Sometimes, my family or my friends that I’m not all that close to ask me what I’m doing with my life these days. When I say I’m working on a video game, most of them let their eye glaze over and don’t ask any further questions. But some of my family and most of my friends are gamers to one degree or another, and because I’m not prepared to tell them about Harem Collector, I usually talk about Sangreal.
So, what is Sangreal, other than a decoy to save my pride? Sangreal begins with you playing a prince or princess of the kingdom of Cerulia. It is your official debut on the eve of your fourteenth birthday, where you will finally take up your responsibilities as crown prince or princess. Your parents ask you to join them in an anteroom room the big ceremony, so they can share with you the secrets of the royal family… but as you wait for them to join you, the general of your father’s armies stages a coup, and you only escape with the help of your personal bodyguard and the court magician.
You escape through the castle, pausing only long enough to watch the execution of your father, mother and uncle at the hands of the usurper. Upon finding a secret passage out of the castle, the court magician chooses to head back inside, to find your character’s royal sibling who was not among those executed and so, must still be alive, somewhere, in hiding. Your bodyguard and you escape the castle and wait outside…but the court magician never returns. You and your protector leave, and find shelter with the Wandering Folk, a society of nomads that travel the kingdom while working as tinkers, merchants and adventurers. This is how you live for the next four years, and on your 18th birthday, your guardian finally allows you to guide your own destiny, swearing to stand by you and protect you always.
This is where your character is at the end of the introduction- accompanied only by a single ex-knight and in a far-flung province of your former kingdom, you guide your character’s own destiny as you choose to do… whatever. Overthrow the usurper and reclaim your kingdom? Well, maybe, if that’s what you want to do. But you can also seek to master magic, devote yourself to the church, become a merchant and live a life of luxury… whatever.
So, why am I telling you all this? Well, now that things are kind of settled and I’m being productive again, I want to spend a little more time on Sangreal, like maybe one day out of five. I’ll probably give it for free to backers while it develops, but my intention, I think, would be to distribute it on Steam, eventually.
Anyway, I hope you don’t mind that I’m still working on this little side project. Talk to you guys later!