AWCG v2.0 Release Date Announcement

November 25, 2019 at 9:38 am | Posted in Artwork, Characters, christmas, Commissions, Plans, Progress, Side Projects, Site, Voice | Leave a comment
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Heya folks! As you might have known from my Twitter and previous posts, I’ve been reworking my Christmas VN the past month. Most notably changing up the visuals (BGs and GUI) and of course adding voice acting. And now I’ve made enough progress to show off these changes!

Before -> After (click to view larger)

AWCG - Before AWCG - After

I’ve hired Milena Olivson to do the game’s BGs and she’s done a wonderful job with them! Although she works pretty quick, she doesn’t sacrifice quality at the same time. A huge improvement over using filtered photographs as BGs.

Oh, and of course I’d like to introduce Natalia’s voice actress – Katelyn Hamilton! She gave Natalia the personality I was looking for, with her outgoing and cheerful voice. I’ve updated AWCG’s site to include voice samples if you want to listen. 🙂

With that out of the way, I’d like to say I’m aiming to release v2.0 of “All I Want for Christmas is a Girlfriend” on December 20, 2019. Most of the things I’ve wanted to update have been implemented, but I don’t want to rush things. The GUI needs a bit more work, and of course debug, debug, debug. Aside from that, I hope you look forward to Natalia bringing you some more holiday cheer this season!

Thanksgiving is coming up, hope you all have a great (and safe) one. And thanks as always for sticking around!

-Ryne

AWCG – Voice Actress Recruitment

October 28, 2019 at 10:00 am | Posted in Artwork, Characters, christmas, Plans, Recruitment, Voice | Leave a comment
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2019/11/5 – Closed! I’ve found someone to voice Natalia. Thanks to those who applied!

2019/11/4 – I’ve extended the audition period to this Thursday (11/7)!

I need a female voice actress for a short romance Christmas-themed VN, “All I Want for Christmas is a Girlfriend” (AWCG)!

Learn more about the project: VN site

Character that will be voiced

Natalia
Lines: ~26
Words: ~262
Personality: Friendly, outgoing, a bit flirty
Pitch: Somewhat high
Audition Lines:

  • “I’m so glad I passed my calculus final! Thank you so much for tutoring me! I feel like I finally understand the material!”
  • “Aww, that’s so cute, you’re blushing~”

More information

I released this VN last year, but without any voice acting. I’m in the process of reworking this project, hoping to improve the visuals (mainly BGs and some GUI), and of course seeing Natalia’s personality come to life!

  • This is a non-commercial project.
  • Budget: ~$30, negotiable. Payment via PayPal.
  • Deadline: While this is a short VN, everything will need to be completed within a month (last week of November / the 30th). I’m aiming to re-release this project about a week before Christmas this year (week of December 16).
  • Format: .wav – to allow for post-processing.
  • Motivation, reliability, proactivity: very important

How to Apply

Email me here with your audition and demo reel.

Please send submissions as links to your portfolio (soundcloud, dropbox, google drive, etc.), not as email attachments. Also if selected, I would greatly appreciate it if recordings are sent via links as well (zipped up). Sound files (especially .wav’s) eat up my account space quick >.<

I will be keeping this open for at least a week, or until I find someone. Let me know if you have any questions / comments / concerns. Looking forward to hearing from you, thanks!

-Ryne

Anniversary illustration recruitment

August 30, 2019 at 8:56 am | Posted in Anniversary, Artwork, Plans, Recruitment | Leave a comment
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PixaelSoft Logo

2019/09/01 – Closed! I’ve chosen an artist. Thanks to those who applied!

Hey folks! Just thought I’d give a heads up that PixaelSoft / Project Memoria is nearing a 10-year anniversary on September 27. I’d like to commission a piece of artwork to celebrate, and reaching out to anyone who would love to do it!

What I’m looking for:

  • What: A beautiful hi-resolution (1080p) anime-style CG illustration of one of my female characters, wedding-themed
  • Deadline: This will need to be finished on or before September 25th
  • Budget: ~$150-$200, negotiable. Payment via PayPal.
  • Ability to do some ecchi-ness is a plus
  • Motivation, reliability, and proactivity: very important

Art style:

I’m looking for something in the style of Love Live! and Idolm@ster or similar / close to it.

Interested?

Send me an email here with samples of your work. Note: Please send samples as links to your portfolio (DeviantArt, Pixiv, etc) not as attachments.

Also be aware that I’ve posted this right before leaving for work – I’ll respond ASAP when I get back! Still, do contact me if you’re interested.

I’ll be keeping this open until the evening of September 1 (Sunday) or until I find someone. I look forward to hearing from you! I hope I can make this a great anniversary for my studio. 🙂

-Ryne

Ryne’s demo days of summer

August 26, 2019 at 9:10 am | Posted in Artwork, Characters, Commissions, Plans, Progress | 2 Comments
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Wow, I can’t believe it’s been at least a month since I released the CMD demo. I hope you all enjoyed it 🙂 No stopping there, because I have more art to share (pun unintended) – Ryne’s sprite art is finally completed!

Ryne's outfits

As always, click to view larger. The protagonist of the game who receives a summer discount card from Anna, because he helps her so much with her problems (especially with school). Speaking of which, while he does help the girls with the problems they face, he does have some problems of his own. Namely, the pressures of school, and his anxiety when it comes to Julia. While not touched upon in the demo, one of his hobbies include working with computers, and will gladly fix any malfunctioning computer.

BTW, I updated CMD’s site to include images in his profile, in case you want to check it out.

Apologies if I didn’t have his sprite in the demo (time constraints). But if I decide to make some more demo versions, then yeah he’ll definitely be in it!

Aside from that, we’re nearing 10 years of running PixaelSoft / Project Memoria (on September 27)! Has it really been that long since then? I hope to show something nice next month, to celebrate. But yeah I hope you guys still stick around!

-Ryne

Café Memoria Deux site up! Demo release date!

June 10, 2019 at 8:49 am | Posted in Artwork, Commissions, Plans, Progress, Site | 2 Comments
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Hey folks! It took a while, but I finally opened the “Café Memoria Deux” site! ^_^

Café Memoria Deux

Click on the banner above to visit. Do check out the various pages, and learn more about the game and its story and characters, and even view some screenshots. 🙂 Note that I don’t have chara art of Ryne just yet, he’s still being worked on as of this post. Also, if you haven’t seen it there already, mark your calendars: I’ll be releasing the demo next month, which is Friday, July 26, 2019. In the meantime, I’ll be cleaning up the game a bit so the code’s all nice and tidy for release. I hope this hypes you all up!

If you folks want to take a look, I’ve also took the time to redesign the PixælSoft site. The old layout was more of a quick and dirty version with not much effort put into it (I kind of rushed it while simultaneously working on the first Café Memoria site). I’m not sure what I was thinking about going for a ~750px wide layout (which is too narrow for my needs)… I hope it looks much nicer!

Check out the updated site here!

While I’ve tested them as much as possible, do let me know if anything’s broken with the sites (broken links/images, layout, etc.).

If everything goes to plan, I will be releasing the CMD’s demo on said above date. Look to it!

-Ryne

Anna’s Birthday

January 28, 2019 at 8:18 am | Posted in Artwork, Birthday, Characters, Commissions, Plans, Progress, Writing | Leave a comment
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Hey guys! It’s Anna’s birthday this month, so let’s celebrate the beginning of the new year with new title artwork of her! Okay, well I might be a little late celebrating (her bday is the 21st), but it’s okay!

Title Sample - Anna

Click to view larger. How do you guys like her dynamic, yet somewhat flirty pose? I think that considering her shy and insecure personality, it’s her way of forcing herself to be more open and outgoing not only towards her customers, but to everyone else, including her friends. Of course that doesn’t stop her from being so clumsy and tripping, making her drop all the food and losing confidence.

A great way to seeing her other side, right? 😉 More title artworks of the other girls soon to come!

Aside from that, now that the holidays are over and after releasing my Christmas VN, it’s now back to work on CMD. I’m still rewriting sections of the script, but hopefully a demo will be out this year! There are still plans for releasing smaller projects if time persists.

Let’s make 2019 a great one! Thanks all for following me and sticking around, as always 😀

-Ryne

After Thanksgiving meal

November 26, 2018 at 8:54 am | Posted in Artwork, Commissions, Food, Progress | 2 Comments
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To those who celebrate it, hope you folks had a great Thanksgiving! I had to work that day, but at least I get holiday pay. And just thought I’d share some more of Café Memoria’s (lunch) menu / artworks. 🙂

Lunch sampler A

Click to view larger (as always). Who wants a Memoria Burger? It’s a very flavorful and juicy burger with the restaurant’s secret barbecue sauce, with some tasty seasoned fries. In fact it’s among the most popular items. If you haven’t tried one, you’re missing out – try one today! (okay, I don’t have a recipe to make one, ahaha.)

Don’t forget the Sub Sandwich, too! Cold or toasted sandwiches, with your choice of meats – turkey, roast beef, chicken, or anything! Comes with some Lay’s potato chips.

Thought I should mention this here – I’ve started working on a short VN project, about a week and a half ago. If everything goes to plan, I’ll have it released at or before Christmas! Yeah, it might slow down CMD a bit, but I’d like to challenge myself and make something within a month. I need a refresher on finishing and releasing projects; it’s been a while since the release of the first Café Memoria.

I’ll be posting updates as said project progresses (in this blog and/or Twitter). Look forward to it!

-Ryne

Mikaela’s birthday present

October 26, 2018 at 9:30 am | Posted in Artwork, Birthday, Characters, Plans, Progress, Screenshots | Leave a comment
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Hey folks! It’s my birthday today, so I’m sharing some significant progress of Café Memoria Deux!

CMD - in-game screenshot

Mikaela: “H-happy birthday! I-I’m not saying this because I like you, you know!”

Click to view larger. Here’s a preview of an in-game demo scene, in its full glory with sprites and BGs! I’ve spent the past weeks copying the script to Ren’Py code, in particular the first in-game day. It’s mostly done, I just need to do a run-through making sure all the script is there, some debugging / improvements, and of course adding in the food artworks. Then I have to do the second day, as well as hangout days exclusive to Anna and Mikaela (and waiting on some title artworks, ahaha).

Also, Ryne’s sprite artwork has not been done yet and therefore will not be in the upcoming demo, as well as some rating stuff (that could change though). But nevertheless we’re inching closer towards a demo release! I’ll announce it once I feel confident about setting a definite date.

For those wondering, Mikaela and Jacob are not sister and brother! They kind of look like it, yeah, but they’re not related. Though, I’m sure Mikaela would dread having a brother like Jacob; saying he’ll piss her off on days end is an understatement.

Now, I’m going to take the rest of the day off and celebrate my birthday with family. Work will resume tomorrow! In the meantime, look forward to more significant progress in the coming months!

-Ryne

Elena’s café management

August 28, 2018 at 9:08 am | Posted in Artwork, Characters, Commissions, Plans, Progress | Leave a comment
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Hey folks! Her sprite is done, so let’s meet Café Memoria owner, Elena!

Elena's outfits

As always, click to view larger. She’s the boss of Mikaela, Tristina, Aurelia, Julia, and most certainly of her daughter Anna. Elena can be a pretty nosy and mischievous lady, wanting to get into others’ personal business. But most notoriously she likes teasing her daughter lots (as mentioned in an older post). Of course Anna doesn’t like it which fuels her insecurities. It doesn’t mean that Elena hates her daughter; like all mothers should, she loves her daughter, and wants the best for her.

Things aren’t all fun and games for Elena, though. When the going gets rough, she can be pretty strict, especially when it comes to Mikaela and her anger management. Or kicking out unruly customers ^^;

As for the status of the rest of the project, I’ve been busy implementing major changes (as mentioned in last month’s post) in the script. It’s amazing when you re-read it you discover all these minor grammatical errors (ex. “if” when you really mean “it”). Am I glad that I’m giving the script another rundown! As mentioned in previous post, these changes will not be reflected in the first demo, but in subsequent versions.

We’re getting closer to a CMD demo release! Not giving a definite release date just yet, but I’ll give one out once I feel comfortable doing so.

See you next post!

-Ryne

Breakfast sampler

July 24, 2018 at 9:04 am | Posted in Artwork, Commissions, Food | Leave a comment
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Morning folks! It’s time to share some items from the Café Memoria Deux menu!

I’d like to introduce you all to my food artist, Daphinteresting. She did an amazing job bringing out the detail and deliciousness of the food! Her name sounds pretty familiar as I’m sure I’ve seen her work in other VN titles (can’t recall at the moment). But her work is amazing, do check out her deviantart!

Breakfast sampler A

As always, click to view larger. Returning from the first Café Memoria, I present to you Good Morning Cereal and Waffles, Sausage Links, & Eggs. Yeah, I could’ve gone the easy route and get some Public Domain stock images, but I wanted some original food art. Don’t you just love how crunchy and sweet the cereal is? Or how hot, buttery, and syrupy the waffles are? Are you feeling hungry? Because I sure am!

Character art is still in the works! Two characters are nearing completion, so there will most likely be new sprite art next month. I’m excited!

A little update on the script – while I might’ve said it’s already edited with a final draft, I’m in the process of writing a major revision of it. After looking through it, I’m not really satisfied with how one of the characters turned out – her characterization feels weak. It’s one of those things where one day a great idea pops up in your head, and you realize how much better one of your characters will be if implemented. Yeah, it popped up in my head one day while driving to work. 😉

Those script changes will not be in the first demo version (because it only involves two girls and both have rather good characterization), but will be in subsequent versions. No, I’m not scrapping the script, but with how the script is written now makes the ideas a rather good plot point.

That should be it. Enjoy your breakfast!

-Ryne

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