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Corona Borealis (GxB)(Family, Friendship, Romance)

#1 Post by PB&Jelly » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:04 pm

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Will June trade the glow of streetlights for fireflies and the cacophony of car horns for crickets?

Credits
Writing/Programming
Jill Harris (PB&Jelly)

Character Art/CGs
M. Beatriz Garcia (Deji)

Story

June Pinegar is forced to spend the summer working at her father’s quaint country café, far away from her urban home in New York City.
Will romance spark with the dutiful barista or friendship form with the bubbly cashier? Or perhaps she’ll mend the strained relationship between her and her quirky father.
One thing is certain: with each passing day, June is finding herself more and more charmed by the intoxicating mystique of the Southern town and its residents.

Corona Borealis is a heartwarming story that shows the lasting effects our lives are capable of having on others, as well as their effects on us.
Rather than just providing the player with romance options, it aims to explore the depths of non-romantic relationships, too.

Main Characters

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June Pinegar (MC)
Age: 16
June is Basil’s daughter and the reluctant new employee at his café.
At first, she prefers to keep her distance from the others, but she matures and opens up as the game progresses.
Player’s choices will determine how hardworking or friendly she’ll be, which will in turn affect how other characters perceive and interact with her.

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Basil Pinegar
Age: 36
Route Type: Friendship
June’s doting father and the owner and head chef of the café.
Passionate and driven, he can sometimes get a little too lost in his work.
His and June’s relationship is shaky at best, but he hopes to change that over the course of the summer.
He has an unhealthy love for coffee and the classic TV show “Star Journey”.

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Logan Russell
Age: 18
Route Type: Romance
The barista and dishwasher at the café.
He is a hardworking and dependable employee that sets high standards for himself and places those same expectations on others.
His interest in engineering proves to be a useful skill, as it gives him an uncanny ability to fix anything that breaks in the café.
He plans on moving at the end of the summer to attend an out-of-state university.

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Lacey Hopewell
Age: 16
Route Type: Friendship
The overly friendly cashier and dining room attendant.
Incredibly optimistic, it seems nothing can put a damper on her good mood.
She immediately takes an interest in June and goes out of her way to make her feel welcome.
She loves to talk about her fiancé, Mason.

Supporting Characters

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Noah Hopewell
Age: 16
Route Type: Tied to Lacey's route, Friendship...?
Lacey’s introverted and awkward twin brother.
Unlike his sister, he is rather pessimistic and reserved.
Sometimes it seems like there’s something amiss between the two, but it’s difficult to know for sure.
He spends most of his free time inside writing bits of music and sketching in his notebook.

Features

- Play through June’s summer break (two months)
- Four different endings (one good ending for each character, plus one bad ending)
- Special “After Story” epilogues immediately following each good ending (three total)
- Detailed descriptions of food (yay!)

Contact

If you would like to lend your talents and help with the making of Corona Borealis, you can submit an application via PM.
Please include a list of any prior VN work experience and a sample of your abilities.
Submissions will be kept on file until an opening arises, then we’ll contact those who fit the job criteria.
We look forward to the possibility of working with you!

Questions & Updates

1. Which guy or gal is your favorite?
2. What are some optional features you'd like to see added to Corona Borealis? For example: English voice acting, an opening video, additional art (sprite poses, outfits, CGs), original soundtrack, etc.
3. If you could pick only one of the above features to add to CB, which one would it be?

Of course, I’m also open to any questions you have for me. ^^

12/15/2013 – The game has been completely written for some time now (aside from all of the questions June will ask her co-workers—I specifically want audience suggestions/feedback for that.) At this point in development, I’m just commissioning assets and programming them into the game as I receive them. I’ve already contacted an artist about the backgrounds and I have a few people in mind for custom GUI. So far, I haven’t run into any roadblocks while programming, but I might need to commission someone to help me out in the future.

1/13/2014 - Background production is underway and sprites should be finished before March. A GUI artist has also been contacted and commissioned.

2/25/2014 - All of the sprites are officially done. Yay!

8/26/2014 - Yucky, unfinished demo available for download on page three. Blech. Please let me know what you think.
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#2 Post by silverpikachu99 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:06 pm

OHMYGOSHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Another otome game that looks amazing :0~!!!!!!! Please continue this awesomeness!! I look forward to more progess. Good luck!
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#3 Post by Sleipnir56 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:41 pm

I really like the rough sketches of the characters and the plot is really interesting. I wanna play :) . Is there really only one romance option though?

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#4 Post by PB&Jelly » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:51 pm

Sleipnir56 wrote:I really like the rough sketches of the characters and the plot is really interesting. I wanna play :) . Is there really only one romance option though?

Thanks! Deji's sketches are absolutely amazing. :)

I wanted to keep it simple, with one route emphasizing the importance of family, another friendship, etc. However, if you're a Noah fan, Lacey's after story includes
a little bit of romance between Noah and June. It's supposed to be a surprise, though. Shh!
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#5 Post by Kyra10 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:04 pm

The logo is beautiful~
The art is gorgeous, and I love all of the characters! <3
I'd just love to play this when it's done. ^_^

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#6 Post by BonBonBunny » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:32 pm

Ohhhh Noah is so cute!! I want to be keeping tabs on this one. n_n

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#7 Post by Azariah » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:46 pm

YAY! Another VN to stalk! I know that this has been said a lot of times but, the art is so gorgeous! I shall look forward with this. \\(O^O)//
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#8 Post by Googaboga » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:25 pm

I love heartwarming games about friendship and or family ;w;. I'm looking forward to this.

Congrats on getting the story done. I hope the rest of the game assets and programming goes smoothing for you and your team :3.

1. Which guy or gal is your favorite?
Probably Basil. He sounds fun and I am most excited for his route because I want to see him and his daughter get along :'D

2. In between work, June will converse with her fellow employees. If you were in June’s shoes, what questions would you like to ask the cast? You just might see your question answered in-game!
Um how about "If you had one super power what would it be?" or something ^^;. I know you want audience feedback so I'm sorry I can't answer this very well. I've been finishing a Q&A section in the game I'm working on and now I never want to come up with questions for characters to answer ever again DX.
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#9 Post by PB&Jelly » Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:56 pm

Thanks for all of your kind words so far! I hope you all will enjoy Corona Borealis as much as I've enjoyed working on it. ^^ And it's been such a fantastic experience working with Deji. She really fleshes out the characters in a way that no one else can. I'm always excited when I receive an e-mail from her! :3

Googaboga wrote:Um how about "If you had one super power what would it be?" or something ^^;. I know you want audience feedback so I'm sorry I can't answer this very well. I've been finishing a Q&A section in the game I'm working on and now I never want to come up with questions for characters to answer ever again DX.

Thanks for your feedback! Every little bit helps. And I know how you feel--it's difficult to write small talk-type dialogue without it sounding hokey or contrived.

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#10 Post by azureXtwilight » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:16 am

I really love the fact that not all paths comes to romance (Yay for family path!). I will be looking out for this!
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#11 Post by 15385bic » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:02 am

i like the look of the supporting brother the most ^^'
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#12 Post by gekiganwing » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:01 am

Googaboga wrote:I love heartwarming games about friendship and or family...


Agreed. While I like romance stories, I think that main characters benefit when they interact with people other than (potential) love interests. If their relationships with family, friends, and other people are compelling, that's a plus.

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#13 Post by PB&Jelly » Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:28 am

Googaboga wrote:I love heartwarming games about friendship and or family

azureXtwilight wrote:I really love the fact that not all paths comes to romance (Yay for family path!)

gekiganwing wrote:While I like romance stories, I think that main characters benefit when they interact with people other than (potential) love interests. If their relationships with family, friends, and other people are compelling, that's a plus.

Thank you! I was worried that players would be disappointed there isn't more romance, so your support definitely encourages me. Personally, I feel that relationships with family and friends can be just as (if not more) emotionally fulfilling than most romantic relationships. I hope everyone enjoys the family and friendship paths, despite the lack of mushy romantic goodness.

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#14 Post by harajukulolita » Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:07 pm

The fact that Deji is involved means the art will be awesome, I love the logo already, I'm looking forward to this game :D

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#15 Post by Sora-Kuroi » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:13 am

The plot is interesting and the art is amazing! *---* I'll be waiting for this VN! My favorite character is Russell >w< <3
I wish Hopewell were a dateable character, he looks so shy and cute <3

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