Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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St. George's Academy for Monster-Slaying Lasses

by AlariSilver - Compo Entry

SYNOPSIS:

A new student at a prestigious all-girls boarding school with a specialty in monster-slaying must navigate the perils of her social life... while avoiding being eaten by a dragon.

"St. George's Academy for Monster-Slaying Lasses" is a multi-path visual novel that calls into question who is a monster; or rather, what actions make one a monster.

There are no known issues. However, if you encounter one, take a screenshot and let me know what it is.

********When you reach the battle scene, make sure you click the LITTLE WHITE HAND above the dragon's head after you select your attack.********

Now with 50% smaller file size!

SGAMSL (it has an acronym now!) was made with renpy ( http://www.renpy.org/ ) and the renpy RPG battle engine ( http://eviscerate.net/article/rpg-battle-engine-renpy ). Check them out!

Also, I used this Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA) image ( http://flic.kr/p/e5bYeH ) to create a derivative work. It is heavily modified, and barely recognizable, but the license says that I must give attribution. So, here it is.

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Ratings

Coolness69%
#325Audio3.03
#354Graphics3.30
#426Mood3.05
#432Overall3.17
#437Theme3.44
#497Fun2.98
#509Humor2.61
#588Innovation2.80

Comments

TerinHD says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:52am

There was an issue in my play through with a character image not appearing... it's something about a bloody person.

Don't want to give anything away.

AlariSilver says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:57am

Terin, I think I know what bug that is: I thought I fixed all occurrences of it. I'll comment again when I've updated this.

AlariSilver says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:32am

Alright. It was what I thought it was: the bug is now fixed. Thanks for pointing it out!

Teekeks says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:23pm

This game is pure awesome!

Jod says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:23pm

Okay, Ren'Py, awesome!

Great work on getting your own art, story and music together. Keep it going!

Tip: draw your sprites a bit longer, so that their waist is above the text displayd on the screen.

Keep on writing!

whalebot says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:38pm

Nice game! I don't know that I've ever seen a visual novel with battle mechanics in it.

goodolvic says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:46pm

Dig the mood and style of game here. I love dialog and choices.

The dialog itself was a bit heavy-handed in relation to the theme. Just needed a subtle approach so it feels more natural.

Overall, cool approach, and I like the multiple endings.

Zammalad says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:30pm

Very nice, interesting idea and like the style. It works very well in how you have implemented it.

Good effort.

Pusty says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:34pm

Love it! :D (the plot twist shocked me O:)

Friday says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:37pm

Nice, i almost never play these types of games, but i enjoyed this. Wasn't quite sure how to kill the dragon though.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:44pm

In general, this is a solid entry. Lots of good stuff happening, especially including hand-drawn characters in an LD game.

I wish there were a few choices I could make to change up the combat aspect; maybe I could find a better sword or armor and have to choose between them? As it is, the combat seems kinda arbitrary.

I'd love to see this expanded with a bit more polish and a lot more content. Good job!

pighead10 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:01pm

Excellent game. Best visual novel I've ever played in a LD game. Really interesting writing and great graphics/audio.

Crypto137 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:08pm

A weird mix of date sim and RPG. Graphic style is unique, the story is kinda interesting, but the gameplay is average.

Ulydev says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:20pm

Great writing, funny implementation of your art ! Catchy music as well :)

echokain says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:15pm

Lovely little game. Perfect music, put a big grin on my face when it started. I like the theme too!

Lucho9 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:47pm

cool, i liked the concept and the story was interesting and very tied to the theme.
What i didn't like was the music on the background at the begining, it was very anonying, and also was the fight. no matter what i lost every time i fight with the dragon or i missed something. aside from that i liked it

TerinHD says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:29am

Your welcome! :D

ReactorScram says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:53am

I played through a couple of extremes and got two bad endings.

I'm not usually that big on VNs but a short one is fun to play.

Tijn says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:55am

This game is super nice. I think it's the only compo entry I've ever seen that has a save system, haha. I love the art style, the story and the music. Well done!

Mach60KAS says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:56pm

Quite a well made entry, I like how much content you've put in! I felt that the music didn't really fit all that well but the hand-drawn style was unique and quite nice. The battle system seemed hastily added and something of an afterthought, but it's nice to mesh other genres into VNs like that from time to time. Keep it up!

zuurr says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:25pm

nice entry.

i especially like the hand drawn art and think it does a good job with the theme.

guoboism says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:32am

It is hard work creating all the graphics and music. It's a short text adventure game.

Tom says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:57am

had fun playing this

nili says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 5:56pm

This game is captivating.

cardboard says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:27am

I like the hand-drawn graphics, and the story was interesting. The music wasn't bad, but didn't fit the mood I don't think. Not always a fan of RenPy games, but the subject matter and art style kept me interested in this one. Nice work.

kikaz says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 8:36am

Nice animations and cool retro-rainbow font ^^

Biruts says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 4:53pm

Very nice project guys, i really love it, please check our game too and if you liked it give us a vote. Look for Road to hell and enjoy.

Omiya Games says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 1:03am

In Compo ruleset, I thought the graphics had to be made from scratch, no? Either way, thought that the narrative was OK. Certainly reminded me of middle-school. That said, it does rely on some well-trodden tropes that makes it a bit predictable.

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