The Light at the End of the Ocean [Friendship][Ontological Mystery][Point-and-Click][Commercial]

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The Light at the End of the Ocean [Friendship][Ontological Mystery][Point-and-Click][Commercial]

#1 Post by parttimestorier » Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:38 pm

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A young woman wakes up in a lighthouse with a head injury and no memory of the shipwreck that brought her there—or anything else, for that matter. A stone-faced, stoic Lighthouse Keeper assures her that help will arrive soon, but seems unwilling or unable to help her figure out whom or where she is. Help the Lighthouse Keeper’s Guest uncover the mysteries of the island and its inhabitants in this point-and-click visual novel about unlikely friendship and loss of identity.

Staff So Far
Writing and programming by Jane Titor (that's me!)
Character art by Dahlia Wilder
Background art by Chiharu-J and Pia Alit
Item art by Red Chan
GUI by Namastaii, with modifications by me and BunnyAdvocate

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The Light at the End of the Ocean is going to be my first larger-scale, commercial project after getting started with a couple game jams. The story is about 18k words, with the lovely art you can see some examples of here, and some point-and-click gameplay that I hope is pretty fun. However, I’m also very aware that because I’m still a little lacking in budget and experience, it will be a little rough around the edges. For instance, the soundtrack is all creative commons, and some of my modifications to the GUI might not look all that great. So the main question I’m hoping some people here might be able to answer is how much do you think you, or other people who might be interested, would pay for a project at this level of quality? Do you think $10 or $15 would be okay? I'd also love to know which of the character profiles interests you most, and whom you'd like to learn more about!

If you're interested in the game, I'll be posting some updates on twitter as well. You can also follow me on itch.io and WordPress. Thanks for reading!
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#2 Post by Zelan » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:25 pm

omg omg omg I was catching up on all the posts since I've been gone and I saw you mentioned your own larger scale project and here it is!! I'm so excited to see a larger-scale work from you!

Mystery is such a great genre, and I feel like it fits super well with the VN genre (even though I haven't actually played many mystery VNs, haha) so I'm super excited to see how this turns out! I love the art style, I think the bold, dark lines fit the theme well.

Pricing on VNs was never something that I was good at gauging but I think $10-15 would probably be okay? Some people might think that 18k is a bit short for $15, but I'm really not sure about that, and I definitely don't think anyone could complain about a $10 price point.

Super excited to see more progress on this! ^_^

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#3 Post by parttimestorier » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:45 pm

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Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:25 pm
omg omg omg I was catching up on all the posts since I've been gone and I saw you mentioned your own larger scale project and here it is!! I'm so excited to see a larger-scale work from you!
Thanks so much for the lovely comment and your feedback on pricing! I hope to have some more exciting updates to post before too long. :D
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#4 Post by parttimestorier » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:59 pm

Happy New Year everyone! We've been hard at work on this project over the past little while, and I'm really excited to say that all the sprite art is done and we're starting on the CGs! I'm not sure how many of them I'll be able to reveal without spoiling things, but here's a preview of an early one in which the Guest examines her injuries in the mirror.
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I'm also currently recruiting for an additional background artist for the project, so if you're a bg artist looking for commissions, please take a look at my post about that and let me know if you're interested!
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#5 Post by parttimestorier » Sun May 19, 2019 2:25 pm

I've updated the main post with some new screenshots now that the new background artist, Chiharu-J, has been working on adding some lovely colour! I've also put together a little website for marketing. If anyone gets a chance to take a look at the site, let me know what you think of it and if there's any more information I should add!
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#6 Post by quillyquillquill » Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:36 pm

This is exciting and the art style really stands out! How long approximating is the story going to be?

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#7 Post by parttimestorier » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:04 pm

quillyquillquill wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:36 pm
This is exciting and the art style really stands out! How long approximating is the story going to be?
Thanks Quill! I'll have to get some more feedback from beta testers to be more confident about it, but I'm estimating the playtime will be a couple hours or so, varying a bit based on how long you spend investigating all the different objects in the point-and-click sections. Also, I'm getting fairly close to having all the art I need for the demo, so hopefully I'll be updating this thread again soon. :D
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#8 Post by Sonya » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:35 pm

Hey the art looks fantastic!!

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#9 Post by quillyquillquill » Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:50 pm

Well, if you're looking for beta-testers, feel free to get me to try it!

Since the development of my game is wrapping up, I've been BINGING VNs... read through 3 of ebi-hime's free VNs and also read RE:BURN too!

The time I play games least is when I'm making them... ;_;

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#10 Post by parttimestorier » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:05 pm

quillyquillquill wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:50 pm
Well, if you're looking for beta-testers, feel free to get me to try it!

Since the development of my game is wrapping up, I've been BINGING VNs... read through 3 of ebi-hime's free VNs and also read RE:BURN too!

The time I play games least is when I'm making them... ;_;
That's great, I'm looking forward to the release of your game! I'll definitely let you know when I'm at the point where I need more beta testers. I hope you liked RE:BURN. :D I really enjoy ebi-hime's works too. I wonder if people who read this one will be able to figure out which of her VNs has been the biggest influence on me!
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