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Heart Fragment [OTOME][FANTASY]

#1 Post by heartfragment » Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:55 am

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Heart Fragment is an upcoming otome (romance) fantasy VN.
With 18 planned endings and tons of choices to make along the way to bring you to your ending, the game's outcome is in your hands.
Take on the role of the protagonist as her life takes a strange turn after discovering a secret hidden from her for many years - that she may be something other than human.
Will you lead her to a happy future, or to disaster?

Years into our future and years into the game's past, scientists attempted an experiment with one particular goal in mind - to create a drug that would force human evolution to its next step.
The experiment succeeded. Those the first human test was completed on gained powers beyond their wildest imaginations.
Increased mental capacity. Telekinesis. Telepathy. Super strength.
But no success story can happen without it's downfalls, and an unforeseen side effect occurred. They began to lose their humanity.
It only happened in short bursts, but when it did, together with their new found powers, they became extremely dangerous.
And so they were euthanized, their lives ended as humanely as possible, and the experiment was marked a failure. The risks were too great to continue any further.
But one man - the lead scientist of the project - escaped. Desperate for his life's work not to go unnoticed he created one last version of the drug, in an attempt to remove the side effects.
Seemingly, it worked. However, with the results of the last experiment clear, this scientist too was considered a danger. He fled into hiding with his family.
The man was never found, and with complete silence from him perhaps proving him to have kept his sanity, eventually the search was called off. The failed experiment was called to a close and buried.

Years later, mysterious accident after accident has led to the death of both the scientist and all members of his family.
Only one remains; his great granddaughter, protected since birth by a small group among the last of those that still know about the experiment, and from whom the secret of her past has been kept for years.
But she's about to find out...

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Choose the name of the main character!
4 romanceable characters with multiple endings
1 bonus route
18 planned endings
LGBT characters
Custom GUI and original soundtrack
Partially voiced
Sprite & CG artwork

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XANI - PROTAGONIST
Xani (name can be changed to whatever you choose) is the protagonist of the story.
Though kind-hearted at her core, the game's protagonist is hard to approach and get along with due to her self-isolating nature.
That paired with her sharp-tongue and cynical view of life has put her into a bubble that is hard to break into for anyone who is genuinely interested in becoming close to her.
From the moment you step into her shoes, you will begin to shape her life and personality. Will you find happiness, friendship, and love? Or will your path be plagued with hardships?
Those choices are in your hands.

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KAY
When you first discover the secrets of your family, Kay is the first ally to appear.
Though blind, he has an incredible memory and sharp sense of hearing that helps him maneuver through familiar places with the same ease as someone with seeing.
He seems to be a sweet and energetic boy, who is there for you when you need him, but there are times when he goes abnormally quiet...
Just who exactly is he?

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CLIVE
"I am just a mistake."
When you and Clive first meet, that is part of how he introduces himself.
In a lot of ways, Clive reminds you of your self... You share the same cynical view of the world, the same sharp-tongue, and the same bad attitude.
However, the mysterious circumstances in which he enters the story might make you question his motives.
Is he an ally, or an enemy?

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LANA
Lana is a Japanese trans girl in her twenties, but her young appearance often has people mistaking her as being her teens.
She certainly knows how to be mature when times call for it, but overall she still retains most of her personality traits from her teen days.
She loves unique hair colors and body piercings and when she's alone she enjoys spending her days drinking beer and playing video games.
Lana knew you when you were a child, and was your regular babysitter for three years. The two of you were separated after the death of your mother, but you meet again with a message that Lana is "someone you can trust."
How much does she know?

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SHANNON
Always the happy-go-luck optimist, Shannon proves as your childhood best friend that opposites do attract.
Bubbly, sweet, and always seeming to have a smile on her face, this kind girl can be overwhelming and even annoying to times to someone with a glass-half-empty viewpoint clouding their judgement.
At the worst of times, however, Shannon's big smile seems to have a healing effect.
She is always there for her friends and loved ones, no matter how grim the situation may be.

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JASPER
"No matter what you do, you need to stay away from Jasper. Don't ever trust him."
You've been warned about him. You know that somehow, for some reason, he is pursuing you. You know that if he finds you, you'll be dead.
...Right? That's what you've been told. Will you believe it? Will you avoid him?
Or will your curiosity get the better of you...?

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INIGO
A mystery that will only be solved by playing the game...

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GUI design done by Anne & Potouto.

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Writer
Casper Swann
Casper Swann is a 21 year old writer who has been working on "Heart Fragment" for 9 years.
The story began as a short tragedy they wrote when they were 12, and since then it has expanded with new ending ideas they came up with, new characters, and new ways to make the story great.
Eventually with all the endings they came up with, they decided to make "Heart Fragment" into a visual novel where the player's choices influence the outcome.

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MaeMika - Sprites
Deency - CGs
ChappyVII - Concept Art

GUI
BunBun - Logo Design
Anne - GUI Design
Potouto - GUI Design
HarukaNami - GUI Coding

Musicians
Cylight Studios - SFX and Music
Joshua Mock - Music

Voice Actors
Reuben Lack - voice of KAY
Greg Arnold - voice of CLIVE
Amanda Snowflake - voice of LANA
Kaila Nicole - voice of SHANNON
Brad Smith - voice of JASPER
Walter Mack - voice of INIGO
Victoria Wong - voice of GODDESS SHAY

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Demo coding: 100% complete
Overall coding: 0/5 routes complete
Music: 100%
Spriting: 30%
CGs: 3 / 36 complete
GUI: 100%

Please keep in mind that at the moment I am funding this game entire on my own, and as a disabled person unable to work I do not have unlimited funds.
My main goal right now is to get enough of the game done to be able to link to the Kickstarter for the game, because as it is I am struggling to keep within my budget.

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What is your initial reaction to the game's intro and characters?
Which of the character's seems the most interesting to you?
Do you have any questions about the game itself?

Any opinions welcome but please keep them limited to positive ones and constructive criticism without rude or degrading remarks.
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Re: Heart Fragment [OTOME/GxB/GxG][FANTASY]

#2 Post by Harliqueen » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:40 am

What is your initial reaction to the game's intro and characters?
Sounds really awesome, a bit different to what's around at the moment :) The characters are interesting to, a good range of personalities!

Which of the character's seems the most interesting to you?
Well, I'm going to have to say Inigo, just 'cause you gave that mysteriousness to him! :D

Do you think getting backers for the Kickstarter will actually be possible for the game?
I don't see why not, the story sounds interesting, and it seems like you will be adding a lot to it!

The art looks lovely, I like the softness of the colouring. Will the CG and sprite artist be using similar styles?

Will you be releasing a demo for the kickstarter?

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Re: Heart Fragment [OTOME/GxB/GxG][FANTASY]

#3 Post by heartfragment » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:53 am

Hey Harliqueen, thanks for your opinions! To answer you questions:
Harliqueen wrote:The art looks lovely, I like the softness of the colouring. Will the CG and sprite artist be using similar styles?
Sadly they will not be done by the same artist. The lovely gal Chappy who did the promo art has limited commissions and I'm working with separate artists now. I assure you the artists I'm working with are wonderful, though, and I'm really excited to put up some previews of their art when they're ready. I hope everyone else will love them as much as I do!
Harliqueen wrote:Will you be releasing a demo for the kickstarter?
I will! I'm putting my main focus right now into getting the demo completed (though it will be a bit rough because I can't yet afford background art, thus the main focus of it is the story itself) so that I can link to the Kickstarter here.
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#4 Post by Kikaharu » Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:00 am

I am following this seems like it will be a really cool game :) and the art is lovely and I can't wait to see how the artists you are working with now will make the characters :)

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#5 Post by Silverheart7 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:53 am

This game looks awesome!! I really like the characters. And, strangely enough, my name is Shannon :shock:
Note:This girl is incredibly klutzy and does incredibly stupid stuff. She isn't really dumb, she just is the worst klutz ever (DO NOT THINK THIS IS EXAGGERATING)

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#6 Post by MilkChocoPanda » Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:57 pm

What is your initial reaction to the game's intro and characters?
That is an extremely interesting story and I felt myself getting excited about playing it! I love the variety of characters. Lana surprised me since I have never seen a transgender person in an otome game before. The art is really bright and colorful, similar to Cheritz's art which is amazing since I love that art style.
Which of the character's seems the most interesting to you?
Kei because he's cute, lol. Also Inigo because he doesn't have a description. The mysterious ones are always the most interesting.
Do you have any questions about the game itself?
What's the actual plot of the game? Where does she meet these people? Are they going to defeat someone or something or is it a day-to-day-life game? I understand that she wants to find out info, but I'm assuming that's not the entire game.
Do you think getting backers for the Kickstarter will actually be possible for the game?
I mean, I don't see why it's not possible. I can't donate because I don't have money, and there might be many in the same position as me depending on where you talk about your Kickstarter. It might be hard, but you just have to advertise your Kickstarter at the right places for it to be effective.

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#7 Post by heartfragment » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:02 am

Thank you everyone for your comments so far! I'm really happy that the majority of remarks here & on tumblr that I've received so far have been positive. It really encourages me knowing there are people interested in what I'm creating.

MilkChocoPanda, to answer your questions:
MilkChocoPanda wrote:What's the actual plot of the game? Where does she meet these people? Are they going to defeat someone or something or is it a day-to-day-life game?
The plot depends very much on what initial choices the player makes in the game's prologue. The game's routes come together in the end but how they come to that end point is up to the player, because after the prologue they branch off in different directions. The overall plot is the protagonist's search for who she is and her attempts to avoid a tragic outcome (which there are plenty of). But the way that plot plays out will be completely different if the protagonist plays the game with Kei's route in mind in comparison to if the game is played through Clive's route, or if she doesn't even take a romantic route. Who Xani - or whatever you choose to name her - becomes and how she becomes that person is up to you.
MilkChocoPanda wrote:Where does she meet these people? Are they going to defeat someone or something or is it a day-to-day-life game?
All the characters are introduced differently; there's no one place that you meet them all. The game does follow day-to-day-life but making the right choices to avoid running into disaster is the overall theme. Because the different routes branch the story off into different settings, there's not a set in stone "this is how to play the game" instruction. Someone that can be trusted in one route may not necessarily be someone you can trust in another route. Who you defeat in one route may be an ally in another. My goal is to make the game's routes different enough that there will be lots of replay value, and only by going through each route will you find out all of the game's secrets.
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Re: Heart Fragment [OTOME/GxB/GxG][FANTASY]

#8 Post by try10 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:56 am

The plot is interesting. The art is nice. There are so many secrets and everyone seems to be suspicious. I want to find out what's going on so badly and I am patiently waiting for a demo to be released.

The characters that caught my interest are many but I'll pick the MC ( I really need to know more about her :D), Jasper (why is he so dangerous?) and Inigo (the mystery guy ;) )

About the kickstarter... Yes, I think it will be possible if the demo is interesting enough, leaves the players with more questions than answers and the feeling that they want to play the whole game in order to understand. Advertising well is also one of the best ways to succeed. I am rooting for you! :D

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#9 Post by heartfragment » Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:46 am

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Hey everyone! I'm here with a few updates for the game.
As you can see above, I have a preview for you all to see for what the game's artwork will be looking like!
This is not the full image; just a preview. The art is being done by the lovely Deency, so be sure to go and follow her on DeviantArt!
Scripting the story is coming along smoothly, with no troubles in that area so far.
A voice for Lana has been found! She will be voiced by Amanda Snowflake.

Here's a look at the sketch for the game's logo, being done by Bunbun.
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I also have a question for you all.
Unfortunately, I have ... somewhat bad news, as well. I've stated it before in the first post, but because of my health I'm unable to work.
I have just enough funds to finish off paying for the things that I've commissioned to get started, but it isn't enough to have a fully operational game demo.
I'm missing sprites, specifically. However I have almost finished polishing off the writing that I need done for the demo.
So my question for everyone is:
Would you rather wait longer for the demo (while I try to find payed work that I'm capable of doing), having all the sprites, art, etc for that section of the game already completed and looking great?
Or would you rather play a rougher demo sooner, allowing me to start up the Kickstarter instead of struggling with the funds?
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#10 Post by philip » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:19 pm

@heartfragment-

So sorry to hear of your health problems; wish you a speedy and total recovery! Your health comes first, so whatever path you choose for proceeding with your VN will be the right one. The story sounds really interesting, and I will be thinking good thoughts for you and waiting patiently.

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Re: Heart Fragment [OTOME/GxB/GxG][FANTASY]

#11 Post by infel » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:04 pm

Really sorry about your health DX. I to hope you get better soon.

As for your project it's really up to you in the end. The safest route is probably taking your time and save up over the course of a few months and make a good demo. However if you're unable to work and/or really do need the funds then you can do a Kickstarter. You're project is interesting and seems has a good premise.Only thing is for a Kickstarter you do need to make sure your presentation is well done. When you do it though make sure to tell others. From your Tumblr though it seems you're at a good start.

In the end though do what you think is best. It's fine to make a short demo, but just make sure it's the best that it can be. I wish you the best of luck, and hope to see things for your game run a bit more smoothly soon =).
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#12 Post by heartfragment » Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:29 pm

Thanks so much for your opinion on the matter, philip and infel!
The majority on tumblr agreed when I asked, saying they'd wait longer for a better demo, so I think I'm going to opt for that method.
As far as I know, Kickstarter doesn't let people keep the funds that were backed towards them if they don't reach their goal, so I'd rather play it safe and have a good demo that is more likely to have interested people wanting to play the full version!

I did have one person on tumblr, though, ask me why I didn't come up with a proper budget for the demo ahead of time.
I'll admit that was my fault. I'm Canadian and am so used to seeing prices in Canadian Dollars that I overestimated my budget after the exchange rate.
The exchange rate between USD and CAD is a killer.

For example, if we count up everything I've spent/have commissioned and will be spending so far, the total is $510 USD. In CAD though, that's about $685, which is $170 more than the USD total. Yikes.
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#13 Post by heartfragment » Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:37 pm

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Hi again, everyone! I'm back with some more updates.
First off: The logo is complete!
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It was made by the wonderful BunBun, so many thanks to her for her awesome design!

I also have a preview of the GUI for you all to take a peek at.
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It was designed by Anne, so thanks to her as well!

I hope everyone else will like the designs as much as I do!
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#14 Post by try10 » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:42 pm

Beautiful! I hope we have many save slots. :D

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#15 Post by heartfragment » Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:35 pm

try10 wrote:Beautiful! I hope we have many save slots. :D
Yes, there are more save slots! :D Altogether there are 15 save slots.
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