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by gekiganwing
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Non-anime VNs
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: Non-anime VNs

LongStory isn't my favorite visual novel, but I like it. I was surprised at how choices in the story can shape the protagonist in an instant. There's a low-key conflict which permeates the VN. Finally, I liked the occasional use of a diegetic interface. I started reading Across the Grooves recently...
by gekiganwing
Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Visual novels and "Interactivity"
Replies: 7
Views: 936

Re: Visual novels and "Interactivity"

... do you think interactivity as an important part of visual novel ? Why ? It can be enjoyable. A Midsummer Day's Resonance is a short story with no choices or gameplay, and I liked it. Toradora Portable had some choices as well as adventure game elements (the protagonist can find items, some of w...
by gekiganwing
Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Do you think there is a market for non-anime visual novels?
Replies: 20
Views: 1212

Re: Do you think there is a market for non-anime visual novels?

Publisher Nova-Box has used terms such as "interactive graphic novel" to describe their visual novels, such as Across the Grooves . They use 2D illustrations to tell a story, with art which I would call painterly. I don't know whether or not I like this term. Maybe it's because I'm apathetic regardi...
by gekiganwing
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Works in Progress
Topic: Arcadia [Seeking Writers]
Replies: 10
Views: 1134

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: 1983

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: (Demo)[Slice of Space Opera] 51ur8-90 [Gender Choice x Gender Choice][Sci-Fi][Romance] (16+)
Replies: 21
Views: 2438

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: 510

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: 650

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: 2606

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: 1108

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: 3596

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: 3660

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: 3432

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: 2491

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: 2328

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...