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It's been forever since we posted an article or a dev blog, especially since we nuked the old Project Rothera dev blog. This is a promise 2 years in the making (not 2 years of 8 hour dev days, prolly just every weekend).

Our game, in Delinquency, Discipline, and Disorder went from vanilla dating sim to managing school organizations and events. Well, those things are part of running a student council. We left out the financial aspect of it though otherwise it's gonna end up like a standard stat raising game.

For now we have 13 (actually it'll become 12 a bit early in game) kouhais. We plan on adding more with additional funding/support/feedback. Though the potential of crowdfunding is there, we dare not crowdfund a VN/dating sim without CGs or better backgrounds.

Naturally in a school setting, students are asked to join clubs. So here are the school clubs with junior members at the start of the game. We should consider them core new members though.


Tea Club

This is the main protagonist's home club. If you're the type to eat snacks and chitchat with friends after school, this is the club for you. The club also acts as some sort of support structure for new students. During special occasions, they will recreate dishes from the outside world for the sake of showing off their respective home countries' refreshments and pastries.


LIT

Natasha's actually not the sole member, but she is the sole 1st year who joined this term. She doesn't actively scout for new members though, considering there's only 20+ something first years in the studentry.


F1


This used to be an Olympic style fencing team until we realized people with magic can't possible be allowed to join the Olympics. There are four juniors in this club, and depending on your (you, the student council president) support, they might bring the school honor or shame. Alexandrie is the de-facto team captain.

F2


We put Clarissa and Nohemi back, I found it difficult to remove them from the script. So the previously mentioned goal of removing them and replacing them with male characters is shelved. It was a mistake to begin with. We'll just add some new guys into some of the other clubs instead. During the design update we'll probably tone down Clarissa's hairdo a bit. It looks like something a high school student will have trouble styling without a maid. (But then again she's rich maybe she does have a maid.)


PC2


Finally we have the last of the active clubs, the Photography Club. Being a photography club in a country without the latest cameras or smartphones is a real challenge, luckily this girls have the ability to use the Imperial equivalent of the modern camera *spoilers* And oh, we finally put Nina back. You can probably guess what country she's from given her name and looks. Speaking of looks, Sumire and Murasaki are very similar colors/flowers. There is nothing of that color in our Sumire, yet. Aletta Marconi's surname comes from Marconi, a defunct RADAR manufacturer.

And oh, your student body management sim won't be complete without a student council, right? And yes, the council also has new members. Actually, everyone in your council is new.


CSC

Carol Armfeldt is obviously named after Carl Gustav Armfeldt. But unlike the real life general, you won't have to retreat deep in the winter back to Sweden. Angelika Wurzel has gone through numerous name change. She originally carried her namesake's real name, down to the family name. Yes, we know Wurzel means root in German, but we did not intend for her to have that surname. It kind of stuck in the script though. So we are rather endeared to it.

The assets for the above characters were done by early 2017, though some of their outfits were done just recently courtesy of our good friend Mgx0. We'll probably ask him for more minor additions but anything like CGs for these characters, we'll probably commission Yokura back again.


Ren'Py LINT result at the time of this post:


Statistics:

The game contains 6,595 dialogue blocks, containing 51,311 words and 274,906
characters, for an average of 7.8 words and 42 characters per block.

The game contains 28 menus, 766 images, and 82 screens.

Other Progress:

  • Stef's new sprite set will be unveiled this month, probably. If it'll be delivered tomorrow then that's good, but we'll probably just tease it first on Twitter before making another article here.
  • New battle system is going well, though the assets for it look dated.
  • We have dropped any hope of coloring our lineart backgrounds, so we released it to CC-BY instead.
  • Instead of commissioning backgrounds, we'll build ourselves a right capable of rendering backgrounds. It's cheaper but it'll take some time to be up to speed.
  • We did plan to crowdfund (like almost every meeting we do) but it's probably safer to do it after we release something using better assets.

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OneSavageRaven
OneSavageRaven

Hey, can someone help me with the Ren'Py engine? It's just that everytime I type new code into the script.rpy, I get an error saying "Tab characters are not allowed in Ren'py scripts." Can someone help me?

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brandon4117
brandon4117

Could you show me the code? If it's code that's trying to define an item like "image nblnk = im.Scale("nblnk.png", 320, 575)", that HUGE space you see right there after "image nblnk" is a tab space (EDIT: Okay, so indiedb takes out the space, but the space is as big as when you hit tab in the script editor). Usually it changes tabs into spaces but when defining something if you use Tab it marks it as an error. If it's not that that's the issue, show me a bit of the code and I can work on it for ya.

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brandon4117
brandon4117

Make sure every line of code defining something only has one space between each variable, like so:
"variable nickname = "realname.filetype", where variable is the type of file or action, such as image, play music, play sound, or with (EDIT: with is used in other places, NOT with an "=" sign. My bad. the "play music" or "play sound" however are almost like that, just without the "=" sign). If you don't know what those are, the engine itself when downloaded has a tutorial game that explains pretty much everything (except the more complex errors.) This is just an add-on to what I said above, if it still doesn't fix it, I'll gladly check your code.

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Yldrania
Yldrania

If this place is inappropriate to say this, please forgive me and delete the comment. If not, I would be very happy if it actually helps: I am planning on releasing a couple of longer stories as visual novels.. games, with this engine. I am a writer mainly, and not the best artist. I would love if, if someone is an artist or has interest and experience in the creation of artwork, would be interested in working with me, they could contact me via PM.

Again, I apologize if this is not the correct place to post this, but on the forums things like that are lost within hours with no results so I figured I would try my luck here.

Thanks in advance. I love this engine :)

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Guest
Guest

I wouldnt mind helping with the artwork! You can reach me at Lucr3tcia.deviant art.com and we can talk about it xD

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smileyman00
smileyman00

ren'py engine. Whoever has played a game similar to this engine, please send me a message. It sounds very familiar.

(dark humor laugh)

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Maxen1416
Maxen1416

its a bit saddening to see many ren'py games releasing with a price up to $20, even when the arts, story, and or "gameplay" is not that good.

-not to be compared, look at Katawa Shoujo being one of the greatest, yet totally free

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hagamablabla
hagamablabla

Yes.

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Benben516
Benben516

how download engines sorry im new cant see download :L

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bloodywing
bloodywing

Go to Renpy.org and look at "How do I get Ren'Py?"

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