I just thought I'd let you know that I just started a Kickstarter campaign. I thought this was the most appropriate place to share it. Hopefully it lives up to the community's expectations.
Please look up "Snow Petals and Scarlet" In the video game category.
I'd just really like opinions to see whether there's any more content I can add to the campaign.
I've copy-pasted the kickstarter text here. Please visit the kickstarter itself to donate and read more about the characters and artists
Snow Petals and Scarlet is a romantic and political visual novel. Visual novels harp back to the days of 'choose-your-own-adventure' books, where your outcome is determined by the choices you make. Visual novels are very popular with both males and females in Japan and are often referred to as 'dating sims'.
It will have it's own custom GUI (Graphics User Interface) and will be Free-To-Play.
Although romance plays a key role in most visual novels, Snow Petals and Scarlet plays out more like a novel or manga, in which the choices you make alter the story rather than the potential suitors. This means that the game will not be a typical 'harem' style visual novel.
SPaS is set spanning decades. The player takes control of Twila throughout most of the game as well as some of the characters to a lesser extent. Twila and Johnathan were a happy couple engaged to be married before the War of Venus ravaged the world. Both Twila and Johnathan fight for their country together, but fate turns unexpectedly and both are sent to fight in different companies. As events roll out and the war comes to an end, the lovers have no idea if the other is still alive, or if they've fallen in battle. As the world recovers, it's up to the player to decide whether Twila once again joins with Johnathan, a new love will steal her heart again or she ends up with a fate that no one should have to endure.
The story is split into three parts; Part 1 is set in the time of the War of Venus; Part 2 is set 10 years after the war and concerns the re-building of society, with new kingdoms and a smaller world; and Part 3 is set 10-15 years after the war (depending on your path) and takes place once the kingdoms are well settled down and stable.
As well as having happy endings, the game will have some quite dark and mature themes, which are not suitable for children under 15. Please keep this in mind before you donate to the campaign.
Writer/Director/Programmer: Jennifer Hunter
Assistant Programmer: TBA
Portrait and Cut Scene Artist: Ralu11
Background Artist: Saylor Longsteen (Saylor-Boo)
Composer: Kairi Sawler
Twila is the female protagonist in SPaS. Before the War of Venus her and her fiancee were about to get married. As partners in combat, they were an unstoppable force, their company winning every battle they faced. Not only is Twila a hero on the battlefield, but she has a loving and kind heart pure as a snow petal, filled with hope that she will once again be reunited with the one she loves.
Johnathan is the male protagonist and is a valiant fighter. He also has a heart of gold, just like Twila but sometimes can have conflicting emotions about certain situations.
Captain Troy Barker:
Captain Troy Barker appears from Part 2. He is charged with protecting Twila at all costs. Captain Barker does not easily trust people, but he trusts in the decisions that Twila makes, and would follow her anywhere if it meant being by her side.
This is Twila's personal butler. He's a loyal servant and cares for his mistress with all the attention of a loving parent or big brother. This creates an air of uneasiness with the other men in her life...
There are MANY minor characters in SPaS, and to list them here would spoil the story.
A selection of 'catchwords' may help you decide whether this game is for you:
romance-politics-kingdoms-war-internment camps-slavery-royalty-fashion-warring countries-neutral factions-forests-wolves-servants-political marriages-murder-memory loss-letters-discrimination-children-heirs-illegitimate-daring rescue-dangerous allies.
Although dating sims generally give off a girly vibe, the aim for SPaS is to be enjoyable for both males and females, although the audience would be predominately female. If you're a fan of fantasy romance novels and shoujo manga, this will definitely be for you!
Why are we asking for so much money?
Unlike many other Visual Novels, Snow Petals and Scarlet is going to be using high quality art that WILL NOT BE RECYCLED. Many Visuals Novels recycle the same artwork over and over again, and our plan is to have several different costumes every time a scene changes and every emotion will have a separate piece of artwork, pose and expression, which will keep the game fresh and interesting. As a result, more art needs to be made than normal, thus the asking amount needs to be higher than usual.