I've been busily and steadily working on the game and now we're up to 41 maps with a heck of a nice game shaping up. I've finished mapping and started eventing the second town in the game now and also been working on combat mechanics including skills and other options. I had a few ideas for some new polls as well which I'll put up with this post. I'll elaborate a little on the poll choices:
What are the most important components of the game for you?
For the answer 'Combat novelty and balance' I mean to refer to a variety of skills that interact with one another in interesting ways such as the commonly used Elemental Combos in games like Ogre Battle (Fire+Earth=Volcano). Alternatively or in conjunction with that there is the idea of Lust/sex as an element or possibly as a stat like HP or SP.
For the answer 'Sex in Combat' I mean to refer to spells that force orgasms on the opponent, Lust as a Stat like HP/SP, basically sexuality taking an important part of the combat. (This is a lot more work then the first choice)
For the answer 'Story/plot' I mean to refer to everything that happens outside of a combat screen. This includes character development and portrayal, and all the things that make a good setting and storyline.
For the answer 'Sex in sprite form' I mean to refer to scenes like the ones already in the demo such as in the cabin or the Colosseum.
For the answer 'Picture + sex description and choices' I mean to refer to how it's done in Legend of Queen Opala. These are not especially difficult to do, and I'm going to be implementing several of them in my game, the trouble is matching the story as it exists with pictures available to me. As I can't draw a stickman without fucking it up, I rely exclusively on borrowed art. In the case of Faustie I have several interesting art pieces I'll be using but there's always room for more.
For the answer 'More Game' I mean do you care about this being a game like... well, a game. Think Final Fantasy 6.
For the answer 'More Sex' I mean do you just want an interactive space to indulge in all kinds of described depravity with little to not overarching plot of any concern. The 'game' merely being a vehicle towards getting your fap on.
You can select more then one answer and if you want the game to be equal parts game and sex (or at least balanced) just check both options and it comes out the same.
I've been working on trying to find a MIDI music maker of some kind to use for the project but to be honest it's been trouble enough developing the skills to script the game plus the sprite-editing I've had to learn how to do as well and frankly I have as much musical talent as I do artistic talent. Unfortunately while the tools and techniques used for sprite editing are relatively approachable I've had no such luck with finding any way to make any kind of music or sound effects for the game aside from taking them from other sources or using the included audio with the RTP. Too bad, but I can certainly get by.
Thanks for reading and keeping up with the game and news. I'm still on schedule for a march release but I'm picking up some part time work to pay the bills so I don't know how that will affect development time. I already know that I'll be making a sequel and frankly I think this is what I want to do as a career. The game-development part, not necessarily the sex-game part. I haven't fully decided if I'll be making the sequel a sex game like this one or a more toned down version (still adult rated, but not so explicit). I'll put up a vote about that after you guys play the finished version.