BL Wrestling-Themed Visual Novel [BxB] [Romance] [Various Topics]

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BL Wrestling-Themed Visual Novel [BxB] [Romance] [Various Topics]

#1 Post by zex » Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:01 am

Hi Lemma Soft Forums! 😁

I'm Zex! I've had the idea of making a visual novel themed around the sport of wrestling for about a year now, and it wasn't until recently when I discovered this forum!

The Idea 💡
*drumroll*

This visual novel is a Yaoi/BL narrative-driven story that follows Evan through his senior year in high school as he gets lured into the wrestling team (collegiate wrestling, not that WWE stuff. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collegiate_wrestling) with his childhood friend Hugo!

The player plays as Evan, guiding him through decisions and dialogue choices before ultimately landing on a partner. As the game progresses, it is revealed that each team member has their own distinct, personal "wrestling" in one form or another. I plan to tackle many different topics, some of which include lighthearted ones such as musical theater, games, and food, and more serious ones such as homophobia, religion, and neglect. By tackling these issues, I hope to bring light on stigmatized struggles that people around the world may be going through. I envision this visual novel to be emotional as it is heartwarming.

Here's the (planned) main cast! 🎭
*applause*

Disclaimer: The information and images provided below are simply for reference and are subject to change. Also, please excuse my bad art! 😂

Evan (MC)
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Element motif: Wood 木
Evan's friendly and optimistic nature helps him to make good friends with anyone! He's a foodie and he likes gardening and spending time in nature.

Hugo
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Element motif: Earth 土
Hugo has been Evan's friend ever since kindergarten. He loves geeking out, baking, gaming, and he isn't afraid to try something new.

Johan
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Element motif: Fire 火
Johan's the team captain of the wrestling team. He's a passionate athlete and leader, and he loves catching up on online trends via social media.

Max
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Element motif: Water 水
Max and his family moved into the city not too long ago. He can be found in his bubble of music, musical theatre, and books。

Darrell
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Element motif: Metal 金
Darrell likes being independent, basketball, and sleeping through most of his classes. He's also a toughie and isn't afraid to talk back, speak up, or take action.

The story will be settled in an urban environment. Expect to follow along on competitions, trips, and dates at various locations around the city.

I plan to have four different routes with each different character, each with a good and bad ending. Wrestling minigame, secret routes, voice acting, background music, and 18+ scenes are in consideration, but I don't want to get too ahead of myself just yet. 😂

Also, I haven't thought of a good title yet. That's one thing I'll need help with. Speaking of help...

I need help! 😭
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So far, I've worked out the general plot outline, character dynamics, Ren'Py programming, and GUI. Here's what I got for the GUI as of now:

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I do plan on making this game commercially, but as of now, I do not have the skills and time to do every aspect of the game myself, nor do I have the monetary resources to cover the expenses of hiring and commissioning others. Therefore, the purpose of this post is to gauge the public interest in a game like this, as well as make sure there exist people who are interested in or available to help out before I raise funds via Kickstarter or Patreon.

Seeking artists and writers is my top priority right now. Musicians, composers, voice actors, additional programmers, and everyone else who is interested are still welcome and may be needed in the future if this idea takes off!

If you or anyone is interested in contributing, would like to form a team, or put in their two cents (comments, ideas, anything you have to say), please don't hesitate to let me know!

┬──┬ ノ(° -°ノ)

Thank you! 🌈🤼‍♂️
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Re: BL Wrestling-Based Visual Novel [BxB] [Romance] [Various Topics]

#2 Post by nerupuff » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:45 am

I think your art looks adorable, even if you've just used them as placeholders for now. Everyone looks unique, which is super cool! The GUI looks amazing and professional as well, there's just something about it that's neat and crisp and I like it!

I wish you luck in finding the people you need to make this project a reality! If you'd ever need help with editing or proofreading in the future, I'd happily apply. I do writing on the side as well; if you need an extra hand, I'll do what I can. ^^
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#3 Post by High » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:21 pm

Hey Zex, welcome to the forum. To start, I got say, I love the idea of your project. This is the type of game that I tend to play, and the type I have backed many times on KS.

I suggest you have a look through the Recruitment & Services Offered sub-forum. It's the section of the forum where skilled people (artists, programmers, writers, musicians, etc..) advertise their work and projects look for members.

Also (this is advice that will be useful especially if you do go on Kickstarter) consider doing little bit of networking. If you haven't already, create a Twitter account for your Game Company/Game Creator Persona and start following and interacting with other companies and important people on the Visual Novel scene. I've backed many Kickstarter projects and I've seen how a friendly RT can make or break a campaign.

As for title suggestion, uhm... I could only think of two very stupid, obvious ones : Grappling With Love and Wrestling With Love. Though Google tells me the last one is already taken by several books. Good Luck!

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#4 Post by zex » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:43 am

nerupuff wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:45 am
I think your art looks adorable, even if you've just used them as placeholders for now. Everyone looks unique, which is super cool! The GUI looks amazing and professional as well, there's just something about it that's neat and crisp and I like it!

I wish you luck in finding the people you need to make this project a reality! If you'd ever need help with editing or proofreading in the future, I'd happily apply. I do writing on the side as well; if you need an extra hand, I'll do what I can. ^^
Thank you so much!

Personally, I wish that the GUI could be more themed towards wrestling, and I think that's where an artist would come in. As for writing, editing, and proofreading goes, I'll let you know if any positions are open!

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#5 Post by zex » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:59 am

High wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:21 pm
Hey Zex, welcome to the forum. To start, I got say, I love the idea of your project. This is the type of game that I tend to play, and the type I have backed many times on KS.

I suggest you have a look through the Recruitment & Services Offered sub-forum. It's the section of the forum where skilled people (artists, programmers, writers, musicians, etc..) advertise their work and projects look for members.

Also (this is advice that will be useful especially if you do go on Kickstarter) consider doing little bit of networking. If you haven't already, create a Twitter account for your Game Company/Game Creator Persona and start following and interacting with other companies and important people on the Visual Novel scene. I've backed many Kickstarter projects and I've seen how a friendly RT can make or break a campaign.

As for title suggestion, uhm... I could only think of two very stupid, obvious ones : Grappling With Love and Wrestling With Love. Though Google tells me the last one is already taken by several books. Good Luck!
Thank you!

I'm glad you love the idea! The next step would be gaining enough support to make this a reality. As of now, I'm not hiring nor commissioning yet, but I will keep the Recruitment & Services Offered forum in mind when looking for talents. I will certainly try my best to stay involved in the VN scene. I plan to create a social media page as soon as I have sufficient details about the game/plot and the name worked out, and then we'll see from there.

Ah, and thanks for the name suggestions! Imho they're a bit cliché with the wordplay, but oddly enough, made me laugh nevertheless.

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