Stellar Renegades [Sci Fi Western | Action | Otome | 18+ | GxB | GxG]

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Stellar Renegades [Sci Fi Western | Action | Otome | 18+ | GxB | GxG]

#1 Post by Misszaius » Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:17 pm

This is the first official post about the current visual novel I'm working on called "Stellar Renegades'. I just started working on this maybe 3 weeks ago but figured I'd share what I have so far. The goal is to get two routes fully done and coded with art and backgrounds before we release a demo.
Story
Set in the far distant future, humanity has flung itself to the stars. You play Asia Heart (re-nameable main character), the captain of a motley crew of con men, thieves, and rebels trying to scrape by any means possible in a universe that has no place for outlaws. Lie, cheat, and steal your way through the universe, and maybe into the heart of your crew.


Organizations
The Dominion (United Terra Firma Dominion, or UTF Dominion) - The current governing system in the universe, after a fierce battle with the Republic. They held a vision for the future of a cohesive guiding force for humanity. Now that they've won though, it feels an awful lot like the only thing the Dominion ever cared about was power.

The Republic
(Allied Republic Forces) - A much more democratic force that has been almost completely crushed by the Dominion. They had a much more open idea of humanity's future, with representatives and collaboration at the forefront. But a lack of ruthless purpose and disjointed organization led to their defeat by the Dominion. Or has it?

Archon - An alien civilization of unknown origin, the Archons had tech far beyond anything humanity has ever seen. Their disappearance over 2,000 years ago left their technological miracles rip for the taking, to anyone that could find them. Perhaps though, some things are better left hidden.

Re Vera Invicta (Invicta) - One of many current cartels, Invicta also happens to be one of the most profitable. They also happen to be one of the more ruthless cartels. Anyone operating in their territory has to pay their share, or find out why they're undefeated.


Characters
Asia Heart (re-nameable MC) - A former Dominion captain, you left the army after a run in with an Archon artifact left your entire unit dead. Now you captain a motley crew of outlaws, renegades, and vagabonds trying to scrape by a living in a universe increasingly hostile to the idea of outlaws. With the Dominion forces trying to force order in the universe, you try to steer your way through the chaos and hang on to the last wild frontiers.


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Rhett - The only other surviving member of your Dominion unit, Rhett has stood by your side for over a decade. Steadfast and calm, he’s the perfect second-in-command. A good soldier, a better friend, but you’ve always hoped for more. Though there’s plenty of history between you, he’s always shied away from any ‘improper’ relationship with you.


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JD - A smart-mouthed playboy that propositions you at every turn. As a gifted mechanic, he’s a vital part of your crew, no matter how aggravating. JD rarely takes anything seriously, but for some reason will clam up any time you to try to ask him about himself. His easy wit and charming demeanor make you want to learn more, but he’s keeping you at arm’s length.


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Morgan - The ship's chef is quite possibly the only capable crew member. Morgan can shoot, steal, hack, pilot, and do generally anything you need him to, but he chooses to cook. He says it's for his retirement, but no one has any idea what he actually retired from. And the more you try to find out, the more you realize you've got deeper connections to this silver fox than anyone could have guessed.


Lex - Never one to mince words, Lex is the best pilot in the universe and wants everyone to know it. Snubbed by both the Dominion forces and the Republic alliance, Lex has offered you her piloting skills, at a cost: she wants to take your spot. To her, being captain means having the best skills, and she's got that in spades.


Caspian - Cold, calculating, cynical. Those three words sum up the talented ship’s doctor Caspian. But when he tends to your wounds, stitching bullet holes and setting bones, he shows you glimpses of a much softer side. He clearly has a reason for being on your ship, but he's never revealed it to anyone.


Teegan - Or, Tactical Ground Operation Unit Number 9820693681. A fully functional Archon android, they're basically a walking miracle. No one else has had the technology to make such a thing for over two thousand years. They find themselves awake and stranded in a land they don't understand, where everything they've known is gone. Programed to learn and adjust, they tentatively join your crew to try and carve out a space for themselves in this strange new world.


Features
Six unique routes for each crew member. Each route has different scenarios and very little overlap. Rob a casino in JD's route, or take down a dominion space station in Rhett's.
A highly opinionated protagonist. Asia is not a passive character in her story. Make snarky comments, flirt with your crew, and generally lead your ship to fame (infamy) and fortune.
Older characters. Your crew are all capable adults with clearly defined opinions and pasts.
Mature themes. You're space pirates, and stealing is how you survive. Sometimes that means violence, sometimes grift.
Romance. It is rated 17+, each route will have some adult content. In addition to general languge, crude humor, violence, and adult situations.


Misc Trivia
The easiest pitch for the game currently is: Imagine Firefly, if the captain was a woman and you could romance your crew >.>
Rhett's last name is Gable because the only thing I could think of saying after his name was 'Butler'. (Clark Gable is the actor who played him in 'Gone with the Wind'.)
I'm giving this game a 17+ rating currently for language, sexual humor, sexual content, and violence. There's no full frontal anything though so I think it's not yet 18+
Character bios and routes are definitely subject to change since I don't really outline I just kind of write the route and figure it out as I go.
Art is also WIP and will be updated as we work on it!


Progress
Writing
Rhett's route: 100%
JD's route: 100%
Morgan's route: 0%
Lex's route: 0%
Caspian's route: 0%
Teegan's route: 0%


Art
Character design: 30%
Sprites: 0%
Backgrounds: 0%

Sound

Sound effects: 5%
Music: 0%


Discussion Questions
1. Would you play this game?
2. Whose route would you like to see next? (Rhett and JD will be completed first)
3. Do you like or dislike the idea that each character's route is unique?
4. How do you feel about including a route for an android?
5. How do you feel about opinionated protagonists?
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Re: Stellar Renegades [Sci Fi Western | Action | Romance | Mature 17+ | GxB | GxG]

#2 Post by Misszaius » Sun May 05, 2019 3:08 pm

We've finally got a twitter https://twitter.com/nekoscribes

And progress on JD's route is up to 30% with chapter 3 done. Our artist busted her ankle at work though so no new progress to show for that.

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Re: Stellar Renegades [Sci Fi Western | Action | Otome | 18+ | GxB | GxG]

#3 Post by Misszaius » Tue May 21, 2019 10:28 am

Had to update this title to reflect that it's really an otome at this point - six love interests to choose from and a route depending on choice. And leaning into the mature content so language, violence, and sex, no way of getting around the censors on that bit.

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#4 Post by Misszaius » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:39 pm

Woot! JD's route (first draft) 100% done. Working on Morgan's route now while waiting for the beta reader to leave some feedback.

Also, looking for another beta reader if anyone is interested/has time. I don't have a budget for it though sadly, so it'd be free. But if you're interested hit me up! Always looking for some feedback.

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#5 Post by Zelan » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:17 pm

1. Would you play this game?: Probably, I like sci-fi. Are any of the romanceable characters aliens, though? That's something that I like in my sci-fi romance, and it looks like we only have an android here.
2. Whose route would you like to see next? (Rhett and JD will be completed first): Lex or Teegan.
3. Do you like or dislike the idea that each character's route is unique?: I don't have a problem with it, but I'm interested to see how getting onto a route will work if the routes diverge so much.
4. How do you feel about including a route for an android?: It's not the first time it's been done lmao. I'm iffy about the fact that Teegan is the only nonbinary character you have. There's been a push recently to include more nonbinary characters who are actually human; representation is great and all but when the only representation is aliens and monsters and machines it keeps pushing this idea of humans being anything other than male or female as weird or unnatural. It's the far future, there's no reason some of your humans can't be nonbinary, too. (Also, their route isn't covered by the tags in the topic? Only GxB and GxG are listed, so when I first read the character list I assumed they weren't romanceable.)
5. How do you feel about opinionated protagonists?: Love 'em.

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