The working synopsis for 'Club Shuffle':
"Vivian is a "Poor Little Rich Girl" with no motivation who ends up being enrolled at The Brassfield Institute. BI is famous for it's Club Program, where every student (it is mandatory) belongs to a club and spends a couple hours a day perusing that activity. Because of Vivian's lack of drive and poor attitude she ends up being roped into joining every club in the program for a day (and there are a ton). When clubs vary between Judo, Theater, Private Investigation to even Mad Science it is fun to throw Vivian in different situations. The fantasy comes from a slight bending of reality, like the Mad Science club actually makes Frankenstein like monsters.
Here is the developer blog - Follow and Share?
Now you might be curious about a few of the characters...here is the main cast. With art by the incomparable Les McClaine.
Vivian Townsend - The Club Hopper
I already told you about Vivian in the synopsis. She is dry and sarcastic and can sometimes speak without thinking. This is her story, not only to finding love, but figuring out what the hell she is doing in her life. All the pressure her father puts on her to not only be successful, but have fun while doing it has left Vivian pretty much mentally paralyzed.
The Love Interests!
Update: Here is the second pass on Gabe. We made him a bit more overtly handsome:
Gabe Hastings - Student Council Vice-President
Gabe is basically my ode to the Mr. Darcy type of romantic hero. He is smart, driven and a bit of an asshole. He loves mentally sparring, and can be difficult to warm up to. He will be leading Vivian through her club hopping experience.
Monica Nesbitt - Thespian Society
Monica is a ball of frenetic energy. She talks fast and is constantly accumulating and using new slang. She loves her club more than anything, and even though she doesn't get the biggest parts, she has faith that her advisor will notice her and give her a chance.
Devon Pierce - Math Teacher, Judo Club Advisor
Devon is a seemingly kind guy. His upbeat demeanor and easygoing attitude makes him a favorite amongst his students. When he is doing Judo a more serious side can be seen in him though.
Hank Hayashi - Photography Club President
Hank is a little bit rock n' roll and a little bit...lounge music? He has a tendency of talking too much and coming off as cheesy. He is a talented photographer though and has a reputation for being a heartbreaker.
Jeff Tesla - Mad Science Club
Jeff is a brilliant and neurotic fledgling scientist. Whether he is shooting ants to space in a rocket or bringing undead creatures to life, Jeff will work day and night until he attains his goals. He loves sharing his interests with others, but can be bashful when around someone he...likes.
Eric Stanford - Surf Club President
Eric is a beach bum. He is constantly on the beach or doing something to help his club. Even with his slow swagger and surfer slang he is no cliche. Well...actually he is kind of a cliche...but he is a nice cliche? And he runs around with his shirt off a lot?
Plus...a SECRET CHARACTER! Cause those are fun.
Here is a couple screens of the GUI me and my friend have been putting together. I am really stoked on it.
ANYWAYS this game is at heart (pun intended!) a romantic comedy, but it is also a mystery! Some of these characters may not be exactly what they seem at first, and there will be a mystery heavily tied into the main plot, as well as a sub-mystery to unravel. You won't get all the answers in a single play through and I think that will add to the fun.
Let me know what you think!
- All original art by Professional Comic Artist Les McClaine (The Tick, The Middleman)
- 6 Romanceable Characters + 1 Secret Path + 4 Friendship Paths
- Original Soundtrack by The Twins
- Multiple Outfits/Poses for all of the main characters.
- Lot's of endings, romantic, friendship, independent success...and some not so good endings as well.
- Lots of choices, some of which split the story up, some of which just make an impression on the people you're interacting with, plus some choices help form Vivian's personality for making key decisions later.
- A CG Gallery (which I have yet to program, yeesh!)
Story: 80% - Mostly conceptualized but need to tighten some things down.
Writing: First draft 20%
Art: 3% - Concepts completed, working on the first round of sprites.
Music and Sound: 50% - Been getting loads of rad music from our new original soundtrack musicians.
The game contains 1,965 screens of dialogue.
These screens contain a total of 22,500 words,
for an average of 10.6 words per screen.
The game contains 31 menus.
Oh one more thing, it will be a commercial game, but I couldn't fit that in the title of the thread.