My four ‘Retro’ posts seemed to generate some interest and it made me recall a TV Tropes page that a fan, from southern England, made of my visual novel some time ago. He did yeoman’s work in covering all four stories and all possible endings!
Spoilers abound – especially with the hidden text – but I think it’s a wonderful review of my first foray into writing.
TV Tropes – OTChi Kocchi
What do you get when you take CS Lewis’s ‘That Hideous Strength’ and cross it with… well… me?
You get Shadowlands. Where quasi-human janissaries serve those dithering-fallen angels who could not make up their damned minds.
What happens if one of your overpowered agents wakes up… and turns on you?
Again, this is all here and there… take the walk to the pharmacy door of OTChi Kocchi.
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When I embarked upon the mission of a visual novel, the very first thing I saw was based around the song (NOT the video) of Ultravox’s ‘Vienna.’ It’s Atti’s Good End… if you can make it. Good luck; military widows are a bag of broken glass. They deserve our respect and comfort, but peace can only come from God through themselves.
The hardest thing I’ve ever written.
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Magical girls are tough to write and tough to read. What’s going on at the grocery with Rimu?
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I’m seeing more of Act I of N2. But, this morning, via the Anime Group on Gab.ai, I saw something that called to mind my very first literary (and coding) work: the visual novel, OTChi Kocchi. Originally developed in Japan, they are very popular in Asia; typically, they took an idea developed in the West (‘choose your own adventure’) and married it to emergent computing technology. Often mischaracterized as ‘dating-sims,’ with pornography, that a bit like saying that because of the nudes, everything in the Louvre and Vatican should be burnt.
It is not a normal thing for me: reminiscing. In fact, usually, I hate it. Like any old aristocrat, I revel in the images and stories of my family, stretching back hundreds of years, but personally? Feh.
But, this really isn’t personal… like my trad novels, my visual novel – with the amazing illustrations of Will Deonne – is a four-part novel where the reader determines the end of each story. If there are choices, that means it is a kind of game. If it is a game, then it must be possible to lose. Will made me older to that.
Having said all that to say this: in quick succession tonight, I’m posting something that’s never been seen before… the raw background stories of the four main characters that the player/protagonist encounters in OTChi Kocchi. The writing is raw and often half in Python Code, but shouldn’t glimpses behind the curtain be unsettling?
OK Prelude 1/4: Aoi
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Finally finished flogging the story for that contest I mentioned in the post just below. Had to add a little more story in Scene 2. After that, I had to format the text into what they wanted for submission; anyone who’s ever programmed a visual novel with instantly recognize the style. For whomever they pick as a winner, Voltage’s staff will just have to slap some “scene” and “show” commands in and they’re finished.
Anyway, I sent off my entry a bit ago. If you’d like to read it, the story’s below the fold. I definitely do ‘cute’ better than ‘political terror.’
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