Wednesday, November 16, 2016

</reality> on Kickstarter!

</reality> has been live on Kickstarter for one week.  So far we have raised 45% of our goal, thanks to 80 awesome backers!! Hopefully we can continue to push forward and make it to our goal.

For more information on the project, check out our Kickstarter page and our most recent updates!

^The most recent piece of art I've completed for the game - now on to some new characters!

Friday, October 28, 2016

< /reality > Demo and Plans

Happy [almost] Halloween!

It's weird. Unlike most years in late October, the thing I am most excited about right now is not spooky costume fun times, but work. Yeah. My work. What's up with that? When your work is making art and writing the story of an epic visual novel that is just waaaay cool, I guess that's what happens. ^_^

<  /reality > has been progressing very well since my last vague, over-excited post about it back in August. We have a trailer! And a demo! Check them out:

We are looking for any and all feedback on the demo, and we even have this handy feedback survey! We love hearing player's reactions, and being able to make our games better through critique.

Also, we have posted the game in various internet places to garner more feedback and visibility. We are thinking about kickstarting the project next month, too!

At the moment I'm focusing on some art things (finishing some character sprites, making graphics for the kickstarter page), but soon I hope to take a needed break from the art mania I've been in for the last couple months, and refocus on the story (finally moving past the demo chapter! wooo!).

Let me share some of the graphics. Here are the character sheets of the main characters:
Kumori might be my favorite. She is so much fun to write, and to draw!

Well, that's it for now. Look forward to more updates as the project progresses! ^_^

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


What? A new blog post? Imagine that!
Today I just want to share a little bit of excitement over this game I'm making. It's called:

What kind of name is that?! Well, it's a weird game. With a weird name. And it's super-mega-ultra exciting, you guys!! It's going to be a visual novel. With an epic branching story that really makes your choices matter. And it's all kinds of cool.

Can you tell I'm a bit hyped about it?

Here, have some art (click to enlarge):

The two main characters. Aren't they cuuute? Especially the angry expressions, lol. :P

P.S. that logo is a placeholder I made in about 2 seconds >.<

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Havencall's Story: Magic, Philosophy and Aura's Journey

This is going to be a re-blog of my latest Havencall news article on IndieDB. However, I felt that this article was pretty important and deserved to be on here too! After all, the story is the most important part of Havencall, and the reason I am so passionate about this project. Also, here's the very first Havencall trailer that we released a few weeks ago, to go along with our IndieCade submission:

The Havencall Story: Magic, Philosophy, and Aura's Journey 
(posted 7/12/2014 on IndieDB)

 Aura is a girl with questions. Her small world is surrounded by an impassible space-time barrier, and she wants to know why. What is beyond the barrier? Can she escape and find the other world she dreams of? In this post we take a closer look at the Havencall story, focusing on Aura's journey, with some back-story and insight into our philosophical inspiration! Curious, imaginative and stubborn, excluded but tolerated: this is Aura, a girl with questions. Her entire world is just a swath of countryside and a single village, encircled by an impassible space-time barrier. Lore and literature tell her that there are more worlds beyond the barrier, but dogma tells her that going beyond will curse her forever. She has always been an outsider in her world, but every night she dreams of a place she belongs, another world, where a glowing figure beckons her into a beautiful haven.
 In this post we will take a closer look at the Havencall story, and reveal a little background as well some questions that inspired the story. We won't give any blatant spoilers, however reading this post may make events in the game more transparent, so if you want to play with absolutely no preconceptions, you may not want to read on.
 Aura is tired of being trapped in her tiny home world, but more than that, she also wants to know why her world is closed off the way it is. Who established the space-time barrier and for what purpose? There are some mysterious things around her that spark her curiosity and set her on a course to find out much more about her universe than anyone has known for centuries. Aura keeps her most important notes and observations in her hand-made journal (a new feature since our last update!), as she is on a mission to puzzleout the truth.
One of the first things you can find out in the game (by looking at a prayer book) is that the barriers were created by this world's "god," a being named Isoran who had power over space and time. But why would he divide up humanity into many small communities that they could not leave? According to the prayer book, Isoran was a "savior" who freed humans from the "time of Chaos," an age of war, disease, colonization, and all-around suffering. His solution to the problems was to section off tiny city-states from each other, much like sending feuding children to separate time-out corners.

 But now, the isolation has become stifling, especially for Aura, who has never fit in, with her mismatched eyes, uncertain parentage, and strange amulet. After a certain experience (which we won't spoil), Aura gains a power very similar to Isoran's: the ability to manipulate space and time! Using this magic, she is finally able to pass through the barrier and begin her search for the world in her dreams. But the journey ends up being more complicated and eye-opening than Aura expected.
 It turns out that (minor spoilers here) Isoran was not the only "god" to attempt to "fix" the problems of the time of Chaos. Two other gods established worlds of their own, not worlds divided into many smaller realms like the space-time world, but big worlds, with completely different approaches to fixing society's vices. During her journey, Aura travels through these other worlds, encountering people, beliefs, and practices wildly different from anything she has ever experienced. She learns a new power in each world that will help her move forward, and faces a "boss" in each, a manifestation of the structure of each world. At times shocking, at times mystifying, and sometimes delightful, these worlds slowly reveal their secrets over the course of the game, and Aura learns more and more about her universe.

 So maybe you are wondering: how is any of this philosophical? Havencall's story is primarily about Aura's search for the place she belongs, and is not blatantly, in-your-face philosophical. However, the universe as a whole and each world was conceived through musings on philosophical questions: "Are humans intrinsically good or evil?" Isoran, the creator of the many-world space-time realm, believed that people could only be good as long as they did not have the opportunity to do bad deeds. The other two "gods" had very different answers to this question. "If a moral system is accepted by a whole society, does that make it ok?" This question inspired the second world, which was created through life-death power and is the most shocking of the worlds. "Is human behavior more reasonable when we are focused on survival?" was the question that led to the third world, a world of thermal (heat/cold) power, and the most unforgiving and epic realm.
 By the time Aura has adventured through all three worlds, she has learned three types of magic, knows more than she ever imagined, and has made the biggest differences the universe has seen in thousands of years. But will she be able to discover the identity of the dream-figure who calls to her? And ultimately, can she find her haven, the place where she is meant to be? 

Check out the links below for more Havencall updates!
Havencall Facebook page 
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