Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Deathblight RPG progress report

It's been a while since the last blogpost, so I figured a short update might be a good idea.
(we regularly post progress reports on Patreon, usually several times a month)

Catheline Combat Graphics

We're currently working on finishing the last CG, originally we planned to have 5 CGs (2 CG scenes) with variations in the upcoming version.
But we decided to add another extra CG last minute (so it's 6 CGs with variations now).
Once it's done it needs to be implemented.
Then there's more testing to do, and if no bugs show up last minute, we'll be ready for the release.

In the meanwhile, enjoy Catheline up there!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Deathblight RPG - Catheline appears!

Here's a small status update on Deathblight RPG:

We've been working hard on implementing Catheline for the upcoming Alpha 3 version.
So far 9 out of 13 combat graphics are mostly done (some still need more facial expressions etc.).
And there's still CG scenes to do as well.
But progress is going smoothly.
As usual, we post most of our updates together with all the graphics over on Patreon.
(though I figured posting a small status update over here as well won't hurt)

Here's one of the 13 combat graphics of Catheline that will be in the game:

In the meantime, we also released a balancing and bugfixing patch for Alpha 2.
(basically called Alpha 2.1)
This 2.1 version will be released to the public once Alpha 3 hits Patreon.

It's hard to name a release date for Alpha 3 yet, but we're working hard to push it out as soon as possible.

On a side note, if you recall that blogpost about our roadmap for Deathblight RPG:
We decided to split each of the upcoming updates in half, so basically there will be more but smaller updates in the future.
(First half of a level, then the second half in a seperate update etc.)
That way we'll be able to push out updates faster, which is most likely better for everyone.

That's all for now, see ya next time!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Deathblight RPG - public release

We just released Deathblight RPG second release on Patreon, and with that, here comes the first public release of Deathblight RPG.

It's only the first version which is public, so contrary to the second version it only contains the first half of the first level.
Deathblight RPG is a FREE game, it will not be sold once it's fully completed.
So everyone gets to play the second version sooner or later.

You can download the first public version here:

Also, you need the RPG Maker VX Ace RTP which you can get from the official website:

Here is a changelog of what's different in the second version:
Changelog Release02 - 29/03/2017:

- Added second half of first dungeon!
-> You can now finish the first mission and fight the bosses
-> All associated cutscenes, battles and CG-scenes have been implemented

- Added NPC-Girls in cells in first dungeon

- Added secret Ferania cutscene
-> If you want to find and trigger it, you have to be alone with Ferania in a certain location

- Changed intro slightly to allow players to freely move around and explore the hotel room when first entering
-> Can't leave the room, if you want to leave, talk to Minori to advance the intro
-> Important objects "sparkle" (Closet, beds)

- Added Mission Log/Guide/CG-Album at PC in hotel room
-> CGs and CG scenes viewable after finishing dungeon

- Changed dialogue timing in intro, for better flow (some lines now advance automatically)

- Added skip function to CG-scenes (game asks you if you want to watch the scene)
-> Only the capture scenes have it for now, not the overall "Game Over" scene

- Added cloth-changing and character-viewing mechanic to wardrobe in hotel room
-> Go to hotel room, speak to one of the two wardrobe/closets in the bedroom
-> "Change clothes" is for restoring clothes and removing the "Torn", "Naked" and "Slave" states
-> "Look into mirror" is for viewing the chosen characters current outfit/state (full-size picture)

- Added healing to beds in hotel bedroom
-> Speak to one of the upper double-beds to take a rest and heal HP and RST

- NPCs now react differently to the player (party leader, e.g. Ferania), based on their state (Torn, Nude, Slave)

- Inreased Minori's "Ryuuseiha" skill to 30 (was 20)

New CG scenes have been written by Sierra Lee.
If you like them, you should check her games out as well!
Her blog about her game TLS: http://the-last-sovereign.blogspot.com

The second release will be made public once the third release hits Patreon.
This means, Patrons are always 1 step ahead of the public releases.
Patrons get early access because they support the development of the game and make all of this possible in the first place.

Thank you very much to everyone who's supporting us either on Patreon, by spreading the word about our stuff, or in whichever way you might help.
It really means a lot to us!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Deathblight RPG status report + Character popularity vote #3

First things first:

Let's start with a quick status update on "Deathblight RPG - Operation Thunderfang".
Most likely, if no major bugs appear last minute, we should be able to release the second version of Deathblight RPG to Patreon this month, and this means the first version will be released to the public as well.

In case you're wondering, we're mostly posting status updates (usually several times a month) on Patreon and updating the blog only once in a while with major updates.
(Patreon is small updates all the time, as well as previews, access to new graphics and earlier builds of the game etc.)

What's left to do until we can release it:

- playtesting and bugfixing
- implementing the last few events into the game
- Boss game over CG scene
- 2 more capture graphics for the combat system
- 2 more hentai graphics for the combat
- all enemy graphics fleshed out in full quality
- boss enemy graphics
- secret extra
- pixel graphics for the NPCs
- rebalancing of the combat

(the crossed out things have already been taken care of at the moment this blogpost had been made public)

The 2 remaining graphics for the combat system will be finished in todays live stream.
We would be happy if you'd stopped by to watch!
Also, feel free to ask questions about Deathblight RPG, the webcomic, or Crescentia's artworks in general.

The live stream will be today (saturday) 4th march 21:00 GMT +1.
Obviously it will contain NSFW content.

We're also announcing our live streams on twitter:

After that, we'll only need to finish the remaining CG scene and implement everything into the game as well as do testing and bugfixing.
It's still some work, but we're close to the next release.

Now for the third character popularity vote:

It's been a while since the last one, and we're always eager to see which of our characters are more liked than others. This has no influence on our current game projects, but it might help us to understand which of our characters are more popular than others, and this might help us improve some of our other characters.

As usual, the vote will be running for about 4 weeks, and you can vote on multiple characters at once.

Here's a list of the characters along with pictures of everyone to help you identify who's who.

Demon Hunters:











The vote will be running until 31st march.
Have fun voting and see ya!
(and yes, the next blogpost will most likely include a download of the first public release of Deathblight RPG)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Deathblight RPG update + summary of 2016

It's been a while since the last blogpost, yes.
We're doing (mostly) fine and we're working on the game as usual.
We also released the first version of Deathblight RPG on Patreon, but we didn't publicly announce it because of tax-reasons.
With that out of the way, we can finally announce it here on the blog.

Usually we're posting regular updates on Patreon and sometimes on Twitter too.



Crescentia Pixiv:

So todays blogpost will contain the following:

1. About Deathblight RPG's first release
2. Short summary of the year 2016

But before we get to that, a quick shoutout to some awesome and very nice hentai game developers.
If you haven't heard of Ahrimans work "The Moral Sword of Asagi" yet, you should totally check it out!

Here you can find Ahrimans game:

It's a great game with great combat hentai mechanics.
There's also an english fan translation by TNT90 from ULMF forums.

Also check out Sierra Lee's stuff:

Her blog about her game TLS: http://the-last-sovereign.blogspot.com

So, lets get to Deathblight RPG then!

1. About Deathblight RPG's first release

As I said earlier, we released the first version on Patreon.
It will be made publicly available for everyone once we released the second version on Patreon.

Screen of Deathblight RPG - Operation Thunderfang

As planned the content of the first release is:

- Ferania and Minori are playable.
- They have their basic graphics done.
- Minor demons are included as "grunts".
- The game is playable up to the first mid-boss. (and slightly further)
- Capture mechanic is in place.
- There is one game over CG scene when both heroines get captured.

Basically this is half of the first level.

We'll continue working on the game as soon as possible, namely, early January 2017.
(Currently we're mostly trying to enjoy a few days off)

Also, thank you very much to Ahriman for granting us permission to use scripts from his Asagi game!
And thanks to TNT90 for giving us permission to use some of the translation files and translation graphics.

2. Short summary of the year 2016

2016 was a much better year to us.
The only sad moment was when towards the end of 2016 someone dear to Crescentia passed away.
But other than that we had no troubles and no issues for once.
(so... even if 2016 was a "shitty year" to the world, it was good to us)

We started live streaming in June 2016 on Picarto.TV.
(follow us on twitter to know when we're streaming)

And we managed to strengthen bonds with Picarto.TV and even go on a convention together with them in december in germany.
They are really cool and nice guys, so I'd like to use this opportunity to say:
"Thank you very much Picarto.TV! We hope you're continuing to become even more awesome in 2017!"

Anyways, lets get back to talking about what good things happened to us during 2016.
We managed to work on Deathblight RPG and push out a first release this december.
While the webcomic progressed smoothly and we didn't missed a single page release.
Our Patreon has grown quite a bit, and the hard work definitelly pays off.
Also, 2016 had a flood of commissions and new regular customers (for commissions) coming in, so we've got waaaay more commission requests than we can possibly handle.
(for every commission done, 2-3 new commissions roll in)
So we would like to express our gratitude, while at the same time apologizing that we can't possibly handle that much, which results in commission requests getting turned down or delayed by weeks or even months.
(we don't charge money before we start work, still it feels bad to have people wait too long, sorry about that!)

At any rate, we would like to use this opportunity to thank all our patrons, supporters, commissioners and fans!
Thank you very very much, each and everyone of you had been a great support and great help to us during 2016 and previous years as well.
We wouldn't be standing here and doing what we're doing without every single one of you.
So we can't express our gratitude well enough!
Thank you very much!

As some of you may remember, previous years (especially 2015) were really hard on us.
But thanks to everyone, we were able to push through 2015, and had a VERY GREAT year 2016.
So, once again: Thank you everyone!

With that being said, we're wishing everyone a good and prosperous, happy new year.
Hope you get a good start into 2017, and we hope that the rest of 2017 stays great for all of you too!

See ya next time, and take care!

I almost forgot, if you didn't heard of Lewdgamer yet, you should probably check them out.
They're regularly writing articles about all sorts of hentai games and stuff.

Thank you very much for doing such an awesome job, guys and girls at Lewdgamer!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Roadmap for Deathblight RPG

On the last live stream some of you were talking to me about the direction we want to go with Deathblight RPG (working title), and I figured it would be a good idea to share some kind of "roadmap" with everyone, so you know what to expect.

First of all, the poll results of which enemies get first into the game said that the Shapeshifting Creature (or more accurately "Failed Clones") as well as Giant Wasps will get into the game first, followed by Minor Demons and Female Plant Monsters.

After thinking about this for a while, I realized that I made this poll a bit too early, as it would be better to add "basic" enemies first, and then add these enemies to the game next.
Don't worry, we'll still include these enemies as fast as possible (not as first enemies, but directly after that!), and eventually (almost?) all enemies from that list make it into the game, sooner or later.
(and yes, the list might also expand, depending on suggestions from our supporters on Patreon)
Adding the Shapeshifters/Failed Clones not right away also makes sense, as we would like to include the bossmonster named "Failure" alongside them, and she would make a fine enemy once Catheline is being added to the game (which will happen at the same time when we implement the Failed Clones and Failure, so it's perfect).

That being said, lets get to the actual roadmap!

The first release of Deathblight RPG will be as soon as possible.
August is pretty much impossible at this point, as we've lost too many working hours to the summer heat (can't work efficiently with too much heat, and we don't have an AC unit).
The upcoming days will also be very hot, and this will limit our productivity.
But depending on the rest of august, we should be able to get at least some work done, and hopefully release it sometime in september.
We're not slacking off, but with some days only having about 50% productivity due to the summer heat, it's really tough to meet our own deadlines.
(of course we're still trying as hard as possible)

Now, what is planned for the individual releases?

preview of some graphics that are being used in the combat system

First release content:

- Ferania and Minori will be playable.
- They will have their basic graphics done.
- Minor demons will be included as "grunts".
- The game will be playable up to the first mid-boss.
- Capture mechanic will be in place.
- There will be one game over CG scene when both heroines get captured.

Basically this is half of the first level.

Second release content:

- The first level will be finished.
- Ferania and Minori will get a couple more graphics.
- There will be a bossfight and another game over CG scene.
(no escape mechanics implemented yet, but the capture and rescue mechanic is already in place since the first release)

The second release will happen shortly after the first release.

Third release content:

- Catheline will be added to the game.
- The second level will be about the Shapeshifters/Failed Clones, the Giant Wasps will also make an apperance here.
- Failed Clones and Giant Wasps will both get a CG scene of their own.
- Basically the second level will be the first "real" level, where you need to look for ways to advance in the level, and with Failure being a proper boss that will be (a bit) challenging to beat.
- "Failure" (the boss) will get a CG scene as well.
(which means, a total of 3 CG scenes for the second level)

The third release will take longer to make, as we'll release the whole second level at once.
Also implementing Catheline will be a lot of work.

Fourth release content:

- Corruption system will be added.
- Hentai adds corruption points, but they can be cured with potions.
(there will also be potions to raise corruption levels)
- We'll add jobs for the characters, so they can earn money and do lewd things outside of combat.
- There will be some new outfits for certain jobs, as well as CG scenes for jobs.
(or rather, CG scenes for the lewd stuff and hentai that comes along with the jobs)

Fifth release content:

- The third level will be added.
- Possibly a new playable character will be added as well.

I'm being vague here, as we're most likely going to let the Patrons vote on what's up next.
So I don't want to set things in stone, but the rough idea is there, and of course I'll be working it out as we move along.

These plans work out quite well, as we're episodically adding content to the game.

You can view it like this:

As we add another level/stage to the game, a new character might make her appearance and she becomes playable.
(she won't be playable in earlier levels, as she joins the party at "that" point in the story, and she's available from that point onwards)
Also, as the story progresses, new areas are being unlocked.
With new areas, there will be new jobs, new enemies, new characters, you name it.

This methode of adding content to the game makes it very easy to add stuff without having to worry about the previous levels.

And I guess that's the most important news for now.
If there are any questions regarding Deathblight RPG, please feel free to ask in the comments!

See ya next time!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Addressing concerns about Patreon + Progress Report

Hello everyone,

A big thing happened more than a week ago. We're not involved in it at all, but we received many questions about it and people asked me about my opinion on it, and I realized, that even if I don't have any stake in that thing itself, it's becoming apparent that it probably will have an impact on all of us hentai game devs that use patreon.

So, let's talk about said "big thing":

As you may or may not know, the game Breeding Season, which used to be one of the most funded hentai games on Patreon, was shut down.
The reasons for this was apparently a mix of bad management as well as differing opinions of the team members which initially led to them breaking up.

First regarding my opinion:

I think it's regrettable, that a hentai game had to be closed down, especially in this manner. In my opinion there can never be enough hentai games, as there's too many fetishes, too many groups of people with different tastes among the hentai community.
This leads to the conclusion, that every game that gets shut down or never reaches it's final stages is really a loss to the community as a whole.

Although, yes, I have to agree that lots of hentai game dev teams are inexperienced.
And most projects are way too ambitious. So it's likely this isn't the last game that goes down...
I wish that each and every dev team out there manages to finish their game and satisfy their fans. But sadly this is just a dream... (though I honestly wish everyone to succeed)

Now, more importantly, though, lets get to our own case:

I want to assure everyone, that we're not going to go down, and there's several reasons for that.

First of all, we are able to get shit done.
We finished Paperheads back in the day, and most of our games had been self-funded.
The money that went into Paperheads and Geisterhand were from previous jobs I worked in, and LDH's initial funding (before the first release on Patreon) was via money Crescentia saved up from doing commissions, and later on a friend of ours also supported some of our projects.
LDH's add-ons as well as Deathblight RPG are the first of our games that have been funded via Patreon. We've been hesitant to do this at first, but we realised that we need to take this step if we want to continue doing hentai games in a timely manner.

Sure, our projects don't sound super epic in scale, as we don't promise high-resolution super detailed graphics with dozens of animations and hundreds of enemies to interact with in hentai animations. But there's a very good reason for that!
It's because we have experience and know what we as a team are capable of both in terms of skill and time, and because we know what's just flat out unrealistic to promise. Simple as that.
We don't promise big things, if those things are unrealistic. You can do those things if you have proper funding and a well coordinated team of experienced artists.

It's sad to see that developers actually have to promise people the moon in order to get their games funded. But it's always been like that, even long before Kickstarter and Patreon. Back in the day it was the publishers who promised people the greatest of games all the time and often enough disappointed fans afterwards with mediocrity. And the games that actually turned out to be great, often had little to no support and fans. Somewhere, sometime, someone had to make unrealistic promises in order to get a contract or funding.
That's basically how life works all the time.
(but yes, I refuse to do so, as I believe that this only leads to long-term frustration and problems)

The only concern remaining would be, if there's a chance we'll break up or something similar happens to us as it happened with Breeding Season, right?

Well, no need to worry there, because our team coordination is great.
I've been doing team-leading jobs for more than 10 years now, and even though I hate talking about myself in such an arrogant and seemingly haughty manner, I really know what I'm doing and it should be difficult to find someone with team-leading abilities that match mine.
(it's surely not impossible to find someone with similar skills in this regard, but it's damn difficult)

Team-leading is not about being the big boss, it's more about communication, respecting every team member equally, respecting the fans and customers, and most importantly... taking responsibility for all the bad stuff that happens and adjusting the course so stuff won't go wrong next time.
(I'm not talking about making useless excuses, but about taking responsibility, adjusting the course, and seeing things through to the end, aiming for the best possible outcome in any bad situation, instead of bailing out)

As a team-leader you don't actually "lead" with an iron fist or something, it's more about walking down the path together with your team as a whole, communicating with everyone, being the center of the group, encouraging everybody and being more of an equal part of the group.
(of course there's certain occassions where you have to call the shots all on your own, but that's usually happening rarely)
A good leader isn't called a leader because of his/her position (or title), but because people respect him/her as a person, and they have faith in his/her judgement and general abilities.

About the "rights" on Deathblight content:

There's nothing to worry about with the ownership of Deathblight.
If it ever happens that we're breaking up, Cres keeps ALL the rights to Deathblight, the games, the characters, everything. So worst case scenario, nothing would be lost and she can simply continue doing things or, depending on the situation, build it back up.

But honestly spoken, I doubt we'd ever break up.
We've been working and living together for more than 4 years now.
And... how do you call it?
"It's a match made in heaven" or so they say.
(well this is very personal stuff, so I won't go into the details, but it really is working out greatly)

At any rate we're both sane, responsible, and are highly dependant on building up and sustaining a good reputation. Creating Deathblight is important to us, and we can't afford to lose any credibility or screw up big.

In the future we hope to expand our Patreon even more in order to deliver you more awesome stuff. If possible we can even go full-time with the help of Patreon, but for the time being we're still dependant on doing commissions and hired work.

So, let me sum this up:

We can get shit done!
We have experience, so we don't promise more than we can deliver!
Our team is well coordinated and we've been working together for more than 3 years now! (I've been working together with Cres for more than 4 years btw.)
We're great at producing lots of content with minimal funding, however, having more funding would help us to produce even more content.
(or possibly hire a skilled pixel artist to tackle bigger projects in the future)
You can ask our long term Patrons:
We do deliver and usually we deliver more than what we promised.

Regarding our progress on our current game project:

The summer heat is slowing us down, but we're getting closer to our first release.
We're aiming for the highest quality this time, so you can really look forward to it!
Before we can release the first version of Deathblight RPG (working title), we need to finish a bunch of graphics. Currently we're about 50% towards the first release in terms of finished graphics. The remaining 50% should be getting done a lot faster, as the graphics are mostly naked.
(the first 50% was naked + clothing + destroyed clothing, which is of course a lot more work than (mostly) naked characters only)

small selection of a few sample graphics

We're aiming for a first release towards the end of august.
But please keep in mind that if the summer heat gets worse, we might not be able to meet that estimation.

The first release will just include Ferania and Minori, the full combat system with hentai during combat, and a room full of enemies up to the first mid-boss.
There will be one game over hentai scene in the game.

From there on we'll be working to add more and more content to the game.
(more events and more game mechanics, more enemies, more hentai scenes, more areas, more story and of course more characters too)
We're currently posting most of our progress reports, previews and artworks of the game on Patreon.
But we'll keep you updated about releases and (once we get there) content updates on this blog.

I hope this answers all of your concerns and questions regarding our stuff.
If you still worry or have unanswered questions, please feel free to ask in the comments.