December 14th 2020: Progress Report
Hey everyone, Rem here with this week's Progress Report!
So for the last week I've been working on a few bug fixes, a bit on the Glory Hole, some mulling on an idea that I'm going to talk about, and then also played some eroges for a day.
First, let's talk about the idea I got. It's basically something I've been mulling over in my head for quite a while, I was fighting against myself in if I wanted to implement it before the release of v.7A but then my wrist/forearm pain made me decide to save it for later.
Basically, it's related to how Passives are obtained. Let's use some broad examples, currently the requirements for Passives are static. Let's say there are three tiers of Passives that Karryn can get based on how many times her boobs have been petted.
Tier 1: Petted 5 times
Tier 2: Petted 15 times
Tier 3: Petted 42 times
These aren't the exact numbers, but for the sake of this example let's say those are the requirements. And it means that once Karryn has her boobs petted at least 5 times, she'll obtain the tier 1 boobs petting Passive so to speak, and then at least 15 times the tier 2, 42 times the tier 3.
Now in earlier versions like before v6, I made it so that you can only get one tier a battle, so let's say if Karryn never got her boobs petted before, and then got petted 20 times in a single battle, she would only get the tier 1 passive afterward. But then in next battle she would get the tier 2 passive regardless of whether or not she actually got boobs petted in that battle, since the requirements were already met. This made some people get confused and think that it was a bug, so I made it that Karryn can just get any number of the same type of Passive. What this now meant, using this example where she never got her boobs petted before but then get petted 20 times in a single battle, is that she could get both the tier 1 and tier 2 Passive in the same battle.
I... did not like this, but I let it slip for the time being due to lack of time to think or implement a better way to handle it. And while that example is bad enough already, it would totally be in the realm of possibility to get not only the tier 1 and tier 2 at the same time, but the tier 3 version also in one of those extended battles in Level 3 with multiple waves of enemies. That is really, really not ideal and satisfactory in my opinion, and also why I wanted to implement a solution alongside the Passive revamp in v7A.
So the idea I've been mauling over for a while is as follows:
Let's say Karryn has never gotten her boobs petted before, aka she has no boobs petted related Passives. Then she gets boobs petted 12 times in a single battle. Naturally, she would get the Tier 1 Passive after the battle is over.
However, the requirements to obtain the Tier 2 Passive would then be 22. This number is derived from her already getting boobs petted 12 times, plus a base requirement of 10.
This is confusing math, so let's use a different example. Let's say Karryn already got her boobs petted 4 times, and then gets her boobs petted 30 times in the next battle and gets the Tier 1 Passive. The requirement to get the Tier 2 Passive for this Karryn is going to be 44. This number is derived from her already getting boobs petted 34 times, plus a base requirement of 10.
In other words, the requirements to get the boobs petted Passives would look something like this:
Tier 1: Petted 5 times
Tier 2: Petted 10 more times after getting Tier 1
Tier 3: Petted 30 more times after getting Tier 2
This is what I meant earlier when I said that the current Passive requirements are static. This new method means Karryn can never jump tiers for the same type of Passive no matter how long and drawn out of a battle she just got involved in.
I think this new method is going to be more satisfying to play the game in. I'm still thinking about some stuff, and also about how to implement it in a future proof and sane style.
So that's what I've been thinking about. But. Let's suddenly switch gears.
I've also been thinking about something else, and that is putting Remtairy, aka me and Sachinama, on extended break for the rest of the year and until the second week of January. I said it before that I want Sachinama to take it easy so he can focus more on rest and family, but, I also want to rest a bit. Two reasons: 1, Knowing Sachinama he wouldn't be able to fully rest and relax if he's worried that he's relaxing while I'm working hard. 2, I (and also Sachinama) haven't had a real break at all, not only in 2020 but since like July of 2019. Sure, I've taken a day off like once a month or so whenever there's a major eroge release that I just NEED to play right then and there, but then the very next day I would push myself to work harder to make up for the time lost. And Sachinama and me aren't working 9-5 only on weekdays, we work from bedtime to bedtime 7 days a week. So, I mean, it's not healthy but we also love our job because it barely feels like a job most of the time. But it's still not healthy, and I haven't been in the mindset of being able to just fully relax and rest for a while because there's always the next alpha build release to worry about, and for a big part of 2020 and late 2019 I was also working on the release for Monster Girl Club Bifrost and Island SAGA.
So I'm going declare right now that I'm going to work at an extremely relaxed pace for the rest of the year and for the first week of January. Essentially the next 20 days. This is to give a much needed R&R and holiday family time for Sachinama and myself. I personally know how I plan to spend my next 20 days. Basically I'm going to think about the Passive requirement I mentioned above whenever I feel like it, and also think about some stuff about the Glory Hole whenever I feel like it, but I won't push myself to work every day. And more importantly, I'm going to be catching on all the eroge releases that I've skipping over!!! The aforementioned day that I spent playing eroges last week was for ドーナドーナ by Alicesoft and 魔法少女セレスフォニア by Shimobashira Workshop. I just purchased 母爛漫 , also by Alicesoft, on DMM and I'm looking forward to booting it up and going in blind after I'm done writing this. Alicesoft also released Evenicle 2, and since I loved the first one maybe I'll play it during this mini-vacation or whatever.
So yeah, gonna be a lot of eroge catching up. Some people have been concerned about the health of my arms. My right arm hasn't hurt for a few days now, knock on wood, but my left arm currently still hurts a bit so I want to rest it up more to let it heal. Even typing all these words is hurting my left arm. But I want to make sure that everything I want to say today gets said, pain or not.
As I want us to be on break, there will be no Progress Reports for the rest of the year. This is last Progress Report! But, I want to write up kind of a long post, like a Retrospection of 2020. I don't even remember if I wrote one up for 2019 on Patreon last year. Maybe with everything going on last December, it hectically past by before I even got a chance to write anything, so it's kinda gonna be a retrospection on 2020 and late 2019. It's going to be a $10+ post, it's just for serious supporters and fans to dive into my thoughts and stuff.
Speaking of which, since we are going to be on an extended break, it's fine if you feel like cancelling your subscription until work resumes for v.7B next year. As always, support us when you feel like it, when you got the spare money, and when you feel like we deserve it. It's completely understandable if you don't feel like supporting us with your hard earned money while we're on ""vacation"", if being stuck in home is considered a vacation, ha. (It is for me, I'm gonna playing eroges all day, yeaaaaahhhhhh)
Regardless of if you choose to cancel, or choose to continue, or if you're not finanically supporting and don't plan to, I want to thank everyone for continuing to follow us, and support us in however fashion you decided. It means a lot to us. Seeing people enjoy our work is what kept us working 7 days a week. And also kept us from taking any extended break, so I want to ask for your acceptance, and forgiveness for my selfish request to allow me and Sachinama to basically be at a much much more relaxed pace for the next 20 days.
As always, please stay safe out there and inside. I hope everyone can enjoy their holiday season. v.7A will be available to Happy Fans starting on 12/23, and I will probably do the long post Retrospection last week on Monday because habits die hard.
Now if you will excuse me, I got a twintail cutie to meet in an eroge.
(Narrator: He lied. v.7A.j will be uploaded shortly, this will be the final v.7A version!)