-----Yep. Pirates. In the desert. Website here, check it out
I've had this idea floating in my head for about a year and a half now. At first, I was going to make this a branching VN where you could explore each of the crew of the ship, but then I realised that I was nowhere near good enough a writer to pull that off. And then I wanted to make it a comic, cause comics are cool. But then I scrapped the idea because I realised my plot went nowhere. And then I reworked the plot a bit (and accepted that a plot that doesn't necessarily have an antagonist is okay a lot). But recently, I've discovered that I have major consistency issues and drawing a comic would be nigh impossible, so I've once again poured my efforts into making a VN. Except it's more of a kinetic novel now... Branches are hard... I think I'm going to be making this a 16+ chapter/arc KN. I wanted to throw in porn, but it seems the community for non porn games is more active, so I'll make it a non-porn game (and maybe make a nsfw version in the future). And I wanted to throw in a turn based battle system later in the series. Oh dear...
Sorry for long intro that doesn't really matter. Updates10.27.10
--Arc 1 is more or less done. Just waiting on music. So in the meantime, I shall start arc 2. 06.30.10
--There is a production schedule set in place and our aimed release for Arc 1 is September 1st. Let's hope I make it. 06.13.10
-- Finally have some semblance of spare time on my hand and so I'd like to direct it to this little child of mine again. It has been neglected for so long now. I've reupped a new demo with some new arts but no musics as I have enslaved my boyfriend to do it, but he's been preoccupied. I'll be editing this post with some new images. There is also a what should be relatively up to date website hereA little about the plot:
The main character, Skyler, stows away on a pirate ship because she's a bored, uninspired writer. Throughout the whole series, you learn more about each of the twelve(? I don't remember anymore...) crew members and the awesomeness of being a pirate. The series spans a couple of years, and so a lot happens. The first chapter/arc thing is kinda short and is just an introduction to almost all of the crew. I may expand on it though. Did I mention this all takes place in the desert. Harnessing the power of magical crystals (actually, it's glass), desert-folk have managed to build ships that fly across the deserts. And when you have ships, you have pirates. Should I list the characters? I guess I should.
Here are the main ones (aka the crew):
Left to right (with the most important in the middle, lol):
Sauriel: A very old satyr. He's Kala's guardian and the ship's main magic user man.
Kala: The other foreigner. She's the only anthro character in the whole series. I didn't want to make her anthro, but it seems to weird story wise for her not to be. She's basically a caracal that walks on two feet, wears clothes, and uses magic. I don't know why, but I always imagine her blue...
Jocelyn: Gavon's wife. She takes care of most of the cleaning on the ship. Not a fun job, but someone has to do it. She has an oryx on the ship.
Gavon: The cook. Likes to gamble a lot. (may be renamed)
Vaeryl Saju: The main fighter of the group. Very angry very often. Does not like Skyler. Also the only one with a last name (so far).
Captain Alabaster: Captain. Very arrogant (but I don't think I quite portrayed that enough in the story....) (And yes, I know alabaster means white and he's not white...)
Skyler: Uninspired writer. She's very plain...
Asgar: Gay navigator. I hate making gay a main aspect, but dammit. He seems nice enough.
Tyrmak: The lustful mechanic. Very inquisitive and always willing to trade sex for new information (or vice versa). But since this is not a porn game anymore... hrmmm..... oh well. I'll just have implied sex.
Fleur: The foreign doctor. She's very sadistic and doesn't know the word ethics when it comes to science. Ethics or permission.
Euzo: The other fighter. He's the brute force of the group. Rather large, but he packs a punch. (And an axe).
And not pictured (sorry, kid):
Joyae: Gavon and Jocelyn's daughter. Will grow up to be a mechanic. In her spare time, she plays with Mak (if he's awake, but then again, he doesn't sleep much), or she plays the lute. Vaeryl's grandpa taught her how to play.
There's a few more characters, but they join the crew later.
for more info about the characters (and a coloured picture for most of them). A little about the world:
In Ebarcul Desert, the people have split into two factions, one that comes up at night, and one that comes up during the day. That explains why some of the people are pale and some of them are dark. The nocturnal folk have grown to be more of the warrior types, and the diurnal more of the farmer and producers. In doing so, a lot of racism has grown over the years between the two races, but that doesn't matter to (our) pirates too much.
There is also a magic system with crystals (glass) called ryn. Ryn were originally produced naturally, whenever lightning happened to strike the desert. Sometimes, if the sand was strong, it would form a magical glass. Over the long spans of time, satyrs have developed a way to manipulate the ryn, but most humans could not. The satyrs say it's because the humans aren't "close enough to nature", but no one knows for sure. Humans with even a bit of satyr blood in them can manipulate ryn, though the less blood you have, the less you can manipulate. Though, these mixed bloods tend to be rare because the satyrs are tend to be very xenophobic. Of course, there will be exceptions. These ryn manipulators are called rynsfiri and they are always in great demand. It is with ryn that most all ships are powered.
Uhmmmm yeah. Oh and the ship's name is Rynspyr, hence name of the game. Thank you for reading long post (and if you didn't well thanks for pretending you did). I'd love some comments and feedback as I try to work on this beast.Demo
I haven't had a chance to upload to sendspace yet (slow internets at home, ack!), so here they are on my website. Hopefully, it won't crash. Hopefully.
Version 0.25--No music, and maybe about 40% through the script. Linux