Julia in July… not really

July 27, 2017 at 9:28 am | Posted in Artwork, Characters, Plans, Progress, Screenshots | Leave a comment
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Hey folks! Hope you’re all staying cool this summer (or at least to those living in the northern hemisphere!). Here’s what I’m up to lately with CMD:

Tristina and Aurelia screenshot

Just playing around with the GUI, and testing out Tristina and Aurelia’s sprites. Let me know how it looks, I’d like feedback if anything can be improved! In regards to coding, I’m having this weird issue with side images – here’s a snippet of Ren’py code:

    show tristina irritated at cu_center with dissolve
    
    "And just like that, Tristina shows up."
    t "What are you looking at?"
    #"She looks to the side, and sees..."
    
    show aurelia crazy at cu_right with dissolve
    
    "Oh great, it's Aurelia."
    u "Ahahaha, who wants to play with Aurelia? Don't run away now~!"

“t” is Tristina’s character; “u” is Aurelia. When line 4 transitions to line 7, Tristina’s side image transitions out with a dissolve, even though I have no exit transition defined for side images. Here’s the weird part – uncomment line 5, and it’ll work as intended, Tristina’s side image disappears with no transition. I’ve been banging my head against the wall for hours the other night. I did try upgrading my Ren’Py but it didn’t help. Sounds confusing? Don’t worry about it 😉

There’s a chance I’ll be doing some recruiting next month. I’ve been spending the last month planning it somewhat extensively (okay, maybe the past several months). Part of the reason I’ve been holding it off for a while is that it can eat up a fairly large part of my budget. I had to prune parts of the project without breaking the story. I’m deciding, will this work out without so-and-so? Can it be substituted with this and still work out? I’ve been feeling a little hesitant as there’s quite a bit of risk to it and requires extensive planning – but hey the project has to progress eventually, gotta take the risk.

Lastly, Julia’s sprite is currently in the works. I know this post isn’t really about her, but I just had to give it a title relating to July and Julia, since they look and sound similar in a way. Her birthday isn’t in July, though; it’s in February 😉

Sooo, yeah. This month’s been pretty hectic, both project-wise, and at work. Look forward to the next post!

-Ryne

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A Very Hot CMD Summer

June 27, 2016 at 10:24 am | Posted in Artwork, Characters, Commissions, Progress, Story, Writing | Leave a comment
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Last week was extremely hot (like 100+F)! It’s cooled down a bit by now, but I think that’s an indication of long, long days of extreme heat in the following weeks x_x It’s okay, though, let’s cool off with full-body artworks of some more CMD girls!

Aurelia's OutfitsJulia's Outfits

Click to view larger. What do you think of them and their outfits? Aurelia still likes getting into others’ personal space, so if she does so in her swimsuit… yeah. She’s still her flirtatious and airheaded self, as always. 🙂 As for Julia, she’s still working hard at the café with Aurelia and the other girls, and enjoying her summer vacation with her friends. I think they came out very lovely. 🙂

Artwork of Elena, Anna’s mother, is currently being worked on. From the progress I’ve seen, she just looks… stunning. Something to look for next month!

BTW, I’m preparing a recruitment post for a script editor. I think I’ve self-edited the script so many times already, that the project needs to go forward and have another set of eyes look at it. Should be ready within a week or two, from the time of this blog post (tentative). Also possibly coming soon: recruiting a background artist.

Edit: 2016/06/28 – Something came up that will delay  progress of CMD quite a bit. I’ll try to have a blog post this Friday explaining the details.

Edit: 2016/06/29 – I guess I must let it out here, but due to some issues, Ezri, my artist, will be unable to work on CMD. It’s unfortunate as I’d like to keep her because she worked on the first Café Memoria. But I must respect her position, and let her go.

So, I’m planning to hire a new artist. I’m hoping have a post up this Friday with details, so stay alert!

Stay cool this summer, folks!

-Ryne

Café Memoria Released!

June 26, 2015 at 8:06 am | Posted in Artwork, Progress, Release | 12 Comments
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It’s been a long road, and now Café Memoria is released, for your PC, Mac, or Linux machine! 😀

Download Now!

  • Version 1.0
  • Release Date: 2015/06/26
  • Size: 135 MB

It’s been years since releasing my previous VN, Final Week. Café Memoria helped me gain experience in VN creation, as my other project, Memoria, has stalled indefinitely. I have learned quite a bit in the creation of Café Memoria – learning to work with others, learning to be patient with them, overcoming many challenges and unforeseen problems, and learning to have fun doing something you enjoy. 🙂

Yes, this project was a joy to work on. I’ve met so many people helping me with this project: editors, the artist, the voice actresses, and whatnot. They helped make this project possible. And because of the positive experience gained I’m likely to hire them again for future projects.

Now that’s released, I think I’m going to take it a step further in future projects. Fundraise my next project? Go commercial? It’s possible! I’m going to take it a bit at a time in these next projects, so that when Memoria comes out of hiatus I have the experience necessary to finish it (keep in mind – Memoria is a pretty large project).

Let me know what you think of Café Memoria in the comments. Who’s your favorite character? Any constructive criticism? Thanks again for following me, hope you guys stick around for next projects!

Best wishes and have fun!

-Ryne

Cafe Memoria – Route Previews

October 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Characters, Progress | Leave a comment
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Been a month since I released the Cafe Memoria demo! I want to say thank you to everyone who played it and gave feedback. Your suggestions will be considered, they mean lots to me. 🙂

If you haven’t already, you can download the demo here.

Progress on the full version is going nicely. All routes have been programmed in. So, what’s next? I’m planning on creating a small, yet entertaining, promo video, showcasing all the characters along with their voice actresses. But most importantly is post-processing the voice files and putting them in the game. That’s… going to be a challenge. I can safely say I have well over 600+ .wav files, including retakes.

Anna, Mikaela, and Ryne’s voices are already done. Waiting for Tristina, Aurelia, and Julia’s voices, which are almost done.

Also planning on updating the engine from Ren’Py 6.17 to 6.18.  I really dig adjusting voice volume on a per-character basis. But that’s low priority as of now.

And, some previews of the other routes (Tristina / Julia)…

Funny Tristina

Anna telling Julia not to do stuff

Progress Estimates

  • Script – 100%
  • Character art – 100%
  • Music – 95% (need to tweak stuff)
  • Programming – ~75% (testing, and need to add in the voices)
  • Voices – ~50% (waiting on the last bits of recordings, as well as post-processing)

Enjoy!

-Ryne (project manager)

Cafe Memoria Title Screen Art

August 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Artwork, Characters, Progress | 2 Comments
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More Cafe Memoria character art by Ezri! Oh, and no more placeholder images for the title screen. XD

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Cafe Memoria Title Screen

Options screen with title artwork

Save load screen with title artwork

Cafe Memoria has gone a long ways! I pretty much have enough done to release a demo. I’m planning on releasing one once I get the site up and running. Speaking of which, here’s a preview of the Cafe Memoria site:

Cafe Memoria site preview

Have I posted the voice cast list here yet? No, I don’t think I have. Here it is, thanks to all those who applied!

  • Ryne Reyes – Josh del Mundo
  • Anna Pervova – Trina Deuhart
  • Mikaela Kier – Skyler Davenport
  • Tristina Hamilton – Cayla Martin
  • Aurelia Alvarez – Sayaka Mashiro
  • Julia Sakuraba – Samantha Chan

Progress Estimates

  • Script – 100%
  • Character art – 100%
  • Music – 95% (need to tweak stuff)
  • Programming – ~25% (programming in the script / artworks)
  • Voices – ~25% (recording phase)

Enjoy!

-Ryne D. (project manager)

More Cafe Memoria Character Art

July 14, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Artwork, Characters, Progress | Leave a comment
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Cafe Memoria - Julia and Tristina

Meet some more of your lovely waitresses of Cafe Memoria! And the male protagonist. Art is by Ezri, thanks to her again!

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Cafe Memoria - Tristina Hamilton

Tristina Hamilton

Tristina decided to work at the restaurant because she thinks they’re cosplaying, although Anna insists they’re not. Despite this, she has a hard time with males and treats them differently compared to females.

Cafe Memoria - Julia Sakuraba

Julia Sakuraba

Despite having a talent for cooking, Julia opted to be a waitress in hopes of improving her relationships with her friends, including Anna. She’s very modest and polite, and downplays any accomplishments she’s done.

Cafe Memoria - Ryne Reyes

Ryne Reyes

Ryne is the main male protagonist who visits Café Memoria simply out of curiosity. Described as calm and friendly by his friends, he likes to help his friends with the problems they face.

And some screenshots:

Cafe Memoria model designed by Uncle Mugen

Happy Anna!

Showing off the various expressions

Updated options screen

Note for the screenshot just above: background is only a placeholder until I get title art done.

Progress Estimates

  • Script – 100%
  • Character art – ~80% (working on title screen)
  • Music – 95% (need to tweak stuff)
  • Programming – 10% (programming in the script / artworks)
  • Voices – 0%

The release date will have to be pushed to Fall 2014. Yeah, I keep pushing it back, but I need more time to work on this! In the meantime, hope you enjoy what you see!

-Ryne (project manager)

Julia’s Early Birthday

February 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Artwork, Characters, Commissions | Leave a comment
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Thought I’d share this with you all. That and celebrate Julia’s birthday (early, it’s not the 27th ^^)!

Julia adjusting her glasses drawn by Deji

Click to view larger. Commissioned artwork drawn by Deji (Twitter / Tumblr). Thanks again! I really love those eyelashes… hehe.

Enjoy!

-Ryne

Some New Year Plans

January 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Other | Leave a comment
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First off, would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

I’ve been running this blog for so long already! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to complete a single visual novel since I created this blog; I do have Final Week (and some small ones) but that was finished before I started this blog.

Got some bad news, and some good news; first the bad news:

It seems like Memoria is going nowhere due to severe setbacks. What I’ve been doing lately to keep this blog alive is commissioning artists just because I wanted to see new artworks of the Memoria girls, and among other stuff that will not be put in the final game. I’ve been stalling a bit in hopes that my artist sister will resume in the main Memoria artworks. But, it doesn’t look that way anytime soon (unless some miracle happens…).

And some good news:

I’m not giving up on Memoria! I’m not going to replace my sister anytime soon despite her not working on it for quite a long time. In addition I’ve been revising music, and revising each of the girls’ route outlines, so at least there’s progress. Once I’m done revising Julia’s route (3rd round) I’m planning on putting this project on hiatus, because…

A smaller VN is in the works right now. See, Memoria is big, and big projects take a looooong time to complete. So I decided to go small and create a small VN. It will feature all the Memoria girls you’ve come to love, plus all those music tracks I’ve created. I’m planning on commissioning an artist for that project, although I’m not going to start recruiting until I get a significant part of the script done. And as for the title?

More details I’ll reveal in a later post.

By working on smaller projects it’ll help things go smoother once Memoria is back on a regular schedule.

Sorry, no pictures this time! But I do thank you all for supporting Project Memoria throughout the years, and especially through hard times. I hope to release a small VN (or maybe more) this year for you all!

Again, Happy New Years 2014, and best wishes to everyone! 😀

-Ryne (project manager)

Poll #5 – Your Memoria Girl

October 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Artwork, Characters, Poll, Quiz | Leave a comment
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Memoria Girl Personality Quiz

Here’s a little “personality quiz” thing I programmed using PHP just for fun (and for lack of things to post lately 😛 ). Which Memoria girl will you date? I believe this will give you an idea what each of the girls are like. This quiz is mainly oriented towards guys, but of course girls can take it too if they wish.

Take it here

You’ll be treated to a nice graphic result when you’re done 🙂

Okay, to be honest, I rushed while creating questions, although I took my time programming the quiz engine. Sometime later I’ll refine the questions (and perhaps the engine). Let me know if there are any bugs, or have suggestions!

Oh, and a poll. Who did you get in the quiz? ^.^

Hope you enjoy!

-Ryne (project manager)

Chibi Commissions

August 16, 2013 at 8:39 am | Posted in Artwork, Characters, Commissions | 3 Comments
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Good morning! Here I present to you some artwork I commissioned from someone. Yes, of all five Memoria girls!

Chibi Tristina drawn by Diana (Detoreik)Chibi Aurelia drawn by Diana (Detoreik)Chibi Julia drawn by Diana (Detoreik)

Chibi Anna drawn by Diana (Detoreik)Chibi Mikaela drawn by Diana (Detoreik)

Click to view larger for each of em.

All credit to Diana (aka Detoreik) for drawing these adorable chibis, and posted here with her permission ^_^ Yes, I commissioned them a month earlier if you check her profile. And I could’ve posted them here sooner, but I felt there was no rush.

I think I might use them for the layout design of this blog. It needs a long overdue redesign.

It feels really fresh to see something new (along with my friend’s Mikaela artwork). I think while my sis is on hiatus I’ll try commissioning other artists to draw Memoria characters. But of course they’ll never replace my sister as she’s the main artist for this project; it’ll be an insult to her, the project, and possibly everyone else, if I simply replace her.

Of course, you do like seeing something new posted here that’s visual, right?

I hope you enjoy these chibis! 😀

-Ryne (project manager)

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