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#91 Post by Oktolio » Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:08 pm

First off - I really fancy the idea for story. Harlequins and whatnot...nice! But, those Rings...seem really painful. Poor Lilie, hopefully the needle-like power-up doesn't hurt. I liked that I could choose my name AND a nickname. I would add some "custom" options, though. (Also I've found in one place the name isn't the player's, but the canon one. You'd want to check the script :)

2. I'd want them to have banter similiar to Dragon Age. Depending on friendship/romance points new topics would unlock, or by doing certain quests/progressing in main storyline.
3.Aldrich :D He seems like a lovable dork with an unexpected serious side. At first he hit me off as a tiny bit annoying, though. Ooh, and I like his flirty comments. So cute. Based on snippets of the characters bio, aside from Aldrich I like concept of Leslie and Lucy (aren't these female names? :D).
4. Please increase saving slots. As a person who saves A LOT, only 3 pages is a crime :D Also the positioning of sprites. If Lilie and Aldrich are talking to each other, why aren't they positioned face to face, but back to back? It disintegrates "the flow" imo. And another aspect that was bugging me: why are there normal sprites and little heads that move their mouths (and maybe eyes but I seem to have forgotten)? Why not implement the animation to normal sprites? Otherwise it's too much going on screen.
5. The GUI was fine and suited the game. The only thing I'd ask for is making the icons bigger and maybe different colour (I mean the little files, cog and the arrow :) At first I couldn't tell them apart, or maybe I'm blind haha)
6. It was too short to tell. But I sort of enjoed the part where Aldrich insisted on a nickname for Lilie. Too bad she refused to give him one ;)
7. Make them do silly impromptu stuff that Lilie would normally refuse to do but for some reason she can't and must follow Aldrich's antics. Playing truth or dare is good too. Or playing pranks on other Ringmasters!
8. It was fairly decent. Nothing too fancy. I'd recommend working on vocabulary, so you have a wider range of words you can describe the situation; sometimes it begged to be expanded, but poof! Here we go to another scene.
9. I got the two CGs! I think. The one with Natalia and Siegfried and Lilie activating her power, right?
10. Whoops I didn't notice whether I did or not ;o; But I think I did.
11. I loved the theme song! Very pleasant to listen to.
12. I don't know why you're ashamed of your BG personally I found them cute and matching to the story. I've read the sprites are being re-designed, no? Don't change too much Aldrich's sprite - for me his character is already well-captured! Oh and the battles - though I would've lost if not for the special attack ahaha - really great, can't wait for more options to crush my enemies :D

All in all, keep up the good work! It's very ambitious and great project! :)
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#92 Post by minyan » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:13 am

Oktolio wrote:First off - I really fancy the idea for story. Harlequins and whatnot...nice! But, those Rings...seem really painful. Poor Lilie, hopefully the needle-like power-up doesn't hurt. I liked that I could choose my name AND a nickname. I would add some "custom" options, though. (Also I've found in one place the name isn't the player's, but the canon one. You'd want to check the script :)

2. I'd want them to have banter similiar to Dragon Age. Depending on friendship/romance points new topics would unlock, or by doing certain quests/progressing in main storyline.
3.Aldrich :D He seems like a lovable dork with an unexpected serious side. At first he hit me off as a tiny bit annoying, though. Ooh, and I like his flirty comments. So cute. Based on snippets of the characters bio, aside from Aldrich I like concept of Leslie and Lucy (aren't these female names? :D).
4. Please increase saving slots. As a person who saves A LOT, only 3 pages is a crime :D Also the positioning of sprites. If Lilie and Aldrich are talking to each other, why aren't they positioned face to face, but back to back? It disintegrates "the flow" imo. And another aspect that was bugging me: why are there normal sprites and little heads that move their mouths (and maybe eyes but I seem to have forgotten)? Why not implement the animation to normal sprites? Otherwise it's too much going on screen.
5. The GUI was fine and suited the game. The only thing I'd ask for is making the icons bigger and maybe different colour (I mean the little files, cog and the arrow :) At first I couldn't tell them apart, or maybe I'm blind haha)
6. It was too short to tell. But I sort of enjoed the part where Aldrich insisted on a nickname for Lilie. Too bad she refused to give him one ;)
7. Make them do silly impromptu stuff that Lilie would normally refuse to do but for some reason she can't and must follow Aldrich's antics. Playing truth or dare is good too. Or playing pranks on other Ringmasters!
8. It was fairly decent. Nothing too fancy. I'd recommend working on vocabulary, so you have a wider range of words you can describe the situation; sometimes it begged to be expanded, but poof! Here we go to another scene.
9. I got the two CGs! I think. The one with Natalia and Siegfried and Lilie activating her power, right?
10. Whoops I didn't notice whether I did or not ;o; But I think I did.
11. I loved the theme song! Very pleasant to listen to.
12. I don't know why you're ashamed of your BG personally I found them cute and matching to the story. I've read the sprites are being re-designed, no? Don't change too much Aldrich's sprite - for me his character is already well-captured! Oh and the battles - though I would've lost if not for the special attack ahaha - really great, can't wait for more options to crush my enemies :D

All in all, keep up the good work! It's very ambitious and great project! :)
Dragon Age banter would definitely be a fun addition. Someone else mentioned the back to back thing, and I hadn't even thought about it at the time I was doing it. It's an easy change and since you're not the first person to say that I think I will change it. All in all thank you for all the feedback! You made some excellent points and I'll definitely be implementing a lot of them.

Aldrich's redesign was already finished, so no worries there xD

And question- what do you mean by 'custom' options for the name?
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#93 Post by Oktolio » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:39 am

By custom nicknames I meant the one you as an author give us, the players, to choose from. I think it would say a lot about Lilie like whether she's humourous, serious etc. :) (and Aldrich would comment on that and others or something!)
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#94 Post by minyan » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:50 am

Oktolio wrote:By custom nicknames I meant the one you as an author give us, the players, to choose from. I think it would say a lot about Lilie like whether she's humourous, serious etc. :) (and Aldrich would comment on that and others or something!)
Ahh I see! That would be interesting. Thanks for the ideas! :)
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#95 Post by minyan » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:25 am

Hey guys!

My wonderful team:
Writers: Minyan, Averxy, Windchimes
Editors: Valtiene,
Proofreader: Valtiene
Programmer: Minyan, namastaii
Tester: Oktolio

Thank you for everyone who offered their help!

So things are going great, we have the entire story outlined and in the process of being written. The new sprites are almost done, as you can see from the first post. There are now 7 available endings, and 6 chapters. The battle system has been completely redone, so look forward to the demo coming out soon!

We also have a wip tumblr: http://arenacircusdev.tumblr.com if you'd like to check it out!
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#96 Post by minyan » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:34 am

The demo will be up soon! Here are some screenshots:
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There's a new battle system, a new free roam system, more conversations, and just tons to look forward to so keep an eye on the thread!
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#97 Post by Harliqueen » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:47 am

Omg, this looks amazing! Things are really coming on a pace now.

Can't wait to try the new demo :D I loved it all before, but think I will be stalking this thread even more afterwards!
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#98 Post by minyan » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:49 am

Harliqueen wrote:Omg, this looks amazing! Things are really coming on a pace now.

Can't wait to try the new demo :D I loved it all before, but think I will be stalking this thread even more afterwards!
Thanks!! I hope you love the new one even more :D
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#99 Post by minyan » Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:46 pm

We've found a great composer, EQ!
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#100 Post by minyan » Mon Feb 22, 2016 12:47 am

We found a new editor, Seigetsu!
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#101 Post by minyan » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:59 pm

New start screen:
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So pumped you guys. The scenes are coming along great, day 3 is aaaaalmost done. As for the assets, just two more backgrounds, one more CG, and a few more clothing items. Then chapter one is compleeeete!

And I can give you guys the demo you deserved in the first place. <3

Hoping to finish it before NaNoRenO because I have a different project going for that, but... we'll see xD

Also I just noticed this is the 100th reply! yay!
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#102 Post by Demetis » Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:40 am

Aaaah things seem to be moving along really fast and smoothly! >w< Dropping by to say I'm excited for the new demo as well!
Plus, all the new assets look awesome!

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#103 Post by minyan » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:15 am

Demetis wrote:Aaaah things seem to be moving along really fast and smoothly! >w< Dropping by to say I'm excited for the new demo as well!
Plus, all the new assets look awesome!
Thanks! I am so much happier with them, though I think I've redone the start screen like ten times since that last post xD
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#104 Post by minyan » Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:30 pm

DEMO COMING SOOON~~~<33

It's being tested even as we speak! ...I speak! Type. Actually by the time someone reads this maybe not. Uh...

But point is, get pumped! I want to show you all the new cgs so bad but I will be patient. ; ;
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#105 Post by Harmonywish » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:21 pm

Wow! How pretty! *w* Loving everything! I want to see the scenes so bad~

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