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Alcor's Idea Dump!

#1 Post by Alcor » Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:36 am

Hello!

I'm Alcor, and I specialize in:
- character concepts
- character sprites
- GUI design

but I also (more or less) do the following:
- writing
- background art
- CG art
- programming
- vocals
- music composition

Welcome to my Idea Dump! Below is a list of visual novel concepts that I plan to work on sometime in the future. If there's any you find especially interesting, please feel free to leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you!

I like to work with meta stories and have a soft spot for otomes featuring questionable love interests (geometric shapes, anyone?). I tend to work solo because I like to do a bit of everything, but I'm open to working in small groups.

Thanks for dropping by~
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STATUS:

Currently working on:
see signature

Finished:
none at the moment because I'm a terrible person who jumps from project to project >_<

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NOTES:

- every other game concept I have seems to become meta, though so far BL4NK x RE4DER is the most absurd in that regard

- I seem unable to create a short and simple game concept, so the majority of the concepts are for fairly long games. I'm actually trying my best to think of a short and sweet otome game that I can work on alongside my larger project. And even though the game concepts are fairly large, I usually get stuck on the writing aspect of the game...

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

BL4NK x RE4DER
bOOkSLEEPer
C45TLE
DE6REE
FAIRY's tale
g0d_m0d3
HEX
misSHAPEn love!
RE:AL1TY
SaiNTeD
within the hourglass

* strike = currently in progress
red= Section I (below)
purple = Section II
black = not listed in detail
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Re: Alcor's Idea Dump!

#2 Post by Alcor » Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:37 am

SECTION I: IDEAS WITH SKETCHES/ASSETS

Idea Dump is always a work-in-progress!

All five of the games listed in this section are (more-or-less) meta. I apparently love breaking the fourth wall even more than I thought I did.

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bOOkSLEEPer (tentative title)

[Romance (GxB)] [Comedy] [School-Life] [Stat-Raiser] [Meta]

status: concept is developed, project can be started!

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image (left to right): Protagonist, Napoleon, Whimsy, Ariel
not shown: the Pigeon
SYNOPSIS:

The Protagonist decides to study in her room for the entire week before her final exams. One night, she accidentally falls asleep on her copy of The Tempest and discovers that she can enter the realm of her textbooks by sleeping on them...

CHARACTERS:

<Protagonist>: a quiet, fairly non-descript otome game protagonist. Can be named by the reader.
Ariel: from the Protagonist’s copy of The Tempest. A sweet, patient, and helpful sprite who offers to help the Protagonist better understand The Tempest.
Napoleon: from the painting Napoleon Crossing the Alps in the Protagonist’s history textbook. Arrogant, stubborn, and often abrasive. He is well aware that he is a painting, but enjoys talking about his grandiose feats anyway.
Whimsy: from the Protagonist’s dictionary. Mischievous, carefree, and enigmatic. He takes the Protagonist on an adventure through the dictionary, but often disappears and reappears at whim.
The Pigeon: from a behaviorist experiment in the Protagonist’s psychology textbook. He will do almost anything for food.

GAMEPLAY:

This game is set up in a stat-raiser sort of style, with the reader picking the Protagonist’s actions for the day (which subjects she studies during the day, how much time she spends relaxing, and what book she puts under her pillow at night). These actions affect how well-prepared she is for her final exams/essays (History, Psychology, and English), her stress level, and her romance points with the guys.

NOTES:

This will be a moderately short game.
Each book-world will be drawn in a somewhat-different style
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FAIRY’s tale (tentative title)

[Romance (GxB)] [Fantasy / Fairy Tale] [Meta]

status: concept needs more development, project likely to be next

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image (left to right): Protagonist (Ai), Finnian, Carousel
not shown: everyone else
SYNOPSIS:

Having grown up in a loving orphanage, Ai never wondered who her parents were or why they abandoned her--until the day Lord Desti showed up at the orphanage and recognized her as his daughter. From then on, Lord Desti’s expectations of his “noble-born” daughter and Ai’s own dedication to her orphanage family clash, and Ai works to find her own way in the world.

Through a series of sweet (and cliche) accidents, Ai befriends the kingdom’s youngest prince, Finnian, at the prince’s debutante party. Finnian eventually starts visiting Ai at her orphanage with intentions to court her, and the two begin a warm and loving relationship. When Lord Desti learns about the relationship, he warns Ai that the prince is likely to be engaged to the queen of another country; Ai, of course, dismisses the idea as ridiculous.

But eventually, Finnian admits that he is indeed leaving the kingdom to marry Queen Orchid and asks Ai to disguise herself as his maid and be his mistress; Ai, in response,slaps him and tells him that she never wants to see him again. What will the heartbroken and now-single Ai choose to do now?

CHARACTERS:
Ai (temporary name): the protagonist. A sweet but stubborn girl with a big heart. Is sometimes clumsy and often easily-flustered. Was raised in an orphanage.
Finnian (temporary name): a charming prince who was hidden from the public until his debutante party. Is very lovable, but seems somewhat spoiled. Appears to mean well, but his true intentions are unclear.
Carousel: a fairy who seems oddly interested in Ai’s story...
Lord Desti (temporary name): Ai’s father. a nobleman and highly respected politician. Very stubborn but has good intentions.
Maxwell: a rude and obnoxious nobleman who is asked by Lord Desti to court Ai. He and Ai cannot seem to stand each other’s presences.
Anton: a messenger who delivers Lord Desti’s letters to Ai. Sometimes acts as bodyguard and accompanies Ai to social events.
Queen Orchid (temporary name): the young, regal and strong-willed queen of a nearby country. Is Finnian’s fiancee (and, later, wife).
Kenneth (temporary name): a kind-hearted and friendly young man who works in the town’s general store. Ai’s friend since childhood, and has had a crush on her for years.

GAMEPLAY:

This story is divided into three distinct sections:

ONCE upon a time: the general route/prologue portion of the game. This section has no choices; it details how Ai met and got to know Finnian (see synopsis above).

HAPPILY ever after?: the otome portion of the game. Like in most otomes, the reader can influence Ai’s actions by selecting from a variety of choices at different parts of the game, and Ai’s actions determine which romanceable character she ends up with.

FAIRY’s tale: the meta portion of the game. Unlocked only after the reader has obtained a happy ending for each romanceable character’s route. The reader finally learns the truth about the game…

NOTES:

This story is quite long. I am seriously considering this as my next big project (after BL4NK x RE4DER).
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g0d_m0d3

[SciFiFantasy] [Meta]
[Optional Romance (GxB/G)]

status: project currently shelved

link: http://imgur.com/a/YoLH6

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image (left to right): Aaron, Will, Ken, Jackie, Rosette
not shown:???
SYNOPSIS:

One night, while dreaming, Rosette finds herself in a world known only as “g0d_m0d3’s world”. This world appears to be a sanctuary for frustrated gamers, and each gamer is identified by the poker card they were given when they entered the world. During the night, these gamers play with one another, and during the day they continue to live their ordinary lives.

Although Rosette does not consider herself a gamer, she befriends some of the gamers and realizes that each individual has an agenda of their own… and agenda that she may or may not share. When the gamers realize one night that they cannot wake up, Rosette must find out who g0d_m0d3 is

CHARACTERS:
Rosette: the sassy, witty, and resourceful protagonist. She does not consider herself a gamer. Her card is oddly blank.
Aaron: an intelligent, logical, and mostly serious guy who seems especially curious about the world he is in. He enjoys puzzle games, and his card is the Ace of Diamonds.
Jackie: a sarcastic, arrogant, and clever gamer who will do anything to win, even if it means hacking into g0d_m0d3’s world. He specializes in arcade games, and his card is the Jack of Clubs.
Ken: a sensitive, thoughtful and reserved girl who specializes in trivia games. She dresses as a boy to avoid attention. Her card is the Queen of Hearts.
Will: a playful, laid-back and flirtatious gamer who is well-known in g0d_m0d3’s world as one of the best gamers. He favors board games, but apparently excels in anything he plays. His card is the King of Spades.
???: ???

GAMEPLAY:

This game is set up as a fairly-typical visual novel. The reader can make decisions for Rosette, which affects the plot. “Romance” can be turned off.

NOTES:

I’m not sure how long this game will be.
Might consider including minigames, but at the moment they seem unnecessary.
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RE:AL1TY

[SciFi] [Puzzle/Mystery?] [Meta]
[Optional Romance (BxG)]

status: project currently shelved

link: http://imgur.com/a/V8auY

Image
image (left to right): Bel, Frain, Mark, Quire, Veal
not shown: ...
SYNOPSIS:

The protagonist, Veal, wakes up in a room with only a computer screen and realizes that he cannot remember much about anything. He learns that he and four other individuals are each trapped in a room in the CUBE--a Rubix-cube-like virtual space with six differently-colored sections and a puzzle-based lock.

Veal holds the key to escaping from their virtual prison--an ability called RE:VIEW, which allows him to see the CUBE’s puzzle-lock and examine the status of all the CUBE’s inhabitants. However, each of the others have a special ability of their own, and despite the only means of communication being a messaging system through each room’s computer screens, Veal must convince each individual to help him unlock the CUBE.

As Veal begins to regain his memories and learn about the intentions of the others, what will he choose to do?

CHARACTERS:

Veal: a protagonist who has lost his memories. (Doesn’t it sound cliche?) Lives in the blue section of the CUBE.
Bel: a frustrated musician. Lives in the red section of the CUBE.
Frain: the quiet girl who is evidently good at sitting still and looking pretty. Lives in the orange section of the CUBE.
Mark: a knowledgeable computer whiz, but otherwise fairly average guy. Lives in the yellow section of the CUBE.
Quire: a sassy researcher girl. Lives in the green section of the CUBE.
Narrator: a voiced program (female voice) which helps Veal solve the mystery of the Cube.

GAMEPLAY:

This game’s gameplay isn’t very well-planned, to be honest. Will this game be more like a visual novel or a puzzle game?

NOTES:

I’m not sure how long this game will be.
The character sprites and GUI will likely be redone.
I’m also no longer sure that Ren’Py is the right program for this game, as RE:AL1TY can be made as a puzzle game instead of a visual novel.
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#3 Post by Alcor » Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:37 am

SECTION II: IDEAS WITHOUT SKETCHES/ASSETS

idea dump is still WIP.

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DE6REE

[Science Fiction]

status: concept is developed, project can be started!
SYNOPSIS:

“Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.” - Wikipedia

In the future, when every individual is named for their job and time machines are banned, a scientist once named Conrad gives the last time machine in existence to a young boy who named himself “Traveler”. Traveler then travels back through time, searching for a purpose in life and for a friend--his sixth degree--alongside a scientist named Alex who accidentally accompanies him on his journey.

CHARACTERS:

Traveler: one of the two protagonists. A sensitive but determined boy who travels through time in search of his “sixth degree”.
Alex (temporary name): one of the two protagonists. A serious and stubborn scientist who is obsessed with the idea of building a time machine.
Conrad (temporary name): a friendly and jovial scientist. Alex’s coworker and close friend.
Laura (temporary name): a willful and intelligent businesswoman. Seems to be formal and detached.
Shark: a suave card dealer who works at a popular casino. Seems to be casual and carefree.
Star: a sweet girl who is terminally ill. Lives in a hospice with her favorite plush animal.
Lyric: a charismatic, somewhat-rebellious singer. Writes her music herself and is intensely dedicated to her cause.

GAMEPLAY:

This game is a kinetic novel. It alternates between the perspectives of two protagonists and traces their journey across time.

NOTES:

The story is fairly cliche and predictable, but the point is to understand and sympathize with the characters and not necessarily to revel at the plot.
This story is relatively short. I am considering this as a project to work on alongside my next major project (which will likely be FAIRY’s tale).
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HEX

[Fantasy] [Romance (GxB)] [Meta]

status: project currently shelved
SYNOPSIS:

The Protagonist meets attractive guys and--I‘m not actually going to write a proper synopsis here because either I’d say too much, or too little. Don’t worry, this is shelved anyway. I might just move the character concepts to some other game later on.

CHARACTERS:

<Protagonist> (default name “Dia”): a fairly typical otome protagonist. Can be named by the reader.
Oren Swift: a popular singer at Club PentaGon. The Protagonist’s best friend since childhood, and Verden’s younger brother. Extroverted, sweet, and often naive. Attends college so that he does not disappoint Verden.
Verden Swift: the Protagonist’s childhood friend, and Oren’s older brother. Reserved, polite and independent. Took care of Oren after their parents died, and works overtime to pay the bills.
Crim Blancas: a movie star under the alias “Ferris Riez” who is famous for his insistence on performing his own stunts. Introverted and independent, and dislikes attention. Very knowledgeable due to his love of reading, and extremely well-trained in various schools of martial arts.
Zenith Blancas: owner and manager of Club PentaGon. Charismatic and suave, and is a master connoisseur. A master conversationalist.
Ingo Fallaway: a travelling novice exorcist. Clumsy and absent-minded, but kind-hearted and dedicated to helping people. Scared of demons.
Father Amarael: a quirky priest at the local church. Casual and often overly-straightforward. Delivers questionable sermons sometimes.

GAMEPLAY:

This is a fairly typical otome game. Like in most otomes, the reader can determine the Protagonist’s actions by selecting from a variety of choices at throughout the game.

NOTES:

This game is really quite cliche. It is also too similar to Amnesia.
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SaiNTeD (tentative title)

[Action] [Fantasy] [School-Life]
[Optional Romance (GxB)]

status: concept needs more development
SYNOPSIS:

In a world where God has been asleep for hundreds of years, archangels have decided to keep order by gifting power to selected individuals they deem “Saints”. The archangels created two academies on Earth which are isolated from the rest of humankind: one for Saints, and one for Saint Candidates--humans who may one day be promoted to the rank of Saints.

Ael, like most of her fellow Saint Candidates, grew up within the walls of the Candidate Academy and hopes to one day become a full-fledged Saint. However, her advancement is continuously prevented by the archangel Michael, who evidently needs her to stay in the Candidate Academy to assassinate the Saint Candidates he deems burdensome.

Zero is a human girl who accidentally enters the Candidate Academy on the day that a rumored fallen Saint--a Saint expelled from the Saint Academy--is supposed to transfer to the Candidate Academy. Despite not having any divine abilities whatsoever, she is mistaken for the fallen Saint and hated by most of the Saint Candidates, including Ael, who is eventually ordered to kill her...

CHARACTERS:

Zero: one of the two protagonists. A human girl who accidentally enters the Candidate Academy and is mistaken for a fallen Saint. Clever, nimble, and resourceful. A street rat with a penchant for technology and magic tricks.
Ael (temporary name): one of the two protagonists. A Saint Candidate who strives to become a true Saint. Serious, dedicated, and resolute. Fast and deadly, and secretly works as Michael’s assassin.
Ezra (temporary name): an angel disguised as a Saint Candidate, who transferred to the Candidate Academy on the same day that Zero arrived. Serious and detached. Is aware that Zero is not a Saint Candidate and is therefore interested in her.
Dante: a demon disguised as a Saint Candidate. Cunning and unpredictable. Is aware that Zero is not a Saint Candidate and is therefore interested in her, but is cold and often rude towards everyone else.
Null: Zero's childhood friend. Intelligent and charming, but not good at keeping his promises. Also a street rat.
Landon: Ael's childhood friend. A gentle and compassionate Saint Candidate.. Lost contact with Ael when she was trained to become an assassin. Michael tasks Ael with assassinating Landon at one point, but Zero intervenes in time to save Landon's life.
Michael: head of the archangels. His motivations are unclear.
etc:

GAMEPLAY:

This game is a visual novel with optional romance elements. It alternates between the perspectives of two protagonists and traces their respective motivations and goals. There are different possible character development arcs and romantic interests for the two characters, and the reader can determine each protagonist’s actions by selecting from a variety of choices at throughout the game

NOTES:
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within the hourglass (tentative title)

[Fantasy] [Romance (GxB)] [Meta]

status: concept needs more development
SYNOPSIS:

The last thing Eika can remember is drowning in the lake by her hometown of Sandston. When she is rescued by Kaiz, she has lost all her memories, but she quickly learns that she is accused of being a witch. She is told that her mother, Eirene, was executed for witchcraft not too long ago, and that she herself is suspected of killing the late Mayor Sandston.

A young lawyer from a long lineage of famous lawyers, Ciero, promises a fair trial for Eika. Given only one hour to prove herself innocent and discover the truth, Eika must recover her memories and dig through the past to find out what really happened.

CHARACTERS:

Eika (temporary name): a protagonist who has lost her memories.
Kaiz: Eika’s adopted brother, a runaway child taken in by Eika’s mother. Caring but sometimes overprotective of Eika.
Ciero: a talented young lawyer whose parents died mysteriously. Intelligent and independent, sometimes overly self-righteous. Broke off his engagement to Corde.
Ruvel: apparently Kaiz’s long-lost twin. Quiet, reserved, and faithful. Protective of Kaiz.
Oz: a young man who has lived more-or-less forgotten in the town prison for years. Was apparently arrested for tax evasion.
Corde: the mayor of Sandston, took over after her father, the previous mayor, died. Beautiful, intelligent, and cunning. Ciero’s ex-fiancee.

GAMEPLAY:

This is a fairly typical otome game. Like in most otomes, the reader can determine the Protagonist’s actions by selecting from a variety of choices at throughout the game. There are bad ends and certain decisions can lead to death.

NOTES:

It’s fairly obvious who committed the murders. The question is why they did so.
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#4 Post by VocaloidsRCool » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:54 am

You're a busy bee, aren't you? Creating so many game ideas, and all of those games look really good~ I wish you luck on your future projects; I can tell that you are going to make a lot of female gamers like me happy with those otome games. XD

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#5 Post by Windchimes » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:17 am

All your ideas are so ridiculously good and intriguing ;; How do you do it? Teach me your ways~

Hurry up and finish your idea dump, silly <3 I'll post mine after you do like I promised... maybe... eventually. xD

Psstt it's obvious which one I like the most ;) (shapesotomeftw. Btw that name... 10/10 punniest title ever. LOL)
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#6 Post by Kumiho » Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:09 am

OH MY GOSH YASSSSS

PLS RELEASE ALL THIS IN THE NEXT YR EVEN IF IT KILLS U I'M REALLY EXCITED FOR THESE <3 FAVORITES ARE g0d_m0d3 AND bOOkSLEEPer BASED ON WHAT LITTLE INFO U HAVE. ALSO UR ART IS 2 PRO. MAKES ME CRAI.

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Re: Alcor's Idea Dump!

#7 Post by Alcor » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:15 pm

I finally finished writing actual sentences for this post! All the outlines have finally been updated. :D
VocaloidsRCool wrote:You're a busy bee, aren't you? Creating so many game ideas, and all of those games look really good~ I wish you luck on your future projects; I can tell that you are going to make a lot of female gamers like me happy with those otome games. XD
Thank you so much for all your support, honestly! I really, really appreciate it, more than I can express.

Out of curiosity, is there any otome (or otherwise romance-related) concept in particular that you found interesting?
Windchimes wrote:All your ideas are so ridiculously good and intriguing ;; How do you do it? Teach me your ways~

Hurry up and finish your idea dump, silly <3 I'll post mine after you do like I promised... maybe... eventually. xD

Psstt it's obvious which one I like the most ;) (shapesotomeftw. Btw that name... 10/10 punniest title ever. LOL)
Haha, thanks! I'll be sure to give a shoutout to you somewhere in the shapes otome... maybe in a way you wouldn't expect ;)

And go make your idea dump, I've been waiting D:<
Kumiho wrote:OH MY GOSH YASSSSS

PLS RELEASE ALL THIS IN THE NEXT YR EVEN IF IT KILLS U I'M REALLY EXCITED FOR THESE <3 FAVORITES ARE g0d_m0d3 AND bOOkSLEEPer BASED ON WHAT LITTLE INFO U HAVE. ALSO UR ART IS 2 PRO. MAKES ME CRAI.
THANKS BRO? I GUESS??

ALSO BEST AVATAR, RLY FITS THIS STYLE OF YELLING U HAVE HERE. RATED TEM OUTTA TEM

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