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My goal is to create an engaging visual novel that respectfully and openly depicts drug users and facilitates discussion about addiction, harm reduction, stereotypes, and the stigmas and barriers that individuals with substance use disorders face. The final project will deal with explicit depictions of potentially upsetting subject matter including drug use/addiction, mental illness, overdose, suicide, and self-injury.
Currently, I'm in the very early stages of planning and development. The developers I need most right now are as follows:
Artists. At the moment, we have no official art and no established art style to match. I'd like to try something other than the typical anime-esque art style for this visual novel, but other than that, I'm open to considering just about any cartoon or realistic art style. Right now, I'd mainly just need you to draw up some concept art of the main cast and possibly help with designing and drawing up a few side characters. If you're interested and you have any examples of your art style, I'd love to see them.
Writers. Right now, I have a basic idea of where the story will go and what some of the routes might look like. While I certainly wouldn't mind plotting and writing the entire story on my own, I would also be more than happy to have a few additional writers on board to help flesh out the main cast, expand upon the plot, and/or write parts of the script. I'd be especially interested in working with other writers who have experience with drug addiction, mental illness, and/or harm reduction, but this is certainly open to anyone who's interested.
Note that this is a freeware, non-profit project. All devs are unpaid, we won't be hosting any sort of Patreon or Kickstarter fundraisers, and in the even that we decide to release the finished game as a "pay what you want" title, all proceeds will go to a harm reduction charity.
If you'd like to join the Hamaru Shoujo team, you can contact me here or via Discord @ GoAskAlex#5861. Thank you for your interest!
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