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[M][CE]Prof. Layton & the Turnabout of the Golden Witch ●○○○ 

Message par TheDoctor » Lun Sep 26, 2016 9:03 am

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni: Gyakuten
When the Seagulls Cry: Turnabout

Written for the "Never Trust the Narrator" competition.

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A crossover between the Umineko no Naku Koro ni/Professor Layton series, Professor Layton and the Turnabout of the Golden Witch is meant to serve as a hypothetical ninth entry in the Umineko series. You play as Professor Layton, who gets taken to the world of witches and fantasy to prove the events that took place on Rokkenjima in 1986 belonged to the world of mystery and reality. As this is meant to be the ninth episode, I highly recommend playing the games or reading the manga first, since this will include spoilers of Umineko episodes 1-8 (in fact, up until you see Layton in the game for the first time, the game will completely spoil part of the ending of episode 8 ). That said, the game was also designed with newer players in mind, so if you don't mind spoilers, there will be enough information included to get you up to speed. It also bears mentioning there will be some spoilers for Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, but not quite to the extent of Umineko.

...but seriously, go play the original games or read the manga first. It will be well worth your time.

Spoiler : Credits :
Custom Graphics:
- Hesseldahl
- mercurialSK
- TheDoctor
- Phantom

Custom Voices:
- Christa Ruiz as Dlanor A. Knox

Story Consultation:
- Gamer2002


Play the Original Games

If you haven't played the original games yet, I highly recommend picking up the official English release on Steam. This release includes an updated English translation, as well as the original Japanese text (which is nice, since there are a few subtle nuances in the dialogue here and there in the original that don't translate well to English at all). It also includes the original artwork as well as "updated" artwork. However, if you have space on your computer for it, you may want to look into the PS3 sprites/backgrounds/voice acting patch. Not only will you get some fantastic voice work, but you'll also get to see the full-resolution version of the backgrounds and sprites I'm using in Turnabout of the Golden Witch.

To compare:
Spoiler : Images scaled down to save space :
Original Sprites/Backgrounds
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Original Backgrounds, Updated Sprites
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PS3 Patched Sprites/Backgrounds
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Keep up on the development progress by checking out my DevBlog on Discord: https://discord.gg/vVwzQPA
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Re: [M][CE]Prof. Layton & the Turnabout of the Golden Witch  

Message par Gamer2002 » Lun Sep 26, 2016 4:41 pm

You link editor :P
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Message par Nicky Boy » Lun Sep 26, 2016 4:46 pm

Gamer2002 a écrit :You link editor :P

I was just about to say that.
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Message par TheDoctor » Lun Sep 26, 2016 7:21 pm

Whoops, that's embarrassing. Okay, it's fixed now.
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Message par Nicky Boy » Lun Sep 26, 2016 7:23 pm

TheDoctor a écrit :Whoops, that's embarrassing. Okay, it's fixed now.

Happens. We're human after all. Not a... golden witch!
Ba dum pss.
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Message par TheDoctor » Mar Sep 27, 2016 8:41 pm

Started a development blog on Discord. I'll be updating it occasionally with progress reports, random thoughts about the development process, and the like. I'll try to keep the general channel as spoiler-free as possible, although if anyone's played what I have so far, and they're familiar with Umineko, I can add them to the spoiler channel in case they want to offer advice, or just discuss the original games and/or this ninth entry.

https://discord.gg/vVwzQPA
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Message par TheDoctor » Mer Oct 19, 2016 6:02 pm

Added a link to the Steam release of the original games in the OP. Figured people might want a little help finding the game and PS3 patch if they've never played it before.
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Message par TheDoctor » Ven Jan 06, 2017 9:37 am

The prologue is more or less complete now. There are a couple of adjustments I still need to make, though, so since they're quite likely to break your save files, I've temporarily disabled public access until I can finish making those adjustments.

In the mean time, I'm accepting playtesters, so PM me if you want in on that.
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Message par TheDoctor » Mar Jan 10, 2017 4:50 pm

Playtesting is complete, so the full version of the prologue is now complete, and public access has been granted. It's around 2000 frames long, so if you have any concerns about it being too short to get into just yet, don't worry about it.

Critique is appreciated, just make sure if you post any SoC's with anything that would spoil Umineko's solution needs to be clearly marked. Beyond that, have fun!

EDIT: I just realized I'd forgotten to include some important info in the dialogue, so I had to add a few frames. This might end up breaking your save file, so please use the chapter select. If you're curious where the additional info was added, PM me and let me know where you left off, so I can let you know if you would have passed that point yet.
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Message par Blackrune » Sam Jan 14, 2017 12:43 pm

Spoiler : vague first impression :
Well, there are some intriguing meta bits. Aside from that, the story seems to only just have begun, so I don't have many thoughts on it yet. You managed a faithful recreation of what the beginning of an Umineko episode plays like, though the actual gameboard part mostly reads like recycled scenes so far. Nice transition effects though. The presentation in general is pretty nice, with all the trivia available in the court record. I'm certainly intrigued where this is actually meaning to go now that the pieces are in place.
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Message par Calvinball » Sam Juin 10, 2017 3:14 pm

So, I gave this a whirl. I've never seen more than maybe a dozen minutes of Umineko itself, though I'm vaguely familiar with the franchise and how it rolls. So, I may as well mention my impressions of the case. It'll be in spoilers, since I'll be spoiling both this fancase and the end of Umineko itself.

Spoiler : Spoilers ahoy :
I guess you could say I both love it and... well, I didn't hate any parts, but I guess there's stuff I don't love as much.

I love the puzzles and the presentation. The puzzles were pretty challenging, and I'll admit I didn't get most of them. But still, I can't help but appreciate a really clever trick! Though I guess it's possible these puzzles are actually all from Umineko, and it seems like at least some of them are, given the references... still, constructing the puzzles within the AAO engine is a feat, so that's worthy of praise!

The presentation's awesome, too. I mean, scrolling text? I don't know what it takes to make that happen (GIF? APNG?), and when I don't know how something works, I tend to feel impressed, so... yeah! And you brought in a bunch of the Umineko voice clips; I dunno what finagling it took to make the timing work, but it turned out really nicely. The imagery's cool and evocative too, like with that... lightbulb clock? I don't know if there's a fancy term for that or not.

Along with presentation is writing, which I enjoyed. The jokes you put in were fun (I liked the "Age Appropriate Order" bit with Dlanor quite a bit) and helped break up the tension when it built up. Professor Layton feels like himself, and he and Luke make for a nice contrast to the Umineko cast, I think.

Unfortunately, I couldn't quite wholeheartedly love it, but for a reason that's really no fault of your own. While I like the parts with Layton, I find the Umineko stuff to be something of a slog. I dunno why, but I've just had trouble with getting through the beginning of Umineko. It's why I've never finished playing through Umineko. There's just so much text... and it's so long... I can't help but find it to be too much. So I didn't enjoy that part of the case so much, though that's not on you; you were just following the Umineko pattern, and otherwise the whole thing, I'm assuming, wouldn't work.

Overall, it's interesting. When more comes out, I'd be happy to check it out.
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