I bet you thought I just forgot about last week's update, didn't you? Well, I didn't! (Nice save, Mel.)
But no, seriously, it was on purpose; I have a buttload of things I want to write about, and it'd be a little cool to have some of it grouped together, since they happened-and I knew they'd happen-over the span of these past two weeks.
First off, a general "Novella Gaming" update: we got a logo! Check it out!
Pretty great, right?
Next! T-shirt! The final printing? Looks GREAT. And I'll be announcing it on the Kickstarter page in just a bit as well, but they'll only be available to buy until the end of May. Check it out in this terribly low-res picture I took with my phone (it's also too big on me because I ordered a small instead of an extra small on accident)!
The printer I'm going through is called Winning Streak, by the way, if you're ever in need of fantastic t-shirt mass production.
Next up! A lot of the writing for "But I love you." is all done, with the exception of "basic" dialogue (this is part of the dating sim element to the game, it's just things that can help you wrack up certain kinds of points with the ladies) and a few of the endings, and recording is going to start very soon.
And while we're on the subject of BILY, here's something neat--images of the backer-created characters! Below, we have the lovely new ladies: Angela, Miakoda, Victoria, Hikari, and Kurotsuki!
News for our other games: we've hired a musician for Rite of Passing (who is working on the soundtrack for it, and I've only heard a clip but it was a gorgeous clip nonetheless), and one of our musicians for Galactic Embassy: Earth Division is working on the song for the trailer. I have to go through and make the Kickstarter campaign for GEED soon, but I'll likely be making a new account on Kickstarter to do that, since we have an official...company name type thing now. So be on the lookout for "Novella Gaming" on Kickstarter sometime in the future.
Concept art for Rite of Passing is also happening, and as you already know, the artwork for Galactic Embassy: Earth Division is already happening. The writing for GEED is being refined and reformatted (since it was originally intended to be an animated series), and Rite of Passing is having some of it's more important scenes storyboarded.
Ending art for BILY is still happening, of course. Here's a sketch of the art for one of Allison's "bad" endings.
The people in the Facebook development group for BILY have seen the majority of this all ready, so it's not really news to them. Something that may be of interest, though, is the cast for "But I love you.", especially now that you've seen the backer-created characters and know their names.
- Female protagonist: Sarah Wiedenheft
- Male protagonist: Lucas Campbell
- Allison: Jane Redd
- Angela: Emily Koch
- Emma: Mel Gorsha
- Hikari: Amber Lee Connors
- Kurotsuki: Cayla Martin
- Leila: Brittany Lauda
- Miakoda: Danielle McRae
- Ryanne: Kira Buckland
- Victoria: Skyler Davenport
- Vivian: Tamara Fritz
A really fantastic cast that I'm excited to work with and direct.
Now, moving on to...
Character Spotlight #5
And this week's is featuring, of course, Emma from "But I love you."!
Emma is a sweet young lady who has lived in Keresberg all of her life, and inherited the local bed and breakfast from her father. She dreamed of being a pianist for a while, but then gave that up to take over the inn, rationalizing that it wasn't likely she would amount to anything if she were to pursue music.
Emma values manners and hospitality over most things, and when she feels the need to be aggressive, she'll do it with a smile. She enjoys music, singing, and has been known to indulge in the occasional terrible pun once she's comfortable with a person.
She is fairly personable and friendly, but does seem to hold a polite distance between herself and others; she graciously accepts compliments, and is quick to flatter, but her more genuine praises come with a flurry of uncharacteristic excitement.
Her style and mannerisms are equal to those of a lady before our time, and Emma also doesn't seem to be very in touch with the world outside of Keresberg. Which is understandable, as she's never had a chance to leave, and there's no internet or cell reception...not that she ever had a cell phone.
Emma finds it very easy to make friends, and while she values manners, she will choose someone kind and gruff over someone polite and cold. She finds social hierarchies and stigmas to be awful, having come from a family of old money, and back when Keresberg was more populated, would make a point of acquainting herself with everyone, even making some close friends with people who were ostracized for being different.
Emma's biggest flaw may come from the fact that if she doesn't know something or is the last one to find out about something, it frustrates her, and instead of expressing how she feels, she bottles up any negativity until she's exhausted and has to let it all out.