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Scattered Lives

#1 Post by erinism » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:33 am

UPDATED; 20/5/2013

OKAY.

The post is down; you all know what's coming...

I haven't been active in the forums lately and the main reason that I would give is; mourning. Mourning the loss of this project.

Let me explain, I never gave up on this project and have been slowly chipping away at it since I started, but, recently I backed up my Laptop to give it away and buy a new one, and saved my entire hard drive on an external, including the ONE working copy of this game and almost all of it's resources... You can guess the rest, I bet... I've been to a computer shop and they can't get anything back (I really fried this hard drive...) which forced me to make a tough decision.

Should I start again?

I still have all of my notebooks and the ability to get the character sprites and artwork back, BUT, the problem is; I don't think that's what I want to do.

I don't want to talk about fate or anything because I don't really believe in all of that but for a while before I lost everything, working on this project had begun to become a grind - my purpose in all of this was to have fun and when it stops being fun and becomes work; the project suffers. It loses a little of it's heart.

More importantly though; I had begun to lose confidence in the work. I couldn't think of anything that would make my game 'special' compared to the crazy talent you can find here; I've had a few ideas bouncing around in my head and I fully intend to use this opportunity(?) to kick it up a notch and explore these concepts in a new project.

SO; I think that restarting this project now is the worst thing I can do; maybe one day this project will see the light of day and I sincerely hope that happens. I'm sure you all know the feeling of becoming attached to the characters you write and I hope one day to share the stories of these girls with you.

But for now, thank you all for your time, support and feedback and I'll be back on the boards soon with something new.

"What will be lost, will be lost regardless.
I may as well be heartless,
and speed up the inevitable outcome."


Those words just became so ironic, it's almost worth the loss of this project...

Almost.

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Re: Scattered Lives

#2 Post by chocojax » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:00 pm

Good luck working and finishing it by yourself!

(And why hide their personalities? :c)

The style reminds me of that one Touhou fighting game. :v Very cute. Judging just by their looks, I like the black-haired girl and the blonde one.

I kinda don't like the paper texture you put on the menu backgrounds, but they do look really cool with the watercolor/writing on it.

Wondering, are you going to edit the GUI more, or keep it this way?

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#3 Post by erinism » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:51 pm

chocojax wrote:Good luck working and finishing it by yourself!

(And why hide their personalities? :c)

The style reminds me of that one Touhou fighting game. :v Very cute. Judging just by their looks, I like the black-haired girl and the blonde one.

I kinda don't like the paper texture you put on the menu backgrounds, but they do look really cool with the watercolor/writing on it.

Wondering, are you going to edit the GUI more, or keep it this way?
Umm, because I think discovering their personalities is half the fun!

This is a very, very, very early image so I wouldn't be surprised if I edited the GUI more down the track... When I get more comfortable with the look I want.

I wonder, is it because the paper looks weird with the digital menus...? Because I had a feeling that the styles might not 'mesh', I guess...

Thank you for the feed back!

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#4 Post by chocojax » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:59 pm

I wonder, is it because the paper looks weird with the digital menus...? Because I had a feeling that the styles might not 'mesh', I guess...
Umm, I don't really think it's that. I think it's because the texture is a little bit too dark. x: Maybe you should turn the opacity down?

You're welcome. c:

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#5 Post by redeyesblackpanda » Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:03 pm

Gah! It's wonderful to see that someone's working on something like this. The girls are incredibly cute. That... that ribbon...
I'll be excited to see the results of this :mrgreen:
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#6 Post by DeeKay » Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:10 pm

redeyesblackpanda wrote:Gah! It's wonderful to see that someone's working on something like this. The girls are incredibly cute. That... that ribbon...
I'll be excited to see the results of this :mrgreen:
You can say that again.
Those green eyes... they're acting like a key to my heart, that's plain criminal ! ^^'
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#7 Post by erinism » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:09 pm

chocojax wrote:
I wonder, is it because the paper looks weird with the digital menus...? Because I had a feeling that the styles might not 'mesh', I guess...
Umm, I don't really think it's that. I think it's because the texture is a little bit too dark. x: Maybe you should turn the opacity down?

You're welcome. c:
I will do that; Thank you again for the feed-back!

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#8 Post by erinism » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:10 pm

DeeKay wrote:
redeyesblackpanda wrote:Gah! It's wonderful to see that someone's working on something like this. The girls are incredibly cute. That... that ribbon...
I'll be excited to see the results of this :mrgreen:
You can say that again.
Those green eyes... they're acting like a key to my heart, that's plain criminal ! ^^'
Ack, I'm starting to be random so I'll stop here xD
Haa haa, I think I'm beginning to notice a pattern emerging.

Thank you both for the feed back! <3

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#9 Post by TruffleProductions » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:18 pm

Very nice, I like how your background and how the girls turned out.

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#10 Post by gekiganwing » Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:49 pm

erinism wrote:...it's about a class of girls who aren't very happy for various reasons and the player gets plonked in the middle of it all.
Maybe it's too early to talk about your characters, their relationships, and their conflicts. But in the near future, I'd like to know who these people are, and what might happen to them. I'm curious if this story is about love, friendship, friendship, plot, or something else.

Also, you didn't tell us about your main character. Are you willing to tell us about the person's sex and sexuality? Is the individual the same age as the girls, younger, or older?

On your blog, you wrote, "...that's what being a high schooler was about, you knew that things wouldn't stay the same whether you wanted change or not. And if you did want to move forward you didn't know what was waiting for you. It was the first time in your life when you realized that every thing was fleeting; feelings, thoughts and friends." Makes sense. Though if you ask me, I thought that time started passing more quickly after a year or two of college.

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#11 Post by erinism » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:25 am

gekiganwing wrote:
erinism wrote:...it's about a class of girls who aren't very happy for various reasons and the player gets plonked in the middle of it all.
Maybe it's too early to talk about your characters, their relationships, and their conflicts. But in the near future, I'd like to know who these people are, and what might happen to them. I'm curious if this story is about love, friendship, friendship, plot, or something else.

Also, you didn't tell us about your main character. Are you willing to tell us about the person's sex and sexuality? Is the individual the same age as the girls, younger, or older?

On your blog, you wrote, "...that's what being a high schooler was about, you knew that things wouldn't stay the same whether you wanted change or not. And if you did want to move forward you didn't know what was waiting for you. It was the first time in your life when you realized that every thing was fleeting; feelings, thoughts and friends." Makes sense. Though if you ask me, I thought that time started passing more quickly after a year or two of college.
Firstly, thank you for checking out my blog.

I get what you're saying about High School/College. But by the time you start to graduate college you are a little more mature and able to deal with the world and what it will expect of you. Chances are that you'd worked and lived alone (or away from care givers) by that stage and where a little more independent... Most people when they graduate are just children still in their own minds.

I've received a lot of similar feedback and I think I'm going to have to update the post and talk about the setting and the plot. This is my first vn announcement post and I guess in my mind I figured that nobody would want to read a big honking chunk of text and that less was more. I'm happy to have found out I was wrong.

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#12 Post by Desu_Cake » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:10 pm

You know, the character generator has got an option to save transparent pngs. That said, the girls do look cute. My guess as to personalities would be (from left to right) Childish, Emotionless, Smart+Crafty, Tomboy, Shy, Sly? I like the second from the left and second from the right especially.

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#13 Post by erinism » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Desu_Cake wrote:You know, the character generator has got an option to save transparent pngs. That said, the girls do look cute. My guess as to personalities would be (from left to right) Childish, Emotionless, Smart+Crafty, Tomboy, Shy, Sly? I like the second from the left and second from the right especially.
Haa haa, You got it absolutely right. A little genre savvy goes a long way.
Thanks for the character generator tip; will have to work that out.
Yeah, I have a feeling that those two will be the favourites... I have written bios now so you can read about them and see their names at last.
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#14 Post by MioSegami » Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:49 pm

Ah sounds fun! Can't wait for the release :D
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#15 Post by chocojax » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:29 am

Hey, just got led back here by your signature, loool. Glad to see that you're still working on this. :>

The 3D chara. gen looks very nice and appealing to the eyes.
Something I would suggest though, if you haven't thought of it yet, is having animated sprites. I generally expect a 3D model to move, and seeing one that's a static image is a little bit strange. Something like Phoenix Wright would be very cool. Just a suggestion, though!! :P

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