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New to VN - No Nudity; Erotic Novel Style; Choices Matter


StrechTcloud
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Hi all,

Some Background:

I'm new to the genre of visual novels.  I did not see the appeal until I (*admits sheepishly*) played "Being a DIK" for the porn content and ended up completely engulfed in the writing and relationship building.  I have an education in Computer Science and have dabbled in game development for many years.  The design, writing, and programming bits are so much fun but my projects always halted when they became dependent on art assets.

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I'm interested in developing an adult VN.  I feel it is important to have sexual content, not for the porn aspect but for the build up and release of tension in the protagonists relationships.  It holds a surprising power over the player and is a form of taboo writing/reading that I think people may feel needlessly embarrassed to explore.  

My issue is that I do not want to create shitty erotic graphics that essentially ruin the sexual or romantic experience for the player.  Instead, I want to create visuals that are only specific to the background environment and then WRITE erotic scenes that leave much of the visual aspect to the players imagination.  Similar to how erotic novels set up a scene and go on to describe interactions between characters without systematically making explicit the position of each body part or motion.  

My questions to you, kind forum readers, is to what degree do you think there is interest in non-visual sexual content in an adult VN?  To me it kind of doesn't seem like playing this VN is distinct enough from simply reading an erotic story.  The game would still have meaningful character choices and branching story paths (plus other mechanics that make it a game and not just a reading exercise).  

Are there adult VN with non-visual sexual content you can recommend?  

I really want to develop stories, characters, relationships, and experiences that people are interested in without being dependent on high quality erotic graphics.

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41 minutes ago, StrechTcloud said:

My questions to you, kind forum readers, is to what degree do you think there is interest in non-visual sexual content in an adult VN?

Personally, I've never seen anybody asking for off-screen content. People usually want either or all-ages or 18+ stuff. There are age 15+ or 17+ rating in-between, but there's far less of those.

41 minutes ago, StrechTcloud said:

Are there adult VN with non-visual sexual content you can recommend?  

VNDB has a "Off Screen Sex Only" you can check out: vndb.org/g3247 Off-screen sex tend to happen in censored console ports or Steam versions of many popular 18+ titles too.

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10 hours ago, StrechTcloud said:

to what degree do you think there is interest in non-visual sexual content in an adult VN?

I would say as long as the characters and scenario is well written, Im sure it makes up for not having visuals

But if you feel like you are not up to par in the art department, there are many tools that can makeup that difference, such as Koikatsu

If you are willing to spend, you can try commissioning an artist

 

10 hours ago, StrechTcloud said:

Are there adult VN with non-visual sexual content you can recommend?  

almost all VNs with sexual content in them have at least an accompanying picture because its a "visual" novel after all

So will just share some examples from H games which I believe serve as good examples of having H scenes that are sexually gratifying and/or emotionally cathartic despite only being mostly text

 

NTRPG2 is known as one of the most infamous NTR games in the Western H game sphere despite only having no CGs, only character sprites. Most of the H scenes are really heartbreaking and emotionally draining to sit through.

 

Text based adventure games with well written and highly customisable H scenes:

EraMegaten

EraTohoK

 

 

 

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Black Sheep Town has a couple off screen sex, and 1 on-screen one. It works ok, because it's a minor part of the story and it's not a romantic story. The art is not that good anyway. Plus, the writer makes up for it with his writing in everything else,

It can work, but you'd be disadvantaging yourself for no reason. The visual part is a big part of what separates this medium from normal novels.

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