It's been a while since I last posted... Mainly because my beautiful life has gotten way busier.... and I spent 5 or so weeks on this update... XD I'm graduating this year as some of you may know... and this is the year that I'm really paying for my mistakes.
Celestial Dance had been held back quite a bit since I have been trying to bring my marks up, but I've caught up. :) I was feeling stressed out to the point where I couldn't sleep, and I wasn't dreaming.
So, either way I'm going to try my best to work on it as much as I can for the next little while, and hopefully get it out of the way for the release date. ^_^
So for this update, I'm going to tie up some loose ends with you guys. I really need some people to vote on these things so I can plot them out accordingly~!
So this update will be half getting your opinion, and giving you some in-depth updates about the completed aspects game.
Your high school is one of the steps to being able to get married. (yay?) It is the year of drama, boyfriend etc. etc.
I've got it ALL figured out.... except for one thing...
THAT'S right. I need your input as to how the classes work... or rather... which two classes would you WANT to take in the school.
Marriage and Romance
So of course, I got this better than I usually do, but use this poll to tell me how you want the system to work.
Of course, I've been trying to do as many clothes as possible. Right now, I've been making the first frame of the animation, and saving them for later. Until I finish every single outfit design, I will not be completing any of the animations :)
The reason for this... I'm lazy XD
I'll do it later.
There will be LESS clothing for children rather than for teens and adults. I am conflicted as to whether or not the styles will carry over. (meaning if you bought simply spring in the child or pre-teen years, you will get to wear it also for the teen years but in an alternate style? idk)
So first we have the final addition to the 'Simply Series'. This is 'Simply Winter'. She wears a faux fur hood with purple snow pants and headband.
One of the decisions I've had to make for Celestial Dance, now that I've reached this point in the game... was I had to decide whether or not to carry on the simply series onto the teens.
Now, don't get me wrong, you will be seeing new 'simply' outfits. I'm not CERTAIN if I'm bringing over Lovely... let alone winter, spring, summer or fall.
I have decided, however, to bring the simply series over to create a new set for the teen year.
What you will see below is an outfit titled 'Simply authentic'. It currently replaces the role of simply lovely in the teen years as the default outfit.
You will be wearing this in the start of your teen year, and you can change whenever.
It has been fully animated, and is now in the editing/testing stage. (It looks fine animated in the game ^_^)
Now continuing on with the child clothing stuff...
Obviously, with the completion of the child Simply series, I now have to show you the other outfits that will make up the rest.
The child clothing line will consist of six more outfits and then I'm moving onto the teen line.
The teen line will feature many more outfits, so the remainder of the child line is the following:
The _______ Series
Two more finite outfits
So, we're going to cut down that number by showing one of the two finite outfits.
It is based off of Max Tate's outfit from Beyblade V-force. You can buy it from S-union.
The bug catching system has been been perfected as far as I can see. It has yet to be fully completed, but the main segment has been done. So far, the only bugs are butterflies.
There are common types that appear more than others. Right now, Yellow is the only completed colour of all the butterflies. (Sleepy orange, common, tiger... etc.)
Basically, you equip the bug net, and you can either miss or catch a random bug. there is a 1 in 2 chance that a butterfly will appear every time you enter a map.
The bugs don't get you a TON of money, but there a so many of them, you can get a decent amount from them.
Remember, when you're a kid, there isn't much you can do to earn money since you cannot cook.
Celestial Dance: Destiny Revolution
I have some bitter-sweet news for you all. Midnight and I have decided that Destiny Revolution has become too much like Shift the tide with the same characters, etc.
The entire basis of Destiny Revolution will be scrapped.
There will be only one or two characters that will be the same as Shift the tide.
The other thing is that DR will be managed by me... but most likely will be put on hiatus until this game (Shift the tide) is complete :)
NOTHING for you guys to freak out over. We're going to finish CD:STT before DR ^_^
It's going to be changed up once it's started up again though~
As you know, there are numerous love interests that marry and have children.
The main couple of the game is Andy and Roxie, and our second favorite is Cindy and Tyrone. I am saying right now, you will NOT be seeing any of the children until you play the game. I will tell you about them though :3
CIRCE: (SIR-see) Cindy and Tyrone's daughter. She's quiet and takes after her mother. She looks a lot like Cindy, but has that charm of her father.
RYE: Roxie and Andy's daughter. She has Max's hair colour and light blue eyes. She is compassionate like Andy ,and takes on his bravery. She is generally happy, but calm.
HERA: Kandi and Jay's daughter. She is lively and well mannered. She despises candy from her mom's candy store. Her middle name is cinnamon.
SPARK: Piro and Kyler's son. He's got the selflessness of Piro and the silence of Kyler.
DALE: Tristan and Tytannia's son. He has the determination of his mother and typically scares Tristan.
DAI: Anastasia and Damion's son. He's quiet like Damion and fairly resentful.
STORM: Leo and Tai's son. He's strong willed and proper. He's generally like his father with the leadership of his mom.
LAVERNA: The default name for the hero's eldest daughter.
PHOENIX: The default name for the hero's eldest son
GEMINI: The default name for the hero's younger daughter.
SPARROW: The default name for the hero's younger son.
So here are some of the character sprites I've been working on :) Hopefully they're satisfactory!
Yes, Andy and Max dress alike including their hair style... They're best friends XD
I may redraw their hair... but this is actually one I got from Backwater before it shut down :( I edited Max's, and drew both of their clothing.
Well.... the progress is somewhat hard to map... so...
I am 80% completed the trick or treating system for Scary night. I just have to complete Leo's house (which will take me 2 seconds once I find Leo's dad) Add in the kids around the town, and find a way to return home. It's not a huge deal. Honestly... it'll take 10 minutes to finish.
As for the pumpkin patch:
It is 99% complete. I just have to finish up Julie (Mom's) Dialogue and we're good. There are three different events you can see: Child, Pre-teen and teen. Sadly, the dialogue is cut short, so it's not a long cut scene. It's sweet none the less.
Lover's day is still being worked on. The basis of it is complete, but the date aspect is still in the works. I'm currently only working towards the child and pre-teen completion... but we'll see :)
New years is also completed it's basis. I haven't completed the actual event, but rather the town square. Everyone talks. You will gain friendship with everyone if you attend.
The entirety of the year transitions have been decided as well as the general plotline. They will be written by the end of this update (I've been officially been writing this update for 4 weeks ._.)
SO I'm going to do a section that outlines what happens during year transitions.
The chapter system was adopted from Artists Canvas recently. The system was in place from the beginning of the game, but I used to refer to them as "Year 1" and "Year 2". But the years are actually differing throughout the game. So I now call it "Chapters"
So, the years are quite a jump as you can see:
Child (8) -> Preteen (13)
Preteen(13)-> Teen (16)
Teen(16) -> Young adult (22)
Young adult (22) -> Adult (27???)
So the ONLY introduction you will not see is the Child year, since you start in it.
The preteen year will be introduced with the changes that happened over the past few years and will be the first cutscene you will see of age transitions. It will have a narration of what is going on.
Things that will be included is:
-Changes in the town
-Changes in your character
-People moving in/out
-A change in relationships.
You will have a randomized inventory, meaning you will gain items on a random note every year. it won't be set, it will literally just give you about 10 different items to show a passage of time.
In the teen year, there is a chance that I may make all of the previous outfits disappear from your inventory.
So far, ALL the chapters end after 1 year of game play with the exception of the adult year... which I believe will end in two (since it is the last chapter)
Remember, there are 28-30 days per month and 12 months.
In total, you have 12 months per chapter and 5 chapters (Adult with an extra year) So you have lots of time.
The game will end after the second year of the adult year. After this point, you will receive a SPECIAL cut scene. It is custom to what your decisions were in life. In the end, it shows what happens to every character end ends off with a group of drawn images. The story ends happily and everything is complete. Shortly after the cut scene, the credits will roll and the game will come to a close.
it will end and go back to the title screen.
At this time, you may start from your last save, or start another game in either the same or a different file.
Unfortunately, due to programming issues to do with the shifting of the weeks, I will not be able to continue the game after the game ends. The game is long enough, that I'm certain most of you will not finish it ;)
Each chapter, you have a main task:
Child- Develop personality and relationships
Pre-teen- Earn a crush and finish up all childhood tasks.
Teen- Do well in school, GET SOMEONE TO FALL FOR YOU.
Young Adult- Try to get married
Adult- work towards the birth of your second child and finish the story line.
The adult year I can see to be the most pointless, and I know some of you will not want to play through two years to the end. That's why I have added a bunch of freedoms for the adult year. You will have to discover them yourself though :)
The unfortunate part about this year is the idea that it is indeed the last year, so most will lose the will to play through until the end. The ending is ALWAYS happy, and changes depending on your choices... Hopefully someone will play until the end ^_^; I know I won't XD
Celestial Dance Nationalities
I know a couple people wonder about the nationalities of the characters of Celestial Dance, and where the game takes place.
Araysia does not have a specific location, since the entire region is made up, but if it WERE to exist, it would be somewhere in north America, Europe or possibly an alternate universe of Japan.
Usually anime style drawings = Japanese, but the group from this area are a fairly large mix.
Samantha, Kory, Anastasia and Andy Valitrov:
All members of the Valitrov family are of Russian decent. Andy and Anastasia, like their parents, grew up in the pure lands and therefore do not share the culture.
Maximilian, Roxanne, Celeste and James Destiny:
Celeste is indeed of American/Canadian decent. There have been hints of Japanese in their lineage.
Tyrone and Lia Kirimura:
Tyrone and Lia are strictly Japanese in decent. It is unsure what Tyrone's father was when it comes to nationality, so it is unclear as to whether or not Tyrone is Mixed
Leo and Julius Draco:
They are both 100% Chinese. Leo's mother is also Chinese. Leo, like most of the other kids, were raised in Araysia.
Tristan Mallory and Lara:
Tristan is half Japanese and half German. Lara is German and his father seemed to have been from Japan, but his father is never mentioned.
Tai and her dad:
Tai and her family is from England. There is no specifics as to what part they come from. Unlike most of the children, Tai lived abroad for the main part of her life.
Tytannia and her family:
Tytannia and her never seen family are from Florida USA.
Being Leo's cousin, she is half Chinese and half Korean.
Piroline and Scarlet:
Both girls are Australian by decent.
Connor is Japanese, and therefore nots fully related to Piro and Scar.
Miss Suzie is Canadian of Quebecois decent.
Cindy is Canadian through her mother. Whether she is mixed or not is unknown.
Face set Revamps
A lot of revamps have been scheduled for the next little bit. Here is just a sampler of a few I have completed.
I know I've reused this picture a lot, but it's come in handy :3
So the one you will be seeing today will be Cindy :)
I drew her once for fun and coloured her entirely using a track pad. When I drew her for fun, I showed her to my cousin, and we both decided to have hand-drawn faces for the game.
I revamped her once before when I got my tablet a while back...
You guys may remember this picture:
So obviously, that picture is fairly old... dating back to March 2012.
After working from Andy and Roxie, I have discovered my own shading techniques to enhance the image. I have revamped Cindy to match Teen Roxie and teen Andy. Her skin has darkened for realism, and her clothing has become a bit darker. She is still based off of the sketch that the other two are made from, but it's shaded and coloured differently.
THERE IS STILL WORK TO DO ON IT. There's a lot of parts that need cleaning up... so Please don't kill me XD I'll work on that later. Let me know what you think~
You will NOT be seeing the completed teen Andy or Teen Roxie in order to keep the completed teens a surprise :3
I think she's now game-worthy... ish?
Anywho, this is a rough version of Cindy :3
Well I'm sick.
I actually have a fever, and on my way to the walk in clinic, I fell down my stairs and got a head injury -_- Genius right?
I have more to update on, but I know I've been working on this update for too long. I will continue writing this update part 2 for the next little while.
I have to update on:
So anyways, if you'd like a cool place to chill and you're over 13 and speak English, Subeta is an awesome free place to chill.
It's 100% free, and the community is awesome. It's a virtual pet site for teens that allows you to dress up an avatar, create pets (5 when you begin, and you can increase this a few different ways) and much more.
It's basically a more grown up version of Neopets. It's a ton of fun and it's free. this is where a lot of my item inspirations come from.
Just an FYI if you do join, my username is takarama and please feel free to friend me :3
So this is the URL for subeta~ I'm sure you guys will have a blast on it. It'll keep you occupied until the game is ready :3
Anyway, thanks everyone~
Message to Kuroneko
2. I'm so glad you like them :3 I think the only reason I like Anastasia and Tai is because I made them XD I still have a part of me who despises their existence so I don't blame you~
3. You get four save files. I suggest numbering off your boys, because the game is long XD I would suggest Andy first, then Jet, Aris and then your fouth choice. Andy and Jet have the most interesting story, Aris is kind of lingering for now... I don't know what's going to happen with him in his romance yet :)
4. LOL Yay~! I'll be sure to include that :3 I have a drawing of the hero and Max from two or three years ago... It's not bad. I just got to do the rest of the boys now.
5. I know right XD I'm sooo done with school!
7. I'm glad :) Some stories are interesting, some are kind of lame. All the characters are pretty nice... with the exception of a few XDD
10. I love festival tooo~ It's a lot of fun. I think you'd like Lover's day too ^_^; I HOPE you like lover's day. LOL cake day is my excuse to celebrate fictional character's birthdays X'D
11. The teen year is going to be great :) *Nearly?* all of the guys who enter into that year live together... so it's going to be interesting XD For programming purposes, I have to make it end :( If I don't, it'll take me another 12 years staring at a blank screen while I ponder how to make it go on TT_TT I promise the ending will be happy and satisfying :) It's a fairly open-ended ending. It's basically saying what happened in everyone's life and show's their redemption. I promise you, You most likely will not get to the end XDD You have two years in that chapter, and each year is 12 months with 30 days+ in each. Once you get to that chapter, you're going to have your kid and then you'll want to be a kid again xD So you'll just start a new file
Whew I rambled a lot there XD
12. I'm sooo glad ^_^ I'll be posing some more items in the next update, I just didn't have the time to make any sets for this one.
13. I'm glad you like them :) Who they are? now... that's something I'm pretty sure of... but not sure enough to reveal it right now XD
14. I'm sorry I posted this update soo late X'D I was sooo busy with school :3 I'll update more frequently now :)
Have a great holiday, and I'm trying to get some drawing done :/ I'm still having problems drawing normal people anymore XD
And by the way, I'll be sending you a list of female personalities that I was thinking for the character we were talking about :) It may help a bit ^_^
1. New laptop + photoshop = Things getting done ;) I got it :D
2. They get decent if you befriend them... by decent I mean they only talk about you rudely when you're not there...
They're okay people when they get older, I promise XDD
3.LOLOLOLOL People like Aris, don't they O.O
4. O.O *Backs away* ^_^; *TACKLES AISU WITH A HUG*
5. At least school is fun in this game... kinda?? ^_^;
7.LOLOLOL *Programs into the game* "If you name the main character Aisu, the opening scene will have your mom yelling at you saying 'I'm not worth your time, Aisu?!' storm off and then the scene will play out normally"
I will actually do it XD
8.Thank you :3 My writing teacher says my writing is "too epic" Well then... sorry for my epicness XD LOL anyway thank you so much ^_^;
10. I'm kind of excited to program that too~
11. I'm glaad~ ^_^ I'll be working hard on it >:D *pokes at child year* You are not worthy lesser year.
12.XDDDD I'm glad you like them?
13. ;_; Thank youu~
15. What did? When? Where O.O *Goes crazy over lack of sleep*
The end of this pointless update... for now.
k'bye :) Have a great (insert Period of time until the next update is released)!
I'm a total dork who writes too much all the time because I like typing and I used to write novel-length stories and I'm just a weird person who does some things and breathes and stuff.