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The Taleweaver's Curse [Otome][Fantasy] DEMO UP 07/30

#1 Post by merdeamour » Wed May 29, 2013 6:27 am

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DEMO UP! :D
The Story:
Siran was just an ordinary person, someone who didn’t look or act like the princess she was born to be. Only one thing set Siran apartfrom other people—and that was her ability to imagine things into being.

Of course, she can’t imagine herself to look like a princess, or have talents that a princess is supposed to have. She just created imaginary friends for herself, and told stories to herself and they came alive for her.

None in the court knew of this talent, and Siran was thought dull. At fourteen, her father announced that she was betrothed to the prince of Riva, a country with whom Siran’s country has had a feud for a little over a hundred years. The shock of not being a Crown Princess but instead being the bride to a stranger causes Siran’s power to imagine things into being to inexplicably decrease. However, she obeys her father...

Now sixteen, Siran travels across the forests between Riva and Tyrarc, only to be accosted by a bloodbane witch who takes control of her guards with the scheme to impersonate Siran as the princess, and who leaves Siran in the forests to die. The witch, Illace, vows to make Riva and Tyrarc the breeding ground for the witches of her coven. Siran escapes from the forest with the help of her two imaginary friends, Siri and Alcin.

Siran, disguised, tries to figure out a way to overthrow Illace—but how can she, when she can’t even convince herself that she’s rightfully the princess?

As the bloodless bodies of townspeople pile up, and tensions rise against the supposed princess, Siran and her friends, both old and new, must find a way to stop the witch, before the carefully built-up truce between Tyrarc and Riva is sundered, before more people die...


Little does Siran know that she’s up against an enemy even more horrifying than a bloodbane witch...

The Characters


1. Siran - “It’s not a matter of heroics, or duty, or even country—it’s a matter of doing what’s right."
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-The MC of our story, Siran is extremely insecure about being a princess. The power to create diminished when she was fourteen, but much to her surprise, Siran and Alcin, out of all her imagined friends, still remained, and can still be called on. She can still create things by thinking of them, but she has a harder time of doing so than she did in the past.


2. Siri – “Because, imaginary or not, we’re still your friends.”
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-One of Siran’s two imaginary friends, Siri represents Siran’s desire of looking and acting like a princess. Emotional and flighty, Siri is still a loyal friend.


3. Alcin [Romanceable] - “Everyone deserves to be happy. I’d rather you thought of yourself as someone belonging to that demographic.”
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-The other of Siran’s two friends, Alcin represents Siran’s desire to be strong and be the boy heir her father had hoped her to be. Alcin seems cold at times, but he’s still a dear friend to Siran and has an uncanny ability to know what she’s thinking.


4. Eriond [Romanceable] – “I have no use for humans, anyway. Your pettiness is below me.”
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-A fairy Siran meets in the Feruin Forests. Don’t let his pastel-hued wings fool you-- Eriond is an extremely bad-tempered specimen of a fairy. He is a valuable ally, though, as he knows all about bloodbane witches.


5. Basil [Romanceable] – “Beauty? I think beauty is in the kindred spirit. I believe I’d find an old crone beautiful if she were to understand me and take me for me.”
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-Basil is an artist who drops by Katya’s tavern and takes an interest in Siran as she works there. Very easy-going and charming, Basil seems to be hiding a secret behind his happy-go-lucky exterior. He is also interested in the spate of bloodless bodies appearing in the streets...


6. Illace “What do you want to live for, Princess? Aren’t you tired of the expectations yet, the impressions people have of you?”
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-A bloodbane witch who ambushes Siran and enchants her guards. She passes herself off as Siran to the Rivan court. She wears a necklace of human bone fingers around her neck, a sign that she practices the dark arts. What are bloodbane witches, you ask? Eriond might be able to tell you...

7. Katya – “If everyone were like royalty, no one would want to be important things like a baker, a seamstress... or maybe a tavern maid, like you.”
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-The local tavern’s owner, Katya takes Siran in as a helper when Siran has nowhere else to go.


8. Rivan Prince
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-The monarch to whom Siran is betrothed. She doesn’t see him until she lives in the capital.

*NOTE: This is a free game for all to play, just in case anyone's wondering (:
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The Team:


Writer - merdeamour
Sprite Artist - Ant-san
Background Artist - Emily (not on LSF)
Programmer - ayo
Composer - Ant (not on LSF)
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Progress:


Sprites - 100%
CGs - 60%
BGs - 5%
Writing - 20%
Programming - 0%
GUI - 75%

*Note: I've finished writing the whole story (it's a novel I'm working on), so I'm just working on the routes. Technically, I only have 2 routes to go, but since the story has a happy ending, and I'm planning to have both sad and happy endings for each character, I'm still at 1/5 of the writing.


Screenshots:

Main Menu:
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Config Menu:
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Save/Load Menu:
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Here's the demo! The demo consists of just the story's prologue, so no choices yet. Also, according to ayo, our programmer:
ayo wrote:Sorry for the delay, I was just adding some minor stuffs to the preview. As you already know, the BGs and SFXs are not ours but the sprites, GUI/UI are from us ^^

Anyway, please enjoy the short preview of the game and please leave some feedbacks once you finish playing it, thanks! :D


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3. Windows Download
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Now requesting for honest critiques, especially those who have played the demo. Kudos to Tempus for this idea.
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#2 Post by pickle131 » Wed May 29, 2013 10:00 am

The art is adorable, and I really like the story concept!
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#3 Post by EroBotan » Wed May 29, 2013 10:23 am

pickle131 wrote:The art is adorable, and I really like the story concept!
Yeah, the art is definitetly good, and this is also the first time I'm hearing a story like this! It's pretty original concept :D
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#4 Post by merdeamour » Wed May 29, 2013 10:46 am

EroBotan wrote:
pickle131 wrote:The art is adorable, and I really like the story concept!
Yeah, the art is definitetly good, and this is also the first time I'm hearing a story like this! It's pretty original concept :D

Thank you, both of you! (: I'm sure Ant-san will appreciate your kind words :D And I'm glad that you found the story original--it's something I've been working on for a while (:
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#5 Post by Ant-san » Thu May 30, 2013 9:14 pm

Thank you for your feedbacks :wink:
I'm really glad you guys like my art :oops:

Anyway, just to add on the progress (on my part anyway XP), the CG drawings are 30% complete, and the CG sprites (expressions + poses) are 100% done :wink:

As for the writing, according to mer, it's actually already complete and she's just working on the other routes ^_^
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#6 Post by Ran08 » Thu May 30, 2013 10:10 pm

Oh, she's got imaginary friends, eh? Cooool. :3 I like the setting too. It seems pretty interesting.
And the art is so cuuute! <3 The logo is a bit hard to read because of the font, but I think that's just me. Hahaha.

I'm looking forward to this. ^^

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#7 Post by merdeamour » Thu May 30, 2013 10:28 pm

Ran08 wrote:Oh, she's got imaginary friends, eh? Cooool. :3 I like the setting too. It seems pretty interesting.
And the art is so cuuute! <3 The logo is a bit hard to read because of the font, but I think that's just me. Hahaha.

I'm looking forward to this. ^^
Ah, we're changing the logo to something both ayo and Ant-san came up with xD Sorry I haven't done it yet...

We've got Ant-san to thank for the art! I still can't believe she did this in just... 2-3 weeks.

I've been working on the story for a long time, so I'm glad you like the setting (: Thank you for the support!
Ant-san wrote:Anyway, just to add on the progress (on my part anyway XP), the CG drawings are 30% complete, and the CG sprites (expressions + poses) are 100% done :wink:

As for the writing, according to mer, it's actually already complete and she's just working on the other routes ^_^
...She's pretty awesome xD

As for the writing, yup, I've done the story part (the main story)--now I just have to write out the routes. My writing will most likely slow down as another year of school is starting T_T
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#8 Post by Ant-san » Fri May 31, 2013 10:29 pm

merdeamour wrote:
Ant-san wrote:Anyway, just to add on the progress (on my part anyway XP), the CG drawings are 30% complete, and the CG sprites (expressions + poses) are 100% done :wink:

As for the writing, according to mer, it's actually already complete and she's just working on the other routes ^_^
...She's pretty awesome xD

As for the writing, yup, I've done the story part (the main story)--now I just have to write out the routes. My writing will most likely slow down as another year of school is starting T_T
Hey, maybe you should put the current progress at the first post as well? XD

And about the logo... I asked my brother which of the two looked better and he picked the green one XP

Maybe we should ask people here to vote or something? :lol:
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#9 Post by ixWishing » Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:05 pm

Whoa! The whole concept with the imaginary friends thing is cool!
I'm totally going for Alcin first! xD
And I wonder what role the Rivan Prince has... Hmmm
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#10 Post by Taleweaver » Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:03 am

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a) I have no connection whatsoever to this game
b) neither have I ever cursed someone nor do I promote the cursing of people, though I tend to be a bit of a pottymouth at times
c) this is a really nice idea for a fantasy story, and I'd like to see it finished.
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#11 Post by silverpikachu99 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:50 pm

ohmygoshhh the art is so cute <3 I'm super excited for this! Good luck~
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#12 Post by merdeamour » Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:16 am

Ant-san wrote: Hey, maybe you should put the current progress at the first post as well? XD
Sorry I got back to this so late! Did it xD

And about the logo... I asked my brother which of the two looked better and he picked the green one XP

Maybe we should ask people here to vote or something? :lol:
Sure! Although I'm thinking about whether we should post it here, or on the art threads...?

ixWishing wrote: Whoa! The whole concept with the imaginary friends thing is cool!
I'm totally going for Alcin first! xD
And I wonder what role the Rivan Prince has... Hmmm
Thank you (:

Wow, Alcin has a lot of positive reviews, huh? xD

Well, the Prince is the one to whom Siran is betrothed... there's some 'mystery' about him since Siran doesn't know him/hasn't even seen him yet. :D

Taleweaver wrote: a) I have no connection whatsoever to this game
...Your...username ((: Oh my gosh ((:

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b) neither have I ever cursed someone nor do I promote the cursing of people, though I tend to be a bit of a pottymouth at times
I seriously grinned while reading this. ...Pottymouth? xD
c) this is a really nice idea for a fantasy story, and I'd like to see it finished.
Ah, I'm really glad you think so! This is the first VN I've tried putting together, and I'm determined to finish this. I'm extremely lucky to have found amazing team members too xD

silverpikachu99 wrote: ohmygoshhh the art is so cute <3 I'm super excited for this! Good luck~


We have Ant-san to thank for that :D Thank you for the support! (:

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#13 Post by merdeamour » Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:44 am

To all the lovely people who have voiced their support for this game... here's Alcin, by Ant-san!
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Alcin is Siran's best friend, but he's the opposite of the outgoing Siri, quiet, a little bit recessive, but he's someone you can rely on for his logic and rational mind.
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#14 Post by Ant-san » Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:01 am

merdeamour wrote: Sure! Although I'm thinking about whether we should post it here, or on the art threads...?
I'd say art thread :D
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#15 Post by IefaSan » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:48 pm

LOL, I clicking to this thread thinking this game related to the Taleweaver... I thought "Maybe someone make a parody of her games?". But she already make a statement that she is not related to this game. Haha.... :lol:

But I saw the awesome art and interesting summary of the story. Hopefully I can play this game soon. (not trying to pressure you).

Good luck for this project! :D
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