Friday, September 29, 2017

The Future of TLS

Hello, everyone! I'm here to talk about several things.

Most importantly, I've just made public a significant Patreon post. In it, I talk about exactly how many chapters TLS will have, outline the rough shape of what future development will look like, and share some thoughts about what's been done so far compared to my original plans.

Second, I've updated the public version yet again to 0.29.5. Nothing too important in this update, but I don't like there being bugs in the main public version when a new one isn't imminent. So if anyone is replaying the war or starting fresh, get the newest version from the previous post.

Third, I've put up my commercial games on GameJolt. Check them out at these links if you have any interest in the platform:
https://gamejolt.com/games/ouroboros/252857
https://gamejolt.com/games/crimsongray/285247

As I detail in the first link, whenever I complete a chapter of TLS, I take a break to work on something different to refresh myself creatively. So I have not been working on TLS recently, but I have been working on a new project that will hopefully be complete soon. Patrons will definitely get to play a new, complete game in October, and everyone else can count on seeing it in time. ^-^

So yes, feel free to read that first post and please look forward to the future of TLS!

Friday, September 8, 2017

TLS 0.29.5 Public Release

Download*: https://mega.nz/#!rp0wRJrD!HZXZ1MMFEkX8aeV95zrULoy0iXfj9lOAYOTXvLPyO4E
Mirror*: https://www.mediafire.com/file/wwi0h1deh6je0v9/TLS%200.29.5.exe
RTP: https://mega.nz/#!yhNUhK6a!9Kk_1qeFMQ_ni5uyaUT7DRAOLlhcauYCpk9LnlUIkgM

*Requires RPG Maker VX Ace RTP to be installed. If you don't know what that means, use the RTP link.

Version 0.29.0
 - Another double update, both the end of the war and the aftermath.
 - Four new plot sex scenes.
 - Six new affection sex scenes.
 - Decided to increase the speed of buffing skills and trialed it on Carina's. Report if you like it and I can use the same style for other skills that target the entire party.
 - The new section of the game involves splitting the party into three groups for one dungeon. This is only possible thanks to the scripting work of Decanter. Huge thanks to him!
Version 0.29.1
 - Some polishing, removal of serious Hilstara bug.
Version 0.29.2
 - The orc summit has been made somewhat easier.
 - Hilstara's sequence has been made harder.
 - The number of reserves during the aftermath has been reduced.
 - This section has also been modified to eliminate some bugs, but more checking is necessary.
 - Riala's skills have all been compiled into a single menu.
 - The Unsuccubus Mass image has been improved (thanks to Decanter!).
 - All party buffing animations improved and sped up (thanks to CyberForte!).
 - Many minor bugs/fixes/improvements.
Version 0.29.3
 - Reviewing the entire war, there have been a number of tweaks to improve the overall balance.
 - Though I kept the reduced reserves, I made the instability penalties less punishing. In theory this will nudge games away from both extremes.
 - The results of the investments have changed in multiple ways. They are generally more beneficial to the player, so you may want to replay the very end.
 - Thanks to Decanter, we have an edited chapter four title card. Now hopefully more people will read it right at first glance.
 - Riala's sex skills have been given new animations and slightly rebalanced.
 - The usual bugs, typos, and polishing.
Version 0.29.4
 - Fixed several invisible but nontrivial mistakes involving hidden variables.
Version 0.29.5
 - Yet more fixes, most trivial but a few inconveniencing to certain saves.

Alright, everyone, this is the official public release of this version as well as the end of the third chapter! As you can see, the war has undergone a lot more rebalancing than a normal release thanks to all the new sections and different kinds of challenges. I also feel that some of the initial values I had for the investments and consequences weren't quite right, so I've modified many of those. Hopefully this version gives you some hard choices and challenges but is still fun to play!

With this chapter complete, I will be taking a break to work on a short new project, to refresh my creative energy. After the last chapter I created Ouroboros, for example. I will be saying a little more about this in the future, and you can count on the roadmap to the end of TLS being made public soon, but for now, please enjoy the release!

EDIT: The links have been updated to version 0.29.4, which makes a number of invisible changes. While these are not generally critical, if you did reasonably well in the war but received zero social capital during the aftermath, you definitely want to replay that section.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Version 0.29.0 Released!

New update for patrons! Version history updated, you know what to do, etc.

REMINDER: As this as an extra large update, it will take more than a single week for bugtesting to be complete. See below for a list of changes and expect the public version in a week. It's currently available on Patreon to $1 and up backers.

Version 0.29.0
 - Another double update, both the end of the war and the aftermath.
 - Four new plot sex scenes.
 - Six new affection sex scenes.
 - Decided to increase the speed of buffing skills and trialed it on Carina's. Report if you like it and I can use the same style for other skills that target the entire party.
 - The new section of the game involves splitting the party into three groups for one dungeon. This is only possible thanks to the scripting work of Decanter. Huge thanks to him!

Version 0.29.2 [9/1/17]
 - The orc summit has been made somewhat easier.
 - Hilstara's sequence has been made harder.
 - The number of reserves during the aftermath has been reduced.
 - This section has also been modified to eliminate some bugs, but more checking is necessary.
 - Riala's skills have all been compiled into a single menu.
 - The Unsuccubus Mass image has been improved (thanks to Decanter!).
 - All party buffing animations improved and sped up (thanks to CyberForte!).
 - Many minor bugs/fixes/improvements.

Really came down to the wire, so not a lot to say now. If you want a preview of this version, do check out the screenshots I've posted on various forums (ULMF, for one example). It's currently playable on Patreon, of course. Expect the public version in time, not necessarily a week depending on how long the bug fixing process takes.

I will probably not do many extra large updates like this again in the future. Though I think they let me produce more content per day overall, the additional content doesn't seem to mean anything to a vocal minority. It might be for the best in terms of overall game development again in the future, but in the short term it does not feel worth it. -_-

But that aside, this is a large update that I feel is a satisfying conclusion to the third chapter of the game! I hope everyone enjoys it!

Friday, July 21, 2017

TLS 0.28.3 Public Release

Download*: https://mega.nz/#!C8sDETpL!5buRxMvRFDWttW_ZeKskxg0eXsiqnhLi_popytRwzQc
Mirror*: https://www.mediafire.com/?qvpbpyjyk013uvp
RTP: https://mega.nz/#!a1MQ0QBT!XH-AGiP3rEYlHWM5sHILwVJ8n5uciELjuCvtuAHyAGI

*Requires RPG Maker VX Ace RTP to be installed. If you don't know what that means, use the RTP link.

TLS 0.28.0
 - Double update: the first two thirds of the war against the Incubus Emperor.
 - Three new plot sex scenes.
 - Implementation of the new party splitting mechanics.
TLS 0.28.1
 - Riala balance update, unique combat reaction added.
 - Character updates: Antarion and Sho equipment, Grubbak skills.
 - Several internal mechanical change.
 - Misc polishing.
TLS 0.28.2
 - Further internal mechanical fixes and balancing.
 - Varia skill rebalancing.
TLS 0.28.3
 - Yet more polishing to war calculations.
 - On Yarra's route, the variable "Empress Approval" now works properly.
 - The Kingsmen and Queensmen bars now have more variability throughout chapter three.
 - Flower Speculation investment now removed from ledger after the reunion.
 - The Dusty Horde and AriGarda are no longer listed in the ledger after taking over Yhilin. The Iron Cudgel remains, however.
 - Since some people were unclear on this, rewrote dialogue to make it completely unambiguous when the Dusty Horde is destroyed.

In addition to more balancing and getting feedback from players, I used this week to finish off some old bugs and minor issues that had been low priority while I was rushing on new content. These are not a big deal, but I do try to go back and polish whenever I get a chance.

As a reminder: I might make retroactive changes to this section to balance the entire war, once I finish the next update. So if you definitely want to play only once, maybe wait a little. Having said that, this update has loads of new content for everyone to play!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Crimson Gray Released!

You can now purchase the game at the following places:
Steam
itch.io SFW
itch.io NSFW
MangaGamer

See the game's page for the NSFW patches and more info. Also, Ouroboros is on sale at itch.io and MangaGamer!

John is a young man suffering from severe depression. As he loses his sense of purpose in life, he begins to see the world in unfocused gray. Just when he begins to lose all hope, John meets a girl... a very special girl.

Your every choice will impact both characters' mental states, changing their fate. John might reject Lizzie, succumb to his depression, or die violently. Lizzie might lose control and ruin her chances or become obsessed with shadowy conspiracies that may or may not exist. Or just maybe the two of them might be exactly what the other needs and their story could end in happiness...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Version 0.28.0 Released!

New update for patrons! Version history updated, you know what to do, etc.

TLS 0.28.0
 - Double update: the first two thirds of the war against the Incubus Emperor.
 - Three new plot sex scenes.
 - Implementation of the new party splitting mechanics.

This is the extra large update I promised, containing the majority of the war. If you want a preview, definitely check out the update with screenshots that I'll be posting on all the forums.

Due to the length and complexity of this update, I can't promise it will be out in the usual exactly one week. There are a lot of calculations going on underneath the surface, and I want to make sure they're all correct and well-balanced before I release the update publicly.

Meanwhile, if you were waiting for Crimson Gray to appear on MangaGamer, the preorder page is now online. I'm still mostly looking toward the Steam release, but definitely use MG if that's your preference:
http://www.mangagamer.com/detail.php?goods_type=1&product_code=1027 

So yes, public release before too long, then the end of the war and chapter three after that!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crimson Gray Released!

I have a new completed game out! I'll put an image and the synopsis here, but you can find out more information at this public Patreon post or the game's page. It will be available in all stores in two weeks, but currently it is exclusive to Nutaku.





Synopsis

John is a young man suffering from severe depression. As he loses his sense of purpose in life, he begins to see the world in unfocused gray. Just when he begins to lose all hope, John meets a girl... a very special girl.

Though Lizzie appears affectionate and devoted, it quickly becomes clear that she's so violent and unstable that a normal boy would run away from her. But when John sees her, he sees someone else suffering from a mental condition. John is willing to risk his safety for a chance to help Lizzie gain some mental stability. Lizzie is willing to murder everyone in school if she believes it would make him happy.

Your every choice will impact both characters' mental states, changing their fate. John might reject Lizzie, succumb to his depression, or die violently. Lizzie might lose control and ruin her chances, or become obsessed with shadowy conspiracies that may or may not exist. Or just maybe the two of them might be exactly what the other needs, and their story could end in happiness...

Crimson Gray is a psychological thriller, exploring the psyches of the characters and the strange circumstances that brought them together. It has a focus on subtle actions having consequences, your choices impacting the characters' mental stability in ways that could make choices down the line have very different results.

TLS Update

I am still aiming for Friday, July 7th. This update will be larger than normal and may require more bugtesting. Meanwhile, I hope Crimson Gray will tide you over!