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Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 7:46 pm
by Dawnfire
LOST AND FOUND
Maya loves mysteries, and she founded the Mystery Club to do some sleuthing. But unfortunately, the only mysteries in Korslech Prep are the contents of the Lost and Found bin. The Club is in charge of finding the owners and returning their stuff to them. Still, lately a puzzling object ended up there. With daring, smarts, luck, and a little Maya Intuition, she’ll solve some interesting cases...and maybe figure out the one puzzle that she’s never been able to understand: falling in love.

I have a finished script for my game a little over 20,000 words with the routes planned out. I really want to recruit team members, or better yet, have my script picked up by an existing team! But as a broke college student, I really can't pay a professional, and any payment for the art would be less-than-minimal. I'm hoping that I can recruit artists who would like to work for free and would be able to produce at least one piece of concept art or a portion of finished art each week.

So the premise of the game is that my heroine, Maya, is going to be solving a mystery that is directly connected to the lead, "golden boy" soccer star Dean, who seems to be a stereotypical character...and then ends up having some hidden interests that change it up! I'm not going to spoil these for people who don't want to work on the game but might enjoy playing it in the future, but nerdiness pervades throughout the characters' lives. Another thing that makes my game stand out is that my heroine isn't necessarily a romantic. She doesn't mind dating if it finds her, but she's very practical and level-headed, and despite being pretty optimistic, has a sarcastic and sassy inner monologue and knows how to tell somebody off. So no ditzy, clumsy girl who needs help, no overly cheery Cinderella, and no damsel in distress scenarios! She's not even pining for a boyfriend. I've also tried to include some ethnic diversity into the game, including an Indian heroine.

I really believe that I have a writing style that has a wide vocabulary, nearly impeccable grammar, and definitely some interesting plot. I really encourage interested people to give me their email so I can share the script so far with them and prove that it's a game worth making. (I would love feedback from proofreaders as well!) I'm hoping that some kind, talented souls will see this thread!

Update: I have the talented Maltagliati on my team for sprites/CGs, but thank you to everyone who offered! I also have backgrounds from fleet, which is very kind. I'm still open to hand-drawn backgrounds if anybody wants to make them, though. I also have music thanks to Joshua1207's skills!

What I need:
  • Background art. I have some basics, but hand-drawn would be lovely.
    Programming help, eventually. I will need a lot of programming help.
Thanks for checking out my idea! Feel free to PM me.

Re: Artists Needed for Free Mystery/School Otome (GxB)!

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 8:35 pm
by fleet
Describe the backgrounds you need. I might be able to make some 3D renders for you. You can see sample of my work in this topic.
http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewto ... 38&t=26471

Re: Artists Needed for Free Mystery/School Otome (GxB)!

Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 12:06 pm
by ColaCat
This sounds great! I'd love to help proofread/ideabounce for you.

Re: Artists Needed for Free Mystery/School Otome (GxB)!

Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 3:28 pm
by Dawnfire
Awesome! ColaCat, PM me with your email and I'll share the script with you.

fleet, your style is fine! Since I'm a beginner, I don't need hand-drawn stuff. It just needs to show the area without distracting from the sprites. I need the following backgrounds (D = day, N = night):
hallway (D)
classroom (D/N)
school courtyard (D/N)
downtown street (D)
bedroom (D)
soccer field (D)
library (D)
computer section of library (D)
basketball court (D)
outdoor fountain and bench (D)
convention - I'll explain this one (D)
restaurant (N)

Re: Artists Needed for Free Mystery/School Otome (GxB)!

Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:02 pm
by fleet
Please explain what you mean by 'convention'.

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:40 am
by Ferdokki
I just stumbled upon this, but holy crap this looks like an awesome idea! =D

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:51 pm
by Ina
Dawnfire wrote: I've also tried to include some ethnic diversity into the game, including an Indian heroine.
Yes, yes, yes! Finally an Indian heroine! Yes! *waves and dances*
I'd love to work as a writer/editor, but I have too much projects on my hand now T.T
Good luck on this! I'll be watching :D

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:54 pm
by ColaCat
Yes, the script was brilliant. If you need me to do anymore proofreading in the future I'd be more than happy to!

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:54 pm
by Dawnfire
Thank you all so much! Unfortunately, it seems as if progress will be very slow. Our artist is great but a very busy person and we barely have any drawings done. I'm not sure that this will ever be done unless a dedicated artist with a lot of free time and no money required wants to pick it up...which, obviously, is a rare thing...

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:00 pm
by fleet
I hope you don't abandon the project.

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:31 pm
by Ferdokki
Eeek! I hope things progress steadily (even if slowly).
It's better to have slow progress than to have none at all. =S

We'll be cheering for you guys! \(^o^)/

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:40 am
by riisu
I'd love to help you, though I don't know if my art is good enough...

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:39 am
by Dawnfire
Well, we have an artist, but if you're interested in making background art or text art (like the title and stuff) let me know!

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:42 pm
by gekiganwing
If you're having trouble finding reliable people who can create art, consider one of the following options:

* Ask for help in places other than Lemma Soft. If you're active on Tumblr or Deviant Art, those might be good places to start.
* Use free or inexpensive art assets as temporary placeholders.
* Just writing the story, and don't worry about images yet. Once you finish your first draft, then ask for assistance.
Dawnfire wrote:Another thing that makes my game stand out is that my heroine isn't necessarily a romantic. She doesn't mind dating if it finds her, but she's very practical and level-headed, and despite being pretty optimistic, has a sarcastic and sassy inner monologue and knows how to tell somebody off. So no ditzy, clumsy girl who needs help, no overly cheery Cinderella, and no damsel in distress scenarios! She's not even pining for a boyfriend.
I'm interested in seeing how you'll write this character. Let her be a normal person with both strengths and flaws. Don't feel compelled to make her a nigh-invincible badass who has no difficulty overcoming obstacles. (In my opinion, this is the negative side of what TVTropes calls "Xenafication.")

Re: Free GxB Mystery/School Otome!

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:09 pm
by Ferdokki
If you need help with coloring, well, that's like the only skill I can offer. =/