Ex Astris 01 [GxB][Light Sci-fi/Supernatural]

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Ex Astris 01 [GxB][Light Sci-fi/Supernatural]

#1 Post by Cera L. Hendry » Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:39 pm

Ex Astris
Chapter 01

Set in a ‘near-future’ on a fictional world, Ex Astris follows the story of Lanis Rosenberg, a newly graduated doctor working in the Loennian military. Doubtful of her abilities to cope in the army and lost with her direction in life, Lanis’ world is suddenly turned upside-down when she is transferred to the secretive, militaristic nation of Xian. There, she is assigned to a subject named A-28 'Ash'. An emotionless, unstable, biologically engineered soldier and her opposite in every way…

*This project was formerly know as the Flash-based VN: 'LINEAR - Divine Seer'

Format: Episodic Visual Novel
Engine: RenPy
Genre: Light Sci-Fi / Drama / GxB / Supernatural
Platform: PC/Mac
Duration: Short
Project info & download files:
http://www.cerastudios.com/ex-astris

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Creator's Note: I'm not dead! This labour of love is still going. (I really just don't know when to quit.) LINEAR got an art reboot, a story reboot and even a fancy latin name change, it means 'from the stars'. I listened to a lot of fans and decided to jump ship from the Flash-based visual novel and teach myself how to use RenPY. It's been a long time coming, and the game has gone through some extensive testing on all platforms and most people have been able to play it fine, but I've still had one or two people have odd issues with it that I simply cannot pinpoint. So please let me know how it all goes as I'm very new to RenPy.

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#2 Post by Kyuun » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:04 am

Looks interesting! I'm downloading it now, haha. The art looks really great, and the story seems interesting, so I'm excited to play it!

EDIT: So I just played it.

And wow.

The story, the characters... they're all super intriguing and you ended it right when I started to really get into the world. I was honestly wondering, with the way you had it set up and the explanations of the different countries and the problems etc, how you'd end this chapter but you ended it perfectly. I really want to know what happens next and how it happens.
I absolutely LOVED the way Lanis' premonition came when she touched Ash's hand... and especially when she was contemplating over it when she got back to her room. And how the 'daughter' bomb was dropped. That means they did the do~ -shot-.
I honestly can't wait for Chapter 2. It looks as if you can do a lot with this universe/characters, so I'm really looking forward to a continuation!

EDITx2: Oh, and it worked perfectly for me.
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#3 Post by Mimi_Melody » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:30 am

Wow, I'm glad to see it's out! :D I've tried LINEAR and I'd be soooo sad if you drop/abandon it. Glad to see it here! Giving Renpy a try can be really good~
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#4 Post by aya001 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:33 am

Played it and it awesome, the characters, the story. I can't wait to get my hands in episode 2!!!!!

About the odd issues, I played it 'til the end without any problem.

Good word, and keep the chapters coming!!!! ^^
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#5 Post by KiYa » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:40 am

*Now Downloading* xDD
Can't wait to try this out~ OMG! I've been waiting for this moment for a looooong time~!
Good work on releasing the first chapter! xD
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#6 Post by Pixelen » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:48 am

Ah, it was awesome, I was so disappointed when it finished! Please update with the next chapter ASAP!

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#7 Post by merdeamour » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:26 am

Whoa, sounds great! I won't be able to play it until the semester break, though T_T
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#8 Post by frederic09 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:32 pm

Hi,

I played the flash version of your project and just now your RenPY version of the game, and i prefer the "original/first" artwork for your characters.

Lanis is sooo cute with her lipstick and glasses :)
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#9 Post by philip » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:18 pm

Well, looks like you made the transition from flash to Ren'Py just fine! I had previously played through Linear, and just finished downloading Ex Astris and going through it once, with no problems. I did notice that the two versions are not exactly the same; in any event, I like both of them! Ready for chapter 2!!!
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#10 Post by SakanaTonic » Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:53 am

Well, I haven't actually seen LINEAR, so I won't be able to draw any comparisons, haha. Other than that, I'd just like to say wow??? As in wow, this is really great?? It's definitely the most work I've seen put into something in a while, with only one chapter so far too. The writing is amazing as well as the amount of work that has been put into the characters and the world building and everything is just really great?? I can definitely appreciate the amount of effort that has gone into this.

It was a shame that it ended so soon just after the revelation, but I'll definitely be looking forward to chapter 2 now! :)

P.S. Out of curiosity, how much freedom will the choices given in game actually allow? Will the course of the story remain mostly linear with a few extra scenes and dialogue depending on the choices, will there be multiple paths and endings?

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#11 Post by Cera L. Hendry » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:01 am

Oh woah, thanks for the feedback everyone! ^^ To reply to a few people...

frederic09 > It's nice to hear you liked the old artwork. XD Believe me, it was a HARD decision to allow Lanis to lose the glasses. They were so iconic for her. But I thought, in an era where they're producing artificial humans... would people REALLY still wear glasses? We already have decent laser eye surgery today... I'm thinking about it too much aren't I? Yes I am... I really need to stop listening to my 'unfun logic'. This is a world of fantasy after all. XD

philip > Yes they are quite a bit different :D The story was always going to end up in Xian, I've just pulled a few events further forward, swapped some other things around and character roles... made Lanis a bit older (a graduated doctor now) even though with my new style she looks younger... Meh ^^;

SakanaTonic > You asked about the choices and their effects? Umm.. I'm not sure yet XD Of course being episodic I can only have it affect the outcomes of each chapter and open up different scenes and dialogue. But I have toyed with the idea of actually having 'death' scenes or dead ends within a chapter when things start getting serious. I'll still need to play around with that concept a bit more methinks...

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#12 Post by destiny_921 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:03 am

Just... wow.

You've made a HUGE improvement from LINEAR. The sound effects, music and graphics are so much more polished and blend well together. I seriously can't wait for the next part.

And dear Maker, you made everyone look so much better. Fantastic job!
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#13 Post by Rainbow Colors » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:37 am

It seems nice~ I'll play it sometime when there's less schoolwork >u>

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#14 Post by ixWishing » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:10 pm

Ahh, I remember playing the flash version first, on deviantart c:
Is there anything different from the flash version and this? (Other than art & story change as you said. Like any new scenes? ^^)

Well, either way I'm downloading it right now~
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#15 Post by pwisaguacate » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:28 am

I went to LINEAR's thread [link], but the page it points to is down. May we get a download link?

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