Rakugo and Code

"So a ghoul walks into a bar...

Bartender says, 'We don't serve ghouls here.'

Ghoul says, 'That's fine. Is the human fresh?' " - Hancock, Fallout 4


This is actually less important than the next blog post, which will be this upcoming Monday, and which you can learn more about after reading this paragraph. But, first, some quick stuff.

The website has been updated once again with new images (screenshots and concept art on the media page) and a link to the SoundCloud account featuring a few tracks from the game's soundtrack (on the media page).

Both of those are available on the media page.

Sophie Concept


Learning More About Monday's Post

This Monday, we will be posting another blog post with information about the next step in the game's development for us.

It involves something a little more interactive, but I won't get into it too much here, right now, and will wait until Monday.


code screen

Programming in Stained with Magic

What exactly is programming in Ren'Py? It's another term which has almost too many simultaneous meanings, and yet they are all viable.

While many others have made many more games and have been doing so for many more years, working with it has been educational for me and the others on the project.

I was, at one time, handling all programming duties and seeking indirect feedback from the others serving as testers.

They'd try out what I had whipped up, and then I'd fix what we agreed needed to be different.

That did not work us. (Perhaps it did not work only for us.)

Essentially, changes took a very long time to be implemented. The tiniest issues, such as spelling/grammar errors, could take over a day to get fixed, and then another few weeks for everyone else to see them.

Someone could say, "You should change that", and then I'd go change it in the Ren'py script, and two months later they'd see it and realise I didn't quite get what they meant. Pretty damn frustrating.

It probably lead to something which was not collaborating, but the methods needed changing, and we changed them.

My point is, like, in programming itself, it's been mostly about making adjustments.

And terminology.



Recently, I have picked up a new show called Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, a drama set in the world of Japanese rakugo, a traditional form of minimalist comic storytelling performed only by an individual. Check it out on Youtube when you can. There are plenty of decent English performances out there for those not fluent in Japanese.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

(Image/Production owned by Studio Deen)

The reasons I love the show are its good sense of historical representation and mutual storytelling, setting it apart from some of its counterparts. Mundane characters are also pleasantly absent.

Find more info on the show here: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu


Thank you for reaching the end of the post, and we'll be back in a day or two with a little something demonstrative.