Sunday, May 20, 2018

May release! The "noble intents" update?!

So, like every month, the game gets updated, both for the public version, and the Patreon version. Here is a link to the Patreon page, In case you can't find it on the sidebar. :^

Have fun with the game, if you give it a go! ^_^

Monday, May 14, 2018

A winner is you!

First of all, we finally reached the 1800$ goal on Patreon! Talk about a big deal! I had already started talking with Redjet to bump the number of monthly commission from 2 to 3, so we'll be able to get those as soon as next month.

I will also prepare the next poll for the supporters to ask people about what they would like me to spend the extra money on (if they think the game needs better music, or sounds, or sprites, etc), so I can see if there are any clear priorities to take care of.

As far as development goes, I wrote 2 more scenes for Carla, and made progress to wrap things up in the "noble saga", mainly creating new maps for the new town, tying things up at the castle with the NPCs, and so on. I want for players to be able to visit the new town while it's still governed by the corrupt noble you'll then get a chance at substituting (but I'll probably limit things a bit, to avoid writing tons of content), so that's where I am focusing right now. I am one noble short (but it's already possible to finish the quest properly), so I am debating if I should work on it first to give the players more ways to earn the votes they need to get the title, or if I should work on other things as well (like adding a scene to mark the start of chapter 3, after the second temple). Since the plan is to release the update this week, time is on the short side, but I'll see what I can do.

I also did a lot of work on typos,  dialogue edits and bugfixes, although not everything has been tested by those who are helping me (still, I hope we won't get too many issues), and there is always more to be done, as far as fixing dialogues goes.

Anyway, I think this is all for today, as always, do let me know what you think in the comments, and until next time! ^_^

Monday, May 07, 2018

Love or Career?

This week I added 2 (or 3, depending on how you count certain variations) new scenes for Carla, the emperor's quest got made (it's not incredibly long, but I think it offers some fun), getting some of that "potential exhibitionist" action going.
Then I added a couple more nobles to the "finished" list (meaning I just need one more and the council's duties/chores are done), plus I worked on some bugfixing after some closed testing, as well as some minor improvements to the combat.
I made it so the last summoning you used gets auto-summoned at the start of the battle, gave the protagonist a healing spell, improved the list of available actions for the summonings, switching the useless "use gear" for their own attack, and removing some of the actions they wouldn't need like "equip".
I also made some changes to old quests (now the merchant escorting quest and the slime girl quests auto-fail if you don't finish them by the end of chapter 1).
I hadn't counted on getting a sick day and working as much on the bugfixing, but all things considered I believe I kept up the pace.
Coming next on the Patreon page are the polls and the art preview for the month. I expect at least 10 days until the next release hits (maybe more), so I'll work some more on Carla's scenes, finish up the quest for nobility, and maybe add some content to your county (assuming you win the vote). I am not sure if we'll get enough content for the village so that we can open it up right away, but hopefully I'll be able to put together the basic skeleton for the area.
I think I have summarized most of what's going, so I think I'll end it here. Until next time! ^_^

Monday, April 30, 2018

f an emperor has sex with you, are you royally screwed?

That's what we'll have to figure out, eventually. XD
Anyway, this week I worked toward the completion of the noble quest. I think the puzzles are fun, and the characters interesting, so I am pleased with how it's coming along. I am trying to keep each individual quest given by a noble short and simple, but some of them should still provide a challenge, and some insight in the NPCs themselves. There is still more to be done, but I expanded the castle, completed 3 quests added a new scene and more, so things are going well. ^_^
I'll probably get back to Carla the first few days of this week, so I can mark it off my list (I switched to the noble quest mainly because I had plans for it since a while ago, so it was easier to make progress), and hopefully I'll finish both that and the noble quest.
If I find myself ahead of schedule, I might finally implement some system changes to how I handle late night (so we can sleep outside of our house), and if that goes well, I'll add the restrictions to travel in chapter 2 properly, so you'll need to get the merchant pass or pay an hefty fee to travel by sea. I'll have to decide how to handle a few things (like skipping payments to the farm, or if I want to have different exhibtionist events depending on the city, how should I handle the vampire scenes, etc), and I might consider adding dreams to the game (if I do, I'll probably have to force some kind of "priority list" so we don't get tons of events each night).
Anyway, this is pretty much it for the moment, do let me know what you think about it in the comments, thanks to everyone for the support, and as always, see you next week! ^_^

Monday, April 23, 2018

This week in mdqp: intrigue, politics and... Exhibitionism?!

So, the release seems to be going smoothly so far (only one minor bug reported for now), and I got through the main hump in the noble path:
preparing the new maps, and writing an intro to give the basic information on how things will work, as well as introduce some NPCs in a reasonably smooth way (writing and cutscenes might just be the worst things to do in the RPG Maker UI, if you ask me).

Up next will be more encounters with the nobles involved in the council (you'll get to explore more of the royal palace), so you can learn more about what might sway their vote toward you. Some will be unavailable (meaning you can only impress them during the first scene, if you already did something that reached their ears), but you will still have enough potential votes to get to the top. Basically we'll get some quests and mini-quests to garner favors, while learning about current court politics. I think for now I won't make the capital explorable, as it's not necessary to our objectives (This will change in the future, as long as we don't fall unreasonably behind and might need to cut some content).

Since the release, though, I have been working on Carla. Last month's poll had a pretty clear winner with her, and so I took the time to do some basic work. I changed some stuff behind the scenes so that various scenes are better organized and don't rely on common events as much (since there is a limited number of those, I have been trying to keep their usage down). Next I added the first scene that will introduce some of the new path.

It will involve a "brilliant" plan by Carla to use your sex appeal in order to have more people join her gym, so you'll be offered the choice to show up in a bikini to help her advertise the benefits of her training. The idea is that if you agree, she might offer you more and more outlandish ideas on how to attract customers, and sometimes the customers themselves might have suggestions of their own, or trying to get a bit grabby when Carla isn't looking (she might be the one suggesting this, but she is still the jealous type).

I'll have a similar "fork" in your more private scenes with her, where you can get more submissive and pushed into exhibitionism, or you can have a regular, "boring" relationship with her.
I'll probably make it so you can get the "exhibitionist trait" on this path at some point, so we have an alternative entry point to the wonders of exhibitionism.

This should be it, as far as this week goes, and my plans for the near future. Thanks again to everyone for their support, and see you guys next week! ^_^

Friday, April 20, 2018

We got an update!

If you are familiar with how things work now, you'll know the latest public update can be found in my Patreon page, but just in case, this is a reminder (and also a link! :D). Have fun, and do let me know if there are any problems with it. ^_^

Monday, April 16, 2018

Forgetful Dev, best dev?

I kind of forgot about writing this before going to bed. XD
Anyway, I finished the intro scene to the noble path (just need a handful of changes), and wrote a couple of scenes for the "aftermath" to Sonya's hypno path. Now you get two random scenes that can happen when you use the fast travel system at night. You find yourself outside of the Queen of Hearts without really knowing how, and then the scenes trigger. They involve working as one of Sonya's girls in the VIP area.
Other than that, I have been doing some closed testing, to improve the quest a bit, and fix any possible issues (as well as test what had been added up to that point). I think I'll release the new update around the 20th, so I can make up for some of the time I lost in the early weeks, when I had to deal with my personal issues.
Anyway, this should be it for now, so look forward to the release! ^_^