Sunday, June 26, 2016

Friendship is magic

I wrote 2/3 of all the scenes I need to make the relationship system acceptable in its content (I still have to write 3 scenes for Piper, but Darenzia and Jane are done). I might have to add more ways to raise affection, as now you have something to look forward to if you do so (it's mostly minor stuff, but I figure some of them are nice collectibles/bonuses, and the scenes themselves can be considered a reward, I guess), and you might want to get the max relationship with as many characters as you can. I decided to restrict those scenes and their rewards only if you are friends with the characters, but not if you pursue a romance with them. That's to avoid having to balance extra relationship points you get during romances, and to offer a different perspective on the same characters, to an extent.


I have also added some activities to the cinema in the entertainment district on Europa 4. Now you can actually watch movies, for a small price. The interesting bits come into play only if your indoctrination is above a certain threshold, as that opens up some more sexy content, as well as unlock more movies that Celeste wouldn't normally go watch (first a romantic movie, and then a porn movie). I was considering some ways to use the cinema to provide relationship boosts with your crew, but so far I don't like any of the options I came up with (for example, inviting a friend over would force me into weird choices like "do I make it so you can only invite each person once? Or do I make it so you get the bonus only the first time you go together? I let players pick a genre when they go alone, should there be a choice when they go together? Should I exclude your current love interest? Should it be so easy to get a +1?), and I have left it alone, for now.

I have a minor follow-up to the random encounter with the sexy police officer in the red light district, which gives you some content and some gear for your trouble (it's short, but hopefully people will appreciate it. It's worth noting that you need to have finished both jobs as a model, if you want to unlock this mini-quest, it's not enough to just meet the officer), which is almost finished.

When I talked about my idea to open a patreon, I received many helpful suggestions on how to handle it if I go through with it, and I also had some people suggest I make my wishlist on Steam/Amazon publicly available, for those who don't want to/can't donate money directly, but would like to give me something anyway. It seems something harmless, so I might just add links below the donation thingy, and people can check it, if they want to.

I think this is pretty much it for this week (unless I am forgetting something, as usual). We should be pretty close to having everything in order for the update, so hopefully I can move on to testing in the not too distant future. I'll try to see if I can squeeze in some more content beyond what I was expecting to add, but I am not going to make extravagant plans, I am too close to finishing for that. Until next week! ^_^

10 comments:

  1. Finish line is in sight. I can't wait to see you cross it. :D

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    1. Oh man, it's going to be a huge relief, it's been way too long for a single game, hopefully it was worth it. :)

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    2. It is. This is probably the greatest RAGS game I've played, and I've played them all.

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    3. Ah-ah, I am not sure it's the best, but I am glad you think so. ^_^

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  2. I look forward to see you meet the finish line MDQP. You've done an amazing job and created a fantastic world and game. I thank you for sharing it with all of us.

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    1. Well, there is going to be a "Thank you for playing" screen at the end of the game, I think that sums up perfectly how I feel about those who like my game. :)

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  3. Speaking about the cinema and porn movies... you could put there a poster of one of the porn movies Celeste stars in. It would be another nice bonus scene tied to her carreer as a porn actress.

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    1. Originally, I had plans to randomly have the porn movie be one you starred in, but I scaled back on it, because I wanted to keep it simple. Maybe I'll squeeze something like that in the 1.1 update, we'll see.

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  4. Thanks for the game MDQP, but most of all thanks for actually keeping everyone informed on the games progress even if there's not been much of it some weeks, wish more game authors (especially Rags games) would do that, or even just hint at it.

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