Hello world, Johnny here with another devblog.
As per my last devblog, I’m currently in the midst of writing spoiler heavy content, so I’ll only lightly touch on the work.
I’ve completed the writing required for the upcoming Box-o-Fun event for Luna, and I’m currently incorporating some event checks to add some variety. For example, if the player has completed Hermione’s Box-o-Fun event. After this, I’ll proceed with the proofreading phase.
I’ve also started adding some of the non-event specific writing into the game, such as gift chats and additional chit-chats for Luna.
Between writing and implementing, I’ve also been planning out some content for future updates, along with summarizing the late-stage Luna events.
As shown in the latest teaser, we’ve added piercings for Luna’s wardrobe. I’m keen to hear your thoughts on items linked to expressions, as they require additional effort to incorporate into the game. We’ve also been discussing some other things internally, such as how weird it is that all characters have shaved pubes by default. We’re also looking to add a base outfit Schedule for Luna eventually, so if you’ve got any suggestions for clothing that fits her personality or have an opinion about pubic hair, then feel free to let us know.
Aside from the work, I’ve been fuelling my creative side by rewatching the earlier Futurama seasons. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it because I’m a huge fan of humour that pokes fun at current events and parodies real life. However, when it comes to the game, I’ve made a deliberate choice to reference things that have stood the test of time. As we all know, meme culture evolves rapidly. For instance, I opted to abandon the idea of a public event for Cho where the twins had turned someone into a pickle.
Getting into game development has been a very rewarding and fulfilling experience for us, so if we can encourage others to express themselves creatively, then that’s a win in my book. Therefore, I’d like to end this post with a segment from our artist Boppin who has put together some tips for beginners who are looking to get into art.
Heya! It’s me, Boppin! If you’re a beginner who wants to learn digital art, here are some of the things I wished I knew before starting this art journey of mine.
Beginners often make the mistake of diving head first into digital art, ending up with buying fancy pen tablets, only to lose their passion within a week and with a huge hole in their wallets. It’s crucial to start this journey with small, deliberate steps and avoid rushing in. When I started on the project, I was using a 5-year-old laptop and a Huion Inspiroy h430p tablet, which was smaller than my hand but got the job done. Since I’m now working on art in a more professional manner, I’ve since then, thanks to Loafy, acquired what is most suitable and affordable. In other words, I opted against purchasing a tablet with a screen, as they’re currently highly overpriced and not essential for my needs.
The saying “It is essential to have good tools, but it is also essential that the tools should be used in the right way.” by Wallace D. Wattles is something that every beginner in digital art should keep in mind. Many frustrations can be avoided by learning the basics of the program that you’re using.
Once you get started, I would suggest not to pour too much time into one single piece. Novice artists often begin a drawing with good intentions but find themselves constantly trying to make adjustments, adding excessive details, and ultimately straying far from their initial sketch. Spending excessive time on a single piece can sometimes lead to growing dissatisfaction, causing you to tuck it away in the depths of your hard drive. My advice: Keep your goals simple, complete your work, and then move on to the next. Keep that creative momentum flowing!
Lastly, always finish what you start. It’s important to see a piece through to completion, even if it’s not perfect. It adds to your portfolio, reveals areas for improvement, and showcases your progress. Remember, you’re not infallible, and learning from mistakes is part of the journey. Don’t be afraid to share your work with the world.
That’s a wrap for this devblog. See you in the next one!
Greetings! I just took a deep dive into Luna’s wardrobe of requirement, and you guys won’t believe what I found.
Three new sets of clothing for Luna!
But that’s not all. We’re also adding a new feature, and we’re introducing it today in the form of facial piercings. In the past, we couldn’t tie items with facial expressions, but now we can.
As a result, we’ve added an elegant eyebrow piercing and a studded mouth piercing for Luna.
Hello everyone, Johnny here with an important update.
For those of you who may not be frequent Discord users, I want to inform you that our update posts and teasers will be temporarily relocated to Discord. This change is happening as Loafy, who manages our Patreon account, takes a break. While I won’t go into the details here, I encourage you to refer to Loafy’s own message in the news channel on Discord for a full explanation.
During this period, the rest of the team will continue to work on the game. However, please bear in mind that teasers and devblogs may be a bit less regular, as they typically involve both me and Loafy.
Before we make this temporary move to Discord, we’re releasing another art pack for Silver League Trainers. This pack includes all the clothing sets from the past year, as well as some unreleased ones that haven’t been previewed yet.
As always, we truly appreciate your ongoing support for the project, and we look forward to seeing you over on Discord!
Greetings, everyone! Johnny here, with yet another devblog.
As I’m in the midst of working on Luna writing, I’d like to take a moment to share some ideas I’ve written down while going over Hermione’s content. Before I proceed, I want to provide a heads-up that this post may contain spoilers. My intention with this post is to gather valuable feedback from all of you and to create an opportunity for you to contribute your own ideas before I delve deeper into the planning and writing process. What I’ve written down so far, is in very much in its early stages and isn’t fully realised yet, so I anticipate it evolving and changing before the final product. With that clarification in place, let’s delve into the mind of a lunatic… I mean, adult visual novel writer.
I’ve been considering adding tier-up events for Hermione, similar to how we do it with Cho’s Quidditch matches, as a way to make the leap between tiers smoother. Below, you’ll find how Hermione’s attitude towards favours changes as you progress to higher tiers, along with some general ideas for the tier-up events.
Hermione’s naughty side emerges quite a bit during this tier, but it takes sexual stimulation or prompts from Genie for her to display it. She’s somewhat embarrassed when putting herself on display, and she will now start touching Genie when requested (handjob), as long as she is paid well.
Potential 3-4 Tier-up events:
Hermione has given up on preventing other teachers from selling favours, realising that there’s no way to stop it. This would also explain why “flirt with teachers” is no longer an option for public requests. Some writing during tier up events would differ if the player has done public requests.
There is currently an optional ‘talk to me’ event on this tier with Tonks that mentions Hermione’s attitude changing. This event may serve better as a tier-up event, and there would instead be a more regular ‘talk to me’ event in its place.
Hermione’s attitude has shifted drastically, as she agrees to perform fellatio without making a fuss. This shift in attitude is quite sudden, and her only explanation is that she’s happy to be able to help her house, and that putting a penis in her mouth is nothing as long as it helps her cause.
She has a greater appreciation towards everything sexual, and she sometimes forgets about points. With her attention on schoolwork tapering off a bit, Hermione’s drive to excel is instead shifting towards the sexual favours. For example, she will blame herself when she doesn’t manage to swallow all of Genie’s cum.
Additionally, she now allows you to use nicknames such as “whore” and “slut.” Her argument being that if it helps reach her goal during the favours, then it’s fine by her. Although she perceives it as nothing more than a sexual aid rather than how Genie actually views her.
Potential 4-5 Tier-up events:
As yet, there are no well-crafted notes, but since this tier has the biggest shift in her attitude, there needs to be a solid reason for it. Perhaps Genie and Snape would come up with a scheme that would lead Hermione to put more effort into it. Such as Hermione overhearing a conversation between them where Genie thinks about ending the trading between Hermione and him. If that’s not enough, Snape can say he’d be happy to take over the trading.
She remains steadfast in her commitment to help Gryffindor win the cup, but her inner desires occasionally get the best of her, revealing her enjoyment. You’ll find it much easier to persuade her to engage in explicit conversations or to dress provocatively, and she might even do so without any prompting.
Potential 5-6 Tier-up events:
This tier shows a smaller change in attitude than the one before, as she will immediately agree to have sex. My first thought for the tier up events was to include something where Hermione gets pushed to her limit, with the goal of sex not feeling like such a daunting task. A deep-throat event would be fitting, especially since the one during the ball ending is both unprompted and sudden.
There are a few additional events that I haven’t had a chance to go over yet, and I thought I’d mention them briefly. The ball, for instance; features a sex scene, which can be reached before the sex favours. The writing for tutoring is quite different and doesn’t align with the rest of the game, especially the later events. I’ve left those events alone for a while now, as I’m unsure how players feel about them, so I would appreciate your feedback.
That concludes what I’ve written down about her progression so far. Please let me know what you think, and if you’ve got any ideas of your own, don’t be afraid to share them in the discussion channel on Discord.
Hey there everyone, time for the latest developer blog update!
I’m really glad to hear that a lot of you enjoyed the recent big update featuring Cho. Your support truly means a lot to me. We faced some major challenges due to engine changes and internal redesigns, but despite the odds being against us, we managed to roll out the update successfully.
One of the really cool things I got to work on for this update, which sets our Ren’py game apart, is the interactive split view for CG images. This was showcased during the Cho retrospection events. Initially, we had plans to keep the scenes separate, but an idea sparked to incorporate both scenes into a single event to add an extra spiciness. Making it happen was a bit of a challenge; I had to dive into the engine and tap into some undocumented functions to make it work just the way we envisioned.
I must’ve gone through three or four iterations before finally stumbling upon the implementation that proved most effective for us, all the while maintaining good performance and features. If you glance at the code, it might not strike you as particularly elaborate, but devising the method of implementation posed its own challenge. You see, ordinarily textures come in standard rectangular sizes, yet we wanted for the displayables to be oddly shaped — think clouds or bubbles. This led us to the need for texture masking, and that’s where the AlphaMask feature stepped in. It was fairly straightforward, but that’s only a portion of the full story.
Next up was cracking the puzzle of exhibiting two images with a cutout, specifically for the bubble, and making them both interactive. The first idea was simple, just make a cutout, right. However, that entailed ensuring no vital elements occupied the bubble’s designated area, which would necessitate altering the artwork to accommodate. I wasn’t keen on that approach, so instead, I conjured up a zorder swap function for image tags, paired with a controller made within the screen scope. This renpythonic solution allowed us to maintain image prediction and rollback support, sans the need for extensive artwork modifications. In the end, it turned out fantastic in my opinion.
Reflecting on the update as a whole, am I satisfied with how it turned out? Yes and no. On one hand, I’m really pleased that we finally resolved the performance issues and tackled major problems like the flawed questing system and other issues. However, I can’t help but feel that we could have, or perhaps should have, added more new content. Maybe it’s just my own thoughts, though. Anyway, let’s keep moving forward.
With all of the above in the past, I can now dive into the meat of the game — the artwork. This time around, both Boppin and I are working on the drawings, while Johnny is pouring his efforts into the writing and scenarios. It’s a refreshing change, if I’m being honest. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love coding and consider myself primarily a coder. Still, it’s refreshing to switch things up from time to time and put my drawing skills to the test. I might not have natural talent, but I’m persistent. Over the past three years, I’ve taught myself how to draw, and finally, it’s starting to pay off. Having a grip on both programming and art is incredibly advantageous and it smoothens the process significantly. I understand the limits of layering, where to position elements in the scene, how they’ll interact with the code, and so on. It’s a unique perspective that I’m truly grateful for.
As you’re already aware, the current update in the making revolves around Luna. So, it’s safe to assume that both Boppin and I are busy creating various scenes centred around her character. We’re aiming to create more diverse and modular scenes, giving Johnny the freedom to fully explore his creative writing potential in the more risqué side of things.
Speaking of risqué things, if I spill any more beans about the upcoming scenes too soon, I might just tick off Johnny for letting his secrets slip. So, forgive me for holding back on the tantalizing titbits for now. What I can share with you is that the next update is diving head first into the story and steamy content, leaving the fluff behind. Expect heaps of fresh writing and art that might even make Johnny Sins blush a bit. 😊
Things are progressing smoothly, and we’re not foreseeing any bumps in the road ahead.
By the way, I hopped into Baldur’s Gate 3 shortly after its release. I’ve been eagerly awaiting that game for who knows how long, and I can confidently say it was absolutely worth the wait. If you’re a fan of both actual cheese and the kind that’s infused into writing, you’ll find yourself right in your element. The writing is incredibly diverse, and every character comes across as vibrant, each with their distinct personality and aspirations. The whole experience feels genuinely immersive. It’s been quite a while since a game has given me this much enjoyment, and chances are, Baldur’s Gate 3 might just clinch the title of my personal game of the year, or who knows, even the game of the decade. That all depends on how I feel about it once I’ve wrapped up my adventure in it.
Thanks for reading, and see you all soon!
Lads and gals,
Johnny here with another dev blog post.
As mentioned in the previous announcement, we’re currently working on the next update, which puts focus on Luna.
I’ve been knee-deep in my writing hole the past couple of weeks, and I would like to share something about two of the events that will be included in the update.
The first one is the “Talk to me” event chain for her upcoming favour tier. I’m excited to say that now when we’ve got a dedicated artist, this event will also include a CG to make the scene more exciting.
The second event is another addition to the box-o-fun, but this time, it’s for Luna. This event will put Luna’s ability to compose herself to the test, as she receives a task to complete outside the office.
Aside from the event writing, I’ve also been writing chit-chats, and outfit dialogues. I’ve been having a lot of fun writing for Luna, as her quirkiness always leads to interesting and unexpected paths. I went over some finished work with Loafy the other day, and he had a good time reading through it, so I feel pretty happy about the work I’m putting out at the moment.
Moving on to the recently released Cho-focused update. I tend to stay away from mentioning major spoilers in these posts during development, but I figured I may as well delve into spoiler territory now that the update is out, so spoilers ahead.
The Cho x Tonks CG was an idea that I had a long “ass” time ago, before we had a dedicated artist, and I was so happy that we could finally do it. Back then, there were quite a few places where we had to hold back a little bit in terms of art, so one of our current goals is to add CG’s in other places as well. If you’ve got a suggestion in this regard, feel free to post them on our Discord.
I’ve got to admit, holding on to the reveal during the event where you summon Cho at the end of her content was a real challenge. I had numerous elements I wanted to incorporate, and I found myself revising substantial portions of it at least four times. Such as Cho coming to terms with the favour trading being more than just the means to an end, the big reveal about the luck potion, and then also putting focus onto the sexy stuff. I mean, what is this? A porn game?
There were also plenty of technical aspects and ideas that had us wondering if we could actually make them happen, but I’m stoked that everything came together smoothly in the end. One idea that evolved a couple of times was the CG of Cho masturbating inside the changing room. Initially, it was meant to just cut between the two CG’s, but then the idea of displaying both at the same time inside a thought-bubble emerged. When I mentioned that it would be funny if Genie’s cum landed on Cho inside the other CG, Loafy came up with the idea of letting players switch between the two CGs by simply interacting with the bubble. Once I knew we were going to be able to show both CG’s at the same time, I started thinking about how the Cho inside her mind would react, in contrast to the “real world”. I figured I may as well take advantage of being able to see both at the same time, and have that version of her give a clue as to what Cho was really feeling.
I also added a lot more sound effects for the deepthroat scene than I normally would. In my previous experiences of incorporating sounds, I’ve noticed that longer sound effects don’t mesh well when paired with still images. I’ve also stayed away from sounds that would give the character a certain “voice profile” such as moaning, since I’d imagine that the player has a certain voice in their mind already. That said, I figured that gagging sounds would still fit within those constraints while also evoking the sense of panic I aimed for in the scene. I haven’t received much feedback about this yet, so I’m curious to know if you guys think it worked well for the scene.
That’s about as much as I can share about the development for now. In my personal life, I got sick for a week or so, right after the last update, so I wasn’t really able to play too many games. But, I was still able to replenish my creative juices in other ways. I tend to watch Youtube videos or Twitch streams a lot more than Movies or TV-series, though. I wonder if anyone else is like this, where they don’t feel like they want to dedicate their full focus and watch a film. Maybe I need to put videos of people cutting foam or subway surfer next to it…
See you next time!