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A note about “pretty”

Thanks for the kind words about the side project, everyone. While we want to hear from you, the Starswirl page isn’t the best place for that. You can direct feedback and questions to our respective blogs if you have anything for us, or ask on the project page.

derpii - Sprites
OPtimistic - Scenario
Myth - Music
timbaer - Backgrounds
Wavedash - Scenario/Programming/UI

NaNoRenO project page

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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Hey, everyone. Wavedash here.

It’s that time again where we show you other projects that us Zap Apple developers are doing on the side. Today, we’re proud to show off our paranormal short story "pretty" for the first time.

In a small town, mysterious disappearances have given rise to numerous rumors of unexplained creatures prowling the streets. You are a normal high school senior with a periphery interest in the supernatural. You wouldn’t call it unhealthy or anything. It’s not like you spend your free time on ghost sighting blogs or anything like that (at least not every day). Even so, when a cute classmate asks for your help, you can’t help but say yes.

This game was conceptualized and created in just over two weeks by a few of us who’ve worked on Starswirl as well as some new faces.

Why two weeks?

Some of you may be familiar with NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, where writers motivate themselves to finish an entire novel during the month of November. There is a similar event for the visual novel world called NaNoRenO which takes place in March. We remembered that it was happening and got around to starting it halfway through.

So this is the 1.0 Beta version that we’re releasing straight out of development. No testing. Everything should be fine, but there’s a few things we didn’t get around to doing due to the time limit. We’ll probably go back and update it later if we get some feedback. Let us know what you think!

derpii - Sprites
OPtimistic - Scenario
Myth - Music
timbaer - Backgrounds
Wavedash - Scenario/Programming/UI

NaNoRenO project page

Edit: If you’re got anything to say about the game, make sure you hit us up on one of our accounts. We won’t be responding to asks about pretty on happenings since it’s not Starswirl related.

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Anonymous asked: ¿will you put a character from the king of fighters in the game?


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Anonymous asked: Now that you aren't associated with ponies and Hasbro, will you accept donations?

There’s always been a donations button on the site, but we’re not in need of funding or anything at the moment.

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Anonymous asked: How much time do you guys put into the game? I assume it's not a full time job for anyone.

That’s a hard question to answer. It’s a labor of love, but we are working for free, so the answer is “as much as we can manage”. That depends on what we’re all doing from week to week.

During this writer hunt, we’ve been taking a little vacation to recharge the batteries. You can imagine it’s been a rough couple of months what with the convention, demo, name changes, and revised demo. We’ll be back to full force soon.

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Anonymous asked: ''Not a dating sim'' you state, repeatedly. But you have nothing to back up that claim. Can you please explain your reasons for not considering it a dating sim? There is virtually no evidence of a story that goes deeper than Katawa Shoujo's slice-of-life setup. You haven't even provided us with a genre. It's nearly impossible to see an actual story in this, except for, you know, maybe a little drama like there is in most dating sims, which are there to give the girls depth and nothing else.

It’s okay. Calm down. What we’ve got here is a good, old-fashioned misunderstanding. Dating sims are different from romance-centric visual novels. You mention Katawa Shoujo as a dating sim, and it’s not. It’s in the latter category.

If you aren’t familiar with visual novels, it’s easy to confuse the two terms. Let’s start with the wiki entries on both just for a primer.

Visual Novel

Dating Sim

Dating sims are a sub-genre of visual novels. They generally include RPG elements that can be something like “friendship” and “love”. The idea is that you try to woo one or more characters. The whole goal of the game is romance. Generally, you’ll have X amount of days in order to complete this. It’s more free-roaming and you can complete tasks to raise your own stats (like “knowledge”, “strength”, or “charisma”).

If Starswirl were a dating sim, it would look more like this:

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You can see the difference there. There’s usually not any sort of story that goes along with dating sims. You’ll pick a girl and then do everything you can to get her to love you. Up there in that mockup, you can see there’s a “hug” button and an “ask out”. Robin would probably accept a hug from you, judging from her “friendship” level, but if you asked her out, she’d probably laugh seeing as how “affection” is only at 41. You could go get a job and work to get money to buy her gifts, but that would take time out from your thirty-day limit. It’s all about balancing and leveling up.

Visual novels can (and usually do) involve romance of some kind, but that’s really where the similarities end. They play out as stories where your choices within that story affect which direction the plot takes. You can generally blow through most dating sims in a few minutes if you know the tricks to them, but visual novels will usually take hours and hours to read through.

If you want a quick taste of what I’m talking about, here’s an old Newgrounds dating sim, Ganguro Girl [NSFW].



Is Starswirl a dating sim visual novel with romantic elements?

Yes. Yes it is.

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