Phantasm [GxB Mystery|Supernatural|Romance] NaNo 17 demo out

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Phantasm [GxB Mystery|Supernatural|Romance] NaNo 17 demo out

#1 Post by nickynoton » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:16 pm

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(GxB) Mystery/ Supernatural(?) / Romance

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The small town of Blue Hollow has always been a rather peaceful and uneventful place nestled in the mountains.
Claret, a perpetually listless girl, can no longer maintain her relatively placid lifestyle when strange happenings plague the town.
A pale young man, in his night clothes, is found at the Breezy Inn’s doorstep,
a rumour of a phantom walking the streets of town at night and not to mention the peculiar lights and noises emanating from the old Burnwood Manor,
home to an eccentric old man who has been scarcely seen as of late.

With her colourful companions, new and old, Claret is begrudgingly tossed into the fray and must discover the source of the problems before something truly terrible might occur.

Characters:

Claret Cordovan:
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The protagonist of the story.
She comes across as a rather blunt and unsociable person.
She works for Cerise Marigold as her bookkeeper and on-off cleaner at The Breezy Inn.
She has a lesser known obsession with mystery books and bizarre stories.

Jay:
(Romanceable)
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A rattled young man, pale in complexion and lacking in wits, who staggers into the Breezy Inn.
As “ghostly” as he seems, he seems to have something spooking him.

Roan Celedon:
(Romanceable)
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The overtly friendly neighbour of Claret. He works several jobs to pay for the medication his ailing little sister.
However, he always makes time to pester Claret every so often for company.

Flint Corvin:
(Romanceable)
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A suspicious young man who lingers around the outskirts of Sterling Manor.
He sports a rather sardonic demeanour around the few people he interacts with.

Shadow:
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A mysterious entity Claret happens upon one unsuspecting day.
Its motives are unclear as it soon follows her around, much to her chagrin.

Cerise Marigold:
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The vivacious innkeeper of Breezy Inn and Great-Aunt of Claret.
As amiable as she is, however, she doesn’t tolerate unruliness or tardiness.

Mazarin Sterling:
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The spritely elder is the proud owner of Burnwood Manor and keeper of many secrets.
His health is rumoured to be fading and has made fewer and fewer public appearances recently.

Tawny Chamois:
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A reclusive novelist who travelled to Blue Hollow for quiet and inspiration.
She is rather temperamental when it comes to noisy disruptions while she works on her next bestseller.
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Backgrounds:
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Status for demo:
Writing: 100%
Character Art: 100%
Backgrounds: 100%
Programming: 100%
GUI: 100%
Music: (Creative Commons/royalty free music)
Notes/Questions:
I'm back it it again this year, going solo and aiming for at least a demo this time round but we'll see see how it goes.
Any thoughts on the story and characters? Let me know :)
Link to demo
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Re: Phantasm [GxB Mystery|Supernatural|Romance] NaNo 17

#2 Post by Plueschkatze » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:00 pm

Sounds like an interesting concept! :)
I'll check back here!
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Re: Phantasm [GxB Mystery|Supernatural|Romance] NaNo 17

#3 Post by Mama J » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:34 am

Holy heck, I read the plot and it sounds so good! I've always had a thing for mystery and the supernatural, so this definitely piqued my interest :D As for characters, I'd say that Flint is my favorite (of course). I wish you luck on your game; I'm looking forward to seeing it develop!

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#4 Post by nickynoton » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:55 pm

Updated with the logo and Claret's character sprite :)
The sprites for Jay and Flint are currently still in the sketch phase but I think I'll get them done by tomorrow.
Cerise and Mazarin's sketches are also done but they'll be finished after all the boys are up.

@Plueschkatze:
Thanks! Glad you find it interesting. :D

@Mama J:
Thank you so much! Flint is a real the bad boy type, so I don't blame you ;). I've got some a little bit of silly insult banter dialog between him and Claret, so his route will be pretty entertaining. I'm pretty excited about it and hopefully it'll turn out well.

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Re: Phantasm [GxB Mystery|Supernatural|Romance] NaNo 17

#5 Post by Zelan » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:10 pm

Oh, Claret looks like a cool girl. ^_^ She does give off that "don't mess with me" vibe that I would expect from her personality description. Nice job!

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#6 Post by Harliqueen » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:16 am

Ah, I love Claret's sprite! I agree with Zelan, her pose and expression really give off a great impression of her character rather than just a static pose. (I also love her outfit!).

I'm really excited for this project. I love mysteries, and even more so in remote settings like small towns. Good luck with it! I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on progress :)

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#7 Post by buxton1990 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:36 am

really love the MC sprite and the story sounds really intriguing. Good luck :)

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Re: Phantasm [GxB Mystery|Supernatural|Romance] NaNo 17

#8 Post by Agashi » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:23 pm

Any thoughts on the story and characters so far? Let me know
Veeeery interesting... I'm looking forward to this! It sounds like the town and the mystery will have a lot of lore surrounding it, which is always a huge plus in my book. Also, big props to you for taking on such an ambitious-sounding project solo! As far as the characters go, you had me at "pale in complexion and lacking in wits..." :lol: I just adore quirky or troubled love interests that come with issues... The more angst, mystery, and baggage, the better! This probably says unfortunate things about me, personally. But regardless, count me as the first member of Team Jay!

I hope that if *knocks on wood* you happen to miss the deadline, you might pick this up and run with it at a later time. The story - and characters, especially! - sound super intriguing! Good luck to you! :mrgreen:
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#9 Post by nickynoton » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:32 pm

Updated with sprites of Jay, Roan, Flint and Shadow.
(This is just the base colouring that's done I'll finished them all up later.)

@Zelan:
Thanks! I'm happy she turned out well. :D

@Harliqueen:
I'm glad you like her! I tried to make her unique and memorable but planning out poses is challenge though :lol:. At least it's fun.
Hope you'll enjoy it when it's done!

@buxton1990:
Thank you very much! :D

@Agashi: Thanks lol, I can't ever seem to create short stories. They always grow bigger the more I get into it. I'm at the rate I'm going at I might aiming for a demo. Either way I'm definitely finishing this story :lol: I'm tenacious by nature.
Glad someone likes Jay, I was kinda worried people wouldn't like him. Yay for Team Jay :D
But yeah there's much more to all the characters than meets the eye. :lol: Angst is my thing too, so there'll plenty of baggage here to to be unpacked.

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#10 Post by Zelan » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:48 pm

Oooh, I really like Shadow. The vibe I'm getting from it is like...a mixture of Tim Burton and the shadows from Princess and the Frog. Good combo! ^_^

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#11 Post by nickynoton » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:12 am

Sprites are all done! :D
The GUI is also almost done too, so that'll be up soon.
I'll be working on the backgrounds next and some item CGs too.
I'm implementing a journal with character profiles, places, items, town history, and so on.
There might be a system with clues and suspects as well (which are randomly determined in each play through), where Claret has to decide who the culprit is, but I'll see if that's possible after I flesh the story out.

@Zelan:
Thank You! Tim Burton was a bit of an inspiration going into it. His style is really great. :D

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#12 Post by IvoryOwl » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:11 pm

Will we be able to pursue any kind of relationship with the Shadow?

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#13 Post by nickynoton » Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:16 pm

@IvoryOwl:
If I say literally anything about The Shadow it'll be spoilery... :lol:
So, you'll have to find out for yourself what you can and cannot do with The Shadow. :wink:

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#14 Post by nickynoton » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:51 pm

Finished the GUI and all the backgrounds for the demo.

Just have to focus on finishing up the script this following week and tweak some character expressions.
Holding thumbs that I'll make the due date on time.

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#15 Post by nickynoton » Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:33 pm

Yay! I made it this time! :)

I've finished the demo and uploaded it to itch.io.

Here's the link if you want to check it out:

https://nickynoton.itch.io/phantasm

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