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!
Hey again. Sorry for the delay with these posts but I have been busy with all sorts of crap; but among other things, I got my cable lines fixed and a new modem so things seem better but not totally fixed yet. The old polls are done; and I went over the special poll already, so that just leaves the favorite chapter of RTL poll. With this one I was hoping for more votes, but there are enough to see what people seem to like. RTL 3 and 4 seem to be favorites, with 12 and 9 close behind. What makes me happy is that people seem to like most sets to some extent; almost everything got a vote, so it seems that each set was appreciated by someone.
Anyway, two new polls are up for the month; one asks how you feel about female voice acting in adult content… for no particular reason. The top poll asks what you think are the three most important parts of an adult scene; please pick the three things you think are the most important in a good adult scene. (I am rather interested in the results of this poll.) In case you missed the note in the post I just made, I redid the anniversary set the way I did in part because RTL 4 was doing well in the poll at the time. I do really use these poll results and more votes are always appreciated. (As are comments.)
In other news, I hope to have an early Patreon preview of the first chapter of the upcoming city arc for my patrons within a week or so; and then I hope to have the chapter itself done around the end of the month. The preview for this month’s new mini-set and some new DA stuff will get worked in somewhere this month, not sure when yet. Other than that, I plan to be back sometime next week with a new post of some kind, either a status update and/or that RTL reflection/discussion I mentioned before. See you guys again soon!
Hey again. I normally try not to do this, but circumstances make this rather necessary. Long story short, my internet connection is having major issues right now and has been for the past few days. I called Comcast several times and apparently service in the area has been having issues for days and for whatever reason nobody investigated this yet. Comcast has no idea what is wrong (no surprise there) and can’t send someone out to check the lines nearby until late tomorrow, which may or may not fix the problem. Since around two days ago, my connection has basically been going up and down randomly, sometimes staying down for hours; and even when it does work, it is usually pathetically slow for some reason.
I am still working on the anniversary set, so it likely would not get done tonight anyway (but it might) – but even if it does get done there is a reasonable chance I will not be able to post it. I decided to come on and let you all know what is going on at the moment since my internet is working right now, and because I have no way to know when it will crap out again. I do hope to be back soon with the anniversary set and new polls, but just in case I am not around for a bit… that is why.
Hi again. Sorry this is a few days late but I managed to fix one image I was about to give up on last Saturday and needed a day to fix it after that. I really wanted to get it done for DA this month, and I think it was worth the wait, go check it out if you haven’t yet. (Mermaid!) Allegedly people really wanted to see these according to a poll a while back, I did say I was working on it; and here is the current iteration of it. There may be more… detailed stuff with her a bit later. (Or sooner if a lot of people really like it,) Some other cool new stuff is also up on DA for everyone, so check that out and let me know what you think.
As for the game, everything is still set for a 1.0 release candidate early next month; it will remain in beta for a month for testing/balance purposes, and then leave beta the month after that. (And therefore go to normal patrons as well.) I have fixed some issues here and there and worked in a few new text variations as well as putting in a few more sound effects in some places. I am still looking into that one new convenience mechanic I would like to work in, but that may or may not happen; but it is far from critical. I am also fighting itches to put in additional scene images… which for now I have not. (I have to draw the line somewhere.)
I will be back around the weekend with new polls; so vote in the current ones if you haven’t yet.
Hi. As you can guess from the title, the game is not quite done yet; but it is very close. I am taking another month to expand on the text in a few areas a bit, do some balancing, and possibly work in one more small thing. All the base scene content is in the current beta though, which means all scene sets/training options are in and the endings are in as well; and that was sent out to my Patrons last night in the 0.86 beta. As mentioned previously, I can’t see this not being done before a month from now unless something terrible happens again and I am prevented from working somehow.
I think it all came together better than I had hoped, and likely better than it should have given that this is my first real attempt at a game. There are a few things I had to tone back a bit, either because of render limitations or just to try and balance the content; I prefer not to have one scene set be twice as large as another unless there is a good reason. However, as I mentioned various places a while back; I can always add to this later on if people really like it – I already have several ideas for this, but it completely depends on the reception this gets and/or what support I have to do it. (Check out my Patreon page if you want access to the current beta – https://www.patreon.com/redleatherart)
Anyway, more votes in the polls would be appreciated, and I will be back in a week or so with a new mini-set preview and hopefully some new DA stuff as well.
Hi again. I am back with the results from the old polls and two new polls are up on the right. The first poll from last month asked if you are excited for my upcoming game, and thankfully most voters are. 😀 The second poll asked if you still view story/image sets if they don’t have your favorite character/content type; and this was a tie between always and sometimes, so the general consensus seems to be mostly yes. (I was quite interested in this second poll, and it seems that most of you are at least willing to look at new/other things, which is good.)
As for the new polls, the first one asks if you would be interested in a general lore/world info page if I made one; think something like the characters page except with background info/ additional context. The other poll asks how often you check this site, with assorted options. (I assume people would check here rather than my other pages.) Please vote in those new polls and let me know your thoughts on these things!
In other news, I am working to try and “finish” the content for the game for next week; though it is apparent I will not have time to fully test the balancing at the minimum. I am still unsure if I will even be able to squeeze in everything I want to before Patreon rewards sometime next week, but I am trying. It is remarkably hard to decide what to cut and what to expand on. I will be back with an update next week regarding whether or not I managed to get the game content “finished” or if I have to push it back one more month for some additional polish.
Hi again. I am back with a small status update and a new image gallery to try out! As noted in last month’s poll, people supposedly wanted image galleries; so I made one, as I said I would. It is linked up top, and it is comprised of all the old RTL story arc previews in chapter order for convenience. There are many options for this gallery thing I found, but the defaults seem pretty good so far; however, I will likely tweak it around a bit to see what I can do a bit later on. Depending on feedback I get regarding this new gallery and/or the usage/views it gets, I may add more/other galleries depending; though I am not totally sure what else would make for a good gallery other than the mini-set previews.
As for the status update, I have some new stuff done for the game; most of it relating to the middle/lower endings… the top one is not done yet. I am also still trying to work out how to render this last scene set properly due to the high number of figures… but I may just have to do it the hard way, which is just trial and error. I still can’t say for sure that it will get totally “done” before next month’s rewards go out; but it will be close. There is just so much I want to do with many aspects that I need to tone down or hold back on for balancing/time reasons. Even if I want to work on it for another month though, that should definitely be it; so this is close to the end either way. Once it is “done” I plan to send it to a few artist friends of mine to hopefully get some feedback; my patrons will also get it of course, but it will stay in the mid level tier for a couple more months while I hopefully make some adjustments/fixes from the feedback I get.
Anyway, I should be back in a week or so with something; in the mean time, please vote in the current polls if you haven’t yet and let me know how the new gallery thing looks/works. As per usual I get little to no feedback regarding anything… so it would be nice if that could change for once. (Otherwise I just have to guess whether or not people like it from pageviews, which doesn’t really work well.)
Hey again. I am back with some updates regarding work I have been doing and one new commission, in case you didn’t read the title. I sent out the updated beta of the game to applicable Patrons of mine a few days ago; and there is only one main scene set left to put in now. The 1.0 release of “Salune’s slave training” is very close; I can’t see it taking more than two months at the outside, and I hope to have it basically complete when next month’s main rewards message goes out. (When it is at 1.0 I will repost some of the previews and some info/other things about it for convenience sake; but I would think regular viewers here know what to expect by now.)
I still have a lot of text expansions to work in and balancing to do, but some of that may need more testing than I can do myself. (I am in the process of putting in the endings now.) In other news, there are also some fixes and new images as well as one new addition to the characters page, [with a few things left out for story reasons] which I have been meaning to fix for months but forgetting. (One additional new character to come for that as well, but I will wait until I actually put out chapter one of the next story arc to put her bio here.) Regardless, I will be back next week with the preview for this month’s new Patreon mini-set, perhaps more depending on assorted time factors.
Anyway, here is that new anonymous commission, featuring Tabitha and some bondage/tentacle action!
If you are interested in a commission from me, check out my commissions page! http://redleatherart.com/wp/?page_id=1370