Friday, January 10, 2014

0.6b.8 upgraded to final.

After a week and about 700 downloads I've decided to upgrade 0.6b.8 to 0.6b final.  Doesn't appear to be any game breaking bugs and the bugs still remaining are minor.

Known bugs:
-Sarah reappears to early on the light path.  But she doesn't do anything until she's supposed to.
-It's possible that if you hold off finishing the orc/goblin sidequest until after clearing the mines the jungle orcs may not appear.  I have a fix for it, but it's a fix that could cause other issues and there's minimal gameplay impact to not being able to finish that quest immediately that I'm choosing to leave it in place until 0.6c testing.
-Various issues if you intentionally stay in the middle, bouncing between light and dark.  It's not a supported path and the issues really only show up if you intentionally stay gray.  Even a slight preference to light or dark choices are enough to keep you out of the middle.
-This is the usual non-bug issue.  Any issue with .dll or files being missing isn't a issue with the game, rather you are missing the VX RTP (not VX ACE) or the extraction/download corrupted.  Uninstall/reinstall and it should fix the issue.

I'm probably going to take a week or three off.  Being forced to wear the programmer hat for this long is frustrating so I'm going to take a break.  Figure around the end of January I'll start working on 0.6c.

One thing I would like you all to do is post some feedback in forums.  This blog is solid for communication between myself and players, but does very little to show this game to new players.  If you enjoyed the game please take a minute to go to your favorite forum and say so.  Feedback like that is tremendously important not just for the game itself, but also our motivation in continuing the project.

And what I'd really like is your help making this a better game.  Tell me what parts you liked and why.  Tell me what you didn't like and why.  Tell me what you'd like to see and what you'd like if I redid.  The early Donna scenes were rough, I think the new versions are better but what else needs a rewrite.  The more you feedback the better the game will be!

48 comments:

  1. Good work, you could consider using optipng.sourceforge.net and www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/ to optimize the graphics folder size without loosing any image quality in the process.

    P.S. I placed the two executables in the Graphics folder and created a bat file with the following content in order to automate the process:

    FOR /F "tokens=*" %%G IN ('dir /s /b *.png') DO optipng /quiet -fix -preserve -nx -o7 -full "%%G"
    FOR /F "tokens=*" %%G IN ('dir /s /b *.jpg') DO Jhead -purejpg "%%G"

    Keep in mind it takes "some" time to do that.

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  2. Does following the light path except for taking control of Terra's mind (which is major) count as gray? Have been avoiding this combination exactly due to the nonexistence of a middle path.

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    1. No. Any time you have a character specific choice, I code around that choice to your action remains consistent over time. So Terra, Sarah, Jessica, Samantha etc where you have blue and red choices for them are designed to let you act out of character. Sooner or later there will be a reconciliation type event to put them back into character (and sometimes you have to do so to unlock certain scene) but the game will not bug.

      It's when you balance very choice to keep yourself oscillating around 0 (particularly flipping to try to get both Rhea and Alena in WC) is when the game gets buggy.

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    2. So it's not possible to get both?

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    3. It was before not sure now

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    4. However, I cannot get rhea, if I choose all blue choice, except getting jessica drunk and choosing the red swimming suit for both girls at the fishing village. My ethos was 7 when I defeated rhea, hardly in the middle. I can however get rhea if I seduce jessica instead of getting her drunk. Is there anyway you can fix this problem, for those of us who want to play a good ralph who only choose red choice when it come to money (so as to raise money for the fleet).

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  3. im having trouble downloading the game right now i have 0.6a.3 and whenever i try downloading the 0.6b.8 the file will download for a minute of 2 then it would say download failed and rapid gator isn't even downloading for me says generating download link and then goes back to asking me if i want fast or slow download.

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    1. https://mega.co.nz/#!z9xEUDBJ!ajKPgBFDm4vVeQe5tLwX-ERVVztHC759k_rGu-qIPqQ
      SHA-1: A701DC7E2F31825D5150E747BB7E2B8FD6DA987B

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  4. Question if you mainly follow dark path, but don't enslave Terra what will happen after trial?

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    1. The game will reconcile that variation before the Corsix.

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  5. I noticed two bugs:
    - On the light path, Cindy appears in the Fortress of the Sands, on the dark path, she doesn't. This is after opening the Brothel (I don't know what happens if you don't), so since she's already in the Brothel, she shouldn't appear in the Fortress of the Sands anymore, right?
    - I went back to the hut of the Jungle Orc Chieftain to check if I forgot anything, and the game still freezes there. Not really important, just in case you wanted to fix that and forgot it.

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  6. In Rhea's quest of the trial sequence, you've done something that means the Thief Leader acts before Rhea in the turn order. This means that in order to win the fight you have to know in advance which turns to Ki Strike him on, since by the time you get the warning it's too late to do anything. I...doubt you intended this.

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  7. I downloaded the 6b.8 final version the other day and was playing through until I got to the Croxsis mine. I played until the point where Vanessa asks you to check out the eastern passage. However, when I followed the mine tracks and entered the eastern tunnel the scripted battle with the four tentacle beasts never occurred. Is there something else I am supposed to do before that or is it a bug?

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    1. it too me five minutes of wandering and a dozen fights before they showed.

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    2. I spent maybe a half hour running around before I got bored and quit to do some sidequests. I occasionally left to sleep at the inn during that period. Does it have to be constant time spent in there?

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    3. It's an invisible event that is supposed to chase you down. In 0.6c I'm going to redo that using the new encounter tables. For now just run back and forth should cause it to trigger.

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    4. Hi, after that event I'm having a slight problem whenever i make the player go full screen or open the menu the button, that opens the menu, stops working. Just thought you should know

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  8. Excuse me, I was wondering if it was possible to download the most recent version and then just copy and paste my old save data from a previous version into the folder and still have it run right.

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  9. I found an annoying bug, who did my hearthstone completely useless (impossible to use it everywhere). I think it can be caused by trying to use it during jungle orcs (the north forest). It persists everytime after.

    Drawbacks :
    - step into goblins caverns (then go to jungle orcs with explosives). It is especially annoying to must go through 3 cavern maps to go in and out of the sector.
    - jungle scout orcs search : add a collect indicator (like fungus) to clearly display we need to kill some orcs.
    - tentacles monsters : i could never escape from any fight with them. If it's impossible, it would be nice to mention it at beginning of cave (and deactivate the escape option)
    - some CG viewing freezes on transition screens.
    - sometimes, party empties itself magically. No clues to see it before next fight.
    - sometimes, HP display (scout, assess) acts strangely (as if hp loss is not regular on the whole indicator)
    - during comeback to west corsix (just before tentacle king), the party is not healed (like we didnt sleep into inn). I noticed the choices (going directly or staying in town), but i didnt think we return to fight without resting.

    Nice possible upgrades :
    - to be able to see the whole gain/loss from equipment for the entire harem, into merchant screen. I see it can be hard to display on a single screen ^^'
    - a kind of quest board (to record progression and next step)
    - an house into first village (not fisher, next one) is wood-made from outside, and stone-made from inside.
    - to be able to see enemies buffs and debuffs with scout/assess
    - from a lore point of view, i found strange that caravans/merchant/whore clients can go from west corsix to west towns by exiting from fortress chimney. Maybe chimney secret could be a secret exit into a secret tunnel used by last owners to escape or come into fortress without being seen, from the two sides of mountain.

    My opinion on the game :
    Very nice game and cute scenes ;). Maps are more clever/natural than other similar games (DLaby and Elysium). Maybe needs more side quests (or side zones, to make it unlinear), up to side quests which follows main one (steps into same areas than main one).

    I will post messages if i notice something else.
    Good job and have fun

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    1. Thanks for all the feedback. I'll try to respond to each.

      -I'm going to revisit that sidequest while coding 0.6c. I didn't actually make it and not really 100% sure how it works.
      -There isn't anything in the code to prevent you from running away. When I do it, the actual option goes away. Not sure why that happened.
      -CG mode issues are known
      -The game should tell you every time I've emptied the party and pop the menu to have you refill it. When doesn't the game do that?
      -Hmm, I'll take a look at the HP bars
      -I'll through in a restore in the conversation before the king.

      -That'd require far more scripting ability than I have.
      -Ditto, although I have revamped the id ring.
      - I'll fix the magical house!
      -Again scripting
      -The merchants wouldn't normally travel that route. The normal path to Western Corsix was blocked by the Ratan army as a quarantine.

      Thanks again!

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  10. A possible improvement would be relationships between harem members. Rhea and Sarah would be an obvious one, from the beginning, to Rhea being the one seeing what was happening at the tower "secret" room and then the new scenes, for instance Rhea could be the Sarah's keeper so the latter could safely enjoy being restrained while everyone else is busy, maybe even sharpening the blades under light restraints. Teresa and Terra also seem to be a good combination. And so on.

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    1. It's something that I like to include but it isn't always easy with some of the variable handling.

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  11. Her ker, just checking to see if you got the e-mail ArdenWolfwatcher sent you from LoK forums about Fenja and your thoughts on it.

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    1. Did I ever respond to you on that?

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  12. More side events would be nice. The ability to collect minor slaves opens up the possibilities on that front, but even that aside it would be nice to have a secondary location or two that tied to side events that could be visited which isn't monster-only and one visit. ( Like a small town to the north or south of the otherwise mostly linear progression; Naomi and Phoebe's hometown is the closest the current game has to that).
    It would also be nice to have the troops (of which you can have two in the desert) be addressed as well, since while not part of the harem they are part of the entourage the main character is creating.

    I noticed that cg view has a lot of hangs on black screen transitions.

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    1. 0.6c will see quite a few side quests. And I know about the CG mode issue, working on ways to solve it for 0.6c.

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  13. i would love to introduce harem rpg to the world. there are more people who must know about this game. i hoped there will be harem 0.7 in 2014

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  14. I don't know if anyone else has found this but: if you choose to Exile Jon for the Brothel, you can enter through the alternate entrance of the Pub. If you do this, you can talk with the Circle guild and the Bounty Hunter as if you were Ralph. You also cannot enter the Pub in general as the event that pushes you back will push you out onto the balcony.

    Not so much an issue as you can still exit and reenter through the door, but amusing anyways.

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    1. I'll take a look at that for 0.6c

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  15. Hi guys i want to ask does anyone now a game like this in rpgmaker once i downloaded it but then i deleted the game and forgot the name of it

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    1. try Despair Labyrinth, or Elysium (game list on the right)

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  16. so grabbing cecilia is the last thing in the game right now?

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    1. Talk to Teresa or Danielle about the tram. They'll tell you what's left in 0.6b and if nothing is left, also tell you that :)

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  17. Damn if i had known you were actually active and that this game was STILL being worked on i would have taken notes!! ... I found about 200 typos in the text that would be pretty easy to fix... and also tons of "mini" bugs with variables or characters that are not where they are supposed to be (or invisible) with the event still there, etc...

    I got the game last week... played about 20h from start to the "current" end... (Spoilers) Always being the Best possible (good choice) - getting Isabella in cell, saving Terra, getting Noemi back with Ariel/Cecilia (where is Phoebe?), saving the tortured Vanessa...

    Eventually my game broke down... i go out of the forest and the variable saying i need to save Terra is back to on... and I cannot enter anywhere as it says I need to save her... which i already did... I think that was the end of the current content as i kept encountering more and more bugs as i kept going... i was never able to see Cecilia again after capturing her...

    This game is incredible... I didnt know such awesome content was availlable... I remember when i was a kid and played Knight of Xentar 3 and though it was a gem... This game is 100 times better... if all of it can ever be finished and polished at the same level as the begining up to the tram, it will trully be a rpg masterpiece! even while being a hentai game... ;)

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    1. just a quick edit, i reloaded a previous save, before going into cecilia house to get noemi back... used "ctrl" to skip text, then went back to grove, which forced me to grab the 2 flowers again to save vanessa (cause i was doing both quest at once), -- not quite sure what i did different.. either not talking with absolutely everyone... i did 2 scenes in my own room (noemi and vanessa), then one with sarah and vanessa downstairs... and it didnt broke this time.. so when i went back to main building, the area behind teresa was not blocked and i could go into the prison, saw noemi talked with her... finally teresa when speaking "tram" said i was done with everything...

      again : wow... Grats... this game is incredible... i will definitely share it with friends who i know will like it!! :)

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  19. Just downloaded the game, but I cannot seem to get the Noemi event to trigger. I admit, I did Cheat Engine myself a ton of gold- could that be the cause?

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    1. i also used cheat engine for gold on my evil game (since farming does not give exp) and had no problems with any event triggers... you probably just missed talking to someone or something to make it trigger... :)

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    2. If you mean the part with Noemi still being in the prison cell, then you have to finish the story part in the mines, walk towards (or was it sleep) your bed in the fortress and also get her sister to join.
      If feel like there is something i missed but anyway tell me if you have done all of this so we can help you further.

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  20. something to share i kept having problems opening the game iwas like wtf? it worked before i had to replace hard drive and had played overwhored just fine after so i read the read me that comes with harem OH thats it i had rpg vx ace rtp not vx rtp if you have simalar problems try this http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/download/additional/run-time-packages#rpg-maker-vx

    Ker hope you don't mind me posting this link?

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  21. Got a question - is it possible to get Noemi's "Tentacle assault" scene? Seeing as she joins AFTER the scene, yet CG mode tells that she has one.

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  22. 0.0

    Apparently if I recruit Vanessa instead of sending her back (Ralph DOES have a point...), I get Edrin the (Dead) Bruiser instead of Vanessa.

    -.-'

    Most of me just wants Vanessa, but a small part of me wants to put Edrin in my party just so I can revive him and get him killed, over and over again.

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  23. u r genius ker, u make a good game like i want
    and i want u'r help me.
    can u make tutorial for game harem?
    coz i am newbie
    n can u make cheat for gold, hehehe

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  24. Great game ker
    I found out about this game from the [MISERY] thread from hongfire
    ~I was wondering if you could file share me the game [MISERY]

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