Friday, October 27, 2017

TLS 0.30.0 Released!

NOTE: Updated post with new section for the unusual 0.30.2 release, see below.

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

TLS 0.30.0
 - Intro to chapter four.
 - Base customization, expansion, and upgrading.
 - One new plot sex scene.
 - Many affection scenes are now available for the first time.
 - Nine new synergy skills.
TLS 0.30.1
 - General bugfixing. An expansion update may be coming, so this is mostly for new players.

So... things did not go as planned at all and I'm releasing this early instead of the side project (which is complete but waiting on art assets). I am super behind schedule, so I won't say a lot here. Check Patreon for links, or the usual forums for screenshots and more info.

Rather than focusing on story, this update introduces a first for the game: a heavily customizable home base. You can expand new rooms, upgrade various systems, and so on, but that includes cosmetic customization.

I'm not sure about a public release for this one. It will depend on how many changes I make based on patron feedback and how soon I think the next update will be. See everybody then!

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TLS 0.30.2
General Changes:
 - NOTICE: There have been minor affection changes added to the investments at the end of the war. These only affect the very end after the final battle, but you may want to re-select investments to optimize affection.
 - New sex scene when accessing your bed, if certain relationship points are high enough
 - New character interaction, requires unlocker event
 - Two new synergy skills
 - Misc bugfixing
Customization Stuff:
 - The courtyard is now customized by your wall choice and you can choose your ground type.
 - The courtyard now contains training orcs to test new skills
 - Nine new wall choices
 - Nine new floor choices, including wood floors
 - Six new carpet choices
 - Thirteen new statue options available, including pillars
 - Many statues now have left/right versions
 - Two new big statues
 - Eight new banners, including other wall ornaments
 - One additional bed, one additional throne
 - The library shelves are now symmetrical. A few of you are quite pleased, I'm sure. =P
 - You can now sit on your throne. It doesn't do much, but you can feel thronely?

As you can see, a lot of effort went into base-building stuff. There are a few quirks that seem to be built into the script I'm using, but otherwise we cleaned up a lot of bugs as well as adding a bunch of new options. Also replaced some of the drabbest default options.

Those of you not really interested in base-building, rest assured that we are done with that for the foreseeable future. For my sanity, if nothing else. Those of you who enjoy it, though, please have fun!

Unlike the usual secondary updates, this one actually has a little content expansion. Full description above, but I think you'll want to check out the bed for a scene that I've been waiting to write for a very long time.

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/#!CssCiABJ!-SU_hj7FZbGxvBDbF3amjPrRPb2giwS3DB8BJsjJnbU
Mirror*: https://www.mediafire.com/file/wwi0h1deh6je0v9/TLS%200.29.5.exe
RTP: https://mega.nz/#!Ts1CAJgD!t2T1YLwHsHU0lq-H7ku5_e5zdpYr72LRbHpuD42yFC4

*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!