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Up until the end [GxB][Suspense,Romance,Friendship] DEMO

#1 Post by Letitia_L » Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:41 am

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[GxB] [Suspense, Romance, Friendship]

Warning: Mature content

Demo :
Story

This was supposed to be an ordinary day, in an ordinary life. But it isn't.
You were in the town library, reading a good book when...You don't really remember. You know you passed out. And when you wake up, you are surrounded by flames!
Will you get out of danger? Will you create bond with your companions? And maybe, will you find love on the way?
Characters

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Some screens

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Features

You incarn the namable protagonist. There is no sprite for her, since I want the player to identify to the character.

- ~ 105 000 words
- One romanceable character
- Multiple endings
- Original Art
- Free ( Pay what you want )

The demo is approximately 20-30 minutes reading.
About

This is a game entirely made by myself and it is the first visual novel I'm making, but I hope you'll enjoy playing it!
I don't work very fast because of my job so thank you for your patience!


Progress

Story : 100%
Sprites : 47%
Backgrounds : 33%
CG : 0%
GUI : 95%
Sounds and Music : 45%
Programming : 45%
Proofreading: 98%

Please give me some feedback!
-Did you enjoy it overall? What did you like the most in the demo?
-Who is your favorite character and why?
-Who is your least favorite character and why?
-What do you think of the protagonist ? Can you relate to her?
-What is your opinion of the artwork?
-What do you think of the story so far?
-Was it something that bothered you about the game?
-Did you find any typos or spelling mistakes?
-What would you say needs the most improvement?
-Do you think you'll play the finished game once it's released?
- The protagonist doesn't have a sprite. Did it bothered you? Did it help you to relate to her or would you prefer her to have one?
-Any other comments?
Thanks :D
Feel free to share any comments, advices or questions! I would be grateful to know your opinion :)
Updates:

30/04/2016: Demo released.
30/06/2016: Backrounds and Erika sprites.
24/07/2016: Matt sprites.
13/08/2016: New version of the demo released.
22/10/2016: New backrounds, new question for the survey and 47 000+ words count.
20/10/2017: Story and proofread COMPLETE. And update of the presentation cards.
12/11/2017: Programming and improve of Erika's sprites.
21/11/2017: Programming and refine of the GUI.
30/11/2017: A lot of programming.
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Re: Up until the end [GxB] [Suspense, Romance, Friendship]

#2 Post by gekiganwing » Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:52 am

Letitia_L wrote: English is not my native language, so I'm very very sorry if there are any mistakes in the game, or on my post on the forum.
It might help to write the story in your own language, and then pay someone to create an English translation. If that is not possible, then just make sure that at least one native English speaker reads your story before release. Let them edit the story in order to remove incorrect grammar, typos, and awkward phrases.
Letitia_L wrote: ... I want the player to identify [with] the character.
This is a good goal. Please keep in mind that it's easier said than done. Creating a main character that the reader identifies with ("this person is you") is challenging. Think carefully about how to write her.

If possible, find a professionally published story or video game that includes a reader identification main character. Then criticize it. Did the "this person is you" character seem unnecessary? Did the character seem uninteresting? What could the author have done to change this?

You *might* benefit by giving your main character a personality. Let her have goals, opinions, concerns, and so on.
Letitia_L wrote: You were in the town library, reading a good book when...You don't really remember. You know you passed out. And when you wake up, you are surrounded by flames!
It appears that the main character will meet three people. At some point, they will enter a forest. Therefore, I expect one of the following plot twists:
* Time travel
* Journey to another world
* Characters stuck in a "Groundhog Day" style time loop
Of course, I could be wrong. This is your story, so write plot twists which you believe are appropriate.
Letitia_L wrote: - One romanceable character
- Bad endings and good ending
Overall, I believe you will benefit by planning out your endings ahead of time. Think about writing at least one draft of each ending. Also, consider planning ahead by writing an important scene in your story. Especially if there will be a scene which will be exciting or suspenseful, such as the characters facing a battle or an obstacle.

Think about what sort of endings you want to write. Then make sure that you can dedicate enough time and effort to finishing them. Keep in mind that creating and releasing your visual novel can be a challenge, especially if you do not plan to sell it.

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Re: Up until the end [GxB] [Suspense, Romance, Friendship]

#3 Post by Letitia_L » Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:40 pm

Thank you gekiganwing for your reply and advices !

Unfortunately, it is not possible for me to pay someone to translate it :( Currently, I have a relative who reads and corrects it, but he is not a native English speaker, he is just good at it ^^"
So I'll try to find at least one native english speaker like you said.
... I want the player to identify [with] the character.
Thank you for the correction ^^
I had the idea by playing some game with this kind of character ( mainly Dragon age and Aloners )
I tried to give her a personality like you said, by the choices the player will have.
It appears that the main character will meet three people. At some point, they will enter a forest. Therefore, I expect one of the following plot twists:
I will not reveal the plot, but you'll see when the demo will be released :) Then you can give me your comments.

For the endings, I made a planning with the program "Freeplane". I didn't planned all of the endings yet, but most of it. ( Sometimes I add an ending, when the inspiration strikes )
Keep in mind that creating and releasing your visual novel can be a challenge, especially if you do not plan to sell it.
Like I said, I don't know yet if I will be a free game, pay what you want or a commercial game. I don't know if the game is good enough for that, I hope that the feedbacks on the demo will help me decide this subject.
For the challenging part, sure I agree ! I did know it was a challenge, but when we are at it, we truly realize the meaning of " challenge " ^^ I hope I keep the rhythm up !

Thank you again for your reply and your advices :)
I'm curently polishing the demo, it will be available in approximately one week ^^
I hope that you'll give me your feedback, critics or advices on it ! :D

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Re: Up until the end [GxB][Suspense,Romance,Friendship] DEMO

#4 Post by Letitia_L » Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:49 am

Update !
I am happy to say that the demo has been released! See the original post or click here to download!

Please give me some feedback !

-Did you enjoy it overall? What did you like the most in the demo ?
-Who is your favorite character and why?
-Who is your least favorite character and why?
-What do you think of the protagonist ? Can you relate to her ?
-What is your opinion of the artwork?
-What do you think of the story so far?
-Was it something that bothered you about the game?
-Did you find any typos or spelling mistakes?
-What would you say needs the most improvement?
-Do you think you'll play the finished game once it's released?
-What would you be willing to pay for the full game ? ( I don't know yet if it will be pay what you want or commercial. )
-Any other comments?

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Re: Up until the end [GxB][Suspense,Romance,Friendship] DEMO

#5 Post by Letitia_L » Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:36 pm

Hey there !

There was no update for a long time :( , there was a lot of things going on :o

* Talking about personnal life *

So I found a job in the video game industry as a Animator artist ( 3D ) for a 6 month period. So to be able to work in the compagny that hired me I had to move to Paris ! So I searched for a flat and all that, it was like...total mess xD
But now it’s been about 1 month that I am in Paris, and I miss working on my VN so I’ll find time to do that :p ( I have a hard time finding a good pace ^^

Regarding the demo, I had some feedbacks, and it make me so happy and motivated to continue this game :p

So again, thank you to the peoples who supported me by downloading the game/ giving me a feedback !

* Finished talking about my life *

Soooo here’s the update !
Some backrounds !
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And here’s a new facial expression for Erika !
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Re: Up until the end [GxB][Suspense,Romance,Friendship] DEMO

#6 Post by Letitia_L » Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:57 pm

Hi there !
Time for a little update:

I mostly programmed the parts that I already wrote, and it's finally done !
Now I can write new part of the story ^^ I don't have any clear idea of how long will be the story yet, so unfortunately I can't tell how much writing I still have to do ^^
But it goes on smoothly :)
I am also happy to say that I found a proofreader to help me for the demo, so there will be a new version of the demo released at some point :D
And here's an other outfit for Matt and few expression as well ! ( He doesn't have dirt on him anymore, but still has a little cut on his cheek ^.^)
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I think I like this one more than the other :o what do you think ?
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Re: Up until the end [GxB][Suspense,Romance,Friendship] DEMO

#7 Post by Letitia_L » Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:53 am

Hi there!
I am happy to say that the new version of the demo is now released!
This version is proofread and there is a few changes in the script and choices.
I hope you'll enjoy!

Here's the download link: https://letigame.itch.io/up-until-the-end

As always, don't hesitate to give me your comments and feedbacks :)
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Re: Up until the end [GxB][Suspense,Romance,Friendship] DEMO

#8 Post by Letitia_L » Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:33 am

Hi there !

It's been a long time since my last update, I am so sorry ( for the few that are following my posts :p )
I still have difficulties to find time for my Visual Novel because of my job.
But it keeps going, slowly but steady !
So for this update I will show you some new backrounds :p

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The story is progressing well :D
The word count is now 47 000 +

Thank you to all the kind people who took the time to answer the little survey about my demo :D
I decided that this game will be " Pay what you want " so completely free unless you want to donate something :)
By the way, I want to add a this little question for the next people who will play the demo :) ( or for the ones that played it and want to answer it ^^ )
So : The protagonist doesn't have a sprite. Did it bothered you? Did it help you to relate to her or would you prefer her to have one?

Aaaand this is it !
Thank you for your support and see you for the next update.
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Update 20/10/2017

#9 Post by Letitia_L » Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:08 pm

Hi guys!
It’s been a long time (again) but a lot of work has been done and this is a big update :D

First, I decided to update the presentation cards of the characters. So now you can know more relevant information about them.

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Then I’m happy to say that the story of the game is complete!
I took the time to write the story, let it rest for a time then read it again to made some change where it was needed.
The word count of the full story is about 105 000 words.
And now I can tell you that there is a lot of endings.
Goods, bad, neutral and maybe true…?
Maybe I’ll post an image of the branchings in a next update :)

And last, but not least :
The entirety of the story script is proofread!
I had the chance to have a person who played the demo to offer me to proofread the game when it would be finished and when I contacted her, she immediately started.
I’m really happy and grateful to her for helping me so fast.

The progress so far:
Story : 100%
Sprites : 40%
Backgrounds : 30%
CG : 0%
GUI : 80%
Sounds and Music : 40%
Programming : 25%
Proofreading: 98%


And that’s it for this update ;)
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Re: Up until the end [GxB][Suspense,Romance,Friendship] DEMO

#10 Post by PuffBun » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:25 pm

Yay! Update woohoo! :lol: Alright, I'm good......So excited to play~! :D

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#11 Post by Letitia_L » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:12 pm

PuffBun wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:25 pm
Yay! Update woohoo! :lol: Alright, I'm good......So excited to play~! :D
Thank your for your enthusiasm PuffBun! It's make me happy and even more motivated to work on Up until the end :p
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Update 12/11/2017

#12 Post by Letitia_L » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:19 pm

Hi guys!
How have you been doing? :)

For me, these past weeks have been busy! But I found the time to work on “Up until the end” :p
Even if right now I’m not feeling very well as I am sick :( hopefully it will heal fast ^^


So for the work that has been done:

I wanted to improve the sprites of the characters, so I worked on Erika’s.
Here’s the comparison between the old version and the new one.

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I hope that you like the new version ^^

In addition of the work on Erika’s sprites, I programmed a little more but not as much as I expected, I hope to do more in the next weeks!

The progress so far:
Story : 100%
Sprites : 45%
Backgrounds : 30%
CG : 0%
GUI : 80%
Sounds and Music : 40%
Programming : 27%
Proofreading: 98%


And that’s it for this update ;)
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Update 21/11/2017

#13 Post by Letitia_L » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:13 am

Hi guys!
I hope that your week has been good :)

This week I worked on keeping on programming, and some progress has been made, I hope that I can keep up with this rhythm.

And I thought that I would like to refine a little the GUI of the game, so I did! I added some color and I think that this is a little more linked to the theme of the game now.

So here’s several screenshots of the new GUI and old GUI, I hope that you will like it!

New main menu :
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Old main menu :
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New In Game GUI :

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Old In Game GUI
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New Save/Load Menu :
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Old Save/Load Menu :
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New Preferences Menu :
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Old Preferences Menu :
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The progress so far:
Story : 100%
Sprites : 45%
Backgrounds : 30%
CG : 0%
GUI : 95%
Sounds and Music : 40%
Programming : 30%
Proofreading: 98%


And that’s it for this update ;)
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Update 30/11/2017

#14 Post by Letitia_L » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:21 pm

Hi guys!

I had one vacation week, so I took advantage of it and work on “Up until the end”. :)

I programmed a lot. And some sprites, background lines and sound have been done, but it’s been essentially programming ^^

Story : 100%
Sprites : 47%
Backgrounds : 33%
CG : 0%
GUI : 95%
Sounds and Music : 45%
Programming : 45%
Proofreading: 98%

And that’s it for this update ;)
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