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TM Database

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Hi folks, we’ve started working on Chapter 2 of Touhou Mecha. However, alongside that we’ve also been working on a few extras that’ll show up when we release Chapter 2.

The Music Room and CG Gallery are obligatory for the Visual Novel format, so no surprise there. However, one other thing that’ll make an appearance is the Touhou Mecha Database. It contains information on the various mecha, characters and terminology that appear in the story; some of it is a recap, and some of it is information that wouldn’t fit into the story, such as performance stats and equipment info for all the mecha.

We hope it makes for a richer experience all around. We have a preview video of this new feature up:


TM Database preview

Statistics

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Marisa is a magician of many talents. In addition to her combat skills and charming personality, she’s a decent thief, and has a vast knowledge of spells (if nowhere near Patchouli’s level).  Of course such skills need constant maintaining.  Otherwise the madhouse that is Gensoukyo will leave you behind.

Thus throughout the story Marisa will have a chance to work on minor projects that boost her abilities.  We’ve loosely categorized them as “Danmaku,” “Kleptomania,” “Knowledge,” and “LOVE.”

Danmaku is of course Marisa’s ability to spark people in the face.  While our heroine’s not going to suffer the indignity of being killed by fairies on the way home, Marisa’s Danmaku stat will likely determine the outcome of many of her fights against the other residents of Gensoukyo.  And considering that in Gensoukyo “Who cooks lunch?” is a decided by dueling there may be a few fights of note.

Kleptomania is a disease.  In Marisa’s mind,  a very fun and entertaining disease.  With it you’ll find important objects appearing in your pockets, useful implements falling into your hands, and you’ll be better at cheating at Mahjong.  Being good at stealing also helps delicate manipulation in general, just in case you needed to help with a puppet show or something.

Knowledge is a girl in the Scarlet Devil Mansion a great aid in figuring out where useful things might be or picking up great ideas.  For a Magician, Knowledge is also power.  While Danmaku may determine if you can hit with a spell, Knowledge will allow you to perform useful magic tricks on a day to day basis.

LOVE (caps lock required) is Marisa’s ability to get people who would otherwise beat her to a pulp to actually enjoy the time they spend with her.  Whether charming your friends and enemies, or just fast talking your way past people who really should know better, LOVE is a great thing to have.  And remember, cooking is about heart.  (BTW: That’s a game hint).

We’re still tweaking the actual numbers right now, and there’s of course an early period at the beginning where we aren’t so mean as to toss stat challenges at Marisa.  But as things progress your skills will start to tweak how effective Marisa is in the story.

System Elements

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

It was probably mentioned before that the game started out purely as a Person type social game.  You went to people and completed their social links sorta at random.  And while that was an awesome idea, it didn’t really make for a grand story.  Still some ideas were born when we were still plotting things out there, and they managed to survive to the current game incarnation.

The first big thing (that we’ve already mentioned) is that there’s a decent chunk of story before anything pathlocks.  Marisa has a lot to do with each character.  Patchouli, Marisa and Reimu all play a big role in Marisa’s own story, and they aren’t going to disappear after Marisa makes her romantic decisions either.  Flandre’s story on the other hand is a little more contained (and lethal) so those players with faint hearts can avoid that.  Still she’ll make the occasional appearance even then.

The second thing that came out of the early planning stages is Stats.  Events early in the story tie Marisa up for some time, so her skills are a little rusty at game start.  Thus in addition to everything else, Marisa will have chances to work on her personal abilities.  These will influence things from how well the inevitable danmaku fights go, to how fast she can loot Eientei.

Thirdly we have a hint service.  Everyone’s favorite (or second favorite at least) satori, Koishi Komeiji, will happily give Marisa hints on how to improve her romantic standings (or survive the next day…).  Of course she eats up time, but sometimes that’s a small price to pay.  Koishi finds this whole situation hilarious and thus is glad to lend a hand.

Lastly we have the side stories.  While they were initially designed as time sinks, they managed to intertwine themselves into the main plot enough so that they survived the shift to a more traditional style.  Well most of them were twined into the main plot.  One was just too funny  to cut.

Anyway we’ll give a few more details about those as we go on.  Hopefully you’ll be able to see some of them in action soon.  We’ve got another musician and programmer working with us, and things are going smoothly (if always slower then we’d all like I’m sure :) )

Always look on the brighter side of life…

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

This posts going to be a little short to keep attention where it should be, specifically on Graph’s screenshots.  For those wondering, yes Marisa is reading the original Dracula to Flandre, and no she had no idea what she was getting into when she started it.  Hilarity is sure to ensue, and by hilarity I mean a big mess.  In fact the aftermath of this is the first time you can get yourself painted over the walls, though hardly the last.

That’s right, it’s entirely possible that your guidance of Marisa will lead to a time paradox and rather bloody game over.  Our Gensoukyo is a generally nice place, but you’re still dealing with very powerful people.  If you manage to screw them over badly they might just get angry enough to explode you, seal you, shove your soul into a doll, turn you inside out, or turn off your lungs.  And, well, romantic entanglements can be messy.

Still, we aren’t going to kill you for taking the wrong entrance to the Shrine, or for not wiping the blood off your shirt (well aside from that path). And there’s a powerful ally who can give you hints as to what to do and not to do.  Should you choose to spend time with her of course.

Of Fanservice, Bikinis, and Birthday Suits

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

So.

Visual Novels.  Lots of them have sexual content.  Not all, but lots.  So when we began this project, we had to decide…

“How explicit should our work be?”

Well, frankly, the general conclusion was that none of us felt confident or comfortable writing in an explicit environment.  Some of us didn’t think we had the skill to do it properly, and others just didn’t like the idea in general.

Of course “not explicitly H” covers a whole lot of ground.  We also had to decide how much fanservice we were going to put into the art, and how much we were going to insinuate was going on off screen.

Art wise we’re going to stay within the boundaries of safe.  However that doesn’t mean there won’t be fanservice.  The girls will be visiting the hot springs that popped up, and there are a few other interesting events that we have planned that will allow the girls to change outfits.

Writing wise… we haven’t fully decided yet.  However, sex is part of relationships, and even if Marisa’s relationship might be too young to get into those matters there are other couples in Gensoukyo as well.  So while nothing may happen on screen, there may be a good deal implied, or occasionally outright stated.

So…what does all this mean for you, the audience?  If you enjoy swimsuit pics and a dose of innuendo there’ll be something here for you.  But if you don’t care about those things don’t worry, we aren’t going to twist the story in odd shapes just to put those scenes in.  So, all in all, expect a lot of good fun, of all shapes and kinds.