Dead But Alive – The Cast

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As you can see from the image above, the cast will be varied both in gender and ethnicity.  Let’s see all the characters now.

carolineName: Caroline

Background: Growing up on a farm, Caroline is used to working with her hands and has a basic understanding of machinery and weapons. The remoteness of her farm means she and her family were kept out of the worst troubles, digging in until the viral outbreak cleared up. It was on a trip into town for supplies that the military commandeered her vehicle and Caroline was left stranded. She is keen to get back and make sure everyone is okay.

Player can have a romance with Caroline.

EricName: Eric

Background: Eric is a former bouncer and body builder, eventually finding a talent for fixing machines and training as a mechanic. Bullied in his youth for his skin color, Eric took an intense interest in becoming stronger in order to defend himself and those around him. Despite his large frame, he is a gentle person with a spiritual side. However, he feels strongly about racism and has ended up in trouble more than once by reacting to it.

Player can have a romance with Eric.

JennyName: Jenny

Background: Jenny is a student from Germany, visiting Bournemouth for a couple of months on a work placement programme. Warm and friendly by nature, Jenny is always pleased to talk to people, and not just to practice her English. With no news about the rest of the world, Jenny chooses to believe her family are safe from the Zeds and that help from abroad is on the way.

Player can have a romance with Jenny.

LucyName: Lucy

Background: Lucy joined the UK police force just a couple of months back, despite the disapproval of her parents. She strongly believes in justice and morality, even in the face of the apocalypse. While fighting the zombie uprising, she was separated from her unit and managed to escape – the fate of her fellow officers remains unknown. Lucy dislikes killing the Zeds unless absolutely necessary – they were once people, and she still hopes there might be a way to cure them.

Player can have a romance with Lucy.

GeraldName: Gerald

Background: Gerald is a retired NHS doctor. Long before SHTF he lost his wife to an illness he failed to diagnose, for which he is still blaming himself. They had a daughter, who is now living in Leeds. He has not heard from her since the SHTF and is not sure he could take losing the last of his family.

RenateName: Renate

Background: Renate is a retired teacher and widow. She moved to Bournemouth from France twenty years ago to marry her husband, Bernard, and has remained here ever since. She has no desire to remarry, happy in the company of her friends and neighbours, always willing to help those in need. Her charm hides a sharp wit and she is not afraid to stand up for herself.

SteveName: Steve

Background: Steve served in the British military, but was dishonorably discharged due to a couple of racist incidents. Outside of the military, he has mostly been unemployed. He can be difficult to deal with and tends to speak his mind. While his attitude frequently gets him in trouble, his combat training and sense of self preservation just as frequently get him out of it again.

TomName: Tom

Background: Tom is a former police officer with experience using a range of firearms. When the SHTF he left his unit to look for his family, but unfortunately he arrived too late. His mother was turned before he could get back and attacked his wife and children. Finding them turned and having to put them down has left him traumatized. His recent behavior has become more aggressive, a cause of some concern for those around him.

AlexName: Alex

Background: An art student at Bournemouth University, Alex has no career aspirations and no idea what to do with his life. Aside from sketching and drawing, his main interests are video games and circuit training. Alex would much prefer shooting at zombies on his console rather than in real life, but he is coping better with the apocalypse than he realises.

NickyName: Nicky

Background: The middle child of three, Nicky often feels unnoticed by his parents as they focus on his teenage older brother and his baby sister. This has left him with a tendency to go off on his own, and frequently gets into trouble. Separated from his family when SHTF, he is anxious to find them again – assuming they made it to safety.

MikeName: Mike

Background: A former gulf veteran, Mike knows how to handle himself. Since returning from the Middle East, he’s found ordinary life quite dull and misses the camaraderie of his unit. Since the SHTF, Mike has rediscovered some meaning in his life – he almost enjoys the danger, though he tends to bond better with those around him with combat experience.

CarlName: Carl

Background: Carl is a former professional ranger, employed by a local landlord to manage the hunting on the estates and lead tourists who paid a lot of money to shoot roe deer. He has a vast knowledge of hunting and guns, which makes him a valuable addition to any team. However, his antisocial tendencies make him hard to work with and frequently cause friction between him and his team mates.

EmilyName: Emily

Background: The main character’s teenage daughter. Their relationship is somewhat strained since the accidental death of her mother some seven years ago, but she can keep a cool head in a crisis. Some of her parent’s military organisational skills have rubbed off on her and she tries to be prepared for anything.

Before you complain there are more romanceable women than men: we know it, but we’re trying something new this time. We want to add two missing male romances during the beta, depending on the choice of the community. So once the beta is out, expect a poll to vote for the two male romances.

The “candidates” are Steve, Tom, Mike & Carl. Before making the poll, we’ll do another post describing the kind of romance you’d play with each one!

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Announcing Dead But Alive – Southern England

Before you think “what, he has started yet another game?”, this game is not being developed by me, I am only publishing it. Also, this is not an announcement that “work has started on a new game”… but that the game is almost done! :)

Most likely in the next few weeks I’ll be able to start the pre-orders and beta testing. But what is exactly Dead But Alive – Southern England?

As the name clearly suggests, it’s about the zombie apocalypse. If you follow me, you know in the past I mentioned in my forums I wanted to make a zombie game. Well, a few months ago Highcliffe Media Publishing pitched an idea I thought it was cool, so decided to publish it. I might still do another zombie game on my own, but as you know, I have so many games going on that it won’t happen anytime soon.

Luckily, there’s this game now :)

The game pitch

Dead But Alive is a zombie survival adventure/simulation set in Southern England. A simple camping holiday for a former ex-military officer, looking to rebuild his relationship with his/her teenage daughter, suddenly turns into a fight for survival in a world devastated by the undead. Separated from his/her daughter, he/she must lead a small, ragged team of survivors, build a camp, scavenge for supplies and try to stay alive, all while trying to track her down. The game features a non-linear storyline with moral choices on despair, commitment and sacrifice.

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the game “status screen” from which you can decide what to do each day

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besides the normal survivors, there will be some “VIPs”, like Caroline… yes you can romance her!

map
the map will feature different locations, each one with bonus/malus

As you can see from those screenshots, the gameplay will be very straightforward for those used to zombie/survival games. The main goal will be simple: scavenge for supplies, improve your camp and try to survive! It’s addictive and easy to learn, but it won’t be easy… And of course it includes more than 120,000 words of storyline.

Obviously, I made sure that there are romance options! 😉 So in the game your main character is “genderless”, meaning that the game plays from first person view, and your gender is never explicitly mentioned. This means that when you romance a male or female character, if it’s a homosexual or heterosexual relationship it’s all about how you imagine your character.

Another thing that you can clearly see from the art, is that this time it’s not anime. We thought a more serious style for the art was a better idea for this setting, so we’ve decided to not make it anime artwork. It’s lovely handmade and in FullHD.

This game does not use Ren’Py and porting it to Mac and Linux would have been very expensive. That’s why we’ve agreed to only make it available on Windows for now. Depending on how successful it is, we might make Mac and Linux versions later. Theoretically you could get it to work with Wine. We haven’t tested this though.

OK I think I’ve said enough about the game for now. Of course, I will do more posts about it later. As I said, game beta/preorders should begin shortly, so watch this space and/or my social networks for the announcement! :)

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Queen Of Thieves “crafting”

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In the screenshot above you see the “crafting” system I’ve just implemented on Queen Of Thieves. It’s nothing complex, and to be honest calling it crafting is a bit too much: you just place gems in the various items sockets, similarly to what happens in Diablo/Torchlight.

Anyway, even if simple, it’s quite addictive, both for casual players but also for nightmare-mode players. For the former because it’s just fun to place the various gems and see the stats go up. For the latter, because using the right combination they could find a new strategy to beat a difficult battle. I tested myself in an early catacomb level, and while leveling up to acquire new skills is what makes your party more powerful, I was able to beat a particularly difficult battles with gems alone (even if I used a cheat mode to get powerful gems early).

So in summary I’m very happy about the result, and I think was a good idea to add it. I think it’s balanced, because it can give you the edge in a battle but not completely change the difficulty.

And most importantly, since you can apply gem to any armor piece, it means that you can always equip the outfit you like most (as said before, the items you wear are reflected in the sprite in this game). Yes, everything started when users in forums wanted a solution to this problem! :)

I’m still unsure if to allow the gem-socketing for weapons too. I might need some more time to decide, but I think not. After all players have already a lot of stuff to customize!

This week I’ve resumed the catacomb exploration coding, hoping to finish it by mid-July at the latest. After that, I’ll only need to wait for the writer to finish the otome routes, and the artist to do some missing artwork but most of the work is done.

riddle

The catacombs will have “only” 9 levels, but I’m trying to make each level unique. Currently I’m doing the second level, which will feature a mad priest asking riddles thorough the level, like the one above. Obviously if you answer wrong…bad things will happen 😉

Quick update about the other games

This week made good progress. Just to name a few (there are much more but can’t list everything):

  • the intro scene of Cursed Lands, with the character creation done by talking to Apolimesho. Quite cool :)
  • more writing for Loren 2, though obviously it’s still in early stages
  • more writing/art/music for Never Forget Me (Always Remember Me sequel)
  • more Heirs & Graces scenes and CG sketches… very hot and with a good amount of fanservice!
  • more screens for the yet-to-be-announced yuri game. More fanservice for yuri lovers 😉

So even if the month of June is almost ended, it was a good month for the development, like May. Sooner or later all those games “in progress” will be finished… and it could happen that I’ll release 2-3 of them in sequence, since there are several that are “almost done”! :)

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