
A common thing I noticed in this category was a lack of theme. In the end, theme was the determining factor between first and second. Third and fourth was also an incredibly close race. I mean it was decided by a hair. Hours were consumed debating 3rd, whose art was clearer and had a slightly more artistic impact, and 4th, who was the only person to nail the theme perfectly. Honestly, if I could have split 3rd and 4th, I would have. The final decision came down to my assistant. When we release the review this weekend, we will get into the exact debate that went on.

1st Place:

Ugly-Ink

2nd Place:

Killaflip

3rd Place:

silverlynx69

Writing contest:
Writing was very easy to determine first. While I absolutely adored every entry in here, 1st was grammatically sound and had wonderful emotional impact. The theme was easy to see as well. 2nd and 3rd had a close contest similar to the art’s. Emotional impact was what tipped the scales here. I personally loved Hope, hell I was very interested in reading what would be an interesting series, but Happy had that emotional factor that swayed the other judges.

1st Place:

Shaddochi

2nd Place

Don Jones
3rd Place
Marley Jones

To those who won, you should be receiving messages from me shortly. The review will be posted up sometime this weekend; I’ll post it here as well as on my site. For those of you who are interested, there will also be a talk about the revival and merger of Echo Disks, Anton’s Vacation, and Anima.