Wednesday, May 25, 2016

4m1 testing begun

Alright, we've completed all the code in 4m1 and it's being tested now.  Hopefully it will be ready eary in June for Patrons, but I won't commit to a release date quite yet.

What 4m1 adds to Harem:
-The ability to capture Noemi (Finally!)
-It continues to questline for the Westlands Cheli and lets you capture Naitay in the end and acquire quite a few more women for your quest.
-A questline from the Celeean Sword branch in Lesser Corsix
-Starting the brothel questline, in 4m1 up to acquiring the inn for conversion.
-Samantha can now go to the resort
-Base scenes for Noemi, Phoebe, Rhea and Alena

-15 new scenes
-143 new images
~200 pages of new text
-2 new slaves to capture
-30min-1 hour play time.
-2 new Non-Canon scenes for $25+ Patrons


 The public release for chapter 4 will be this Friday.  Public release for 4m1 will be June 24th

And just the normal Patreon reminder.  If you want to get access to the new 4m1 content as soon as it's done and access to additional content through the tier rewards, your pledge must be in by the end of the month!  If you wait until June to pledge your donation won't get processed until July and that's when you will get your rewards.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The team grows larger and better!

There's been two exciting changes to the Harem team over the last week.  HirotonoRei, long time editor for Harem, has accepted a promotion to help me with creating side-quests as well.  With both him and I working on content, we should be able to have a similar amount of content per minor release while working on adding the brothel back into the game!

Later that week Riven1978 offered to help modify 3dcg mods for the game.  I have no ability to create 3d models whatsoever, just using what I can find on sites like 3Dcustom.net and ninjibox to find mods for the game and use them the best I can.  But they don't always match the setting for Harem and I'm always having to play with the camera angles so there's not a TV in the background of a low fantasy setting.  Hopefully that won't be a concern going forward!  He's also edited some of the bodies I use so we'll be seeing a lot less of the extreme gloss which 3dcg likes to use.  As well as fixing some broken mods I've always wanted to use and breaking some working ones to show some naughty bits :)  A huge boon to the game!

4m1 is going very well.  I have it about 80% written and about 80% imaged, 40% coded.  Probably looking about 150 images and about 100 pages of text in the new version. 
-Noemi will finally be joining the harem. 
-They'll be two new sidequest lines, Hiro's on rebuilding Lesser Corsix after the events of Chapter 4 and exploring further into the westlands with a lot of interaction with Noemi and Phoebe.
-Samantha will getting her turn at the resort and I'm happy with the way the writing worked out for it.
-You'll be able to acquire the Plateau in Eowen and start converting it into a Brothel, but it won't be finished until 4m2.  Going to be a total of 4 different scenes involved in how you choose to open it and path.
-Base scenes for Noemi, Phoebe, Rhea and Alena
-Hunter769 is working on a script to let players give the brothel their own name, but that will probably be restricted to 8 characters.  So what I'm hoping that we can do is both let the Patron's vote on a long name for the brothel but give the player an options for a short name if they wish.
-Ninjician is continuing to update the sprites in the game and they're consistently getting better and closer to the 3dcg models used in the game.
-Ikatashi_Paku has updated the walkthrough for Chapter 4 and that will be posted in a few days.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chapter 4 released to Patrons

I just sent out Chapter 4 to Patrons today.  Public release will be on the 27th.



Content additions
-Lesser Corsix is now open!  Main storyline progress through there, heavily involved with Jessica and a new character Centura Vanessa
-Introduces Isabella, part of the Namuhist church and Centura Vanessa
-Two new quest locations, the Tower of Selem and the Corsix Mines
-23 new scenes, 2 non-canon scenes added
-369 new images for main content, 29 for two new non-canon scenes
-287 pages of new text
-New sprite and faces for the main hero
-Multiple sprite updates from Ninjician
-Updated Mapping from Hunter769
-Modifying Eowen in preparation for the reborn Brothel

Bug Fixes
-Several choices did not alter ethos properly.  The vast majority of those will be corrected when you step onto the world map

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Poll closed

Evidently the free version of survey monkey only allows me to take up to 100 votes so I will continue to look for another survey host but I did get enough data from the Patreon and public version of the poll to get a pretty good sense of what people want.

I will be adding the brothel back into the game, but with low priority.  My goal will be to have the brothel acquisition done in 4m1 and then give you the option to convince some reluctant slaves to sign up in 4m2 and maybe 1-3 scenes.  Phoebe in particular had a plot-centric brothel scene in v1 and being able to recreate it will be important.

Don't forget that any Patreon pledges need to be in before the end of the month for them to get processed in time for you to get your reward.  $2+ for the HD version of the CGs of the game, $5+ for the early access version (currently slated for 5/5), $10+ for the full CG unlock and $25+ for access to the bonus non-canon scenes (up to 10 now!)

Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Brothel poll

I’ve been getting a lot of great feedback from everyone, and I really do want to take it to heart.

While we’re the ones developing the game, you are the ones playing it and I do want to make the Harem the best game I can, and that means focusing on what people enjoy.  The feedback I got on the dark route absolutely influenced my development of chapter 4 (and it’s not too late to pledge to get it early!) and another topic which  has come up periodically is the brothel that you set up in Eowen in version 1.  While I was never satisfied with the quality of content it provided and thus cut it out of version 2, I’m not opposed to recreating it, focusing on making it much higher quality along with everything else in version 2.

This poll will be worded a bit oddly.   As a player, more content is always better and I want everything possible in the game.  But as a developer, I realize that everything added must come at the cost of something else not added.  So what I need to know is the priority to give development of the brothel, and the answers will be in terms of what’s cut to find the time to work on it.

Brothel development will always be part of the minor releases.  Working on the chapters themselves is a big enough job to consume the entire month, in each minor my goal has been to have 2-3 sidequest lines with 5-8 quests overall and a similar number of scenes either included or separate from the quests.  So how much time should I focus on that versus how much those versus how much time on the brothel?

This is the public version of the poll, separate from the Patreon version
Poll closed as max respondents have been hit

Also this is a bit old now, but I had put a down a rough roadmap of the next few updates if people want to see it.  It is a public post.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/roadmap-4869341

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Chapter 4 in testing!

I hope everyone is enjoying 3m2, chapter 4 has entered testing.  Assuming that it goes well, it should be ready for Patrons on May 5th and then released to the public on the 27th.  Remember that if you want the early access to chapter 4 through Patreon, you will have to put your pledge in before the end of April.  It works by running the pledges as the month turns and if you wait until May to pledge, it won't run until June.

Content additions
-Lesser Corsix is now open!  Main storyline progress through there, heavily involved with Jessica and a new character Centura Vanessa
-Introduces Isabella, part of the Namuhist church and Centura Vanessa
-Two new quest locations, the Tower of Selem and the Corsix Mines
-23 new scenes, 2 non-canon scenes added
-369 new images for main content, 29 for two new non-canon scenes
-287 pages of new text
-New sprite and faces for the main hero!

Bug Fixes
-Several choices did not alter ethos properly.  The vast majority of those will be corrected when you step onto the world map

Now a bunch more teasers:  I have listened to the feedback on the dark route and they should feel very different than the light route in this content.  The last image is Sarah in a non-canon scene.  She's not actually part of it, but seeing her in a dress was cool, even if it didn't look right without putting a collar on her.  And I might do a bit with the idea later, maybe even in 4m1.






Friday, April 22, 2016

Harem Chapter 3 Minor 2 Public Release!

Harem v2c3m2.1w is ready for your enjoyment!

Content additions
-More sidequests! Gregory in Eowen has sidequest for you leading to another zone, Fiona as another, also if you buy enough from her, she'll grow more friendly. Slightly
 -An additional line from Phoebe, snaking through the Celeean and Fiona quests as well
-Added a library to Castra Corson. It is to the east of your chambers
-Added a quickie mode when interacting with your slaves in base.
-Resort in Fishing Village reopen! Talk to Sarah after you've completed her other events.
-Put Cindy and Fenja in the bases, but they won't have any interactions.
-Variety of bug fixes from v2c3m1
-1 new slave with 1 new hinted at.
-5 new scenes
-~150 pages of text
-~120 new images
-Updated walkthrough included!

 Base game, requires RTP installed seperately.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3KuKjSbH2FhQV8tb09zOUZjcXM

Game w/ RTP.  Larger download, no RTP necessary
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3KuKjSbH2FhcmlaN0JsVTVrWk0

Credit to the people who helped out with their time!
Copy Editor and Sanity Checker -HirotonoRei
Testing - Hunter769, Omnibomb, TheHiddenOne
Walkthrough- Ikatashi Paku

Chapter 4 is 99% done and will enter testing in the next few days.  Should be an early May release for Patreons.