a2 ~a due~ [GxB][Musicians][Dramedy][NaNoRenO] (COMPLETE)

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a2 ~a due~ [GxB][Musicians][Dramedy][NaNoRenO] (COMPLETE)

#1 Post by Arowana » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:40 pm

This game is now complete! Download it here!
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It's been years since rocker girl Sona Song last talked to her father, a famous classical music conductor. So she's shocked, and a bit annoyed, when he leaves his orchestra to her after he dies. Though Sona just wants to slack off, she's soon visited by Yin Le Hao, her father's musical protégé from China. Hao doesn't speak any English, but he's determined to whip the orchestra into shape no matter what.

Background
We started working on a2 at the start of February. It was originally a 2-week project that was going to be released on Valentine’s Day, but we decided to spend some more time on it. Our new deadline is the end of February, so instead of considering it a late Valentine’s Day game, we’re going to call it a one month early NaNoRenO project. :D

Our planned features include:
  • 3 endings (Love, Friendship, and ???)
  • 9 CGs
  • theme song by the talented Gerald Ko
  • music and Chinese glossary
  • unlockable “subtitle mode” for all Chinese dialogue
  • sneak cameo by a certain surprise someone…
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Sona Song (宋) - A tough-talking, independent girl who won't take crap from others. She doesn't care much for classical music and has been estranged from her father for years. Chinese-American, but knows very little Chinese.

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Yin Le Hao (郝音乐) - A passionate, but intimidating young conductor with an incredibly strict work ethic. He greatly respected Sona's father, who was his teacher back in China. He doesn't speak any English.

Progress
Story (all) – 100%
Writing (Arowana) – 100%
Art (Nellie, azurextwilight) – 100% (now doing coloring and GUI)
Music/SFX (Nellie, azurextwilight) – 100% (currently looking through free resources)
Coding (Arowana) – 100%

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More updates to follow over the next two weeks! Feel free to give us your comments, questions, etc. (and wish us luck for the “February NaNo” deadline hahaha).
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Re: a2 ~a due~ [GxB][Dramedy][VDay NaNo]

#2 Post by Mimi_Melody » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:23 pm

Oh, a tough girl and a calm guy :D First time I've seen an MC with...rock n' roll style...and stuff... But looking forward to it! (2 weeks --> 1 month, seriously? Your working mode is impressive)
There'll be english right? You said unlockable "sub mode" right? Oh...wait, does it mean we have to unlock it? @@ I dun wanna read chinese fo the whole VN @@

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#3 Post by azureXtwilight » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:46 pm

Oh god, remind me again that I have to color hao *shot
Glad you've finally put a thread for this, aro! :D
Also, I think I uploaded the sfx's already~
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#4 Post by Arowana » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:16 pm

@ Mimi_Melody
Yay, I'm so glad! We were a bit worried that a heroine with a Mohawk would scare people away, so it's good to see that's not the case. :D

And yes, the game is in English - sorry for not making that clear! Hao has some dialogue that will appear in Chinese, though. Since the MC doesn't understand him when he speaks in Chinese, we wanted players to have the same experience as her (though guess that won't work for people who can read Chinese, haha). However, there will be an unlockable "subtitle" mode that will translate all of Hao's dialogue to English as well.

@ azurextwilight
Yeah, sorry I took so long to put it up! ^^; I figured today was definitely the latest, since it's the end of Valentine's Day here right now.

And yay, thanks a bunch for the SFX! I'm really impressed you found so much already. I'll go over the script again this weekend and see if we need any more!
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#5 Post by Nellie » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:44 pm

I've never worked so hard and fast in life... Even though deadline has been extended... 9CGs, sprites, chibi arts, GUIs, orchestra song renditions and brainstorming a project from sketch in 4 weeks, with only 3 person in the team... Is suicidal |||OTL

But good thing I'm working with reliable partners! :3

Here's a sneak preview to the main menu!
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Please comment! =D


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#6 Post by FatUnicornGames » Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:10 pm

This will be fun, I enjoy their looks. I always love a couple who looks surprising together. Plus the LI looks stern, which I like.
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#7 Post by Ayame » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:24 pm

Yessss, so hyped for this already! :D I've been following AXIOM.01 and The Pirate Mermaid for a while (though haven't posted in the threads yet, shame on me) and this new project looks great!

I for one love the heroine's look. And, oh my god, is that a BASS she's holding??! *________*

Good luck with finishing this game in just one month! I'll be following this closely. :)
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Re: a2 ~a due~ [GxB][Dramedy][VDay NaNo]

#8 Post by ngareci » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:46 pm

I like the concept of the story, the heroine style will make a deep impression in this game..
And the main menu is soo beautiful!!
How much playtime that you planned for this game?
Good luck for the team!!
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#9 Post by Arowana » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:41 pm

@ FatUnicornGames
Awesome! Yeah, we're most certainly going for an odd couple relationship here. And the guy is definitely the stern, straitlaced type. ;)

@ Ayame
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement! (and we'll definitely be returning to our other games after the month ends) We're also really relieved to hear you like the heroine's style! (still worrying a bit her appearance is too unconventional, but we're quite fond of it at least)

@ ngareci
I totally had the same reaction when Nellie posted the main menu (just put it in the opening post too)! Thanks for the well wishes! I think the word count will be around 30K in the end, so maybe about 2 hours long depending on reading speed?

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Update on my end:

After listening to copious amounts of romantic piano music, I finally finished the last ending. So the writing portion of the project is more or less done! The script is a little over 30K words at the moment, which still kind of amazes me. I never realized I could write so quickly - guess that's the power of a strict deadline!

Now onto editing (and hopefully starting coding this weekend)!
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#10 Post by Anna » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:34 am

Oh gosh this sounds so much fun! The main menu looks cool and I like the story; the guy also looks cool. Also, in one month and done at the end of February!? Yes please! <3

Good luck on finishing this, I'm really looking forward to it a lot.

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#11 Post by Nellie » Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:59 pm

Anyone loves chibis?
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With the two MCs being so different, naturally they'll be arguing a lot >_<

@Anna Thanks! I hope we can finish in time too... And that we won't disappoint you! XD

@Everyone else Aro has said what I'd reply, so I'll shaddap and just say THANKS for your support :3
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#12 Post by Blane Doyle » Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:12 am

This certainly sounds, and looks, unique. I'm not entirely sure what to expect but I am certainly looking forward to seeing what we get.

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#13 Post by azureXtwilight » Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:14 am

Hmm, we have a plan to have voice acting for the game. So if you know a guy who can speak chinese it will be much appreciated, thanks!
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#14 Post by Coren » Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:20 am

azureXtwilight wrote:Hmm, we have a plan to have voice acting for the game. So if you know a guy who can speak chinese it will be much appreciated, thanks!
I can speak Chinese! :)

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#15 Post by Nellie » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:36 pm

@Blane Doyle We love being.. 'unique' :3 It's a short, simple game. Just expect to have fun (hopefully! XD) and not put too high of an expectation! *runs*

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Here's a spoiler in-game 'CG' for you all who's following the thread! =P
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