w.i.s.h

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Take a look at these top-secret suspect files obtained from the office of Bryant Investigations, retrieved only at great risk to my life…

In all seriousness, I had a ton of fun making these and I hope you’ll appreciate this first look at the cast of W.I.S.H. Which one do you like?

Some notes:

  • Suspects X and Y are the main protagonists. Their associations obviously cover the whole cast, so I just included their associations prior to the start of the game.
  • The red line through someone’s picture means that those characters don’t get along. Expect some interesting dialogue when they wind up in the same place at the same time.
  • There are two characters who don’t have suspect files because they’re only side-characters: Caine, James’ adopted son, and Ms. Lacroeaux, Bridget’s grandmother. They’re still listed under associates, though.
  • You’ll notice that each romanceable character has not only the protagonist’s picture under romantic partners, but also another character. Yes, there are rivals in this game. However, they’ll only come into play if you’re NOT on that character’s route (though they may still be referenced occasionally). In other words, if you choose not to pursue someone, then they’ll end up with the listed person instead (this isn’t a harem where everyone and their mother is in love with the protagonist).
  • You’ll also notice that there are four characters who can be romanced by either gender. These will play out differently depending on the character. James and Auki are openly bisexual - it’s not just something added for the sake of gameplay, it’s actually a part of their characters. Bridget and Keiji, on the other hand, are more on the fence in a “Well, if it’s you, then I guess I could give it a shot…” sort of way - you’ll have to work hard to convince them, but it is possible.

If there’s anything else you would like to know, questions you would like to ask, or a character you would like to know more about, just ask! I’ll try to answer with as few spoilers as possible. ;)

Direct links in case the images are too small on your screen:
Seiko - Ein
Bridget - James - Ani - Mari - Cadee - Leo - Keiji - Auki

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glacial

glacial

I see you stumbling
here
in a benzo haze
wearing the fur
of a drenched cat
chewing on shadows
on the ground cast
by the overhead sun
you’ve forgotten about
not like the one you look over at
elsewhere
smothered from upward view
by tears of smoke dripping
from bloodied eyes
where scuffles have
shuffled the dust up
as if
lollipops
could never be
and have never been
slowly
sucked away
from your sugared lips
as if
glaciers
don’t shift and slough
even though
their melted water
is at your heels

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Some sprite sets from W.I.S.H showing some of the customization options for the main character. As you can see, as of now there are three outfit colors, three different hairstyles, and the option to add glasses.

What I’ll probably add:

  • more outfit colors

What I might add:

  • alternate eye and hair colors
  • ability to wear work outfit as the main outfit - would anyone even be interested in this?

What I wish I could add but probably won’t:

  • alternate outfits (because I commissioned these sprites 3 years ago and there’s a slim chance the artist is still active, which is too bad)

And on a random note, I need to come up with more unique names for my games. x.x

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Yay, screenshots~

First of all, I’d like to say that I’m absolutely blown away by how many people are following this project. Like with Memoirs, I expected all of maybe five people to be interested, so I nearly hyperventilated when my W.I.S.H character profiles got like 100 likes. *o*

So thank you, all of you, for making my day and giving me the push to make some serious progress on this beast of a game.

That said, here are some screenshots featuring the two backgrounds I’ve finished so far. Yes, I’m too broke to afford hiring someone to draw pretty backgrounds ( T_T ), so I’m making them myself using this tutorial (with GIMP instead of Photoshop) and free for personal and commercial use photos. So, they’re not the cleanest or prettiest of backgrounds, but when they’re shrunk to a 3.5" cell phone screen, they’ll look fine.

The third screenshot shows what the world looks like when the main character uses “the Sight,” which allows them to see (and communicate with) things from the “Other World” that would normally be invisible to the human eye - spirits, monsters, demons’ true forms, etc.

None of this is, by any means, final. I’ve only written a few chapters so far, so there’s still a long ways to go…which means a lot of time for me to change my mind about how I want things to look. (For example, in the five minutes it took me to write up this post, I decided that I don’t like the click-to-continue icon and will probably change it very soon.)

Anyway, thank you guys again for all the support. I’m working hard, I promise. <3

More Winter Chibis

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Here’s the second half of the winter chibi set, featuring the guys from W.I.S.H. Aren’t they cute~? Let’s be honest: the whole reason for this set was just so I could draw Leo with reindeer antlers (and James grudgingly wearing a Santa hat). ;D Again, it was really fun designing all their outfits, and I hope it’s not too hard to figure out who’s who.

In case you missed it, you can find the first half with the girls here. As it says there, feel free to repost, edit, or use these however you see fit. I think I’m going to take a break before starting on the Memoirs winter set - they don’t celebrate Christmas, anyway. ;)

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Do listen with the audio. His laughter gives me too much energy!

“W.I.S.H” Cast Face Claims

Continuing on from yesterday’s post about a possible real-life cast for Memoirs, I present a similar post for the cast of my other game-in-progress, W.I.S.H

Note: Dr. Keiji Hara has been changed to Dr. Michael Lee, a Chinese-American. Once I started writing, the similarities between “Cadee” and “Keiji” drove me nuts, haha, so I gave him a different name with the idea that it’s common for Chinese immigrants (and their descendants) to adopt an American name.


Seiko

Rosa Kato

The two main characters, who are brother and sister and come from a bi-racial background (mother is Japanese, father is German), provided the challenge of finding actors/actresses with similar backgrounds. When I saw this actress, I immediately knew she was the Seiko I was looking for. Adorable, but with an attitude.


Ein

Julien Kang

I’m still not sure about this one, I might have to do more digging. Justin Tomimori was a close second choice, but it was hard to find good pictures of him. 


James

Young Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Whenever I commission art of James, he almost always comes out looking too feminine - maybe it’s just the long blond hair that makes people think he must be dainty. However, this actor manages to look rugged and handsome even with long hair, which makes him perfect for portraying James.


Anomen

Maxi Iglesias

It was hard to narrow this one down because there are so many sexy Latino actors out there, but this guy’s smirk just fits Ani so well. And I can kind of see some similarities to his brother, can’t you?


Bridget

Charlize Theron

Sexy, beautiful, bombshell blonde, and just look at those eyes! While I was tempted to lean towards the cute girl-next-door vibe of Kate Hudson, I decided to go with this actress’ serious, mature look instead. 


Marisela

Naya Rivera

Cute and spunky, I knew this actress was the perfect Mari as soon as I saw her, and now I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part. She adds some much needed color to the cast.


Leonardo

Daniel Sharman

I struggled with this one to find the right balance between handsome and nerdy, but I had an epiphany when I remembered this actor from Teen Wolf. Close runner-ups include Eddie Redmayne and Jesse Eisenberg, but I went with Sharman for his cute, boyish features. Bonus: photoshopped with glasses


Cadee

Rachel Griffiths

Another struggle. Cadee has somewhat masculine features, so your average Hollywood actress done up in perfect makeup and perfect hair just wouldn’t do. And yet, she’s a love interest in a dating game, so she still has to be desirable. In the end, I went with this actress for her ability to go back and forth between tomboy and stunningly beautiful.


Michael

Aaron Kwok

Sexy, rugged, and a little scary. That’s kind of where I was going with Keiji Michael, the obsessed doctor who acts as a secondary antagonist, and this actor from Murderer perfectly encapsulates all of those things.


Aukinora

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Same character (though a bit older), same face claim, same comment as in my Memoirs post. 


Caine

Dakota Goyo

This young actor is adorable, but can also be a bit creepy… perfect for Caine, James’ nephew who has a strange obsession with death.


Lacroeaux

Helen Mirren

Mature and graceful, you can tell she must have been a knockout when she was younger (and she’s still very beautiful!). Perfect for portraying Bridget’s grandmother, Beatrice Lacroeaux.


Annnd…that’s it for the cast of W.I.S.H. I again pose the question to you guys: who would you like to see on this list?

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Happy Thanksgiving! (or Happy Almost December for my international friends)

Here’s something to be thankful for: a set of cute holiday greetings from the girls of W.I.S.H~! Feel free to repost, edit, or use however you see fit (but please link back to me if possible).

I probably spent more time on these chibis than I should have, but I had a lot of fun designing little winter outfits for everyone. ^o^ Hopefully, it’s not too hard to figure out who is who… I plan to release the W.I.S.H boys next week (if I don’t get distracted) and similar chibi greetings from the Memoirs cast soon after that (their outfits are all very regal, so look forward to some hot princes).

Get a chibi of your own!
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