Diving in Deep [Romance/Fantasy][GxB][NaNo2015]- Completed!

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Diving in Deep [Romance/Fantasy][GxB][NaNo2015]- Completed!

#1 Post by Harliqueen » Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:41 am

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When underwater archaeologist, Quinn, discovers an artifact in the ruins she is exploring just offshore, she doesn’t realise the significance of it.
At least, not until she comes face to face with the owner of the artifact… who happens to have a tail.

Introduced to the world of the Merpeople, Quinn must keep the exciting discovery quiet in order to protect their secrets, all whilst dealing with new feelings that are stirring towards her merman guide, Merrik.
If that wasn’t difficult enough, she must contend with the persistent interference of a dangerous treasure hunter searching for his next big prize.

And Quinn is all too aware that the Merpeople would be his perfect target.
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Quinn Lanton
The main character of this tale, a woman whose curiosity helps her to find the biggest discovery of all time, only to realise she must keep it a secret.
Her personality can be defined by the player, including dialogue and action choices, this will affect the way characters react to her.

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Merrik
Merrik is happy to live his life in the safety of the sea, but meeting Quinn changes things.
Now the merman finds his position as Guardian of the artifact tested as he navigates through the world of humans and their greed for what does not belong to them.

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Walton Huntley
An ex-archaeologist turned treasure hunter. His only interest is the next big prize and the fortune he could get for it.


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Goals of Diving in Deep
> Choices galore!
> Fun and romance.
> Lots of floaty hair underwater (no joke, I love drawing hair underwater so there will be lots of it :D ).
> Finish in a month!

I am producing this visual novel myself, including art, backgrounds, coding, and writing! Though I will be trying to source commons music.

The focus of this project will be romance because, well, I do love a good romance :D
But there will be a good dollop of action and excitement, as well as a friendship path, so hopefully everyone can enjoy the story.

Progress
Planning, Drafts, and Charts: 100%!
GUI: 100%
BGs:100% Done! (15 Backgrounds)
Sprites: 100% Yay!
(Quinn- 1 Sprite with 4 variations, 14 expression;
Merrik- 3 Sprites, 13 expressions;
Walton- 1 Sprite with 2 variations, 10 expressions;
An extra character sprite, one expression.)
CGs: 100% Completed! (9 Full CGs, 6 Ending CGs, 3 Small CGs)
Writing: 100%
Coding: 100%
Screenshots and Art
Options Screen:
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Example of Choices:
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Start Screen:
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Each time you unlock an ending, one of those sections will be filled with the ending CG.

Features of this VN:
- 6 possible endings (3 'good', 3 'bad')
- Personality defined by the player. Characters react and comment on how Quinn acts.
- Romance and friendship path.
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#2 Post by yoshibb » Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:10 pm

This sounds awesome! Does Quinn turn into a mermaid herself or does she stay a human? And I like that it has some action in it as well. Even if I am also a sucker for a good romance :wink:
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#3 Post by Harliqueen » Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:24 pm

yoshibb wrote:This sounds awesome! Does Quinn turn into a mermaid herself or does she stay a human? And I like that it has some action in it as well. Even if I am also a sucker for a good romance :wink:
I'm glad you think it sounds good :D Been thinking of doing it for some time, and NaNo is just the motivation I needed!

Quinn is completely human so doesn't turn into a mermaid :)

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#4 Post by yoshibb » Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:35 pm

Harliqueen wrote: I'm glad you think it sounds good :D Been thinking of doing it for some time, and NaNo is just the motivation I needed!

Quinn is completely human so doesn't turn into a mermaid :)
Oh good, I actually kind of like it better it that way and the idea she's like their protector from the outside.
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#5 Post by Harliqueen » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:51 pm

Just finished my first ever GUI screen! Very excited and have to say kinda pleased :D

Posted a screenshot on the first post.

Was hoping to go for something clean and simple, but themed to the underwater and beach locations in the VN. Does it look easy to navigate?

Any advice welcome!

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#6 Post by KittyKatStar » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:04 pm

Underwater archaeology... my... weak point.

I really love the GUI, it's all flowy and cute, like the characters' hair.
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#7 Post by Googaboga » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:17 am

Sounds like a lot of fun. I love stories about merpeople :3.

I'm looking forward to all the flowy-ness. Good luck!
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#8 Post by Godline » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:49 am

Handsome mermen/man! YES! This has my vote. ;)
I'm SOOOO over mermaids all the time. SOOO over it.
So it's nice to see some hot dude with a tail. Nice job so far! Whew! Don't overtax yourself taking on everything though!

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#9 Post by Harliqueen » Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:53 pm

Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement :)

Merpeople have always been a bit of a fascination for me, so I'm glad to hear it interests others as well!

Almost all the GUI is done now (that save/load screen coding almost made me cry with frustration, but I got there!), just the start screen to go which I will leave until last.

Tomorrow it's onto making a start on the character sprites...

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#10 Post by Kingv » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:05 pm

I'm loving everything you've done so fa. Your GUI design is too cute and I like how whimsical everything looks. Keep up the awesome work, the world needs more merfolk VNs!

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#11 Post by AntiquedFae » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:51 pm

Quinn totally sounds like a protagonist I can love. Underwater archeologist with super float-y hair protecting merfolk and a sacred ancient artifact from a greedy illegal bounty hunter type? Yes all the way. Now, if only she had blue hair...:P
In all seriousness, this looks really great. I wish you the best in the creative insanity (which I hope to one year partake in) that is Nanoreno!
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#12 Post by nebulaway » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:43 am

i really like this idea! i love your GUI design! it definitely fits the theme. hehe. *_* can't wait to see when it's done!
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#13 Post by Harliqueen » Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:45 pm

I'm so glad people like the GUI!

Finally managed to finish the base for Merrik's sprite. I'd gotten so used to drawing him smiling in concept art it was odd to draw him in a neutral expression for the first expression :D

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Was kind of pleased as was going for a really comic-style-kind-of-feel (hope that makes sense) for the art and think I've managed to go for what I was thinking.

Will add it to the top post as well. It's kind of nice being able to really make a start on the art! Hope everyone is doing well on their projects :)

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#14 Post by underbliss » Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:36 pm

Oh my this looks awesome! So many people have a soft spot for mermaids... ...I'm so one of them.

Merrik and the Quinn have such an interesting dynamic andddd that sprite looks awesome. As an aside, 'Merrik' is also super fun to say out loud.
I'm excited to see more!

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#15 Post by Harliqueen » Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:32 pm

underbliss wrote:Oh my this looks awesome! So many people have a soft spot for mermaids... ...I'm so one of them.

Merrik and the Quinn have such an interesting dynamic andddd that sprite looks awesome. As an aside, 'Merrik' is also super fun to say out loud.
I'm excited to see more!
Merrik sounded like a great name when I saw it, plus it has a sea-theme meaning to it! :D

Update: Finally done Quinn's sprite and added it to the top post. My word, it took forever (only a couple of days actually, but felt like forever, lol). I told myself I wanted to go simple, just so as I could get the job done, but then I had so much fun drawing her :D

This is the first time I've ever drawn sprites, I'm normally used to only doing quick sketches of characters and then giving up. Part of the reason I entered NaNo and wanted to do a VN was to expand my artistic abilities, and doing this VN has certainly forced me to try out some things I normally wouldn't (GUI design and backgrounds for definite! :D ).

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