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Garden of Seif [DEMO OUT][Assassins][Female-Protag]

#1 Post by sunasrose » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 am

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DEMO AVAILABLE HERE:
https://foxdrift-studios.itch.io/garden-of-seif



An undercover assassin seeks to exterminate the Imperials that have darkened her past. A cunning Imperial man promises to help her on her quest for revenge, but at what cost?





The Story


This story-rich visual novel blends war action-drama with romance in the Arabian-inspired world of Aradan. Twenty years after the Golden Shift Rebellion, the Setsun Empire seeks to reclaim its territory, including the isolated citadel Nohiria. Iris Lapis, a half-blind belly dancer from Nohiria, seeks to avenge the death of her beloved. She dances at an Imperial tavern, The Spitting Cobra, her playground for hunting Imperial men.

There she meets Seth Salazar, an Imperial assassin tasked with eliminating the elite leaders of the rebellion. Iris finds herself in a vicious game of cat and mouse as Seth promises to provide Iris with information, as long as she cooperates with his vicious plans. As her fake friendship with Seth unfolds into something real, Iris is torn between faithfulness to her country or revenge.

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This is primarily an adventure story with slow-burning romance. The full game will have four different endings, including one true ending. You are an assassin. Towards the end of the game you will decide who lives and who dies.


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Further Details
~Female's perspective. The main character has a rich background, motive, and distinct personality.
~This will be a commercial project.
~PG-13 rating due to swearing and dark themes (war and assassinations).
~A blend of lighthearted humor, drama, romance, action-adventure, fantasy, and mystery.
~Vast world lore and character backgrounds. There will be a journal that readers can refer to.
~Backgrounds of the different cities in the fantasy world Aradan. The demo will take place in the first city, Nohiria. The rest of the story will take place in different places within this fantasy world.
~Fully colored CGs
~Music and SFX for a fully immersive experience
~So far we have decided on 4 different endings. 2 bad, 2 good.
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Credits
Writer and Project Leader: Aeriel C. (Suna)
Programmer: Aeriel Cunanan, Erik Perez
Sprite Artist & CGs: Remnantation
Backgrounds: Karen Joy R. Manansala
Assistant Art Designer: Elijah Munoz
Music: Soundstripe artists (a detailed list will be shown in credits)
Assistant: Alexis
Marketing: Alexis, Aeriel, Marc Martinez
GUI: Suna
Proofreader: Aeriel, Alexis, (With the help of Grammarly :lol: )
Teaser & Video Assets: Aeriel
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Re: Garden of Seif [Kinetic][Adventure, Romance]

#2 Post by akrasia » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:28 pm

What do you think about the premise, do you look forward to the demo?
The premise sounds interesting and I'm definitely going to follow this thread to keep up to date. :) I look forward to the demo.

How do you feel about the characters?
They all sound fantastic! The MC doesn't appear to be air-headed and as long as she doesn't get pulled around by the other characters with no will of her own, I'm happy. I'm intrigued by Ace, curious to find out more! I'm assuming that Seth is the love interest, and he's the type of character that I love to hate, but hate to love. :)

The setting is a little different, (Arabian-inspired fantasy world) is that interesting to you?
Yes! Nearly being thirty I'm really looking forward to VN's that don't revolve around school. While I still enjoy those it's refreshing to move away from it.

Do you mind not having choices?
I do mind, normally I don't look at kinetic novels because it ends up frustrating me that I don't have choices. However, the plot and art interests me enough that I'll look anyway.

If so, would you like to see updates of different versions of the story later on?
I'm not entirely sure what you mean by this question. Sequel versions? Different stories in the same world? Or eventually an interactive novel instead of a kinetic?

:D In conclusion, I am actually excited by the prospect of this game being fully released. I've already mentioned I don't normally read kinetic novels but a plot that is different, a MC with actual motive and personality, as well as vast lore and decent character backgrounds? Sign me up. Depending on how much lore and background information there will be a journal is a fantastic idea too. Also, the end of the trailer the wording feels like it implies that the player will have some control over her getting revenge or giving in to the Empire.

I wish you all the best of luck! I really look forward to seeing it in action.

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Re: Garden of Seif [Kinetic][Adventure, Romance]

#3 Post by sunasrose » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:35 am

Thank you so much for the feedback! I'm happy to hear that someone is interested!

As far as my last question, referring to different versions of the story, I was thinking to have some sort of "unlockable" chapters, once the readers finish the first playthrough. This is just an idea, but it'd basically be different versions of the story. I was thinking this would give it similar vibes to "choice" novels and delivering more replay value.
https://foxdrift-studios.itch.io/garden-of-seif Demo for Garden of Seif - A visual novel with a strong female-protag. She's a belly dancer with a hit list.

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Re: Garden of Seif [Kinetic][Adventure, Romance]

#4 Post by sunasrose » Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:42 pm

Hello! This thread has been updated with sleek and clean character cards, social media links, as well as the expected release for the demo! :lol:

Here is a sneak peak of one of the GoS backgrounds:

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Re: Garden of Seif [Kinetic][Adventure, Romance][Assassins][Female Protagonist]

#5 Post by sunasrose » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:08 am

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Seth Salazar the "double agent"
Bumping with a sneak peek of the gameplay! Programming is underway and the demo will be released very soon!


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Re: Garden of Seif [Kinetic][Adventure, Romance][Assassins][Female Protagonist]

#6 Post by sunasrose » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:22 pm

Bumping with a new sneak peek video showcasing our 3D camera!! Progress!

We are hastily trying to pump this demo out ASAP, but life is really slowly down our initial goal of an October release. Regardless, we plan on pushing through and promise to keep everyone updated. This visual novel is going to happen.

Thank you!

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Re: Garden of Seif [3D Camera][Adventure, Romance][Assassins][Female Protagonist]

#7 Post by gekiganwing » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:29 pm

For a moment, I thought the title of this story was "Garden of Self." Oops. :)
sunasrose wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 am
Iris Lapis, an undercover assassin, seeks to exterminate a hitlist of Imperials that have darkened her past. Enter Seth Salazar, a cunning Imperial man that promises to help her on her quest for revenge, but at what cost?


If you sell this story, you could use these two sentences as your elevator pitch. That said... if this will be a commercial product, then think about writing a few alternate pitches. You might benefit by writing a single sentence in order to promote your story. Likewise, you might benefit by not mentioning the characters' names.
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 am
2. How do you feel about the characters?
Positive. I appreciate stories in which major characters have social lives, professions, goals, and skills. As far as I can tell, your characters have all four.
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 am
3. The setting is a little different, (Arabian-inspired fantasy world) is that interesting to you?
It's interesting. I think it's good when a fictional setting seems fully realized. (I try to discourage people from writing caricatures of real places, as well as "Tolkien hand-me-down" standard fantasy settings.)
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Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 am
4. Do you mind not having choices?
If you believe that your story will be better without choices or alternate endings, then don't include them.

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Re: Garden of Seif [3D Camera][Adventure, Romance][Assassins][Female Protagonist]

#8 Post by sunasrose » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:22 pm

gekiganwing wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:29 pm
For a moment, I thought the title of this story was "Garden of Self." Oops. :)
sunasrose wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 am
Iris Lapis, an undercover assassin, seeks to exterminate a hitlist of Imperials that have darkened her past. Enter Seth Salazar, a cunning Imperial man that promises to help her on her quest for revenge, but at what cost?


If you sell this story, you could use these two sentences as your elevator pitch. That said... if this will be a commercial product, then think about writing a few alternate pitches. You might benefit by writing a single sentence in order to promote your story. Likewise, you might benefit by not mentioning the characters' names.
sunasrose wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 am
2. How do you feel about the characters?
Positive. I appreciate stories in which major characters have social lives, professions, goals, and skills. As far as I can tell, your characters have all four.
sunasrose wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 am
3. The setting is a little different, (Arabian-inspired fantasy world) is that interesting to you?
It's interesting. I think it's good when a fictional setting seems fully realized. (I try to discourage people from writing caricatures of real places, as well as "Tolkien hand-me-down" standard fantasy settings.)
sunasrose wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 am
4. Do you mind not having choices?
If you believe that your story will be better without choices or alternate endings, then don't include them.
Whoops. I actually worry the name is deterring people from reading about the novel. Everyone I show it to asks me how to pronounce it :lol: But I mean... I struggle to say dangonronpa... And people played that, so I feel like I'm in the clear. :lol:

Anywho, thank you so much for your feedback, especially regarding the pitch. I spent so long trying to figure out how to pitch this massive story into two sentences without getting any real feedback on it. I really appreciate that you've given me your expertise. I think it would definitely be beneficial to cut to the chase and leave out the character names. I can also see how the first sentence of my current logline can provide enough information to the readers. I also feel like keeping both sentences juxtaposed captures the-I suppose the irony?-of the situation: an Imperial-hater working with an Imperial.
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Re: Garden of Seif [DEMO COMING 4/3]

#9 Post by sunasrose » Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:38 am

Major update! ~ We are pleased to announce that we have an immediate release of the demo in the forecast this week! Keep us on your radar. Friday 4/3, our demo will be available on itch.io! Circumstances have allowed us more time to push forward and deliver our novel, and we are looking forward to finally seeing what the world thinks of it!
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Re: Garden of Seif [DEMO COMING 4/3]

#10 Post by sunasrose » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:39 pm

In other news of the demo's release for tomorrow, I also want to announce our plan to have multiple endings for GoS. Originally, we had planned to have only one true ending, making this a novel kinetic. But we have decided that pursuing the course of different endings would help expand our universe and characters better. However, there will still be one ending that is the "True Ending."
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Re: Garden of Seif [DEMO OUT][Assassins][Female-Protag]

#11 Post by sunasrose » Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:28 pm

The demo has been released! Please let us know what you think, and see the full devlog on itch for more info! Thank you! https://foxdrift-studios.itch.io/garden ... emo-launch
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Re: Garden of Seif [DEMO OUT][Assassins][Female-Protag]

#12 Post by Macros » Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:20 am

Well, that's certainly a pretty exciting project. The art is great, the setting is definitely enticing, and as the cherry on top, the MC definitely seems interesting (which isn't all that too common among VN protagonists, unfortunately). The only point I might have been a little less fond of is the kinetic novel part, and even that seems to have changed a little - though I must confess that if as I suspect the True Ending involve a romance with Seth, I might happily settle for one of the others since right now, I feel like the MC would rather happily slit his throat, and I'd be inclined to agree with the sentiment.

For the demo itself, it's a pretty good entry into the sort of world you're going for. All in all, I liked it, though it was frustratingly short (greed truly is a dreadful thing) and as mentioned above, it didn't particularly endear me to Seth, which I imagine was kind of the point at this stage of the game (though I suspect he'd be a hard sell for me no matter what, given his apparent archetype).

Anyway, great work so far, and I'll watch how the project go with interest!
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