Nevermore (now complete and released) - development thread

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Nevermore (now complete and released) - development thread

#1 Post by lunasspecto » Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:23 am

So, I recently stumbled upon BCS's thread of art from an abandoned project and I was reminded of an old story idea that had been lying dormant somewhere in my mind.

I announce "Nevermore", a moderately short kinetic novel about insomnia. I had the idea to make this a fully voiced project, so I've voiced all the narrator's and protagonist's lines. sake-bento has voiced Lenore and the mother, Usagi has voiced the nurse and the doctor, and Flamzeron has voiced the father. I've posted a video preview on YouTube!

Version 1.0 has now been released.
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#2 Post by V2Blast » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:06 pm

Downloading now. Comments to come. :)

EDIT: It's a fairly short KN, but well made. Nice combination of your writing, BCS' graphics, and others' sounds and music. The voicing of the narration is not something that happens often, and it feels kinda weird at first, but I got used to it as the novel went on. I also think the novel could use quite a bit of expansion (though I'm not sure what you would expand) - it seems like it should be longer (that's how it feels to me, anyway). Anyway, if you do make it a bit longer, more voicing (for the other characters) would certainly work.
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Re: Nevermore

#3 Post by lunasspecto » Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:54 pm

Thanks for the comments, V2Blast. It's good to know that I've been relatively successful so far.

I had been planning to have all the lines voiced if the voicing of the narration and protagonist worked out. I suppose I'll ask around the forums for vocal contributions.

I had a really mean-spirited idea about expanding the end of the story:
I've considered an ending in which the protagonist lives or dies based on the value of a randomly determined variable.
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#4 Post by V2Blast » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:48 pm

Now that'd be an interesting twist.
I might actually be interested in doing some voice acting, but I'd probably be too busy to do it during the college year, and my summer's finally getting busier. Good luck, though. :)
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Re: Nevermore - seeking voice actors

#5 Post by lunasspecto » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:40 am

Thanks for the encouragement, V2Blast.

I've expanded the story by exactly one screen of text and will post the new version momentarily. (Just stayed up late watching the Watchmen. Fun.) I really don't know what more I could add to the plot. Alas.
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#6 Post by V2Blast » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:04 am

You and your magically disappearing PMs. :P

Well, it's fine as it is, I just feel like it could be longer. (But could it? The answer remains a mystery.)
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Re: Nevermore - seeking voice actors

#7 Post by dizzcity » Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:39 am

By the way, have you tried the Voice Acting Alliance Forums? I know they sometimes work on voicing OELVN scripts as well (Katawa Shoujo and Senior Year being the ones that come to mind...).

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Re: Nevermore - seeking voice actors

#8 Post by Usagi » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:52 am

I'm totally down to do some voice acting if you need me. :D

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Re: Nevermore - seeking a voice actor

#9 Post by lunasspecto » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:19 pm

V2Blast: Yeah, I tried to make a post to this topic but instead ended up sending you a PM (which I subsequently deleted).

dizzcity: Thanks for suggesting VAA. I'm trying the Lemma Soft Forums first, but I'll go there if I have to.

sake-bento and Usagi have both graciously offered to provide voices for the female characters. I thank both of them for their help. Since they have agreed to voice two characters each, all that leaves is the father (who has four lines).
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#10 Post by lunasspecto » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:56 pm

Flamzeron has now agreed to voice the father, so I guess I'm not looking for any more help with the voicing of this project. Also, Ren'Py 6.9.3 has been upgraded to a stable release. It looks like I'll be able to put this together before starting my first year of university studies.
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#11 Post by MaiMai » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:02 pm

I'm looking forward to this project! It's got a good atmosphere and the voice acting is a nice bonus.
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#12 Post by lunasspecto » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:30 pm

Thanks for the encouragement, MaiMai.

I hope people realize that the final version is going to be just like the one you can download at the top of this thread right now, except for the voices.

By the way, what do you folks think of the way the story ends in the current version?
I'm talking about the screen of text in the end (added in version 0.2, I think) that displays Ed's test results.
If people don't like it I'll leave it out of the final version. It was sort of an afterthought in the first place.
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#13 Post by Flamzeron » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:32 pm

I'm sorry, but something came up, and I'll have to record the lines tomorrow. I hope that's okay.

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#14 Post by lunasspecto » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:04 am

Flamzeron: No problem.
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#15 Post by Flamzeron » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:47 pm

Actually, I have a question.

How am I supposed to sound in the first line? I'm having trouble finding the right emotion for it.

EDIT - Nevermind. I think I've got it figured out.

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