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CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015][COMPLETED!!]

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:06 am
by ameliori
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Title: CUPID
Free | Commercial
Genre: Romance/Horror/Psych
Setting: 18th Century France
Themes: love, revenge, mystery
Rating: PG-17+ for Suggestive Scenes, Mature Scenes and Violence
NOTE: This thread is for easy member reference, forum discussion and project updates

Full Game:
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Download the Game | Link 1 | Link 2

Demo:
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PLOT

"Love is both poison and cure, both knife and remedy."
Rosa's best friend, Catherine, is dead and she is sure Catherine's betrothed, Marquis Guilleme is to blame. Mother
says so. Mother says he has to pay with his life. Although, she knows by now Guilleme is no ordinary man. He is tainted.
Inhuman. A monster. He cannot be killed by usual means. To seek the best revenge, she must find out all his secrets and
destroy him. But will her own dark desires consume her or liberate her?
No matter.

Mother will tell her what to do.

Set in the romantic 18th century France, play as the third person point of view character of Mother —
a unique twist to the visual novel decision making medium. Decide the fate of the characters, scold or console,
argue or assent... Just don’t be surprised if they start to question your commands.


CHARACTERS
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Rosa
A shy, abused girl who used to live in the streets as a rose vendor. Rosa grew up with Catherine
and the mental trauma of her death is pushing her to seek revenge on Guilleme. She is recently
unstable and torn between revenge and mourning. She had been friends with Guilleme for a long
time and feels a certain kinship with him, but she is suspicious of Guilleme and his secrets.
It is unclear if she has romantic feelings for either Catherine or Guilleme.

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Catherine Emilia Perride
A talented young pianist, whom the Marquis had watched with growing interest since her childhood.
They begin a rather tenuous but passionate relationship in their adulthood. She is a cheerful young
lady with a kind spirit. She is prone to mood swings, naivete and exaggeration. She loves Rosa like
a sister, and feels a certain devotion to her as well.

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Marquis Guilleme Michel de Gul
The marquis usually keeps to his mansion by himself, mysterious and elusive. Every so often he appears
in the social scene with a new lovely young lover by his side, man or woman. Most romances end tragically,
if not shockingly. Lovers leave him with burning hatred, are sometimes driven insane or even tried to murder
the marquis himself. He is charismatic and charming but quite secretive. Nevertheless, the townspeople
love him because of his benevolence and generosity. Beneath his mysterious persona, another layer of
secrets enslave his mind. He is searching for something in every one he courts. But what is it?

Mother
The player controls Rosa’s memory of her mother. It’s unclear whether she is really the spirit of Rosa’s abusive
parent, or she’s simply a schizoid personality from Rosa’s broken psyche. Despite her spiteful ways, Rosa loves
Mother very much and she will always obey dutifully to please her.
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Screenshots:
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Meet the team:
Art and Writing Direction: ameliori
Co-Writers: tinytim12, The Library Cat
Programming: Marionette
Music: Krichotomy, Circus Marcus
Proofs: ColaCat, Saltome, The Library Cat

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Questions about the Demo:
1. Your first thoughts about the story and characters.
2. Is the mature filter appropriate? What do you think is the mature rating for this game so far?
3. Did you see any bugs in the game and the UI?
4. Do you think this is a game you'd wait around for completion?
5. Any improvements you can recommend?
6. Do you think gameplay would add to the story or is it fine the way it is?

Additional questions if you've enjoyed the game!:

1. Share your theories about the story!
2. Who's your favorite character so far or any favorite moments?
3. Your thoughts on Mother. How is Mother portrayed? Do you want more choice routes or are interactions enough?
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Progress Log
Story Breakdown: 100%
Writing: 99%
Programming: 100%
GUI: 100%
Sprites: 100%
BG: 100%
CG: 100%
SFX: 99%
Music: 99%

01 Mar 2015
- Met with most of the writing team
- Scenes Breakdown finished
- Checklist finished
- WIP thread posted
- First draft of Scene 1

03 Mar 2015
- Finished lineart of main character sprites
- Final draft scene 1 of 10
- Assigned scenes to writers
- Sound effects added

06 Mar 2015
- Drafts for Scene 1,3,7,8 finished
- Flat colors for main sprites done
- Sound effects added
- Text box added
- Music added

09 Mar 2015 *END OF FIRST WEEK*
- First build of game
- 6 scenes of 10 drafted
- Flat colors and sprites expressions live
- Minimal UI drafted
- Music and Sound effects attached

12 Mar 2015
- Second build of game submitted
- 6 scenes of 10 finished writing, 4 still pending approval
- 4 scenes fully sprited and ready for launch
- 90% of finished sprites and expressions live
- UI implemented

24 Mar 2015
- 3rd Build of game submitted
- 10 scenes of 10 finished writing
- Proofs started
- UI live

1 April 2015
- Full playable demo released
- Official Tumblr live

May 2015
- CG Art finished
- Full Draft of Writing Finished
- UI Finished

July 2015
- Backgrounds Started
- Additional Music attached
- Full Game version 1 finished

August 2015
- Beta-Testing
- Finalizing Proofs

19 Sep 2015
- FULL GAME RELEASE

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:30 am
by potouto
(♥ó㉨ò)ノ♡ this game deserve so much love, it caught my attention on recruitment thread. Horror and mentally unstable protagonist, you just made my dream come true. I really look forward to see this game finished. I have a feeling this won't be much romance, rather, more obsession and uncover Guilleme and Rosa's past ? As always, good luck ʕノ)ᴥ(ヾʔ

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:47 am
by ameliori
Josie wrote:(♥ó㉨ò)ノ♡ this game deserve so much love, it caught my attention on recruitment thread. Horror and mentally unstable protagonist, you just made my dream come true. I really look forward to see this game finished. I have a feeling this won't be much romance, rather, more obsession and uncover Guilleme and Rosa's past ? As always, good luck ʕノ)ᴥ(ヾʔ
Hi Josie! Thank you so much for your support in this project. You're very right. There are some romantic scenes and mentions of the different kinds of love, but it will mostly focus on the characters' relationships and Rosa's journey. Hope yoy stay tune for more progress! Everyone is really pumped!

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:06 am
by yuucie
Your art is super gorgeous! I'm already intrigued by the synopsis. I'll be keeping an eye out. Good luck!

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:40 pm
by Mad Harlequin
I assume "Guilleme" is meant to be Guillaume.
ameliori wrote:The player controls the Rosa’s memory of her mentally unstable mother. It’s unclear whether she is really the spirit of Rosa's psycho mom (since Rosa dabbles with the occult), or she's simply a schizoid personality from Rosa's broken psyche. It's always a constant uncertainty with Rosa, and she often doubts the fact her "mother" is real. Nevertheless, she will always obey dutifully to please her.
I'm really intrigued by this idea---Rosa's memory of her mother reminds me of the ghost from Hamlet. (Is he real? Or is Hamlet just mad?)

But be careful how you describe mental illness. While the setting will dictate how the characters treat it as a subject, you'll want to take care not to romanticize or demonize it.

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:22 pm
by Camille
So excited for this, it looks great! <3 The concept sounds really interesting and I'm anxious to see how the plot turns out. Best of luck finishing!

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:33 pm
by KittyKatStar
aaah the visuals look amazing, and the premise sounds complex and interesting.

I wish you the best with your nano. I'll follow this. =)

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:52 am
by Googaboga
Oh man, this sounds like it'll be crazy, in a good way. The premise is super interesting and the visual there is lovely. I wish you guys the best of luck :3.

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:21 pm
by ameliori
yuucie wrote:Your art is super gorgeous! I'm already intrigued by the synopsis. I'll be keeping an eye out. Good luck!
Thanks Yuucie! Your support is always appreciated. I see you're also doing NanoReno! Good luck to all of us crazy cats haha!
Mad Harlequin wrote:I assume "Guilleme" is meant to be Guillaume.
I didn't know Guilleme was a real name when I thought of it. But I've gotten really attached to the spelling ^^;;
Mad Harlequin wrote: But be careful how you describe mental illness. While the setting will dictate how the characters treat it as a subject, you'll want to take care not to romanticize or demonize it.
Thanks for the heads up Mad Harlequin! It's quite a daunting challenge to be sure. At the very least, we'll do our best to stay true to the story.
Camille wrote:So excited for this, it looks great! <3 The concept sounds really interesting and I'm anxious to see how the plot turns out. Best of luck finishing!
Oh look.. one of my VN heroes dropping by our thread! O__O
KittyKatStar wrote:aaah the visuals look amazing, and the premise sounds complex and interesting.

I wish you the best with your nano. I'll follow this. =)
Aannd KittyKatStar too.. Another amazing VNovelist ! ..Is it Christmas?!

Camille and KittyKatStar, thank you so much for your support! We'll do our best this month!
Googaboga wrote:Oh man, this sounds like it'll be crazy, in a good way. The premise is super interesting and the visual there is lovely. I wish you guys the best of luck :3.
Thank you! Crazy in a good way, yes! I'm glad you're on board Googaboga. As always, your avatar still stupefies me and fills me with awe.

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Art Update. Finished with the final lineart of the main character sprites. Presenting Rosa, Catherine and Guilleme.

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(I think I got carried away with Catherine's dress..)

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:27 pm
by clua
I saw your updates on Tumblr and I thought the visuals were very very pretty! I'm looking forward to see
the result of the work of everyone, good luck guys :D!

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:36 pm
by ameliori
clua wrote:I saw your updates on Tumblr and I thought the visuals were very very pretty! I'm looking forward to see
the result of the work of everyone, good luck guys :D!
Thanks so much for the encouragement clua!

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:05 pm
by ameliori
Progress Reports:

Just a little update on the progress of the project. There's some radio silence in our WIP thread. Sorry about that.

Writing Update
Scene 1 - Draft finished
Scene 2 - In Progress
Scene 3 - Draft finished
Scene 4 - In Progress
Scene 5 - In Progress
Scene 6 - In Progress
Scene 7 - Draft Finished
Scene 8 - Draft Finished
Scene 9 - In Progress
Scene 10 - In Progress

Art Update
Main Sprites:
Lines - Finished
Colors - In Progress
Expressions - Finished

BG - 0%
CG - 0%

UI Update
Textbox - Finished
Main Page - Draft
Pref/Save/Quit - In Progress

Music Update
Music - 40%
SFX - 40%

Goals for End of Week 1:
Finalize writing drafts and expressions of the main sprites by the end of the week.

Also this happened (WARNING: Dirty Joke)
Scene in the writing room
Writer A is writing most of the backstory and sweet romantic scenes between the characters.
Writer B is focused on most of the destruction of all the relationships in the story.

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Writer A: Speaking of physical, writing sexy, loveydovey scenes can give you that tingly arousing feeling.
You have to stop at one point because if you dont, it becomes slash. I AM SCARED TO TREAD THIS PATH.

Writer B: I WILL TEAR THAT LOVE APART

Writer A: DONT YOU DARE.

Writer B: I WILL! BLOOD. GORE. GIVE.

Writer A: Well, help me build it up first, damn you. You won't get to destroy anything that isn't erect.

Writer B: ...

Writer A: Lol! P*nis joke!

Writer B: getout

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Yes. 14-yeard old toilet humor. These are your writers.

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:28 pm
by Auro-Cyanide
Wow, that synopsis! I love it!

Also really like the art you've posted so far, the clothing especially is very impressive! Good luck with your game!

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:35 pm
by Fox Lee
Horror definitely isn't my thing, but this is such an interesting idea. I don't know if I understand properly, but it sounds like you're taking the weird, godlike aspect of player control in a VN, and actually using that in the narrative. Niiiice concept! XD I definitely have some friends who'll want to see this.

Re: CUPID [Horror/Romance - NanoReno 2015]

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:34 am
by uminee
ameliori wrote:
Catherine Emilia Perride
A talented young pianist, whom the Duke has watched with growing interest since her childhood.


Owoo i am kind of scared of playing horror but somehow i hope there will be a creepy piano scene, maybe accompanied by the piano in a minor key? ^^* everything looks so amazing and the story atmosphere is already giving me chills :shock: