frozen-essence

An ordinary Thursday and you find a stash of pictures hidden in the back corner of your closet, beneath a pile of old clothes, as if it was never meant to be found. Half an hour later, you find yourself surrounded by grinning faces frozen forever, capturing the essence of the moment. Picking up a picture taken exactly 3 years ago, you finally let the tears pooling in your eyes run free down your cheeks, finding yourself face to face with a 16 year old you with a Cheshire cat smile surrounded by your best mates, and an excruciating pain tugs your heart, overpowering you and you spend another night tossing and turning trying to figure out why it all went wrong.
—  why did we have to grow up? // excerpts from my life #5
Frozen Essence Art Dump thing...

With almost every picture I tried to practice some element I’m weak at. Particularly, not having people floating in empty space, perspective and lighting….and drawing. I also wish I had a style…

Spoilers, ho?

On the game:

First, the elephant in the room. The art isn’t exactly professional, and that kept me from wanting to give it a go when I played it a couple years ago. I’ll openly admit that I normally don’t listen to n game music. I get songs in my head easily so typically I’m playing something else, so I can’t judge the music or the sound (apart from the strange clapping sound). While there are grammar and spelling mistakes, and the writing could be stronger, it’s obvious this game had a lot of heart put into it when you consider it was largely constructed by one person. Each character has personality, though some get more development than others. Every route has some facet of the whole story which encourages more than one playthrough, not to mention each route has a light and dark path.

The following are the descriptions for each route I came up with giving myself only a few seconds to think about it.

Death-Mina’s “alone” route. Reveals next to nothing, most head canon potential in my opinion. Favorite.

Life- Rune. Seems like generic nice guy, constantly has stick up his ass though justified. Has the true end, but still doesn’t reveal everything.

Earth- Caius. Says what he means, tread lightly. Killing is his business and business is good, sort of. The jealous type.

Fire- Varian. Seems like an okay guy, isn’t. Route consists of doing just about nothing. Doesn’t hook up with Mina–justified.

Air- Aurelius shared with Aysel. Bit of a flirt. Doesn’t know when to quit, relies on intuition. Turns a bit badass at the end. Humanizes the antagonists–a bit.

Water- Oracle. Osananajimi, literal BFF and closet yandere, tread lightly.  Tragic back story, bittersweet end, final boss.

Omake?

The first one I drew was Caius, and I spent way too long trying to figure out how his shirt should go. So I put him in placeholder clothes. I’ve also been playing a LOT of fire emblem.

So naturally, I followed up with this.

EVERYONE GETS FIRE EMBLEM CLOTHES! NO CHARACTER IS TOO MINOR.

(To FE:A fans, yes I know that’s not a sorcerer, I drew in the rest of it when I realized my error but dem legs.)

Have some scratches I put down as reactions while playing this game. May put them up but am I lazy after churning these out…

What's wrong/missing in my otome games?

Hello everyone. As you know, I’m still working on Princess of Ruin. It’s very early in the works. That gives me the freedom to change things if I must.

I’ve already taken feedback from my old works so Princess of Ruin can be as good as possible, within our current team’s power.

I found 80% of that feedback using Google to search reviews and discussions elsewhere. Mixed with the positive thoughts are people who aren’t happy with my early works. A lot of what they say are legit. I will never find that out without search engines.

Some of the things I’ve already done is:
1.)Upgrade my art.
Reason: inconsistent, and even laughable art.
2.)Get editors.
Reason: People mention how English mistakes hurt their head.
3.)Have actual musicians to do music.
Reason: Some of the tracks people mention that annoyed them are mine. It also takes me 3-5 times longer to make a track compared to an actual musician.
4.)Disliking Heartstring Bugs’ length.
Reason: This one is a tad mixed. A lot of people liked it and a lot of people disliked it. There are positive reviews for this too. The critique is that it spans too long, repetitive clicking, feels like the game’s going nowhere, etc.
5.)Write more Appealing Characters.
Reason: People express no interest in many of my characters. I honestly have to do this one better but this is a little tough with little information.
I also remember people saying my guys appear so grim and dark. They don’t want to play a depressing game. This is never a direct reply to me

Because of the fifth reason, I am very unsure if there’s other things people are unhappy about. There are current reviews for Heartstring Bugs that people aren’t happy with. I’m glad they wrote it. I will not understand their frustrations otherwise.

Most feedback are never emailed directly to me. I’ve been hunting down people’s thoughts through Google all this time, so I’ll like it very much if people can email directly with their thoughts.

One of the reason we play otome games is for the guys. It’s why I play them too.

I want Princess of Ruin to be really good, but I might put in some old things that people just aren’t happy about. Please email me all your thoughts before it’s too late. It’s too late when I finish all CGs and finish writing all the routes. I haven’t done that yet. =)


TL;DR I want to make Princess of Ruin as good as possible. I can’t do that without proper feedback from otome game lovers. And a lot of it has to do with what you look for, what works, and what’s wrong with my past works.

Edit: I’ve enabled the anonymous part of Tumblr’s ask me section for those that wish to remain anonymous. The reason I had it disabled is because I can’t answer them privately. Answering them takes up space on my blog but I guess this is what Tumblr’s for. If anyone knows how I can make them show up on a separate page instead of my main page, let me know!

Thanks a lot for your time!

i downloaded the frozen essence otome game like months ago and completely forgot about it until now

i started playing and 

oh wow so attractive

~*~*PROTECTIVE GENTLEMEN~*~*~

aurelius u ok bro

ur eyes are falling out of your face

let’s see you’ve been following me around insisting you can ~*~*~HEAL THE DARK AURA~*~*~*~ SURROUNDING ME even though i don’t know you and clearly don’t want you around!!!

gee 

how could anyone think you’re a bother poor you 

…..?!?! U OK ZAREH??

UR PUPILS ARE LOOKIN MIGHTY SMALL

the writing in this game is pretty decent, the main character is surprisingly self aware and amusing at times (“i’m really not as depressed as he seems to think i am…..”) 

but the art = ???!?!?!!?!?!??! 

These long routes

Shall We Date…

It took me about six hours to play a route in Starry Sky(An extra hour because of Atlas being very inaccurate XDD).
It took me about an hour to play a route from one of Pacthesis’ games.
It took me about two hours to play a route in Frozen Essence.
It took me about an hour and a half to play Re: Alistair ++.
It took me about three hours to finish a route in Pirates in Love and My Forged Wedding.
Plus more.

It took me a day in a half to finish a route in Shall We Date: Ninja Love…

I approve! 8D

te-al-latte  asked:

Hey there. Your works are amazing, I've played all your games (Frozen Essence, Heartstring bugs, the piper (?) and of course, Princess of Ruin) and I loved all of them. So I was thinking, do you plan on remaking Frozen Essence in the future? With your improved art? :) I would really like to help you if ever since I looooove the VN so much you dont even know. It's one of the best GAMES I've played.

Hi. I’m glad you enjoyed them all!

I’d love to remake Frozen Essence but redoing the art (which takes me 3-4 times longer now at my current level) would take forever. My priority right now is getting the bills paid every month. If I had time to spare, I’d love to remake it. :D

I’d say most VN developers would love to remake their older games as well but they run into the same problems I do.

Again, I’m happy to hear Frozen Essence is one of your favorites. It means a lot!