Updated the fan art, character art, and character profiles in the original post of this thread!
As for Shepherds of Haven (and for any alpha testers out there who are reading this), I know it’s taking a while to get the alpha up and running! I want to thank you for your patience, as everyone’s been very understanding and kind about the delay. I only want to open the thread when I have a big, juicy, substantial update to give you to sink your teeth into. I do think the foundational groundwork for the game has finally been all laid out, but things have been busier than I anticipated with studying for law school and various social events (a string of birthdays, holidays, out-of-town visits, and sicknesses all packed together). I also needed more of a break than I anticipated to get me out of the headspace of We Have Always Been Here and back into Blest!
I did write out a lot of Chapter 1 of the game, but at the moment I’m just not happy with it. It’s hard to write a chapter that propels the story forward but has lots of choices that don’t either derail the narrative or feel like filler: I want every choice and scene to be meaningful, but also not so off-the-tracks that I lose grasp of the plot in my desire to give you as many options as possible.
What this means is that 1) I probably need to rein in the ‘filler’ choices and stick to more major ones that will alter the plot in huge ways, maybe going back in and adding the minor stuff after the fact. It also probably means that 2) I’ll most likely set aside Chapter 1 for now and come back to it when I have fresh eyes.
That means I’ve moved on to Chapter 2 (meeting Chase and Riel) and will hopefully have more success at getting it finished. But that also means that when I do have material to show you, it’ll be out of order! Would you rather:
- wait longer to have a complete update of chapter 1 and 2 in order
- get updates faster, even though they’ll be out of order
This applies to demo readers as well as alpha testers, since the demo will probably go on til around chapter 6 (the chapter after everyone has finally been recruited). I also think I may add another chapter/mission or two to the main story, so hooray for more content?
Thank you everybody for your thoughts and your patience, and Happy Valentine’s Day!