Zen: A Gay Sequel [BxB][School/Slice of Life/Dating][18+][Demo Available]

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Zen: A Gay Sequel [BxB][School/Slice of Life/Dating][18+][Demo Available]

#1 Post by bobconway » Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:58 pm

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Spoiler warning: Since this game is the sequel to YAGS, the game (and this post) contain abundant spoilers for YAGS, and it is recommended that you play YAGS before trying ZAGS (or reading this post).

(You can find out more about YAGS on the YAGS website.)

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Zen: A Gay Sequel (or ZAGS for short) is an upcoming, gay, planner-focused, stat-based, dating sim that is the sequel to last year's Yearning: A Gay Story. (Phew.)

ZAGS takes you back to Chris' freshman year for the spring semester, but you'll instead play as Carlos as he navigates classes, friendships, frat life, and his libido (yep) during his pursuit of a boyfriend. Unlike YAGS, ZAGS will be more focused on the dating aspect, and is built around a weekly planner system, where you choose activities for Carlos to perform, and raise his stats.

But since this is a Bob Conway game, of course it's not that simple. The planner itself unlocks new options depending on your choices in the main game, and certain activities may change their effects based on your stats and decisions you've made. And, of course, player choice abounds.

This game is for adults only and features explicit sex as well as explicit CG images. While censoring options and the usual nudity patch will be available, you must be of legal age in your country of residence to download and play this game.

Unlike YAGS, ZAGS will be a paid game, but a demo will be available for free download. The demo covers the first month or so of the semester, and features:
  • 50,000 words
  • 3 sexy CGs and 2 new bonus images
  • 3 optional (and replayable) minigames
  • A variety of "routes" to follow
The full game is expected to contain:
  • 150,000+ words (probably 200,000+, in reality)
  • 12+ CGs
  • Additional minigames
  • Three (and a half) full routes, plus a bunch of side stories
  • Additional unlockable extras like development notes and lyric videos
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You can download the demo for free from itch.io: https://bobcgames.itch.io/zags

You can also preorder the final game (estimated for late 2021 at the moment) at a discount. Your preorder helps make the final game better by funding additional art for the game!

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Your favorite characters are back, with a few new faces.
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Hang out with new and old friends at the frat house.
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Find the courage to befriend the motley group of people at the school GSA club.
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Or hang out with Chris' original crew and get your board gaming on.

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You can follow progress on my twitter or on the itch.io page.

You can also visit the website at http://zags.bobcgames.com.

Let me know (either here, or on Twitter) what you're excited for, or ask any questions you might have!
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Re: Zen: A Gay Sequel [BxB][School/Slice of Life/Dating][18+]

#2 Post by bobconway » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:42 pm

We have a demo release date! You'll be able to download the demo for free on Saturday, April 18 starting at 11 AM US Eastern.

You'll also be able to preorder the full game at that time, which is currently due in late 2021 (but is subject to change). Your preorder includes alpha (and eventual beta) access, if you'd like to keep abreast of the game's progress.

(A fake trailer, featuring my amazing beta testers, is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vle72vV4yPM )
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Re: Zen: A Gay Sequel [BxB][School/Slice of Life/Dating][18+][Demo]

#3 Post by bobconway » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:13 pm

The demo is now available for download!

In case you missed it, we also have a a game trailer and a lyric video for Zen (the ZAGS theme song).

You can grab the demo for free at https://bobcgames.itch.io/zags and preorder the game at a discount (plus an additional discount for the next 23 hours or so).

Let me know what you think! Any and all feedback is welcome and appreciated.
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Re: Zen: A Gay Sequel [BxB][School/Slice of Life/Dating][18+][Demo]

#4 Post by ParrotWatcher » Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:09 am

Congratulations on the demo! :D

I haven't finished it yet, but I was wondering if it's possible to access the stat screen at any time other than the weekly plan session?

Thanks, and good luck with the game! :D

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Re: Zen: A Gay Sequel [BxB][School/Slice of Life/Dating][18+][Demo]

#5 Post by bobconway » Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:52 am

ParrotWatcher wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:09 am
I haven't finished it yet, but I was wondering if it's possible to access the stat screen at any time other than the weekly plan session?
It is not possible at the moment, but it's something I've been contemplating adding to the full game.

I'm a little worried it could cause action paralysis (you save, select a choice, see how it changed your stats), which is why it currently only shows during planning (where all of the options say explicitly what they do). But that might just be me, as someone who would actually be tempted to do that. (Although then I would probably just decompile the game... :roll: )

Is your opinion that it should be generally accessible from the quick menu?

(Thanks for the note!)
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Re: Zen: A Gay Sequel [BxB][School/Slice of Life/Dating][18+][Demo]

#6 Post by ParrotWatcher » Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:45 am

bobconway wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:52 am
I'm a little worried it could cause action paralysis (you save, select a choice, see how it changed your stats), which is why it currently only shows during planning (where all of the options say explicitly what they do). But that might just be me, as someone who would actually be tempted to do that. (Although then I would probably just decompile the game... :roll: )
You're not wrong, but right now I just worry because I can't find it... :lol: It just makes it weird to be able to view it at some times but not at others. (And yeah, I'd probably just decompile it anyway; it's how I got Adam in YAGS...)

And yeah, accessible from the menu makes the most sense, if that's possible.

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Re: Zen: A Gay Sequel [BxB][School/Slice of Life/Dating][18+][Demo]

#7 Post by bobconway » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:56 am

ParrotWatcher wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:45 am
You're not wrong, but right now I just worry because I can't find it... :lol: It just makes it weird to be able to view it at some times but not at others. (And yeah, I'd probably just decompile it anyway; it's how I got Adam in YAGS...)

And yeah, accessible from the menu makes the most sense, if that's possible.
It's an easy enough change. I'll update it in the full game. Thanks for the feedback!

(I'm planning on revamping the stats screen in general anyway, splitting it into two separate views for relationships vs friendships, but I didn't want to do it for the demo because it'd require me to redo the tutorial sections.)
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Re: Zen: A Gay Sequel [BxB][School/Slice of Life/Dating][18+][Demo Available]

#8 Post by bobconway » Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:02 am

It's the end of April, and I want to write an update post at the end of every month while the game is in active development. All updates of course apply only to the full version of the game (not the demo).

As always, you can contact me on twitter, by PM here, or on the ZAGS community.

Announcements:
Wolfscade will be drawing some of the CGs for the game.

Writing:
The first pass of writing is complete up to the in-game day of February 9. The game is now at 63,880 words, 6085 dialogue blocks, and 135 menus.

CGs:
Two additional CGs (plus a "variant" constituting a third) are complete, one by David and one by Wolfscade. General status is 6/14 CGs complete.

Other Progress:
One new minigame has been added.
The stats screen will now be accessible during normal gameplay.
The planner tutorial calls out the execution speed preference, and the preference better explains what it does.
The prologue now gives a "I played YAGS on a different computer" option if it doesn't detect YAGS save data.
"Some Censoring" vs "Full Censoring" have been changed to "No Genitalia" and "Censored" to better reflect what they do. Censored mode now also throws up a larger censor bar over sensitive parts of the CGs (in addition to excluding... fluids).
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