Good evening, gentlemen. Fortunately for me and unfortunately for you, Nekochan and I were out of town most of the last week. Therefore, not a whole lot of work got done on HC. I’m most of the way done updating the game after changing the item list, with only the dungeons left to do. One of the things I decided to change was to rip out the current shop process in exchange for the built-in traditional-style shop menu. Implementing the multi-buy system was just too much work for too little gain, and as some of you have pointed out it also means you can’t compare your armour against the shop’s offerings. I realized that I was doing extra work for no real purpose other than being stubborn, so I stopped.
Ditto the party train- next version of the game will lack the visible train of characters following you around. I was playing Breath of Fire II the other day and realized that the reason why that game uses a party train is so that you know what puzzle-solving tools you have available. In contrast, Chrono Trigger uses a party train because that game is one of the most gorgeous, visually impressive games ever created and they want to show that off, dammit. HC has neither feature, and I’m kind of sick of the “sprite X walks into party train” bug reports anyway.
I guess those changes make HC a little less unique, but I’ll have more time to work on stuff like dialogue and battle design- stuff immeasurably more important than shopping.
Moving on, this week I thought I’d talk a bit about the inspirations for the various characters in the game. Spoilers ahead!
The Hero: I’ve been pretty transparent about this one. The hero is basically a stand-in for popular H-game hero Rance, who shares a similar moral outlook and goals as the hero. The hero is a little different in that he can be polite and well-mannered if it suits his purposes. In early drafts of the game’s story, I was going to include story sequences to imply that the hero is in fact the child of Rance by Sill that she gets pregnant with at the end of the Isoroku Route in Sengoku Rance, and that the two universes are ultimately shared. Also, it wouldn’t be a very funny joke.
Therese: Therese started out mostly as a bog-standard Lawful Stupid Paladin, mostly to contrast against the hero. Initially, the plan was to have her be a partner to the Hero, who you could either have as a party member you couldn’t touch or you could choose to rape and enslave her but she would refuse to cooperate with you. As the game world developed though, that scenario became impossible due to the magical slave collars, but lives on in spirit with the whole dungeon mechanic. I also had the idea for a cute subplot involving Therese falling for the hero’s charms, giving in to her carnal desires, and believing that the angels revoked her powers, only to find out that the angels did no such thing at all and actually approve of her helping the hero for some reason.
Meline: I’ve gone into Meline’s development is detail before, so I won’t repeat myself. Her class, Invoker, in based of the 4e D&D class of the same name, mostly because I already had an idea in mind for a cleric-type character and wanted Meline’s power gain to be a literal deus ex machina.
Lilac and Violet: You’d think that “maids who are also identical twins” wouldn’t have involved a lot of development, but it did. One maid didn’t feel like enough to care for the entire manor, and I couldn’t think of any other logical reason for a pair of maid slaves to be sold as a set. Then, the maids were a set of sisters (twins and an older one) based entirely off of the Crescent Sisters from the maid collecting card game Tanto Cuore, until I dropped the third maid because three sprites made that little pen in the slave market look awfully crowded. Lilac and Violet being named after shades of purple is the remaining nod to the Crescent sisters (who are named Azure, Viola and Rouge).
Alina: Alina was always meant to be sort of a girl-next-door type in looks with a tsundere attitude (because tsundere is both really cute and easy as hell to write). Her skill set and general reaction to being enslaved is based off of a Saiyonara Zetsubou-Sensei doujin I read once where Zetsubou-sensei makes his entire class a harem and Chiri-chan decides that if that’s going to happen, she’ll be “head girl” and make sure everything “gets done right”. Unfortunately I don’t know the title of that doujin because it was in Japanese so my English-speaking brain kind of just glossed over it.
Elaiya: She was actually originally supposed to be a bow-quipped ranger, but I eventually changed her to a gun-equipped bounty hunter because I didn’t want people to expect her to have nature powers. She’s almost like a refugee from an entirely different game- her subplot is mostly serious and involves her trying to find the man who killed her husband. Her husband was an adventurer, and the only member of his party who didn’t turn bad over time. Godfrey was one of the party members, but Elaiya was just a waitress, but when her husband died she picked up his guns for revenge. She’s based a little off of a Scion character I played once, who was a daughter of Isis who became a vigilante in order to find the man who killed her husband and cut him into thirteen pieces.
…Yeah, very occasionally I play female characters in tabletop role-playing games.
Larelle: Not a lot really interesting here, but she’s loosely based on Celes from the mystery game Dangan Ronpa. It comes out more in her visual style than anything.
Doll: Doll’s low self esteem comes from one of my perverse little fetishes, where it kind of turns me on to hear girls put themselves down and want to be treated as objects. Her side plot is heavily influenced by the anime Trigun.
Yamamaya: Her opening animation (where she beats up the slavers) is inspired by the teahouse fight in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Her character is kind of based on Chie from Persona 4 (being a tough female character who likes being complimented for femininity). In her tribe, a warrior can have as many wives (or husbands) as that warrior can justify with their strength in battle, and the submissive wives/husbands in this case find pride in being chosen by capable warriors who have large harems already. This was determined entirely by my desire to have a character that was not only happy to a part of the hero’s harem, but had an active interest in helping him acquire more slaves. Oh, and she’s named after Sakaki’s cat in Azumanga Daioh.
Randi: Randi is named after the woman from World’s Worst Tenants, solely because that was what Nekochan was watching when I needed to name her. A pretty sharp contrast to Cypress_Z’s naming scheme, right? Her habit of leaving erotic novels lying around everywhere is based on a roommate I had in college.
Well, I think that’s it for now. It’s more than enough, I suppose. I’m going to take some time this week to catch up on emails and forum threads and such, so if you haven’t heard from me lately, I’ll be getting to you. Also, something is happening this week in my personal life that might give me a lot more time to work on game. I’ll let you know how it goes as the situation develops.