Winter is over! A Roommates postmortem


Today the 21st March, is the first day of Spring!

I have to say that this was a very mild Winter, so I didn’t had to shovel snow for hours, nor had problems to drive in icy raods, and so on. Overall under this aspect was a very good Winter! Lots of things happened, first game on Steam and Roommates release. Speaking of it…

Roommates postmortem!

As you know if you follow me regularly, earlier this month I released the comedy dating sim Roommates.pushing

Like Max in the image above, I can say that I wouldn’t be where I am right now without your constant support and motivation/push (some people are more or less nice regarding this, but it’s effective in all cases!).

Roommates is a special game, for several reasons:

  1. was the first game to have a full soundtrack, including theme song, done by a popular group, Leetstreet Boys
  2. was the first dating sim I made where you could play as both genders, and have a variety of romances including yuri/yaoi
  3. was the first comedy game. Is true that many other games had many funny scenes, but if you’ve played even only the demo you can see the difference!
  4. was my most expensive dating sim to date (full soundtrack, 200.000 words of script, 16 CGs, 27 background images, sprites with normal, spring, winter, summer clothes, etc)
  5. was the first one that I coded using the new Ren’Py, incorporating mobile code changes directly in the script without the need to have two separate code-bases

So as you can imagine, with such an ambitious game, there were good chances that something could go wrong! Luckily, everything went rather smoothly: I’m proud to say that even after only a month, it’s clearly going to be my most popular dating sim ever!

I’m particularly happy because I also found a good and reliable writer, Michael Van Horn, who is now working on Loren’s next games. He was supposed to write Undead Lily next, but Loren has higher priority. Maybe he can still work on it after the second chapter of Loren’s saga is out though 😉

In summary: I wish all the next games’ releases would go as smoothly as Roommates! I have doubts that this will happen though 😀

Quick SOTW update

I have also good news about this game: finally finished designing/coding/testing ALL the skills of Seasons Of The Wolf!

Which means that now I can go back adding all the content for the Winter Season (the first act of the game). I am still aiming at finishing that in time for my birthday (11th April) but of course I’m talking only about the beta/preorder version.

The final / full game is more likely to be out in August/Semptember, depending how testing goes (also still have a few images and music to finish).

I have also got some new ideas on how to implement items while playing Diablo 3 on the PS3, so I need to implement that new system too. More info coming in next weeks!

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3 Responses to Winter is over! A Roommates postmortem

  1. The Gneech says:

    I really enjoyed Roommates. I hope there’s a sequel/expansion/next generation or some such in the works soon! 🙂

    -The Gneech

  2. Spyfox says:

    [Roommates] is the most amazing game I ever played.
    because I played dating sim games frome the past, I see how much these dating sim game genre has demoted into a porn game.
    UNTIL NOW. Roommates have blown my mind. it’s amazing how much dedication has went into this game, while other dating sim games are made from scrap into crap
    this game has Genuine SoundTrack, At least 1 event a week, every character has it’s own personality (slry some DS games are strange) , And 16 CGs.
    SO amazing.
    I am a great fan of non-fantasy Dating-Sim games, since there are not so many of them. also the comedy/romance theme is perfect.
    I will be honest, I could not get my allowance and couldn’t buy the game and I Torrented it. now I feel bad for it. I will buy your games in a matter of time.
    I really wish you would make more games like this.
    (Jeeeeez that’s a long comment)

    • admin says:

      Well thanks, but remember to buy them, even when are on discount if you can’t afford full price, since for small indies like me every sale counts! I don’t make games in popular genres, so I need all the support I can from fans, otherwise I could be forced to stop 🙁

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