Visual Novel Candidates
As you guys may know, between Artists Canvas and Celestial Dance will be a smaller end game done by our production studio that will be a visual novel.
the visual novel will be one of a few concepts and Artists Canvas will be worked on afterwards.
This visual novel will be governed by the likes of you guys and will NOT contain the following:
1. Pre-existing CD characters
2. Characters based off of other characters.
Right now, there are three candidates, but more are on their way. When all of the candidates are completed, voting will take place and we will decide based on there.
Currently out of the three candidates, we really REALLY adore two of them (Zeph and Sora). So I'll give you the links for you to check out ahead of time!
And yes, I did do all the art TT_TT SO I apologize for the horribleness.
The Yandere, Shiro
The Sweet but confused guy with a dark past, Sora
The sadistic yet somehow good, Zephyr.
I'm currently working on the birthday system for CD.
It's super cute and super simple. Basically, you enter your house on your birthday and there's a party waiting for you! you go talk to all of your friends and collect your presents. Who shows up depends on your friendship with them. If you didn't bother to make any friends, never fear... Max and Cindy will always be at your party (They're always your friend.) Your gift is random. You get a gift box, and much like animal crossing, you have to open it to get your prize.
It's all in great fun!
Marriage, Pregnancy and children
YAY CHILDREN EVERYWHERE.
All joking aside, the first few steps of the pregnancy system are complete, and SOME weddings and proposals are ready.
You've had your boyfriend for a little while and now you're looking to get married... right?
Now... you only have a set amount of time to pop the question (Or get a boyfriend for that matter) before you can no longer propose yourself. (These dates are to be finalized.
If you want to get married, get a boyfriend in your teen year. (or at least give him a promise ring.) If something goes awry,(Such as... you missed the teen year promise ring deadline) then BEFRIEND SOMEONE WITHOUT A LOVE INTEREST if your intial boy did have one. Because after the teen year, people get together based on who does not have a promise ring.
So for example: I gave Andy the promise ring, it means everyone will get together with thier love interest BUT Andy.
When you have completed the teen year, you are now eligable to get married.
Popping the question:
You will have up until HALF WAY THROUGH the young adult year to propose. If you don't, then either your honey will propose, or you just don't have a hubby. (Due to game dynamics and logic though, chances are you will be forced to get married whether you like it or not lol. I may be able to let you NOT marry, but we'll see.
If you are torn whether or not to propose, I'll let you into a little secret:
The guys proposing is a lot cuter (1) and usually are either funny, romantic or entertaining (2)
PLUS- You get married the same date whether or not you propose. You just have something to look forward to for a long....
LOOOOOOOOONG time XD
After your proposal event (Which ever it may happen to be) you get a lovely wedding with your lovely groom. It has your wedding vows and a 'flash back' of a specific event (Usually pre-game)
You will go home with your new husband and talk to your mom. Everything about him will become clear and your mom will prepare for you two to stay at your house.
She will then announce that you two are going on a honeymoon!
First, you will be on a plane to your honeymoon. If you're expecting a beautiful series of drawings and your honeymoon ending, you're in for a bit of a surprise.
Your honeymoon is not so sweet. in fact, as many of us have stated....
Your honeymoon can be sad, happy, hilarious or dramatic. You get to see a different side of the boy you married, finally seeing how he really feels. It should all end happily though~ I promise.
The honeymoon is a legit plotline. There is a story to it that you will have to play out. Having fun yet? :P
Asking for a child
After your honeymoon there will be a set date allotted for your child asking event.
Your husband will ask you if you will have a kid with him (Romantically of course. Not crude or offensive.) and you can say yes or no. If you say yes, you will trigger the next event. If you say NO, you STILL have a 1 in 25 chance of triggering the next event.
Why? because I'm evil.Maybe she finally said yes?
IN ORDER TO ALTER THIS, YOU CANNOT SAVE OVER YOUR MAIN FILE.
This 1/25 chance is chosen DURING this event. If you really do not want a child for the life of you, you cannot save until the next event passes, or else you may end up with a child anyway.
This event will be triggered a little while after the initial event. You won't be feeling too well, so your husband calls your mom over. Your mom has an idea of what's going on and asks you to do her a favor. Your husband is so obviously confused at the completely wide open situation. Upon coming back, your character will said "I'm pregnant."
(Which may or may not be the first words she says besides "Marry Me" outloud.)
This flabbergasts your husband and leaves them stunned yet excited.
Asking for a Second Child
Due to the timing of transition events, you do not see the birth of either of your children... In fact, you don't see the pregnancy of your second child. DURING YOUR PREGNANCY with your first child, your husband will ask you for the possibility of two children. You can say yes or no, but once again saying no may lead to you having a second child anyway.
This is meant to add to the realism in the game. It isn't to say it was an 'accident', it was more or less "I changed my mind" It's entirely up to you, and plus, you can save your game in a different file so you can just go back and try again. I'll give you the exact number of days between each event and you guys can then just play until then, check that you're not pregnant and then continue playing.
After your transition from young adult to adult, your children will have been born and quite feisty. Unless you have a cheat that says otherwise, the gender of your child(ren) are randomized from the transition event. Save before the Y.Adult chapter is over, and then keep resetting until you get your ideal genders *Cough* you didn't hear this from me.
There are FOUR possible children:
The Older Brother (Phoenix)
The Older Sister (Laverna)
The Younger Sister (Gemini)
The Younger Brother (Sparrow)
All the children can be renamed, it was easier for me to name them rather than calling them O.bro Y.Sis etc XD
As I've mentioned many times, the game ends after the Adult Chapter of game play. The adult chapter is somewhat of a 'falling action' as you may say, as loose ends are tied up and you have your kids. Chances are, this will be the chapter many players would stop playing at. The final Chapter of the game falls around the main character, her husband and kids as well as everyone else with their family and kids.
The finale starts almost as a transition event does. It starts out with your family saying one final goodbye as a family (Your kids bidding you farewell as you're going out with your husband.) Your husband and you end up going back to Amber Moon Elementary where you meet your friends.
Something seems to be melancholic... could this be goodbye?
From here, you'll see where each person goes in their lives. You will be getting some achievements and the game ends on a high note :)
Why Damion, Why?
I've actually fallen for my own character that I used to hate... though that seems to be a re-occurring theme LOL.
Damion's romance path falls around him not being able to open up to the Hero. He has a generally sweet path, ranging from video games to a serious audition. Damion has been classified as the "Tsundere" type in my mind lol. He's really become a nice guy compared to what he was before, and he's quite funny as well LOL.
As I disliked Jet, Andy and Kyler before, Damion is one of those characters which I have learned to love <3
I think the thing about Damion is that in reality, he's really a sweet guy. He's just afraid to show it. He's cold and tries to push everyone away.
My vision for the honeymoon is mainly to show that sweetness behind him, and to show how much he has the ability to love despite what he originally seems. He cannot be 'changed', but he always just put up a wall
It's the best feeling in the world... Mining system
This was a huge accomplishment a long time ago, since it was the first major system to be completed... or so I thought.
I called the mining system "complete" but I overlooked a very severe problem:
Once you break the stones, they will stay broken forever.
Nice way to make a little tiny bit of money and that's it, right?!
Joking aside, I have officially finished the mine so it is WORKING and the stones re-appear once you enter the room again.
Mining is a bit annoying to be honest. You get a bunch of ore... you refine it and see if you got something of value. Getting money can do one thing for you:
Buying gifts can go towards giving to people or earning achievements (Though the fandom wear and merch). Giving gifts can be helpful for gaining friendship points. Friendship points help with gaining the 'crush' status which eventually leads to gaining a good amount of love points.
YAY COMPLEX STUFF.
Refining system complete
Once again, a part of the game that never actually worked properly.
If you recall the video "Celestial Dance Activities", The activities included 'Refining'... Which is where you take your ores from the mine and make them into gems or glass.
The issue with this system was that it wouldn't refine ALL of your ores and I couldn't figure out why. It turns out that I nested some things I shouldn't have and I just did a quick edit. The whole thing is working now, meaning that all your ores are refined~
Currently, it cost 8000G to refine (Which is like an equivalent to $80 US XD) But I'll lower it down when I get an idea on how easy/difficult it is to make money. Because mining can get you rich fast, this may be the final price as well to create a sink for your gold. In the end, it's much worth the 8000G as long as you have LOTS of ores to refine.
There are currently three personalities in the game:
Shy and Scared
Rude and Sassy
Sweet and Bubbly
These three personalities are heavily influenced on what you do in your child year.
We are currently in development of a FOURTH personality type.
These personality types help with popularity ratings and help with friendliness. They don't do much other than this.
Out of the main girls and boys, a few of them like each personality. This will give you an added boost (or decline) based on the given personality.
Children faces everywhere!
...The title Didn't turn out as planned... did it?
Then of course, we have miss Destiny... if you don't recall, she looked like this:
She now looks like this:
And colouring went from this....
I'm currently in the process of altering the website to make it up to date. I've currently added blank pages for all the characters and edited some of the originals. Not ALL of them are complete, but most of the girls' are and I'm just working on the guys right now.
ALSO, if you haven't noticed/refreshed your page in a while, the header has changed to celebrate 'scary night'.
Okay, so we're trying to come up with a story for SN, because we know there are a few groups who do not like halloween for religious purposes. I'll try my best not to do anything over the top... just the header for now. It'll go back after Halloween passes.
We will also be removing ALL of the previous generated sprites (the ones I didn't draw) from the character pages and slowly fill them with my drawn art.
About Roxanne- The character
I know there has been a bit of a question about why there is a 'character named after me' in Celestial Dance. I want to let you know that this isn't really the case.
The orange haired Roxanne is based off of someone I used for an on-going story. She's the person I wanted to be when I was 10 years old and became so flawed by the time I turned 16 that she began to be a reflection of the good and bad parts in myself.
As funny as it is, I didn't name her after me entirely... but rather Roxanne from the Disney series. Max, Goofy's son, was my 'first crush' when I was little. Her memory was implanted in my brain and that's why.
I actually really don't like the name LOL.
I've been kind of avoiding using her name if you haven't noticed, because I know it's really weird XD I just wanted you guys to know the character isn't made in vain XD
One of the last new features???
Because CD is reaching it's tipping point, I'm just finishing up the small new details before I do any in-depth writing for dialogue etc. Once dialogue is finished, I need to work the mechanics of the day-change and then the full day-to-day life is basically complete. It's only the events, school... transitions etc.
This is one of the last new things you will hear and that is food preference.
I'll be asking you each time you eat something if you liked it and slowly you'll build up food preferences. At the end of the game, it will state which your favorite type of food is.
It's just a simple little thing that helps with the finale making it more important and special to you~ It also shows how much you ate LOL.
Scary Night Video
I made a video a couple weeks ago based on Scary Night. It has me babbling, so mute if it you'd like :)
It shows the full system of Trick or treating and the pumpkin patch. Sadly, the 'watch movie' option didn't work like I wanted it to, so you don't get a preview of that :(
I'm so glad ;_; I'm planning to re-draw Max though :S I want to see if I can make him a little better looking :)
Ahh well when you play the game you'll understand. The honeymoon is quite the adventure and probably my favorite part of the game XD Jet's will be fun~ I'll do my best for him too! Kyler's is pretty funny too, Max has some great moments and Andy got me hitting my head on the counter wondering why I became so depressing XD But some of his dialogue is really funny too <3
Neither do I to be honest XD It depends on how motivated I am and how quickly I can write/event things :) When the game is finished I'm going to be testing like crazy to the point that I never want to play again X'D then I have a load of testers to test the game too~ So my friends will tell me where I messed up.
I hope I can get a lot finished by then ;_; At least the primary part of the game. At least enough where I can say that I know WHEN I can get the game out :) I really do hope to be finished by sometime early 2014, but we'll see if my time estimations are right!
LOL It's okay. YAY FOR GIFT GIVING! That's all that matters I suppose. My favorite thing though, is Item #108 XD
The It's a video game titled: Galaxy Stride: Alter the waves.
... Sound familiar XD
It's basically Celestial dance within Celestial Dance, and if you give it to someone, they just stare at you and criticize the game. HAHAHA I just couldn't resist.
Jet's a great character. I think I may have found a great voice actor for him too~ I'm really excited, because Jet's a pretty fun character to write for. Damion is kind of a jerk to him in their jealousy event LOL
The fun thing about Tyrone is that he's become a tribute character. He now randomly speaks phrases of Japanese. It's really cute~ He is Japanese by blood and it's assumed that he does know the language. It isn't me just randomly putting in Japanese because I can HAHA I already did that with Kyler and Max ._.
*cough* Items, what items XD Just kidding :P You'll see a lot of references throughout the game~ If you ever have any requests, let me know :)
Lots of items, lots of dialogue~ lots of fun! It's just a matter of HOW you get the items I'm worried about XD But you can get a lot of money... it's just spending it that's problematic.
It seems that I do too XD They luckily all begin to worry about clothing, but not in a superficial way.
I'm SO glad you liked the update! I'm sorry this one is so lame XD I'm still working on Voice acting, scripts and all that good stuff :)
I'll reply to your email in a bit! I want to just draw you something really quick ^_^ Then I'll send it with the next one~
WOOO ANOTHER NEW ONE ^_^ I haven't emailed you in a while either ;_; I'm sorry. Midterms... university *sobs*
Ahh thank you TT_TT I'm so glad you think so! I hope this one shows some improvement as well :P
My voice?! XD Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked the video and my voice XD Hopefully it will sound okay in game too when I'm playing the three characters HAHAHA.
Max is my cutie <3 He has added benefits and stuffs~ like a couple extra events. He's really funny <3 and really sweet. A lot of Max's dialogue is really nice and I put so much more effort into it LOL
Kyler is surely one of my favorites. I'm not sure how people will react to his and Jet's story. They have some things in it that's some people may not like LOL They're both smokers but it's about quitting basically. They're still great characters <3
Thank you so much! I hope you enjoyed this one too! :D
End of update~
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.