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  • Schlangan
    Schlangan
    If I find some time tonight, I'll try. It is short compared to my game x)
    optimum45
    optimum45
    This is just issue #0. There are 46 issues on the drawing board at this time. ^_^ But I hope you enjoy it! All feedback is appreciated!
    Marketing specialist tells me that Convergence is in a "scary place between stable mediums", but that it can "also still work out amazingly well if the quality remains the same." Better start than yesterday! Off we go!
    mlogan
    mlogan
    Just keep at it! Patience - not your strong suit I know. :p
    optimum45
    optimum45
    That's why I make every day matter as best as I can...so I'm not just waiting impatiently! xD
    Marketing is not in my bag of tricks. Fortunately there are people that can be paid to do such things for me.
    Valkyriet
    Valkyriet
    what are you marketing? o.o
    Launched on itch.io. Waiting to hear from Steam and a couple of others. I'd call today a marginal success no matter what happens now.
    It seems that the world's view of what a constitutes a "Visual Novel" isn't the same as what I thought it was. I suppose "Animated Comic Book" might be a better description.
    optimum45
    optimum45
    Primarily they seem to be "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. Mine is not one of those, it is just a story, like a book. While there are little flavor bits (character interactions, puzzles, ect.) there aren't any "choose your own" style anythings in mine.
    Ramiro
    Ramiro
    So then your game is more like Prof. Layton, so it's a puzzle game?
    Geoff Moore
    Geoff Moore
    Interactive novel? Don't get too hung up on labels. :)
    The Final Release of #0 is out at last. Before I jump face first into the next 40 issues...I think I'll take a nap.
    I realized today that I built an entire second project just to play music my media player won't. If only it could change tracks on it's own xD
    Dalph
    Dalph
    You can always make a simple script for that, so the game will do it automatically everytime you start it.


    RM Music Player~
    Ramiro
    Ramiro
    or download winamp...
    This marketing thing is really my heel. I can't get past the self-blocking "they don't want to hear it" mentality. :/
    EternalShadow
    EternalShadow
    Make them interested
    optimum45
    optimum45
    As a Writer/Storyteller, my work is done. Now we're into my personal damage. "Grumpy Dick" is pretty often used to describe me. That mentality is in my own mind, even though I know it's just a block. I need to beat it somehow.
    Kyriaki
    Kyriaki
    I know what you mean, I'm my own worst enemy which is why I've pretty much gone nowhere with my writing for so long. ;; Be strong!
    The Marketing Enigma: How would a loner that isn't very fond of people go about Marketing? Hire someone?
    Dickjutsu
    Dickjutsu
    That's one way to do it. You just have to be careful that the person you're hiring knows something about what you're selling. Somebody who doesn't understand games won't be a good person to market for you if you're selling games.
    optimum45
    optimum45
    Well, it's not exactly a game, it's a story written as four novels that I'm trying to promote across multiple platforms. Video Game, Visual Novel, Conventional Novel, E-Books, and anything else it can work with. I guess a Literary Marketer would be ideal.
    Tai_MT
    Tai_MT
    Um... Study human behavior, psychology, sociology, and current successful marketing campaigns.


    I'm not fond of people and I wouldn't trust someone else to market my product in the first place. It's easier to just take a week or so to familiarize yourself with the process and then do it yourself. At least, that's my opinion.
    The Prologue is pretty much complete. With the template in place I'm ready to begin work on the next "Volume". I think...
    Clydous
    Clydous
    Best of luck with that.
    optimum45
    optimum45
    I've also started thinking that a night off to play cards might be more fun. I've earned a day off. ^_^
    Interface testing goes well and reviews are mostly very positive thus far. With the foundation in place, I can start producing these like a crazy person.
    Anyone want to test drive my new visual novel interface?
    Bonkers
    Bonkers
    Is this something that will be made available through script or for your use only?
    optimum45
    optimum45
    Well, I made it for my own project really and was just hoping for opinions on it. It's a mashup of a few easy systems, including the Shaz Mouse and a few simple visual overlays.
    NPC
    NPC
    I would be interested to see what another VN creator is doing w/ the program! :)
    Todays Workboard: Align the Mouse System; Learn how to No-RTP Package a full product; Reveal new Interface!
    This new interface has turned out better than I expected. After this long day, it's shower and bedtime. -_-
    Made an entire image based parallel process menu system in 4 hours. Still can't align the mouse. *sigh*
    Mouse system installed and mostly working. Visual Overlays installed and working correctly. Time for the meat and potatoes of the work.
    So I have this idea about designing a better user interface, and then I remember that I suck at coding...
    It's taken me all of 8 hours to have "withdrawal-like" symptoms. I have another 36 hours of "No Work" to go, and I'm going stir crazy already. :p
    Kes
    Kes
    Then do something you enjoy that is not work.
    Sharm
    Sharm
    I understand that feeling. You want to do nothing but you've been pushing yourself so hard that now you don't know what to do with yourself. You try to think "what did I used to do before this" but you can't think of anything.
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My kitty still young (3-4 months), I think I could teach her some funny tricks... like: "Play dead-ly good music for my games"
Here's a quality DPS class idea: The Beekeeper, who uses the "Bees!!" skill to attack and poison enemies.
Please don't create long, boring cutscenes in which characters do nothing but stand around talking.
What if I took a lesson from Half Minute Hero? Let the player get dumb powerful each area, but reset them down to just slightly stronger than before for the next map?
Been averaging 2-3 hours sleep for almost a month now. Starting to space out all the time ^^;

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