Hooray! Lovely Little Thieves has arrived!
Download the demo here and play away! I know it still needs work, so please send feedback to the tumblr here so we can work away at making the game the best it can possibly be. :D
So, that’s the good news. The bad news is this just the first half of the free demo. So, 1 hour of gameplay instead of 2, and 15 choices instead of 40.
Because ren’py hates me, that’s why. Specifically, it hates the way I decided to branch the journey up the hill to the mansion. Sometimes it’ll work and sometimes it won’t, so I’m re-arranging scenes and variables to make sure those scenes run without crashing no matter what choices you’ve made to get to them. (One of the downfalls of a choice-heavy game, I guess.)
It was hours more work, so I had two options: put a disclaimer *in the game* that said we were skipping about a third of the game to arrive at the mansion at the end, where the game stops having crash problems, or just have the demo end (temporarily) before the scenes with crash problems. I chose the latter so as not to take people out of the story/avoid any issues.
BUT COME HELL OR HIGH WATER THIS WAS GOING UP *TODAY* LIKE I SAID IT WOULD BE! @_@ I’m on track to fixing all the bugs in the second half by this Friday the 12th, so then I’ll edit the file with the second half, along with any bug fixes you might run into.
Thank you all once again for being so supportive and please enjoy this first little step into the story of Lovely Little Thieves. :)
Lovely Little Thieves Trailer!
I know I said the next update on this tumblr would be the completed demo, but I lost two of the days over the weekend I was going to use to complete it, so it’s just a couple more days off yet. It’s sitting at about 25,000 words and around 40 choices, so by “demo” standards, you’re getting a lot of VN. Thank you for being so patient!
This is a special update though. The trailer for the game is now finished! It was edited by myself and my friend Josh Brumfield (krosswerks.) Enjoy and pass it around! The demo is right around the corner…
My friend Hope is working on a really cool, 80s inspired visual novel. You should check it out and support it!
While editing the English subtitles to render a deaf- and hard-of-hearing-friendly track for the “Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro” DVD and Blu-ray, this fun little line came to be.
Vintage 1983 Cliff Hanger promotional flyer. Cliff Hanger was a game created by Stern electronics in the vein of Dragon’s Lair that utilized footage from The Castle of Cagliostro and The Mystery of Mamo. This was the original artwork they created for this release! An interesting bit of Cagliostro history…
For those who want 600dpi archival scans, download them here!
Dawn didn’t know what to expect when she agreed to pile into a van with a mixture of friends and acquaintances and take a road trip down to Daytona Beach for spring break. She spent her entire freshman year studying her butt off at university, and she’s never really been out partying. At…
In case you’re curious how the Castle of Cagliostro cover restoration is going, here’s some progress images! This restoration was done by the super talented Shihfu and the less talented myself. I’m still going over some of the lines on my end so it’s not quite done yet, but it’s close!
Please note this is a work in progress and the final version may change significantly! Thanks.
SUPER AMALA MIDNIGHT: EXTRA EXTREME EXTEND EDITION is here! Come to AX and get this new 124 page comic of Megaten megagoodness!
Are you ready for the SUPER AMALA MIDNIGHT: EXTRA EXTREME EXTEND EDITION (Volume 2)?! It’s bursting at the seams with 124 pages of Shin Megami Tensei comics! Stories include:
- Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Teenage Love
- Soul Hackers: Legend of the Man-itou
- Persona 2: Boundless Suffering (Persona 2: Eternal Punishment)
- Digital Devil Saga 2: Better Luck Next Life
- Mad Salt DeSu (Devil Survivor 1&2)
- Mikado Midnight (Persona 3/Persona 4 Arena/Shin Megami Tensei IV)
- Doctor Demifiend (Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne)
- Amala Network Sleepover (?) 2014 (everything else)
In Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Teenage Love, Raidou’s life is turned upside down when a familiar looking high schooler confesses her love to Raidou.
Also in the Devil Summoner universe, in Soul Hackers: Legend of the Man-itou, Nemissa possesses the hacker instead of Hitomi!
If you like seeing the Digital Devil Saga Embryon crew suffer in the real world, then Digital Devil Saga 2: Better Luck Next Life is just for you! Also Sheffield may or may not be wearing pants.
In Persona 2: Boundless Suffering, Maya becomes a silent protagonist and Tatsuya runs around like a madman trying to make sure no one remembers anything, kinda like in a game that wasn’t released on the PSP over here in the West.
If you like the Devil Survivor characters, then man, you’ve got problems. But one of those problems isn’t a lack of comics about them!! In Mad Salt DeSu, Abel is butthurt that he wasn’t invited to last year’s Super Wanton Violence in Amala Midnight Fight Championship. Itching for a battle, he invites his friends to start their own, but everyone else is too busy wasting time on the internet to care.
In Mikado Midnight, Aigis and Elizabeth, on their never-ending quest to free the Persona 3 hero from his fate, jump through the Amala Network and into the world of Shin Megami Tensei IV! And then they make a giant mess and ruin the entire game.
If you want the Demifiend to be your psychiatrist, then you probably need a doctor. AND WOW, HOW CONVENIENT! Doctor Demifiend is here!
In Amala Network Sleepover (?) 2014, everyone in the Shin Megami Tensei universe is invited to a sleepover in the barracks of the Shin Megami Tensei IV samurai, but the Persona 4 crew is too posh to stay in a shitty place like that and kidnap everyone to party at the P4 mansion!
Come get your copy of this 124 page beast for $30 at Anime Expo 2014 this July 3-6 at Artist Alley table number D40! And if you don’t have a copy of the first volume of Super Amala Midnight, we’ll have it in stock at AX also for $30! Or get both books together for a special con price of $50!
Tell your friends! Or don’t tell your friends and then laugh when they don’t get a copy! THE CHOICE IS YOURS.
David Hayter, the English voice for Lupin the Third in the 2000 version of The Castle of Cagliostro has graciously agreed to participate in… something for Discotek’s upcoming Blu-ray! For right now, it’s a mystery! But we want YOU to submit your questions for him! Mr. Hayter recently wrote and directed the feature film Wolves, but he is also famous for voicing Snake in the Metal Gear game series, and for penning the script for the popular X-Men feature film. He also co-wrote X2: X-Men United and Watchmen.
We have just a couple of ground rules:
1. This is not a Metal Gear / X-Men / Watchmen / Guyver 2: Dark Hero / Wolves interview. If you do ask a question relating to his other projects, please try to make sure it’s tied to Cagliostro somehow.
2. Please try to think outside the box a little with your questions. What we mean by that is, try to ask things someone else might not have thought to ask already.
Submit your questions through our ask.fm page:
Thank you so much for your feedback. We look forward to reading your questions!
Please spread the word!
Work in progress of the Castle of Cagliostro keyart restoration, courtesy of Shihfu!
It is going to be bootiful.
Those of you who follow us on Twitter (plug: Brady’s @ashuraou and Reed’s @Lupinthe3rdcom) and who follow Lupin Central have already seen a quick-and-dirty comparison between the 2006 Special Edition DVD and the upcoming Discotek DVD. Here’s a little more elaborate comparison with better range of color and scenery. On the left are the 2006 versions (using the same footage as Studio Ghibli’s 2001 Japanese DVD). Notice the black overscan frame, the paler colors, and the edge enhancement on the lines. The 2014 render features richer colors, better use of space, and softer but more natural line work.
Of course, Discotek’s Blu-ray will be an even better improvement in picture quality, but for those who are still rockin’ DVD-only setups, there’s still good reason to upgrade to the Discotek release when it lands sometime around August. Even though it won’t have the Storyboard mode (it’s only one disc, sorry!), it still features audio commentary, both English dubs, and a variety of special features. We’ll talk more about those soon…
—Brady & Reed