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If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« on: 03 Oct 2019, 06:23 »
IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT, FOUR TRAVELERS

or

A tale of dark and troubling things

(A free point-and-click adventure anthology in four acts.)


A train. A masked ball. Four strangers and their stories.



THE SILENT ROOM


(Progress: complete.)

In a luxurious hotel room in Rome, freshly arrived from Turin, Carlo awaits for his lover Patrick to arrive. Yet even in the wild and roaring 1920s, these rendezvous must be held in secret, and the tension of meeting in constant hiding is taking its toll.





(Main influences: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Inland Empire, and the unsolved mystery of Room 1046.)





THE SLOW VANISHING OF LADY WINTERBOURNE
(Progress: 40%)

Lady Melissa Winterbourne has lost her husband in a tragic accident. Now letters from pretenders to her title -- and her vast fortune -- keep arriving every day at her mansion, but the only thing she's interested in is the bottle of laudanum she keeps in her cabinet.

(You can check out another screenshot in this same thread!)


(Main influences: my own experiences with substance abuse, loss, grief, and suicidal ideation.)



THE ABOMINABLE RITUAL
(Progress: 20%)

Downtrodden by the racism of the American medical establishment, Dr. Jordan Samuels has resorted to the Dark Arts in an attempt to achieve the success denied to him by his peers. However, when the nightmares begin, he starts thinking he might have bitten off more than he can chew.

(Main influences: The Knick (TV show), Doctor Faustus, any stories in which somebody finds Something Beyond Human Understanding that drives them to insanity such as The King in Yellow, Le Horla, H.P. Lovecraft's works in general, etc.)



IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT
(Progress: 50%)

Leilah likes her job, but sometimes she yearns for a bit of variety. So any time the opportunity arises for her to experience something different from her daily routine, she will take it -- even if it means going against her very powerful bosses' orders.

(Main influences: Dr. Terror's House of Horrors.)


BROUGHT TO YOU BY:



Laura Hunt: coding, writing, music & sound design, game design.

Thomas Möhring: art, animations, cutscenes, game design.



Additional music (so far!):

- Jack Stillman & Orchestra, At peace with the world (Irving Berlin, 1926). Restored mp3 transfer of original recording licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.5 by the University of California, Santa Barbara Library.

- Walter Scanlan, Always (Irving Berlin, 1925). Restored mp3 transfer of original recording licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.5 by the University of California, Santa Barbara Library.

- Gerluz, Serenade for Strings Op. 22 - II. Menuetto (Antonin Dvorak, 1875).  Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

- Emanuel Salvador, 3 Old Viennese Dances - I. Liebesleid (Fritz Kreisler, 1910). Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 3.0.

- Lady Winterbourne's Theme inspired by Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor Op. 3, No. 2.


This post will be updated with new screenshots as we have more to show for the following acts!

« Last Edit: 02 Nov 2019, 14:47 by Laura Hunt »

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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #1 on: 03 Oct 2019, 07:12 »
An anthology adventure game with strong horror elements?!

Where have you been all my life?!

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #2 on: 03 Oct 2019, 08:32 »
Hahaha (laugh)

I feel that I should mention, in order to temper expectations and avoid future disappointments, that there is no inventory and the game is mostly task-based rather than puzzle-based, with a strong focus, like my previous games, on narrative and emotional impact rather than gameplay. Again, this doesn't mean that it'll be a passive "interactive experience" or a "visual novel" or anything of the sort, but at the same time, don't expect much in the way of riddles or brain teasers :)

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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #3 on: 03 Oct 2019, 09:30 »
Is this in any way related to Italo Calvino's book, or only a pun on the title?

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #4 on: 03 Oct 2019, 09:50 »
Is this in any way related to Italo Calvino's book, or only a pun on the title?

Only the title, the "stories-within-a-story" format, and maybepossiblylikely an in-game reference or two as a wink to anybody who has read the book ;)
« Last Edit: 03 Oct 2019, 09:54 by Laura Hunt »

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #5 on: 03 Oct 2019, 11:55 »

And it have a cool photography, also!


(Main influences: my own experiences with substance abuse, loss, grief, and suicidal ideation.)


What?!

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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #6 on: 03 Oct 2019, 11:57 »
Cool, nice to finally see a thread for this game!  :-D
I must admit. I had to zoom in the last picture to make sure the guy had clothes on!   (laugh)
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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #7 on: 03 Oct 2019, 13:24 »
Cool, nice to finally see a thread for this game!  :-D
I must admit. I had to zoom in the last picture to make sure the guy had clothes on!   (laugh)

Hahaha you're not the first :-D Hopefully nobody will play at 1x but you never know!

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #8 on: 03 Oct 2019, 13:44 »
I love the concept which resembles a book of horror short stories made point&click, and the artwork is stunning. Looking forward to this!

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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #9 on: 03 Oct 2019, 19:23 »
Nice background art!

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #10 on: 05 Oct 2019, 02:53 »
I really like the art and premises of this game. Can't wait for it.  8-0

I am cool with narrative and emotional impact :)

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #11 on: 05 Oct 2019, 06:54 »
Thanks, guys! Feeling extra pressured now to live up to the expectations :-D

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #12 on: 05 Oct 2019, 06:56 »
This looks so cool! Good luck guys!

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #13 on: 05 Oct 2019, 09:39 »
Looks and sounds awesome.

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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #14 on: 06 Oct 2019, 20:10 »
I really love the art, I don't know why but it reminds me of habbo (I don't know if you know what game is) and the premises of the game have a lot of potential, can't wait for it!
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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #15 on: 06 Oct 2019, 20:57 »
I really love the art, I don't know why but it reminds me of habbo

Ahahaha now, that's a comparison I wasn't expecting to hear (laugh)

Looks and sounds awesome.

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The Talented Mr. Ripley
That's a brillant nerve-wracking movie. My sister in law walked out of the screening.

Yes! The artist went through a bit of an obsession with that movie. At the same time, I was watching Inland Empire for like the 6th time. I don't even know what's come out of this combination of influences in the end. I guess we'll know once people play it!

« Last Edit: 06 Oct 2019, 20:59 by Laura Hunt »

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #16 on: 14 Oct 2019, 22:00 »
We have a logo now! This is getting serious.


Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #17 on: 15 Oct 2019, 08:09 »

I'm really curious about the italian part! Who helped you in that?

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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #18 on: 15 Oct 2019, 08:44 »
We have a logo now! This is getting serious.



I really love your logo!
I hope this don't bother you but I wanted to "fix" some things (pixel clusters or perspective mistakes)
So here is:

I hope you like it
« Last Edit: 15 Oct 2019, 08:47 by Deabriel »

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #19 on: 15 Oct 2019, 09:11 »

I'm really curious about the italian part! Who helped you in that?

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I don't understand, help me with what?  :confused: The chapter simply takes place in a room in a fictional hotel in Rome sometime in the 1920s and there are a couple of words in Italian thrown in for colour, but the dialogue is in English :)

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #20 on: 15 Oct 2019, 09:12 »
We have a logo now! This is getting serious.



I really love your logo!
I hope this don't bother you but I wanted to "fix" some things (pixel clusters or perspective mistakes)
So here is:

I hope you like it

Thanks, glad you like it  :) I'll show your suggestions to the artist and he'll let me know what he thinks!

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #21 on: 15 Oct 2019, 09:56 »
This looks extremely interesting and absolutely beautiful!! Great work Laura & team :) Very intrigued.
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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #22 on: 15 Oct 2019, 10:18 »
This looks extremely interesting and absolutely beautiful!! Great work Laura & team :) Very intrigued.

Thanks, Shaun! Much appreciated ;-D

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #23 on: 15 Oct 2019, 11:38 »

I don't understand, help me with what?  :confused: The chapter simply takes place in a room in a fictional hotel in Rome sometime in the 1920s and there are a couple of words in Italian thrown in for colour, but the dialogue is in English :)
Ah, I thought you had documented about old Italia or asking to somebody!

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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #24 on: 18 Oct 2019, 01:11 »
Now this looks a little bit special, add to watch list (in my head).  :-D

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #25 on: 18 Oct 2019, 17:37 »
The atmosphere is already really nice ! I love it !

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #26 on: 28 Oct 2019, 14:50 »


First sneak peek from Act II, The Slow Vanishing of Lady Winterbourne.

Sorry that this one isn't scalable like the others! An actual in-game screenshot would of course be cropped with a 320x200 ratio, so we thought this time we'd show how things look from the artist's perspective before things go into the engine :)

This one will also go on twitter in a couple of days. Feel free to follow us there if I haven't yet pestered you about it!

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #27 on: 28 Oct 2019, 16:09 »
Needs thunders! I love the darkness in this image :)

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #28 on: 28 Oct 2019, 18:05 »
Needs thunders! I love the darkness in this image :)



:-D

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #29 on: 29 Oct 2019, 15:03 »
First sneak peek from Act II, The Slow Vanishing of Lady Winterbourne.

That is simply a gorgeous picture!

The graphical style is perfect, keep up the good work.

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #30 on: 29 Oct 2019, 15:44 »
First sneak peek from Act II, The Slow Vanishing of Lady Winterbourne.

That is simply a gorgeous picture!

The graphical style is perfect, keep up the good work.

Thank you! ;-D

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #31 on: 30 Oct 2019, 23:55 »
Looks very promising Laura! I would have guessed it was "pixelshuh" who did the art if i didn't know, similar style :)

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Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #32 on: 31 Oct 2019, 11:42 »
This looks very nice! Good luck with the development.

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #33 on: 01 Nov 2019, 15:42 »
Very nice atmosphere, great style!

Re: If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers
« Reply #34 on: 02 Nov 2019, 14:46 »
Added this screenshot to the main post. No more sneak peeks until Act III!

« Last Edit: 02 Nov 2019, 14:48 by Laura Hunt »