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by gekiganwing
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Works in Progress
Topic: Arcadia [Seeking Writers]
Replies: 10
Views: 975

Re: Arcadia

Arcadia is a teen romance, bishōjo visual novel set in the present day at a boarding school in the United Kingdom. Think Hogwarts without the magic but with the teen angst and interpersonal relationships. The school is for high academic achievers—"gifted students"—but the protagonist did not get ad...
by gekiganwing
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Art
Topic: Am I hurting my VN by NOT using an Anime style?
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Am I hurting my VN by NOT using an Anime style?

A couple of my amateurish thoughts on how you could brand a visual novel that's somewhat different... * Across the Grooves was released earlier this year. Its creators use the phrase "interactive graphic novel" to describe it. As far as I can tell, this story is told though 2D illustrations and text...
by gekiganwing
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Works in Progress
Topic: [Slice of Space Opera] 51ur8-90 [Gender Choice x Gender Choice][Sci-Fi][Romance] (16+)
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

Re: [Slice of Space Opera] 51ur8-90 [Gender Choice x Gender Choice][Sci-Fi][Romance] (16+)

How do you feel about a story that combines lighthearted slice-of-life elements with more serious drama? In my opinion, this is a positive thing. It's good to have conflict as well as calm moments. Laser battles are nice, though too many can be numbing. Sorkinesque walk-and-talk is nice, though too...
by gekiganwing
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a visual novel
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: Looking for a visual novel

Lately I've been looking for VNs which don't look like 1990s to 2010s seinen demographic series. This is how LongStory became one of my favorites. This VN combines somewhat abstract cartoon graphics with a story that addresses some heavy topics. The Yawhg I think the premise of this game is intrigui...
by gekiganwing
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Ideas
Topic: Hamaru Shoujo [High School] [Drama] [Psychological] [BxG] [18+] [Ren'Py]
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Hamaru Shoujo [High School] [Drama] [BxG] [18+] [Ren'Py]

Thought #1: be careful with the scope of your story. I probably say this too much. However, keep this in mind unless you've already finished writing at least one piece of fiction, or unless you've already finished creating at least one game. Sometimes it's worth eliminating a major character if that...
by gekiganwing
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Art
Topic: Would you use the Character Creator if it had manga style faces?
Replies: 5
Views: 1613

Re: Would you use the Character Creator if it had manga style faces?

... I'm wondering if you'd be interested in using it if I were to add manga style faces for the characters? No. If you can justify creating art that's inspired by one specific creator, maybe. I would recommend against creating assets which resemble a category of pop culture art that's existed for a...
by gekiganwing
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are your favorite/least favorite VN tropes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1026

Re: What are your favorite/least favorite VN tropes?

My current favorite elements in visual novels include... * An external conflict. The characters need to overcome something. * A distinct art style. If the illustrations are compared with other VNs or pop culture art, then they should stand out. * There's more to the major characters than what their ...
by gekiganwing
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Are dating sims just an excuse for porn?
Replies: 7
Views: 2623

Re: Are dating sims just an excuse for porn?

It ended up becoming a much bigger conversation about why someone makes a dating sim. So much of the visual novel and dating sim genres seem to operate on the promise of NSFW that it's almost required to put the sexy stuff up front, or at least promise players it's in there. I had been active for t...
by gekiganwing
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Friendship story writing
Replies: 4
Views: 2721

Re: Friendship story writing

If the characters' friendship is linked to a conflict, that can be a major element of your story. A few examples... * Two friends trying to survive an ordeal. * Two friendly coworkers trying to solve a mystery. * The main characters' friendship is turning into rivalry over a woman. Can they get alon...
by gekiganwing
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Love Interest Mentioning Past Relationships
Replies: 8
Views: 2474

Re: Love Interest Mentioning Past Relationships

Here's something I've been thinking about lately: what do players of romance games think of love interests that mention or discuss past relationships? I usually assume that fictional characters have had life experiences before the events of a story. That said, think about how many of their experien...
by gekiganwing
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Works in Progress
Topic: Garden of Seif [DEMO OUT][Assassins][Female-Protag]
Replies: 11
Views: 2344

Re: Garden of Seif [3D Camera][Adventure, Romance][Assassins][Female Protagonist]

For a moment, I thought the title of this story was "Garden of Self." Oops. :) Iris Lapis, an undercover assassin, seeks to exterminate a hitlist of Imperials that have darkened her past. Enter Seth Salazar, a cunning Imperial man that promises to help her on her quest for revenge, but at what cost?...
by gekiganwing
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Completed Games
Topic: Head of the Class [18+ BxG College Romance][Partial VO][Windows, Mac & Linux][Free]
Replies: 5
Views: 2211

Re: Head of the Class [18+ BxG College Romance][Partial VO][Windows, Mac & Linux][Free]

At one point in my life, I owned a couple dozen CYOA books, and a few other gamebooks. :P They were probably donated years ago... Also, I'm old enough to remember the television series Head of the Class . :P Consider talking to other people who sell indie games, and who use Patreon and/or Twitter. D...
by gekiganwing
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: writing in dating sims
Replies: 10
Views: 3448

Re: writing in dating sims

... how do you all, as players of the game, expect the level of writing to be? If there's an emphasis on gameplay, then I don't expect too much story. Having said that, I appreciate the following: * A conflict. The main character wants to achieve a specific goal, and someone / something is preventi...
by gekiganwing
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Ideas
Topic: Edith Victoria [steampunk] [western] [young adult] [female protagonist]
Replies: 2
Views: 564

Re: Edith Victoria [steampunk] [western] [young adult] [female protagonist]

Recommendation #1: be careful with the scope of your story. Especially if your team does not include people who have completed fiction or games. Think about leaving scenes, characters, and gameplay elements which don't contribute to the story on the cutting room floor. I say this because a lot of pr...
by gekiganwing
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: What makes a visual novel?
Replies: 5
Views: 3626

Re: What makes a visual novel?

So I want to experiment with the genre just for the sake of it and am wondering what exactly makes a game a visual novel because the definition isn't really all that clear. A visual novel should just be a story told through words and pictures, using a computer / video game format. It shouldn't be d...