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Era of Monsters [GxB][Fantasy, Romance, Comedy][Demo]

#1 Post by Merula O » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:26 pm

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Now we have the demo, feel free to try it! You can get it here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?lslkdnlp52e3w1z
Size - 148 mb
Resolution – 1280x720
P.S. Text box will disappear if you press space bar.

“Era of Monsters” is a simple visual novel. So no mini-games, no stat-raising - just choose the way you want the story to develop, making decisions sometimes.
The story happens in a world where humans, magicians (witches (dark mages) and light mages), demons, dragons and monsters live together. They manage to get along with each other… for the most part, that is.

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:idea: A strong-willed female protagonist
:idea: The chance to romance eight male magical creatures
:idea: Original art & CGs
:idea: Eight paths: one per boy, and one alone path (not sad)
:idea: ...and the paths are long and have independent story-lines.
:idea: The full game will have two versions: one will include sexual content, and other one won`t.

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An evil witch cursed a baby princess of a small human kingdom so that the girl would be ugly for her entire life. Fifteen years later, the princess decided to take fate into her own hands and attacked the castle of the witch together with her nanny, who was a light mage herself. Unfortunately, the witch didn’t remember that she had cursed that princess, so she couldn’t help her. Therefore, the nanny decided to take the witch with them to make her help with seeking out a way to remove the curse. She imposed obedience on the witch with a spell so that the girl couldn`t disobey her orders. After that, they decided to go to Triakrid, the flourishing city where only light mages live. There, they find bubbling political cauldrons, interspecies warfare, and plenty of secrets… and maybe even a little romance, as well?

P.S. The protagonist is Neyris, the witch.

Warning! Theme of interspecies conflicts, political fights. I warned you. Not such fluffy stuff, really. But it’s not too dark either.

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The protagonist

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Neyris – a witch who earns her living making dangerous potions for humans. A smart girl who mastered alchemy, but who isn’t very good at spells. Neyris possesses her own castle and uses a clan of ogres as her servants. She never listens to anyone, and considers herself an independent, self-sufficient mistress. So she`s NOT-SO-PLEASED at being forced to obey Annett. She doesn’t really want to help the princess; she just wants to get rid of that spell.
The witch wasn’t interested in men at all until Annett said that it was too strange for a girl their age (more than three-hundred years old) to not be. As a result, Neyris has a fixed idea in her head of making a harem of young handsome guys. So there’s no way in hell that she will just sit around waiting for “the hero”!


Obtainable characters

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Drake – one of the guardsmen of the city, and a soldier. He stopped and questioned Neyris the very first time she went for a walk in the city. Like the other citizens of Tiakrid, he doesn’t trust witches and dark magicians. So Drake has a strong feeling that he has to watch Neyris to prevent the damage she could cause. Despite this, he has a caring and kind personality, and absolutely doesn`t want to hurt the girl.
He tries to seduce a beauty every time he is on guard. He sucks at this horribly.

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Malik – a librarian. He says that he and Neyris were good friends when they were children, but Neyris doesn`t remember him at all. Malik is an extremely timid and quiet boy with no friends. He always wears a hat and too-long bangs so that nobody can see the upper part of his face. He feels more secure this way.

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Theo – a guy who has been living in Neyris`s house while she wasn’t around. He is cold and surly when he first speaks with her. He has a good reason - she made Theo her slave in exchange for letting him stay in the house without paying money. He has no interest in magic, and doesn’t care whether a person is a dark or light magician, a dragon, or a monster. Theo likes human-made inventions – something that is really weird for a magician. In his spare time, he constructs mechanisms in his room.

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Riki – a strange boy who lives in the catacombs under Triakrid. He acts like a funny, outgoing boy. Riki is very curious, but it looks like he doesn’t know how communication with other people works. It seems that he is much smarter than he tries to be seen as.
He`s a mystery!

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Freynir – a young member of the Supreme Council (the union that controls the city). A dragon. Freynir is a serious and self-assured young man who achieved his present position through his own efforts and tricks.
Freynir is arrogant and deeply despises witches. He makes caustic comments about Neyris every time they meet. He can be sly and even cruel. He is a real politician, after all. A good friend of Theo’s.

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Kuon – the adopted son of Neyris`s grandmother. He`s the general of an army that he raised himself. He`s a serious person, focused on the idea of creating the first kingdom for dark magicians. Kuon doesn’t even want to know about romance and love, because in his opinion it is just a waste of time. He cares for Neyris as if she were his real sister.

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Till – a demon, a familiar of Neyris and her closest subordinate. Although he can shape-shift, Till prefers to be in demon or crow forms. He has a sarcastic, spiteful temper so Neyris is constantly being mocked by her own slave. The mistress never shows it, but she has a soft spot for Till.

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??? – Nobody knows…

Minor Characters:
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Annett – a strong light magician; the princess`s nanny. She is a nice and caring young lady, but not just a “fairy godmother” character. Sometimes Annett acts lazy and egoistic. She has fun teasing Neyris. Annett doesn`t care what people think about her; this girl never regrets anything she does.

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Princess Wilhelmine – a sensitive, well-mannered girl who`s mastering martial arts. The princess knows well that she is not as pretty as she could be, and desperately wishes to remove the curse. She wears her armor almost all the time. She is convinced that no man could ever take an interest in her sincerely. Still, Wilhelmine is a real princess who demands subordination as if it was her due.


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Story: 80% (translated – 20%)
Scripting: 20%
Sprites: 75%
CGs: 15%
Backgrounds: 60%

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Story, art, programmer – Merula O
Editor, Proofreader – Aromandaris
Co-writer, Editor - nancie
Music - SENTIVE.NET, Purple Planet Music, H/MIX Gallery, MusicMaterial

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It will be very nice to get some feedback :)
So feel free to ask questions or make suggestions about thing that can be developed in full version.
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#2 Post by Anomandaris » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:42 pm

This definitely looks like something I would want to play. The art is absolutely amazing. I like the protagonist's design the best! I love seeing strong-willed female protagonists in games. It's definitely all right if she's a bit of a jerk. One thing I would prefer in this case would be dialogue options for instances where she has the option to say something *really* nasty. That way you can play the character as light or as heavy on the nastiness as you like without feeling like you're being pushed into saying anything that sounds awful.

However, I've played a lot of games where the protagonists often do incredibly stupid things with no player input at all, so even if she has jerk-ish autodialogue, I don't really mind. I'm especially excited by the mention of politics and the manner in which you've planned out the societal and magical systems!

Character design is more than OK. Again, I really love the art, especially the detailing on the outfits. It might be just me, but for some reason Drake doesn't look quite as detailed as the other sprites...is it because his uniform is supposed to be a "standard guard" sort of thing?

The character descriptions made me smile. I'd like to hear more about how Theo managed to convince Neyris to let him stay in her house; what exactly is he a "slave in charge" of? Does he help her with spells, since she's not that great at them?

The general plot sounds very interesting. I'd like to see how Neyris tries to get around the princess' restrictions (I'm sure she won't take that lying down!).

Your English isn't horrible at all, but you'll definitely need a proofreader to fix the grammatical and spelling errors. I'd probably be able to help with proofreading if you want. I'm really interested in seeing how the story develops!

Finally, I've never actually played an R-18 game, but I personally prefer innuendo and 16-ish levels of romance to explicit content. This is just my personal opinion, though.

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#3 Post by ShippoK » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:23 pm

Merula O wrote: Is a dominant witch acceptable as a protagonist for you? Just want to see opinions and maybe advices what I have to be careful with. Nobody loves a complete bitch, I know…
YES! I have a big dislike of GxB games because the protagonist is always a useless, uninteresting, cutesy, clumsy girl! Same goes for the men as well, only they have hearts of black and no emotion to wink about. Luckily, both sides seem good for now when reading the descriptions.

Playing a Dominant girl character would be the greatest idea you can do, b*tch or not.
Merula O wrote: Is characters design OK?
Really nice, I don't usually judge novels by their artwork either.
Merula O wrote: :?: Urm… initially I wanted to make a decent 18+ game. But the adult part of the forum is so much unpopular… and dead. What do you think? Is porny part distract you from a story? I`m focusing on the plot, the characters and romance now. I`m OK anyway either some staff like this will be in game or not.
Don't worry about the adult forums being to unpopular, rate the story whatever rating you fit best with. If you're still unsure, you can make a version with and without porn.

If the porn doesn't make the story flow, I go against putting it in. Unless you want to make this a erotic based novel with 'insert sexy kink' here. (Some of the character designs for the boys are just asking for porn anyway, especially with Malik and Riki, their really asking for it.)
Merula O wrote: Are you interested in playing then the game will be completed?
Depends... It looks good so far, I might pick up the demo if one ever comes out.

Good luck on the novel~
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#4 Post by wonderland » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:36 pm

Are you interested in playing then the game will be completed?
Yes definitely! This looks so amazing! I love the idea and the character art is SO cute! (:
Is a dominant witch acceptable as a protagonist for you? Just want to see opinions and maybe advices what I have to be careful with. Nobody loves a complete bitch, I know…
No I love it! Everyone hate the absolute perfect girly girl because who can relate to that?

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s characters design OK?
Perfect! I love the art, it's so cute!
Urm… initially I wanted to make a decent 18+ game. But the adult part of the forum is so much unpopular… and dead. What do you think? Is porny part distract you from a story?
Hm, I'm not sure. If it's unnecessary and it takes away from the main story I wouldn't recommend it. But it's your game so do what makes you happy!

Also is this game commercial?
"Keep your head up princess, if not the crown falls.."
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#5 Post by Merula O » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:38 pm

Everyone, thank you very much for your answers!

Oh, it looks like everyone think that Ney is a really nasty girl. Well, she is a mistress of her castle and has many subordinates, so she can`t be submissive. But she isn`t too cruel and have her own problems and depths. She can be cute then she feels like that.

Anomandaris,
I`m happy you like it! And yes, guardsmen have lazy outfit lol. I`ll add some detailes later, but it looks now as it was planned. Reason: light mages doesn`t really know how "soldier" have to look like. Soldiers in Triakrid had only decorative functions not so long time ago, so...
Theo hates magic so it`s kind of imposible to make him help this way. Ney just wanted to have a cute boy as a subordinate (she had only ogres and Till who`s a girl). She makes him do some boring stuff and punishes then he starts saying stuff about her (she prefer mental abuse).
I will be happy to have you as a proofreader! I`ll ask you when I`ll translate the text for demo if you don`t mind.

ShippoK
Thank yo-
ShippoK wrote: (Some of the character designs for the boys are just asking for porn anyway, especially with Malik and Riki, their really asking for it.)
..........and I thought Riki and Malik are the most inoccent boys in game. Oh my... is it shorts or what?
Lol, thank you anyway.
I hope to realeze demo soon, I already have all character art I need for this and some backgroung. CGs, edit of text - and it will be complete.

wonderland,
Thank you! Art is the only one thing I`m really proud of.
Commercial or not... you know, I don`t know now. It`s my first project and I`m alone, so I don`t know what to do if I want to sell the game. Hmm... I`ll decide it later. The game still has a lo-ong way to be completed after all.

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#6 Post by ShippoK » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:41 pm

Merula O wrote: ..........and I thought Riki and Malik are the most inoccent boys in game. Oh my... is it shorts or what?
The more innocent it is the more porn they’ll be. :twisted:

It just comes in terms of taste really, I just think they do.

But each one has a certain taste towards them that people would totally see porn of.

Neyris - Beautiful haired witch with a sadist side. Check
Drake - White knight prince who'll always be there for you. Check
Malik - Innocent and shy boy you want to hug. Check
Theo - Slave. TRIPLE-CHECK
Riki- Hyper-happy Mystery man who may be a Vampire/Cat-boy/Dragon (with a girly hair-clip). Check
Fraynir - Cruel Sexy dragon man. Double-Check
Kuon - Well-dressed Army man (Girls love a man in a suit). Check

Even the side characters show it!

Annett - Blonde, big breasted pretty gal? Do I need to say more? Check
Princess Wilhelmine - Sensitive gal with a secret no one must see, totally porn material. TRIPLE-CHECK
Till - Shape-shifting Demon gal with barely any clothes? Quadruple check!

Yep this game just screams +18 material.
(I might be going over the top with all of this though. :lol: )
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#7 Post by Merula O » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:33 pm

ShippoK
Oh my God :shock:
I love the way you seeing things. I think I laughed too much... but it`s so true.
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ShippoK wrote:Till - Shape-shifting Demon gal with barely any clothes? Quadruple check!
Oh yeah, Till... to be honest I love her.
And maybe you forget that Kuon her not-blood-related brother (technicaly uncle, but they are the same age so no ossans). I know people who loves it.
And Theo is tsundere + slave so... I have too much fun writing it.

Maybe I`ll make some porn-scenes, but they 1) will be optional 2) won`t be the main purpose of the game, just as an extra material 3) no kinky sh*t 4) no raep. I wanted to make one just becouse I know a few (one or two, really) adult otome games what are not rapey and simply didn’t disgust me (I personaly like erotica, but not some kinky fetish-fest (and give me something focused on a guy, not on a girl, please~…)).
The story and relationships between the characters are more important for me. I don`t want to ruin everything becouse of porn.
I`ll think about it. At the moment the game is 15+ or something, but not 18+.
ShippoK, thanks again for nice points! I loved it, really.

Edit: I hope our discussion won`t be considered as too adult one. Oh, I`m scared...
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#8 Post by Anomandaris » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:42 pm

I don't think adding erotica will necessarily ruin the story, as long as (like ShippoK said) it doesn't feel randomly tacked on. Making them optional sounds like a good idea.

I'd be happy to help with the demo! Again, this project sounds really interesting. Can't wait to play!

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#9 Post by ShippoK » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:44 am

Oh my God :shock:
I love the way you seeing things. I think I laughed too much... but it`s so true.
No problemo, I'm an expert at this stuff. (I do not know if that's a good thing or bad thing).
Oh yeah, Till... to be honest I love her.
I have to admit, Till looks like she'll be a great character. But I won't judge by a book from it's cover juuuuust yet. :wink:
Maybe I`ll make some porn-scenes, but they 1) will be optional 2) won`t be the main purpose of the game, just as an extra material 3) no kinky sh*t 4) no raep. I wanted to make one just becouse I know a few (one or two, really) adult otome games what are not rapey and simply didn’t disgust me (I personaly like erotica, but not some kinky fetish-fest (and give me something focused on a guy, not on a girl, please~…)).
The story and relationships between the characters are more important for me. I don`t want to ruin everything because of porn.
I`ll think about it. At the moment the game is 15+ or something, but not 18+.
ShippoK, thanks again for nice points! I loved it, really.
It's all up to you if you want the porn scenes or not, so go with whatever you feel more fitting.

In my honest opinion, I say porn can never ruin a good story... But done badly it can be distracting to people that they won't even pay attention to what the actual story was anymore.

(Though, I'm more of a kink's gal then a erotica gal so I'm always a sucker for distracting porn~ Kukukuku~)
Edit: I hope our discussion won`t be considered as too adult one. Oh, I`m scared...
Sorry if I turned this topic a little to R-Rated for the younger kiddies, I try to keep everything PG-13 as possible as I can.
If someone starts to feel uncomfortable about all this talking I'll make sure to shut my little trap of anymore perverted stuff~ 8)

As always, good luck on the project! I'm very glad my silly words of porn wisdom were useful for you~
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#10 Post by Katty16 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:45 am

Are you interested in playing then the game will be completed?
Yup, it seems like it would be a good game if it's finished, so I really would like to play it
Is a dominant witch acceptable as a protagonist for you?
Of course it is ^^ It seems like it would be interesting in the game. Sometimes it could be a little annoying if she is a little too girly :P
Is characters design OK?
The characters design is really create! Everyone is so cool in their own way :3
And I just love all the boys, they are soooooo cute ><
Is here something irritating you?
Hmmmmm......Right now I can't think of something, but if I do I will tell you right awa y ;)
Urm… initially I wanted to make a decent 18+ game. But the adult part of the forum is so much unpopular… and dead. What do you think? Is porny part distract you from a story?
What should I say about that?? ^^''
I'm a girl who you can say are not used to things like that, so maybe it would distract me a little from the story, but I don't know if you shouldn't have it in the game. I guess it's fine ^^

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#11 Post by Psychroma » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:25 am

Are you interested in playing then the game will be completed?

Yes! I initially was reeled in by the art, and the character descriptions solidified my desire to play it. It doesn't matter if it's a simple visual novel without fancy features and whatnot.

Is a dominant witch acceptable as a protagonist for you? Just want to see opinions and maybe advices what I have to be careful with. Nobody loves a complete bitch, I know…

So long as she isn't a Complete Monster, go for it! It'll be refreshing to view the world in a different character type.

Is characters design OK?

That was what initially drew me in, so yep. The quality is well above average and designs are nice to look at, so I can tell you right now that so far this game is aesthetically pleasing. Fraynir actually reminds me of Gijinka!Kyuubey, haha.

Is here something irritating you?

No, not particularly. Besides the wait, maybe. ;P

Urm… initially I wanted to make a decent 18+ game. But the adult part of the forum is so much unpopular… and dead. What do you think? Is porny part distract you from a story? I`m focusing on the plot, the characters and romance now. I`m OK anyway either some staff like this will be in game or not.

As long as the focus is on the story, I don't can't. In fact, I'd love H with a story. You could always release two versions anyway for people who aren't into those type of scenes, or just add an option to toggle them. If you really wanted to make it 18+, then you should go ahead and do that instead of worrying about how much it'd annoy people. :)

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#12 Post by Merula O » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:16 am

Katty16,
Thank you for comment! It`s nice you like it.
Psychroma,
Aw... your first massage is here. So cute. Thank you, I worked hard to make my art skills develop. Fue, finally people say it looks not "meh", but "wow!".
Psychroma wrote:Fraynir actually reminds me of Gijinka!Kyuubey, haha.
(after goggle searching) Well, I sew so many long-haired albono guys in animes, it couldn`t be original. I believe even one with giant horns like Frey exist somethere.
Man, I love your avatar...

And something I want to show...
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Till is hard, because she shape-shifts often and I need to draw it. I have her third appearance, but I won`t show it now~.
Next time I`ll show Neyris`s maids I work at at the moment.
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#13 Post by Merula O » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:56 am

I`m working at backgrounds at the moment (my weak point). I`ll show some art as I promised.
Neyris`s cute maids (you already could see them in the first post here, in tiny picture) now in full glory:
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Maybe I`m strange but I found them more intresting this way :roll: . I could make them super attrective... but hey, their mistress is a witch. So they ogres. What do you think?
One of her clients:
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#14 Post by 9-of-Hearts » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:24 pm

Those maids are the cutest ever! aasdsdfdf <3

Lol, but no really, I love the designs! Good job~

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#15 Post by Virelai » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:36 pm

Oh good lord, the maids. XD Haha. It wouldn't be my favorite, but the designs and the plot seems interesting. Looking forward to when this comes out♥

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