As already posted previously for the Steam version I decided to save myself the useless efforts of trying to censor it and just went with adult-only category. But the game can still be played with suggestive outfits/content off if you like.
Thanks once again to all Kickstarter backers for helping me finish this game.
Are you ready to Save the World?
My next Kickstarter is also live. This is one of the shorter VN I want to make I was talking about in past months, that I plan to release in between the bigger projects like ToA: An Elven Marriage.
For more information about the game please visit the Kickstarter (you can also click the image above). The game is set in London, and the protagonist is Ekiya, an Indian immigrant in the UK who is struggling with her life but she has a good heart. The encounter with the aliens will change her life forever. Note that despite taking place in the same city, the game is not related to my previous title Bionic Heart.
The game’s premise is based on this concept: what would happen if aliens arrived and believed that our society was flawed, and the solution was to redistribute wealth by killing the world’s wealthiest individuals on a daily basis?
The premise is just the start as the game will feature even more wild events. There are two love interests, your childhood friend and roommate Sarah and Xen, who is a non-binary character and the leader of the aliens.
But considering how cute Agent Castillo turned out (I have a long tradition of making hot secondary character) I hope that also the stretch goal gets achieved!
The game will feature optional adult content, but since the story is focused on the aliens, I’m going to make sure that this time there’s a clean version playable by anyone. And of course many cute moments the ones below:
That’s all for now. As I’m writing this the game was already funded but as said before there are some very interesting stretch goals I hope to reach!
I am excited to announce that my upcoming game, The Beastmaster Princess, is now in beta testing on itch.io. The testing phase is expected to conclude by the end of the month, after which the game will be available on Steam. Purchasing on itch.io will also provide a free Steam key.
I have chosen to classify the game as “adult only” due to its setting, which features revealing outfits for characters in a desert and nomad setting. Additionally, Steam has a policy of categorizing games with manga art as adult only, so it made more sense to put it in this section rather than waste time censoring it. This decision was also influenced by similar experiences of other game developers who had their games categorized as adult only despite mild content.
The only drawback is that the game will not be available for purchase in certain countries, such as Germany, due to its adult only classification on Steam. However, I believe that players interested in this type of game have likely already switched to purchasing through itch.io.
ToA: An Elven Marriage update
In other news, I’ve made some good progress also on ToA: An Elven Marriage, going past 150,000 words of story. It’s kind of fun to work mainly on a game (Beastmaster Princess) and then during the dead moments work on a complex RPG! And also plan the next small game Kickstarter as well, which will be live next month. Rest assured, despite the workload, I am taking precautions to prevent burn-out and have learned from past experiences.
Anyway a feature I added recently was the possibility to pick ANY romance from Loren even if that character is not present or is not a main character of the story:
What’s the point you might ask? Well, if someone wants to be “loyal” to a specific love interest and they’re not in the game… in that case it’s like if they were playing with no romance though, since you won’t be able to unlock any romance CG. The relationship points though will still work, as well as the personal quests.
Just to recap quickly, to avoid confusions:
there isn’t any “Loren 2”. Instead, 4 spin-off games focused on Elenor/Saren (the real protagonist now!)
in each of the 4 games, there will be 2 “old” romances (from Loren) + 2 new romances (new characters). Of course, always different in each game.
in each game you can either: continue an old romance, or start as single and romance one of the two new characters
for those who wants to roleplay, they can pick any love interest from Loren, even those NOT present in the story. But of course, no romance path or CG will take place
In this game using this system will actually be rather easy. In the next one will be a bit more difficult since for example Loren IS NOT a love interest (both Loren and Karen will be in the 3rd game that focuses on the Amazons and the slavery themes etc). However both Loren and Karen will be present in the second game as NPC/secondary characters.
So if I allow this “roleplay thing” I’ll need to write a few variants in this case. Still NOT a full romance path. I hope I managed to explain. And I hope it will be worth it lol
Note that I’ll do the same also for the NEW romances. Example: in ToA:An Elven Marriage you romance Lydia/Nathir. In the next game (Reign of War, another demon war themed story) beside all the older romance you’ll be able to roleplay and start as if you romanced Lydia (or Nathir).
To summarize: you have the option to choose any previous love interest from prior games in the series (beginning with Loren). If the character is a central figure in that specific story, you will experience a full romantic storyline. If not, you will receive references or mentions and only a few scenes. Generally, if they are not main characters, they will have very limited screen time.
Last but not least: this series of games uses the parallel universes or if you prefer, the multi-verse system. So in one world, Saren is the hero who fought alongside Loren and became her lover. In another, is Elenor and she fell in love with Chambara. Etc etc. However, there will be some major world-event that will be fixed.
So for example in every “universe” they defeated Fost with the help of Zeal (he’ll be present in the first two spin-off games). In every universe, Loren becomes the new Queen. Both Karen and Loren are alive, so is Mesphit. And so on.
Phew. Why I decided to make such complex, branching plot games? I don’t know, really, but I hope you’ll have fun as I am doing world building.
Happy New Year! As every year, I’ll set my own new year goals in the first post of the year.
This time I’m taking into account my eye issues, which luckily for now doesn’t seem too bad. But still something to consider especially for big games like the RPGs – staying hours looking at spreadsheets to balance enemies/items is not healthy for the eyes, as you can imagine!
Anyways: like past year, I’ve a Kickstarted game to finish, The Beastmaster Princess, and I plan to finish it in the first quarter. I’m not sure yet when exactly, but definitely should happen in first months of the year. I have currently 4 chapters out of 5 fully edited, I might still add a few things there and there, but if I had to guess, February or early March at the latest could be a good candidate for the beta release.
After this, the next game to be out should be ToA: An Elven Marriage. I’ve basically worked on it already last year in “my spare time” but being a full RPG (with some new tweaks/features of course) it takes longer than a pure VN.
I’d like to say it will be out in Q2-Q3, but maybe I could release a smaller game first to avoid burn-out. I’ll need to see (as usual I’m working on several games at once).
Ah yes, about the smaller games: I already spoke about this in my Patreon, in practice I’m going to try making some sci-fi games but more in the Black Mirror style, so not space opera, but “alternate reality”, “crazy situations”, etc.
I think I’ll be able to release one of those games this year, and will be about aliens but… I believe it’s a new idea, different from what already seen.
Oh, I also started brainstorming the next (and likely last) game of the Tales From The Under-Realm series (yuri only like the other titles). For now all I can say is that Evelyn from After Midnight will be a love interest, and the protagonist will be a half-demon named Lilith. Not a bad start, eh?
Lol the title sounds funny, doesn’t it? Since recently I released many games, this year instead of the usual “end of year thoughts”, I’m going to make a sort of quick postmortem for each of them. I’ll talk about the difficulties I had, the ROI (Return of Investment, in other word how much profitable the game was) and so on.
But first of all, my games are discounted on Steam and itchio:
This game really saved my mental health. I was recovering after Planet Stronghold 2 burn-out, and the realization that big games are no longer viable (at least for me) and I was unsure what to do. Then I wrote this game’s first draft almost all at once, in 2 months (about 60k words, more were added later). I went for a cheaper game, even if of course I had the usual “is too expensive” complaints (when in reality there are other VN with not even half of the wordcount and shallow characters sold for same amount lol).
But it went very well. Very good KS, good sales, had a lot of fun doing it. So far one of my best experiences of the last few years.
At Your Feet
Every time I talk about this game, a smile forms on my face lol. However, I was really pleased by how it did. Despite an average KS, the game itself on Steam did well. And the ROI was good. Most importantly, I laughed a lot while doing it from start to finish. Something that not always happens with all my games. I like writing deep serious stories, political intrigue, fantasy stuff but… sometimes you just want to try something crazy!
A game that went OK both on Kickstarter and sales, and fans of the first title seems to really have liked it. From my experience though, nowadays on Steam if you don’t have at least nudity (not erotic stuff, but at least some scenes with tasteful nudity) you can’t possibly hope to get any good sales, and unfortunately this game was no exception.
I don’t think will do any other games that don’t offer at least some optional spicy content, and this of course will limit the number of artists I can use (not many are OK with that).
The Curse Of Mantras
Despite the average Steam reviews, this game did well. Not exceptional, but good. However I clearly see some mistakes I did. Premise: I’m already happy that I managed to finish it, considering the super mess that it was. As I posted before, this game wasn’t really planned well, I acted on impulse (started it 8 years ago!) riding the wave of enthusiasm of forum people who kept screaming “add more romances! add male protagonist!” and so on 🙂 My fault of course, but that happened.
It’s one of those games that in today’s market, either are a hit (for my standards of course), or average sellers and in general, give bad ROI. As you can imagine such a big game took a lot of time, money, efforts. And the result … well, since for once I dared to focus not on romance but mainly on the mystery and the various characters backstories, a few people didn’t like the game for that, leaving negative reviews on Steam. Also, many people playing in VN Mode quickly finished it and said there wasn’t enough content. Of course, if you skip the whole card gameplay which can offer at least 25-30h of playtime…!! Perhaps allowing people to skip the card game wasn’t a good move, even if it’s hard to say (I can imagine if I didn’t make the optional VN Mode I’d have complaints anyway).
I had fun during some parts of the development, creating all the cards and so on, but I had to take a lot of breaks to avoid burn-out, and it felt like a chore during the final stages of testing (making sure all the plot worked, testing battles for the 10th time, etc).
Don’t misunderstand thinking it sold badly: it has the highest Kickstarter funding for me so far, and even direct and Steam sales were pretty good. It’s only the same old story repeating, what happened for Planet Stronghold 2: if a game takes 10-12 months of hard work, the ROI needs to be much higher. Otherwise, it’s better to do 2-3 smaller games, and in case of pure VN I don’t even have to go nuts with coding (which of course also add more long-term support because you can find bugs even months after the release!).
I’m not including TFTU: After Midnight of course since it’s too early, but so far impression seems very positive, could be one of the best games I released in last 2-3 years!
Luckily for me, I had fun doing all the games mentioned. For some I had tougher moments, but I think it’s still related to the burn-out I had back in 2020. It’s really bad – is like a disease that I got, and it can resurface anytime I try to do something too complex. When others told me about that I wouldn’t believe it – now that I’ve experienced it myself first-hand I realize that it’s real and is bad.
As I posted earlier this month, I have some eye issues too so it adds to everything.
Anyway, I still plan to finish The Beastmaster Princess and ToA: An Elven Marriage next year, then maybe a couple of smaller and simpler titles, then the next ToA game and so on, until I’ve finished all the four spin-offs! Then I really think might not do RPGs anymore, since they are too time-consuming, unless somehow the next one sells 2-3 times Planet Stronghold 2. But there’s still plenty of time to take that decision.
That’s all for this year. Happy holidays and happy new year!
If you follow me on social networks, you already know that recently I had some serious eye issues. Luckily it seems nothing irreversible, but I should do a surgery to go back seeing well, so for now I’m thinking what to do. I can still work, but it’s becoming rather difficult.
Anyways, this is not an excuse, and indeed I’m happy to report that I’m making good progress on The Beastmaster Princess. The editor finished the third chapter (there are five in total) and we’ll also be able to put a harem ending (which seems one of the most requested feature recently lol).
Script so far is around 90,000 words (probably final count will be close to 100k), thus the game won’t be as big as ToA: An Elven Marriage, also because in the end there won’t be any RPG part. However it has plenty of romances, cool scenes and some cameos. For example below:
The events of this game take place before Loren’s events, and since in the story the nomads will need to travel to Grandtree, there’ll be Rei and Myrth cameos.
I kept the story simple, with choices that changes the scenes, in particular if you unlock certain CGs or not, but if you play to get a romance you won’t need any guide. Instead if you want to maximize ALL the romances, get the harem ending, and also solve a little detective minigame (see below) then yes, will require more efforts!
In summary, I’m making this game so that the casual player will be able to see most of the content and get most of the achievements, with only a few things that will be more difficult (but not as difficult as to get some of the After Midnight endings, for example).
The game CG are also being finished as I’m writing this post, hopefully for the end of the months I’ll have them all. So, in summary:
100k words long plot (estimate)
4 romances + bonus harem ending
4 pin-up CG (love interest alone) + 4 love CG x 2 (male/female protagonists) + 4 ending CG x 2 (male/female protagonists) + 2 harem CG x 2 = 22 CGs in total!
each of those 22 CGs will also have a censored version for those who don’t want to see any nudity
I think that’s not bad at all for a $15 game!
Now that’s the big question. I think if I can keep working like this, despite everything, the game beta should be out around February, and the final game March/April at the latest. With all happening lately, I’ve given up the possibility to have a combat/RPG part (need to minimize the amount of time spent in front of the monitor), so that should speed things up.
That’s all for now, towards the end of the month I’ll do my usual “end of year” post and give you my best wishes!