[FREE Demo] The Star Legation [Sci-fi][Adventure][RPG Elements][Romance][Space Opera][Dramedy][Mystery]

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[FREE Demo] The Star Legation [Sci-fi][Adventure][RPG Elements][Romance][Space Opera][Dramedy][Mystery]

#1 Post by Chimaera9 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:04 pm

Hello Everyone!

I'm Andy Mitchell, the writer and designer of the Solar Echoes RPG and the owner of Corefun Studios, LLC.
I'm excited to announce that I've been working on my first visual novel, The Star Legation!

Genre: Sci-Fi Space Opera, Adventure, RPG Elements, Romance, Dramedy, Mystery
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The Story
The Star Legation is a Sci-Fi Visual Novel game set during the pre-history of the Solar Echoes universe. You don't need any knowledge of Solar Echoes to enjoy the game, but you might notice some “easter eggs” if you're familiar. The story begins...

Why Trey Donovan? Establishing a peaceful alliance between aliens and humans will be a difficult task, and Trey is far from the ideal candidate to represent the human race. Trey has grown up entirely in human-centric surroundings and has never ventured beyond our territories. Unfortunately, he also has absolutely no training in diplomacy. However, despite his dishonorable discharge from the military, he showed great leadership during his years of service. Even now, while banished to an exile colony, he has managed to bring law and order to a planet overrun with criminals and anarchists.

The universe has become smaller after the discovery of faster-than-light speed travel, and though some have reached out in peace, others have become locked in bitter wars and will soon turn their eyes upon us.

An alliance must be formed! To do this, emissaries will journey across the universe as a peace legation to the homeworlds of each alien race, then convince their leaders to send a representative to join the Interstellar Union. It is a dangerous gamble and will be a perilous operation. Will the alien crew be able to get along and survive the entire mission together? Will Trey?

If Trey even accepts this mission, he will need to adjust to the aliens and lead them successfully. Trey's decisions and his words may usher us into a new era of peace, trade, and cultural exchange. Or, he may doom us all to a massive interstellar war that could mean the complete annihilation of humankind!



Characters
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Game Features
The Star Legation is a Sci-Fi Visual Novel game full of intriguing alien characters, bizarre foreign cultures, and interstellar conflict. Navigate the complex personalities of your alien crew, negotiate with alien leaders, do battle if necessary, and even risk romance across the stars! Shape and experience your own fate!
  • The Star Legation’s beautifully authentic style blends realism with a cel-shaded, anime touch. Design, art, and audio create a unique space-opera atmosphere.
  • 100's of decisions to make in this choice-driven branching story
  • Experience an engaging narrative filled with intrigue, humor, science, treachery, and heart.
  • Detailed background art, cinematic camera work, expressive character sprites, and animated sequences make this visual novel a dynamic experience!
  • 32 possible endings (including 5 main endings)
  • Build relationships with memorable characters and develop a reputation that will alter the course of the story!
  • Over 20 hours of gameplay, with additional hours in alternate routes and endings
  • Awesome SciFi soundtrack by Andy Mitchell, featuring over 75 minutes of original music!
  • 15+ High Res CG's to unlock, designed by the talented artist, Aeghite!
  • RPG elements with 8 different character design skill choices to make
  • Hidden skill-related choices based on your character design that unlock extra routes
  • Optional Combat (auto-win option), or Challenge Mode
  • Optional Romance story routes with 2 human characters


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The Team
Story Design and Programming: by Andy Mitchell
Character Sprite Artwork: by John Fell and Aeghite
Starship Interior Background Artwork: by Alexis Rill and Aeghite
Starships, Space Backgrounds, and Planet Backgrounds: by Lee Madison and Aeghite
CG's: by Aeghite
Graphical User Interface: by John Fell
Music: by Andy Mitchell


Links
Visual Novel Webpage: https://www.starlegation.com/
Tabletop RPG Webpage: http://www.solarechoes.com/
Solar Echoes Video Comic on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y29Hjfkm39g
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SolarEchoesRPG
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/solarechoesrpg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SolarEchoesRPG

Progress
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Questions for Forum Readers

What about this game interests you most? What doesn't interest you?
What's your impression of the game so far?
What do you think of the characters? Any favorites?
Since the game is based on the Solar Echoes RPG game universe, does that make you more or less interested in playing it?
Any other comments, questions, or feedback?
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#2 Post by steve_T » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:12 pm

What about this game interests you most? What doesn't interest you?
SCI-FI I'm a sucker for scifi games

What's your impression of the game so far?
It looks very professional

What do you think of the characters? Any favorites?
it's too early to say I'd have to play to find out

Since the game is based on the Solar Echoes RPG game universe, does that make you more or less interested in playing it?
Never heard of the Solar Echoes universe

Any other comments, questions, or feedback?
I think I'll be subscribing for updates.

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#3 Post by Chimaera9 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:46 pm

Thanks so much for your responses! I'm glad you think it looks professional--that means a lot to me, since I'm doing this myself with the help of some excellent artists.
Thanks for your interest! I'll try to keep things updated here, too.
If you want to familiarize yourself with the Solar Echoes universe, check out some of those links (the Solar Echoes webpage, and the youtube video)
-Andy

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#4 Post by Chimaera9 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:07 pm

A few new updates!
The talented artist, Aeghite, is now at work on the final CG that you'll earn if you survive to the end of the game! It's looking amazing--she's really going all out for an incredible piece of art!

I've successfully completed preparations for 3 of the 9 main character sprites--the 3 human characters. They had the greatest range of expressions, but I've sized and prepped all their art so they are ready for use when I start working on the demo. There is a HUGE range of expressions for the human characters, especially the protagonist! If you'd like some insider details, subscribe for my monthly insider email here:
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A quick question for everyone regarding the demo:
I'm thinking about having some choices greyed-out so you can see them but not select them. You'll be able to make a few choices in the demo, but you'll end up with one route at the conclusion of the demo. What do you think?

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#5 Post by FerventWriter » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:34 pm

I think having one concise route at the end of the demo is a good idea! It gives everyone the same experience, which is important if you want feedback on the same bits of game. I look forward to trying it out :)

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#6 Post by Chimaera9 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:14 am

Thanks for your thoughts, FerventWriter!
Good point about it being useful giving everyone the same experience for feedback. That will definitely help me with the development process.
I'm glad you're looking forward to trying it--knowing that makes me even more excited to put it all together for everyone!

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#7 Post by Chimaera9 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:37 pm

The next insider update goes out tonight!

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Discover the method I used to enable the creation of 100's of expressions without having to commission each one individually!


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#8 Post by Chimaera9 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:30 pm

A brief update: It's been 2 weeks since I started programming in earnest, and I now have the intro sequence, the opening (scene 1), and most of the second scene finished, including animated sequences, sound effects, expressions, and music. The opening scene also has some cool RPG elements where you make choices about your character's skills, which have an effect on the story (you can get the best ending whatever you choose, but the story does have different parts depending on what you pick!)

It's moving along! I'm not sure how well I'll be able to keep my target pace of 1 chapter per week, but I can guarantee that the demo (first 3 to 5 chapters) will definitely be ready before spring. Keep in mind, this project has 35 total chapters, plus several additional battle sequences that I'm not counting as chapters.

My goal: have it completed by this time next year!
Kickstarter will run late winter, early spring, so keep your eyes open for announcements. If you want to be one of the first to know when it launches so you can get some of the high-tier limited backer awards, sign up for the monthly insider email here:

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Here's a quick screenshot of our protagonist getting a starship tour:
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#9 Post by Chimaera9 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:50 pm

A new video preview is available, including a few screenshots with short clips of some of the music I wrote for the upcoming Star Legation visual novel!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dUV1T ... e=youtu.be
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#10 Post by Chimaera9 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:21 am

Hey everyone!
I just wanted to give you a brief update on the game--the demo is finished! Everything but the UI is complete, and I'm hoping that will be finished by the end of January. I've already sent the demo out to my internal beta-testers, and I've been getting lots of positive feedback so far.

The demo will be released online when I start my Kickstarter campaign, so I'll let you know when that goes live. If you'd like to be the first to know so you can grab some of those limited backer awards before they're gone, subscribe to my monthly insider email (with just your name and email) here:
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#11 Post by Chimaera9 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:07 pm

Another update! I've made a promo video for the Star Legation and except for the voice acting (which will be done this week), the video is fully edited with sound effects and a scifi music composition I wrote. The video will be attached to the upcoming Kickstarter campaign, which will be launching in spring!

If you'd like to see the video early, sign up for the monthly insider email (link in previous post.) Insiders will be sent an unlisted youtube link to the video before it officially goes live.

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#12 Post by Chimaera9 » Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:21 pm

The Kickstarter campaign for The Star Legation is launching late next week on March 19th!

The FREE demo will be available to play through the Kickstarter and on itch.io when the Kickstarter launches, so check it out if you're interested in playing the first 45 minutes of the game. I'll post here with Kickstarter and demo links next Thursday.

I'm excited to show everyone how development has been progressing with the game. Any support you can offer would be great, whether through pledges at Kickstarter or just helping me spread the word in social media. I'm doing all of this myself, so any help will be very appreciated!

The countdown has begun, only 7 days left!

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#13 Post by Chimaera9 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:23 pm

Here's a Youtube link to the new trailer for the game, which launches on Kickstarter this Thursday, March 19!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaIyLTd ... e=youtu.be

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#14 Post by Chimaera9 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:11 pm

Demo reviewed at Mid-LifeGamer Geek!

https://midlifegamergeek.com/2020/03/21 ... -legation/
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#15 Post by Chimaera9 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:53 am

Hi Everyone,
The Kickstarter for The Star Legation scifi visual novel launched today! Please check it out and see the game trailer, try the free demo, and check out all the cool awards you can get. Please consider backing this project, because it will enable me to afford the full development of the game. I am conident that I can deliver an awesome game for backers, with a memorable and meaningful story told through characters you'll really enjoy spending your time with!

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/st ... novel-game

Thanks for your interest and support!
Best,
Andy

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