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Everything posted by adamstan

  1. Also, it's worth noting that it's possible to read (and enjoy) VNs with the help of text-hooking and dictionary even while being quite below N2 level. I'm somewhere on the way to the N3 right now, and yet it somehow works - although I have to admit that it slows me down considerably. So N2 or N1 might be the level necessary to read comfortably, at a decent pace, without too much external help, but it's way above "The bare minimum" mentioned in the OP BTW I fully agree on the learning speed - don't hurry. Also, @Clephas is right about grammar's importance. It's relatively easy to
  2. Yesterday I got back to Konneko after month-long break. It's interesting case - this is one of those stories that (for me) are easy to put aside, but also very easy to jump back in, and when I read it, I enjoy it very much It's mostly SoL cuteness, but the kind that I like I think I'm currently near the beginning of Touka's route. This VN seems to get some ideas/influence from first ToHeart - sometimes I think the mood is a bit similar.
  3. I'm not sure... There are some VNs that I love to revisit - like Konosora or Princess Evangile - but as for the one that I'd like to "forget" to experience it in fresh again? Hmm... Perhaps Mashiro Iro Symphony. It showed me how good a moege can get - it's one of the genre's pinnacles for me - and after experiencing that, my expectations become higher - perhaps too high for some titles
  4. Yes, come to the dark side of all-ages versions (We have cookies expanded wholesome stories and sometimes even additional routes.)
  5. So, as expected, now I'm progressing much faster with a TLC - even though I can't do it everyday, I already reached 42% (finished 7th chapter)
  6. Today I reached 23% mark on TLC. I think that from now on, as I go on, I should be able to gradually go faster, because it was the beginning chapters that were the biggest mess.
  7. Today I resumed my TLC work, pushing progress counter from 7 to 10%
  8. Waitwaitwait... they named the guy SETSUNA?? It seems that male protagonist with female name (or a name that could be mistaken for female) is some kind of VNs running joke It's at least third or fourth such protag I noticed.
  9. Sadly I got interrupted by life again... But I'll try to get back to it as soon as possible.
  10. @Larxe1, you have wrong vndb link in your post - Rupekari is under v29383, not v16338 (16338 is Shirogane x Spirits).
  11. And so, three weeks later I haven't made much progres... I advanced into the common route a bit, but last time I read it was almost two weeks ago. I seem to have similar problem that I had with Palette's Sakura Strasse - it's nice, I have fun when I read it, but it isn't engaging enough - as evidenced by the fact that I have no problem with putting it away for two weeks... At least here protagonist isn't as annoying as Harumi from SS I also find myself still thinking about and remembering various bits of Folklore Jam. I'm really torn on this. I rated it at 7/10, but actually the game was
  12. Inserting original text into Renpy script (which was initially built around JAST's translated version) Also, I decided to leave some dithering in gradients (like the walls etc) in edited graphic assets: In other words - I'm increasing color palette from 16 to 256 colors (so it's like transition from EGA to VGA ) but I actually don't like the look of super-smooth gradients combined with this "drawn" art style. I think that's what hurt graphics in late '90s PC VNs, like KEY's One ~Kagayaku Kisetsu e~. If they used some dithering to give the image some more texture, IMO it wo
  13. Today I got quite unusual thing among VNs - Japanese All-ages PC version The VN in question is Parfait - another early Maruto's title.
  14. Another experiment - using original textbox / border. That way text won't obscure images, and well - it brings more nostalgic mood What do you think?
  15. And that's how it looks ingame: (Abovementioned background, reworked Hidemi's sprite and original text)
  16. Demonstration using one of the first backgrounds (Shuuji's living room) Here's original 16 color image: Here's version I did before, using automatic smoothing: And here's latest version, reworked manually to convert it into 256 colors using "pencil" tool in GIMP: It's quite tedious work, and I don't know if I will have enough willpower to go through all images - since each image takes few hours, and there are few hundreds of them
  17. Big news! Today I reached the end of the script, and that means, that first retranslation phase is completed . Now I'd like to check first few chapters once more, and then hand it over to the editor. @Plk_Lesiak - would you like to try editing it? In the meantime I'll try to insert Japanese text into Renpy thus making JP Renpy version. And then, when English text is completed, I'll add it. Also, I'll try once more to make upscaled/smoothed set of images, but this time I'll do this manually, just recoloring them pixel by pixel - in order to retain original's pixel art f
  18. Well, my top-rated VNs are from KEY Other than KEY - I think I don't have any favorite brand. It depends more on writer than developer/publisher. Maybe I could say Pulltop, but I actually should say Konno Asta - and that includes titles he wrote/co-wrote for other publishers. I like art in Palette's VNs (Mashiroiro Symphony (which was great in other aspects as well), SakuSaku, Sakura Strasse). Sprite did only two VNs - Koichoco and Aokana. Both are great, but I think that's not enough to label them my favorite dev . The now defunct D.O. also had some nice titles years ag
  19. I just started PS2 version of Konneko. (Finished the rather short prologue) It's too early to tell where will it go, but the beginning was decent enough to make me continue
  20. Well - can't argue with that. However, there are some VNs where H-scenes are well placed, nicely written, and make the whole experience better. But this isn't one of them
  21. Try PS3 version, it's better (unless you need h-content no matter what )
  22. Two ancient moege VNs: PS2 edition of Konneko And one of early Purple Soft's titles - Akiiro Renka:
  23. And Aki's H-scene is done. 97% Now what is left is Seia's and Meimi's h-scenes, and short epilogues that accompany final CGs, right before credits. I don't like Seia's h-scene too much - it's perhaps at 7th place out of 8 - with the last place belonging to Shouko It feels like this scene exists only to satisfy readers with nun fetish I mean, the scene itself isn't that much different from all the others, and it even features some nice interactions, but the whole "fucking girl wearing nun robes in abandoned church" setting turns me off.
  24. Today I did two scenes - Shouko's which is perhaps the lamest one in the game, and Ruri's, which is the best one (as well as whole Ruri's route). 96% done.
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