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Coterie ™
Genre: Adventure, RPG, Casual
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Oct 12, 2016 @ 10:41pm
Jan 29, 2017 @ 1:13pm
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Update Batch 01
Screenshots: I've added a few screenshots to illustrate the following updates. Backgrounds/Dialogue text are bound to change in final version.

Weather: I’ve incorporated weather (random and fixed) to area maps. Nothing super complicated or fancy… just chances for rain or snow to fall in the appropriate seasons and locations, with corresponding sprite changes. Somehow having perfectly dry characters standing in a rain storm didn’t seem right.

Dialogue/Choices/CG: A pretty basic update. Most of this past month has been a lot of back end stuff and prototyping (writing, menus, gallery, field maps), I however have started re-designing the GUI. This of course means I ditched half the customization I've done, but that's ok, starting fresh was a good thing and I think the end result is better. [Text is pretty placeholdery just to have something to show. You can still jump in the ocean if you want though.]

Field Maps: ...simply put are explorable areas!

~ Harle

Coterie™ is a Visual Novel-RPG hybrid done in a true "Choose Your Own Adventure" style, inspired by the book series and classic 2D character portrait JRPG series.

You are Zhen, a Cardsmith sent to join The Heroes on the frontlines as they take on the latest Dark Lord - The Dreaded Demon of the North! Or so you had hoped... Instead, you are suckered into helping a random stranger convinced to help your newest best friend form the Coterie - a growing guild of misfit adventurers. Their mission: support The Heroes! ... From the backlines. The far, far backlines. It may not be glamorous work, but you have to start somewhere. Will you be stuck doing their scrub work for the rest of your career? It's up to you to change your fates... and maybe even become the Heroes yourselves.

Adventure! Friendship! Romance?! Journey across the Eastern Continent of S'en Lucere as you complete quests, gain guild renown, and make friends (or not). And who knows, you may even meet a god or two along the way.

Male/Female Protagonist
    Play as either gender of Zhen (re-nameable), each with their own unique character interactions, events, and endings.

Choices matter
    Unique story paths will unfold and change based on your decisions (I dare you to be a jerk to everyone).

Affinity System
    A point based relationship system that allows characters to form bonds with each other, adding additional benefits & content such as character events, battle bonuses, and new skills. (Don't worry, you don't have to woo anyone you don't want to, in fact you can all just be friends/frenemies - Friend Events and Romance Events are separate, and based purely on Affinity.)

    Party members chat with each other, providing additional dialogue and party interactions outside of the main story

Romance Options
    For everyone. [GxB] [GxG] [BxG] [BxB] [or none at all for the lone wolves out there.]

No Invisible Speakers
    Every NPC has a unique character portrait and name - yes, even Male Guards 1 & 2 have been promoted.

Additional features
    ...such as Explorable Maps, Turn-based Combat, Monster Hunts, & more.

General Info
    Genre: RPG-VN, Fantasy, Adventure . . . with a splash of Otome/Galge
    Status: In early production
    Demo: Planned for Feb/Mar 2017
    Estimated Release: Winter 2017
    Will be: Commercial
    Price: TBD
    Rating: Pending. Currently planned for "Teen - May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language."

Open to questions / comments / suggestions
    Ask me anything! There will be plenty more updates and content shared in the coming months, but if you're curious about something now, feel free to ask and I'll try to answer (or answer around it if it's super secret or spoilerish!)

    Have comments or suggestions? It's ok, be honest! I am open to constructive criticism. Part of the reason for me sharing in early production is for the feedback!

Thank you for your time and interest, please stay tuned,
<3 Harle
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UNKNOWN Oct 16, 2016 @ 9:03am 
sounds good id play
Chubs Oct 16, 2016 @ 5:11am 
Looks pretty interesting. I'd give it a look over when some gameplay comes out and probably get it if I have the dosh lying around.
Harle  [author] Oct 16, 2016 @ 5:06am 
@ Tp Hl Nepu ► Understandable! I'm currently touching up some GUI elements so I can at least add some screenshots of the prototype soon. Granted, different gameplay mechanic screenshots will be introduced in phases. And thanks!

@ ► 2nd person address with 1st person responses to choices (kind of like DnD, with GM and player)

@ [dM]Tengarnos ► I had to look that up lol, I can kinda see it a little with colors and the bangs. Hopefully that's not a bad thing?

@ Cat ► Thanks :3
Tp Hl Nepu Oct 16, 2016 @ 4:10am 
But over all concept seems interesting.
Tp Hl Nepu Oct 16, 2016 @ 4:09am 
Its kinda hard to rate nor vote this as the screenshots dont show gameplay Oct 15, 2016 @ 12:01pm 
which type of rpg? top down? first person? third person?
[Lotus]Tengarnos Oct 15, 2016 @ 7:25am 
Female Zhen remembers me hard on IA from Vocaloid xD
Harle  [author] Oct 15, 2016 @ 1:01am 
@ Sniperino: Definitely! Video will be included once ready. Things are still in early production; I'll add a Status/Progress section in the meantime. Thanks
=^.^= Pumpshotgun Kitty Overbeck Oct 14, 2016 @ 10:33pm 
I like the idea
A Hetero Cis White Male Oct 14, 2016 @ 4:49pm 
Needs video