Devblog #11 – Bringing CG Scenes to Life in WTS

Hey there, Patrons and WTS fans! It’s LoafyLemon here, your friendly neighbourhood adult-game dev. Today, I’m going to give you a sneak peek into the process of implementing CG scenes (hand-drawn smut) in Witch Trainer Silver.

The process starts with sourcing the perfect CG images. We’re quite picky about this *cough* as are most of our users *cough*, as the quality and style need to match the overall aesthetic of the game as closely as possible, which I must emphasise, it’s not easy! Once we’ve conceptualised and drawn the scenes, it’s time to prepare them for integration. This involves splitting layers, resizing, cropping, and optimising the images to ensure they load smoothly within the game.

Next up, we need to decide where and when these CG scenes will appear in the scene they were planned for. It’s all about finding the right balance between storytelling and visual pleasure. We want to make sure that these scenes enhance the (s)experience without disrupting the flow of the game.

Once we’ve figured out the placement, it’s time for the programming part. I use SublimeText as my code editor of choice because it’s blazing fast, versatile, and has all the features I need. To integrate the CG scenes, I write scripts that trigger the scenes at specific points in the story. These scripts also handle the transition between regular gameplay and the CG scenes, ensuring a (usually) seamless experience for you lads and gals.

Of course, I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t dive a little bit deeper into the technical side. Historically, I used my own python implementation for CG scenes, which turned out to be less than ideal because I was going against the current, fighting with the engine quirks, instead of following its workflow. Ren’py’s layeredimage feature plays a crucial role in this new process. For those unfamiliar, layeredimage is a built-in Ren’py feature that allows us to create complex and dynamic scenes by layering multiple images on top of each other. This is particularly useful for CG scenes, where we often need to combine backgrounds, characters, and various other elements to create a cohesive and visually appealing image, while maintaining the ability to switch parts of the image dynamically.

Promptly after the image definitions are implemented, it’s time to pose the scenes and see how things fit together. This is a time consuming process and has a huge impact on the overall quality of the scene, involving posing facial expressions, adding visual effects, and setting up animation timers. At times we also draw additional bits and bobs as we go through the implementation to fully flesh out the scene.

After the programming is done, we move on to testing. This is where we make sure everything works as intended and that the scenes are triggered correctly. It’s also a chance to fine-tune the timing and presentation of the CG scenes to ensure maximum impact.

Finally, once everything is working as it should, and we’re happy with the final piece, we upload everything to our git repository.

By the way, we really appreciate your support and feedback, as it helps us continue to improve and expand the game.

That’s a quick overview of how we implement CG scenes in WTS. I personally hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look, and we can’t wait to share more updates with you in the future.

Stay naughty,
LoafyLemon.

Tonks’ Countdown to Fun-Town

As we wrap up this roller-coaster of a year, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the journey we’ve had. It’s been a marathon, not a sprint, but here we are, still standing and pushing forward.

This year threw some curveballs at us, and not gonna lie, it got tough. But guess what? We didn’t throw in the towel, and neither did our awesome community. Big shout out to all of you awesome folks who’ve been riding this roller-coaster with us. Your support means the world, and even though we didn’t check all the boxes on our grand plan, we’re not giving up. Nope, we’re gearing up for a comeback!

Today might be December 31st, but tomorrow is a fresh start, and we’re diving in head first. And hold onto your hats because we’ve got some seriously cool behind-the-scenes stuff for the game in the pipeline. More ideas, more creativity, and a dash of that special sauce that makes our project awesome.

Here’s to a better next year, full of wins, lessons, and maybe a few surprises. 🥂 And to all of you out there, thanks for being part of our journey. Wishing you the happiest New Year filled with good vibes, success, and all the good stuff.

Have a Tonk-tastic new year!

Cheers,
Silver Studio Games

Project Update: Temporary Changes Ahead

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!

Devblog #7 – Diving into the Loony bin

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!