January 2014

More words and a Running Challenge

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 01:26 -- BlueWinds

I choreographed another episode of "Hilde & Wend: Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" today. You can hire Hilde now, but "Death, Destruction and Kittens: Revenge of Wend" is still filming on location.

There will be a brief filler-arc involving Antinua throwing Hathawa against a wall and giving her an epic hickey, but I doubt the audience will mind (IE, I wrote two more scenes with them, because I <3 Ant/Hat, especially when Antinua is the one being vulnerable and needy).


I am out of shape. :( Relatively speaking, that is. I ran two miles tonight, it took 20 minutes, and I was hurting at the end. That sucks. I should be able to do at least three miles at that pace, or 2 miles in 15 minutes.

Challenge to you, dear internet readers: Let's get into shape together. Go running the day you read this, time yourself and measure your distance. Post your results here, however good or bad they are. No judgement shall be rendered! I don't like to plan a route in advance - I just notice streets where I turn, and plot them on a map (a digital map, of course) when I get back to estimate distance.

I'll cheer for you, and post an update on my progress in 7 days. You do the same.

Back in the Swing

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:51 -- BlueWinds

Woot, I'm writing again. I finished about 2900 words today, covering the third loan payment, the first third of Hilde's hiring event, and the introduction of another (eventually) hireable character. I'm aiming to finish Hilde's hire stuff for the next release (I know, I keep saying that, but this time for real!).

Remember, way back when, I promised that some characters remember your choices and change how they react to you? That's why Hilde's hire event is taking so long - Hilde and Wend have long memories, so there are several branching paths that each get their own events.

Not all choices can be unmade. Even in this fantasy world there are consequences. :)


Because I haven't poked the hornets nest enough recently, I leave you with an amusing link.

Not dead yet

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:03 -- BlueWinds

Three things in this post: A small release, then a long bit of Javascript Geekery, then a bit more baring my soul to the world. One picture for each.


So, I'm not dead yet. Here's a very small update to prove it. It contains only a single additional scene with Wend.

It does however have about 7 new or updated images, mostly for Wend and Hilde.

Also a couple of spelling corrections. Nothing terribly exciting.


Javascript generators are awesome. Like, 100% pure awesome. I <3 yield.

They've existed in Python just about forever, but Python doesn't really need them the way Javascript does. Python isn't designed for an asynchronous, event based programming style the way JS is.


Sat, 01/11/2014 - 00:48 -- BlueWinds

So, the site has been undergoing a recent barrage of spam. You probably didn't notice anything, because anonymous comments require approval, but I've been deleting them by the dozens daily for almost a week. Blocking IP addresses has also helped somewhat.

Just in case you were wondering why you need email verification on the site, and why you sometimes have to fill out captchas... it's really the lesser of two evils.

Otherwise, I have been not terribly productive. Or rather, I've been exceedingly productive on things that aren't related to this game. Just a few bugfixes, and slow progress on some of Alison and Wend's stuff - nothing worth a release.

Women on the internet

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:43 -- BlueWinds

Yesterday, I got my very first "internet threat." Some anonymous commenter here on this blog decided to threaten me. He probably thought he was making a joke - it came across like that was the intent. I didn't approve the comment, obviously.

I don't think it's a coincidence that it happened soon after I openly announced that I'm a woman.

Version 0.72

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 01:40 -- BlueWinds

So, this is a very small release - it has only a single new event, a variant for talking with Alison. It does however have large numbers of textual corrections. Special thanks to AColonyOfAnts for their through thorough proofreading.

Known issues with this release:

Haven't gotten around to fixing that one yet.

There are also some very small tweaks to the backer story - just a couple of typos fixed, no need to re-download or reread for ~10 letters difference.


In lieu of new content, I'll link you to a visual novel I recently enjoyed - Rising Angels: Reborn. It's not the deepest of plots, but moves along at a nice pace and I really like the characters and the visuals.

Super bonus points for having a cute MC named Natalie. I really like that name (no, it's not mine).

It's a little bit trope-tastic, but remember that tropes aren't a bad thing! They're what stories are made of. The only complaint I had was that the villain is a little too obvious from the get-go. It didn't need a twist, just another scene or two to make them more likeable before the long-predicted betrayal.

Taking a break

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 02:13 -- BlueWinds

So, I'm going to take a break from the sex stuff for a little while to talk about something often related, but not synonymous - love. It's sort of been on my mind recently.

Go through http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/. It won't take more than a few minutes. I don't own the book, don't plan to read the book, am not shilling the book, but the short profile was interesting and oddly soothing. It will also be helpful for understanding the rest of this post.

First I'm going to talk about me, then about each of the main women in the game so far.

Updated Demo, Version 0.7 and Backer Story

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 00:00 -- BlueWinds
More sex scenes
62% (50 votes)
More non-sex scenes
6% (5 votes)
Current Balance is Good
32% (26 votes)
Total votes: 81

Update: 0.71 contains bugfixes. It has only one "new" event (which was previously inaccessible) - a female version of Hilde's event if you visit her instead of the Guild party.

The poll question is just because I'm curious what people would like to see in the future. Compared to the current ballance of content, would you like to see anything change?

I have updated the public demo. It is a massively stripped down version of the current development release, with about 3/4 of the content removed. As I'm sure you'll see, there's still plenty of people to meet and things to do - you'll just have to imagine how the game plays when I haven't subjected it to a hacksaw.

Version 0.7 is attached to this post. If you're a backer, enjoy. I couldn't finish Hilde's Hire sequence in time, but there is a lot of new content in this release, including dozens of images for Alison (who can be hired), and first scene involving both Wend and Hilde together. It won't be the last.

The backer-exclusive story "Snow" is also attached. ~6000 words. If you donated at the $35 level, you should be able to see it. If you can't, comment here *including the Offbeatr username with which you supported*. I put an event in the game which prompts you to read the story - you are of course free to do so whenever you please, but it might be nice to wait for proper context (hire Hathawa and Antinua, then talk to Antinua a bunch to get it). Check here if you're interested in getting access to the story but haven't supported yet.

This is my first time publishing a PDF. I'm not really an editior or layout person, so please excuse any ugliness.


Have a good day, week and new year. :)


:sigh: Parents.

My mother is dear to me, but she does not understand me in the slightest. She says she really wants to know what I'm thinking or feeling... then tells me I'm wrong. Doesn't make all that much sense, for someone else to tell me that I'm not really feeling what I'm feeling. No, I am not interested in my housmate, no matter how good of friends we are or how "compatible" you've decided I am with him.

I was a little angry, and am glad the battery on my phone died and ended the call before I got more angry. Now I'm just feeling lonely. That picture does me pretty good justice right now.

Coming out would (I feel) be much easier if she flatly opposed it, rather than thinking she was being supportive and in the same sentence pushing a hetronormative agenda. It's been about a year, and I think she's getting worse about it rather than better.

As far as she knows, I'm "just" a lesbian. Hearing me write about prostitution and slave collars would give her a heart attack.


I only just realized that this makes the backer story sound like a self-insert. I promise you, it isn't. I am very, very different from Hathawa, and my parents are nothing like hers. Just poor timing on my part to have a frustrating phone conversation with her that made me want to share and be releasing the story on the same day.

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