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MLP Visual Novel:

Ever since I've gotten into Katawa Shoujo, I've been thinking about making my own visual novel. Because I'm also extremely obsessed with MLP, (particuarly the human versions) I have been seriously thinking about making one using them as the characters . While I have no definite plans right now, if I do begin working on it, it will have to be during the summer.

edited 13th Mar '12 2:31:57 PM by Katsu01

 
[up] A word of advice. Read the Answer. It explains why visual novels are different from novels and touches on the individual elements a visual novel needs.
My Soul, Your Beats!
Unfortunately, I don't have anything positive to say to the person who wrote The Answer. I'll just leave it at that.

In any kind of fan-made media, it's easy to say "I want to create __." Ideas are cheap. Actually creating stuff is the difficult part. It takes huge amounts of passion and dedication in order to create a single Freeware Game, a Fan Fic of a reasonable length, a Webcomic that lasts more than a few weeks, and so on. Also, if you can't charge people money for your fan-made creative works, then it's difficult to justify investing much time and dedication. Because of these two factors, there are countless numbers of Dead Fic, unfinished series, games that never got past conceptual or demo status, etc.

Speaking specifically about MLP:FIM, if you search through the Collab board on Ponychan, you will find three or four seemingly promising threads where a person talked about making a visual novel based on Friendship is Magic. Each thread died quietly. It's probably safe to assume that the posters lost interest, or had too many other commitments.

The only MLP:FIM VN which currently seems active is Gentlecolts' planned game Love is Magic. Updates aren't very frequent. But they have a group assembled, and they might be looking for more help.

There is another in work But its more along the lines of Ace Attorney ish game then what people would actually think of as a Visual Novel.
Conceptually Frameworked
Incidentally how do Professor Layton and Ace Attorney compare to Visual Novels? I hear the mentioned in the same company as Visual Novels, but people don't actually seem to want to group them together (although I notice the visual novel namespace has been used for Ace Attorney).

edited 16th Mar '12 6:08:06 PM by UltimatelySubjective

"Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri, quo me cumque rapit tempestas, deferor hospes."
Thats because in the case of Ace Attorney the game really straddle the line between visual novels and outright video games.

Professor layton is a straight out puzzle solver however.
 7 ROTHY, Wed, 5th Sep '12 6:56:55 PM from America Relationship Status: Brony
Pici Generati
Found one already in development.
Super High School Level Tropers get bored too, you know.
 8 Kayeka, Thu, 6th Sep '12 3:55:29 AM from Amsterdam Relationship Status: Brony
World's biggest wannabe
The only thing I find surprising here is the fact that it took so long.
My Soul, Your Beats!
Thanks to the person who mentioned Harmony, as it went under my radar... As far as I can tell, it's the only active work-in-progress FIM visual novel with humanized characters. The creators currently promise optional 18+ content and many choices, which are two more points of difference.

As of this writing, it looks like the people creating Love is Magic have decided to back down from any 18+ content.

Quest of Memories is another work in progress. Learned about it from an August 2012 post on Equestria Gaming. It's currently being made in Flash, but I'm not sure if the creators intend to implement any complex gameplay.

EDIT: I made the foolish, foolish decision to search Tumblr for "visual novel." Found a whole bunch of works-in-progress. The one that's relevant to this thread is Starswirl Academy, which will have more humanized ponies, a minimum of connections to the canon FIM universe, and apparently no NSFW content.

edited 8th Sep '12 7:06:58 AM by dorkatlarge

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Starswirl will indeed have a version with NSFW content. I updated the About section to clear that up. Sorry for the confusion there. :D
New trailer for Starswirl Academy here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z11ia8cXr24

Also, the introduction of a new, completely unexpected character: Tom. He's not just a rock anymore, he's actually his own character now!

 12 Rynnec, Sat, 28th Sep '13 11:46:57 PM Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Ronin
Rock!Tom was a Badass.

Human!Tom is a turd.
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 13 Kyler Thatch, Sun, 29th Sep '13 3:50:23 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
I don't think that's a fair assumption given that you have only half a cutscene's worth (at most) of information on him.

No, really. A name, a character sprite, and that he's transferring in with Twilight. That's it.
If I were someone else, would this all fall apart?
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I might play this if the MC was a female character, not Tom the turd.

edited 29th Sep '13 5:38:51 AM by kay4today

 15 ultimatepheer, Fri, 4th Oct '13 6:45:32 AM Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
Perfect Poke Mon for a Cloud Cuckoo Lander like me.
[up] My guess is Tom was chosen because he lacks a characterization to be accidentally bastardized by shitty writing of storylines. Had they chosen a character with... actual character, they would have either been confined to that characters personality or they would have had to strip out that characters personality to free up options, and then anger... everyone.

I want to see Doctor Whooves/Time Turner. and what they did with Derpy.

edited 4th Oct '13 6:49:52 AM by ultimatepheer

 16 Rynnec, Fri, 4th Oct '13 12:35:56 PM Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Ronin
That doesn't explain why they couldn't have a female MC.
"I'll show you fear, there is no hell, only darkness."

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 17 ultimatepheer, Fri, 4th Oct '13 12:47:50 PM Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
 18 Enlong, Sat, 5th Oct '13 7:35:19 AM from The Underground Facility Relationship Status: is commanded toŚ WANK!
Court Dragon
Naw, man. It's short for Tomantha.
I have a message from another time...
 19 Kyler Thatch, Sat, 5th Oct '13 8:01:09 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
Are you sure it's not Tomelina?
If I were someone else, would this all fall apart?
 20 ultimatepheer, Tue, 15th Oct '13 11:03:17 AM Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
Perfect Poke Mon for a Cloud Cuckoo Lander like me.
The demo for it is available for download now- apparently there's no choices, just predetermined dialogue.

Well, it is a demo.
That demo was good stuff. Pinkie's hair was unexpected, but I think it fits her well. Thomas Daniel Stone was genius.
 
 22 Kyler Thatch, Sun, 20th Oct '13 9:28:38 PM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
Character sprites could be more lively, I think. Pinkie and Twilight were the only characters that didn't look perpetually bored.

Then again, considering this is still a demo, the artist on board might still be working on the other characters.
If I were someone else, would this all fall apart?
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