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Ego Holic [BL 18+] [Supernatural/Dark] [DEMO]

#1 Post by Cube » Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:53 pm

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What is Ego Holic?

Ego Holic is a dark BL (Boys Love/BxB) Visual Novel on the supernatural side, currently in development by qb;studios.
This game will be rated 18+ for NSFW content (warnings for language, blood, adult themes) as well as a PG15 version (can be changed in the preferences).

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In the big bustling city Elón, the rich can fulfill their dreams, the middle class is well off, and Espers hunt down illegitimate magical users on witch-hunts.

So, just like any other city.

Leonard Honeywell, a broke witch with no warrant to use magic, stumbles upon an antiquarian bookstore and becomes an employee under... weird circumstances.
Minding his own business, he tries to flee from his past and find a reason in life.

But nobody knows about the Gate that opened, or why Leonard got booted from the Academy (supposedly for killing a fellow student), or that his boss is giving out mysterious tomes for free to people who come to his bookstore.
Next to getting grey hair over this management, Leonard gets to know a lot of people - people who aren't rich. People who can't fulfill their dreams.
People who get hunted.
People who are still yearning for something.

Featuring:
~50-60k words (estimate)
unique storytelling with complex choices
map system lets you choose how to spend your break time
3 love interests (BL)
R18 and PG15 version
5 endings
15+ CGs
10+ tracks of atmospheric music (by rico chet)
available for Win/Mac/Linux

Since this project is 80% Cube's work (with 10% music and 10% writing help from other people), this project is progressing slowly, but surely.
The estimate release is Q4 2017.

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Get the demo on itch.io for Windows, Linux, and Mac!

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Writing - Cube, fmjaye, ertal77
Art - Cube
BGs - Cube
Music - Rico Chet
GUI - Cube
Coding - Cube

Please visit this project on tumblr as well:
http://ego-holic.tumblr.com/
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Re: Ego Holic [BL 18+] [Supernatural/Dark]

#2 Post by runeraccoon » Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:18 am

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More and more BL games! And especially 18+ hahahaha. I think the art has a huge appeal. They're going to stay monochrome + highlight color?
The premise is rather standard, I'm more interested in how they were going to develop. Since it's going to be 18+, I'm interested in how the mature scenes will play out. And once it comes out I'd absolutely play it lmao. It's hard to displease me and my BxB interest...

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#3 Post by AllegroDiRossi » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:36 pm

Reminds me pretty strongly of xxxHolic as a premise. What will set it apart from stories of that kind; or will it be more of an homage? Although, I'm also a sucker for BL, so I'll happily play along anyway.
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Re: Ego Holic [BL 18+] [Supernatural/Dark]

#4 Post by Cube » Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:31 pm

@fuicchi: Yep, it's going to stay monochrome with colored elements. The BGs will be slightly animated (e.g. rain on the street BG).

@AllegroDiRossi: Oh, now that you mention it, it does! But it's not about taking things that are dear to people as payment. It's a bit more... unfair. Since I haven't fleshed out everything so far, the story will have a lot of drama, and of course, the freedom of choice - the reader will have a hard time figuring out the (only) good ending.

More story updates and such will be coming soon. Thank you two for dropping by!
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Re: Ego Holic [BL 18+] [Supernatural/Dark]

#5 Post by KittyWills » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:43 pm

Hello! This looks so good!! I'm really digging the monochromatic art style. Good Luck! =D

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#6 Post by Cube » Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:56 am

Thank you for your feedback!

Storyupdates will follow soon - I plan to release a small demo for YaoiJam2016 (Deadline: End of July), and if anyone is interested, you can follow updates on tumblr or here (I'll be using tumblr more often, though).
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#7 Post by Letitia_L » Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:15 am

Hello !

- Do you think the story and art are appealing?
Yes ! The art seems very good, and the idea or monochrome with colored element is really unique :) I love it
For the story : well it is a BL game, and sadly there are only a few of this kind of VN :( And the story makes me curious :p
- What would you like to see from this project?
I want to know where the story goes :p ( and the +18 aspect makes me even more curious, I admit :p )
- Would you be interested in playing it?
Yes, absolutely !
- Any suggestions?
Right now nothing comes to my mind, but I can't wait to play the demo ( End of july if I am correct ? )
So you will have my feedback when the demo comes out ;)

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#8 Post by fmjaye » Sun Jun 26, 2016 2:55 pm

Do you think the story and art are appealing?
Art, yes!! Story, it's hard to say. It seems pretty vague at this point.
But being BL and having nice art is enough for me to want to play it! |D;
(Oh, & the background looks especially cool btw~)

What would you like to see from this project?
I guess I'm curious about the story.
And I wonder if having those colors while everything else is black + white is just an aesthetic or if they have some relevance to the story.
But mostly... I am here for guys making out.... OTL;;

Would you be interested in playing it?
Yeeah~ :V

Any suggestions?
I wonder if the sprites in shades of grey will stand out enough against that kind of background.

Anyway! I'm looking forward to this~! :^D
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#9 Post by Cube » Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:41 pm

@Letitia_L: End of July, yeah! I hope my composer will be finished with his pieces by then. If not, the demo will be out in early August.

@fmjaye: Those colors aren' just an asthetic, although it was chosen for the aesthetic at first x'D WE ARE ALL HERE FOR GUYS MAKNG OUT orz
I hope I can get enough contrast between sprites and background by a hard shadow.

Thanks to you two! I'm glad you're taking interest in this project.
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#10 Post by Cube » Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:14 pm

Main Menu WIP added in the first post!
GUI by Camy, art by Cube

I should really hurry up with the art assets, oh man...
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#11 Post by - Eris » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:13 pm

I suck at names too! I wasn't born to name characters xD

Do you think the story and art are appealing?
Yes, the story seems interesting and the art is beautiful
What would you like to see from this project?
Hmmm... what would I like to see? Hmmm.... how the story goes and the interactions between the main and the other characters, how will their relationships grow and turn into love (or hate xD)
Would you be interested in playing it?
I already am pretty interested in playing it, it's a BL game with beautiful art and I want to know more about the whole story.
Any suggestions?
I really like the idea of it being black&white with some colors to contrast, please don't change it! I know you won't do it but well xD I think it's going to be prettier than if it was full of colors.

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#12 Post by Cube » Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:02 am

@Eris: Thanks a bunch! I hope I won't disappoint!


UPDATE:
- added BGs / map to the first post
- more side characters are finished, not yet uploaded (will be soon)
- demo is being re-written

I'm still looking for helping hands! Mainly a co-writer, proofreaders, and a coder who can help me out with minor stuff like ATL and imagebuttons.
I'm also sorry that I didn't finish this for YaoiJam2016 D:
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#13 Post by Cube » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:43 am

I've went all-out the last three days and re-did the characters, and also drew a group pic of the most important ones. Character bios will follow soon.

So the Update contains:
- Character Poster in the first post
- CGs
- re-drawn sprites

I'm still looking for helping hands! Mainly a co-writer, proofreaders, and a coder who can help me out with minor stuff like ATL and imagebuttons. Also I suppose I need someone who can do good PR, because I know nothing of spreading the word...
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#14 Post by Valhalla » Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:17 am

I love the look of the art, and it sounds interesting! Gonna keep an eye on this one =)
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Re: Ego Holic [BL 18+] [Supernatural/Dark]

#15 Post by shadowkazaki » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:25 pm

We definitely need more BL games that have a different kind of story and feel!

I would like to know:
- Do you think the story and art are appealing? It looks most appealing!
I'm very interested in how it will go!
- What would you like to see from this project?
Character bios, inside story previews, etc.
- Would you be interested in playing it?
I am definitely interested!!
- Any suggestions?
Maybe previews of the character routes?? Art samples??

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