Life has been crazy (I should be doing my homework... oops.), and I have run dry on a couple of things.
The point of this update is to give you sneek peeks of what's to come, and to ask for your input as far as the other game components go. The first point of business...
In your pre-teen year, you will be able to sleep over at your best friend's (Or just regular friend's) house.
The scene will start when she asks you who you like?
This determines a couple things:
-It determines who you like
-Who in the current years you prefer
-A relationship boost
-A possible alternate scene.
A variable is then randomized to see if that person told the guy you like or not.
There are then two possible outcomes if they DID tell.
If they DIDN'T, nothing more will come of it.
Anastasia asks you who you like. You say Max (Did you expect me to pick someone else? Kyler is teen year exclusive :P).
A variable is then randomized, 1-10. Perhaps there is an 80% chance she WILL tell them. If the variable is equal to 1 or 2, she doesn't tell. If it's equal to 3 or more, she will.
Now let's say Max and I are already good friends. Let's also say he has a crush on me, but it still is a bit vague.
Anastasia will trip a scene with you, showing how she told Max. Max will approach you, and talk to you about it.
Since he likes you, Max will tell you that he wants to wait until you two are a little bit older.
Your relationship/romance with him will be raised, which will put you ahead.
Even if you were rejected by him, your relationship will be raised... but what about Anastasia?
If she tells, you lost some of her trust, which means she loses a bit of friendship.
So, What are the odds of people telling? (The higher the number, the more likely she will tell)
Anastasia- 90% (She gossips)
Tytannia- 80% (She's a blabber mouth)
Kandi 70% (She sometimes blabs to other people by accident)
Willow- 50% (She's very open about it)
Tai- 40% (She is a generally nice person... She'll more likely say it without knowing what she said)
Cindy- 10% (She may be bullied into telling by Anastasia.)
Roxie- Either 100% or 0% (She'll only tell if you give her permission and if they like you.)
The reason these take place in the pre-teen year, is because it's the only year with romance, and without the ability to get together (So it's still a secret)...
So that means Kyler, Jet, Jay and Damion will not be available for these scenes. Neither will Piroline, Scarlet, Dakota or Serenity.
...Wow... exactly 8 Teen exclusives :O
SO... That's the sleepover~! Hopefully I'll have some images for you later~!
Children Sneek Peek
We all know you can have children~! Right? Curious as to how the look? Read on!
As we know, there are four 'Types' of children. You can have one older, one younger... so the minimum of zero, the maximum of two.
Each of these Children 'Styles' are given names.
Phoenix: The older brother
Sparrow: The younger Brother
Gemini: The younger Sister
Laverna: The older sister.
Of course, We have tried so hard to get a concept for these four. Each one has their hair and eye colour change depending on their father. Are you ready to see their character sprites?
As you will see, they will be missing a number of their colourings.
Fathers In order from Left to right:
Jet, Max, Andy, Aris, Leo, Tristan, Kyler
His main colouring is Leo
Next, we have Gemini
She looks a TON like the hero when Max is the father.
She wears Simply Spring: Next Generation.
From Left to right, the fathers are:
Max, Andy, Gage, Kyler, Aris, Leo, Tyrone
Her main Colouring is Max
Next is Laverna's Concept as Andy's daughter. This one is a little different than traditional colouring for Andy.
She's supposed to be a few years older than Gemini and Sparrow. This is her main colouring (meaning if Laverna were a character in the game, this is what he would look like)
Finally, Phoenix, who I like to call Mini-Kane (because I based his look ENTIRELY from Kane Yamashita...)
So... here you go ^_^
Max and Gage's son. His main colouring is Gage.
There's two styles... Spikey and slightly less Spiky Which one looks best?
It does seem like I have somewhat pushed AC off to the side. It WILL be created shortly after CD's completion, but currently CD is my priority.
There's still quite a bit to go, despite my initial time for beta testing was in a month and a bit ^_^;
I have a nineteen hour plane ride in July, so I'll most likely finish up most of the face sets by hand by then.
I kind of realized, my only real need to finish the game is the programming, as graphics... if needed can be put away for later and tested again. It will take longer, but what can you do, right?
Lessons are my priority to work on as well as well as Character dialogue. My issue with character dialogue is that I need the sprites and for the sprites I need the faces XD
Oh well. I'll use replacement sprites for now, no matter how much it bugs me.
ORDER OF COMPLETION
Chances are, continuing the way things are going, the release will end up being in 2014. I will do my best to cut this back as much as I can ^_^ And THIS is how~!
1st- I'm going to finish ALL of the maps
2nd- I'm going to finish ALL of the character dialogue for year ONE
4th- THIRD Chapter
5th- FOUTH Chapter
6th- FIFTH chapter
7th- All events are going to be written
8th- All Characters are going to be drawn
----------------------------And this is where I will stop for May-----------
Currently, I am planning to write 10-20 school events PER YEAR in one day, ON TOP OF finishing the maps. This will get the school events complete as well as getting the maps done.
20 school events=1 unit. there are 10 per year. Fantastic? Absolutely. If I can do this, I can get this done in 10-20 days. (assuming I write 20+ for EVERY school year)
If not, it's 10-20 days PER year. So I'll do my best to get at LEAST 10 done for each year per day <3
-TAKES A BREAK TO WRITE SCHOOL EVENTS-
-Gets back to update-
I have officially written an additional 10 lessons for unit 2... Well... "Lessons"... They're more "I'm lazy, so here's some text to read and enjoy your period off" XD
There are 4 more days I have to write of absolutely nothing. (Literally, the class doesn't do anything.) And that's it... I'd be finished a full second unit X'D (I need to work on period two as well...)
Well, I'm bored of that... Off to finishing maps I go!
-TAKES A BREAK TO WORK ON MAPS-
-Ends up going and buying prom dress-
Well, in the passed few hours, I've tried my best to work on some stuff, but I ended up buying my prom dress ^_^ I tried making the RMXP version... but it didn't work :/
SO, If you have ever played pokemon XD or pokemon Col. for the game cube, you may recall the 'relic forest'.
This forest is my favorite map in any game... so I made a small tribute to it in both Purity and Seiryuu Gardens.
By the way, the names Suzaku, Seiryuu, Byakko and Genbu are the four chinese constellations ^_^
We are getting a piece of music hopefully to fit this scene ^_^ There may be a wedding here... or perhaps something else~! who knows~ I sure don't...
Those little yellow puffs are like fireflies. They light up randomly. It looks kind of weird... but you get used to it.
Yes! I did draw the relic and edit the bench... the grass was darkened as well~! The colours are quite brighter in game as well.
Next we have the Beach (Genbu). It is facing north (You head north to go to the beach, but you end up on this map. It is assumed to be flipped.)
It still has some ways to go. :)
New title screen
As we know, the title screen is outdated:
-uses old face sprites
-Uses a map that no longer exists
-Uses ONLY the dawning ember logo and not the RTR logo aswell (don't freak out XD Dawning ember is the family production studio, and Rooftops revolution is mine.)
-Andy is missing from the title screen
-Less than HALF of the boys are present: (5/11)
-Let's be real... the background is an empty classroom... CREEPY
SO... This is how we're going to do things...
The title screen is going to be replaced with the following:
A series of the 22 main characters (10 girls, 11 boys and the hero) in a string of poses together, scrolling to the right against a background.
Currently 3/22 have been drawn (Tai, Leo, Damion) and they will appear in string formation soon.
The background is currently unknown.
Why it's taking so long
I know you guys are fed up, but being a solo game maker with no help from anyone can be difficult.
I have a composer and a concept writer to help move things along a little better. I still have to write over 30 scripts for the characters, and a couple thousand lessons (20 lessons per month, times 20 units, times three years which is 1200... now around 1160) :)
I may be hiring people JUST to write up school lessons for me. Fun times? I think so.
We know school is stressful for me, since it is burdening me both in the game and out. There's more to this stress that meets the eye.
I need to:
-Draw all of the characters
-Colour all of the characters
-Finish all the lessons
-sprite all of the characters
-Do all character dialogue
-finish the activities
-Finish all of the maps.
-Finish all of the character scripts
-add in the town events.
Sooo.... I need your help right now~!
(I can hear you groaning! >.>)
You see, we have two uncompleted maps. That will complete the entire main town with the exception of a couple ready-planned maps.
Unfortunately, we have NO ideas for these maps.
They represent a phoenix and a white tiger: Byakko and Suzaku.
We have Genbu and Seiryuu as seen above! They are based off of the four Chinese directions.
Suzaku- Vermilion bird of the south: FIRE
Genbu- The onyx tortoise of the north: WINTER SEASON OR WATER
Seiryuu- Azure dragon of the east: WOOD OR AIR
Byakko- White tiger of the west: LIGHTING
I need to figure out what the last two maps will be of...
Sneek peek at new title screen!
As I mentioned earlier, a new title screen is being worked on. You guys get the first sneek peek at it~
The colouring is still off and the lines are still really messy, but here ya go~ ^_^
These are the new styles for Leo, Tai and Damion. The hero has been drawn too, but her head may be quite bit too big :) so I'll redraw her. As you can see, Leo's arm is really messed up XD I promise, I will fix once I get home (At school)
I am THINKING about a new theme. THINKING about it. Probably not.
But any who... there's your sneek peek~
End of update/start of a new one
I have tried to end this update soooooo many times, but I've always been doing something new.
I'll start the next update as soon as I do something iconic. I'll see you guys soon ^_^
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.