***Update - July 11th, 2012***
Sign-ups for Beta-testings and Proof-reading: OPEN!
Here is the list of the people who have signed up so far! If you would like to be added, removed, or have your category changed, inform me ASAP! Thanks!beta-testers:
Thanks to everyone who signed up so far! The demo is still a ways to go, but check this thread for updates!
Hello everyone, I'll begin by saying that I'm pretty new to this whole Ren'py thing, but I've tested out some things and have been gradually climbing up that learning curve. Needless to say, after I've experimented a bit to see the sort of things Ren'py is capable of, I'm quite pleased, and excited.
So naturally, I've decided to start a project. Given the size and scope, there is absolutely no way I'll be able to finish this in time. My goal is simply to see how far I can go with this, and hopefully learn a few things along the way. I'd improve my art, my writing, and pick up some new skills, and I'll probably have fun along the way, even if I only make it halfway. Of course, if I ever finish, that too would be dandy.
I've got a premise, a basic idea of how the gameplay works, and a few resources... and that's about it. As such, this thread still start out by being little more than an artwork gallery, but hopefully this project will grow and something will come of it.
So far, I'm doing pretty much everything by myself. Any comments and support will be greatly appreciated.
So, here is my project.Project Title(Working):
Maid of MidsummerGenre:
Art, programming, writing, etc. so far all by babyfishThe Premise
Perhaps you were born the daughter of a noble, or maybe you lived in an orphanage. Perhaps your parents were of the middle-class, or maybe you grew up in the countryside. Regardless of your childhood, fate suddenly dealt your lifestyle a crippling blow, leaving you with no connections and poor prospects.
... And one day, a mysterious and benevolent gentleman finds you crying in the gardens. Not only does he offer his comfort, but he convinces you to pursue your dream, no matter how difficult the road may be.
With his guidance, you pick up your things and head for the prosperous city of Lyndonel. There, you begin your life as a maid at a grand estate, serving the resident nobility as well as his various guests.
You will be surrounded by persons of prestige, most of whom would pay little attention to an ordinary housemaid as yourself. But there are a certain few will gladly ignore all difference in rank, and notice you instead for the virtues they value the most - dedication, courage, cleverness, honesty, and even kindness. In time, you may gain their favour, even their friendship, or perhaps even their unwavering loyalty.
You will face many hardships, but your path is still open to all sorts of opportunities. As the Midsummer Ball approaches, your luck may change for the better. You may start to carve a path to a completely different profession. You may soon find the love of your life. Perhaps you may even meet that nameless gentleman again. Though magic exists only in fairy tales, there are few things more powerful than the determination fueled by a pure and simple dream.
*Lowers cuecard and clears throat*...In other words, guys? EARN YOUR HAPPY ENDING.
And now for the character summaries and their respective portrait:
(all resources related to this game are (c) myself unless given specific mention. Please do not under any circumstances use them in any way without my consent)The Resident Nobility:
Blood Type: AB
The eldest son of a prestigious and well-respected lineage of nobles. He has little interest in the meaningless luxuries and privileges widely enjoyed by those of his rank and wealth, and instead dedicates himself with tireless zeal to the management of the Earldom he will someday inherit. Having no use for flowery language, he is straightforward and no-nonsense, to a fault. He is respected by his subjects, but is often accused of having workaholic tendencies.The Guest List:Alexius
Blood Type: B
The Crown Prince of the realm and its future ruler. Life at the palace has left him with want of nothing. That said, he thirsts to learn and experience more of the world than what can be read from books, or taught by tutors. That world beyond the palace walls fascinates him to no end, and he tires of a sheltered life where he is treated with all the pretenses deserving of a Royal Prince. His personality is impulsive and idealistic, even a little naive.Gabriel
Blood Type: O
A noble ambassador hailing from an exotic land brimming with culture and decadence. His charm and apparent nonchalance to most things proper have earned him many friends, but has also garnered him an unenviable number of enemies. Despite being an ambassador, his only apparent aim in staying abroad is to indulge in frivolity, along with the company of the local womenfolk. Some say he is incapable of sincerity. Others say he has simply forgotten the meaning of the word.Luke
Blood Type: B
A courteous, yet socially-detached gentleman who, through his own industriousness, has earned enough wealth and property to rival that of royalty. Through unknown circumstances, he has become engaged to a young woman of near-equal prestige and wealth, though it is rumoured that little love exists in the pairing. He also possesses a peculiar forgetfulness that may simply be a quirk of personality, or perhaps rooted to something deeper and more troubling.Dante
Blood Type: A
The Knight Captain of Elysium, once a common soldier who rose to heroism on the battlefield. That said, his words and actions suggest a certain disdain, even resentment, to his own fame as a hero of war. If anything, he appears to despise the attention, preferring to assume the humble duties of a guardsman, looking after the people from behind the front lines. He possesses a stoic and taciturn demeanor, easily mistaken for arrogance when he possesses none.
Blood Type: B
One of the butlers of the household. As a departmental head, he is in charge of the dining room and the wine cellar, though his duties extend to the stillroom as well. He is well-liked among the staff for his cheerful and worry-free manner, yet still gains all the respect of his tenure and position. His experience in both life and work is his most valuable asset, and one that he shares gladly with his juniors.Katya
Blood Type: O
An ambitious parlour maid with an eye for the Housekeeper position. Cool-mannered and composed, her demeanor is one that most find unapproachable. She often earns both the resentment and respect of her fellow staff, namely the current Housekeeper herself, for performing her duties with utter perfection. Her esteem is earned only by those who strive to do the same. She is considered difficult to deal with by even the haughtiest of nobles.
Other Persons of Note:Molly
Blood Type: AB
The childhood friend of our heroine. They have not met during the years since Molly married the son of an Earl, but Molly yet still cares for her friend's success and well-being. Samuel
Blood Type: AB
The younger twin brother of Seth, and his opposite in personality, being much more laid-back and romantic. Currently married to Molly Gardner, a young lady born to a common family.Nadine
Blood Type: ???
A charming and lively, albeit somewhat mysterious young lady who appears to be new in town. She claims to be a freelancer, but there might be more to her than meets the eye.and finally, NOT last, and certainly NOT least...
"Default" Sign: Capricorn
"Default" Blood type: A
The newest maid of the household, and a curiosity to the residents to be sure. Her success in love and life will depend on her dedication to her duties, the development of her skills, her ability to make friends, and the choices she will have to make.
As far as characters go, these are the most notable ones. But there will be a heapload more, mostly minor ones.
There will be around six dateables(...as far as males go). Maybe you can spot them in the list above.
I'll update this thread whenever I've reached a notable progress point. Until then, I eagerly await your input and hope you like what you've seen so far.
(' )< babyfish