So, after the excited release of Academy Part 3, and the frantic response of myself trying to fix the site and server, where am I? Well, I’m several places.
April & Violet Part 2
The concluding second part of April and Violet is still due to be the site’s next release. The time I had to dedicate to fixing the site has pushed it back a little bit, but I’m still on time for releasing it at the end of December, or the beginning of January.
There’s not too much I can really say about this game as there will be quite a few surprises and reveals, but I can certainly share some images.
Viewers on tumblr will have noticed I’ve also been rendering quite a few images for Leanna as well.
The most important thing though is that I’ve finally finished designing the main character and, in my opinion, she looks amazing. Unlike the previous version, this one even smiles correctly too!
I have also made an importantly discovery. Poser (the software I use for April & Violet) mainly renders from my computers’s processor, but Daz Studios’s Iray (which I’m using to render Leanna), mainly renders from the graphics card. This means I can actually be creating images for both games simultaneously! So hopefully, you won’t be waiting too long to Leanna after all.
I’m also oddly happy that there have been several delays to this game. Every time I’ve had to go back and redo and image, I’ve also been redrafting the plot, and I am now phenomenally proud of it. A part of that’s in the tone. Story driven examples of games in this genre, tend to be quite serious. Betsy however, while it had it’s serious moments, was actually quite quirky (April & Violet too, but perhaps not quite as much). Players seemed to respond well to this, and I kinda feel like I found my voice in the process. So, I’m going to continue with this tone, maybe even taking it a bit further. Leanna is still going to be a very well written and character driven, but I’m also planning to include a dream sequence musical number. No, seriously. A dream sequence musical number. It’s gonna be great!
The last thing I want say about the game this week is the name. As regular visitors to the blog will know, I was considering changing it. Sienna in particular seemed to be a popular alternative, but I couldn’t quite shake that I was subconsciously naming her after CNN. I was even calling her ‘CNN-A’ at points. So, I’ve decided to just stick with Leanna. It was a popular name and I don’t think anyone will be disappointed by it.
Crystal Part 3
Crystal Part 3 is also still happening!
As I said above, I can render images with both Poser and daz studio at the same time. April & Violet and Crystal Part 3 will both be rendered with Poser. This means as soon as April & Violet Part 2 is finished, I can also start work properly on this game along with Leanna. I’m not sure which will be finished first though. Ask me in about 5 weeks time.
Photographer Part 3
My intention is to have both Leanna and Crystal Part 3 as free games, so what about the members section? Well, one idea I like is Photographer Part 3. I’m aiming to complete all work with the older generation of models soon and have every game use daz studio and Genesis 3 base models in the future, so I might as well aim to finish every trilogy I started too. Problem is that the photographer games are a massive drain one me. Photographer Part 2 in particular is massive. When you take into account the fact that all of the GIFs are sequences of multiple images, the game is somewhere between 3000 to 4000 images. Betsy by comparison is 1652.
So, perhaps taking a little inspiration from dsp3000’s academy series, why not release it in volumes? I’ve had the basic setup in my head for a while now. Part 3 will be set in the tropical paradise of Zoe and Miranda’s games, but we’d also see many familiar faces on vacation there. Mr Hughes is considering selling his company to a rich British business woman, Mia, and your job is to successfully impress her with your skills.
Each volume would focus on 2 or three models. You’d have the photoshoot, then either a party in the evening or maybe a small date. It wouldn’t be too hard for me to do either. Phototshoot scenes are quite easy to setup (a large part of the reason I frequently have them).
The basic plan would be something like this :
Volume 1 : Miranda and Zoe
Volume 2 : ??? (I’m open to suggestions if you want to request someone below)
Volume 3 : Lisette and Maddison, ending in the often requested intimate threesome for both of them.
Volume 4 : Betsy, Rachel and Cass, ending in a foursome involving all three of them.
Volume 5 : Mia and new/guest models. A similar setup to the part Melyssa and Nikki played in Part 2.
What do you all think?
That’s all for today. I’ll probably return to regular posts on Friday later this week.
EDIT : Advent Calendar
Almost forgot. As requested by some of you, here’s a link to all previous years advent calendar pics : advents.zip
Also, In case you hadn’t noticed, this year’s images are all wallpapers, so use them for your desktop if desired!