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Title: Abscission - updated December 2020. +18 (Gore). Demo available!
Post by: Yanek_Crispbread on 17 May 2020, 08:37
Hello all,

I am a first time developer (who carefully reads the tutorials and FAQs!) making a horror themed adventure (with Lovecraftian vibes) called Abscission.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9wIKxiCfWI8/XtIWlJD2DPI/AAAAAAAABkg/ZFDU9oYAcR8sdM95hyUXxKNO1GyY2hW_ACEwYBhgLKs0DAL1Ocqy_e49zjMeoU2wfejm2lUGyUOMbYbFo3CL42zzqJ4vbbGTSpJ4MlLsxdb-iB8vrEwY1OCHje9gJY0xUNbtbevs5gIgr0q-hwTlKAEt0Hm6wufi6kL-aGJuCapIqjXmzoAwm3w9xsAZRwCAqoMPJX6-sYqEE7AI6XoBF0uiGbhbMDDDtFC3WoP54qrzWgvAqOJjNYWfaTgOODZCj7lwiHrZs7gD09fICX97cI7V8hh3toGp7DNnxBTxyd2qXixpGbyW0nou1hRhioH0l2it-yP6G7cwewibdEVl98ZR0zOlF3eHlyUCopwc0zhKoDigYziCgz4OXeoEYa6Vrl2eXcxlvA8wSdKGMlCbYkKZlhBkJQUFIsDzGkf8hNvIRI_Oiz-5CrM5qxE5xfEumLWtf_UJeSmZJCDsqIo7fR5UaSYsBiMz4Req-LyttKmOFKUNPiYJkyxE_OetSQobdzyIdz1At-jAsIyD4U0rN-WXTGj1pGNRgvbhE5SodtVkiICWic4XAVkO7RHfzOAXzc6kzdz4tAKYuj9xQRZCyzBdnYuS1V2n9rkGcESHrFJLjPQbF8snpRdnwfzqS2fCW3fE-GJEiLhSfH0I06Y0wkbLI9gU/s320/Untitled.png)

The story centers around Will Stanhope, a detective in the fictional town of Ashfield in 1991. What begins as a seemingly routine (though savage) murder, begins to descend into a larger web of curious infections, body horror and tragedy. The player must progress through the story by talking to characters, combining clues, looking for evidence, solving puzzles, whilst fighting the effects of a dwindling sanity. August 2020 Update - A graphical and stylistic overhaul, along with an additional system of branching storylines and subplots has been added, which is influenced by Stanhope's actions and temperament. Characters will react differently to Stanhope depending on how he treats them.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kixdUxYDem8/XzkXl8Oo2yI/AAAAAAAABmY/4Db9ePUCbww15ry1YXqZMeLj7_aWlixmACLcBGAsYHQ/s640/1.png)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-B1onp1_7CDY/XzkXlmAfBdI/AAAAAAAABmU/1gzadkrfNf446DFOKzrU5ImNnBEdathUgCLcBGAsYHQ/s640/3.png)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wazIirDvn7c/XzkXlN4t3hI/AAAAAAAABmQ/XsdnD3o8qmYMGpAA2v7Wxy_x3qvGWDfKACLcBGAsYHQ/s640/2.png)

Progress so far:

The story is 95% plotted (there is always room for improvement). I am also adding a lot of lore that can be found (such as old case files, news reports, etc) in order to enrich the world and increase immersion.
The story locations are around 50% completed.
I will add a journal system to keep track of story points, I have already added a map system for exploration (with locations opening up depending on player actions, connecting clues, etc), the ability to phone characters to build relationships and add to the story, and comic book style cutscenes.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TOimNwUhmpo/XzkXm8URsdI/AAAAAAAABmg/D59xJTVvAjE5Zg2aDsP4jCjxsZJ2GXjpgCLcBGAsYHQ/s640/4.png)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Dgf6MGvKHPA/XzkXmZnkSaI/AAAAAAAABmc/oMiZkdpTtQARoelVwybSDeR6pytZigo4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s640/5.png)

The demo is available for free here - https://beyondbooleans.itch.io/abscission

I welcome all feedback as I want to make the best game I can, and it's the only way to improve. Thank you to the people who have commented, it's much appreciated :)

Thanks, Jake
Title: Re: Abscission
Post by: Kastchey on 17 May 2020, 16:42
Love the look of this, awesome to have another horror genre creator on board.
Best of luck with the development!
Title: Re: Abscission
Post by: BarbWire on 17 May 2020, 18:01

Hi Yanek_Crispbread

Earlier on this afternoon I was raving about an up and coming game called
The Adventures of Black Hawk.

I now find myself going into raptures again over Abscission.

I will be looking forward to the release of another old school game

Who needs technical wizardry etc. when far more interesting and fulfilling
games, such as yours, can be produced.

Horror rules OK!  :grin:
Title: Re: Abscission
Post by: FireFlower on 27 May 2020, 15:20
This looks cool. So it is a horror detective game where you have to look for clues and solve a mystery?
Title: Re: Abscission
Post by: SarahLiz on 28 May 2020, 06:02
This is looking really, really nice!  I can't wait to play it!
Title: Re: Abscission
Post by: Darío on 28 May 2020, 10:56
Very good looking art!
Title: Re: Abscission - updated May 2020
Post by: SarahLiz on 25 Jun 2020, 21:53
Looking good!!
Title: Re: Abscission - updated August 2020
Post by: Yanek_Crispbread on 16 Aug 2020, 12:42
August 2020 update added.  :grin:
Title: Re: Abscission - updated August 2020. +18 (Gore)
Post by: Click'd on 16 Aug 2020, 14:07
The missing facial features make your detective character look like a slightly higher resolution version of Francis McQueen from The Darkside Detective. I guess you both tapped into that stereotypical getup.
Title: Re: Abscission - updated August 2020. +18 (Gore)
Post by: Yanek_Crispbread on 16 Aug 2020, 14:44
I hadn't actually played Darkside Detective when I was designing Stanhope (though I have now). I'm a big fan of The Last Door and the ability of the games to convey horror through environment and atmosphere rather than the expressions of the characters, so that's what I'm hoping to get a smidge of in my game :)
Title: Re: Abscission - updated August 2020. +18 (Gore)
Post by: Laura Hunt on 16 Aug 2020, 15:23
Actually the protagonist reminded me a lot more of Rainswept than Darkside Detective. But I really like the art style! The crayon-like aesthetic has a very strong German Expressionist vibe, especially in the last two screenshots (we do have a very similar figure in our game to the one hanging by those red threads, hahah). Really looking forward to seeing where this is going!

(And The Last Door is so good! Happy to meet another fan ;-D)
Title: Re: Abscission - updated August 2020. +18 (Gore)
Post by: Click'd on 16 Aug 2020, 16:32
Sure, I played both TLD games. And when I saw DD first it reminded me of them, too. But the combination of detective and missing face, in addition to DD being more recent, is why I made the mental connection.
Title: Re: Abscission - updated August 2020. +18 (Gore)
Post by: The creature on 16 Aug 2020, 19:46
Looking gorgeous. Love the character portraits!
Title: Re: Abscission - updated August 2020. +18 (Gore)
Post by: ukz530 on 16 Aug 2020, 23:01
I love your graphic style.

looks cool!  ;)
Title: Re: Abscission - updated August 2020. +18 (Gore)
Post by: shaun9991 on 18 Aug 2020, 19:42
This looks really great, I love the concept and art style. Best of luck with development :)
Title: Re: Abscission - updated December 2020. +18 (Gore). Demo available!
Post by: Yanek_Crispbread on 29 Dec 2020, 18:33
Demo now available! - https://beyondbooleans.itch.io/abscission
Title: Re: Abscission - updated December 2020. +18 (Gore). Demo available!
Post by: TheFrighter on 30 Dec 2020, 08:31

Looks great since now, Yanek_Crispbread!
Hope you'll complete it soon!
_
Title: Re: Abscission - updated December 2020. +18 (Gore). Demo available!
Post by: Tampere on 02 Jan 2021, 12:22
I feel I am stuck — or a bug maybe? — after
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discovering a body in Mark's place
I do not know what to do. I would like to
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wait for tomorrow to visit the bookstore
and tried to
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sleep in my comfy chair
but nothing works.

edit: so you have to
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use receipt on diamond hint and viceversa does not work (hint on receipt!)


Very enjoyable experience, UX (gui, bugs) needs some love, superb characters, scary enough: I will eagerly wait for the final version!
Title: Re: Abscission - updated December 2020. +18 (Gore). Demo available!
Post by: selmiak on 04 Jan 2021, 15:03
longplayed it :)

Title: Re: Abscission - updated December 2020. +18 (Gore). Demo available!
Post by: heltenjon on 10 Oct 2021, 23:31
Just played the demo, and this is really good horror stuff.  (nod) Very nice art style that fits the subject matter right on! There are some bugs in the demo, but the quality of the story, the writing and the character lore is high.

I'm wondering about the conversation system, though. Do you have a plan to avoid dead ends?  I saved my game and tried all four moods just to see what would happen at every conversation, but will it be possible to finish the game (or reach an ending) if you make the wrong calls in the conversations? It's a very interesting design, but probably also quite hard to do.
Title: Re: Abscission - updated December 2020. +18 (Gore). Demo available!
Post by: Darth Mandarb on 11 Oct 2021, 13:52
heltenjon - please try to notice the last posts' date before replying to a thread (this one was over 10 months ago!). Thanks!

Yanek_Crispbread - if you're still out there, somewhere, and working on this and need to post an update let me know and I can unlock the thread for you.