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Kinjo

New Year, New Games

So my winter break has come to an end. Where does Goldbar Games stand? Well, let's take a look!

Detective Butler EP2 is still in planning stages. A rather insignificant portion of writing is finished, but most of the plot is still being worked on. I feel very good about it though. Our team frequently discusses the plot as both a story and as a mystery, constantly refining our vision of the game. At this rate, the second episode is going to be longer and better than the first one. The ...

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Kinjo

On the Night of Kinjo's Redemption

Happy New Year's Eve! Just in time for Winter Comiket, as usual, I've got a new game for download: On the Night of Kinjo's Redemption. It's a Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni fangame, probably the first (and last) of its kind.

The sequel to the fangame Repercussion of the Golden Witch, this story takes place in the world of Higanbana. Ozaki, a newly recruited science teacher at Spider Lily High School, becomes involved in a series of supernatural murders. Is the culprit a human or a youkai? ...

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Kinjo

The Game Plan

I've been meaning to make this post ever since it turned December. But now I know exactly what I want to say.

Quite a bit has happened since the last update. Starting off with a pleasant surprise, we now have a musician on the team, Solo Acapello. He expressed great interest in joining the team, and he enjoys mystery novels just as much as we do, so there's no doubt his music will improve Detective Butler.

Speaking of that, we've made a lot of progress there in general. I've ...

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Kinjo

Not Much to Say

Haven't posted anything in a while. Trying not to make useless posts, so I guess that's why. Been occupied with real life, but aside from that, I've done a lot of thinking on the side for future game ideas.

I believe I've got a good one, a puzzle/RPG hybrid of sorts. I won't be going into any detail on it just yet (I still need to work out a lot of mechanics), but Detective Butler and any other VN ideas of mine will be taking a backseat to it for quite a while. I want to branch out in ...

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Kinjo

Responding to Player Feedback

So it's time for a decent blog post. I feel like I've had some time to think over a lot of topics, and the first I'd like to discuss is the idea of player feedback. Specifically, how should a developer respond?

Naturally, I was tasked with answering that question during the past two months. Initially I was ecstatic to begin talking about my new release, as I'm sure any developer would be. There are certainly some people who think that game makers who "keep in touch" with their audienc ...

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Kinjo

Back From the Dead

Or at least I'd like to think.

Generally, there are going to be less updates until I make significant progress on anything. School also takes up quite a bit of time which leaves me without much meaningful to say.

I can either continue blogging my thoughts on game development in the meantime or just wait it out until I have progress to show.

That said, Ozaki, Rudolf, and I have been brainstorming some ideas for another VN alongside Butler EP2. Before I begin writing EP2 ...

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Kinjo

Back to School

Yeah, that's right... School's started, so productivity will be quite low for a while. But before discussing that, I have to say thanks to all 320+ people who downloaded, played, and reviewed Detective Butler EP1! It seems as though everyone has the same general reaction, which makes me happy.

Now, then. Where to go from here? I've been brainstorming the second episode with Ozaki and Rudolf. We're gonna do this the right way -- in short, the story and characters will be entirely plann ...

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