"The story goes that a Joker God became bored and killed seven random people, only to bring them back immediately before any could be the wiser- but with a twist. The world they are brought back into is a mere copy of their old world created with the sole intention of being a playing field. The only way back to their old life, to be genuinely alive again with the true people they care about, is to win a god’s game."
This is the story presented in the WIP Horror/Drama visual novel, Seven Players. Featuring minigames involving playing an actual card game as well, the game is driven by text and interactions from the player. You get a route per character, with different results based on interactions, and learn about the cast as they pitch against each other to achieve the goal of "Life." There's seven players, and an eighth character who seems responsibly for it all...The Joker God, perhaps?
Game's Current Screenshots
There will be detailed information regarding the game's progress at the "Other" section of this post. However, for now, The Game's Progress is:
CGs: 11% complete
Soundtrack/Music: 40% complete
Length: N/A, but rather long
Rating: Rate Pending - contains graphic gore, blood, and language
Platforms: PC and Mac
Sprites: 0% (Placeholders 100%)
The characters are listed below, with a tidbit of information about each. Please note the images are mostly placeholders - errors are to be updated in the final version. EDIT 2/14/18: I'm working on updating the placeholders now! Still placeholders, but you know.
Player 1 of the game - a college student, the creator of the game "Seven Players."
Player 2 of the game - a freelance painter, of French and Japanese descent.
Player 3 of the game - owner of a family restaurant, works out regularly
Player 4 of the game - shepherd on the outskirts of the city. Shares her mother's name, "Uchino", but is called Uchi.
Player 5 of the game - Policewoman, and Uchi's mother.
Player 6 of the game - Employee at Merc's antique shop, and brother of Obi's roommate. Loves anime.
Player 7 of the game - owner of the antique shop Kei works at - a poet, and a boss with a cruel streak.
Mysterious "referee" of the game - full identity unknown
My name is Pandrena, and my tumblr can be found at http://pandrena.tumblr.com Meanwhile, the devblog for this game can be found at http://sevenplayers.tumblr.com This game was originally for RPG Maker, but has long since moved to Ren'Py. I look to share the game's current progress in this thread - maybe let people see and be interested. I've been on this forum before, but never for long, as my projects never properly got off the ground! Now, however, this project has been in works about a year and a half, with the "and a half" being in Ren'Py.
It's uncertain whether I'll make the game commercial - it's too early to see, I believe, though I put as much effort into it as I can regardless of my decision. Despite how long I've worked on it, however, there's little to see, but lots to plan and create. I do have enough to provide a demo soon, though, and I've had some people playtest recently. There may be voice acting, but it is not to be implemented until further into production. The game is horror, and features gore. The story itself also revolves around death, so you know...A warning for that as well.
I'm not sure what to present for starting a conversation, as I'm familiar with making visual novels - not so much advertising/sharing their progress. However! Thoughts on what you see, suggestions for what I can add to the game or this post, those are all very welcome to hear. Thank you for reading!