Friday, February 15, 2013

The Poll, the Game, and the News!

Hey, folks! A few updates :3 The poll's done with and I'll likely be putting another up soon. This one came out... well, with a pretty low consensus. I seem to see a lot of that polling around here! ^.^; Which is good, it means that I have a large diversity in the folks that are playing and checking the blog, and whatever I choose to do with the game, hopefully at least SOME people will like it. I'd love to be able to please everyone all the time, but I believe there's a famous saying about that.

For this poll, I'm impressed with the numbers for people interested in each of these features, enough to make me hesitate somewhat, but honestly, I'd have to be completely blown away to reverse the decisions I've made. Again, I went into the details on the forum, but basically, each of these features will be omitted from the game because they are too radically distant from what I want the game to be. My Very Own Lith isn't meant to be a game to indulge and describe your every possible sexual fetish-- Fenoxo has already put tons of work into making that a reality with his game. MVOL is a more focused game-- I'm intent on simulating Lith as a character for you, and helping you to see and understand him, and interact with him in just about every way possible. Anything we do to alter Lith from his actual state of existence as a character is diverging from that goal. Adding the option to make Lith female is a design feature I really never intended to add at the beginning, but after a lot of deliberation, I decided there was room in the game to make it work. It will, in a way, feed back into some of the core issues of who Lith is as a person. But some things are just too detached from who and what Lith is to be a real contribution to the game's goals, and many of them would honestly make me feel uncomfortable, especially trying to write it all out for the entire game's content.

So, I'm sorry if this is a disappointment, but several particular features will not be available. Let me describe how it's going to work, once all of the content I'm working on is ready. You are free to make Lith identify as male or female at the beginning of the game. Once the game has started, you'll be able to modify Lith anatomically: if he is a "she," you'll be able to give her breasts, and if he is a "she" and you have a dick, you'll be able to give her a vagina and/or remove her dick. In short, you'll only be able to modify Lith's anatomy if Lith identifies as a girl, and you can only change her down there if your avatar has something built in to put in her. Further, I won't be supporting any kind of non-genders-- neither you nor Lith will be able to decline having any kind of genitals at all. If you'd like to discuss this properly and try to persuade me to change my mind on any of these counts, I welcome you to email me or visit the thread discussing it on the forum. Otherwise, I hope that I've helped you at least understand why this will be happening, and that you'll still enjoy the game!

In other news, I'm still working on the game, albeit only in bits and pieces when my moods allow writing of the quality I expect from myself. I'm mainly focusing on adding content for Dominant Lith, but it's a firm goal to finish adding support for Lith to have breasts before v0.12 comes out, and I've been chipping away at that as well. I'm hoping to have a new scene with multiple outcomes ready in time, in which I think those of you looking to be dommed will find a fair deal of enjoyment ^.^ Additionally, I'm working with a designer to give MVOL a new look! You can see a preview and give feedback, and maybe even influence the design on the forums :3

Lastly, a more personal piece of news. I've just found a new job! I'm hoping this will give me a better schedule for getting writing done with more regularity, so fingers crossed! My thanks to you all for playing, and for taking the time to see what's new with the game's development ^.^ Cheers!

P.S. I know I seem to be harping on the forum a lot ^.^; But the fact is, I'd really like to hear from you all! I've had folks contacting me all sorts of ways, wanting to talk to me or give feedback, but I honestly think the forum would make an ideal place to discuss the game and just chat about anything, both with me and with your fellow players! We've already formed a very pleasant and open community, but the actively posting member count is so very small! The forum does require you to register to see the actual content (as an 18+ measure), and once you're registered, your first post has to be approved before you can post further (as an anti-spam measure, nothing more), and I regret these difficulties in getting started, but I sincerely hope you'll bear with me through this initiation of sorts to enter the community proper. We're all waiting for you! :3