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by Desertopa
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: We are offering Paid Work
Topic: Seeking composer [Closed]
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Seeking composer [Closed]

We're seeking a composer for an [18+] romance visual novel set in the Adirondacks. We're looking for someone comfortable with music evocative of natural environments as well as mood-setting themes. Work lineup would involve about eight tracks for the demo currently in development, but we'd like cand...
by Desertopa
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: How do you write "complex" characters?
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: How do you write "complex" characters?

I think the idea that complexity is built on contradictions doesn't really lend itself to helpful, actionable writing advice. Actually, I think that if taken at face value, it makes for pretty bad advice. The first character that brings to mind for me is Ivy , of Soul Calibur, specifically because o...
by Desertopa
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Art
Topic: How to decide your prices?
Replies: 6
Views: 1453

Re: How to decide your prices?

A huge part of the variation between artists' prices comes from circumstances rather than skills. One of the most skilled, and fastest artists I've known was also one of the cheapest I've encountered, because art was his full time job, but also his hobby, and he lived in a country with low costs of ...
by Desertopa
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Love Interest Mentioning Past Relationships
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Re: Love Interest Mentioning Past Relationships

So, on the one hand, I think it's true that readers who make a fuss over this sort of thing are only a vocal minority within the overall population. On the other hand, they're a minority that Japanese romance games in particular have been catering to for decades, so the genre kind of filters for the...
by Desertopa
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: We are a Commercial Project looking for Partners
Topic: Nyan looking for Partners for Commercial Project
Replies: 19
Views: 2718

Re: Nyan looking for Partners for Commercial Project

AD NOTANDA wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:43 pm
No answer. ok.
The ad in question is old, but it's for the better that you didn't hear back. The original poster was actually a scam artist and serial fraudster who was caught in the process of trying to embezzle tens of thousands of dollars from their most recent game project.
by Desertopa
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Normal or Fishy VN Company?
Replies: 9
Views: 1528

Re: Normal or Fishy VN Company?

To be honest, a lot of what goes on in Western VN development really blurs the lines of professionalism. I don't think there's even a single professional English language VN company right now with the resources and permanence to release successive games without resorting to crowdfunding. A lot of pl...
by Desertopa
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: We are offering Paid Work
Topic: [Closed] Seeking background artist for [18+] VN.
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: [Closed] Seeking background artist for [18+] VN.

The position has now been filled, thank you to everyone who applied, and apologies to everyone we were not able to follow up with.
by Desertopa
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: writing in dating sims
Replies: 10
Views: 1768

Re: writing in dating sims

oh lord, you described it perfectly. that's the direction my game is taking right now and it's horrendous. however, even though not ideal, i think one-liners work in dating sims with archetypes?? Could you give examples of what you have in mind? There are always some audiences who'll go for a work ...
by Desertopa
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Creator Discussion
Topic: Help with bust/waist/hip measurement
Replies: 10
Views: 1761

Re: Help with bust/waist/hip measurement

I actually went through quite a bit of effort to develop a realistic sense for these figures, only to find them almost entirely useless for character design, because it's so difficult to find an artist, let alone audience members, who can relate them to actual visual images. I sometimes use a couple...
by Desertopa
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: writing in dating sims
Replies: 10
Views: 1768

Re: writing in dating sims

Definitely overwhelmingly in favor of richer dialogues and character development. Without compelling dialogue, I can really only muster up about as much enthusiasm for the romance as I could mashing a couple of dolls' faces together and pretending they're kissing.
by Desertopa
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: We are offering Paid Work
Topic: [Closed] Seeking background artist for [18+] VN.
Replies: 6
Views: 632

[Closed] Seeking background artist for [18+] VN.

We’re seeking a background artist for a (paid) position on a commercial visual novel. The game is set in the real life location of the Adirondacks in New York State, and prospective artists should be comfortable depicting natural environments as well as interior scenes. The game is rated 18+, but th...
by Desertopa
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: What do you like in a VN protagonist?
Replies: 13
Views: 1198

Re: What do you like in a VN protagonist?

If there's anything I hate about a protagonist it's when they're passive (the story happens to them instead of they actively advancing the story through their actions). I also don't like dumb, airhead protagonists (or characters in general) since their actions rarely make sense or feel realistic. A...
by Desertopa
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: Good story but decent art
Replies: 14
Views: 2980

Re: Good story but decent art

I agree with this. Even though I'm not looking for the VN of the year, I still look for a base quality when deciding what game to play. Since it's impossible to judge the writing before you start playing, other factors play a bigger role. Again, I don't think the art has to be amazing, but if the c...
by Desertopa
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Asset Creation: Writing
Topic: A very long common route and late character introductions?
Replies: 17
Views: 2031

Re: A very long common route and late character introductions?

There's one VN which comes to mind which I thought pulled off the the long common route/late character introductions well: Kono Oozora ni, Tsubasa o Hirogete/If My Heart Had Wings. The events of the common route take place over the course of more than a year, and at the beginning of the first school...
by Desertopa
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: I am a Writer, Editor, Proofreader or Translator
Topic: [Open] Multimedia Writer/Editor
Replies: 0
Views: 302

[Open] Multimedia Writer/Editor

I'm Desertopa, and I've been writing on the internet in various forms for about fifteen years, since that name first appeared in fantasy roleplays (as a six inch long lizard and honorary dragon.) Since then I've kept the name, but experimented with a wide variety of styles and formats. I aim to be n...