Auditions are currently open for Backstage Pass. Yes, this is a paid job. They close December 3rd, 2013, so you’ve got about two weeks to get these in. We’ve got a lot of characters to cast and about a gajillion extras, so if you’ve got a demo reel, be sure to send that in as well!
Backstage Pass Auditions
Hey look! Questions! And responses!
Is it okay to email Ayu-san?
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, but anyone who’s tried can tell you that’s probably the slowest way to get a response from me. Also, as much as I love every single one of you, I don’t have time to socialize online. Between working to get VNs out to you as soon as possible, and my other job, my social life barely has space to breathe. If you have a question about sakevisual you’d rather not ask in public, fire away. If you’re looking to chat, I probably won’t have time to respond. D:
Would it be possible for Backstage Pass to have the option of skipping the stat raising?
Ren’py has a built in skip function. If you turn it on (it’s in the options menu and the shortcut menu, so you should be able to find it pretty easily), you can basically fly through the stat raising bits. I use it pretty regularly when testing.
Do you mind giving a tips on how to become a good writer?
Write often. Read often. Read a variety of stuff. Write some more. Edit. Plan ahead and stick to the plan. Then try free writing and see where it takes you. Lots of artists carry a sketchbook around. Carry a writer’s version and use it to jot down ideas, snippets, things you experience or witness, or just bits of a story that come into your head. Leave your phone in your pocket. Look around you instead. If you’re feeling very bold, leave your phone at home (those texts can wait, right?). Share your work. You’re probably not far away from a writing group, and if you are, your local library would probably help you set up a closer one. Write some more.
Out of curiosity, what’s the character cast for Knight’s Errant? (Like Celina:???, etc)
Knight Errant is actually the series John just finished right before the events of Backstage Pass. His fellow cast members from that show are all back in the UK. He and Celina are in a pilot for a new show, but a lot of the story is being kept under wraps.
Sudden Jisei sale. o_o In case you haven’t heard, a super typhoon recently passed through the Philippines. It’s kind of scary for me, because I was just in the Philippines two weeks ago in some of the cities that the super typhoon passed through.
I’d like to help all our friends and fans in the Philippines, so to that end, all the money made from sakevisual sales this week (November 9-16, 2013) will be donated via Global Giving.
For anyone who’s new here, sakevisual has a series of supernatural murder mystery games: Jisei, Kansei, and Yousei. They’ve won awards and stuff, and I’ve been told the characters in it are sexy, so surely that’s a bonus. (Also, the art’s really nice and they’re fully voiced.)
If you’re strapped for cash, here’s a 15% off code: CKTE00028
It works on any or all of the games.
Jisei - The First Case - $10
Kansei - The Second Turn - $15
Yousei - The Third Investigation - $15
If you’d rather just donate directly, please check out Global Giving.
Stuff and Music and Stuff
Hey, it’s NaNoWriMo! It’s traditionally a month for the writing of novels, but a VN counts too! Is anyone going to join in this month?
Will most of your commercial games be voiced? I’m asking because I really like concept. and it helps that the voices picked for the games are really good.
To the best of our abilities, all our commercial games will be voiced.
Is it possible to make a Facebook page for Backstage Pass and link it to you? So that all the cool stuff can be found on one page. I am waiting for you to reply.
So far we don’t have any facebook pages for individual VNs. If there’s a significant demand for it, we can make a Backstage Pass page and keep it updated for you guys?
Will any of Sian’s friends (or Sian herself) acknowledge the age difference between Sian and John if they were to start dating?
It depends on the person. Some people won’t notice or care, and others will find it odd.
In the stat raising part of Backstage Pass, will there be a chance activities might fail and give you none/less stats than usual?
Stat raising is tied to health, so Sian’s stats will go up faster if she’s feeling better. Resting regularly is recommended.
Will Backstage Pass also have an opening theme like Jisei?
Yes! In fact…
So apparently i have the attention span of a cookie and only now noticed that BP’s opening theme will be sung by Junko Fujiyama and now I’m crying because oh my god I love her songs. Will we be getting a preview of it sometime before the game’s release? :3
Our friend Junko Fujiyama has composed the opening song for us. If you haven’t heard her work before, you can listen to her here. For clarity’s sake, the song is written by her, but it will be sung by Project Mili. However, we will also be releasing a J-rock edition performed by Junko herself with the OST. Since you asked, we’ll post a teaser sometime. : D
Will Backstage Pass have a special/limited edition upon release? And if it does, will it be available for worldwide shipping or only at cons? As a fan not from the US, I’d be very glad if I could buy it!
There will be a special edition that comes in a nice box with the OST, Adam Eaton’s CD, and a companion booklet. We’ll be offering international shipping as well. This is kind of experimental, so it will be a very limited edition. If it goes well, we might try more things like this in the future.
Has Sian been cast already or will her role be open for auditions?
There are a couple people we’re looking at. If none of them work out, she’ll be available for open auditions.
Hey! I remember seeing you mention there will birthday events for the guys in BP, so I was curious: when are their birthdays? Also, does Sian get her own birthday celebration too (and when is hers)?
All five of the main characters will have a birthday event.
Adam: October 8th
Benito: April 10th
John: June 6th
Matthew: July 25th
Sian: March 4th (Yes, that close to Derek’s)
Happy Halloween, sakefans! Here’s a little treat for all of you: Sian’s got a variety of Halloween costumes to choose from, and we asked on twitter and facebook which one you’d like to see. Magical Girl won the vote, so here’s Sian’s absolutely lovely magical girl costume for Halloween! Please look forward to seeing the rest of her costumes in the game. : D
Catch up Q&R!
So hey gang! It’s been a while! I’ve been out of the country and off the internet for two weeks, so we’ve got some questions and responses to catch up on!
Will we get to see Adam’s and Benito’s second CGs anytime soon…? ;v;
Adam’s is up now. : D Benito’s will be along soon.
Talking about Backstage Pass. Would you consider other methods of payment for people who don’t have a credit card (like me). I’ve heard that there’s a way you can pay with the money in your cellphone
We use BMTMicro as our payment processor, and they accept credit card, PayPal, Amazon gift cards, and even mailed in checks (I think). I haven’t heard about the cellphone thing, but I’ll look into it.
Is the beta testing still going to happen…? ;v;
Hi! Just wondering if you’ve already messaged the people chosen to beta test. Thanks! :)
It’s happening right now! The first group is done - we’ll probably be sending out 5-10 more invitations this week, and then more later on when we’re like 99.999999% done.
I am super interested in Backstage Pass (definitely buying it once it’s out) and I have a question!! ^o^ Do the boys interact with each other much? Will there be scenes where two or more of them are chilling with Sian or otherwise just talking together? I realize they’re all in different lines of work so maybe there isn’t much room for interaction or mingling between the different routes as you play each of them… just curious!
Depends on the guy. Adam and John have plenty of interaction since John is Adam’s producer. The other guys cross paths once in a while, but don’t really interact quite as much.
Have you considered doing a crossover between the Jisei series and BP? What if they had some sort of investigation to do at Sian’s studio and she has to diguise them with some wacky makeup? WHAT IF THEY NOTICE ADAM AND NAOKI SOUND ODDLY SIMILAR…?
I suspect Aki would try to launch a singing career for Naoki. >_>;;
Hello I was wondering if it’s all right to upload the screenshots/cgs revealed in the sakevisual tumblr to a korean visual novel forum as news? thank you!
Sure thing! We’d be honored if you shared our stuff. Please include a link back to us (either here or here).
Is there any chance that you have published a word count on some of your existing games? I’m working on planning out a game I want to make and want an estimate on what sort of game length corresponds to what number of words. Obviously it would vary, but I was hoping you had an estimate.
Game length isn’t entirely contingent on just word count. For instance, Yousei has a higher word count than Winter in Fairbrook, but it’s a faster game because it’s almost all reading, whereas Winter in Fairbrook has a stat raiser and a minigame. But the measure that I (and at least one other writer I know) tend to use is “Winter in Fairbrook”-lengths. Like “Hey, this is a short VN. It’s only half a Winter in Fairbrook.” Or “This is a very long game. It’s like seven Winter in Fairbrooks.” Winter in Fairbrook is somewhere around 42,000 words (I don’t recall the exact number). So there you go. I tend to measure game length by handing the finished (or nearly finished) file to people who’ve never seen it before and going “Play this.” That way I can account for things like how long the minigames take or the investigation period in the Jisei games.
Will you guys bring Wordcount Wednesday back sometime? I really liked that!
Oh, yeah. I keep forgetting about that. orz Sure!
Can we get some sort of progress bar on how far you guys are in Backstage Pass? Like Art X%, Voices Y%, Writing Z%? Don’t mean to to rush you guys up, I’m really just curious! I’m sure the game will be more than worth the wait~ uwu
The danger with a progress bar is that we might be 90% done, but that last 10% takes five years to finish (don’t panic - it won’t take five years), but I’ll do my best to give you an idea of where we’re at. In terms of art, the sprites are done and the GUI is nearly finished (just extra bits like the CG gallery and stuff left). Most of the backgrounds are done, so the main thrust is getting all the CGs complete. In terms of music, we’re pretty far along, with our composer basically adding new tracks if he sees any place where he thinks they might be necessary. First draft of writing is done, but I usually edit twice before the release. Voices are barely touched, because we can’t really do those until the writing is finalized. There’s some other stuff (minigames, extra interactivity, art for the physical release, and some other cool surprises) going on too, but for now I’d say we’re on track to finish sometime around the end of this year.