Tell a Demon [Dark Fantasy][Vampires][commercial] Released!

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Tell a Demon [Dark Fantasy][Vampires][commercial] Released!

#1 Post by ketskari » Mon May 26, 2014 4:41 am

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Sun Labyrinth is currently working on the commercial visual novel Tell A Demon,
a fantasy story with elements of horror set in the 1920s style city-state of Asher.
It is executed with hand-painted textures and digital painting.
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The story has three points of view (Julius, Kalevel, and Tell), each with their own story that intertwines with the other characters' depending on player choices. Some romantic options are available. However, Tell a Demon is not a dating sim. The player guides plot and character development that might include romance, depending on the character, rather than choosing a romantic route.
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Characters updated when I get to a point in development in which I have non-spoilery screenshots of them. Markaius, the Empress's Shadow, Tetrine and a few other characters from Asher will also make their appearances. Although Tell a Demon is a standalone story (you won't have to read the previous story to understand what's going on), it chronologically takes place about six months after the events of Asher. (All of which is fortunate because Asher needs to be remade. ;)

Some questions:
1) If you saw the old demo and art, what do you think of the new look?
2) Which character(s) are you most interested in playing and why?
3) Is there anything you're unclear about with regards to the story, or that you would like to learn more about before playing a demo?
Thanks!

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Re: Tell a Demon (Asher City Series) [Urban Fantasy][Vampire

#2 Post by blankd » Mon May 26, 2014 4:52 am

This looks extremely nice and with a medium that isn't seen too often! The bit about Vampires seems like it could go either way since there is a much more range of what they are and there isn't much about the characters to go off of but the visuals are certainly make this worth paying attention to.

As an aside the only thing that would really be a turnoff from the story is probably the vampire element because they are used so often and have new and somewhat shallow meaning now. If there's anything more you can divulge about that element it may put some worries to rest but I understand if you don't want to reveal anything this early on.

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Re: Tell a Demon (Asher City Series) [Urban Fantasy][Vampire

#3 Post by ketskari » Mon May 26, 2014 12:26 pm

@ blankd - Thank you! I'll be sure to update with more information on the characters when I decide what to put here about them. :)

As for vampires, Asher had vampires, too, although they are called demons in both stories. There's no sparkly immortal dead nor some eternal love thing going on here. Vampirism in Asher remains a curse more or less. The demons of Asher are varied and Tell a Demon explores the folklore roots of the vampire myth. In Asher, the story was framed with bits of poetry related to the world. In TAD, the story is framed by a cautionary fairy tale about a demon. Once I have one of those illustrations done I'll post a sample.

Anyway, I didn't put "vampire" in the tag at all for Asher for the same reasons you mentioned, actually, but thought I'd try it this time. Probably better to take it down? Thank you for sharing your feedback!
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Re: Tell a Demon (Asher City Series) [Urban Fantasy][Vampire

#4 Post by Hazel-Bun » Mon May 26, 2014 12:43 pm

Glad you guys finally made a thread for this :) The vampire tag intrigued me but, always do what you think is best for marketing reasons. Can't wait to learn more about this world ^^

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Re: Tell a Demon (Asher City Series) [Urban Fantasy][Vampire

#5 Post by Shio_Fuu » Mon May 26, 2014 1:46 pm

I'm so excited to see a continuation to Asher! Your traditional art is fantastic!
Speaking about vampires, Asher didn't feel like a simple vampire story at all, it was much more complex than that. But I think most people nowadays associate them with angsty sparkly teens from TV. Someone likes it, someone doesn't - you decide whichever way you want to promote it!

I have two questions: how long is the game and what is its estimated price?
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Re: Tell a Demon (Asher City Series) [Urban Fantasy][Vampire

#6 Post by Green Glasses Girl » Mon May 26, 2014 3:08 pm

Yes! More of Asher! I'm also happy to see that Julius, Markaius, and Kalevel will be making returns.

The art is fantastic! (Have you made illustration books before? It looks professionally done!) It's great to see traditionally painted work in a visual novel. I'm cool with vampires because I like horror elements in stories.

Anyway, I am looking forward to this!
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Re: Tell a Demon (Asher City Series) [Urban Fantasy][Vampire

#7 Post by ketskari » Mon May 26, 2014 4:29 pm

@Hazel-Bun - Thanks! That's good to know. I think I'll leave it for a bit. At least the vampire bit is explained on the first page, which helps.

@Shio_Fuu - Thank you! Yes, I'll wait a bit before I decide on whether how much I want to advertise the vampire aspect. The feedback so far is very useful. :)

(Updated 12/15/2014):
How long is Tell a Demon?
Longer than Asher. Can't estimate time yet. Demo runs longer than text estimate due to occasional pauses between the text for animation.

Estimate price?
Update 11/19/2015: The old price I listed here reflected a much shorter rendition of Tell a Demon. New price TBA. :)

@ Green Glasses Girl - Thanks! I have a BFA in Studio Art: Illustration, although I haven't made work for any published illustrated books before. It's taken a long time for me to learn traditional media, so I'm glad all the practice is paying off and that it looks professional. :)
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Re: Tell a Demon (Asher City Series) [Urban Fantasy][Vampire

#8 Post by naqlada » Tue May 27, 2014 12:05 pm

Looks like you are stepping up your skill. It's good to see! Hopefully, Tell will get some help?

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Re: Tell a Demon (Asher City Series) [Urban Fantasy][Vampire

#9 Post by Cafechan » Tue May 27, 2014 10:41 pm

Wow, I love the aesthetic! The design of the main character is very pleasant. I look forward to this. It sounds quite interesting!!

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#10 Post by victorita9 » Wed May 28, 2014 10:42 am

I am so happy there is another game in this universe! I loved the first game. Will this one be as creepy?

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#11 Post by ketskari » Wed May 28, 2014 12:40 pm

@naqlada - Thanks! I think Tell is on her own, unfortunately, unless perhaps she can find a weapon... ;)

@Cafechan - Thank you!

@victorita9 - It's great to hear that! Thanks. And I hope so; I have plans for added creepiness. x)
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#12 Post by blankd » Thu May 29, 2014 1:59 am

ketskari wrote:@ blankd - Thank you! I'll be sure to update with more information on the characters when I decide what to put here about them. :)

As for vampires, Asher had vampires, too, although they are called demons in both stories. There's no sparkly immortal dead nor some eternal love thing going on here. Vampirism in Asher remains a curse more or less. The demons of Asher are varied and Tell a Demon explores the folklore roots of the vampire myth. In Asher, the story was framed with bits of poetry related to the world. In TAD, the story is framed by a fairytale about a demon and the three sisters who try to defeat him. Once I have one of those illustrations done I'll post a sample.

Anyway, I didn't put "vampire" in the tag at all for Asher for the same reasons you mentioned, actually, but thought I'd try it this time. Probably better to take it down? Thank you for sharing your feedback!
Sounds great! Looking forward to seeing this one finished. 8P

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#13 Post by Kay » Thu May 29, 2014 6:34 pm

Oh, oh, oh, you're doing a new thing! I'm so excited XD Even though Tetrine isn't appearing here, I'll help out any way I can. I can't wait to delve deeper into the folklore for Asher. In colour this time, too ... This is gonna be great <3
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#14 Post by ketskari » Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:06 pm

@Kay - thank you!! :)

Small update--actually, a few scenes taking place in the past are black and white, and you can influence the future with choices made in the past.

Update 11/18/2015: There are several scenes taking place in the past that the player can influence, but the new screenshots I have right now are a tad too spoilery to show. ;)
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#15 Post by LadyOfGatsby » Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:14 pm

Hey there, I love the art in here and this seems like it won't be just any typical vampire story which I'm looking forward too ^ ^
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