A Circus Ballad [NaNo18][Slice of Life][Fantasy]

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A Circus Ballad [NaNo18][Slice of Life][Fantasy]

#1 Post by whiteteablacktea » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:49 pm

~ Hello child, come see a sight. For the circus is here! Have a seat and you shall take flight. We will all laugh and cheer~
~Stand on stage, won't you dear? And do so take a bow. For among friends there is no fear. This we all do vow~

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A Visual Novel from White Tea Black Tea


Take on the role of Morgen, a harpy from Germany that can't fly. Ridiculed for her awkwardness, she feels like an outcast both at home and with friends. That is until the Carnival comes to town, bringing with it a colourful cast of characters: Honey, the bee from the South whose as sweet as honey, Rose, the dryad from the East whose all thorns, and Blue, a mystery from next door whose just blue! With their help, and yours, Morgen might just find a place to belong after all.

Tea Processors

SimonAdventure (Character Art)
Kimiyoto (Chibi Art)
ito (Logo Design)
Squishyyy (Music)
speck (GUI Programming)
Holly (Writing, Programming, Managing)
and maybe you!

We may have strained at the starting line, but we won't let you leaf us behind! With help from the beau-tea-ful community of lemmasoft, we at White Tea Black Tea are working hard to brew a story-complete game this NaNoRenO. It will be the first of many games released by us so give it a chai. If you would like to help with this batch, just sip on by!

Meet the Blends

Morgen
Grown in: Germany
Shaped by: She/Her
Dried with: Feathers
Aged: 19 years
Facts: A social outcast that just wants to fly.
Honey
Grown in: South Africa
Shaped by: She/Her
Dried with: Bees
Aged: 26 years
Facts: A sweet bee that tends to be overbearing.
Rose
Grown in: India
Shaped by: She/Her
Dried with: Roses
Aged: 21 years
Facts: A prickly flower that fled her home.
Blue
Grown in: ???
Shaped by: They/Them
Dried with: ???
Aged: ???
Facts: They're Blue!

A Watched Pot Never Boils

The Tea is still steeping! It's about 20% there!
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Re: A Circus Ballad [NaNo18][Slice of Life][Fantasy]

#2 Post by Zelan » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:20 pm

Oh my gosh, those tea puns are on point. I... don't know if I should be impressed or angry.

This sounds like a cute story, and I like Cedes's art. I look forward to seeing more of this. c:

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#3 Post by DarkChibiShadow » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:02 pm

Very excited to see how this turns out! Good luck!
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#4 Post by whiteteablacktea » Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:26 am

Zelan wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:20 pm
Oh my gosh, those tea puns are on point. I... don't know if I should be impressed or angry.

This sounds like a cute story, and I like Cedes's art. I look forward to seeing more of this. c:
You should be tea-rrific! But yes, thanks so much for the complement. Holly worked very hard on the puns.

DarkChibiShadow wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:02 pm
Very excited to see how this turns out! Good luck!
Thank you :D

Also, just an update from Holly! We've got most of our music picked out (tea be to Kevin MacLeod) and the basic programming of the batches done! It's a fairly simple taste so don't expect anything rich but we're putting our all into what is there~

Don't want to listen to Kevin MacLeod? Tired of the infamous incompetech music? Give us a shout and a sample of your musical brews! We'd love to have more tea cups on the table.
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Re: A Circus Ballad [NaNo18][Slice of Life][Fantasy]

#5 Post by whiteteablacktea » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:45 am

Some updates!

We've switched artists from Cedes to Simon. This was done with the best of the game in mind, so apologies to those excited to see Cedes art in our game. We hope you're excited to see Simon's work though!

Holly has been busy hacking away at the GUI and we hope to have something to show you all soon. The writing is about 1/5 of the way done, so a little behind but that will change come tomorrow when Holly goes into overdrive on it. The arts just beginning but come the 15th we'll have some goodies for all of you.

As always we'd love to have volunteers help make this game special. Things like background art, music, or voice acting is at the core of what we need at the moment. Have questions? Just PM us (White Tea Black Tea) and we'll do our best to answer.

Also Holly apologizes for the lack of tea puns in this post. She is tired...
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#6 Post by whiteteablacktea » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:26 pm

We're still bubbling along, with lots of new flavours coming to a boil. Holly will be pinning up some works-in-progress tea-night so look forward to them!

She'll also be hosting a steam tonight at 8:00 PM over on Picarto. Come check it out for writing and programming (please note the images you will see in the stream are place holders and do not represent the final work).
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#7 Post by whiteteablacktea » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:00 pm

And we're live! This will be Holly's first time using Picarto so please be gentle with her.

And we're all done! Thanks to everyone who dropped by. We'll be posting some hot takes from what we've been working on soon, so look forward to it!
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#8 Post by whiteteablacktea » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:04 am

Here is some concept art that Simon has done for our glorious blends! They are also flavored with their introductory ballad so make sure to take a sip.

Morgen - The Bird that Cannot Fly
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The forest is cold on the night,
the night you chose to flee.
With only the moon's guiding light
helping you to see.

But oh how this night held the key,
the truth of your heart.
Wipe the dirt off of your knee
for it is time to depart.

Rose - A Dancer Made of Thorns
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For before you dressed in whites,
a lady of the orient.
And you eyes and ears did take flight,
beating before this sunset.

And oh with each step, such intent!
The sight makes you jealous.
She smiles as she dances the event.
Leaving you breathless.


Blue - Some Clown that May Be Important
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Before you in beautiful blue,
is a mystery.
Dressed in silks that make you coo,
never seen in history.

Your manners, your delivery.
Say good day you fool.
Ah, what a poor injury,
to fall silent in the cool.


Honey - Every Bee is Different
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Out of breath you glance up to see
a woman dressed in gold.
With green twirls of ivory
she holds herself all bold.

You are shivering in the cold,
next to this woman’s might.
How pathetic you withhold,
bathed in her everlasting light.
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#9 Post by whiteteablacktea » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:02 am

And we've got some more aromatic previews. The characters are nearing the end of design and it's been a wild ride.
Morgen
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Rose
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Blue
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Honey
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Re: A Circus Ballad [NaNo18][Slice of Life][Fantasy]

#10 Post by whiteteablacktea » Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:23 am

Ito has also finished our logo!

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We're pretty happy with it so we hope you are too!
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