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18+ visual novel with 4+ partners, 12+ endings and a LOT of choices. Find the guy and discover something about yourself along the way!
18+ visual novel with 4+ partners, 12+ endings and a LOT of choices. Find the guy and discover something about yourself along the way!
18+ visual novel with 4+ partners, 12+ endings and a LOT of choices. Find the guy and discover something about yourself along the way!
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9.08.16 The game has been GREENLIT on Steam! Thank you so much for voting and spreading the word! :)

WE'RE 100% FUNDED! :) Time to think about the Stretch Goals:

FIRST STRETCH GOAL REACHED!

Currently, I'm looking for a professional artist to help me with backgrounds and character anatomy :)

More funds mean more collectible CGs, sprites and facial expressions! There are many facial expressions in the demo already, and every main character has 2 sprites, but there can be so much more! It all depends on you :)

[Look out, NSFW!]

 *The dragon was made by Michael and can be found here

 

LET'S WORK HARD TO REACH THE SECOND STRETCH GOAL! :)

Walking around wearing the same thing all week is gross, right? Make sure that the guys bathe and change clothes like decent people.

In case you don’t like the other four. Wait, then you’re probably not reading this, because you’re not interested in the game. Well, maybe you will be when he shows up!

*The silhouette is just a sketch and does not represent the final appearance of the hidden character.

More man-on-man action is always a good thing. Especially when all the drama is gone and you can just enjoy quality couple time. Well, maybe except for the bad endings. 18+ Fan disk will be an epilogue of additional steamy scenes happening when the characters are a little bit older and have been in a relationship for some time.

*The base game will still be 18+! The Fan disk is just additional mature content.

Want more blood and violence? Just tick the extra option and I’ll make sure those bad endings leave you scarred for life.

Did you find Sentimental Trickster lacking in elves, aliens or zombies? Make sure the next game has exactly what you like. The official voting will be carried out on the Sentimental Trickster website. Every backer will receive a notification beforehand.

If the game manages to make this much, I’ll dye my hair rainbow. And, more importantly, some lines will be voiced to set the mood for a particular scene. There will be fully-voiced special scenes too! Backers will vote on the actors to hire for each part.

Watch the intro in high quality on the Sentimental Trickster YouTube Channel!

Sentimental Trickster puts you in charge of Haru and all the important choices ahead. To be honest, your protagonist is not sure he’s made the right ones so far. The only thing he’s sure about is that he’s lost. Maybe moving to a big city wasn’t such a good idea after all? Especially when your boarding house is in the middle of a freaking big, black forest. Well, at least he meets a hot guy who shows him the way. Now the only thing left to do is start attending classes, graduate and become independent... that is, if you can even make a living after finishing an arts college.

For Haru, making friends is hard and dealing with housemates can get awkward. Ballet-dancing-with-a-peg-leg kind of awkward. He’s tough to bring down, though. At the end of the day, he tries to look at the bright side. Occasional weird thoughts and a wicked sense of humor help. Oh, and let’s not forget that you’re in charge here. People are complicated, but with a little bit of effort you can help Haru get close to those you deem worthy of knowing. Maybe even deal with the things he’d rather keep hidden...

Sentimental Trickster is a BL visual novel in which every choice matters. This means that you will have the power to make or break. And when I say break, I mean with a big bang and to tiny pieces. Had a lousy day at work? Don’t worry, you can make sure the guys have it worse. But will you be able to face the consequences of your choices?

Please, consider playing the demo before you read anything else. Playing without any previous knowledge is the best way to fully enjoy the game :) Download here:

The demo is only a tiny fraction (about 1 hour of playtime) of the whole game. It introduces the characters, highlights some of their most important traits and shows you the group dynamic. You’ll experience Haru’s first day in the city, and you’ll probably have many questions afterwards. Don’t worry, they will all be answered in due time. The demo has been tested many times by different players. In case you have any problems (which may happen if you have a very VERY old computer), please contact me and I’ll try to help.

 

Imagine that you wake up one day and realize you’re not happy. This is how this game came to life.

My name is Justyna Pustelnik and I’m 30. When I go to anime conventions, I feel old. After all, I already have two careers behind me. I was an English teacher and then a copywriter at a successful marketing agency. I was good at both, but neither made me truly happy. So, I thought about what did. I’ve always loved Japanese animation. It didn’t start with One Piece or Bleach, but rather silly series like Kaiketsu Zorro, Dash! Kappei or Majokko Megu-Chan.

My first encounter with yaoi/shounen ai was in Fushigi Yuugi. I’ve been captivated ever since. Drawing BL manga has become a favorite pastime, but I’ve always been discouraged from treating it as anything more than a hobby. I listened... that is until the day I quit my job and started making Sentimental Trickster. Now I work 10 hours a day, (usually) 7 days a week. I’ve never been happier. I often listen to audiobooks during work. My favorite series are The Dresden Files and Sandman Slim.

 Everything you see in the demo was made by one person. I spent a couple of months making assets such as backgrounds and sprites, and finally the demo itself. During this time I learned how to make 3d graphics, color backgrounds and program in Unity. I’m happy with these achievements, but I feel that I need help if I’m to release the game anytime soon.

If the game is funded, I will hire a professional artist to help make assets, and a programmer. It will greatly speed up the game-making process and let me concentrate more on writing. I’d also like to donate some money to the sites on which I found my music (all of which is Attribution License, but I’d like to give back a little bit). More funding will result in more sprites, facial expressions, special CGs and events. Check out the Stretch Goals!

My ultimate goal is to release one high-quality BL visual novel a year. Sentimental Trickster will be at least 12 hours long. I’d love to give English-speaking players an experience akin to what Nitro+Chiral games provide, but with a lighter touch.

The March 2017 delivery date is the absolute worst-case scenario. Depending on the funding, the game may be completed much faster. I just don’t want to promise anything I’m not sure I’ll be able to deliver on time. Also, I’m still going to make this game even if I don’t receive any funding. It will just take a very long time.

I contacted Yaoi a Go Go because I want to reach as many people as possible. The company has been in the market for many years and enjoys a good reputation among fans. As fellow BL enthusiasts, they gave me great feedback on the game and agreed to work with me. I’m eternally grateful.

I’m also very grateful to all of you who are willing to support me. If you don’t have the funds right now but like the demo, simply show it to your friends and spread the word. Maybe you have a minute or two to write a comment on the Facebook page? I will greatly appreciate it :)

If you have problems with pledging via Kickstarter, write to sentimentaltrickster@gmail.com Let me know how much you wish to pledge. I’ll write back and give you my Paypal address. When your payment is complete, you’ll become an official backer and receive all the info, special messages and backer-exclusive updates :) The amount raised via Paypal will be written below and updated on a daily basis.

Paypal Balance: $95

Main characters’ backstories are all finished, so I have a very specific idea where I want to go with them. Every route is described, together with the most important events. Some dialogue is already written as well.

The majority of additional characters are done, some already as sprites, some in writing. Main characters’ sprites are finished; all that’s left is additional expressions. There are no special CGs at the moment, but they will come as soon as funding is complete.

As I mentioned before, all the music in the game is from sites offering Attribution License audio tracks. I spent a lot of time searching for the right music and I feel that what I found matches the atmosphere in the game. If you played the demo and think the music is lacking, though, please let me know.

I’m always eager to talk about the game. If you have any comments or suggestions, or just want to fangirl about the guys, don’t be shy! Write to me on the game’s official website! You can also talk to me on Facebook or the Kickstarter's comment page :) My email address is: sentimentaltrickster@gmail.com

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

At this point, I’m committed to finishing Sentimental Trickster, even if I receive no funds at all. I’ve worked very hard on everything you see in the game (except for the music), so I don’t want it to go to waste. Especially when I finally found something I absolutely love doing.

The only potential problem would be satisfying all players. This is why I’ve decided to open a private forum where backers who pledge $30 or more will be able to decide on important game aspects such as characters’ actions, design or voice acting (if we reach this goal). Of course, all players will be encouraged to discuss the game, but only backers will have the official voting power.

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