Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Feedback request

So my intention was to take a day or two off after releasing c5m2 to cycle down, but that isn't how my brain works. So instead of working on Harem, I've been thinking about it. And I'd like your feedback on these.


First is on combat: I really don't enjoy the way that most RPG maker games do combat, so I've kept Harem intentionally easy on that front. Do a bit of gearing and you should be able to put combat on auto and get through 99% of the events without a single loss. But I've tossed enough different skills into the characters that it could be more interesting. Question is two parts,
A1. What do you think of the combat in the game? Should it be harder, easier, or is it about right? This some something that's very hard for me to figure as the developer as I know how it should be played, and thus it's always easy for me.
A2. I'm considering working with Hunter to get a difficulty setting. An easy/medium/hard mode, probably chosen at the beginning of the game. Which all sounds good, but the concern is that it feels like hard mode would demand special rewards. And since Harem is porn, that would mean unique scenes. Which then makes it required for a completionist to play on hard to get all the scenes, even if they hate the mode. So, what do you think? Is it worth the effort and should there be unique scenes for collecting your harem... while hard? :)


Second is on Rhea/Alena and ethos flipping. How the game is currently set up, it forces you to choose one of the two. Rhea is supposed to be the light path character, Alena the dark path. There is a plan to get them off-path somewhere between chapter 6 and 7, but in-between it causes a bug. If you flip after capturing them, they act out of character. Since their route bound, the only get content for that path. And will likely just disappear in chapter 6. It's a bug, but one without an easy solution. And I'd like ideas on how to fix it. A few ideas I've thought of:
B1: The best option isn't practical. Ideally the game would respond to that switch and reconcile their behavior to the main character's ethos, but that would require a lot of development to address a situation that very few players run into. And since it would be unique scenes, it would also cause problems for completionists. So just not an option.
B2: They ‘run away’ after the events in Corsix if they don’t agree with your ethos. Fairly easy to write up a small event which justifies it, just a slight twist on something I’m already doing. It wouldn’t be particularly great content, but it’d make the event work from a narrative sense. When they get captured on the opposite path 6-7, I can also right a single reconciliation scene to get them back into the party (probably).
B3: They ‘Run away’ as in B2, but there’s no reconciliation event. If you flipped at the wrong time, they’re just gone for good. While this seems harsh, it would take the least amount of time. And time equals content. That reconciliation event would be another scene or quest that doesn’t get done because I’m working to solve an issue that’s experienced by very few players.

So if you haven’t noticed by now, I’m rambling a bit. Mostly because I don’t have a firm grasp of this yet, and still trying to figure out the exact questions to ask. But I’ve gotten to the point where I’d like some feedback. Likely I’d decide this using a $2+ patron poll, but at the moment I’d just like to collect generalized feedback.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Harem c5m2 released! Public version upgraded to c5m1.

I just released Harem c5m2 to my $5+ Patrons, bringing us just up to the end of chapter 5.  6 more slaves get their quests and 4 more events happen while you're under house arrest.  'Ralph' sure gets plenty of action even when he can't leave the house!  If you wish to play the newest content immediately, any pledge $5 or more will get you instant access to it!

Ker's Patreon 
 
c5m2 content additions:
-6 new slave Quests to gain votes in Corsix.  Donna, Sarah, Cecilia, Phoebe, Cindy and Fenja now have their quests available.
-All quests will have a solution that doesn't involve your harem fucking other people.  But if you enjoy it, every quest does have a solution that involves your harem fucking other people!
-4 additional night events.  Even under house arrest, 'Ralph' gets plenty of action!
-Nicole will be captured even if you declined on night 4
-Expanded Eleanor interactions to put a name to the face.
-~300 pages of new text in the game
-316 new images in the game
-13 new in game scenes added, 2 bonus non-canon scenes added

Bug Fixes/Adjustments
-Adjusted Fenja and Sarah's tour stop.  Sarah stops at the Sharpsword Inn, Fenja next door (east)
-Various map size fixes
-In Replay Scenes, pressing PgDn will end the current scene


With the new version Harem available to my patrons, the public version also gets incremented to the version that they were playing.  The questing gets serious as your slaves manipulate the high and mighty of Corsix to get you free.  And you get moved into something more fitting than a jail cell. 
 Harem c5m1 Content additions
-5 new slave quests to gain votes in Corsix!  Angelica, Naitay, Joan, Rhea and Alena now have their quests available!
-All quests will have a solution that doesn't involve your harem fucking other people.  But if you enjoy it, every quest does have a solution that involves your  harem fucking other people!
-Additional night events, moving you into a more 'pleasant‘ abode then a stinking cell.
-One new slave available for capture!
-Two future slaves teased!
-279 pages of new text in the game!
-308 new images in the game!
-11 new scenes in game scenes added, 2 bonus non-canon scenes added!
Bug fixes/Adjustments
-Adjusted 300+ faces. Zoomed in to give better detail to faces.  Panned down to give better detail of the breasts.  Because.
-Donnie's sprite replaced
-Numerous early game tweaks/text corrections.
-Fiona did not leave your harem during the entrance to Corsix event
-Cycle text if you choose Terra or Dianna in Corsix.  Fenja if you didn't save her brother in Celee.
-Hopefully resolved all issues with Terra's unique and Chapter 4 flame progression.

Monday, December 5, 2016

5m2 final patch notes!

We're entering the final rounds of testing, hopefully 5m2 will be out in a few days for you all to enjoy!  And another teaser from Terra's bonus scene!  When 5m2 comes out for my $5+ Patrons, I will update the public version to 5m1!

c5m2
-6 new slave Quests to gain votes in Corsix.  Donna, Sarah, Cecilia, Phoebe, Cindy and Fenja now have their quests available.
-All quests will have a solution that doesn't involve your harem fucking other people.  But if you enjoy it, every quest does
have a solution that involves your harem fucking other people!
-4 additional night events.  Even under house arrest, 'Ralph' gets plenty of action!
-Nicole will be captured even if you declined on night 4
-Expanded Eleanor interactions to put a name to the face.
-~300 pages of new text in the game
-316 new images in the game
-13 new in game scenes added, 2 bonus non-canon scenes added

Bug Fixes/Adjustments
-Adjusted Fenja and Sarah's tour stop.  Sarah stops at the Sharpsword Inn, Fenja next door (east)
-Various map size fixes
-In Replay Scenes, pressing PgDn will end the current scene


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Happy Anniversary!

The reboot of Harem is one year old today!  I'm going to mark December 3rd as the official restart of of Harem as it's when this Patreon campaign started.  Without it, I wouldn't be able to devote nearly as much time as I can to Harem.  And also a thank you for every person who took the time to give me feedback either on the blog and forums!  When you take the time to do that, it gives me a bump in motivation and it's definitely appreciated!  The fact there's never enough of it makes me appreciate what I get even more!

Unfortunately I have to give you all an IOU on the anniversary gift, with it being crunch time and all. I've finished writing/imaging/coding everything but 50% of Terra's NC/Bonus scene and doing a lot of testing.  Hopefully release will be closer to the 5th, not the 10th, for Patrons.  As soon as that happens, I will upgrade the public version to 5m1.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Harem c5m2 preliminary patch notes

We're nearly finished adding content to the next release and hopefully will start testing it in the next few days.  With the holidays on us, it will probably be a bit slower than usual.  I hope to release it before the 10th, but it might be closer to the 10th than usual.  As usual, when c5m2 comes out to my patrons, I will update the public version to c5m1. 

c5m2
-6 new slave Quests to gain votes in Corsix.  Donna, Sarah, Cecilia, Phoebe, Cindy and Fenja now have their quests available.
-All quests will have a solution that doesn't involve your harem fucking other people.  But if you enjoy it, every quest does
have a solution that involves your harem fucking other people!
-4 additional night events.  Even under house arrest, 'Ralph' gets plenty of action!
-Nicole will be captured even if you declined on night 4
-Expanded Eleanor interactions to put a name to the face.
-~300 pages of new text in the game
-~350 new images in the game
-12 new in game scenes added, 2 bonus non-canon sceens added

Bug Fixes/Adjustments
-Adjusted Fenja and Sarah's tour stop.  Sarah stops at the Sharpsword Inn, Fenja next door (east)

And a teaser of course!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!  A huge thank you to everyone who has supported this game in the last year, be it by becoming a patron, giving your feedback or just downloading and playing the game!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Lewd plays!

Just got a tweet from the group that does Lewd Plays, essentially a Let's Play for porn games.  They're doing Harem!  Go and check them out, they have the first (hopefully of many) videos posted.  Go and check them out at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LTdkINJtPc4ZSJSJJ-g4Q

The first video just covers the intro, but it was quite amusing to watch.  A huge thanks to all of them!