So, what have I been up to for the last two weeks?
This is what I've been up to.
Take a look. Let me know what you think. Though there are no actions coded in yet, it's a 90% functional game engine, not just a mockup of a UI.
Anyway, if you like the demo and want to see more, stop by the Offbeatr campaign and give it a vote (and chip in a few dollars, when it gets enough votes). The money will go to a good cause - commissioning a bit of original art, paying for a bit of graphics design work, and letting me focus on the game instead of my day-job for a few months.
While the game still belongs to the Sim Brothel genera (where you hire girls, manage finances, attract customers and upgrade property), it will also have some radical departures from convention - a great deal of focus on the player-character, a small and rotating cast of girls working for you at any given time, and well thought-out and coherent fictional world (there's a reason STDs aren't an issue in Vailia).
In general, game-play will involve frequent returns to the overhead map, where the player chooses their next action, whether it be talking with one of the girls, managing the brothel, looking for new hires, or investigating rumours that the Onsen is haunted. You'll never see the old standby of "Rest" actions (both for girls and for the PC) - if someone is tired enough that they need to rest, it will just happen. No need to bother the player to click a button on their behalf.
There will probably be Futa, definitely be tentacle monsters, and possibly be transformation. The long and short of it is that much of the content will be determined by backers - several of the rewards are things like "I'll write a scene based on your description" or "describe a girl," and based on the number of requests I've gotten, it seems likely that much of the user requested content will be transformation and Futa. The game will also contain girls with cat-ears and tails, but nothing more furry than that.
The main theme, as far as a relatively open-ended (rather than plot-driven) game like this has one, is sensuality vs. slutiness - do you want to fuck everything that moves, or does each partner mean something special? Neither one is "correct" or particularly rewarded with in-game resources, but your choices as a player will be remembered, and influence future events.
EDIT: The URL for the demo has changed - it's now demo.brothels.im instead of brothels.im/demo2. The link has been changed, but just in case anyone was entering the URL directly...