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The Haunting of Blackbird School [Mystery, Ghost, KN]

#1 Post by Caveat Lector » Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:27 pm

"Remember: I hate liars."


Tenth grader Charlotte Clerval never believed in ghosts—she just went along on Katherine Sobler's ghost hunts for the chance to hang out with her friends. But one day, in November of 1975, Katherine disappears after hosting a slumber party. Because Charlotte chose to stay home and study instead of going to the party, she’s left in the dark about the 'incident' that resulted in Katherine going missing, and her friends remain mysteriously tight-lipped about the details. It isn't until the day after the party that she learns that what was supposed to be another fun 'contact the spirits beyond the grave' deal went horribly wrong, and she is given a challenge by the ghost whom Katherine was trying to speak to: Solve the mystery of the ghost's murder by this upcoming Friday, or else three people in Charlotte’s small group will meet a similarly gruesome fate as the ghost herself.

The only problem with this? At a time when Charlotte needs clear answers more than ever, her friends keep giving contradicting stories about the party, pressure her to keep secrets from the others, and refuse to say what exactly happened. Can Charlotte solve the mystery before time runs out? Will she be able to save everyone, or will at least one person die before the clock strikes midnight on Friday?

Credits:
Story by: Caveat Lector
Sprite art by: Nekomiira, ehcs
CG art by: Mayopix
Backgrounds: Badriel, Rachel Marks
Music: Joshua1207

The Cast:

Charlotte Clerval
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I let out a breath and laugh. How could I have thought such a legend could actually be real?
The protagonist of our tale, Charlotte is a sensible girl with a good head on her shoulders. She was never one to believe in ghosts, but the events of this story will force her to rethink her beliefs, and not just about ghosts.

Vera McGill
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"B, but...what if...there really is a ghost there? And it--or she--is judging us?"
Charlotte’s cheerful, bright, peppy friend. She’s always eager to help Charlotte out, even if she sometimes needs a bit of help herself in remembering her schoolwork.

Jessalyn Meade
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"It was just a silly story. Don’t pay too much attention to it, okay?"
Charlotte’s slightly more adventurous friend. She seems to know a thing or two about the incident with Katherine, even if she’s not ready to reveal everything she saw.

Lillie Ireland
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"Not now, I’ve almost got a good lead for a story!"
A reporter for the school newspaper, and a former early childhood friend of Charlotte’s whom she drifted apart from after moving across town before the two were reunited in high school. She’s looking for her first big lead in months.

Katherine Sobler
Katherine did not love the occult. She was obsessed by it.
A friend of Charlotte’s, and an occult enthusiast. She went missing the weekend prior. What was she looking for, and what did she discover?

Others to come

Progress (disclaimer: rough estimate):
Script: 85% (story complete, awaiting assets to sort)
Story: 100%
BG Art: 45%
Character Art: 98%
CG art: 25%
Music: 100%

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Music Preview:

https://soundcloud.com/joshua1207/sets/ ... vel-pieces
https://soundcloud.com/joshua1207/sleeping-beauty

Questions:

1. What are your thoughts on the ghost? What do you think happened to her? Why has she dragged our heroes into something that’s not even related to them? Or is it? Theories? Thoughts?
2. Of all the characters shown so far, based around the short description given of them, which ones seem like they might be the most heroic?
3. Which ones seem like they’d be the most villainous?
4. What do you expect from a ghost story, or a story with elements of the supernatural?
5. Any additional feedback?


Misc. notes (put down in spoiler marks for the more curious, but don't worry, I'm not giving away any in-depth spoilers TOO soon here):

--UPDATE 6/28/2015: Well, we're all familiar with the story of Icarus, right? Here, I'm afraid that might apply a bit too well, production-wise. I've decided to cut back, and instead of making this a multi-choice VN, I will instead make it a simple, linear VN (or "kinetic VN"). It's the best solution to speed up production, and also so I can precisely narrow down my assets to what I NEED. I hope you'll still be able to enjoy it regardless!

. This project is projected to go commercial. However, I cannot guarantee a precise release date or estimate as of yet.

--UPDATE 2/9/2016: This topic still needs to be updated by a LOT. A major overhaul for promotion will come soon!

--UPDATE 6/1/2016: Music previews available and questions added!
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Re: The Haunting of Blackbird School [Mystery, Ghost, Horror

#2 Post by tiya_nofurita » Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:08 pm

Yeah, the premise is interesting, the genre is one of my fav too, but the Nekomiira sprites is way too cute X3 (wait, appearance could be deceiving XD). Looking forward to this!
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Re: The Haunting of Blackbird School [Mystery, Ghost, Horror

#3 Post by Googaboga » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:14 am

I love mystery, I love horror, and I loooove ghosts. And it's got Nekomiira's art too. Haha, this sounds great.

Good luck. I'm really looking forward to seeing more.
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#4 Post by qirien » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:19 pm

Ooh, this looks great! Good luck to you!
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#5 Post by Morhighan » Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:30 pm

I'm digging the art and the plot. Best of luck! :)

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Re: The Haunting of Blackbird School [Mystery, Ghost, Horror

#6 Post by gabicho » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:14 am

The premise is pretty interesting and the art is cute.
Def looking forward to this

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#7 Post by Caveat Lector » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:12 pm

UPDATE: Jessalyn and Lillie's sprites are now available for preview!

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Re: The Haunting of Blackbird School [Mystery, Ghost, Horror

#8 Post by ebi-hime » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:16 pm

the character artwork is so cute!
Lillie is so adorable. I love her hat >w<
and the story sounds interesting too!
I have a lot of commercial VNs available on Steam here if you wanna check! u///u
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Re: The Haunting of Blackbird School [Mystery, Ghost, Horror

#9 Post by SeventhStranger » Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:50 pm

This sounds amazing! Like a Christopher Pike book in VN form (for anyone old enough to get that reference).

I feel I made a mistake clicking this topic because now I was to wait impatiently for the release.. And I'm not very patient!! :)

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#10 Post by Caveat Lector » Wed May 06, 2015 1:34 pm

UPDATE: Basic reference sprite for Charlotte now here!

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#11 Post by Caveat Lector » Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:07 pm

NEW UPDATE regarding the progress of the overall VN, and also a significant major change, read first post.
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Re: The Haunting of Blackbird School [Mystery, Ghost, KN]

#12 Post by noeinan » Fri Jul 03, 2015 12:47 pm

The premise sounds interesting, and the art is adorable. Looking forward to it!
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Re: The Haunting of Blackbird School [Mystery, Ghost, KN]

#13 Post by Caveat Lector » Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:48 pm

UPDATE: The basic sprite artwork is complete! And I have now found a CG artist, so stay tuned for further updates!
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#14 Post by Caveat Lector » Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:52 pm

UPDATE: Added music previews and questions in the first post! Please answer!
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