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Angela DeMille

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  1. It's been a little while, but public release day is upon us once again~ In terms of new writing, there's admittedly not much to offer this month, with an alternate ending for Sayori's route and a small extension of Nozomi's reversal path the main additions. However, there's been several rewritten scenes this time around. Mainly this concerns the opening parts of the game and is intended to characterize Kyou as more deluded and socially awkward while toning down the sociopathy when it comes to his thoughts and actions early on. It's still a bit of a work in progress but I hope it improves on the original script. On the art side of things, Hiroko's tennis friend on her route now has a sprite and a name change~ Risa (formerly Kasumi) has a bigger role in Hiroko's route than either of the other main girls, so I really wanted to give her a visual presence in the game. She looks great, and will probably make a few more appearances if I find the opportunity~ Nozomi's sprite now has a second pose, in line with the other girls. It's nice that she doesn't have to directly face the camera (and therefore Kyou :p) all the time now. As ever, you can find this month's release in PC, Linux, Mac and Android versions, on my Patreon or itch.io pages. And that about sums up this month's updates. Join us in the new year as I turn the art focus to filling out the CG library, along with adding what writing I can during the holiday period. What's New (December 14th 2019) Significant rewriting of the script concerning Kyou's motivation. Main areas this affected were: Opening scenes leading up to the first choice and aftermath, much of the Delusion route, the Nozomi route's café scene and the early scenes of the Villainous route You can now refuse Sayori's request at the end of her route, leading to a different ending Replaced one of the music tracks with a new tune: The triumphant theme that sometimes plays when Kyou feels he's majorly succeeded at something New pose added for Nozomi's sprite New sprite added for Risa (formerly Kasumi). She appears frequently during Hiroko's route Rewrote most of the back half of the Villainous Robot path's second ending (obtained by arranging to meet Sayori at Nozomi's house) Written functional dialogue for Nozomi's Reversal route, up to about halfway through the fourth day Made some more tweaks to a few of the conversations along Hiroko's route Fixed a bug on Nozomi's path where Kyou testing his theory on her to the full and taking responsibility led to the game jumping to Hiroko's ending and then crashing Word count is now over 127,500 Numerous general typo/grammatical corrections Known Issue Nozomi's sprite fails to appear for one line during Sayori's route, on the third day
  2. Hey, gang! This month's public release includes a ton of bits and bobs added to the game since last time, with the highlights being new CGs (all three girls have one now) and one all-new path, via the villainous side of things where Kyou adopts a more pragmatic form of villainy. I have mixed feelings about it, but see what you think~ There's also been a ton of revisions to the existing script as I try to make sure the older written story paths read more coherently amongst the newer stuff, as well as some other things that might make routes you've previously read worth re-reading~ I've detailed the changes in the notes below. Next month's gonna be... almost Christmas, geez, I've been working on this thing in earnest for nearly a year! But yes, holiday season. I'm getting busy so there probably won't be as much to show over the next couple months, but there'll be something for sure! As ever, you can find this month's release in PC, Linux, Mac and Android versions, on my Patreon or itch.io pages. What's New (November 9th 2019) New path added to Villainous Route: Sleeper Agent - Playable from start to end with two possible conclusions Included the first scene of the Consensual Nozomi Reversal path New CG set featuring Sayori, which replaces the sprite art in several scenes, mostly during her consent route New CG featuring Hiroko, which can be found during her consent route New pose added for Hiroko's sprite Punched up some of the dialogue in the Villainous Devoted path, and slightly expanded several scenes to make them a good bit meaner Tweaked some of the dialogue in the Delusion (formerly Non-Consent) route and added some extra lines. In particular Hiroko has more unique lines instead of reading too much off of Sayori's script during the confrontation scene with Kyou Among other things, added a third option when deciding what to call the girls in the Villainous Robot path, which ups the dehumanization aspect even more Corrected quite a few typos and grammatical errors on Hiroko's route, and added a few extra lines here and there Made a number of other minor changes in to all routes. Mostly animation changes to take advantage of Hiroko's improved sprite, but a number of little textual changes were made as well, mostly Hiroko's lines so they seem more in-character for her Modified a number of character expressions across all routes to better fit the lines being spoken; Hiroko's lines in particular Added a couple more background images to accommodate the Villainous Spy/Sleeper Agent path A number of text edits across the board, acknowledging more recent character developments in later-written routes Hiroko's height has been reduced slightly on her new sprite Fixed an animation bug that occurred during Nozomi's consent route if you chose not to respect her boundaries Word count is now over 121,000 General typo/grammatical corrections
  3. New public release day is upon us again. Yaaaay \o/ You can find this release, in PC, Linux, Mac and Android flavours, on my Patreon or itch.io pages. Been really excited about showing this one off to folks as it's another BIG expansion, increasing the game's total written content by about a third from last month and pushing Penlight's word count above 100,000 for the first time. It's even bigger than the villainous update I was crowing about the other month, and that was pretty big! And in contrast to the villainous update, this one's a lot more wholesome, with both of Nozomi's friends getting to star in their own routes and enjoy/suffer Kyou's involvement in their lives~ The art upgrades this month have appropriately focused on the friends as well, with both girls getting sprite makeovers. There's more work needing to be done, but it's really nice to be able to see them all line up together in their new looks for the first time ^.^ So yeah, I hope you folks enjoy this one! November's update will see some fixes regarding the consistency of the game as a whole, another new story path and some new CGs. Bye for now~ What's New (October 12th 2019) - Sayori Consensual Route - Work in progress, playable route from start to finish, with one alternate, partly-written path - Hiroko Consensual Route - Work in progress, playable linear route from start to finish - Sayori's sprite has been significantly upgraded with a full range of outfits, expressions and an additional pose - New Hiroko sprite with one pose and a complete range of outfits - Hiroko's nametag colour has been tweaked to a different shade of pink, matching her hair in line with the other leading ladies - Added more CG assets, allowing for many scenes along Nozomi's consensual route to be depicted in this style - A few new sound effects added to accommodate the new Hiroko route - You can now switch the game sprites between the new and old versions at any time by visiting the game menu, preferences and choosing "New" or "Old" under Sprite Style - Word count is now over 106,000! - As usual, made some more little script tweaks and spelling/grammar corrections here and there on the existing text
  4. Hey, everyone! I wanted to mention that a new public release of the game has been made available today. Highlights include upgraded sprite art for two of the main characters, the first CG and two additional story paths for the existing consensual and villainous routes. Full update notes below. I also want to say thank you for the interest shown thus far! However, I can understand not wanting to play the game in its current state, not just because some of the existing writing is likely to get revised later on, but also certain decisions are going to have a lot more weight to them for a new reader once there are fully fleshed-out alternatives available. What's New (September 14th 2019): Nozomi's new sprite has been updated with a full range of outfits New initial sprite art for Sayori (limited functionality) First CG has been inserted into the game, depicting the start of the game's two darker routes New path added for Nozomi's consensual route, starting from the third day New alternate choice added for the Villainous route along the robot path, leading to a very different conclusion Added a secondary character to accommodate the Villainous route additions Nozomi's consensual route ending has been slightly expanded Removed Kyou's side sprite (Did he ever need one?) Two new music tracks added. One for the title screen and a few of Kyou's bedroom scenes, and a creepy one for the new robot path ending, because it wasn't quite creepy enough already... Fixed a bug in Nozomi's consensual route where Nozomi's hypnosis trigger was being overwritten Fixed another bug in Nozomi's consensual route where Sayori always talks about Nozomi forgetting a number while giving her rundown of events in day 6, even if you changed Nozomi's name instead. Nozomi's and Sayori's nametags have had their colours altered slightly, matching their new sprite's hair colours Kyou's nametag colour has been changed to green to more clearly set his speaking lines apart from the others Word count is now almost 74,000 (up from about 63,000 in the previous release) Miscellaneous spelling and grammar corrections and script tweaks
  5. With the end of his high school career approaching, Kyou Koyama is a friendless and troubled young man. However, having recently taken an interest in hypnosis, he supposes he can salvage his relationships with his classmates using the power of suggestion. With the help of a modified penlight of his own design, he sets out the change his world, one class rep at a time... Penlight is a visual novel set in a high-school with a heavy hypnosis/brainwashing kink theme. While still in early development, the current release is fully playable from start to finish. It should be noted that all characters featured in the game are in their senior year of high school and are over 18 years of age. Content warning: Occasional nudity, bad language, sexual themes Download: Free releases available via my Patreon or itch.io Flowchart guide showing all the available story paths (spoilers) Current public release: December 14th 2019 Next public release due on January 11th 2020 Currently Features: Around 127,500 words Three main routes, playable from start to end, with at least one consequential choice for each Two additional, currently linear routes Hypnosis & Mind Control (Consenting and non-consenting) Mild D/s Dehumanization Petplay Personality alteration Male protagonist Four female characters 2D Animé-style art Latest Update Notes (December 14th 2019) Significant rewriting of the script concerning Kyou's motivation. Main areas this affected were: Opening scenes leading up to the first choice and aftermath, much of the Delusion route, the Nozomi route's café scene and the early scenes of the Villainous route You can now refuse Sayori's request at the end of her route, leading to a different ending Replaced one of the music tracks with a new tune: The triumphant theme that sometimes plays when Kyou feels he's majorly succeeded at something New pose added for Nozomi's sprite New sprite added for Risa (formerly Kasumi). She appears frequently during Hiroko's route Rewrote most of the back half of the Villainous Robot path's second ending (obtained by arranging to meet Sayori at Nozomi's house) Written functional dialogue for Nozomi's Reversal route, up to about halfway through the fourth day Made some more tweaks to a few of the conversations along Hiroko's route Fixed a bug on Nozomi's path where Kyou testing his theory on her to the full and taking responsibility led to the game jumping to Hiroko's ending and then crashing Word count is now over 127,500 Numerous general typo/grammatical corrections Known Issue Nozomi's sprite fails to appear for one line during Sayori's route, on the third day Please note that I tagged the game 18+ on my Patreon and Itch.io pages, more because of the non-consenting mind control that some might find objectionable rather than the presence of any explicit NFSW content. The content is probably more PEGI 16 / ESRB M were it rated for audiences. Support The Project Penlight is very much a work in progress. Over time I intend to improve the game's writing, art and audio into a more complete game with multiple story branches and additional choices that yield interesting consequences for the player. Check in every second Saturday of each month for a new public release with updated content! While I'm confident I can make a functioning and enjoyable visual novel on a super limited budget, any funding I do get will be invested into making a higher quality product. If you would like to make a contribution, please visit my Patreon and consider pledging ($5 and over patrons get access to new content up to 4 weeks ahead of the free releases). Comments and feedback are welcome, too. I appreciate any support!
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