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A handcrafted, exploration based, adventure game focused on story, character & mystery!
A handcrafted, exploration based, adventure game focused on story, character & mystery!
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HIGH HIGHS, LOW LOWS ( OCT+NOV )

Posted by Mografi (Creator)
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Hello gumshoes! SO MUCH has happened in just the past two months. We’ve been working non-stop, so I’m going to be brief and just describe the very high level of the 10,000 things we did.

First,

THE GOOD NEWS

  • We knocked out art, animation, code, and even some sound design for several scenes. 
  • We implemented the full pause and menu systems 
  • We built the sound system, complete with smart switching music looper system.
  • And, last, but not least, we hit a pretty big milestone. So today, we are sending out keys for...

THE BETA TEST!

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The fully animated menu features Jenny front and center =]

Today we are sending out the private beta, so if you were at the $45+ backer level you should receive a message with your Steam key and beta info. Please be sure to fill out the survey after playing the game ( or if for some reason it doesn’t work at all for you )! And if you don't see the email, be sure to check your junk in case it got filtered out.

Now,

THE BAD NEWS

My mom passed away just a few weeks ago after several years of struggling with dementia and other health issues. I have been working so much I haven’t had much time to process her passing. It’s something that we’ve known was coming for several years, but it doesn’t make it any less hard.

Time is the longest distance between two places
Time is the longest distance between two places

I’m going to be dedicating the game to her, as she was a huge influence in my life and was incredibly supportive in my development as an artist. The premise of our game is a big spooky mystery, but the heart of the story is about relationships. In particular, the relationship between Jenny and her mom, which is a strong, stubborn bond. I’ve drawn from my relationship with my mom for these characters, and she would have it no other way.

She is already deeply missed.

So to bring things back to a slightly lighter place, here’s a slew of new content from the progress we’ve made in the past two months!

FUN STUFF

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Animating a monster
Keith looking dapper
Keith looking dapper
Strange dreams
Strange dreams
Honoring fallen miners
Honoring fallen miners
Sound design begins!
Sound design begins!
"The ends justify the beans"
"The ends justify the beans"

SO WHAT’S NEXT?

There’s still quite a few scenes to finish, particularly the ending scenes. There’s a few big conversations that we need to finalized writing for. Lots of playtesting, polishing, and much sound design remains.

I'm going to take a week off around Christmas to spend time with my family and process a bit, but otherwise we are full sprint into the home stretch. We also have a big announcement coming next week, as we will be sharing a new trailer of the game on the Kinda Funny Games Showcase ( Saturday December 8th ). So keep an eye out! =]

That’s all for this mega update detectives. I’m signing off for now, with much love, hugs, and thank you for your continued support!

-Joe

AUGUST + SEPTEMBER

Posted by Mografi (Creator)
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Hi detectives!

Fall is nearly here, and hopefully the hot weather is on the way out. So let's dive right into the giant pile of leaves that is this month's update!

The opening shot of the prologue!
The opening shot of the prologue!

WHAT DID YOU WORK ON?

CAMPUS QUAD

  • Added backer characters
  • Created custom animations for new characters
  • Wrote and implemented new dialogue around backer characters

SUZIE'S ROOM

  • Improved mini game using robot arm.
  • Back-plottted story elements based on late-game events

PROLOGUE

  • Finalized environment layout
  • Created custom character animations for opening
  • Animated cutscenes
  • Added VFX such as rain, lightning, and rain drop splashes

LAKESIDE

  • Added backer characters
  • Finished writing and refining dialogue
  • Expanded Starting section to add backer character and hint at later story elements
  • Created Spine animations for new characters added to scene
  • Completed interactive cinematics with player choices
  • Created custom story driven minigame

SPOOKY WOODS

  • Fixed draw order issues ( this took a while as the level is quite big )
  • Designed and implemented extra spooky section of forest with glowing mushroom eyes
  • Completed overall environment layout
  • Added additional interactions to navigate through scene
  • Designed, Illustrated, and laid out Jenny’s family home
  • Modified police officer design, added animations and placed backer character in scene

BASEMENT

  • Illustrated over 50 new custom elements for important story moments
  • Setup dynamic lighting for dark and lit states
  • Started setup of custom mini games
  • Wrote and illustrated a book that is pivotal to the story

ENDING

  • Refined specific ending sequence. We've known the ending for a while how we wanted this volume to end, but we refined the exact sequence of events, which is much easier now that the rest of the story is more locked in.

CONTROLS

  • Refined controller input to try to further unify controls across game modes
  • Started adding keyboard customization options in settings menu

SAVE SYSTEM

  • Improved checkpoint and save system.
  • Fixed a few bugs along the way

CHOOSINESS SYSTEM

  • Started backend setup to record player choices
  • Setup weighting scores for detective personality types

BUG FIXING

  • Did LOTS of this
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The lighthouse in the middle of Lake Noware
The lighthouse in the middle of Lake Noware
Looks like CJ is going for a swim
Looks like CJ is going for a swim
Jenny's house
Jenny's house
Spooky forest is spooky!
Spooky forest is spooky!
A rare family photo
A rare family photo
What's all this old junk?
What's all this old junk?
Robot arm mini game
Robot arm mini game
Searching for clues
Searching for clues
Sometimes, Jenny gets carried away...
Sometimes, Jenny gets carried away...

SO WHAT'S LEFT TO DO?

  • Basement: Finish layout, dialogue and cutscenes
  • Lake Bridge: Animate dialogue interaction and custom mini game
  • Old Graveyard: Fix draw orders and finalize environment art including illustrating a few custom elements
  • Hidden Stairs: Finish building mini game to unlock entrance. Finish animating dialogue sequence
  • Sewers: Finalized dialogue and character animations. Tweak layout
  • Ending: Design and create additional ending environment. Write final dialogue. Animate custom cutscenes. Add ending author scene.
  • Sound design: This remains a big todo… we may bring on someone else to help with this
  • Beta-testing: Alpha/Beta backers, we'll be sending out a small build for testing in the next two months or so. So keep an eye out on your inboxes and Twitter!
  • Playtesting & Polishing
  • ██████ testing: More on this mysterious redacted item in a future update! =]
  • Many odds and ends
Get this party started already!
Get this party started already!

IN CLOSING

There’s two other things I wanted to mention before ending this upate.

1. I am now doing bi-monthly updates until the launch as this gives me more time to work on the game, and less annoying posts for you. If you want more frequent updates, you can follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

2. We are starting to get closer to launch, and so I’ve brought an indie PR team onboard to help us figure out and navigate release planning and marketing efforts for launch. We want to have the best shot we can at a successful launch, and getting professional help and advice is part of that process.

Thank you again for your patience and support, really hoping you’ll love what we’re putting together. Alright, I’ve got to get back to work! Until next time super sleuths!

-Joe

Jenny and her trusty journal!
Jenny and her trusty journal!

Lastly, we have our...

CHOOSINESS QUESTION

What is your favorite mystery series/movie/book/game?

JUNE + JULY

Posted by Mografi (Creator)
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Howdy gumshoes! Welcome to this month's two-for-the-price-of-one double-dense update! There's a lot to cover, so let's jump right in!

WHAT DID YOU WORK ON?

-Rebuilt the lakeside scene including adding a bunch of characters who existed in a scene we removed because it no longer worked with the story.

-Created new animations for Jenny, Suzie, Mrs Glatz, The Sheriff, students, cops, towns people, and birds

-Redesigned several characters whose roles in the game have changed ( A LOT )

-Completed layout of all secret █████ ███████

-Finished laying out a super spiffy lab scene

-Redesigned one of the big puzzles in the lab scene to be ( hopefully ) more fun for the player

-Created a system to more rapidly import and export dialogue to and from google docs

-Created scene-specifc art for the prologue

-Built out most of the opening scene for the game... the prologue

-Finished story and interaction elements that take place in Suzie's room

-Finished layout and interaction for scene where you escape from Suzie's house

What a strange new dance ( testing animations )
What a strange new dance ( testing animations )
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Shiny!
Shiny!
Covered in pink?! A waking nightmare for Jenny!
Covered in pink?! A waking nightmare for Jenny!
x-ray view of a very big scene
x-ray view of a very big scene
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sculpture time!
sculpture time!
House with a view
House with a view
missing art or ghost cop werewolf? You decide.
missing art or ghost cop werewolf? You decide.
Arthurton Power & Light hats, now available at the gift shop on Main Street
Arthurton Power & Light hats, now available at the gift shop on Main Street
A better view of how the Campus Quad is laid out
A better view of how the Campus Quad is laid out
Fall vibes
Fall vibes
Dance party!
Dance party!
Put a bird on it!
Put a bird on it!
obligatory walk cycle
obligatory walk cycle
bighead mode!
bighead mode!
"You'll Never ( Want To ) Leave!"
"You'll Never ( Want To ) Leave!"

WHAT'S NEXT?

We are crawling ever closer to getting everything in the game built and running. The beta test is on the horizon! But first, Ben and I have been working into the wee hours of the night, day after day. So we will be taking a few days off at the beginning of August. Then it’s a dive headlong into the final stretch of development. It's exciting to see everything coming together as we breathe life into Jenny's world!

I hope you all know how genuinely grateful we are for the opportunity to build this epic adventure! Thank you thank you thank you! =]

-Joe

Last but not least...

CHOOSINESS QUESTION

It's the last day of summer, what do you do?

A) Pool party!!!

B) Hide from the sun and watch spooky movies.

C) Finish reading that book I started three months ago and then completely forgot about.

D) *Fill in the blank*

MAY

Posted by Mografi (Creator)
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Hello gumshoes! It's getting hot out, so let's dive right in!

WHAT DID YOU WORK ON THIS PAST MONTH?

  • Completed layout and interactions for one of the biggest scenes, where jenny crosses the lake via boat.
  • Completed cinematics and mini-games that take place around the lake scene
  • Setup author scenes which will serve as interstitials between the various chapters of Jenny's adventures. 
  • Began cinematics for the author's scenes.
  • Created modular art, laid out and setup the exterior and interior of some top secret areas that I can't spoil =]
One of the bigger scenes in the game
One of the bigger scenes in the game
Modeling skull island
Modeling skull island
The author's study, complete with Rufus
The author's study, complete with Rufus
The author's desk, where the magic happens =]
The author's desk, where the magic happens =]
Part of a newspaper clipping that will be important later
Part of a newspaper clipping that will be important later
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SO WHAT'S NEXT?

A small schedule update… We've got about 2 months of work left to our next big milestone! Soon we will have everything but sound design in a content-complete state. Then we will be working on sound design, all the bug fixing, play testing, polishing the writing and playthroughs. We will then share a limited beta (That’s you Beta Buddies and higher!). Here’s where we can get a bit more specific feedback on the player experience that will lead to final polish!

As always, thank you for your support and I hope you are staying cool this summer!

-Joe

CHOOSINESS QUESTION

How do you plan to spend your summer?

A) Exploring the outdoors and absorbing all those lovely gamma rays!

B) Hiding out from the murderous sun and digging into some games!

C) What even is summer?

APRIL

Posted by Mografi (Creator)
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Welcome detectives, to another monthly update!

I hope you enjoyed new gameplay trailer and get a sense of the scope of the silly and spooky adventure that Jenny will be going on. It makes me a little teary eyed seeing it all together like this. Anyway! If you missed it last time you can check it out below.

Alright, so...

WHAT DID YOU DO THIS PAST MONTH?

I took Jenny LeClue to PAX East to show the new gameplay trailer and share the game with friends and fans both old and new, and talk shop with other game dev and press. It was really cool being among a handful of games that won the PAX East Indie Showcase. This year PAX East was four days with over 80,000 people attending. CRAZINESS! Of course I came down with some kind of convention cold on day one of the show, but I rallied by the end. Feedback was great and super motivating as we enter this homestretch to launch! I was also overjoyed at how broad the age range of fans were, from 2 to 60. Fun times!

The calm before the show floor opens
The calm before the show floor opens
Busy busy
Busy busy
Kneeling at the altar of mystery
Kneeling at the altar of mystery
Teamwork!
Teamwork!
Diverse fans
Diverse fans
Rare photo evidence that I am not a ghost
Rare photo evidence that I am not a ghost
Thanks Boston!
Thanks Boston!

As soon as I returned and recovered from Boston, it was right back to work on the game. We managed to wrap the layout for one of the biggest scenes in the game, when Jenny "borrows" Suzie's boat. Ben animated some new cinematics and fixed a bunch of lingering bugs in one of the earlier scenes that we found in playtesting.

Enough banter! Check out some of what we worked on!

A fishy adventure awaits!
A fishy adventure awaits!
Weird TV
Weird TV
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Ominous door designs
Ominous door designs

WHAT'S NEXT?

I've got to get the prologue together. It's written and designed, but not yet laid out. Then I'll move to finish the lakeside scene from chapter one. There's a ton of characters in that scene, so quite a bit to do there as well. Ben is working on some very cool mysterious mini-scenes that occur on the lake. Spoiler alert! I MIGHT share a gif or two from those next month! =]

Until next month super sleuths!

-Joe & Team LeClue

Lastly...

CHOOSINESS QUESTION

You see a locked door in front of you. What do you do?

A) Kick the door down and somersault in

B) Pick the lock and leave no trace

C) Peep through the keyhole and take meticulous notes