June 15th Update

Photographer Part 3

Just a small update today to let you know that progress is being made with Photographer Part 3.

Here are the first two opening images.

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June 22nd update

Just an update to the post to say that there won’t be a blog post this week. I’m putting together the bulk of the game right now, so there’s not as much to show until it’s done. I’ll make a bumper post next week though.

June 8th Update

Photographer part 3

Just a small post today to let you all know that things are progressing.

These are the final two ladies to formally introduce you all to. The blonde is named Cherise and the Asian lady is called Kimiko.

Long term followers of the site may remember Cherise from when I planned on doing Crystal part 3. Since that game is most likely going to be done in daz studio with g3 base figures, it seems appropriate to use her for this game.

dsp3000

Since we’re now all aware of dsp3000’s situation, it seems reasonable to just let him continue at whatever pace he can do. If he sends me something to post, I shall do so, but until then I would assume you’ll just be hearing from me on Fridays.

 

June 1st Update

This week, dsp3000 returns with news 

Hello

Firstly, please accept my apology for the lack of communication recently. This is a result of things both within and beyond my control. Suffice to say that these things pull at my time and my energy.

I’ve said before that game production is incredibly labor intensive and time consuming. As a part time hobby, I can’t always fully commit all my resources. Sometimes life just gets in the way.
I’m not ashamed to say that I also suffer from depression and low mood. The black dog hasn’t been far away recently, but I am getting through it.

All this may sound perhaps like I’m building up to an excuse but I guess that’s down to your own interpretation.

Part three of “A Date with Bridgette” isn’t finished yet… But you already guessed that right?

So far I’ve created over 1500 new images, but this still only puts me about half way through the episode.
It is going to be another huge chunk of the overall story.

Speaking of which, I am still fully committed to the Academy series as a whole. The current Bridgette sub-plot is integral to the full narrative.
I originally referred to this game as ‘Part 4a’, which was foolish as it kind of undermined it’s actual importance. With hindsight I should really have structured the evening with Bridgette as chapters five, six and seven. That would leave day five of the series as chapter eight…

Perhaps a different title would have avoided confusion and supressed the dismissive accusations that this isn’t really part of the Academy series.

I’ve included a few images to hint at the direction the plot is taking, the multiple scenarios involved and perhaps reassure a few naysayers that it’s not all about Bridgette, but it is all about the Academy.

Due to the circumstances I’ve briefly mentioned, I can’t really predict a completion date at the moment. I do intend to see this project all the way through to the very end.

I will update further when there is more to tell.

In summary, I’m not dead yet and neither is the Academy series!

dsp3000

And a little from me…

I’ve started the first batch of rendering work for Photographer Part 3. Here’s the new title card image…

http://www.vdategames.com/comingsoon.html

May 25th Update

Poll

So, first of all, thank you to everyone who voted in the poll last week.

Although the ‘Give them their own game’ option did get more votes, there wasn’t that much in it overall. Judging by the comments, the main thing to note seems to be that people weren’t too bothered either way, as long as they get the sisters at some point. So, for now at least, it seems like I’ll just persevere with both Maddison and Lisette being in this game.

Photographer 3

As this game takes place in the island paradise setting, we’ll be seeing returning characters from the games previously set there.

I like both Miranda and Zoe the way they are, so I’m not planning any big alteration to their looks. Emma though never quite reached her full hotness potential. As a test, I thought I’d try her with longer hair. As you can see above, it really, really works, so this is officially her new look!

You may notice that Faye from Miranda’s game is missing. I’m probably not going to use her as I already have three other redheads in this game. Also, I don’t think she was ever really that hot (unless she has a big hidden following here. Shout out if you need her to be in this game).

Dsp3000

Still no news from dsp3000. Hopefully he’s OK. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear something.

 

May 18th Update

Still no news from dsp3000 as of yet (to the point that I’m starting to get a little worried he’s OK), so I shall simply persevere this week with more info about my next game.

Photographer Part 3

Time for a name description of one of the new characters I’m introducing.

This is Paige.

Currently, she is Mia’s assistant (Mia being the new owner of the company following Mr. Hughes death). I’m thinking about giving her a different role though. I feel like I’m always just appointing assistants to stick another female character in the plot (Kristen was Leanna’s assistant. Carol was Mr. Hughes). I’d like to do something a little more original.

Many of my characters body types are typically fairly similar (or at least fall into a few categories). I’ve been determined for a while to have a short, very thing woman with small breasts for variety, and this is her.

Some of you may be finding something familiar about her. Remember last year when I considered dropping rendering Leanna in IRAY? I made a version of her for Poser? Well, this is the heavily altered same model, so if you can see a little of Leanna in her face, that’s why.

Poll

Those of you who follow my twitter will have noticed I’ve added some Maddison images this week. I decided to update both Poser and daz studio. For daz, I actually did a full clean install as there’s been a few issues for a while I though it would solve.

There is a plugin I’ve had for some time which allows you to convert your characters between ‘generation 4’, Which is what Maddison/Lisette/Crystal etc normally are, to Genesis 3, which is what Leanna and co are. Mortze already successfully used it to convert his characters such as Miranda and Chloe to Genesis 3. I’ve had trouble getting it to work previously, but now, thanks to this clean install, it works!

I can now convert most of my characters to Genesis 3 and easily render them in IRAY.

So, of course this opens up lots of choices and options for me. Photographer 3 rendered in Poser needs to happen next. I just don’t have enough spare time to create anything in IRAY over the summer. But what about the next game?

I could have Maddison and Lisette, as Genesis 3 characters rendered in IRAY in a later game. Or I could just use it to convert Crystal for Crystal Part 3 (whenever I do that).

The pitch : Drop Maddison and Lisette from Photographer 3. Give them their own joint game later in the year, or next year.

Pros :

– It makes Photographer part 3 easier for me, and it should be finished a little quicker.

– They’ll look great in IRAY.

– Neither Maddison or Lisette will simply be a side character like they would be in Photographer 3.

Cons :

– You’ll have to wait longer for more Maddison and Lisette.

– It’ll mean waiting longer for Mariana and/or Molly.

– It’ll mean yet another game added to my ‘to do’ pile’, which I’m really not keen on. Poor Molly’s been in the queue for 18th Months now.

Should Maddison and Lisette be in Photographer Part 3, or should they have their own game?

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Disclaimer : I am not legally bound by the results of this poll.

May 11th Update

No news from dsp3000 yet (i’ll give him a poke this week to see what’s happening). So, I might as well summarize what I’ve been doing for Photographer Part 3.

For the returning characters I really didn’t want to just reuse the character models we last saw. Tweaking them, trying to improve them and making them look even hotter is a very good way to motivate me towards this game. I’ve started with the obvious one – Maddison.

The obvious change is the hair, but I’ve also been applying newer morphs to her body, including some subtle breast ones. This isn’t the final version, but I really like what I see so far.

Other work that I’ve done is mainly planning. Prompted by some players saying that they would prefer the game just to be released in one part, I find myself agreeing with them. The last two big games I made, Leanna and April & violet, were both debatably released in two parts. After releasing the first part/version of them, it’s really a struggle for me to get back into the momentum for the final part. So, I think I’ll just aim to release this as one big thing.

Since that means it will all be released in a summer month, I think I’ve decided to have the whole thing take place on the island paradise seen previously in Miranda’s and Zoe’s games. I certainly like the idea of lots of hot established characters wearing bikinis all the time.

May 4th Update

Just a quick update from me today.

After various tests and assessments of what I can do this summer, it looks like there’s a final decision of what my next game will be. As hinted at before my break, I will be working on Photographer Part 3.

As you can see, it will be rendered in Poser as opposed to daz studio and IRAY in order to make production much quicker. I will also (most likely) just be using the white male player character. It will also be a game for the members section, though we will also be releasing a game for free (not a new one).

Also note that all characters seen in the image are not final versions (except Maddison of course).

There’s still a lot of details to figure out, not least of all the setting. Since this’ll be released during the hottest months, I am very tempted to do an idyllic paradise island style setting  (lots of characters in bikinis). I’m also not sure yet how many parts it will be released in.

No news from dsp3000 just yet. I’ll let you know any progress with Bridgette Part 3 as soon as I hear it.

 

April 19th Update

So, last week I posted up a series of Frazetta inspired fantasy images, and unsurprisingly it has got me thinking a little about how I could do a full fantasy set game.

There’s lots of possibilities.

I have done fantasy games before, but neither were that popular. I think the problem was that I just did the basic date stuff you could find in any other game here. If I did do this, I would have to really think about the gameplay and narrative. Rather than something focused primarily on one woman, I like the idea of there being many conquests at different points of the story.

The first Witcher game is a good example of this. If you’ve only played the 2nd or 3rd ones, you’re probably used to seeing the romance focused on Triss or Yennifer. In the 1st game though, Triss and Shani were around and slightly emphasized as the two main options, but there were many, many others. I think there’s about 12 secondary characters that Geralt can also sleep with. It even seems to be encouraged too. Each sex scene displays a sort of collectible card with your aim being to collect the whole ‘set’. I like the idea of designing a large set of women for a game like this.

One problem with this could be the perspective. I normally do games in first person, but I don’t feel like this would work very well if I’m aiming for an epic fantasy game. What I’m really liking the idea of is having it being (mainly) third person, but have the players face disguised the whole time. That way you still get to have the feeling that it’s you in game, rather than some preset character.

Here’s an example of how it could work.

Neither of these outfits are definitely what I would go with, just a showcase example.

If I was to do this though, I would only feel right making it big and epic. My currently aim is to do a medium sized game for the summer.

So option 1 is maybe to just work on this as a background game while I’m doing that, then release it at the end of the year. Option 2 is maybe to release it in several chapters. I’ll have to think about what’s more practical in the long run.

So, 2 polls today. First to gauge the enthusiasm for a fantasy game, and the second to gauge everyone’s reaction to a masked third person player character.

Finally, here’s a reminder of last weeks images just on case you didn’t see them.

Are you interested in a fantasy game?

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Would you be OK with a masked third person player character

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April 13th Update

Fun week number one!

Over my now many years making erotic art, I have found myself investigating others and their inspirations. If there’s one name that turns up time and again, it’s Frank Frazetta. When it comes to erotic fantasy art, he’s the yardstick that many still hold themselves against.

If you don’t think you know him, you probably still do. From the 60s to the millennium, he was famous for fantasy book cover illustrations, comics and paintings. Basically, have you ever seen a fantasy painting with a curvy, slightly muscular and scantily dressed woman wielding a spear of something similar? That’s Frazetti.

Here’s some examples :

If you want to see more images, this is quite a good link : http://frankfrazetta.org/

So, as a homage to the late, great Frank Frazetta. I thought I’d try creating a few images in something close to his style.

Enjoy!

March 30th Update

Just a few briefer words today.

Upcoming games

First of all, dsp3000 has given me an update on progress for Bridgette : Part 3. Things are certainly progressing, but slowly right now due to other commitments in his life. Currently, a May release is looking most likely. As always, don’t take that as Bible, and things are always subject to change here.

Personally, I’m still on my break, but I’ve still had a little time to experiment. Specifically, with Marianna. I wanted to create a body for her which was curvy, but not just ‘less skinny with big tits’. After analyzing some real life models to look at their proportions, and actually getting some measurements from a very nice and friendly cammodel, I’ve ended up with this…

Trolls

One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument
So, it seems that recently there has been an influx of trolls stirring up hate on this blog. As narrow minded as obtuse as they are, really the problem is that they refuse to acknowledge any reply, and keep repeating the same thing over and over again.
Typically, I just let these things fly. They’re technically just stating an opinion, but the ban hammer is always and option. I’ve only banned 2 people from this blog ever though, so it’s not my natural first reaction.
So, what does everyone think? To ban those who are clearly just trolls or not?

Ban anyone who is clearly just a troll, or do they have a right to post?

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And as addendum, where do you think the discussion for the site should be? Currently, everything is just discussed here, but there’s also a lot of sense in moving it over to the new lagoon forum. It means I wouldn’t have to moderate everything, and also might encourage more people to join any discussions. I would still post blog updates, and include the occasional poll, but at the end of every one, I’d post a link to the forum where people can talk about it.
So, what do you think?
 

Where should we discuss things?

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That’s all for this week. No guarantee there’ll be an update next week, but I do have a series of ‘fun’ posts planned over the next month.