Since When Did I Have a Combat Butler?! [Comedy][Action][GxB][NaNoRenO2020+][COMPLETED]

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Since When Did I Have a Combat Butler?! [Comedy][Action][GxB][NaNoRenO2020+][COMPLETED]

#1 Post by Kokoro Hane » Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:21 pm

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SYNOPSIS

Annelise is a seemingly normal high school student with the convenient oddity of her parents never being home. In fact, it's been an entire year since she last saw them in person. But after receiving a mysterious locket that her friend Sora found, things start to take a bizarre turn when a shota-looking butler pledging his unwavering loyalty appears on Annelise's doorstep!

Oh, and evidently (according to him anyway) she's not really called Annelise, but Lady Valance.... from another world. Yup....

MAIN CAST

Annelise [CV: Trina Deuhart]
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Our heroine! Sassy, curious, pouty.

Noah [CV: Shakyra Dunn]
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Annelise's loyal butler who will swiftly take down all enemies that try to harm her--and still have time to serve tea & cookies!

Sora [CV: Dexter Hackley]
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Annelise's best friend. He knows Annelise likes interesting stuff, so he gave her a locket he found to preoccupy her time.

Jason [CV: Will Engel]
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Another friend of Annelise. He gets bored easy, and can often slack off. But he's really fun to hang out with!

Emily [CV: Paige Martin]
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An upperclassman that has been talking to Annelise lately. She is kind and sweet.

OTHER CHARACTERS

Mrs. Sato [CV: Kat A Peterson]
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The caring teacher. Also Sora's mother.

Villains [CVs: Nick Chang, Samuel Parish, Elizabeth Novotny, Xuan Vinh Huynh]
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Various villains appear to try and kill Lady Valance. Each one only appears briefly in a swift-ending battle. But it's an intense, swift ending battle.

??? [CV: Patrick Mealey]
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Mysterious voice, who is he?

ART CREDITS FOR PRE-MADE SPRITES BEING USED
Kainico, Ran, and Crescent Moon Arpeggio

GOALS & PROGRESS

FINAL WORDCOUNT: 16,005 words
TARGET WORDCOUNT: 10k words
OVERDRIVE: Do not exceed 12k (but I did...)

Outline - DONE!
Writing - DONE!
Voice Acting - DONE!
Event CGs - DONE!
Cover Art - DONE!
Chibi Art - DONE!
Pre-Made Assets - COLLECTED
Image Placement - DONE!
Music Placement - DONE!
Voice Application - DONE!
OPENING THEME TRANSLATION - DONE!
OP&ED SEQUENCE - DONE!

THE TEAM
Writer/Script: Kokoro Hane
GUI: Sayumi101
VAs: (look at individual characters)
CG Artist: LiamWinterdale
Chibi Artist: EmbraceofDestiny
OP Theme Translation: komehara

DEV NOTES 03/03/2020
So I'm making a thing. This thing. I've learnt a lot from jamming over the years, trial and error, success and failure, what I did wrong and what I did right. And alas, I finally know what I am doing now lol. Therefore, I am super EXCITED for this project. I actually have a set word limit. And I outlined the project from start to finish, something I've never really done for my visual novel projects.

Everything has been going according to schedule, as the first week is dedicated to writing! That way, VAs can receive their scripts no later than March 8th! To make the project fun and low stress, the backup plan is if voicework or CGs/chibi are late for any reason ('cause life happens), it can always be added into the game in an updated version 2. So the game will still get released with just sprites, writing, and music if all else fails, so no one needs to feel rushed or pressured~

I am having a blast writing this story. It's just so much fun, and due to its more comedic nature, I am able to just let loose and not worry so much. Rather than being a source of stress, it's been quite the motivator and stress reliever. It's good to have plan! Don't let the "large" cast fool you.... the villains all have short parts lol.

Jams are meant to be fun, and we're all gonna have fun this year! Let's kick off the first NaNoRenO of the decade right!! ^o^

Oh. how did I conceive this idea?
Well, browsing one of my favorite pre-made asset websites, I came across shota boy wielding katana. And the concept was born from that one picture. Since I've mainly been focused on writing comedic JRPG-style games, well.... naturally...it was gonna cross over into my VNs.
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PROJECTS:
Since When Did I Have a Combat Butler?![COMPLETE][NaNoRenO2020+]
Hot Scientific Clock [COMPLETE][BxG]
Journey of The Scroll [COMPLETE][RPG][v.2]
Crystal Captor: Memory Chronicle Finale [COMPLETE][RPG][#1 in So Bad It's Good jam '17]
The Only One Girl [WiP][Up.5/20/2017][1stQ ver. released]

But dear God, You're the only North Star I would follow this far
Owl City "Galaxies"

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#2 Post by LiamWinterdale » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:02 am

Oooh~ so that's how the idea was conceived! Nice! xDD And oooh that mystery character >v>)b

Anyways~ hey, there! I'm Liam Winterdale, the CG artist for the project (yes, I didn't add a space in my username and I regretted it ever since *sighs*). It's an honor to see my name in here. I'll try to post non-spoilery progress of my part here from time to time, so if you're interested~ look forward to that ^w^)

The project's been so much fun and though Kokoro said no rush, haha, it's my own personal goal to finish my part before the deadline. Wish us luck ^v^)b

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#3 Post by Kokoro Hane » Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:35 pm

Day 4 of NaNoRenO!

The fabulous Liam Winterdale has been busy drafting and sketching CGs, and has shared a couple with me today! (I have permission to share these). Yes, those backgrounds are from Uncle Mugen's spectacular BG dump lol.

BEHOLD-----

The 1st event CG, when Sora gives Annelise the locket that he found and thought since she liked stuff like that, he'd give it to her~
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This event CG happens further in the game. Annelise got scared, and ran down the street, by chance running into Jason!
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Since When Did I Have a Combat Butler?![COMPLETE][NaNoRenO2020+]
Hot Scientific Clock [COMPLETE][BxG]
Journey of The Scroll [COMPLETE][RPG][v.2]
Crystal Captor: Memory Chronicle Finale [COMPLETE][RPG][#1 in So Bad It's Good jam '17]
The Only One Girl [WiP][Up.5/20/2017][1stQ ver. released]

But dear God, You're the only North Star I would follow this far
Owl City "Galaxies"

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#4 Post by LiamWinterdale » Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:33 pm

I am fabulous~ *^*)/
Thanks for sharing these, Kokoro! ^w^)
Feel free to give constructive criticism, everyone! Fixes won't officially stop until I get to the lineart phase. I'm already seeing some things I wanna fix before then xD

Gonna continue work on sketching CG 3 soon~
Sadly, CG 3, 4, 5, and 6 are spoilerly, so we won't be able to share until the finished game! Look forward to the disclosable stuff tho~ more to come! ^w^)b

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#5 Post by Kokoro Hane » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:21 pm

Day 5 update.

Liam sent me 2 more fabulous sketches, but they're a secret since it's spoilery ones! But let me tell you, they are lookin' good. So excited for the final product! I am sure you all will love it too.

Aaaand EmbraceofDestiny sent me not 1, not 2, but 3 chibi sketches! (EDIT: Make that 4, which is all of them) They are adorable! Looking forward to the finished product. Man, our artists are ON FIRE! I love it ^^

Writing started off a little slow today... I was kind of feeling a bit of writer's block yesterday, so I only fixed up some things with the script and added a few more sentences (I also caught a time error, so good thing I noticed that sooner rather than later). I am currently writing, got my fire back, and am really excited how it is progressing! Looking forward to e-mailing my VAs the script on the 8th!
PROJECTS:
Since When Did I Have a Combat Butler?![COMPLETE][NaNoRenO2020+]
Hot Scientific Clock [COMPLETE][BxG]
Journey of The Scroll [COMPLETE][RPG][v.2]
Crystal Captor: Memory Chronicle Finale [COMPLETE][RPG][#1 in So Bad It's Good jam '17]
The Only One Girl [WiP][Up.5/20/2017][1stQ ver. released]

But dear God, You're the only North Star I would follow this far
Owl City "Galaxies"

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#6 Post by Kokoro Hane » Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:05 am

Day 7.

I am hoping to wrap up writing tonight. I have over 7k words right now, so I have about 3k to go. Not bad. It's doable. Tomorrow, no later than the afternoon, I'll be sending out scripts to the VAs!

Liam is beginning the coloring stage for 4 of the event CGs that have been sketched.

EmbraceofDestiny has finished Emily's chibi.
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Since When Did I Have a Combat Butler?![COMPLETE][NaNoRenO2020+]
Hot Scientific Clock [COMPLETE][BxG]
Journey of The Scroll [COMPLETE][RPG][v.2]
Crystal Captor: Memory Chronicle Finale [COMPLETE][RPG][#1 in So Bad It's Good jam '17]
The Only One Girl [WiP][Up.5/20/2017][1stQ ver. released]

But dear God, You're the only North Star I would follow this far
Owl City "Galaxies"

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#7 Post by EmbraceofDestiny » Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:45 pm

Hi! I’m EmbraceOfDestiny here to post some WIPs!

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And a finished piece!
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#8 Post by LiamWinterdale » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:30 pm

The chibis are all so cute~
^w^)b

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#9 Post by Heiden » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:19 pm

Love those chibis!! And love seeing the CG wips.

This looks like it's going to be a great funny game. Looking forward to it!
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#10 Post by LiamWinterdale » Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:47 am

Heiden wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:19 pm
Love those chibis!! And love seeing the CG wips.

This looks like it's going to be a great funny game. Looking forward to it!
Thank you~
We're glad you're looking forward to it ^w^)

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#11 Post by Kokoro Hane » Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:36 pm

DAY 10.

Yesterday, I sent out the bulk of the script to my VAs. I'm a tiiiny bit off schedule with writing, as I still need to write the endings, BUT! That's all that's left. So for the next couple of days, I'll be focusing on that. Target wordcount has been reached, but now we're entering overdrive. I thought this could happen, so I set a target exceed limit, which will be 12k. So after I write the endings, it'll probably fall around 11K+ ish.

I am confident I'll get it done and we'll be back on schedule. Speaking of being on schedule, everything else is moving quite smoothly!

Jason's VA sent me his lines straight away yesterday for the main script, and let me tell ya... YOU GUYS ARE IN FOR A TREAT! He really brings this character to life, more so than even I envisioned when writing him. I am looking forward to more lines from our stellar cast!

I already received 2 more colored chibi since EmbraceOfDestiny posted (they are fabulous).

Liam is almost done with the priority batch! This batch is the first 4 event CGs, and 3 of them have been fully colored! Of course, due to spoilers, I can only share two of them but the coloring is absolutely FABULOUS! The use of lighting and effect, and how the backgrounds get blended in. Fabulous.
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And that's all for today!!
Heiden wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:19 pm
Love those chibis!! And love seeing the CG wips.

This looks like it's going to be a great funny game. Looking forward to it!
I am pleased you are looking forward to our project ^^
We're doing our best to make it awesome!!
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Since When Did I Have a Combat Butler?![COMPLETE][NaNoRenO2020+]
Hot Scientific Clock [COMPLETE][BxG]
Journey of The Scroll [COMPLETE][RPG][v.2]
Crystal Captor: Memory Chronicle Finale [COMPLETE][RPG][#1 in So Bad It's Good jam '17]
The Only One Girl [WiP][Up.5/20/2017][1stQ ver. released]

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#12 Post by EmbraceofDestiny » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:05 pm

And 2 more finished pieces!

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#13 Post by LiamWinterdale » Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:00 pm

EmbraceofDestiny wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:05 pm
And 2 more finished pieces!
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They turn out amazing~ *^*)/ ❤️❤️

And now it’s finally my turn to share something, haha~ thank you for always sharing the CGs on my behalf, Kokoro! uwu) ❤️
Anyways~ I made a timelapse video of CG 1 and 2! Check it out if you’re interested~ Enjoy! ^w^)/ ❤️
Also, guess what? Jason is quite popular with my Instagram followers! I had to break their hearts by stating he’s not dateable x’DD


Now that I’m done with that~ I’mma get some sleep, so I can resume CG work tomorrow.
Only one CG left in the priority batch, woo~! Wish me luck ^v^)/

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#14 Post by EmbraceofDestiny » Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:16 pm

LiamWinterdale wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:00 pm
EmbraceofDestiny wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:05 pm
And 2 more finished pieces!
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168C9E85-6E09-4DD9-9731-15D50ABD7D32.png
They turn out amazing~ *^*)/ ❤️❤️

And now it’s finally my turn to share something, haha~ thank you for always sharing the CGs on my behalf, Kokoro! uwu) ❤️
Anyways~ I made a timelapse video of CG 1 and 2! Check it out if you’re interested~ Enjoy! ^w^)/ ❤️
Also, guess what? Jason is quite popular with my Instagram followers! I had to break their hearts by stating he’s not dateable x’DD


Now that I’m done with that~ I’mma get some sleep, so I can resume CG work tomorrow.
Only one CG left in the priority batch, woo~! Wish me luck ^v^)/

These are so pretty and I always love seeing speedpaints! And I love the lighting!
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#15 Post by LiamWinterdale » Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:49 am

EmbraceofDestiny wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:16 pm
These are so pretty and I always love seeing speedpaints! And I love the lighting!
Thank you, Embrace!
Glad you enjoyed it~ ^w^)/ ❤

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