Hey again. So as the title mentions, I just sent out the new and significant update to my most recent game last night to my Patrons and while most of the changes are important internal ones, there are a few more visible updates as well. A few bugs have been fixed, the endings re-balanced again, the stat screen now has a day indicator at the top, just in case you skipped past the popup; and the cg gallery has improved controls. Perhaps most notably, I got the password system working properly so it is now included, and there is now the option of manually unlocking all the cg images if you get stuck; though this does not play the dialogue and other bits of the scene – only the cg image. (There are too many minor stat variations and such to most scenes to really allow for a scene replay; and I do not want to give incentive to not play the actual game, as that is the point.) I always wanted to include this just in case there was a scene or two that players simply could not find/unlock – and now that is a feature. So between this significant update to the full game and the demo that I made, a lot got done last month – and I still have a few other things to work in to the game when I can find the time.
As for this month; I have just sent out the Patreon mini-set poll and will get the results from that at the end of this week – this time the actual scenario of the mini-set will be decided by my Patrons while the main female subject will be decided by me. While that goes on, I will work on the new DA images for this month; I hope to have that done in time for Valentine’s day, but we will see how that works out. The mini-set preview should get done early next week and then I hope to move into the next story set with the time remaining. So while all that happens, please vote in the polls on the right if you haven’t already; and do check out the demo for my game if you are interested but have not already done so.
Hey again. Sorry this is a bit late but I ran into an embarrassing technical issue with two renders last night that I had to fix – so I had to bump rewards back until today; but those are all fixed and rewards are sent now.
Long story short, the new story set ended up at 40 images, each with a clean and story version; and the mini-set from last month ended up twice as big at 14 images somehow. There were even a couple bonus renders included in the “extras” category that I am trying to add to more than I used to. So I hope the people who get those enjoy them; and I really hope the slight delays for extra content were worth it – I think it was. I also got to try a few new things in this story set… and I will see how that goes over.
As for upcoming stuff, I hope to get the preview for this month’s new mini-set posted towards the weekend, maybe early next week; with possibly some other new thing coming soon-ish depending on the time I have left. (Still a bit behind due to weather shenanigans earlier in the month.) Other than that, I appreciate all the votes in the polls and I hope those continue to go up; apparently people like the fun polls… which is good to know. Also, there will be another Patreon poll next month for that mini-set to decide part of it; so check that out if that interests you. Anyway, I will be back in a few days with something; so keep voting in the polls until then!
Hi! Happy new year to all of you and I am back with three new polls to start off this year; as well as the results from the previous polls. Last time I asked how people felt about holiday themed images, and most people either liked them or had no opinion – nobody disliked them at least so that is nice as I try to make some holiday images for my DA page here and there. The other poll though… apparently most people seem to pay no attention to male characters; only a few disagreed and said they did – as much as females. I did kind of expect this result for this second poll, but it is still a bit depressing to hear – I try to make all characters interesting and have personality within their story sets. I hope to get more people interested in all the characters down the line, but I realize some people are only interested in the female characters as they are the main draw/focus.
Anyway, as mentioned above, there are THREE new polls up on the right over there; two of them are reworks of old polls from around two years ago (maybe three now) asking what you all prefer in terms of content type and also scenario setup – so please pick your three (3) top answers for both of those. The last poll is just a fun extra one I threw in just to see how it ends up. As noted previously, I would really appreciate votes in these polls as they help me decide assorted things as well as let me know what all of you are interested in seeing. I am still working on the new story set and I hope to get the previews posted here late this week – so check back a bit later and I hope things go better for everyone this year!
Hey again. Quick update, but essentially I have had wicked migraines all week from the weather shifting so much; and today in particular was rather bad and I could get basically nothing done for the story set. I still think I can finish it before rewards go out in two weeks or so, so it should still all work out in the end; but I do not think that the previews will be ready before the end of this month. I do not want to rush things when that would either hurt me or compromise the quality of the story set; so previews will hopefully be posted late next week sometime. Sorry for the slight delay, but these things happen sometimes and I like to keep people in the loop rather than just going MIA for two weeks and reappearing.
I will likely be back early next week with new polls before coming back with the previews a bit later, so do vote in the current polls if you haven’t yet; and check back for those updates next week and happy early new year to all!
Hi again. So the new DA stuff is taking longer than I thought for a few reasons – including assorted render issues and my constant headaches from the weather going up and down 20 degrees every other day. Due to all that and more, earlier this week I started working on the main set for much of the time I have available and then taking like an hour at the end of the day to try and fix one of the DA renders and have that go overnight. I have one fixed for sure now… after having to replace the whole environment (which was having issues rendering properly); but I still have one more to fix and another to finish – if I even can get to that one. I will likely throw in a bit more time for those tomorrow if tonight’s attempt has something wrong with it – but I have at least one Xmas themed render ready… hopefully I will get the second one working within a day or so. (I would really prefer to get these done before Xmas and/or the weekend so people can see them at the appropriate time.) Sorry this is taking a while, but I really try to make the DA-specific images nice and a bit different from the stuff I usually make/post here.
I will likely just update this post when that happens, but I just came by to let you all know that I am working on both the DA stuff and the story set… just there is still work to do for both. In the mean time, the polls could use more votes and happy early holidays!
EDIT 12/23: New DA images are up – including two new Xmas themed images; check them out if you haven’t already! I plan to take the next two days off to relax and recharge a bit, but I wish all of you a merry Xmas and I will be back with a status update sometime next week. 🙂
Hi again. So long story short, I am a bit behind where I hoped to be due to me losing all my usual spare time last Saturday and having a rough few days after that. I sent out this month’s Patreon rewards two days ago and the Patreon mini-set poll is also now over. I won’t say what won quite yet because it was a tie between two options, and I am too out of it right now to choose one – I will do that a bit later. (I will say that the options that tied were the modern option and one of the more interesting fantasy options – so it should be unique either way.)
I am still in the middle of rendering the new DA stuff, and things are going well enough, just slower than I had hoped. The plan is still to have all this and the mini-set preview posted before the start of next week or so; and I am going to try and stick with that if possible. (It may go over a few days, but whatever – I also plan to stick to one scene in the story set, so it should be ok.) The polls are going well enough; but more votes is always good, so keep voting and check out all my preview galleries and/or free older story sets linked in the tabs up top if you haven’t yet! I will be back in a few days with something – either the new DA stuff and/or the mini-set preview.
Hi again. I just came by to post a little update since it has been a week or so since the last one. I sent my main Patreon rewards out last night, which was a bit later than I had hoped but that was mainly due to assorted technical problems and the fact that I expanded the story set to 52 images somehow. (This should not be considered normal, this is the exception in several ways; as I said before I was trying to make it special as it is the first chapter of the new story arc and I went overboard again.) There may be one or two tiny issues left that I may fix for next month, but I think it is quite good and hopefully those who see it will agree.
As for other news, I plan to update my Patreon page a bit in a day or two (adding one new reward, some other small changes); (EDIT 11/19: I have added a slight commission discount to all my main Patreon tiers, increasing with higher tiers; I also added that ko-fi button on the right of this page, if either of those interest anyone.) and I hope to have either this month’s new mini-set preview ready mid-next week or maybe a little something else for the off month from story sets. In terms of next month, I will do another Patreon mini-set poll to decide the subject of that mini-set; so there is that if anyone is interested. (The mini-set for last month got expanded to ten images, by the way.) I have assorted other irons in the fire and such; but I have no idea when any of that will be ready. In the mean time, please vote in those polls on the right, and I will be back sometime next week with some kind of update.
Hi again. First off, as you can probably guess from the title, I did reset the Patreon mini-set list starting this month; so only the most recent three will be included when main rewards go out around the 13th or so. (This only applies to the mini-sets for the $15+ tiers; all other content is still included.) I may also adjust a few other things on my Patreon page in the coming weeks, but I don’t have time to fiddle with that at the moment. I did add a new game preview gallery up top by the way, just for convenience; it has the public previews from the old micro VN from last year and the new game in one easy to find place.
As for the polls, the results from last time were rather surprising actually; particularly the voice over poll. As expected, full voice over got one more vote than the other two leading options, but what amazes me is that one of those second place options was that voice work isn’t necessary. Of course I know this to be true, but I didn’t really expect anyone to vote for it here; so the honestly and/or realistic answers were greatly appreciated. I am still looking into this idea, and any real progress seems a long way off, if ever; but if I can get anything it will of course be little snippets and/or SFX for the adult scenes… getting full voice over would be great of course but is unrealistic at this stage for many reasons. The other poll asked about the most important part of an adult scene, and somewhat surprisingly the highest voted answer was the story/setup of the scene, followed by the characters involved… followed by a three way tie for content types, the scenario, and the visuals. (Audio got no votes and dialogue got one as well.) This is good to know, and I hoped to get more votes in this poll; but oh well I guess… I will almost certainly repeat this poll in a year or so to see if things have changed and/or if I can get more votes. This will definitely get used when I design future scenarios.
The new polls are also up; one asks what you think of the galleries on my site so far, and the other asks if you project yourself into adult content. Which is to say, do you imagine yourself as part of a scene when you view it, or do you simply appreciate it as it is with the characters involved? (I saw a small article on this somewhere, figured it would make a fun poll.) So please vote in those and let me know your feelings on this as well.
As for my status on fixing the story set, I think I have fixed it; and it seems that something I added to the scene was the cause of it eating so much memory – still not totally sure on this and I have no idea what it was if so. Regardless, I am trying to work in an additional small scene into this first chapter and I am desperately trying to keep it small and not go all in again. We will find out if that was successful sometime next week… so I will see you then!
Hey again, Happy Halloween. Quick status update for you all here on the main site. I just posted the new DA stuff, and I think that came out nicely, so check that out. As for the upcoming story set though, I have decided to delay posting the previews of that another week or so for assorted reasons.
A long time ago, Patreon charged for monthly pages at the start of the month and only then; so I tried to get things posted shortly before that to accommodate the timing. However, for quite a while now, Patreon has allowed the “charge up front” option, which is to say that you can now pay to get in anytime, if the owner of the page has that enabled, as I do. So there really isn’t much reason for me to push so hard to post previews before the start of the month anymore; as I tend to go back and add/fix things regardless and nobody gets the full thing until main rewards go out a little after the 10th or so of the month.
Long story short, I made the renders and went to do the final text last night and found something to fix in a render, as I often do. However, when I went to fix it I was reminded of how large and messy this one major scene location is, and of the fact that this will be a major recurring location in the chapters to come. I see nothing but trouble with this as it is in the future, and though I did get it working for now I may not be able to later when more things are in the scene. So due to all this, I decided to go back and redo that half of the story set; which is ironically not the location of the main content scene in the chapter. The main scene is quite nice, and I really like it; but I can’t leave the other half of the chapter as it is – it would be awkward and crappy to have to change an established location later on due to my limited render memory. (I can’t just post what I have since the second setting itself may change entirely when I redo it.) So I will fix this in the coming week and redo that scene/location – and in addition to that I will see about adding in a mini-scene to that part of the chapter that I mentioned to my patrons both a while back and earlier today with more detail. Very slim chance that one of the new DA images I posted is a tease for that mini-scene.
Anyway, sorry for the slight delay, but I think it will all be fore the best in the end; I want this first chapter of the new story arc to be good and this really needs to be fixed now rather than later. I should be back with new polls in a few days though.
Hi again. So here is that retrospective post on the Road to Lithorca (RTL) story arc; this is going to be long and have a lot of topics addressed, so I am putting the majority of this behind a read more break just to try and keep this from taking up the entire front page of my site. So click on the read more link below if you want to read all this info about the RTL story arc! If this sort of inside info does not interest you, I guess just vote in the current polls on the right there if you haven’t yet and/or check out some of the RTL chapters posted free in the freely released sets tab up top!