Character Interview result

I’ve picked out 4 questions for each of the guys, so here are the interviews! Who knew Neil could be so wordy?

Neil:

  1. How could your father let you have that haircut and color? Especially at work? What was his reaction?

“My father was quite pleased with my previous haircut. Is there something wrong with my natural colour? It’s the same as my father’s. My mother’s natural colour is black, which is what I dyed it to.

  1. What was it like to find out your childhood hero was actually a girl?

“…I felt like my entire world view was turned upside down, to be quite honest. You have to see it from my point of view; I grew up thinking I met this boy who was brave enough to help me run away from my parents. I… wanted to be as brave as him. To find out all this time it wasn’t just some boy, but a girl instead, well, I was shocked. Joselina turned into a very beautiful woman, which contrasted with my memory of this rough looking boy. They’re still one and the same though, still very brave.”

  1. How old were you when you lost your virginity?

“If you must know such an invasive question, I was 18. It was a birthday present. Wait, that came out wrong. I mean, ask Angela. Wait – no – that sounds even worse. Angela set me up. There.”

  1. You mentioned that you have a tradition with your cousin involving dressing up in such a way that you don’t recognize each other. You dyed your hair black this time, so what are some things you’ve done in the past?

“Let’s see, the year before that, I wore a magnificent mustache. That disguise lasted for a whole 0.5 seconds, before Angela busted a gut. I have also tried eyepatches, fake scars, a hunchback at one point… Sadly, nothing ever seems to escape my cousin. Sometimes I wonder if she’s installed cameras in my room.”

Caine:

  1. What’s it like being the shortest guy?

“What – I’m not the shortest! I resent that! And what’s wrong with being short, huh!? Come on, fight me!”

  1. How many freckles do you have?

“Why don’t you take a picture and count them yourself? Geez, who the hell counts the amount of freckles they have. I’m not that bored.”

  1. Were you ever bullied?

“Yes. There was this girl in high school that I had a crush on. I guess it was really obvious I had a thing for her, or something. She asked me out to the prom, I was pretty excited. Turns out she was just pulling a big prank on me and she arrived at the prom with her boyfriend, laughing at me of even thinking I ever had a chance with her. I totally deserved that, huh? Fuck her.”

  1. Can I steal your beanie? :3

“No way, I stole it first. Why don’t you steal your own beanie from someone else?”

James:

  1. Are you aware you have a bit of an intimidating presence?

“Good. One must assert dominance over others to be sure they’re always in control, lest they be the ones to be controlled.”

  1. Where’s your favorite place to be and why?

“Home, with my family. It got destroyed.”

  1. What kind of woman do you like?

“She must be strong and brave, able to lead and inspire others. If she were to defeat me in a battle, I would surrender myself to her.”

  1. What’s your favorite position?

“Captain. Being able to command an army is what I do best.”

Sam:

  1. If you could be ANY mythical creature; what would you be, and why?

“Definitely a unicorn. They not only have magnificent hair, but they have gorgeous wings to be able to fly as well!”

  1. Is your hair color natural? If not since when did you start dying it?

“My natural hair colour is blond, I dye it silver for fun. I tend to change hair colours pretty often, I get bored quite fast.”

  1. You prefer short or long hair?

“I prefer all hair, my love. Everyone is gorgeous, whether long, short – or even bald. As long as you’re comfortable with what you have, you shine the brightest.”

  1. Were you a gangster before?

“Oh my, where have you heard that? I’m an honest and hardworking hairdresser, just earning my place in the world! I have a legit practice. I think. I have to check with my accountant.”

Dimitri:

  1. Do you constantly bump your head against doorframes and such?

“Oh no, not at all. I’m pretty average height, so all the doorframes are made for tall people to fit through without bumping their heads. I’m sure if I were to go to some place in Asia, that might be a different story though.”

  1. Did you ever feel bad over your stretch marks? Also would you tell us more about your family?

“Sometimes, yeah. I’ve gotten a few odd looks when people see it, but nothing terrible. A lady at tennis practice told me they’re the claw marks of a tiger, so I quite like looking at them like battle scars. As for my family, I have an older brother, and my mother and father are still together. They don’t have the healthiest relationship with each other though…”

  1. Did you have a crush on Joselina when you were younger?

“Erhm… ehehe. Yeah… 13-year-old me stood no chance against Joselina’s charms when I met her for the first time. She was my first crush, I felt butterflies every time I saw her. Not like I could act on my feelings or anything, she was my brother’s girlfriend after all.”

  1. How do you feel about “pizza”?

“I like pizza! Not my favourite or anything, but you really can’t go wrong with pizza. I like sweets more though, especially pastries. Hmm, now I want pizza.”

Aiden:

  1. Can you 1v1 me on the MOBA game?

“I can 1v5 you, bring it on! I’m Master-tier and I will wipe the floor with you. And then later, maybe we can queue up together? I love finding new duo partners.”

  1. Can you describe yourself truthfully? Without pretending?

“I’m the biggest loser you’ll ever meet, a sad and pathetic bag of beans. I’ll probably scare you with my face, I’ve had strangers before laugh straight into my face because of how ugly I am. I guess that must mean I’m truly hopeless.”

  1. Do you have any kinks?

“Yes… Uhm. I like it when… or I mean, I-totally-want-a-girl-to-insult-me-and-maybe-even-step-on-me. Is that weird? Please tell me it’s weird…”

  1. I know you’re into MOBAs, but are you into any other types of games?

“I love retro games! I’m really into old 3D adventure games that I can speedrun, that’s totally my jam. When I’m not grinding in MOBA, I’m spending most of my time speedrunning old games in the fastest way possible. I like any% categories the most, but I’m not adverse to doing 100% glitchless runs. The other day I even found a new glitch in a 15-year-old game! Ah sorry, this is probably super confusing to you, I tend to ramble.”

Bill:

  1. I want to see you smile.

“A-alright. Sorry, I feel a little put on the spot to start smiling for no reason… maybe you can tell me a funny joke?”

Varitus:

  1. So how is your cactus garden going? Do you have any favorite types of cacti?

“It is surviving, cacti can survive a long time without water. They don’t wither immediately like other plant life does in harsh climates. As for my favourite types, I suppose I enjoy the ones prickly ones.”

Alex:

  1. I drew some fanart of you. How does that make you feel?

“You can’t just tell me you’ve drawn me and NOT show it. Come on, let me see!”

BluechanXD’s fanart.

“Oh – that’s so cool! Okay, now draw me topless, and very buff. And tall.”

Sarah:

  1. Which camera model is your favourite

“Ahh, it’s got to be the Cinon 20D! I’m saving up for it, it’s pretty expensive, but it’s got soooo many cool features that I don’t need – but totally want.

Tailor Tales approved on Steam!

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Steam has approved Tailor Tales, so it will get released on there as well! Go ahead and wishlist it :) I still need to figure out achievements, it’s hard getting it to work right on RPG Maker MV.

Steam will not have a Mac version, as I still don’t officially support it. Only Itch.io will (and any bugs on it is something I cannot fix).

Tailor Tales Plus is still a Patreon exclusive perk at the moment. It won’t be out on Steam/Itch.io anytime soon.

When the new update gets pushed out in January, that’s when the Steam release will be out as well. You’ll get to enjoy Dimitri’s full route!

Aside from the Steam release, I’m busy working on Caine’s route. Haven’t written much these past few weeks, but I am coding his first few chapters into the game and drawing his 1st CG!

Here’s a screenshot of one of his chapters:
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Poll results

Here are the poll results of most good looking bachelor in Tailor Tales!

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Dimitri and Caine ended up tying when I took the screenshot, but Dimitri had one vote more when I started drawing, so…pollresults

Either way – these are the top 3 boys in Tailor Tales, and they will be the poster boys on the eventual Steam page. I’ll be colouring this sketch as well and using it in promotional material.

Working hard on getting that Steam page set up!

The poll is quite interesting to see, that despite James winning the good looks vote by a landslide, he does eventually lose to Dimitri in terms of interest. The last pie chart looks pretty good to me because it means there’s a little something for everyone.

Dimitri’s route completed!

After some hard work and not much sleep, I’ve managed to pull it off; I wrote Dimitri’s epilogue this month and I coded it into the game!

Dimitri’s route is now 100% completed, including all of his CGs. Beta testers are currently testing out the latest build, and then Patreon supporters will be able to enjoy Dimitri’s epilogue in November. Tailor Tales version 2.0 is still par the course for January, which will include Dimitri’s full route. If you want to experience it before the public release, get early access via the Patreon!

I’m currently also working on optimization. Tailor Tales takes up almost 1GB of RAM when playing, and that number will only go up in the future as I add more content. For players will older PCs, they won’t be able to run Tailor Tales. So, that’s something I’m also working on in the background; make sure I don’t load a thousand images to your memory and crash the game.

Time to say goodbye to Dimitri, it was a fun ride! Onto the next bachelor; Caine. Patreon Plus supporters can already enjoy his first chapter for a little sneak peek of the thieving redhead. Thankfully, all of the voices for Caine’s route is finished so I don’t need to wait on those as I work on his route. With Dimitri finished, I can fully focus on Caine. When Tailor Tales gets updated in January – Caine will not be available! He is in early access to Patrons only.

Tailor Tales 2.0 coming out in January 2019

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Tailor Tales is getting ready to leave beta stage. What does that mean? No more features will be added, save files will be kept, and only character or fashion content will be added in the future. It means the way the game looks, that’s how it will stay. No more major changes.

I’ve been polishing the game lately, in terms of features and aesthetics. What with the support from my Patrons, I’ve got some money to spend on the game and improve it.

More sound effects, more songs, more soundbites, more character outfits, even more choices! Some special features have been added as well, such as; animated mouths and breathing motions of the sprites.

I wanted to draw attention to the fierce/kind system in Tailor Tales, leading to the two endings. So now the choices will definitely let you know which one you’re picking.

And you’ll be able to enjoy all of that, for free – in January 2019!

Dimitri’s route will be completed by then (130k words!), so that’s when the public version of Tailor Tales will finally get updated to version 2.0. That means two completed routes for you to enjoy!

Can’t wait and want to play right now? Tailor Tales is available in early access to Patreon supporters!

Let’s play

Are you a Youtuber that does let’s plays/playthroughs of otome games? Then I’m looking for you!

If anyone covers otome games on their Youtube channel, get in touch with me through here, my Twitter, my e-mail or on the official Tailor Tales Discord, and I can fix you up an early access key that you can cover.

You’re free to record your entire playthrough of the game, with the exception of Plus content (which is the 18+ epilogue, can’t be shown on youtube either way).

Back to game progress; for Patron supporters, they are getting close to seeing Dimitri’s route come to an end, which is hopefully in October. Dimitri’s endings are being tested and I’m working hard on finishing his epilogue.

I’ve also added a new feature to Tailor Tales; night mode.

Now with the click of a button, you can change the textbox to either a dark text + light background, or light text + dark background combo. This is for the people who find it easier to read when the background is dark and the text is light. After all, there’s a lot of reading in Tailor Tales.

Oh, and enjoy the small sneak peek of Caine’s 2nd chapter, which is what I was working on when I was testing out the night mode haha.

Either way, August has been a very productive month for me! So much has been finished, not to mention the amount of new character sketches I’ve made.

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These are two characters that will appear in Caine’s route – the girl will also show up in Dimitri’s route! I won’t be sticking to her blonde hair and green eye colour scheme though, I’ll probably change it.

Dimitri’s route is nearing its end

Hooray, Dimitri’s route is almost finished! Excluding his epilogue, I’m almost done adding both his passionate and innocent ending to the game. His final CG has been drawn as well.

Of course, I do still need to write his epilogue and add that to the game as well. That will take a while.

Nevertheless, I believe Tailor Tales’ next public update should be either late December or early January!

Can’t wait and want to play Dimitri’s complete route before that? Patreon supporters get to play before the actual release date, so check it out!

In the meantime, here’s a script progress update:
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I finished another chapter for Caine, and two chapters for James.

Joselina’s official sprite sketches

As a Tailor Tales Plus perk, you get to read side stories of the characters. Side stories can be anything, from random short fluffy stories, to a guy’s point of view of a certain chapter.

Three side stories have already been written, one for Neil, and two for Dimitri. Both of these are Point of View stories, so the story is told from their side. That means Joselina, the main character, is a supporting cast member. It also means she will appear on the screen with her own facial expressions and voice.

Your choices in skin/hair/eye colour will be reflected in her sprite as well. The voice can be turned on/off in the main menu, if you prefer her to be voiceless.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite add your own outfit onto her sprite (mainly because it’s an entirely different pose), so Joselina will have default outfits. You can choose one out of four default outfits when she’s an adult, and one out of two when she’s a teen.

Here are the sketches for the outfits:

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You can always switch between outfits whenever you’d like. Joselina will wear story-specific outfits when the story calls for it though (like Neil’s masquerade ball).

It will be hell to draw all of this, reflecting the player’s colours as well. It will be the most complicated sprite so far, and I’ll be creating three of them… The third one is Joselina’s brother, a character that will appear in James’ route. Considering they’re siblings, the brother needs to reflect the player’s choice of colours as well.

Ah well – it’ll be worth it in the end!