January 27th Update

Hi everyone. Lot’s to get through today, so this is how I’m going to do it – I’ll start with a summary of Leanna, then I’ll address the polls and debates from last week.

Leanna – The summary

A lot has changed when it comes to Leanna, and I know that not everyone checks the blog every single week, so I feel it’s appropriate to have a summarizing description so everyone knows exactly what’s happening.

Leanna is an upcoming, free game for the site.

Leanna Marseilles is a local news anchor for the city the player lives in. I’ll be reusing the premise that the player is a photographer again (though not necessarily the same photographer as seen in other games). You are initially hired by the studio to do some formal publicity shots of Leanna, however, as you are doing so, you witness an argument between the journalist and her assistant, Kristen, who then quits.

It transpires that the two were preparing to take part in a TV quiz show in two weeks time. The premise of the quiz (as inspired by an episode of American Dad), has teams of two ‘best friends’ answering question on each other. Whoever gets the most questions right, wins the show.

Leanna has a bit of a personality problem (she’s a bitch), and so doesn’t have any friends. When asked to appear on the quiz, she therefore asked her assistant instead. Since Kristen has now quit, the player offers to be her partner instead. Leanna hesitantly agrees.

What follows is the main body of the game. The two of you spend 2 weeks together, over which time you ‘fake’ your friendship by joining in as many activities and visiting as many places as possible (essentially dates), while taking as many photos as possible to be shown at the quiz. You also crash course each other’s history, learning as many favorite movies, songs, hobbies etc as possible.

Along the way of course, romance can flourish, and Leanna’s bitchy personality can be improved to the point where she’s a much nicer person by the end of the game.

Leanna is intended to the the first of a new generation of games. Instead of using the normal base models and software, I am using the Genesis 3 bases (a new, more detailed cgi model), and I will be rendering everything in daz studio with IRAY, which provides a much more realistic look to everything.

As usually with my games, you will be able to play as either male or female, though as a test I’m not going to add an ethnicity option (I checked the stats and hardly anyone uses them). As a new mechanic, I’m also adding the option of switching camera angles during certain scenes (such as sex scenes). It will be entirely optional, and if you’re male, you will never see the face of the MPC in order to maintain the illusion that it’s you. For the FPC though, I’ll just be showing everything.

Here’s the image of the new character selection screen so that you can see what I mean.

I will also be upgrading the image size for this game from 1280×720, to 1700×1000. I have a 4k monitor now, and old sizes were far too small. The new size should just the the right fit for the normal 1920×1080 screens too.

The polls and karma

The plan recently with this game was to have a ‘karma’ variable which applied to Leanna and that the player can slowly alter through the game. Initially, Leanna has very bad karma (as she is not a particularly nice person), and through choices and actions, the player can improve her karma. Should she end up with ‘good karma’ at  the end of the game, you would get a ‘nice’ ending, but if she had ‘bad karma’, you would get a ‘nasty’ ending. I’ve been through a few scenarios of what this nasty ending could be, from S&M style setups to some sort of orgy where Leanna makes you watch her have sex with a bunch of guys.

None of these scenes really resonated with me though as I’m not into their fetishes. It was also worth mentioning that it’s unlikely that any of you were really into them either. Generally speaking, people are attracted to a site’s erotic content when it shares the same interests they do. I’ve never had any serious S&M or boy+boy+girl scenes, so they’re probably not your thing either. The polls I posted on the blog seemed to confirm this.

So, what am I into then? Public exhibitionism! Yeah, I don’t know if I’ve ever officially stated this, but this is totally my fetish, and if you look back though my games, it’s probably pretty obvious to you. Nearly every game I’ve made has sex somewhere you’re not supposed to be, streaky, public photoshoots etc. Betsy alone has photoshoots in 3 different public locations, sex at a school, sex in a nightclub, Betsy flashing a little at said nightclub, Violet dancing naked at a public pool, and of course some brief on stage nudity.

So, I decided that’s what I’m going for. An ending where the player and Leanna have a ‘rampage’ of sex and nudity in as many public places as possible.

The problem with this so, is that it doesn’t really fit with the idea of ‘low karma’. A person is perfectly capable of having both good karma and sex in a public place.

All of the potential ‘low karma’ endings, were generally quite nasty, which doesn’t really fit with the tone of the site. I was also concerned that, if it becomes about deliberately making her have poor karma, it becomes a corruption game (a common sub-genre of erotic games), and I don’t want to become about debasing Leanna.

So, I can’t remember what series of thoughts brought me to it, but I decided that this should be all about Leanna’s ‘facade’. At the beginning of the game, she has a mean and very conservative outlook on life, but as you get to know her, you find that she has a much kinder and naughtier side which has been suppressed for many years now. The facade is the fake version of herself which she created for the sake of her news channel persona, and has consumed her. Your mission is to break it down.

I like this. It means you’re making her naughtier, but it’s not in a negative, debasing sort of way. It actually has quite a positive message about being true to yourself. It also has similar game logistics to the ‘confidence’ level in Betsy, but is very different at the same time. It’ll also be working backwards, the ‘facade’ will start off at 100, with your aim being to reduce it to 0 for the best ending.

So, that’s where everything is right now, and I very happy with it.

So, how does all of that sound to you?

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this image from when you meet Leanna in a bar at the start of the game. It may be the most beautiful, detailed image I’ve ever done, and it really shows the advantages of using Daz studio and IRAY.

January 21st Update

I just want to do a small post today to address the poll from Thursday’s update.

The poll regarded whether or not players would be interested in a sex scene involving the player, but also involving another man or men sharing Leanna. Initially, no one really liked this, but once I explained the reasoning behind it, there were several people who warmed to the idea and wanted to change their vote. So, I’m going to explain the ‘why’ more fully and give the voting options again.

In Leanna, karma is going to be a an important factor. At the start of the game, Leanna’s karma will be fairly poor, but through your interactions you can improve it. You can encourage her to be nicer to people or more charitable when given a choice. This can result in a ‘nice’ end where Leanna becomes a much nicer person with very good karma.

However, if you wish, you can make Leanna’s karma even worse by encouraging her to be selfish and nasty whenever possible.

In the good karma ending, you will get to play through a friendly and sensual threesome involving yourself, Leanna and Kristen. For the bad karma ending however, I’m having trouble deciding what should happen.

What exactly does ‘evil sex’ look like? I’m not willing to do anything too nasty or extreme – no rape, no torture. So, what are my options?

My first instinct was to have Leanna go all dominatrix – she reenters the room dressed in a PVC catsuit and cracking a whip. I don’t really have an interest in S&M however, so I’m not really sure where it would go from there (I’m willing to hear suggestions!).

Another scenario I’m considering is breaking into a church and having sex on the altar. Not too sure this works well though. It kinda suggests I’m making her the Antichrist rather than just someone with low karma. Also, if you’re an atheist, it may not be the big of a deal, and if you’re religious, it may be too much for you.

Another option is to maybe have the same sex scene you would see in the ‘neutral karma’ ending with just you and Leanna, but include smaller ‘nastier’ things – Anal, fairly brutal deepthroating, hard spanking etc. It seems s little boring though.

One more resent idea I’ve had is a sort or rampage across the city. Leanna brings a video camera from the studio and pays/bribes various minor characters from the story to have sex with you while she films it. Would include characters like an attractive, but very scruffy homeless woman she interviews earlier in the game. I think that has an appropriate level of ‘messed up’ to it. My reservation is that it might require a lot or work – it would be several scenes in different locations, which means creating more sets, characters etc.

So, this is why I’ve been talking about a b/b/g scene (that’s boy+boy+girl), or possibly a b/b/b/b/g (that’s 4 guys all having sex with her). It would make sense to me for the low karma ending. Rather than just being satisfied with you or her friend Kristen, Leanna invites a group of guys to her apartment and makes you watch them all having sex with her (or possibly just one extra guy).

It wouldn’t be something you see unless you aim to make her have low karma, so you can avoid it if desired by just encouraging her to be nice.

So, keeping that all in mind, would you be interested in a sex scene with an extra guy, or a group of them?

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Or, did you particularity like any of the other ideas I mentioned?

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Normally I don’t like to crowdsource ideas for these things, but I really am a little stuck on this one, and I don’t want to proceed too far into making the game until I decide where it’s going.

If you particularly liked any of the other ideas I mentioned above, please say so. Also, if you have any ideas of your own about what a low karma ending could entail, please leave a comment describing it below. If there’s enough interest in the other setups, or I really like your idea, I may add an extra poll.

January 19th Update

The blog has been fixed! Hooray!

Ever since we had to move servers, I’ve had issues hosting the images. I’ve had to upload the images externally, then use code to link them here, which is a massive pain in the ass. Some of you might have noticed that the preview images have been the wrong size recently too. Anyway, I hired someone to fix it and everything’s sorted now, so let’s celebrate with one final post about April & Violet.

April & Violet

Back when I completed Betsy, I wrote a small evaluation of the game, mostly going over it’s strengths and weaknesses. It was a fun experience, so for my last post on the game I’m going to do it again. WARNING : This next section will contains serious spoilers for the game!

The strengths

I really like the mystery itself. I have a particular fondness for mysteries where it looks like something supernatural is happening, only to later to reveal that it is very human, just a little bizarre. Most of the best Sherlock Holmes mysteries work this way for instance. The reveal of what Arias has been doing with the roads is a good example of this.

I also really liked the fact that I maintained the personalities of Violet & April, while also evolving them a little. April was a bit of a problem in that her main personality trait was her bitchy personality, but it wouldn’t have made any sense for her to be that way with either the Violet or the player. I decided the obvious thing was to make her bitchy towards Dylan whenever possible, and I think it really works. To evolve her character, I also tried to make her seem particularly intelligent this time. Her failing grades in Betsy were suggested to be at least partly from a lack of confidence, so if she got a good grade at the end of that game, it make sense that she would continue to confidently learn. Violet’s evolution was probably a little smaller, but I didn’t want her to change too much as I loved writing her parts in Betsy.

There’s lots for me to like when it come to the smaller things in this game too. Arias’s poster in the abandoned town was my ‘Chekhov’s gun’ moment, along with the locked door you can find in part one. Depending on your dialog choices, you can actually get Dylan to say that none of the doors are ever locked, just to emphasize the importance.

One of my favorite subtle parts though has to be April’s bracelet, which the very observant of you may have noticed she never removes, even when naked and/or showering. Why? Look closely and you’ll see that it really doesn’t suit the rest of her outfit, it’s style instead being the semi goth look that Violet normally dresses in. The backstory is that it’s a gift from Violet to act as some sort of engagement ring, suggesting that they plan to get married some day. The fact that she never takes it off, shows that she really does love the crazy woman.

My favorite part of the entire game was the story telling scene. I had reservations about it at first as the whole scene basically puts the plot on hold for a while, but I loved the way it turned out. I could do an entire game of April telling stories and then Violet interrupting them.

The Weaknesses

As I said last week, I really struggled to get into the momentum of making this game again after a small break following part 1. I started doing a little work on Leanna instead, and the result was that I really wanted to focus on that game exclusively. This probably shows most towards the end of of the plot.

The original intention was to have multiple endings, including one where you could redeem Dylan, but this never ended up getting used. This is why some of you may have noticed the variable that is set when you suggest April apologizes to her. The apology was intended to be part of the redemption scene. In a weird way though, I think this works out a little better this way. Dylan switching sides would have been a little too abrupt. Maybe there’ll be space for it in a future game if she returns.

Another piece of cut content that would perhaps make everything make more sense, was that Dylan’s name was not going to be Dylan. It would turn out that Arias’s name was actually Dylan and you would discover this as a clue when finding his ID at the motel. This is why Dylan’s name was unisex. It might have been better to use it, but it also felt like an necessary twist.

The final scene in the cell was also a little rushed. Every one of Arias’s lines was basically exposition just to get everything tied up as quickly as possible. There was going to be a sequence where you escaped, with Dylan’s help if you ‘redeemed’ her. This I think would have been a little better, but my energy towards the game had really gone down by this point. I reasoned that it’s not like I was cutting sex content, so no one would probably be that bothered. I still think it worked well as I did it, but some people were a little confused about what exactly happened to Dylan. She was take away by the cult when they captured Arias, but it’s not 100% clear.

Leanna

Next week, I’ll finally get to talk about Leanna for the entire post. A lot has happened since I last talked about things like the story and I can’t wait to let you know all about it!

For now, I’ll just leave you with an image of Leanna trying way too hard to look ‘fun’ at a roller disco.

Poll

Obviously, I often have scenes with two ladies doing naughty things together, but is there any interest in a threesome with another man (or possibly lots of men)? I don’t mean with the male player being intimate with the man, I just mean a scene where yourself (as a man), and another man (or several) all have sex with, say, Leanna at the same time.

I don’t hear a request for it very often, and although dsp3000 included one in Academy Part 2, not many people commented on it. Typically, people tend to play games which include the things they like,and my games never include this, so my assumption is that it’s not something you’re all very interested in. Or are you?

A b/b/g (that’s boy+boy+girl) scene would make a lot of sense for the ‘low karma’ ending of Leanna, so I’m considering it. A b/b/b/b/b/b/g perhaps even more so. Any interest, or is it not the type of thing you like in these games?

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

And, just for a little extra detail, now many other guys involved in this scenario would be acceptable to you?

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

January 13th Update

Hi everyone.

April & Violet

EDIT : A new version with multiple bug fixes has now been uploaded. Not too sure what happened as some of the things I had to fix I remember already fixing earlier in the week (apparently it didn’t save?), but everything should be working fine now. For downloading, make sure you refresh the April & Violet page and that’s it the 1.1 version.

EDIT 2 : A walkthough for this game has now been added to he site. You can find it here : http://www.vdategames.com/walkthroughs.html

I am happy to say that April and Violet – Part 2 has now been added to the members section. Rather than release it in two sections, I’ve simply uploaded the complete game. As a result, you’ll find it just listed as ‘April & Violet’ or ‘April & Violet – full version’.

The final count for the complete game is 1774 images.

It should be on the same page in the members section as Part 1. As always, if you can’t see it, remember to refresh the page!

For those of you stuck, I will be adding a walkthrough over the weekend.

Next week for the blog, I’ll probably be doing a little evaluation of the game as well.

Everything Else 

So, after a small break, next week I’ll be deciding what exactly to do next. I really want to persevere with Leanna at least for a few weeks to see how much I can get done. After that, I should be in a really good position to decide if she really is going to be the next game for the site, or if she’ll be a later release.

Other possibilities are doing the Nascar centric game I was considering, Photographer Part 3, or Crystal Part 3. I really want to get something made with IRAY render though, so that would be Leanna or ‘Nascar’.

Whatever happens, both Leanna and Crystal Part 3 are 100% happening sometime, it’s just the other two games that are still in a ‘maybe’ category. I will also add that, Should Photographer Part 3 happen, I don’t think I’ll be doing it in parts. After a brief break between April & Violet Parts 1 and 2, I found it really hard to get into the momentum of making it again and finishing the second half. So, if Photographer Part 3 happens, I think I might just aim to make it one big game released in it’s entirety.

To finish, Let’s cover Leanna’s body. Thank you to everyone who voted in the numerous polls last week. Lot’s of interesting reposes, though I think the results of the second question, ‘What best sums up your view of the bodies?’, is the most important. 68% of you said that you would essentially be happy with either body, so adding that together with the other result, it seems a large majority of you will be happy no matter what shape she is.

For the last poll question, most people actually liked the compromise body the most, so that’s largely what I’m going with. I made a few more alterations to it and now Leanna has a body that I think almost all of you will like, and I will enjoy working with.

 

This poll isn’t binding, but if you were to pick, which game would you like to see next. Leanna (the blond woman pictured above, The Nascar themed game with the (so far unnamed) Hispanic female, Crystal Part 3, or Photographer Part 3 (though that would be for members only).

Here’s the test renders from the Nascar game if you missed them or forgot what they looked like.

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

See you all next week!

January 7th Update

I know I only had a blog post yesterday (see that post here if you missed and/or are looking for info on April & Violet), but I’m going to squeeze one more in for the weekend as I want to do some IRAY renders on Monday.

Basically, this is all about Leanna’s body. Although the poll yesterday has the new body favored over the old one, it isn’t by that much. Many thanks to everyone who voiced their opinion.

So, today I want to add a few more polls to really work out a body shape that the maximum amount of people would be happy seeing, and that I would be happy rendering. I may add some more polls later in the day too if I can think of some more questions, so check back later!

First, here are the main images again. As requested, it includes the new body’s view from behind as well.

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

EDIT : Restarted the polls above, this time with multiple answers possible, and a smaller breasts option.

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

I’ve put together a ‘compromise’ version of the body. While still thinner and more athletic looking than the original, it isn’t as muscular as the new one. What do you think?

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

 

January 6th 2017 Update

Hope everyone’s enjoying the new year so far. Not too much to say today, but I do have a set of images to share.

April & Violet

April & Violet Part 2 is still on schedule to be released next Friday. Here is a final set of images to tease you with what might be happening.

Leanna

I’ve still had some time this week to experiment and Leanna a little more. Specifically, I’ve been trying to make a final decision on her body shape.

So far in all of the images I’ve rendered for the game, her body’s been covered up, but soon I’ll be creating images that show a little more flesh, so a decision will have to be made.

Since some of the activities you’ll be sharing include a yoga class, a soccer game, and probably some hiking, it makes sense to me that she should be quite fit. If she’s a TV celebrity, it also works well with that (she wants to appear fit and attractive for the cameras).

I want to get a sense of what people want from her body shape though. Does she look too fit? Did I sacrifice too much voluptuousness for it? Do you prefer the older body or the newer one, or perhaps something in between.

I’m also interested in hearing any specific feedback you have on the bodies if you want to make a comment below.

What would be most useful is if you can say what about the different bodies you like the most.

For instance, do you just like the breast size on the old body? Because, if that’s the case I could just increase the breast size in the newer body. Or do you specifically like the muscle details in the new body, because I could also add them to the older body model.

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.