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

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#31 Post by Mad Harlequin » Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:55 pm

Congratulations on finishing your essential art! I love the collage, and I can't wait to see the story unfold. :)
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#32 Post by Hazel-Bun » Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:17 pm

Amazing! Best of luck with the written portion of your entry!

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#33 Post by Harliqueen » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:09 pm

@Mad Harlequin - Thank you so much! I really hope the story holds interest for everyone :)

@Hazel-Bun - Thank you :D The writing is one my favourite parts, so it's nice being able to get down to it now!


Progress Update- (Sorry for so many updates, I'm just very excited :D ) The writing is going much smoother than I thought it would (now I'm really glad I did all that planning and drafting, even if it was a pain at the time!). I've been cutting the story into sections and working on a section at a time, which has been really going well for me.

All of it is coming together well, and I'm really pleased at all the small bits I've managed to add. I doubt they will matter much to people who play it, referencing back to choices they've made and things, but to me it matters so I'm making the effort to do it!

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Example of some choices- The character's personality will be defined by which dialogue and action choices are made, and the characters will react based on that and comment on it.
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Nice to see the characters coming to life with the writing!
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#34 Post by DrivenByTheWind » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:24 pm

Merman is sexy as all get out. 8)

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#35 Post by yoshibb » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:03 pm

I seriously love how you painted his tail. The different colors and sprayed look to give it texture, it makes it looks so unique. Your progress is awesome :D

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#36 Post by Flowers from Nowhere » Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:05 pm

So many merpeople this year! Score!

I very much agree with yoshibb about the tail. It's beautiful.

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#37 Post by Mad Harlequin » Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:13 pm

If memory serves, a group of sharks is called a shiver. I know it's definitely not called a herd.
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#38 Post by Harliqueen » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:47 am

@ DrivenbytheWind - Glad you like him! :D I really wanted to make him a bit different for a merman, and I am really pleased with how he came out.

@ yoshibb - Thank you so much :) I wasn't entirely certain how I was going to paint the tail, and it kind of all came together through experimenting with brushes. I'm really glad you think it looks textured, as that's exactly what I was trying to achieve!

@ Flowers from Nowhere - There are quite a few merpeople VNs this year, which is great. I obviously love anything merpeople related, so being able to make a VN on them and also get excited about the other VNs I'll get to play has made this NaNo rather awesome! :D

@ Mad Harlequin - I did make sure to look up collective nouns before I wrote it, and found a few different ones including shiver, herd, shoal, and school. I didn't want to use shiver as I wanted Quinn to sound down-to-earth, so I might change it to 'school' if 'herd' sounds odd. Thank you so much for the feedback!

Progress Update- I'm so close to the end! :D The end of the writing at least.

I've been trying to add a good amount of choices, as that was one of my goals with this project, and though they don't affect the main story a lot (which is quite linear), I think they fit with the story. Also, I've been having fun with the personality choices making a difference.

For example, I have one moment where Quinn has to try and escape a dangerous situation, and depending on how she's interacted with the characters so far, when she attempts to escape using different methods, some of those won't be so effective depending on how she's already been around them.

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That's been great fun! :D

I've learnt tons about Ren'py through doing this NaNo project and cannot wait to take on bigger projects in the future!

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#39 Post by Mad Harlequin » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:37 pm

Harliqueen wrote:I did make sure to look up collective nouns before I wrote it, and found a few different ones including shiver, herd, shoal, and school. I didn't want to use shiver as I wanted Quinn to sound down-to-earth, so I might change it to 'school' if 'herd' sounds odd. Thank you so much for the feedback!
Ah, I understand your reasoning now. Huh. I've never seen herd applied to sharks, but school would work!
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#40 Post by Harliqueen » Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:50 pm

Update!

So, today I managed to get a finished project packaged up and sent to a couple of people to test out :D It's getting rather exciting so close to the end now!

I managed to add an extra CG, which I was really pleased about as I think it really needed to be in there. Also got the icons working for the application and in the corner of the window, so it looks a bit more customised.

One thing I was seriously pleased with was the front screen.

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It may look a bit empty, but that's because (due to the fact I didn't have time to do a CG gallery) every time you unlock an ending, one of those sections will be filled with the ending CG! I thought it was a bit different, and also a great way for people to easily see how many endings they've gotten if they want to complete all of them :)

As you can tell from the screenshot, there are 6 possible endings- 3 'good', 3 bad'.

It's so close to the end now and I will definitely have it out before the end of March so I'm kinda having a little happy/proud moment about that.

I didn't manage to put in as much as I wanted into the VN (I would have liked a lot more varying paths affected by choices), but I'm so pleased with what I've accomplished for my first VN and I've learnt so much, and that was the goal of participating in NaNol! :D

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#41 Post by Hazel-Bun » Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:43 pm

I think that's a very innovative idea :)

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#42 Post by trepiechick » Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:01 pm

Congratulations on your first! I'm super excited to play this and will look forward to your future projects!

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#43 Post by Mad Harlequin » Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:07 pm

Harliqueen wrote:It may look a bit empty, but that's because (due to the fact I didn't have time to do a CG gallery) every time you unlock an ending, one of those sections will be filled with the ending CG! I thought it was a bit different, and also a great way for people to easily see how many endings they've gotten if they want to complete all of them :)
Well, it looks like things worked out in a cool way! I really love this idea. I think it gives the road to completion more meaning than a CG gallery on a separate screen would.

You're nearly there! :)
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#44 Post by Harliqueen » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:57 am

It's done! I finished my NaNo project :D

It took me about 20 minutes of staring at the submit button before actually posting it to the completed games section, but I built up my courage and did it!

http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewto ... 11&t=31366

Thank you so much for everyone's support through out, when I joined NaNo I was excited, but didn't realise the incredible community I would be joining too!

For those who want to try it out:

Windows:
http://www.mediafire.com/download/9ypxq ... .0-win.zip
Mac:
http://www.mediafire.com/download/sym8w ... .0-mac.zip
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http://www.mediafire.com/download/b2opz ... ux.tar.bz2

I hope they work, as I have never put anything up for download before!

I joined NaNo in part to see if VNs are something I want to look into seriously in the future, and after completing this I think they definitely are :D

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#45 Post by minyan » Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:02 am

I'm sure you've heard this over and over again, but this game is awesome! I'm so impressed you got everything done in time for NaNo. I've played it through and gotten three endings so far-
of course the romance one was my favorite, and I was so shocked when Merrik just up and got buried in those rocks xD
Keep up the great work, I look forward to seeing more from you in the future!
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