The Stroke of Midnight [Mystery, Light BxB] New Art/Demo!

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The Stroke of Midnight [Mystery, Light BxB] New Art/Demo!

#1 Post by burnt_offering » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:25 am

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The Stroke of Midnight is a mystery visual novel in a detective style.

Synopsis
Rowan Cox wakes up in a barren room, alone with a mysterious girl he's never seen before. He quickly comes to realise that things are very much out of place.
After the prologue, the world is in political turmoil, with major figures dropping dead like flies. Rowan joins his friend's detective agency, and is dragged feet-first into the troubles.

Characters (Left to right)
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Stanley Cooper - A friend of Josh's. Very much the strong, silent type.
Chloe Lance - A college friend of Josh, and co-owner of the agency. Despite her relatively open and mocking personality, she keeps to herself a lot.
Josh Butler - Rowan's best friend, and childhood friend. Runs a detective agency with his friend Chloe. Tall, and never seen without his slightly hipster detective get-up.
Dominic King - An old friend of Chloe's, with a fierce intelligence and a wild sadistic streak.
The Girl - I'll leave this spoiler free. Sufficient to say, buckets of fun :twisted:

Some Art
Sorry about the links, the host only allows posting of images up to 800px wide, and I didn't want to reduce the quality of the images.

BG Examples:
http://aceofspades.vnovel.com/wp-conten ... forest.png
http://aceofspades.vnovel.com/wp-conten ... office.png
http://aceofspades.vnovel.com/wp-conten ... 5/road.png

CG Examples:
http://aceofspades.vnovel.com/wp-conten ... pening.png
http://aceofspades.vnovel.com/wp-conten ... oorway.png
http://aceofspades.vnovel.com/wp-conten ... ration.png

The Team

Writers - Myself
Artists - Flora Li, Alexis Ril
GUI - DS-Sans
Music - lexiekins
Logo - Valhalla

The second round of auditions for voice actors is underway at http://voiceacting.boards.net/thread/80 ... asting-run.

Our new demo, complete with new assets, can be downloaded from https://www.dropbox.com/s/d6puwa6lfsivd ... .zip?dl=0
Thanks for reading!
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#2 Post by Sopheria » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:47 pm

*is most interested in this game* Good luck with your game, I can't wait to see more of it. I love the synopsis sounds like it could be a good mystery story.

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#3 Post by sasquatchii » Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:25 am

Woo hoo!! A detective style VN (Haven't played a lot of those yet)

Looking forward to seeing how you guys progress - please keep us updated.
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#4 Post by Rinima » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:16 am

Ohhh, that are is uber awesome!
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#5 Post by lolipopu » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:43 pm

Wow this really suits my tastes I want to really experience this VN!

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#6 Post by burnt_offering » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:01 pm

I'm now going to be blogging my progress at http://astcarissime.vnovel.com/
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#7 Post by Awedacious » Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:17 am

hi, I'm the artist for this project.

I thought I'd put some progress sketches here, so you know we're not dead.
or if it helps you understand our thought process when designing characters.

one of the characters I designed was emily, the little sister of the main character, rowan.
shortly before I joined, another artist made a few sketches, which I based mine off of. here's one of the sketches I was given to work with:

[attachment=3]1932530_725382637505146_360480167998612155_o.jpg[/attachment]

initially, I emphasised the little sister attributes, and went with a cutesy imouto character design:

[attachment=2]sisterII.jpg[/attachment]

the boss didn't think it fit and after I got a chance to read the character descriptions and plot more closely I thought so too.

after a bit of a hiatus I resdesigned the character, aging her up and downplaying the "moeness"

[attachment=1]emilysprite2.jpg[/attachment]

After that, it's simply a matter of shading, adjusting colours as necessary. I changed the shirt colour and upped the saturation of the overalls to complement the colour scheme better.
[attachment=0]emilysprite3.jpg[/attachment]

Other characters to follow.
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#8 Post by tiya_nofurita » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:49 am

your art is gorgeous and the premise is something that piques my interest :D
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#9 Post by Katy133 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:23 pm

This looks really interesting. I love a good mystery. I'll be keeping an eye on this VN.
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#10 Post by burnt_offering » Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:07 am

I'm pleased to welcome Spectre to the writing team, as Sir Katherine has dropped out.
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#11 Post by Fox Lee » Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:39 pm

Damn those sketches are beautiful. Not saying that I don't like the coloured versions, of course! But I'd love to play a whole VN using the visual style in the early drafts <XD
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#12 Post by Steamgirl » Fri May 29, 2015 2:21 pm

I absolutely love the art style and the theme is up my street too! I second Fox Lee, even without the colouring, the sketches look great... it's got so much movement!

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#13 Post by burnt_offering » Sat May 30, 2015 12:36 pm

Wow, I just stopped updating this, didn't I...
Progress is pretty slow due to exams, but I'm intending on getting my draft of the script done over the summer.
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#14 Post by burnt_offering » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:04 am

Ressurection! I hope to release a demo of this within the month.
Apologies to those who were keeping watch over this, real life proved a lot, but I'm finished with college now.
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#15 Post by burnt_offering » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:01 pm

At long last, our kickstarter and demo are up!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/11 ... f-midnight
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