Hong Kong Blood Opera (WIP) OPEN BETA 206,000 words (added 6k to chapters 2 and 3 Sept 7th)

modern-fantasy
gender-choice

#181

I can’t believe I didn’t notice this for so long. I love 1980’s Hong Kong (and Japanese and Taiwanese) action/crime movies!

I only have one question from my quick glance I noticed the mc can only be attracted to or at least get involved with girls during their youth/childhood. Can we in fact play as a gay guy in this work?


#182

There should be saves option in this


#183

Yes there are three male ROs but they need more development in the early game. Thank you for raising that.


#184

Thanks it seemed to me that this game was straight orientation locked. Glad to see my first impressions were mistaken.
Okay upon returning to Hong Kong when it comes to clothing options, since this is set in the modern day I was a little surprised you listed Don Johnson in Miami Vice as one of the options. Still it is an homage to the 1980’s I suppose… (For a young guy like the mc it’s at least 30 years out of date by this point though. Now the dad, our dear departed dad, is someone I could see as never really having gotten past this look in wardrobe choices).:sweat_smile:

My mc though would far prefer Andy Lau’s outfits in fulltime killer as far as over-the-top flamboyant (and cool) clothing options go




#185

Where dose this game end to


#186

Awesome. I totally need to update the wardrobe


#187

You can’t play the end in the demo. There’s gangster endings, cop buddy endings, a heist, Chinese urban fantasy/ghost story ending, journalism and martial arts mayhem. Those are the main types of ending and there’s quite a few variants and minor goals as well.


#188

No fast boys, fast cars ending? I mean my mc is no slouch with guns or martial arts, apparently but his main passion seems to be cool cars and other toys for boys. :grin:

Okay that might come close.

Yep, I totally like Andy’s wardrobe in that movie, particularly the colored leather clothes. :sunglasses:
It definitely won’t make the mc go unnoticed but then I assume that is the point in choosing the cooler/more flamboyant options in the first place.


#189

There are chase scene options about all over the place.


#190

Good to know. :+1: I haven’t ventured much past the mc’s youth and return to Hong Kong. Wardrobe selection is as far as I have gotten thus far.

Okay spotted something, we can apparently introduce our mc’s to one of father’s shady acquiantances before we actually get to name our mc’s. So it looks like this:
"Hello I’m [name] " "He doesn’t answer right away. There’s an uncomfortable silence while she surveys you and Baiyu. You feel like you’re being sized up. "

And here’s another one:

*selectable_if (crazy > 44) Climb in through the sunroof and politely ask for a lift.

A tiny typo here:

It’s an intimate space that is mostly full. There’s room for a few mmore. more

Slightly unconventional but very stylish and understand. I think the word you’re looking for is understated.

(*hideif chips <250000)Call and raise another fifty grand

"You’re Your father was in deep shit with a lot of gangsters. Football hooligan who landed some hard doors in London.

The driver breaks brakes hard, it’s doors open and frantic people jump out.

And a more serious error here:

“I’m Brandon. Thanks for coming.” You say.

She raises an eyebrow. “You’re related to the deceased?”

“Yes I’m his daughter.” Should be son in my mc’s case.


#191

I am going to speak to some of my gay friends. I only live in the gayest neighborhood in the UK so it’s not hard to get some advice on gay romance. Any feedback or advice is welcome.


#192

I was going to suggest a crush on Jet Fai for my boy racer but then I learned he’s my mc’s long lost brother :sweat_smile:
My mc other crush would probably have been Spin, so getting to prioritize spending time with him over Donnie in the childhood parts would be nice. Hmmm…what else, if my mc had a crush on him from childhood he’d have probably tried to keep tabs on the guy at least through the publicly available media and the internet. So a gay mc interested in the guy likely already knows about his briefly super-successful game company and him making a fortune at 25 and also that he lost it again. Lastly if my mc always had a crush on the guy and had reason to suspect it was in fact reciprocated he’d be far more angry that Spin never bothered to respond to any of his emails or possibly even old-fashioned snail mail letters (probably during the time he had his succesful company so my mc could have at least tried to send a letter to the office address).

Also looking forward to the updated wardrobe choices (particularly for male mc of course). :+1:
In addition to the over the top flamboyant and supremely cool outfits Andy Lau wears in that assassin flick you cannot go wrong with the nicely tailed suit for the less flamboyant occasions. Stuff like this. Since the game notes the mc is (or at least used to be) a “rich kid” some of those styles might suit him and they’d be more up to date than Don Johnson’s Miami Vice style. :wink:
Or simply the sports coats with some designer pants/jeans and a (polo) shirt for the more casual sort of look.

Of course, all gay guys are different and even some on these forums scarcely care about fashion. Looking at thee oh watcher of colourful avians. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
But then you already cater to that crowd within the current options.


#193

Hmm I wrote stuff about Spin that covers most of the points you mentioned. Where did it go? I’ll have to go fishing in my text files. Thanks for pointing that out.

I’m also considering fleshing out Brad a bit more and developing him as an RO.

The male ROs need a lot more work. Ack.


#194


Went to the funeral as a male


#195

Ooops, forgot to update that variable from default on gender selection. That variable defaults to “daughter”. I missed a trick there.

Thank you very much for raising that. I’ll get that fixed with the next update.


#196

@Jose_Garcia Thanks for the update.

So... bugs?

This was awkward. Maybe change the sentence? Can’t give an example though :persevere:


This choice was repeated twice in my gameplay. The scene was when Donnie and I went to the bar to save the hostages.

And this one happened after the scene where Baiyu woke up and left the hospital.


#197

Most of them are cleared out. I should have a working open beta at the end of the month that plays through to the end so if you played it recently you might want to save yourself for that.

The game right now plays through to chapter 8 or 9 most of the time. After that it will definitely crash.

What I’m currently doing is fleshing out all the romantic paths, bromance, love triangles, betrayls and redemptions in the character arcs.

I’m also bumping up an exotic minor character into a male RO.

The endings need a lot of work before they’re playable as well.

I’m currently in cram mode to get a working Beta at the end of the month.


#198

Hello everybody,

Thanks again to everyone for their feedback and encouragement it means a lot to me.

Currently I’m in the home stretch and hoping to get this game into Open Beta. The project is currently at 180,000 words and I’m hoping to eventually increase that to 220,000+ by the time the Beta is complete.

I am already starting to sketch out my next project. I’m not doing any writing yet just outlining. I wanted to do a quick poll.

British Blood Opera: Set in England in the early 90s during the start of the rave scene. Become a superstar DJ, embroil in the occult, or go Lock, Stock and Two Smoking barrels style. This game will focus on London and the South East of England with forays to a community of British expats in the south of Spain where things are a bit of a cross between a British gangster film and JG Ballards Cocaine nights.

Frank (your MC’s father), Bollywood, The Black Fan and The Crane will all be in this game as NPCs.

A straight up sequel to Hong Kong Blood Opera

Old timey prequel covering the birth of the Hong Kong Triads, the birth of modern science (starring Annie Jump Cannon and the computers) and a secret society of Kung Fu assassins. This is essentially the same genre but with more of a focus on worldbuilding than Hong Kong Blood Opera. I’m not thrilled about worldbuilding to be honest as I am concerned that energy spent on that will throw me off the pace. I’d rather just focus on action and romance. But the time period is interesting and the story elements available are very compelling.[poll type=number min=1 max=10 step=1]

  • British Blood Opera
  • Straight up Sequel
  • Early 20th Century Period

0 voters


#199

I actually enjoy your world building. It is one of your strengths in my opinion. ymmv.


#200

Thank you for your kind words.

With contemporary Hong Kong my job is pretty easy. All I have to do is describe and the reader infers the rest. For a period piece this won’t do. I’d have to explain the setting in a way that I don’t have to in my current WIP.

The Wuxia style (in China this genre is primarily written) of writing doesn’t lend itself well to world building in my opinion. Whenever I read world building in wuxia it “feels” boring and a bit wrong. But I’m sure extensive world building in this genre is doable and rewarding just a bit challenging. I’m not sure the risk or the increased is worth the payoff though at this stage of my career as I’m still very inexperienced.