doing the geometry for the text boxes was kind fun, but the hard part is gonna be finding a font that's both free and doesn't look like ass
the hardest part of this to make so far? Centering Diamond's name in that little box.
real talk, game dev has been wrinkling my brain in some good ways
*now* we're a visual novel
getting all the interesting technical challenges out of the way so I have more time to fuck around with shit like "choosing an aspect ratio"
me as a kid: i'm gonna be an astronaut or something when I grow up
me as an adult: which kind of rectangle is best. is it slightly wide or very wide
pros of 4:3: basically a square, remember standard def television, text might be easier to read
pros of 16:9: widescreen is cool, fullscreens better on modern monitors, there's a "69" in there
when the psyche locks are about to kick in
alright, I gotta go to bed. Follow your dreams, dears.
i must be on the right track because this picture of Bird Call has extreme "Ace Attorney character before they realize they're the one on trial here" energy
"I'll make a visual novel. It can't be that hard, right?"
These screenshots make Bird Call look like more of a dumbass than she is, but she's currently trapped in the computer, unable to wreak revenge.
hyphenation is one of those "if you do it right, nobody will notice, but if you do it wrong, everybody will" things.
@BestGirlGrace i love what you're doing here but I do need to tell you: this post is best without context
@LilyVers yeah, i'm kinda glad for all the people not reading the rest of the thread and just enjoying this post on its own
Me: I need to make the game and worry about these details later.
Also me: What if someone is using a vertical monitor??
@diffractie "Ah, shit, what do I do if someone's monitor isn't exactly 16:9. I gotta figure out how to center the screen and draw stuff in the margins so it looks okay."
@BestGirlGrace pros of 420:69: basically unreadable, requires like three monitors or one very expensive one, but, *nice*
@BestGirlGrace now I'm thinking about what kind of game would work well in this format
@BestGirlGrace i am so excited to play this one day
@dankwraith just for this, i'm making this game extra good
@BestGirlGrace Do you want me to refer you to people who can help you with that? (I know the team behind the upcoming V3)
@Canageek this is mostly a joke (hyphenation is a known Hard Problem), but, you know, the LaTeX folks are cool regardless of whether I need their hyphenation opinions.
@BestGirlGrace The TeX stack exchange community has them all. People who have found bugs in Knuth's code, people writing LaTeX3, people who ran LaTeX in their printer as the printer has a more powerful... also super friendly, they pride themselves on being the most friendly stack exchange
@BestGirlGrace (Check out the chat room)
Stack Exchange has fallen, tangent
@Canageek @BestGirlGrace the extremely long journey of reading can start with the links at https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/162102/monica-cellio
@BestGirlGrace i think a fairly standard practice for a while was just to have a dictionary of words with predefined acceptable hyphenation points in them
@BestGirlGrace TGS hyphenation where you can hyphenate a word at any point but you have to pronounce it as written
@BestGirlGrace It's OK, if the hyphens are wrong, just say it's for poetic affect.
a) is this a VN with bird law?
b) will it be free software?
@bootie_fringe in that you defend a bird in court, yes
the engine is open source, the VN is going to at least be pay what you want
> the VN is going to at least be pay what you want
I am interested in free as in licensing, not free as in not paying … would a customer get the source code under a free software license?
@bootie_fringe The source code is on my github and licensed under the GPL right now, yes
@BestGirlGrace that's nice!
@BestGirlGrace I’d suggest going with 16:9 (nice ) because *everyone’s* screens are going wide these days — but! reduce the width of the dialog box so that it fits about the same amount of text in a line that a printed novel does, for readability.
Don't let the name fool you. All the pornography here is legal, and much of it is hand-written. No fascists, no bigots.