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A medieval fantasy themed visual novel with emphasis on LGBT characters and people of color
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Development Update #2

Posted by Marccus (Creator)

Hello folks!  Hope you're all doing well. 

Let's jump right in--

Development on Eldet has taken an interesting and exciting turn, and I had hoped to be able to present a preview of what I've been working on, but I think it will be more impactful to wait till it's polished before I show it.  However, I can still talk about it. 

If you played the demo, you'll surely have noticed that a few of the scenes in the game have animated backgrounds.  Early on in the writing of the game I decided that I wanted to make use of animation because it does wonders for player immersion, and I hadn't seen many people make use of animation in other visual novels.

In my opinion, some of the animated scenes turned out well!  But others weren't quite up to my standard.  Long story short, thanks to additional funding past my goal, I've been able to purchase software that will allow me to make more complex animations to put into the game, and that's what I've been working on.  Any new software comes with...well, a considerable learning curve, but I'm slowly getting the hang of things, and I hope to have something to show for all that effort soon (at the moment, things don't look...great, but I'm determined to keep going, haha).

In the meantime, between animation work I have continued to work on character designs, and today I'll introduce two finished character designs.  But before that, there's something I'd like to briefly talk about-- and feel free to skip it, because it is quite wordy and reads more like a diary entry than anything else. 

On tumblr, I've continued to see people pass around the original eldet post, and I'm glad!  The more people that are aware of the project, the better.  However, I've seen on more than a few occasions that people are unhappy with me/the project for purporting that Eldet is an LGBT game when "it only seems to have gay male characters". 

I'm going to speak candidly for a moment.  I don't mean to offend anyone, but I'm not a team of developers, I'm just a single person attempting to juggle game development and answer people's questions and advertise (though I will say, you all have helped so much with getting the word out there).  I do tend to take people's comments personally, because there's little to no separation between me, the project, and the people perceiving the project.  So I'll say that I am frustrated when I hear comments like this, because on my end this is something I've spent hundreds and hundreds of hours working on--and most of the people denouncing it out of hand probably spent 5-10 seconds looking at it before declaring their opinion--and most of these opinions, I feel, are uninformed.  While I of all people can definitely recognize people's frustrations with shortcomings in representation (I am making this game, after all), I have found that people who want diversity in their media the most are also the first and most vocal critics of media which attempts to provide the diversity they're looking for.  I'd just like people to keep in mind that there are people behind these projects who are genuinely trying, and that more research is useful before deciding to dismiss things casually.  

Okay, enough of that now.  However, it is relevant, because I understand that people want hard evidence that there are more than just gay men in this game, so in introducing these next two characters, I'll tell you off the bat that one is a trans woman, and the other is a lesbian.  Both will feature significantly in the plots they appear in.  Neither of their involvement in the story makes a big deal about them being trans or a lesbian, because, as I've said many times--Eldet is about characters whose stories aren't about being LGBT or people of color, they just happen to be those things. Without further ado, here are two new characters from the game!


 A version of the second character without the color distortion can be found [Here] 

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      kalchivo on

      That's so cool! The main reason I backed this project was the sensitivity you have about diversity. Of course, you can't satisfy or represent every diversity, but you can try, and I think that's important posture to have in this society we live. There will be no progress when you are like, "okay, whine you social warriors, you know it's impossible", but we can understand each other deeply when we try to see why they think in the way they argue.
      I know majority of people expect digital boifriends, but it's good to have many voices to be heard. Like, we could never expect an AAA game to have a gay character or active female character when what 'majority' want is boobs to stare and thugs to shoot. I didn't want to be that majority, but there had been so many visual novel games for gays that lacks that kind of consideration and they rule out female, transgender, genderqueer, aces, or heterosexuality to be unseen or unimportant. I praise Eldet because of the reason, and I hope you your learning with the animations go well!

    2. NerdWithABigStick on

      You are on the right track. Stick to your vision for the story and the characters. Make the game you set out to -- and want -- to make. Having been a participant in the gaming community for a very long time, I can tell you that what you are experiencing is experienced by all game developers, studio animators, artists, and writers. There has been and will always be a vocal minority of individuals who make it their sole purpose to nitpick and, essentially, gossip under the guise of criticism. They do it for the same reasons that people throughout time have done so - boredom, envy, and spite. Forget them. Keep your head clear and stick to your vision. That is why people backed you in the first place. Enough people were pleased with what they saw to donate money well above your goal. The people who are dissenting are likely reading the subtitle that says "LGBT and people of color" and deciding to gain attention not by spreading a positive word, but by forwarding ignorant opinions to channels. It is ignorance to pass judgment on a game before experiencing the full content - but unfortunately in our modern world there are many people who do exactly that through viral avenues, with not more than a glance and an assumption. (... and over-hype works the same way with the same destructive results if a product doesn't meet expectations, even if it is an exceedingly good product, it's never "good enough" for some because they've hyped themselves up too high.) You cannot avoid it, but you can absolutely put your armor on and ignore it. ;)

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      Kiron on

      It's impossible to represent everyone, and that's totally okay. Ignore the naysayers that say otherwise, because firstly, it's not easy to make a game by yourself. Secondly, from what I've seen in the demo, your characters are more than their sexuality and skin color. And that's what makes them great! I don't want to play a game where everyone are a checklist of labels with personalities of a puddle. Seriously, you're doing an amazing job. Stick with your vision and this game will be a success. <3

    4. Dawn Adams on

      You're doing great. You picked a specific focus with this project and it's an important one, so there's no need to let Tumblr comments distract from that goal. Anyway, good luck with the new software!

    5. Tom van der Spek

      Marccus, so far you have done a great job and I feel you won't disappoint the backers during the following route. Even more, I think you will make Eldet a most special novel in his genre. I am still very happy being a backer of Eldet (and I love the two pictures of the ladies too!)

    6. Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM

      I pledged to this campaign because of its queer themes. I didn't care if the entire spectrum was represented or not. I just wanted an interesting story that just happened to have characters that were LGBT.

      Although, as a transwoman myself I am happy to see my demographic represented in some fashion. I look forward to seeing what you do with all of the characters and their stories. I loved the demo and I can't wait to get my hands on the full game.

    7. Dragonhide Studios on

      In that (very short) demo we got to see 3 men, 2 women, 1 demon.

      And as far as I can remember no men explicitly stated "I'm Exclusively Gay", and bi/pan/a/grey-sexuals do exist.

      While it's true that we need more diversity in media, even in queer media, I think it's waaaay rude of people to demand it from a game explicitly about intersectional diversity.

      RIGHT - Rant aside I really loved the demo :)

      As a nonbinary individual I loved seeing Men & Women being quite even in their roles and kickass-ness.
      As you said, it's so important to write people as people, and have their culture/identities be real, but not their entire story.

      I think you're doing a GREAT job.
      And I can't wait to see what you're creating :)

      Stay You, Marccus.
      You're doing alright ;)

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      John Juricek on

      Marccus: Please don't feel you have to create something that will please everyone and be 110% inclusive of all our various demanding groups and subgroups. You have a vision and you're in charge. If people don't like, they don't have to buy and they can make their own damn project.

      Also, I'm sure there is a strong pull towards perfectionism before you release something and that must be paralyzing at times. Do your best, decide when to quit and release it and then move on to the next great work. Don't worry - we will follow!