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Awesome to hear about all of the new features! I'm intrigued by the chance to have a bad outcome, I don't think I know any other VN that does that.
I like how symmetrical the Eminence is lol.
Hope you're staying safe, but I am really excited about this so thanks so much for the update!
Hope you guys are staying safe as well, thanks for the update. I am EXCITED. Sounds like this game will end up pretty long, I can't wait :)
Art is beautiful as well! Fen does not look happy to see us LOL
Most developers are working on other commercial projects, so this isn't a priority, however, it has not been cancelled. Here's a message from Windchimes (the lead developer) after someone asked about it on February 4th, 2020:
"Hey! Thanks for asking <3 Sorry for the late reply. I've been sick so I've been staying off the computer and didn't see this until now.
Honestly, right now I can't really say when there'll be more game updates. Pretty much everyone in the team has been busy with their own projects / freelancing commissions, so progress has been slow. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find the time to squeeze in time to work on LiD's new updated demo into my schedule lately between holiday season (Christmas then CNY) and my own commercial project which takes priority at the moment. I'll try to reevaluate my schedule and see if I can work something out and get back to you guys later on with a better answer. Sorry! And thank you for the continuous support <3"
Best bet to contact developers/get updates is likely through their discord server, I have included the link below. I am excited too, I also loved the NaNo version! :)
Happy New Year! Sounds like you're getting a lot done, I'm really excited! Also Maddalena's dress looks a little like something I'd imagine a fairy wearing, I want it in real life please. They are both very pretty though, excellent sprite work as always. I'm curious to learn more about them.
Sounds like things are going well! I'm super glad and looking forward to the update.
The new background looks nice and I love Elric's sprite a lot, his smirk is fantastic and I think perfect for his background of roguish charm.
Happy New Year and thank you for all of your hard work, very excited to see what 2020 brings for this project :)
I'm up for the wait, I always save my favorite for last anyway so that works for me, but now you've really got me intrigued :)
I'll be following along closely and you'll probably get more rambly comments from me in the future lol. Anyway, have a good day everyone!
Okay this is going to be really long but I'm excited and tend to ramble so sorry in advance.
Okay, came back to report that I caved and played the demo and so far I love everything about it. The art (sprites/backgrounds/CGs etc...) is lovely, the music is very pleasant and sets the mood, the GUI is attractive and the writing is pretty good, I only noticed a one spelling error I think or and maybe an instance or two where I though the phrasing was a little awkward, but it's rare for me to find a demo where I don't see that so I don't mind it and am really impressed with the quality, especially considering I think this started out in French, right? I'm always in awe of people who can speak multiple languages, and I'm exceedingly grateful that you decided to translate this because this GENUINELY might be my perfect/dream otome. Like if I could write and draw and stuff this is exactly the kind of game I would want to make.
I say that not only because of the beautiful craftsmanship and assets that I listed above, but also the demo had, or at least hinted at the full game having, pretty much every single thing I enjoy in the VN/game such as
- fantasy genre in a medieval setting
- chosen one trope
- courtly intrigue and political/looming war time drama
- an MC with a personality that you can actually shape (and extra awesome, the ability to choose a background/past for her)
- choices (dialogue and action) that sound like they will not only affect how other characters think of you, but also how the main story itself will develop and resolve
- a female LI!
- no bad endings that exist purely to punish the player for making one wrong choice (it sounds like there's endings where things can go badly, but I don't mind that, I just don't want to be immediately be punished for not following a guide, and for negative outcomes to make sense story wise)
- A CHILDHOOD FRIEND LOVE INTEREST!!! Especially one that the MC is clearly actually close to, as opposed to one who is 'long lost'/forgotten or acts like they don't care about the MC at all.
So yeah, I adored the demo, and I'm already in love with Lioren and the MCs dynamic. I can't wait to meet everyone else and see how the story plays out. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this game and cheering you on, thank you so much for your hard work and for sharing this!
I generally don't play demos because I tend to get attached and if the project gets drop I get sad, but I may have to give in and play this one because it just sounds so cool and well developed and it has my weakness, a childhood friend LI LOL. Wishing you all the best in your development process, I'll be keeping an eye on this for sure!
I LOVED this demo! Aldrias is my fave, but all the characters were vibrant and interesting, including the side characters. It was just so well crafted and there were a lot of cool effects that I've never seen a VN do before. I can't wait for KS, I'll definitely be supporting for sure!
I'm actually glad you've boosted the prices a little (I think you did anyway), I agree with the other games that I'd be willing to pay more for TOW, 400k words and I'd easily drop $20 - $30 (USD), that said I can see why you're nervous about raising it too much so you do whatever you think was best, I don't know anything about selling games, regrettably.
My tier I'm thinking of getting actually doesn't seem to have been affected at all (an epistolary romance), so you've still got me for at least that!
The rewards all seemed very, well, for lack of a better word, very rewarding! I think I know which tier I want so now I just have to count down the days until it's live! Thanks for giving me something to look forward to, though I'm sorry BFF didn't get as many votes, I think you said it was your first project so i know it must be near and dear to your heart.
Omg I'm so ready!!! I can't wait. I'm a little sad about the date because I was hoping to get a high tier, but unfortunately my best friend has her own kickstarter happening in October and I've already pre-pledged most of what I felt like I could afford at the time to hers. I still will definitely pledge to you as well, it just won't be as much as I would've liked to unfortunately :( but hopefully someone else will make up for my lapse!
All the same, I'm super excited and happy for you, I'll definitely keep an eye out and reblog any announcements/promotion you do on tumblr. If you make any posts on LSF I'll be sure to comment there as well.
I really truly do love your writing and games, I think I've said before that you are one of my favorite studios and that remains true. I'm so excited, good luck!!
Thank you, I might do that, I still have some ways to go in planning the project before I'm actually ready to commission art, but you may see something from me in the near future. Thanks again for the info :D
Totally random question, but did your sprite artist do the side character silhouettes as well or did you have someone separate do that? I'm thinking about putting together a short project but a lot of the side characters would be black silhouettes and I really liked how yours looked! If you don't want me contacting your artist though that's totally fine, but I figured I'd ask!
Good point! Just little blurbs work too, or talking about other stuff, the main thing is just connecting with people. Which... I don't really know how to do, but yeah basically I agree with this person. Also tumblr is great because if you feel up for it you can have asks which is a good way to share more info about the characters and stuff and build a bond/seem responsive to the community.
And I've reached my limit for advice, I know nothing, just what I've picked up from my friend on her own journey :')
AGH one last thing I want to clarify, because I realize now that I may have worded it badly. I don't think you're icky or writing school romance or other people enjoying it (regardless of their age), I just battle with OCD and one of my obsessions is an intense fear of accidentally taking advantage of someone or ruining their life and I find that's something that triggers it because for a little while I 'am' the character, but I'm still me? So I'm 23 but it feels like I'm preying on someone underage yeah. BUT YEAH. SORRY I didn't think of my wording as being so rude when I wrote it and that it probably needed context. Also I worry a lot with being misunderstood and tend to over explain so sorry if this was totally unneeded lol.
And yes character profiles are always popular! Help people know more what kind of characters there are and if there's one in particular that grabs their interest they may be more likely to buy the game.
For some positive news one thing I do want to mention that I LOVE that you do is those little sketches you have for updates. They're so cute!! And really, I do love your writing, I've noticed your games getting longer as time goes on and I'll admit that makes me happy because it means I get more time with your games!
Anyway, good luck! I promise I won't make you listen to anymore long winded comments until later. Have a good day and good luck!
OH SORRY ONE LAST THING. Someone else mentioned patreon, I'd totally support you there too if you went that route. Tragically I can't be a super rich donor, but I'd definitely grab a $5 or $10 tier!
I haven't played the demo, but I'm willing to give it a shot and report back! I just, as a general rule, don't tend to be attracted to the kind of character arcs and stories that go hand in hand with school games.
Don't get me wrong, I used to play them (my candy love comes to mind during my high school days), but I found my patience for certain tropes and stories running shorter as I got older so I stopped touching them, even in college setting sims. Also honestly I just feel... icky, dating ( fictionally) anyone under 18/19 at this point, even if the MC is of a similar age. I know it's irrational, but I've found it's just something that I personally struggle with now that I'm heading towards my mid 20s and would never, ever, date someone even below 20 in real life.
I don't know what to say on the social media presence (I'm not a creator so not familiar with the particular challenges that would be there unfortunately), except I don't think any update is a waste of time. I love hearing what's been going on, even if it's just that a scene got written or that you have a cropped background to share or something. It keeps me excited and in the forefront of my brain.
Regardless of what you do, I will absolutely check out the demo now because I realize my blanket ban is kind of unfair, especially since I've liked your other work so much. I'll also keep an eye out for news of the KS if you do one, I'd at the very least get a game tier, whatever that would be at.
WARNING LONG AND RAMBLY ALSO UPDATED WITH A FEW NEW PARAGRAPHS TOWARDS THE MIDDLE so if you read it before seeing this warning you might want to skim down to revisit my new thoughts lol, sorry I thought of stuff to add.
You are perhaps the only studio in the world (besides my best friend who is also a VN dev) who I'd ever even consider backing on kickstarter, I just don't trust it at all. That said, while I loved Heaven's Grave (and left a steam review detailing why so I won't ramble on here.), I really was honestly planning on skipping playing BFF (the first of your studio's commercial games I wasn't planning on playing at all actually, I haven't done homecoming either for what will soon become obvious momentarily) precisely because of what you detailed here, it's a school setting and I'm 23 years old so I don't really play those kinds of games any more.
If you do decide to kickstart it then I would probably get a lower tier just because I want to support you (I've LOVED DDBS TROS HG and so desperately can't wait to see what other ideas you come up with), that said, I think you're right to be cautious. Idk, I guess overall I'm saying that I personally don't think school range otomes have as much clout with the general demographic who can afford to back in the first place.
As for rewards... Well. Nothing really jumps out at me, like I said I've only backed my friend before and if I back you it will still be more out of just wanting to support rather than any particular reward. Also I have a specific budget so you unfortunately wouldn't be able to tempt me into a higher tier at this time.
That said, KS is like the other reviewer said free advertising, and a way to guage interest without putting everything on the line, I'm surprised you've never done it before and still been so successful!
Also I'm gonna be honest, I don't remember how the heck I found you and that may be an contributing factor as to why you're not getting so much attention. I don't think I ever see you on tumblr (except the rare release post) or twitter and idk, I wonder if you're not getting as much of a following as you could be if you utilized those tools and did more advertising. Sorry if that was totally unsolicited, I may not even know what I'm talking about, maybe I'm following old accounts or something but I figured I'd throw it out there...
SORRY I DON'T KNOW IF THAT MADE ANY SENSE OR ANYTHING but those are just my thoughts. I really hope HG turns around, it might possibly be my favorite one to date even considering the fact that TROS had two advantages over it a: royal court setting and b: childhood friend LI, it was just that good. I just feel like you can really see your improvement as you've gotten more comfortable with the VN scene. Especially in pacing.
Whatever you decide, know that I 100% support doing what's best for you, you've given us some great games already and it's important you take care of yourself.
oh awesome, I didn't realize we got a steam key, that's awesome! And yeah, if we find a VN we really like we'll sometimes buy it for the others! I'll make sure to post my review on lemmasoft when I'm done with it as well, I just replayed the common route and got into Tai's route proper, but I have a few busy weeks coming up so I'm not sure when I'll get to finish, but it will hopefully be soon.
Thanks for the response and have a good day :)
I've only finished Kien's route, but I'm buying 3 copies on steam for 3 of my VN friends, I hope it starts doing better because it is definitely my favorite game of yours so far, and I LOVED TROS.
I still need to write up my full review for you guys, but I need to finish Tai's route (which I'm currently playing this weekend) and then the last one. I have so much to say about it. I'll make sure to buy a copy for myself on steam too so I can leave a review there as well.
I don't know how far a long I am exactly, maybe half way? AND I JUST LOVE THIS SO MUCH. Initially I didn't really like any of the gods except Kien, but they've all grown on me. It's such a fantastic and well plotted story I'm racing through it at a rapid pace. I love how much customization I have personality wise too (though it's something I'm rapidly beginning to expect rom your games after DDBS and TROS and now this one) and I just love it so much!
Normally I play through with a guide to get the perfect end right from the start but this one I was compelled to do a blind play through and I'm just really enjoying the whole journey. I like how it's a bit more mature too, I love TROS and DDBS, but I like the darkness that HG carries, most visual novel games I've played are either straight up horror fests/complete grim dark angst machines or pure light and fluffiness and HG is striking a wonderful balance between them.
Thank you so much for your hard work, I'll probably report back after I've finished the other routes at least once but I just needed to yell how much I'm enjoying it.