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Blankspace [Mystery/Puzzle/Escape Room/Point-and-click][Mature Themes][BxG] KICKSTARTER LIVE!

#1 Post by Nayru774 » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:23 pm

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Blankspace is now LIVE on Kickstarter!
>> Kickstarter link! <<

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Hey, guys! This is Nayru - the creator of SoulSet - writing.
Ever since our Kickstarter for Whiteheart Woods ended, I've been working on a new project of my own - and today, I finally wanted to share it here on the forums!

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A short visual novel & point-and-click game. Solve puzzles and find your way out of a strange-looking room!

Quick facts:
  • It's a one-person project. I'm doing everything for it (aside from the music, which is currently royalty-free).
  • I will do my utmost best to keep this project SHORT. Like 2-4 hours SHORT, MAX.
  • The game is going to have only 2 main characters - Chris and Beryl.
  • It's planned to be a visual novel with point-and-click/puzzle elements. I've no idea how to program a point-and-click game yet. But I had no idea how to program anything while starting to work on SoulSet, so I'm not about to let that stop me. As a certain someone said: "Where there is a will, there is a way." Lemma Soft Forums are your friend.
  • Backgrounds will be in 3D style. I'm no BG Artist and I've been wanting to learn 3D modeling in Blender in pursuit of self-improvement for a long while now. I will also learn everything as I go. I want the setting to have a specific aesthetic to it.
  • Character sprites will still be drawn/designed by me in 2D.

[Content warning]
This story will have general mature themes, strong language, blood, alcohol consumption, sexual content, and will explore some dark topics, including abuse, depression, and suicide.
Please take note of this if you're sensitive to such things. Player discretion is advised.



At this point you're probably wondering, "Nayru, what kind of games are you writing?" I know, I ask that question myself sometimes, too.

My current goal is to crunch on this project until I'm able to produce a demo showing the first minutes of the game. Once that's done, I plan to hold a small Kickstarter just to gather funds for an original soundtrack - with partial voice acting as a stretch goal. Music is one thing I cannot create on my own, and holding a casting call and implementing voices into a project is something I'd like to challenge myself with in order to be able to make better games in the future.

That being said, I will need your help in making this project better as a whole. I hope you'll join me on this new gamedev journey!


Characters:

Chris is the character we'll be playing as in Blankspace - here are the design sketches that will also be the base for his sprite variations.
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Beryl is the heroine of Blankspace (if she can even be called that). When I pictured what kind of character I'd like her to be, my brain whispered: "let's make her worse than Marco"... Whatever that means is anyone's guess.
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Backgrounds:

These are actually the main reason why I finally decided to make a post here.

I've spent the past two weeks in Blender. This is the result.
When I said I wanted the backgrounds in Blankspace to have a certain aesthetic to them, this is pretty much what I had in mind. (°∀°)

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Initially, I was thinking of designing/drawing the items by hand, in 2D. But once I got the hang of things, it turned out modeling items went pretty fast (aside from the handcuffs... those handcuffs were hell to make). So that's a thing that's happening.

If you're interested in more frequent updates regarding the development, be sure to join NoBreadStudio's Discord channel!
I will be also posting updates on my Twitter.



Now, for the questions:
1. Chris or Beryl?
2. How does this kind of 3D aesthetic work with you? Do you like it?
3. How does the idea of a dialogue-heavy, story/character-driven "escape room" game click with you? Y/N?
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Re: Blankspace [Mystery/Puzzle][BxG]

#2 Post by isobellesophia » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:24 pm

Omg, i cant believe those background images were made in blender? Cool!

Gonna look foward into this game, this is alot of effort going on, keep working on it! 😊

1. Chris or Beryl?

I would choose Beryl, i dont know why and it is a cool character.

2. How does this kind of 3D aesthetic work with you? Do you like it?

Of course i do! Because i never seen a novel game has a 3D background with it! Also, much look to realistic.

3. How does the idea of a dialogue-heavy, story/character-driven "escape room" game click with you? Y/N?

Yes, its great! Because it is more fun if there is only few characters introduced, i always love escape room games, espcially in android, it may had a plot twist, i always love it when it comes to escape room based game.
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#3 Post by Nayru774 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:36 am

@isobellesophia - Thank you kindly for your feedback! ^^ I'm glad to hear you like what you see so far and that you're looking forward to it! Here's to hope Blankspace can become the kind of game you'll enjoy. c:

I finally managed to finish sprites for both Beryl and Chris today!

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Considering I got the great idea to make 3 pose variations while he has 3 outfit variations already, Chris-chan took me way longer than Beryl did on the drawing department... worth it. xd

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I will be tackling expressions and their implementation next.
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#4 Post by Autumnotopia » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:45 pm

Oh hell yeah, I'm always excited for mystery games (particularly with the subgenre escape room haha) so I'm looking forward to this. Also I appreciate when games respect my time and make themselves short, so 2-4 hours sounds great.

I always like the idea of doing background in 3d too, and yours look really nice! Do you have any mockups with the 3d background and 2d characters? I'm really interested in seeing how they play together.

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#5 Post by Nayru774 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:46 pm

@Autumnotopia - glad to hear you're looking forward to it, thank you! I'm a fan of escape room games myself, and this project has been a real joy to work on so far. :D I am also doing my utmost best to keep it short, but it just keeps writing itself... xD Guess we'll see how much it expands on me in the end, but the demo will definitely be around 30 minutes long since most of the script is already finalized for it. :)

I actually managed to implement the sprites and all expressions into the code by now, so here's how they look like! Everything is still without the interface, of course - I plan to tackle that next.

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And here are some blinking animation gifs:

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#6 Post by nerupuff » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:17 am

I love the combination of 3d BGs and 2d sprites. There's a certain charm to it that I can't really explain. The result looks amazing, and I love the art style you've used for Beryl and Chris. They look unique! I'm so excited for this game!
How does the idea of a dialogue-heavy, story/character-driven "escape room" game click with you? Y/N?
Yes! I love escape rooms in general. The added suspense and problem solving that a point&click puzzle game makes it more interactive as well.
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#7 Post by Nayru774 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:35 pm

@nerupuff - Thank you for the kind words! c: I'm very glad to hear that the sprites look well with the 3D backgrounds.

Here's also a sneak-peek of the GUI design!

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Script finalization for the demo comes next! The rough draft currently has over 6k words. That's more than the script for the WW demo (which is ~4,5k words), although the choice branching in Blankspace is a lot more heavy, so time-wise the demo might turn out to be similar in length.
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#8 Post by Nayru774 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:14 pm

The demo script turned out to be over 7k words in the end!
Asset-wise, everything is practically done, aside from one CG.
I've started putting the demo together. I'm not sure how long the inventory and point-and-click elements are going to take me to make sense of code-wise yet, but here's to hope I'll be able to announce a demo release date during this upcoming week. Please look forward to it! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

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#9 Post by Nayru774 » Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:57 pm

Well, guys... Mark your calendars!
Blankspace Demo release date - 10/10!
Please look forward to it! 💚

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#10 Post by Nayru774 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:50 am

After working on it for almost three months, I'm happy to announce that the demo version of Blankspace is finally ready!💚
Check it out!

https://nobreadstudio.itch.io/blankspace

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It's been a really fun experience working on this project so far, and I hope you guys will enjoy playing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Blankspace will be coming to Kickstarter in October 2019, so keep an eye out!
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Re: Blankspace [Mystery/Puzzle/Escape Room/Point-and-click][Mature Themes][BxG] DEMO OUT - KS COMING 10/29!

#12 Post by Nayru774 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:42 am

Thank you kindly, @Googaboga! :D Glad to hear you like it!

I can make it official now - Blankspace will be coming to Kickstarter on 10/29!
>> Here's the Kickstarter link! <<

Press the "Notify me" button to get notified on launch!

I also finished putting together a trailer! Hope you like it!

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#13 Post by Nayru774 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:32 pm

Blankspace is now LIVE on Kickstarter!
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Re: Blankspace [Mystery/Puzzle/Escape Room/Point-and-click][Mature Themes][BxG] KICKSTARTER LIVE!

#14 Post by Nayru774 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:27 pm

The Blankspace Kickstarter is going strong with 162 backers and 177% funded! The extended soundtrack stretch goal is in sight! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

Today I've been showing some artbook sneak peeks!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/no ... ts/2675542

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