Non-Windows users (Linux or Mac OS)
For those who didn't know, I had to work on a short VN for Critical race studies class. Because of this, I had to test out RMXP on different laptops. I can confirm that CD does NOT work on vanilla Mac computers. You need a windows emulator or windows partition in order to play the games. I'll send tutorials and everything on how to play the game on a mac, but it takes some work to get it to work.
At first Glance
At first Glance is my first visual novel that I made for my race studies class. It's a critical look on how people are Represented in video games. It was really lazy in writing, drawing and execution, because I wrote, drew and completed it in about ten-twenty hours. If I release it, it's just a side thing. I've gained a lot more confidence in my skills now finishing this.
My TA gave me a B :/ I'm a little upset about it but ugh.
Progress this last little while:
Original Character System || Be Unbelievably you!
The Original Character system has been re-made! It's 100% complete and working. All combos work
We took away from the original system to give much more diverse options:
Skin tones: Medium, Dark, Light
Hair style: Long, Short
Hair colours: Blonde, Pink, Orange, Brown, White, Black.
You can also choose your eye colour, but it doesn't change on the sprite. The eye colour is specifically for personality boosts. You get a special outfit to change into your original form. As said before, you can change your appearance through other outfits as well.
The main style you chose cannot be changed. It will be reflected in your main menu as well.
TThe menu is an edit of the one character menu system that Tigurus Fay made and mjshi edited. I re-wrote some segments and made it work for a life simulation.
The core script and edits are by the creator, but a lot of stuff I added myself.
What it contains:
- The date (Added by me in place of another feature)
- The time (Edited from playtime)
- Functions (I'll get into this later)
- Feeling + popularity
Unlike before, I got the name to display in full on the title screen. We'll be limiting the first and last name letter count to 8 letters per.
Item: Your item Menu
Actions: Equip a tool or an action
Notebook: See your relationship or your catalogue of characters, items etc.
Memories: Your memories
Save & Load: Save, Load, Exit or view the Gallery
Personality has replaced the original Snooty, Bubbly and shy personas as the only combos. You will be given a default set of personality traits and they will change based on your choices through the game. You can gain or lose personality points. Some of them are important to character friendships, others are dialogue modifiers or achievement gainers. Instead of you being confined to one personality, your traits shine through at different moments. Eventually, by talking to characters and working with your surroundings, your
Personality is randomized at the beginning of the game.
Below 400 = Low in that trait (i.e. 27 in Shyness means you're really outgoing)
Above 400 = High in that trait (i.e. 900 in Empathy means you're incredibly empathetic)
399-499 = average in that trait.
Your overall popularity is determined by how much you interact with the villagers. You get these points randomly and when you reach the end you level up. Sometimes you will need to reach a certain level in order to trigger some events with certain characters.
Displays your state (i.e. Hungry, Tired, Sick, Normal)
Hunger + Tiredness
A bar that shows your hunger and tiredness level. Don't reach the end of the tiredness bar to avoid passing out, and reaching the end of the hunger bar will risk illness and increased sleepiness. The icon changes from a sun to a moon and an apple to a core based on your level as well.
The chibi changes based on your selection in the OC system. This means that my chibi has black hair and olive/brown skin to match the sprite made in the OC system or white hair and olive skin for the above image
Julie- Favourite Character? [About Julie and her significance]
As the first NPC ever made, Julie has grown from the strict single mom to the hero's best friend. She's strong, brave and powerful, but isn't afraid to be her kid's friend She does everything to provide for her child, even if it means trying to cook (Which the hero mentions that her cooking sucks). She overall does her best to adult, even when she may not be the most mature herself.
Not much is known about the hero's father and his relation to Julie. He was mentioned several times by other characters but Julie rarely speaks of him. It's implied that he's been out of the picture since the hero was a baby.
Julie is one of the last mains to ever have a name. She is also the only main who gets the love interest treatment (Meaning that she has lots of dialogue and cut scenes). She is called both Julie and Julia, but her real first name is Juliet/Juliette.
Many people mention Julie, including mains such as Ty and Max, envying you for having such a cool mom. She never calls her kid fancy named like 'cutie' or 'princess', but rather descriptors like 'creative' or 'wonderful' or strong nicknames like 'my knight' or 'my little warrior'.
Even though the game is a dating simulation life sim, the main relationship is between your character and your mom. She is by-far the most interesting character from the group. While the other NPCs are as dynamic as she is, she has the most complex relationship with the world around her. Overall, it's clear that she's not a perfect mother by any means and her role in the game is so important that she is probably my favourite character in the entire game, and I hope she will be for you as well <3
Likability - UPDATE
[STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION] (We’re not using those colours/backgrounds, it’s just a placeholder until we find the text colours and the background we want <3)
The likability menu is what you will use to figure out your relationships between all the characters. The description, picture and heart changes depending on the chapter you’re in and the relationship with each character. Platonic hearts appear for all NPCs who are not main characters, A cold heart appears when you’re in chapter 1-2 and a 5 heart system appears with main characters and love interests.
Name: Character’s first, middle and last name.
Gender: Their gender identity
Birthday: Their date of birth
Likes: Their hobbies/favourite things
Blood Type: Their blood type, There are some personality implications with this one. It’s common in East Asian countries to attribute blood type to personality so this exists.
Description: The description of them and their relationship to you. It usually has standard text for the first few levels, but changes to custom text if they’re your sweetheart or spouse. There are 10 levels, but 5 hearts.
Heart: There are eight hearts: Platonic (non-mains), Cold (Chapter 1+2), Silver (Stranger-Acquaintance), Aquamarine (New friend- Friend), Rose heart (Buddy-Close friends), Ruby heart (Best Friend- [platonic/romantic] Soul mate), Glowing Sapphire (Married)
The opening sequence- All you need to know.
I wanted to thank everyone for their support in the last post. It took a lot posting the image of myself (haha I posted it by accident actually.) and everyone was so super cool about it. I've added a small bio of Amelia and myself (you can see me holding my own flower there :P Rose is my birth flower and white roses are purity and innocence XD) We also didn't have permission to post a picture of Amelia, so we have a hyper-realistic sketch of her up there in the place. I hope you enjoy :)
For those of you concerned, CD is constantly having work done. If you're worried about what we're doing, we update Tumblr more than weekly and Twitter several times daily. It has a lot of things you don't see elsewhere (For example, the whole Kyler should hold a cactus thing was a huge saga of coffee rush induced thoughts that you can see playing out online until the picture of Ky was revealed with the Peony.)
You get lots of previews on twitter and a lot of my lame humour and obsession with Coffee. You can check out what we post on the home page, we have a twitter feed just near the upper-middle section of the page :)
Have a wonderful day everyone <3
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.