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The Otherworld [GxB][Fantasy/Adventure/Romance]

#1 Post by MudkipTheDestroyer » Tue May 21, 2013 12:55 pm

“Oh, don’t get so worked up, honey. The faster your heart beats, the more likely it is that I just won’t be able to stop.”

New Sprite lineart on the way!! (Thanks for your patience!)

The Otherworld starts off as a simple Slice of Life novel and quickly turns into a somewhat dark piece of romantic fantasy. It is the story of a girl named Scarlett Summers who is moving with her mother to a new school in St. Augustine. Originally intended to be a kinetic novel, I'm now making it into a piece of interactive fiction.

The main characters are as follows:

Scarlett Summers
Was generally an optimistic girl, until her parents’ divorce, when she had to move away. During that time, she became more reckless and rebellious, dying her hair black and withdrawing from socialism. She believes that there is no such thing as everlasting love because of her parents, and she hates everything about having to live somewhere new.

Ryan Harvey
He died 4 years ago and continues to be trapped in the “in between”, as a ghost. He has been stuck, alone and lonely, in the same house, wondering through the same places, waiting for some part of him to be fulfilled so he isn’t stuck as a ghost forever.

Dustin Rogers
He is generally very kindhearted, but he was bitten by a vampire a couple years ago and lost control of his bloodthirst, accidently murdering his father. He blames himself for this and, although he will openly befriend people, he will not allow himself to get any closer to them than necessary, out of fear.

Alexander Lance
His parents sold his soul to Lucifer at birth, and he recently found out a couple years ago when strange things started happening to him. So, out of his rage, he developed a horrible temper and became very defensive. He tries his best not to ever trust anyone, since he feels like his parents have betrayed him.

Progress as of 7/17/2013:
80% of Writing Completed!
10% of Sprite Art Complete
0% of CG Art Complete
0% of BG Art Complete
0% of Animation Complete
0% of Music Complete
0% of Beta Testing Complete


Questions for Potential Players:
--Would you prefer there to be only a few solid choices that determine which guy you end up with, or would you rather I add in filler choices to make the story more interactive?
--Would you prefer if if this novel was released more quickly in episodes or with a longer wait time but as a standalone game?
--Which character description are you most interested in at the moment?
--If you have any questions for me, do feel free to ask, as well!


I will also ask more questions and post more progress updates as I continue working on this game, so please provide as much feedback as you can!^^ I love hearing from you all. :)
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Re: The Otherworld [GxB][Fantasy, Romance]

#2 Post by Kessie » Tue May 21, 2013 1:07 pm

Oooh let's see.

--Some of my previous VNs have had pictures of real people as characters, and some have had anime sprites. Would you rather play this game if it had real human pictures, or anime-style characters?

I've always had a preference towards anime-style characters.

--Would you like to see this as a kinetic VN or in interactive VN?

Interactive VN. Another preference of mine is to have control on the story flow and where it ends up/how everything turns out. Plus, I like to interact with the characters and interacting helps establish a more personal connection with them.

--Would you be interested in playing a VN like this one?

Yes, it'd be interesting to see how all the characters are incorporated considering their bizarre background stories.


Good luck with progress! *bookmarks topic*
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#3 Post by MudkipTheDestroyer » Tue May 21, 2013 11:54 pm

Kessie wrote:Oooh let's see.

--Some of my previous VNs have had pictures of real people as characters, and some have had anime sprites. Would you rather play this game if it had real human pictures, or anime-style characters?

I've always had a preference towards anime-style characters.

--Would you like to see this as a kinetic VN or in interactive VN?

Interactive VN. Another preference of mine is to have control on the story flow and where it ends up/how everything turns out. Plus, I like to interact with the characters and interacting helps establish a more personal connection with them.

--Would you be interested in playing a VN like this one?

Yes, it'd be interesting to see how all the characters are incorporated considering their bizarre background stories.


Good luck with progress! *bookmarks topic*
Thanks for your feedback and interest in the novel!

I was leaning towards doing anime sprites, since they seem to be more popular, even though I'm not a very good artist yet. I'll draw up some sprite sketches in the next couple days so I can get some opinions and critiques.

I'll also take into consideration your preference for the VN to be interactive in terms of overall ending and further character development. I'll start looking through the plot and finding places where I can branch it off successfully, but it will take a good deal longer to finally produce if you and other players want it to be interactive.

Thanks a lot, I hope you'll be willing to share more feedback in the future towards this project! :)
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#4 Post by MudkipTheDestroyer » Wed May 22, 2013 11:14 am

As promised, here are the overall appearances that I'm planning to use for the characters.

I've provided the real pictures that I would be using if you players want them, and the first sketches of the anime sprites if you decide you want it to be anime-style (which it looks like it is leaning towards). I know I'm not a very good artist .-. so it would be great if I could get some suggestions on how to further improve the sprites :) I already know I'll probably end up drawing them several times over just to get them to look better ._.

I'm also debating making a sprite right away for the main character, Scarlett, or not. I may just end up putting her in the CGs if I decide to do them (which I'm sure I eventually will).

[From left to right: Alexander, Dustin, Ryan]

[Deleted, waiting on new art]

Please continue to give me answers to the original feedback questions (do you prefer the real people or anime sprites for this novel? do you want it to be a KN or interactive? and so on) and I would also like to know:
--How can I improve the sprites?
--Are there any ways to go about making the backgrounds (while still keeping them anime-style) that would be easier than drawing them by hand?
--What do you think about the appearances or names for the characters? Would they look better with any changes (for example, maybe when you heard the character description for Ryan, you expected him to have blonde hair or something - please let me know and I'll take it into consideration! Also, should I make the main character's name changeable or keep it as Scarlett?)

Thanks very much to everyone for providing whatever feedback you can! :D I hope you will all enjoy playing this game when it finally comes out! :)
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#5 Post by LliiraAnna » Wed May 22, 2013 11:57 am

Well, I would prefer anime sprites instead of photos, but you are the author, so only you can decide what suits the story better.

About backgrounds. It's just a suggestion, but you can try to add some cartoon-ish effect to photos in Photoshop (Painter, whatever).

About the anime-sprites. I'm not a professional artist, but if you decide to do them, I could probably help with it (at least with the sketches lol)

And yes, interactive novel sounds better than a kinetic one)

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#6 Post by Katta » Wed May 22, 2013 12:15 pm

Wow! Your anime sprites look so much like the guys from the photos)

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#7 Post by Carvel » Wed May 22, 2013 2:57 pm

--Some of my previous VNs have had pictures of real people as characters, and some have had anime sprites. Would you rather play this game if it had real human pictures, or anime-style characters?

Anime sprites! The ones that you posted are awesome <3

--Would you like to see this as a kinetic VN or in interactive VN?

Interactive! Lot of choices!

--Would you be interested in playing a VN like this one?

Yes, yes, yes! I loved "SummerCamp", and your writing style is great, so I'm looking forward to this one.

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#8 Post by MudkipTheDestroyer » Wed May 22, 2013 6:50 pm

LliiraAnna wrote:Well, I would prefer anime sprites instead of photos, but you are the author, so only you can decide what suits the story better.

About backgrounds. It's just a suggestion, but you can try to add some cartoon-ish effect to photos in Photoshop (Painter, whatever).

About the anime-sprites. I'm not a professional artist, but if you decide to do them, I could probably help with it (at least with the sketches lol)

And yes, interactive novel sounds better than a kinetic one)
Thank you for sharing your opinion - I personally think I'd be able to do more with anime sprites, even though it might not look as good.

Also, thank you very much for offering help with the art. However, I kind of want to figure out how to do my own art so I can make future anime-style VNs without having to bother others to help with it... :/

And I will definitely try out your suggesting of adding cartoon effects to background photos! :)
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#9 Post by MudkipTheDestroyer » Wed May 22, 2013 6:52 pm

Katta wrote:Wow! Your anime sprites look so much like the guys from the photos)
Thanks!^^ I tried to stay true to their original appearances :) even though I might end up changing them a little bit as I continue to work on making them look better :o
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#10 Post by MudkipTheDestroyer » Wed May 22, 2013 6:56 pm

Carvel wrote:--Some of my previous VNs have had pictures of real people as characters, and some have had anime sprites. Would you rather play this game if it had real human pictures, or anime-style characters?

Anime sprites! The ones that you posted are awesome <3

--Would you like to see this as a kinetic VN or in interactive VN?

Interactive! Lot of choices!

--Would you be interested in playing a VN like this one?

Yes, yes, yes! I loved "SummerCamp", and your writing style is great, so I'm looking forward to this one.
Aww! Thanks for the compliment on the sprites! :)

It does look like the VN is going to end up being interactive, too, since everyone seems to prefer it. I'd like to know what kinds of choices you players would be interested in, too. Do you want them to be day-to-day seemingly insignificant choices or choices that change how conversations and interactions with the characters go?

And it's awesome that you played SummerCamp and enjoyed it!! :D I hope you like this one as well^^
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#11 Post by silverpikachu99 » Tue May 28, 2013 9:14 pm

*SQUEALS* OMG YOUR MAKING ANOTHER GAME!!!!!!!!!!! Ya I'm so happy~ I like how your trying the anime sprites too! I really like them btw. I like how they look a lot like the original characters. Well at this point, I don't really care which you use- anime or real people. Either way it's gonna be AwEsOmE!!!

p.s, I would prefer that the game is a interactive visual novel!!!!
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#12 Post by VocaloidsRCool » Wed May 29, 2013 12:57 am

I love games with anime sprites, so I would suggest using anime sprites. This would be a great interactive novel. I don't like kinetic novels, they are like regular books, I like being able to make choices that change the outcome of a story; to me, it's more fun that way. I would enjoy play a visual novel like this one.

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#13 Post by MudkipTheDestroyer » Wed May 29, 2013 11:14 am

silverpikachu99 wrote:*SQUEALS* OMG YOUR MAKING ANOTHER GAME!!!!!!!!!!! Ya I'm so happy~ I like how your trying the anime sprites too! I really like them btw. I like how they look a lot like the original characters. Well at this point, I don't really care which you use- anime or real people. Either way it's gonna be AwEsOmE!!!

p.s, I would prefer that the game is a interactive visual novel!!!!
(Like summer camp~~~)
XD I'm glad you're so excited for it! Thanks so much for all the support :D
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#14 Post by MudkipTheDestroyer » Wed May 29, 2013 11:16 am

VocaloidsRCool wrote:I love games with anime sprites, so I would suggest using anime sprites. This would be a great interactive novel. I don't like kinetic novels, they are like regular books, I like being able to make choices that change the outcome of a story; to me, it's more fun that way. I would enjoy play a visual novel like this one.
Alright^^ Thank you for sharing your opinions. :)
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#15 Post by silverpikachu99 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:08 am

When you create this game, do you think that there will be cgs?
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