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Obscura Makes A Game

Making a gay dating sim called "Coming Out On Top".
Content is 18+ and NSFW.
Apr 16 '14

One of These Kids Is Doing His Own Thing

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Poor Phil. You know you can’t have beards in the U.S. military, right? (Leaving it as an unlockable option in the game…thank you wonderful person who suggested it!)

Anyway, the status of this game is: there’s still a lot of work to do, but IT WILL GET FINISHED! I uploaded a short build for Kickstarter backers and for EVERYONE ELSE: I’ll have a public demo later this month that introduces all the boys.

So far the build’s been getting good feedback. SO MANY THANKS to the backers for their valuable advice, suggestions, fearless bug testing, and overall awesomeness.  

Now for some much overdue Q&A after the cut!  (Sorry I’ve been so slow with these responses!  I spent the last two months trying to get as much of the game done as possible, and sometimes that cuts back on updates.)

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Apr 7 '14
Ha.  Trying to recode a particular screen caused this bug, where a bearded ginger mysteriously appears out of nowhere.  
(Mark is totally talking about something else, as my testers know.)
Update: still hammering out the bugs in this build.  I’ll be posting a major update in a few days.

Ha.  Trying to recode a particular screen caused this bug, where a bearded ginger mysteriously appears out of nowhere.  

(Mark is totally talking about something else, as my testers know.)

Update: still hammering out the bugs in this build.  I’ll be posting a major update in a few days.

Mar 14 '14
Hi Obscura!
So last month, I was going back through your Tumblr posts, reading about the other characters, and about the ability to toggle certain physical attributes on and off. I got inspired and started thinking about all the different variations there would be of each character, especially Jed, with his tattoos and all. Well, I sort of got a bit carried away… I stole borrowed two images of him from here, put them into Photoshop, and made an animated physical-attribute-combo-rotating gif for you! Yay fan-art!
*DISCLAIMER* Of course, this probably isn’t a realistic representation of what the finished game will actually allow us to toggle (no individual earring toggles and such) but it was fun to kind of play dress up with Jed and visualise the various combinations.
P.S. I got your images from these posts:http://obscurasoft.tumblr.com/post/71631458316/http://obscurasoft.tumblr.com/post/57118678928/
Keep up the hard work, you’re doing a great job and you’re nearly almost there! I look forward to hearing more exciting news next month! :)

Hi Obscura!

So last month, I was going back through your Tumblr posts, reading about the other characters, and about the ability to toggle certain physical attributes on and off. I got inspired and started thinking about all the different variations there would be of each character, especially Jed, with his tattoos and all. Well, I sort of got a bit carried away… I stole borrowed two images of him from here, put them into Photoshop, and made an animated physical-attribute-combo-rotating gif for you! Yay fan-art!

*DISCLAIMER* Of course, this probably isn’t a realistic representation of what the finished game will actually allow us to toggle (no individual earring toggles and such) but it was fun to kind of play dress up with Jed and visualise the various combinations.

P.S. I got your images from these posts:
http://obscurasoft.tumblr.com/post/71631458316/
http://obscurasoft.tumblr.com/post/57118678928/

Keep up the hard work, you’re doing a great job and you’re nearly almost there! I look forward to hearing more exciting news next month! :)

Mar 8 '14

Coming Out On Top Update

This is where I get really high-tech and show you how I use the most advanced technology to fix a part of Coming Out On Top that’s been giving me problems.  (See above.)   BTW, I highly recommend index cards to writers.  Though I don’t recommend stepping on push pins and doing the dance of pain in view of your puzzled dogs (unless you’re into that.)

Progress report: A test version is going to the Kickstarter forum on April 1st.  By that point I have should have a good idea of what I’ve got left to do!

Some Q&A below!

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Feb 19 '14
Phil has been a lot of fun to write.  
I don’t have a ship date yet for Coming Out On Top but the next beta will be going to my testers on April 1st.  That’s not an April fool’s joke.  Yes, things are progressing (slowly, I know, I know, guy-yelling-in-the-back!!!) 
I’ve been rewriting a number of scenes in addition to the clean up work I’m doing.  Why?  Some scenes failed to meet certain, exacting standards I hold as writer.  Namely, the “are you going to be into this part of the story or checking your goddamn device” test?  (Though I guess getting 100% of someone’s attention is a miracle, in this day and age, eh?  God I hope you’re not reading this post while you’re driving home from-LOOKOUT FOR THAT CYCLIST!!!)
In any case, please relieve yourselves in the meantime with a bubble bath/candlelight/jazz combo while I labor over the ongoing challenge of how to entertain you. 
Much love to you all. <3
http://obscurasoft.com/

Phil has been a lot of fun to write.  

I don’t have a ship date yet for Coming Out On Top but the next beta will be going to my testers on April 1st.  That’s not an April fool’s joke.  Yes, things are progressing (slowly, I know, I know, guy-yelling-in-the-back!!!) 

I’ve been rewriting a number of scenes in addition to the clean up work I’m doing.  Why?  Some scenes failed to meet certain, exacting standards I hold as writer.  Namely, the “are you going to be into this part of the story or checking your goddamn device” test?  (Though I guess getting 100% of someone’s attention is a miracle, in this day and age, eh?  God I hope you’re not reading this post while you’re driving home from-LOOKOUT FOR THAT CYCLIST!!!)

In any case, please relieve yourselves in the meantime with a bubble bath/candlelight/jazz combo while I labor over the ongoing challenge of how to entertain you. 

Much love to you all. <3

http://obscurasoft.com/

Feb 14 '14

identicaltwinhalfbrother asked:

oh come on, Mark and Ian are totally singing "Wannabe" Ala the spice girls.

O_o

Feb 14 '14
Just a sketch of Mark and Ian singing you a power ballad for Valentine&#8217;s Day!  Not sure what they&#8217;re singing.  All I know is that there should be a police car behind them since Ian&#8217;s trying to hit a high note with his eyes shut.
Some More Q&amp;A for Coming Out On Top

Would you consider making it possible for your players to create their own characters, give them their own stories, and turn them into add-ons?

This is already happening for two generous Kickstarter backers, and the additional dates that are being voted on by the members of the forum.  All of these will be add ons after the game is released!
As for additional player made characters, whew&#8230;it&#8217;s going to be a while before all this goes out the door first.  :)

you should totally make a tutorial on how you draw your characters once the game&#8217;s all done (take your time, though, you&#8217;re doing so well!)


Aw, thank you!  As you can see I can barely draw own my characters, HAHA!  They take me a lot of time!  Hopefully I&#8217;ll be good enough one day to be put together a tutorial.

Enjoy your weekend my dears! 

Back to work for me!  Lots of crazy scenes to tackle next ;).

Just a sketch of Mark and Ian singing you a power ballad for Valentine’s Day!  Not sure what they’re singing.  All I know is that there should be a police car behind them since Ian’s trying to hit a high note with his eyes shut.

Some More Q&A for Coming Out On Top

Would you consider making it possible for your players to create their own characters, give them their own stories, and turn them into add-ons?

This is already happening for two generous Kickstarter backers, and the additional dates that are being voted on by the members of the forum.  All of these will be add ons after the game is released!

As for additional player made characters, whew…it’s going to be a while before all this goes out the door first.  :)

you should totally make a tutorial on how you draw your characters once the game’s all done (take your time, though, you’re doing so well!)
Aw, thank you!  As you can see I can barely draw own my characters, HAHA!  They take me a lot of time!  Hopefully I’ll be good enough one day to be put together a tutorial.
Enjoy your weekend my dears! 
Back to work for me!  Lots of crazy scenes to tackle next ;).
Feb 7 '14

The Sort of Biweekly Q&A Segment for Coming Out On Top

It’s been a long week of fixing, polishing, and rewriting stuff.  I’m really pleased how things are looking, though progress is slower than I’d like.  Anyway, here are some answers to your questions below the cut!

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Feb 2 '14

(Also crossposted to Kickstarter).

Working on scene after scene, every day (and all day, if I’m not at my other job).  It’s slow, but it’s coming along.  I don’t have a release date yet; will announce it as soon as I can.  

Thanks for waiting, and for being the best players EVER.  I want to make this so worth it for you.  Your emails, comments, and feedback keep me incredibly motivated.

(I also tried to include Penny but for some reason the code wasn’t cooperating…hence the sausage fest.)

Hugs to you all.

Jan 25 '14

Update for Coming Out On Top, January 2014

Hello, hello players. Sorry for the prolonged silence!  

First, for all of you lovely anxious nailbiters wondering where I’ve been.   I wish I could say I’m surrounded by naked men feeding me grapes from a tray while I’m banging out code, but I’m really just…in front of a computer trying to finish this and have it be really cool  ;_;.  
Every day I have to think about whether I want to spend my time between A) working on the game or B) updating one of my multiple sites.  The past couple of weeks the answer has been A, A, A, and A.  I’ll try to return to updating a bit more frequently.  
Incidentally, you realize a lot of devs don’t post more than once a month, right?  I’ve tried to post something at least every 2 weeks since I’ve started development and I’ve gotten comments I actually don’t need to be posting this much, and I should be working on the game instead.  But I’ll do my best to keep it balanced, and try to keep you in the loop without dropping too many spoilers. 
Okay, now that’s that out of the way…

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, this was the last Kickstarter update: (has some closer-to-final designs for Brad, Ian, and Jed)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obscurasoft/coming-out-on-top-a-gay-dating-sim-video-game/posts/708796

BTW, if you’re worried if I’m alive, the place I post most frequently is Twitter.  I don’t like to talk about scenes I’m working on though.  I try to avoid discussing story or characters because I don’t want to rob you of the experience when you play it.  (Ever watch a movie trailer and feel like you’ve watched the entire film?  Yeah…)

In the mean time, let me answer some Q&As below the cut.

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Jan 7 '14

Anonymous asked:

"A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad" -- Shigeru Miyamoto

All developers should have that tattooed somewhere, if they don’t already.

Jan 7 '14

"Coming Out On Top" Q to the Freaking A

More questions below the fold.

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Dec 30 '13

Anonymous asked:

Will you be able to control whether the guys have facial hair and body hair separately - like A hairy chest but no beard? And will you be able to make some guys hairy and others hairless in the same game?

Yes and yes!  The beard and the body hair is a separate toggle for each of the main guys (including Mark).  So you can have Ian with a beard (and no body hair) or the reverse, while you keep Alex totally hairy, etc.

Dec 30 '13

Weekly-ish Q&A Roundup for Coming Out On Top

Seek ye answers below the belt!

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Dec 30 '13
Fixing up Jed, one of the main guys you can date in Coming Out On Top, a gay dating sim/visual novel.
Jed plays in a band and enjoys causing trouble.  He finds your distress perpetually amusing.
His beard or body hair can be switched off, and I&#8217;m also going to see if I can get something to turn off his tattoos/accessories if possible.
I&#8217;ll be doing another Q&amp;A roundup as well as another mini-Kickstarter update this week.  Right now I&#8217;m dead tired and going to bed.
Love you all.  
P.S. Please play the demo, if you haven&#8217;t!  It&#8217;s old, but I still feel like it&#8217;s a winning blend of adorable and what-the-fuck!
obscurasoft.com

Fixing up Jed, one of the main guys you can date in Coming Out On Top, a gay dating sim/visual novel.

Jed plays in a band and enjoys causing trouble.  He finds your distress perpetually amusing.

His beard or body hair can be switched off, and I’m also going to see if I can get something to turn off his tattoos/accessories if possible.

I’ll be doing another Q&A roundup as well as another mini-Kickstarter update this week.  Right now I’m dead tired and going to bed.

Love you all.  

P.S. Please play the demo, if you haven’t!  It’s old, but I still feel like it’s a winning blend of adorable and what-the-fuck!

obscurasoft.com