Hey guys. Development goes well and I'm on track to have a demo build for beta backers soon -- Mainly just working on graphics to fill in some of the more plain areas that will be included in the first demo.
I wanted to talk real quick about NPCs -- More specifically, one NPC. Her name is Gili. I've not mentioned her or shown her so far, but she is one of the most important characters in the game.
Generally, the NPCs you meet in Ghost Song are a bit strange or even aloof, often speaking of vague mysteries. It's kind of the "mood" of the game, as most people stuck here on Lupoto and managed to survive have become just a bit strange. Gili, however, is a bit different -- She speaks plainly and is entirely relatable. She is the survivor of a relatively recent shipwreck and her story is closely involved with that of the player. Also unlike most other NPCs, Gili takes a more active role in the game and isn't relegated to being a piece of talking scenery you occasionally run into.. But more on that later. (Just to clarify, this isn't a co-op thing, this is purely a single player game, don't worry, :)
There's something else I wanted to show you guys real quick. I am generally loathe to badger you guys, my backers, with a lot of promotional stuff, but given the circumstances I wanted to make a rare exception.
My friend Roger is the composer for Ghost Song. He has made all of the music in the game so far and the music in the trailers. If you've forgotten, here are a couple of examples:
During the years I have known him, he has always had a pet project around that he's been tinkering with. Though it's taken a few forms over time, it's always had a focus on being a game where people can easily make and share music -- And have it tie into the gameplay. During recent months it has really come together and taken shape as a colorful action roguelike game, where the levels are generated dynamically by music. It's a bit hard to explain in text, but it makes a lot of sense if you just see it yourself.
It's called Band Saga.
I'd appreciate it if you guys would check it out, and if it's something you're interested in, consider backing it. Its estimated release date is just around the corner (Jan 2015), so if funded, you won't have to wait that long to play it.
Also keep in mind I have no direct personal involvement in this project and gain nothing from it. Just trying to help a friend.
Talk to you soon!