WELCOME TO MY EXTREMELY OVERDUE GAME UPDATE!
Now... I've been practicing my drawing above all else, got accepted into my dream university and currently recovering from my birthday ^_^;
I'm in exam period too...
SO... Because we passed June 10th (my birthday), I figured we should talk a bit about birthdays!
Alright, so here it goes.
The very start of the game is still questionable as to how it will play out. All we know so far is there is going to be something of an 'anime opening' and then goes into a cutscene of the principle of the school interviewing you and your mom to get the information for registration.
Because I'm lazy, I only threw in that you can have your birthday from the first to the 30th.
If your birthday is in February, it'll be 1-28th.
I may throw it in where you can have a birthday on the 31st, but it requires a lot of checking to see the month and then set it to the proper date if you guys decide to choose a date that is not proper X'D
SO. After selecting your birthday, there will be a day dedicated to it. Your birthday may land on a holiday, so therefore, I've set it up so you can participate in both.
Be careful where you place your birthday. Remember, the game goes on a round year, from September to September in the first chapter.
On the day of your birthday, you can enter in the afternoon anytime.
Here's a sneek peek at some of the newest faces of CD :)
Sneek Peek at Finale
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
We promise that the ending is satisfying and sweet. No one dies, or is hurt or anything.
We have a little bitter sweet beginning to show you.
It is the final picture EVER to be shown in CD.The picture's context is that it's a picture. Yes, everyone is spread around etc. This will be drawn throughout the remainder of CD (The grass, school and people need to be drawn.
This is the concept outline of our 22 characters in one drawing.
It's a little difficult to see, but yes, that is Jet sprawled out on the grass in the front there X'D
It says "Thank you" At the top... To thank Everyone for playing.
This is going to be the HARDEST scene for me to do. Not only emotionally, but programming wise too.
The scene has somewhat of a video aspect to it on top of sound, vocals etc.
Previous school delima
About that school issue we had before about there being around... 2944 SCHOOL LESSONS o_o
Yeah, so I figured out a way to minimize that number down to 800
It's not really favorable, but...
This is what we'll do
- Removing May and June as scheduled months of school, make school from September to April
- Remove second period. There was originally two lessons a day... I'll be making this period an 'extra period'. It will still exist, but the student will come to class, the screen will black out, and you can then go home.
On certain days, this will be used for assemblies, activities etc.
In the end, there will only be about 800 units minus those that are of holidays.
Currently, 1.5 months have been obliterated from the batch of 8 for year one.
That means there are only 6.5 months to complete, that means 32.5 lessons have been done meaning there are only a mere 767.5 lessons to be completed.
I have at least one person to turn to to help plot out and demolish the rest of the 7.7 hundred.
That would be Amelia... poor girl
And possibly Crystal.
What math has taught me
Math has taught me that in this game, you are not one in a million... not even one in a billion.
You are one in:
10 490 080 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000
This includes things like your name, last name, husband, child(ren)... etc ^_^;
Possibility of additional save files
I've been asking around lately, and people are all saying that the 4 opposed to 1 or 2 saved files are great since it gives you more options.
I was THINKING I may up the save file limit to five, but seeing the new menu would not be worth it.
Roxie Destiny (not my) age
So I've recently realized something.
The Roxie in-game (Roxanne Destiny, not me X'D) would be three-four in the game to begin, while her love interest, Andy... is... well... Eight.
That means when Andy is sixteen, he'd be dating a twelve year old....
The original idea would be that they would date in the adult year, but that's just not cool.
Therefore, Roxie will be Six. That way, she'd be fourteen when her and Andy are together.
This also parallels the future, as your children are eight and Six by the end of the game.
In Artists Canvas, she is only a year younger than Max. Then again, she's eighteen and he's nineteen ^_^
More about the Crush System
Crushes are something most of us face from the time we begin to grow. Celestial Dance is no different.
AI is very important, the characters having feelings and emotions (Not nearly as complex as originally planned... but...)
Therefore, in the pre-teen year to the Teen year, the boys can develop crushes on you.
This can happen anytime daily from the second you begin your year. The chances are slimmer if you are not friends with them, but if you're friends with all of them... SURPRISE! You won yourself some boys.
How do you tell if someone has a crush on you? Simple.
When THIS happens:
*GASP* Yes, I let you see Max's face sprite before the game was finished... Woopty doo. That's all you're getting X'D
When he begins blushing a lot when he's not embarrassed, and when he isn't able to speak with you straight.
As you can see, there's something a bit wrong with this picture:
1. It's the first day of the game
2. First year of the game
3. Max is a teenager
4. You are a kid.
No, Max is standing next to his house, not yours X'D
Well... your houses are side by side...
Once you have him at this stage, you can then give him a 'Promise ring' when he is a teenager. This will provide you with the ability to romance him further. If you are courting someone with a love interest, you must give the promise ring to them before the end of this year.
If not, you will be forced to go with one of the boys that do not have a love interest, you will lose your promise ring, and never see their romance events.
Promise ring and Onwards
Unfortunately, I haven't been working a whole lot on the game due to my school ending next week, so I can explain what happens and show you a bit of the event??
Anyway The promise ring is given to the boy of your dreams. You only get one... don't screw it up.
Your boy MUST have a crush on you, otherwise, he'll just ignore the ring. Don't worry! you have most of the year to give it to him.
Handing it to him is quite simple... hold it and give it to him. "Here you go Max, I like you."
As the item giving system is still in progress, I can show you a clip of the event that shows the dialogue of Max.
There is a repeat in the dialogue. Could this mean there is more? Obviously. I'm not showing you the whole thing ^_^
After this, you can trigger his love events. HE IS NOW YOURS FOREVER :D
After his fifth event, you will trigger the 'boyfriend' stage. This stage may have new dialogue. Other than that, it just shows that you have completed the teen path for your man.
The next chapter will be all about winning his hand in marriage.
Suggestions for Marriage
As I will not be suggesting on who to marry *cough* Max *cough*, My suggestion is to wait for your boy's proposal opposed to proposing yourself.
Because it's difficult to portray the Hero's emotions, the male proposals will be significantly more romantic and dialogue ridden than female proposals. They are usually special and follow somewhat of the personality of the boy and your romance.
The children's genders are also randomized. Remember, you can have two kids: An older and younger style. You can choose both, one or none~!
Your opinion Matters!
Just a note that the week of Monday the 17th and part of the 24th and 25th, there will be little to no progress on the game due to it being our exam period. Luckily, I have Friday off Exams, but I will still study during that time. After that, commencement and I will be free for the summer!
Hopefully I can get it done. If not, I have university so I'll do my best to work on it during that time. It's getting there guys.
So in spirit of this end of the year, I've got to ask some questions about Celestial Dance and what you would like to happen in the future.
FIRST OFF: SMALL PROJECTS
Obviously, Artists Canvas is one game that will be in production after Celestial Dance, but the entirety of the game will be written and drawn before it is created as a game. We are planning to have a smaller project to separate Artists Canvas and Celestial Dance.
The project will be minor compared to AC and CD. Of course, AC is a smaller game than CD length wise... kind of...?
Anyway, so here are the option. These are just really random suggestions. Feel free to make your own suggestions too.
Remember that even if you guys don't want me to make a game, Artists Canvas will take the same amount of time.
Otome Visual Novel 1:
This is a concept for a Visual novel surrounding a group of male characters and a main female character. The boys are somehow connected with her (Childhood friend, Rival, New kid... etc) and she can choose one of their paths to go after.
Otome Visual Novel 2:
A visual novel surrounding some of the MALE characters of Celestial Dance. (This would most likely be Max, Andy, Gage, Aris, Kyler and another one of the year exclusives) . The story would follow a situation where these characters will become love interests.
Otome Visual Novel 3:
A situation where a female character (You) will be a rich young lady with several male servants. Some of these servants are of a completely difference species (half animal, elf... etc) Through a situation they will become datable characters.
Male Visual Novel 1:
Celestial Dance FEMALES in a visual novel situation.
Animal Crossing Fangame:
An animal crossing fan game, most likely in 2D, that embodies the offline world of animal crossing. Making your world perfect to the way you like it.
An Animal Crossing inspired game:
Much similar to the way Celestial Dance should run. A very similar concept to Animal crossing: Customization etc. Obviously not to that extent of animal crossing. It would most likely have you designing your character, the world and the way it runs... etc. The game can be a dating simulation, having a variation of characters within the game. There would be 3-4 personalities with a lot of dialogue. The game would end after finding the appropriate husband or wife.
(can you tell which one I want to do X'D)
If I do this one, I'll include some CD Characters and AC Characters just for fun~
Now you decide, what would you like me to do after CD's completion?
Right! so now that we have that out of the way... We have some more updates coming your way in a moment...
*cue jeopardy music*
While you wait for the next update, please enjoy this video of a man invading an interview.
Clean Lined Tai?!
Holy Smudge! (Yeah idk first thing that came to mind) I learned how to do clean lines! Shocker right?
I realized her hair looked nearly gray in the final outcome of it all... so I darkened it a bit.
Which one do you guys like best?
Well... What else does this "Clean line" trend have in store?
Do you remember the girl who is clearly not named after me?
Roxie is Max's sister and has been drawn about seven times for CD and AC alone (Fifty would be a correct number if I were estimating total drawings)
So how would you feel if I threw a revamp at you?
*Throws revamp at you*
Does that hurt? Or is it a good thing? *shugs* //1 in the morning insanity
She is still in the works, with some shading and areas of improvement left (including areas that didn't get coloured... because I missed them for whatever reason when colouring.)
So... *Throws revamp again* LOOK AT IT O_O XD
There isn't a whole lot different other than the lines being so much better. Obviously, there are some lines that messed up in the process, so I'll fix those when I'm NOT having sleep-deprivation hallucination.
...Yeah, the purple and blue of her dress had a verbal argument in my head. I really need some sleep.
I am so concious of my lines now, but don't expect many of them to Change. Cindy may have slight work on her lines to make her arms a bit smoother, and Max on some areas, but full revamps will be done on those who REALLY need it like Anastasia, Aris, Piroline... and the characters I need to start drawing...
So what do you think of this cleaner art style? Better? It's a little more difficult to do, but still not too hard. :) I'll be willing to do this for the remaining CD Characters
Interesting Plot Development
Be careful on who you adore together guys, because on couple of CD will not end happily. There is one couple, that no matter which ending you take, they will not stay together. There are good reasons behind this: They weren't right for each other. It is an 'Expected Pairing'. They are expected to be together so they try to be together and it just doesn't work out. Both get their own happy endings though ^_^ I promise. They still are friends by the end too~
Secrets to be revealed
The following are things you will not be seeing until you play the game:
-The completed Face sets (you will not see the emotions or even the final revamps of these. Roxie and Max will be getting some touch ups)
-The fourth 'job'
-The fourth 'personality'
-The in-game art (such as the final picture)
-The final look of the children
-Game features (Believe it or not, there's a ton that I'm hiding.)
-The game secrets (Such as cheat rooms)
We're getting there in the game... unfortunately, I'm lazy and I don't get a lot done. Currently, I've got to tackle the remainder of the maps, school lessons and events. *sigh*
After that, on to features and connecting it all together.
I'll do my best guys! I'm so sorry for all the waiting >.<
Reply Regarding Randommerade's Response
Hey there! I'm glad to hear your input about the spikes X'D I'm so clueless. I based Phoenix on one of my favorite characters (Then again, what character DON'T I base on my favorite characters ^_^;)
And the bonfire sounds fantastic! I'll look into it for sure~
I'm surprised people enjoy Jet so much O_O Kyler I adore, so it's all good X'D
I'm so happy you like the kids though ^_^; Phoenix and Gemini are my favorites. Hopefully I may make it so you can just do a soft reset to get the gender you want. It's either that, or it's determined at the beginning of the game X'D ... I don't think I'm that mean :P
Hopefully I can get the game done as quickly and best I can :3
I wish I could draw too... X'D I'm going to be either revamping Jet's old image or drawing a new one~ We'll see how it goes. I remember when I was trying to design him... Oh dear. It was the last face set I made before drawing my own. He got a buzz cut in the adult years X'D WOOO Yeah no...
Sorry for the wait :( I took so long because of school.
My response to Kuroneko :)
It's not a problem ^_^ It's always a pleasure hearing from you~
That's too bad :( At least there IS Andy X'D I purposely put in saved file differences just so you guys will have something to look forward to when you restart a game ^_^;;
HAHA I suppose~ Green, Pink, Purple... ahh my characters... But I'm so glad you like them~
I'm still deciding about the hair X'D Thank you so much for letting me know. I'll run it by my cousins as well and see what they think.
Yeah! It may be difficult but it'll be fun~ I'll focus mainly on CD and then after that is finished to a project in the middle and then work on AC. It does >.< I know. I really will try my best to finish it as fast as I can without it being rushed~
I'm so happy you like it ^_^; it was one of my favorite maps in Pokemon, so I adore it. I'm definitely thinking it would make a lovely wedding spot! I'd be up for it~
Yeah... I will never forget this title screen... I have to see it... every. single.time.I. play. X'D
I'm so glad you like it >.< I hope these ones please you as well :)
Well I'll go respond to your email soon X'D sorry for the delay on that, I've been writing this update >.> XD
I can understand that pain X'D I am a solo game maker with the exception of a little bit of help from my cousin (Amelia) and my best friend Crystal. They help... sometimes. But I'm the sole creator and it's tiring... but fulfilling. This is by far the most beautiful work of art I have done... Not in the sense that it's good, just that it had a lot of heart and determination that went into it on everyone's part :)
I would LOVE if you would be willing to still draw~ There are some pictures that need to get done if you're interested
And so the update ends
I PROMISE I'll update more frequently now that summer is here. Love scenes anyone? Videos? Possible near completion? Let's hope we get there in the near future :)
Have a great one~
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.