W.I.S.H (was Starlit Dreams) [Scifi/Paranormal] [B/GxB/G]

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W.I.S.H (was Starlit Dreams) [Scifi/Paranormal] [B/GxB/G]

#1 Post by broken_angel » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:04 am

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Visual Novel - Freeware
Rating: 17+ (for blood and violence, strong language, sexual situations)


I held off on posting this for as long as I could stand, but this is the revived project of what was formerly Starlit Dreams, for those of you who remember that from a while back. Same premise, same characters, but now with much more story and less "light-hearted" simulation because I apparently can't write happy stories without getting bored.

W.I.S.H is essentially a game about the consequences of relying on "miracles" and what happens when you try to screw with fate. It is centered around a fairly large cast of characters, getting to know them, seeing their relationships, and then witnessing the chain reaction that happens when something big upsets the balance of their fragile world.

Every character has their own story which intertwines with the other characters' stories, but it isn't clear just how much they affect each other until you look at the events which unfold from all sides.


Story

In the year 2027, a string of mysterious murders sweeps through a busy city on the west coast;
Meanwhile, a detective and his brother seek out the organization who killed their sister years ago;
Two women are swept up in a horrifying event which will change their lives forever;
Three friends struggle desperately to find a cure for a deadly illness before it’s too late;
And a lone demon searches for the catalyst which began all of this madness…

In the middle of it all is Seiko (or Ein), a young wannabe inventor who has thus far lived life as if she were invisible. She can no longer remain a mere observer in the world, however, for after a chance encounter with an apparition who gives her the power to make wishes come true, Seiko is suddenly thrust into these people’s lives whether she wants it or not. She soon discovers that though she has the power to change fate, this power may come at a terrible price.


Characters

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Ein Ross or Seiko Inumi (name changeable)
Main Character (MC)
- A wannabe inventor who moved to the city after a fire destroyed his/her “lab” (a.k.a. his/her parents’ basement). Somewhat eccentric, he/she likes to make grand schemes and jump into things without fully thinking through the consequences. He/she was bullied as a child for being “weird,” applying both to his/her personality and the fact that he/she can “see what others cannot,” namely supernatural phenomena.

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Bridget Miller (BxG, GxG)
Librarian
- The MC’s friend from high school and the one who suggested that the MC move to the city. She is often the voice of reason trying to keep the MC from doing anything stupid (though she doesn’t always succeed). She’s athletic, pretty, and popular with the guys, but has an inner geek that loves computers and electronics.

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James Bryant (GxB, BxB)
Paranormal Investigator
- The MC’s neighbor and a paranormal investigator who becomes interested in the MC’s power to see spirits. Most people think he’s odd – first of all, for concerning himself with ghosts, and second, because he ignores most common social conventions because he thinks they’re pointless. He doesn’t concern himself with anything unnecessarily.

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Anomen “Ani” Lector (GxB)
Bartender
- James’ younger half-brother who lives with him due to financial issues (in other words, he spends all his money on booze). When he’s not working at the bar or running errands for his brother, Ani plays as a guitarist in a band. Generally funny, carefree, and flirtatious, and he follows a philosophy of living life in the present and not taking anything too seriously.

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Marisela “Mari” Ramos (BxG)
(Self-proclaimed) Chief Financial Officer
- The only full-time employee at James’ investigation agency and the one who handles the business side of things. Spunky and optimistic, she believes that the best way to help others is to put a smile on their face. She’ll go to great lengths to find the best deals, whether that means searching for discounted clothing or bargaining favorable contracts with clients.

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Cadee Ellis (BxG)
Middle-school Teacher
- Once a nationally-recognized scientist, now Caine’s middle-school biology teacher. She comes off as bitter and mean, but she secretly enjoys working with the students and tries her best to challenge them, even if it’s frustrating. A bit of a smartass who has no patience for people who don’t wish to learn and isn’t afraid to call people idiots to their face.

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Leonardo “Leo” Taylor (GxB)
University Student
- Cadee’s younger cousin and a freshman in college studying mechanical engineering, though he can be more commonly found in his role as a sales clerk at the electronics store. Shy and a bit nervous around people, but very intelligent and good at his job. He admits to being an avid gamer, especially when it comes to science-fiction games.

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Dr. Keiji Hara (GxB, BxB)
Physician
- Owner and lone doctor of a small clinic who seems to be acquainted with Cadee and Leo. While he acts friendly and personable to his patients, he generally doesn’t like talking outside of work and absolutely hates it when people waste his time. He tends to keep to himself and avoid others – not because he’s shy, but because he just doesn’t like dealing with them.

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“Auki” Aukinora (BxG, GxG)
Bar Patron
- A mysterious woman who often hangs out at the bar and soon reveals herself to be a demon (or a “devilish succubus,” as James calls her). Though a demon, she sees humans as “friends, not food” and doesn’t like other demons who only see humans as an energy source. As witty as she is beautiful, she loves to tease the other characters and seems to know more about their situations than even they do, the MC included.


Assets

Plot/Route Outline: Complete
Events Outline: ~20,000 words so far
-- James: 70% done
-- Ani: 35% done
-- Bridget: 20% done
-- Mari: 20% done
-- Leo: 20% done
-- Cadee: 20% done
-- Keiji: 20% done
-- Auki: 20% done
Script: 0%
Sprites: 95%
Backgrounds: 1%
Music: Complete
Voices: ?????

Artists
Character Sprites by y0do
Music by Starship Amazing (98%) and Kevin MacLeod (2%)
Writing, programming, and backgrounds by me 'cause I'm a one-woman team

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I hope to have a playable demo of sorts up fairly soon - basically as soon as I can write my currently outlined events into a Ren'py script and perhaps add a nice GUI. I guess I also need to wait until I get the art for my title screen... But seriously, once I have all that done, I'll post a demo of the first two weeks (out of about two months total for the game). The first couple of weeks are really introductory and are designed to give the player a chance to check out all the characters without committing to one, though it will also include each characters' first "plot event," which sets you on their route.

Anyway, the purpose of this thread is mainly to get feedback and suggestions, though I know that there's not a lot to go on at the moment. I'm perfectly happy to answer any questions you may have about the characters or the story, and I'll try to do so without revealing too many spoilers.

I know that I haven't exactly built a good reputation for myself for finishing games, BUT here's what makes this project different: 1) it's focused mainly on writing, and more importantly, the writing is broken up into short, individual events which plays to my strengths as a writer; 2) there aren't many gameplay components to worry about programming (I may add in some very simple business sim elements later on, but I'm going to develop the game without them first) ; 3) I have a personal cheerleader this time around who is doing a great job of keeping me on top of things. So, I feel that I'm very likely to finish this game. It may not be terribly soon, but I imagine it will be within a few months, assuming nothing comes up in RL to prevent me from working on it.

All that said, thank you for taking the time to look this over. C:
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#2 Post by broken_angel » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:07 am

Random Goodies
'Cause those are fun, right?


Chibis! In all their adorable-ness. ;D
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WIP of the MC's apartment:
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Promo poster I made for fun:
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#3 Post by AshenhartKrie » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:35 am

OMG A GUY WITH A GOATEE! >.>
This looks so cool! I have a weakness for crime-y things. I love your art as well.
Um.. sorry I can't give much feedback, but don't get demotivated! Good lucky~

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#4 Post by LVUER » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:27 am

Is there any meaning to why you write the title like W.I.S.H, not WISH? I'm curios to see what it stands for...
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#5 Post by broken_angel » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:54 am

AshenhartKrie wrote:OMG A GUY WITH A GOATEE! >.>
This looks so cool! I have a weakness for crime-y things. I love your art as well.
Um.. sorry I can't give much feedback, but don't get demotivated! Good lucky~
More visual novel guys need facial hair, if you ask me. :3
And thank you!

LVUER wrote:Is there any meaning to why you write the title like W.I.S.H, not WISH? I'm curios to see what it stands for...
I could have just called it "Wish," but "W.I.S.H" looks cooler. ;D
W.I.S.H stands for "Wish Interpretation Salvation Hypothesis," which is a hypothesis developed by the main character which states that by getting to know others and finding out what they want out of life – what their wish is – the main character can help them, or “save” them from an otherwise dull existence. Of course, we'll see how well that works out...

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#6 Post by Blane Doyle » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:27 pm

Well this is an interesting concept! I'll definitely be following this.

Also: I love goatees you have no idea.

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#7 Post by Genesislove » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:13 pm

This looks great, I can't wait for it.:D

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#8 Post by FatUnicornGames » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:27 am

Just throwing in that I am excited to see what happens with this one too! The art looks great and the premise is fun. Plus so many glasses! I think I'll be romancing James or Keiji first!
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#9 Post by broken_angel » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:07 am

Thanks for the follows. C:

FatUnicornGames wrote:The art looks great and the premise is fun. Plus so many glasses!
Haha, yeah, you can tell from the appearances and professions of the characters that I was channeling my inner geek when I designed this game. :lol:

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#10 Post by Onomatopoeia » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:56 am

Oh, I'm looking forward to this!

It has most of the things I love (inventors, men with facial hair, librarians with braids... I have sort of specific tastes...)!

It seems like a cute concept, I can't wait for it.

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#11 Post by broken_angel » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:47 pm

Onomatopoeia wrote:It has most of the things I love (inventors, men with facial hair, librarians with braids... I have sort of specific tastes...)!
We must have similar tastes, then. :o


Anyway, after looking through the What Turns You On/Off thread, I realize that my little thread here is pretty lacking. So, I'll try to fix it up soon, and perhaps in the process make it more clear that this is NOT a "cute" game. I know that the title and art style are a bit misleading, but seriously, it's full of death and demons and angst and...yeah, definitely not cute.

In the meantime, here is a slice of the infernal battle between James and the Cat (featuring a nice placeholder background):
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"Aww, c'mon, James. He's just a cute little kitty cat. What harm could he do?"

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#12 Post by Blane Doyle » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:39 pm

Misleading art? My favorite kind of art! (Seriously, it's part of why I like shows like Higurashi and Madoka.)

As much as I love black cats, I think James might have a point. They can never bring good news in stories like this.

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#13 Post by broken_angel » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:49 pm

Blane Doyle wrote:Misleading art? My favorite kind of art! (Seriously, it's part of why I like shows like Higurashi and Madoka.)

As much as I love black cats, I think James might have a point. They can never bring good news in stories like this.
When I first pitched my game idea to my friends, it was compared to Madoka, haha, but more because of the story than the art. The whole making-a-deal-with-a-demon-in-exchange-for-a-wish thing is similar. But obviously, the stories themselves are very different.

And nuu~ The cat is just a cute, adorable, "normal" kitty. All he did was terrorize a neighborhood or two, and suddenly he's "bad news." ;D


Here's another screenshot, this time showing off the main character's customizable sprite that I spent all day programming:
HipsterEin.png
Both male and female versions currently have three different hairstyles, three outfit colors, and the option of wearing glasses or not.

Question:
Do people care about having a lot of different hair and outfit colors? It wouldn't be that difficult to add some more (or some in general as far as hair colors are concerned), but I also don't want to spend a lot of time on it if it's not something people are interested in.

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#14 Post by Razz » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:21 pm

Nothing better than opening up a thread for the first time and being greeted with awesome art. And aw yiss the cutest girls are gxg BD
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#15 Post by Blane Doyle » Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:25 pm

Ah, so it IS a Faustian sort of tale (with a twist it seems)! I love those sorts of stories and I got that vibe from your summary, but I wasn't sure as there wasn't enough detail about the mysterious apparition.

AND YOU HAD ME AT THE WORD CUSTOMIZE! I for one would love to see multiple colors, but three is a good starting amount. If you add in more I would be more than happy.

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