I've been working pretty hard on the video since the last update, but I will be updating some simple little things right now, since I have been working REALLY hard on CD.
We had a major turn out for faces. See below for 1 coloured drawing and a few pencil drawings.
1. Skipping school
3. Added option
4. Ideas in Testing
6. Plot change
7. Courtship and Marriage
8. Other updates
9. Face Sets
10. Message to Kuroneko
1. First, I will talk about School skipping.
When you are a child, and the time reaches exactly 8:00, you will automatically be teleported to the school. (Given that it is indeed a school day...)
When you become a pre-teen (So you are in the 8th grade) You will be given the option to skip school. Your marks will plummet just by one time and if you don't go to school without permission multiple times, you will be confronted and your future will be pretty much shattered. You will lose friendship points, the ability to graduate etc. Whether I am going to keep this feature is somewhat unknown.
2. Next I'm going to talk about popularity system. If I choose to keep this in, your popularity will be on the rise or fall depending. If you are friends with Anastasia, your popularity will sky rocket and you will not have as good of a relationship with Cindy... though you can still bring that up. In general you can develop personality traits. I may not keep the popularity in... though I would like to since it brings some realism to the game :)
3. Basically, Running was on the last update when it came to what you wanted to see in the game. It has officially been added to the game, so yes you do have the ability to run :)
This makes the buttons the following
UP - Move upward, move selection
DOWN- Move downward, Move selection
LEFT- Move Left, move selestion
RIGHT- Move Right, move selection
C/ENTER/SPACE- Talk, accept, skip
X/ESC/Num 0- Menu, return
D- Kiss villagers
There are quite a few buttons that are not used yet. I wish to use a few more... though I'm not sure for what. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for interactions... since currently you can only kiss the main guys.
I was thinking about hugging, but if I were to do that, it would only be the main girls...and then text for the rest of the people.
4. In testing ideas
-I'm going to try to test a simple system that displays a picture saying which button to press depending on the situation. I.e. if you stand next to an NPC, it'll show "C- Talk" or "D- Kiss" Etc.
TESTED AND CURRENTLY NOT WORKING
-Pre-Set birthdays Are what I'm currently also testing. It's a small thing, but it will help the player customize their player. Basically, I get you to set it during school registration you are asked your birthday. There will be an event checking daily if it is your birthday, that way I can trigger a couple events and some custom dialogue for your character.
- Another idea I want to test would be Hair Colours. After the clothing things are all done, I can easily re-colour hair. This will be after I'm done all of the clothing stuff for the teen. I will not let you dye your hair as a child O.O
- I am currently in testing in Artist's Canvas for randomized villagers in another town. This means that at the start of the game, you will get a random set of villagers with set personalities but different names and faces much like Animal Crossing. If it succeeds in Artist's Canvas, I will use it for the second town for CD.
TESTED AND WORKS
-Another thing I will be testing in Artist's Canvas is the ability to decorate your house. If I finally get it to work, I will put it in CD. Of course, this will be when you are an adult... but still :)
- We also have an interesting system we are going to try out... it's the ability to choose your classes for high school. I'm planning to make it so it will influence your future...
5. ERRORS D:
MINE TROUBLES: My mine has messed up... For some reason, I can't equip my pickaxe, but I can still break stones... and when I do, I get an error saying the graphic isn't there >.< I have fixed it though :)
Fix: Turns out I had forgotten to delete a line of code... My bad ^_^;
MINE TROUBLES PART 2: My beautiful mine had been fixed...and then I realized that upon starting a new game, you would get a free pick axe.... FDHDSJHLDSF WHY?! You're EIGHT YEARS OLD! WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU HAVE A PICK AXE?! >.<
Fix: I just removed it from being equip and from your inventory during the opening event. I'll be checking to see why that happens and if it's in the script or in the opening event. If it's in the coding, I'm screwed :S
6. Well... It's not THAT major, but enough to influence game play. I am completely taking out the second side plot about saving the 'celestial dance'. It's really hard to keep in, it's not original nor fun.. Also if my calculations are correct, that side plot would take quite a number of months to complete. This could potentially make the game production go even longer. However, I will be creating a plot that would take no more than one or two weeks to create... that still creates a bit of time added on. Please keep in mind that even if it only takes a couple days, it takes another few to trouble shoot. In total, we're looking 1-2 months of diagnostics for what we have planned so far.
IF you strongly loved that plot and believe we should keep it in, I'l hold a vote. THE MYSTERY SIDE PLOT IS GOING THROUGH NO MATTER WHAT.
Keep in mind that it could potentially add three months to game development.
7. Now I'm going to be talking about the final format of the courtship and marriage system. When you choose to pursue
a guy, things play out a little bit differently than they originally did.
- You see the first love event which is a friendship event in child years.
- You see another event, another friendship event in childhood years.
- You see a final friendship event in your pre-teen years.
-if you raise your friendship level to by the end of the pre-teen year, you will experience a special event... What it is I'm not sure I'm going to tell you all yet... But basically, what happens in the event is nearly the same for every boy, but the dialogue and the people in the event are different :)
- You witness 3 events as a teenager AFTER giving them a special item (Which you will find) IF YOU GIVE HIM THIS ITEM, YOU CANNOT GO BACK. He is yours forever, so be careful who you give it to.
- At this time, This person will become yours and the girls will be going after their men.
- If your relationship is high enough, you will get your boy to ask you out.
-In your adult year, you will see a final scene between you and your lover
-After this, you may become engaged.
I discovered my middle school first day event is still alive :) YAY ^_^
I am also completing the second town/ Bus system. There will be 5 random villagers you can interact with, different personalities on each. These are pre-determined from the start of the game. You will get 1 of 5 villagers for each house. Somewhat like Animal crossing, except no one moves out.
9. We had a MASSIVE turn out for Face drawings this update. A total of 5, 6 including one that will not be revealed.
First we have Tytannia (Teen). her eyes need to be edited, and she needs to be cleaned up. Her hair has yet to be shaded, and her eyes will be moved closer together.
The next few characters have not been coloured yet.
First is the Maid, named Lady Kaida. She is the live in maid for Leo and Julius and a replacement mother for Leo.
Next we have Andy, Anastasia's twin brother. This is what he looks like as a teenager.
Next, we have Roxie as a teen :) for some reason there were eraser shavings everywhere when I scanned it :S
Finally, we have Piroline. She is Connor's niece and will be in the town for year one. She will have an Aussie accent and is a happy-go-lucky sweetheart.
And with that, I will move on to the next segment :)
10. I'm ready too >.< I just want to finish this as soon as I can. Really difficult though...
It has been some time. I lied because I was scared people wouldn't like my voice... because I certainly didn't. It got really complicated though, because then I got tired of giving Midnight a lot of credit, and half the time I was lying and half the time I claimed it was mind... so I just came clean :)
I'm glad you like my voice though XD
I'm glad you like her. Next update there will be some more outfits to look at ^_^
Oh Jet... He's growing on me a bit too much... Like Anastasia. I really like Ana as a character now O.O
I love Aris and Andy :) My four would be... Max, Gage... I don't know, I love my characters, and their rival romances are too cute~!
You drew them better than I did XD I'm glad you liked drawing them, because I enjoyed drawing Anastasia... I'm going to re-draw Cindy I think though...
Thank you :') I'm so glad you like them!
LOL I'm sorry! I love food, and it was one of the most fun things to draw, so I did XD I'm glad you like it though~
Yeah... nothing overly new on the features. I'm glad you like the letters and the gifts idea ^_^ I hope you like these ones too~
So... I originally made two videos for this blog post... but they both recorded in HD and the other one ended up being 11GB In size O.o So now I still have this one, and I'll re-make the other soon :)
It's not much gameplay, while the other was all game play.
So the poem is 'Invincible' written and recited by me. Please do not use/touch without permission. It is Celestial Dance's poem. That goes without saying for any graphics etc too :)
It's not as great as past works... such as the first commercial... and I am aware that the graphics suck. I rushed them and missed some parts (Anastasia's earring) :/ I promise that I will do a better commercial soon ^_^
It was made on Sony Vegas pro 11 in case you're wondering.
We are but invincible... Clowns without a smile.
We cannot see the light through this endless trial.
Our minds are quickly clouded, with the bliss and hate.
We finally see love, but we cannot relate.
Hearts are slowly fading, corruption looms our thoughts,
we will never see the outcome... of what our pain and hate have brought.
A darkness so forgiving, an anger we could trust...
We have lost ourselves by giving into lust.
Today, since we had so many faces and a video (Supposed to be two)
I am actually not going to show you many graphics this week.
Today we have finite simplicity, from the S-Union collection. Just a side note, in most harvest moon games that you can change your outfit (Namely Animal parade and Tree of Tranquility) it made people like you better if you were wearing specific clothing.
I think if I go through with the popularity system, It may effect your popularity/attractiveness, but in general I found it very shallow, so you are free to wear what you want.
Next we have a part of the 'Simply' Series of clothing called 'Simply Spring'. It's one of five (Simply Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall, Lovely)
It's very cutesy and girly. I personally love it :)
So Now for the food...
I was somewhat uninspired...so enjoy your beautiful parfaits!
There are quite a few of them, and I may be revealing a recipe for them soon :)
12. Now here are some general polls! Thanks so much for your responses last time! I've taken them into consideration.
The town's name is Araysia right now :) If you think it should be different, feel free to do the poll on the last post!
That's all for now :) Enjoy everyone ^_^
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.