What's up with the title capitalization?
Well, doesn't it look cool?
Here is my "smaller" project after putting my other one, 'The Blessed', on hiatus.
This was at first... a small project, but I started adding things and, well...
It's still a manageable size and I've made much more progress with this project than my other one.
I actually want to create and finish a Ren'py VN!
Minor Updates (Apr 30 2015)
- Started the first of the 'final re-draw' sprites.
- The text size has been decreased now.
A girl and her pen:
"What if she could change her life with it?"
"...Things will go wrong."
Summary (Lots more words...)
Maya had always wanted to write fictional stories. However, she always fails to finish them, leaving her endings unsatisfied. While she was desperate to finish her newest story, she found the most beautiful pen on the ground. But this pen is magical! She finds out that any story she writes with it will happen in real life! With the pen's amazing grip and smooth writing, maybe she can finally finish her stories too! Imaginations sure can run wild...
Poor Maya, she's got some troubles in her life.
Maya's childhood friend is dating another girl, and not her.
Maya hates this girl who brags about being better than her at everything.
Maya's best friend is always being bullied due to her weight.
Maya had a brother who passed away a month ago.
...but with this pen, maybe she can change it all.
Main: Drama, Mystery, School Setting, Supernatural, Tragedy
Has a little Romance and Horror themes.
May contain "dark" subject matter/content (especially in one path).
Themes that may be used
Be careful what you wish for
Can you escape fate/escape reality?
Appearance isn't everything/Looks can be deceiving
Taking advantage of others
Accept what you have in life
The Pen (It's just a pen, really.)
Maya finds this pen before the story starts, and it will change her life.
This pen can do almost anything... destroy a person, change a personality...
...even change history?
All Maya has to do is to write a good story with this pen!
The pen has several rules. How Maya finds out about these rules is unknown right now.
Some rules may be:
"You must write a story in third person. You make up the 'characters'."
"A story affects real life persons (character names don't matter)."
"You can only write something that can happen in this world."
MAYA, the Main character, who loves writing stories with fantasy, romance, and horror (but never finishing them!). She is curious about life and asks people many questions.
-PATRICK, the Popular, good-looking guy, president of the school, good at everything (dates Jasmine).
-JASMINE, the Jealous rival girl, vice-president of the school, also good at everything (dates Patrick) and shows off.
-TOMMY, the Transfer student, rather... lacking in popularity and talent.
-CONAN, Maya's kind Childhood friend who has crush on another girl, Britney (and started dating her).
-BART, the young Brat who loves to talk about other people, childish.
-KIRSTY, the Quiet/Quirky girl who reads in the library.
-GREG, "Genuine guy": Good, nice, likes Maya, is kinda lame, but has a good heart.
-BRENDAN, Maya's deceased Brother.
And characters who are not based on words... maybe.
-LACHLYN, shy, short haired, chubby girl. She gets bullied and is usually sad.
-HAYDEN, was Brendan's best friend, was just your average athletic guy. Now he is..?
-BRITNEY, Girl that is dating Conan, tomboyish, cold to most people (enemies with Jasmine and Maya).
Format (Whoa! This is complicated)
-5 different paths: Jasmine's, Conan's, Lyn's, Brendan's, and ???
-Prologue I & II: (I), where characters are introduced. (II), where Maya chooses where to go for lunch and sometimes after school ("Choices and Conversations"). Choices in Prologue II affect the path options.
-Path Options: after the Prologues, the game is split into five paths and you choose one of them. Options are shown depending on who Maya talked to and is thus, most concerned about. One (common) to five (super rare) options will be shown. Two of the paths are unlocked when the game is first completed.
-You have to choose different people to talk to for path options. Example: Keep talking to and seeing Jasmine and Patrick, and Jasmine's path will be one of the path options. Avoid Jasmine, and there is a better chance that her path will not appear.
-Optional friendships with some characters in each path, especially in paths where that character is featured in (you will see them more often). These friendships may give bonus convos in their featured path, could influence your choices, or give bonuses in the true ending. When talking to these characters, dialogue could differ slightly in each path.
-During each path, Maya will use the pen to write her stories to change herself or someone's life. I have an idea of the format and I'm currently working on it (See below!).
-Endings: each path will branch to at least two endings. Usually it will be the default (bad) ending and the path's ending. There is also the true ending. Thus, there will be at least 7 endings total.
The first coloured sprite I had! The BG is a placeholder and so is that textbox.
Oh, you must be hiding something!
It took a while to make this amazing input screen! (What's Conan doing there?)
Re-drawn Jasmine. This sprite outline will be the start of the last re-draws.
So, what does this have to do with the pen? Maya gets to write stories, and the format is "fill in the blank!"
You can't choose what idea she wants, but you can change the words!
This is how the format will be like:
The words in the buttons can be changed to create slightly different stories. This will stay simple as I will limit the number of combinations and words to choose. Since these stories come true, these are the "choices" that can change dialogue and relationships with other characters, and ultimately decide the ending in each path.
eime-leen - Story, Writing, Design, Art, and hopefully BGs/CGs too.
Thinking of getting someone to do the music.
ren'py - engine used to make the VN!
freeware, namely GIMP - used to create the visuals for this project!
computer - the most important member of the team!
Resources currently used:
-A font free to use
-Windows Aero cursor (recoloured)
(...It's just me.)
(Got rid of the progress percentages. Found it demotivating.)
I'm open to comments and criticism. Thank you for viewing my WIP.