Xenopathy: Week Five

Good progress this week! The entire first half of the game (the first three days of in-game time) has been edited with a first pass. Looks like we’re landing on 19,137 words as the approximate size of the first half of the game.

Also all of the sprites and backgrounds are staged in!

The backgrounds will need some editing and/or replacing, the script could use another editing pass, and we still need to stage in all the music, but we’re approaching completion of the first half of the game!

I’ve also made some tweaks to the UI. The save/load screen and the preferences screens both look better now.

We slightly missed our goal of half the game being done by the end of June, but not by much!

Over the next week, I hope to finish up script edits, find and stage music, and finish the UI work, and then we’ll have at least half a game that is shippable.

Fic: The Morning After

Hey, look. It’s another fic! (See all of them here.)

There’s a lot of things, in terms of backstory with the other characters and things that you don’t see, that I have specced out in my mind. I thought it would be interesting to present them in text form to fill in some of the gaps, as it were, in the main YAGS storyline.

Needless to say, these pieces will be highly spoilerific, so I recommend you do not read them unless you have finished the game at least once. (Likewise, they may not make as much sense if you haven’t played the game at least once.)

Seriously. Spoilers ahead! Do not continue if you haven’t played the game!

(Additional warning: This spoils the secret route of the game. If you haven’t found it yet [you’ll know if you have], and want to, do not read.)

Continue reading “Fic: The Morning After”

Xenopathy: Week Four

Lots of progress this week! The biggest thing is that @soulsoftea has finished all sprites for the game! Here’s Erdon, and Cian with a phone.

In the writing department, the entire first half of the game (the first three days) is written, and we’re now at 19,661 words.

There’s still a lot of editing to do, and I also need to stage all the sprites and music, but we’re in pretty good shape going into July.

Xenopathy: Week Three

Sorry for the delayed update this week; I was away for the second half of the week. Anyway, it’s week three of @yaoijam and there’s been a lot of progress!

@soulsoftea has finished three sprites (Axton, Bethan, and Cian).

He’s also started some character work on Erdon, who’s looking great.

In the writing department, we’re over 12,000 words into the script. We’ve still got sprite staging and music to go, but I think we’re in a fairly good place at this point.


Status Update

I’ve been posting monthly status updates at @bobcgames, but I figured I owed some update over here as well.

There hasn’t been too much progress, in the past few months. My sprite artist has been crazed with his webcomic, and my background artist seems to have had some personal issues.

As noted in the last post, I found a new background artist, and the final two backgrounds in the game are now complete, thanks to Vui Huynh. The epilogue apartment is kind of a gorgeous way to end on backgrounds.

In the music department, I have almost all of the tracks as demo versions, so I’ll be able to start staging music into the game soon. With any luck, the next build in a couple of months will have fully-staged music as well as another sprite or two.

It’s worth noting that the game is already fully playable, despite the lack of assets, and you can download it today. Just click the “Get the Game” link above.


Xenopathy: Week Two

Another week down in @yaoijam, and we’re making great progress!

The majority of what’s gotten done this week is spritework: @soulsoftea has been doing a great job churning out awesomeness. Since last week, we have final designs for both Bethan and Cian.

@pmscenarios has continued doing a great job on world building and character backstories. Almost all of the characters have been fleshed out at this point, and we have a good idea of the whole plot.

Stuff in the writing department (Bobco™ division) is proceeding perhaps a bit slower. I’m doing a rewrite of the first part, to better fit our desired characterizations and style. Life has gotten in a way a bit, but I aim to at least be through the rewrite of day one this weekend. Otherwise, the rest of the first half is fairly well stubbed out, except for day three.


Xenopathy: Week One

We’re one “week” into Yaoijam (only because we started early), and we’ve made a lot of great progress!

@pmscenarios has been doing a lot of research, story planning, and world-building. There’s not a lot to directly show there, but suffice to say, this is probably the largest part of what’s gotten done over the past week.

@soulsoftea has been hard at work on the first sprite, Axton. We got a few different variants to start the conversation on character design, and got to a rough sprite for him, but he’s already looking amazing!

As for me, after getting some stuff done on the GUI, I’ve mostly been writing. We have a (very) rough draft of day one, along with the beginning of day 2. We’re also 7000+ words into it, so that’s some decent progress.

Next week is likely to be more of the same. My goal is to have a super rough draft of the first half of the game done, and possibly also some further GUI cleanup.