Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Change


It's been a while since I have talked about the future, so I figured it'd be a good time to remedy that. Perhaps everything going on has made me a little more introspective, but I spent some time the other day thinking about all the things we've built and written in AW, as well as the things that we still have to do. Even though I was obviously there, doing the work, it still feels pretty crazy thinking about just how much work has been accomplished.

There's still plenty of work to do, of course, but most of that comes down to writing new content. And there are a lot of places to put content... Originally the intent had been to support a wide variety of potential content from submissions, as well as giving the player a bigger world to explore. However, we've found that there simply aren't that many people interested in submitting their own writing for the game. That may change in the future, but we aren't going to count on it. In order to create a better game experience overall, we'll be cutting some planned content from some map areas, and using that time on the more central locations.

As they say, hindsight is 20/20, and in retrospect, I probably should have gone with a more constrained game world. That would have allowed the game areas to have a higher density of content written by us. That doesn't mean that it has to stay that way forever, but we are committed to hitting a 1.0 release within the planned development period. After we hit 1.0, we're planning on continuing work to expand the game with new features and content. Having the game world appropriately sized for that will be handy. We're also going to continue supporting mods, so there will be "space" for people to do interesting things. 

All that said, it's not like there won't be a lot of content in 1.0, just not some of the content that is implied by all the areas on the map. For example, the resort area near Lake Clitea adds a hotel, water park, boating, beach, and a golf course, which could accommodate a lot of different sexy content, but we don't have much official content planned in that location for 1.0. Our efforts are going to be focused on the main game areas instead, focusing the most on areas where players spend most of their playtime.

Areas on the map with minimal content planned for 1.0:
  • Lake Clitea Resort Area
  • Threesome Peak
  • Riesewood Camping Area
  • Area 69
  • Institute Campus

Areas on the map with some content for 1.0:
  • Hoden Springs
  • Sahnetorte Bridge
  • Muschi Valley Visitor Center
  • Farm COOP Center
  • Bullseye Ubercenter
  • Angler Woods


Outside of strictly content work, we have some remaining work on systems to do. The biggest is the upcoming relationship expansion, to allow more full-featured relationships in the game. We also have the creche and interactions with your potential children, a theme overhaul to unify and standardize the game's UI, and the ending content generator to mix together various aspects of your playthrough (such as job performance and friendships) into the main story ending. I've been working on the kink expansion of the sex system this month, so you'll be able to see more content in that area starting with the next release.

As far as content is concerned, we have writing to do for the main story, the various jobs, schools, relationships, and more location and time-based events. We also want to make pointer quests that will direct players toward more of the existing game content. There are also a lot of smaller content areas that need some thousands of words here and there. Writing is going to be the bulk of our work on the way to the 1.0 release. 

As far as the timeline goes, we're still shooting for hitting the 1.0 release at the very end of 2020, with the final beta probably taking place in December.

2020 is proving to be one hell of a year so far, but this is possible, provided the aliens don't invade...

I've been committed to trying to stick to the planned development timeline I released when the project first went public. I'm not a big fan of projects with indefinite development time myself, and didn't want to leave my supporters wondering "when will this be done?". 

That said, we are planning on expansions of AW after 1.0 to add new content and potentially even new mechanics to allow things such as playing as a futa character. We're going to create plans and definite timeframes for each expansion though. These will likely be in the 3 to 6 month range, but we'll be asking patrons what they want when the time comes. I believe that the world of AW has a ton of potential for growth, but I think it is essential to maintain the same level of transparency and consistency that we have during the development of the main game.

As far as the expansions go, because they will be adding on to a fully-playable game, we'll be able to give more control to our supporters. The things we work on of course, and most importantly, when to stop altogether. We don't want to abandon the game, of course, but we also don't want to drag out development just to get more money (money wasn't the main motivator behind this project in the first place). When the time comes, I'm sure it'll be exciting to start working on a new adult project. :D

As always, thank you all for your support. AW wouldn't be possible without you!

o7

ThaumX

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Prepared


Hello everyone, it seems things are going a little crazy with covid-19.

I've been following the virus since mid January, epidemiology has been a sort of hobby subject of mine since I was a kid (yep, I'm a total nerd). Sadly, things have been going pretty much as expected, though I never thought people would start hoarding toilet paper for some reason. 

The game of thrones played out differently than expected.
As toilet paper illustrates, many of the difficulties people will face will be related to people panicking or doing stupid things. In Guam, a mild panic started when the first cases of covid-19 were confirmed a couple days ago. This also happened to result in the military effectively shutting down the Naval Hospital, meaning all our appointments were canceled. My wife is recovering well, but has been having issues with her stoma... we'll just have to manage for now.

We aren't in bad shape, despite the commissaries closing and the empty shelves at the local grocery stores. I typically try to keep some extra food and supplies on hand, just because of the difficulty with logistics and the tendency for typhoons and other crazy things to happen out here. It takes longer for stores to restock here due to the large transit times of ocean shipping that delivers the food.

I still have to go to work, but with most people teleworking, it's nice and calm here. A good environment for writing :D I do have a little extra support work to do for when my coworkers have issues doing things at home... but in exchange they aren't breaking anything here, so it'll probably balance out eventually. Hopefully.

Besty continues to work from his high-rise bunker, though he says a babushka was threatening to eat a cashier at the local grocery store when he visited. I'm pretty sure he was joking about that, but I suppose you never really know when it comes to Russia and babushkas. :D

We'll keep working on version 0.33, and we hope you guys have as safe and pleasant a time as possible. 

Possibly Useful Info:

If you happen to be suffering from a toilet paper shortage due to people hoarding toilet paper in your area, this may be a solution for you. 


It's a bidet spray, and perhaps they will become more popular as a result of all of this. I got familiar with bidets while living in Europe, and then more recently found that handheld sprays were pretty much ubiquitous in SE Asia where toilet paper is more of a luxury. While it may seem unusual at first, I have to say that they're excellent for getting clean. I even installed some sprays in my home bathrooms many years ago as a result. The sprays themselves are inexpensive to purchase, and very easy to install. I bought mine from Home Depot. 


Friday, March 13, 2020

Hot Sand


Hello everyone, so I've finally made it back to Guam and gotten things (mostly) in order around here. It's quite a relief, and it also means I'll be able to get back to a more typical schedule and a better working environment. That's good because it's surprisingly difficult to write smut in a hospital or cancer treatment area. All the noise and distractions suck--especially with my attention span--but that atmosphere also makes it really hard to get into the right mindset to write at all.

Not that I have any complaints about the experience, I'm just happy to get back home and work. Things with my wife have continued to improve, and she seems to be doing pretty well, all things considered. Dealing with an ileostomy is... a unique experience, to be sure, but you just gotta do what you gotta do. On the bright side, the pathology report came back saying that the radiation and chemo had a full therapeutic effect. The removed lymph nodes along with the tumor itself had no sign of cancer, which is pretty much the best result we could have hoped for. She'll still be doing the really serious FULVOX chemo course starting next week to catch any cells that may have migrated away from the tumor site, but her prognosis is good.

In AW news, for this month we're going to be focusing primarily on content again, though Besty will be doing some more work on the sex toy system. I'm going to be splitting my efforts between the main story and the sex system writing. As usual, we'll probably squeeze in a few other small chunks of content here and there, and I'd like to spend at least a little time expanding on the body portraits. We may also get some work done on expanding the current lineup of mod interfaces, but that's more of a hopeful plan for what to do if everything else goes smoothly.

It seems like 2020 has been one hell of a crazy year thus far. I'm not sure it's going to get any better, but I certainly hope it does! In any case, I'd like to say thanks for your continued support of AW, especially with everything that's been going on with my family and the world in general. It means the world to me; Accidental Woman wouldn't be possible otherwise.

o7

ThaumX




Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Cute Release - Version 0.32 Change Log


It's finally time for version 32!

I'm not going to lie; this has been a shitty month for me. The wife's surgery, and then trying to work on AW while taking care of her and handling multi-hour doctor appointments. Troublesome things going on at work, the annoyance of travel in general, and my layover in South Korea in particular.  Overall it hasn't been the best set of weeks. That said, I still think we have a pretty cool release for you guys.

The biggest thing to see is probably sex toys, with a variety of fun items to try out.  There are 15 items, which range from dildos to chastity devices. There's also a solid chunk of new content in the main story quest, mostly in phase two. As usual, we've also got some miscellaneous new stuff and improvements, like a new SSTD (Wet Heat) and improved bimbo/slut parsing.

I'm surprisingly tired, so let's get down to business.

Change Log


Words: 2,229,189 (Characters: 13,329,294)
Code Lines: 194,962
Body Portrait Combos: 32,440,320

  • Added actions to downtown central park area.
  • Added actions to the downtown parking garage.
  • Fixes to the Drips disease.
    • Can now be effectively treated during the cold phase.
  • Added a common cold disease that has no major consequences, as an alternative to more serious diseases.
  • Added a new Sexy STD called Wet Heat.
    • It combines excessive sweating with some estrus-like effects.
    • Has some mind-altering effects such as adding kinks if left untreated.
    • Eventually will start causing brain damage (+bimbo)
    • Can be cured by receiving vaginal creampies, pregnancy not required.
    • Can also be cured by the doctor, but doing so can have adverse effects.
  • Added function to give the player an SSTD based on weighted probability.
    • Replaces basic method of giving the player the Drips.
  • Added new post-parser system to SugarCube.
    • Parses key segments of game text immediately after rendering (about 50ms)
    • Can selectively parse text such as speech or internal monologues.
    • Replaces the global parser functions for bimbo, slut, and cumslut effects.
    • Added a gagged parser that turns player speech into gagged sounds.
      • Parses speech as various mmph sounds, followed by actual text in parenthesis. "Mmmph mmmph! (Hello there!)"
      • Appletree residents are unsurprisingly used to interpreting the speech of gagged residents. Sort of like how we can understand people from Liverpool in the UK.
  • Fixed the pregnancy status icon so it only appears when the player knows they are pregnant.
  • Player will no longer have periods described while pregnant.
  • Reworked method of traveling to Lily's place. Should now work as expected.
  • Added game encyclopedia entry on credit chits, a physical form of game currency.
  • Added second phase of the rejuvenator repair quest.
    • Currently has a generous deadline (5 weeks) but won't take that long.
    • Involves purchasing enameled wire from contacts around Appletree.
    • Some of the contacts expect a little 'extra payment' for their efforts.
    • About 9,000 words of new mostly-erotic content.
      • Also some appropriate gifs, because. 
  • Added more writing to the various conversation options during the phase 1 quest.
    • About 3,000 words, primarily to the female-start Lily.
  • Improved the sex AI so that it picks actions more reliably.
    • Will no longer pick "impossible actions".
  • Anal sex can no longer result in an accidental vaginal creampie.
  • Beware Prude's Russian Mafia connections.
  • Several bug fixes and minor boops.
    • End of the annoying texting app fails.
    • Picking a new home from the real estate office actually lets you move.
    • You can no longer be abducted by Jimbo while safe at home.
    • Et cetera.
      • etc.

Besty's Changes!


  • Sex toys are now a thing!
    • Sex toy system implemented
    • Toys can be purchased from the Prude sex shop in the adult district, viewed in the inventory, and used from the action menu.
    • 15 toys are currently available.
      • Dildos
      • Plugs
      • Chastity devices
      • Gags
      • "Other Stuff"
    • New self-thoughts to go along with sex toy use.
    • Sex system now takes sex toys into account.
      • New button to remove toys in the scene
        • NOTE: need to do an action after removing a toy to make any previously forbidden sex positions available. (Known issue)
    • Added support for toys to these scenes:
      • Maid
      • Psycho
      • Prostitution (Oldest Profession and Street Corner)
      • Street rape
      • Masturbation
  • Added "Semen Bottle" item to the Cum & Go convenience store.
  • New happy poster is available in the BBB store.
  • Backward compatibility was updated to check for new toy stuff, but you may encounter some errors if using a save from an older game version. Errors shouldn't really affect anything. Hopefully.
  • Masturbation has been removed from the bedroom and added to the actions menu.
    • Now you can masturbate everywhere!
  • New game encyclopedia entries:
    • Nutrition
    • Surgery
    • Stress
    • Happiness


Thanks for your support everyone!
We hope you enjoy the Cute Release!



Thursday, March 5, 2020

Be Prepared


Hello everyone, it's time for a quick update on what's going on with AW.

The good news is that we've got sex toys and new content for you in version 32. The bad news is that we're going to delay the release by a day or possibly two. I think you'll support our reasoning for the delay, however, which is murdering bugs. 

With the implementation of sex toys, we decided to do some wider testing before release, and recruited some testers to go over the dev build of version 32. They did an excellent job, and found lots of bugs. Now we need to go through and fix them. Many of the bugs are minor, some are obscure, and a few are serious. We think it'll be better to fix all the bugs we can and have a higher-quality release, rather than fix the most critical bugs and leave the rest in the v32 release.

On the home front, I'm currently staying in Hawaii to care for my wife. She's been recovering steadily from her surgery, but still needs a lot of support. I've been working on AW in the time between caring for her and taking her to doctor appointments and such. Luckily we'll be able to return home next week, and things can be a little more normal.

That's all for now, I'm going to get back to work!

o7

ThaumX


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Just Gotta Share


This post image was inspired by a really random app idea for size queens, or those interested in hooking up with well-endowed men near them. This is unlikely to be added to the game as something functional... it's just something that seems to "fit" into the game world.

I was fixing up The Drips sexy-STD in the game so that the early stages of the condition are more obvious, and treating it while in the early stages will properly kill it. (As it was, treating the early phase of the disease wouldn't stop you from getting the later stage.) While I was at it, I improved the messages a bit and added two new diseases along with a centralized method to contract SSTDs.

The first new disease is really just something minor, the common cold. It doesn't really have any effects besides making your character more tired. The second disease is something I'm calling the Wet Heat. It's a disease that causes excessive sweating, along with some estrus-like effects. It can be treated at the doctor's office, of course, but will also resolve naturally when the player receives enough creampies. 

Profuse sweating is one of the primary symptoms of Wet Heat.
It'll be interesting to see what you guys think of this particular disease, as we've had some requests for a heat-like condition in the past. I'll probably still add a chemically-induced estrus condition later, but will probably avoid making it into a randomly contractable disease.

On a more serious note, I thought I'd let you guys know what's going on with me. It hasn't been the best week, to be honest. My wife's surgery last week did not go well. The surgery was supposed to be a five-hour laparoscopic procedure to remove her rectum and related tissue. What ended up happening was a 14-hour procedure and partially opening her abdominal cavity. She had a major bleed during the procedure and lost about 2 liters of blood. It also seems that the cancer spread in an unusual way through the other tissues that they didn't see on the MRI, so they had to involve pathology and make sure they removed it all.

It was actually about two days before I had any sort of conversation with her after that, she was heavily sedated in the ICU for most of that time. Pretty much all I got was a single text message that said "pain pain pai". When I did finally get to talk to her, she was really loopy from the painkillers. Fortunately, she's doing much better now, and today when I talked to her she seemed much more like normal. 

Between that, and some work issues going on, I haven't been able to nearly as much writing done as I would have liked. There are still two weeks to play catch-up where possible to try and make up lost progress, but there's still a good chance I won't get everything done I was hoping to. I'll do my best though!

On the bright side, Besty's work on the sex toy system has been coming along quite nicely. There are already several toys in the game with various functionality. Masturbation has also been taken out of the bedroom and put into the action menu, so now it's possible to masturbate all over Muschi Valley. You can also finally use those fuck machine home items by attaching your dildo of choice. :D






That's just a sample of some of the items already in the game. He has also tried to integrate the use of toys into various scenes. For example, if you try to talk to someone while gagged, you'll end up making something of a fool of yourself. We'll still need your help to spot various places in the game that don't quite work with a particular type of sex toy in use, of course. There's a lot of content, and a lot of sex toys, so if you do happen to see a place where the events don't quite match having your toy equipped, please let us know. 

I suspect that gags and chastity devices will be the most likely to have major conflicts, so Besty will be focusing on those scenes initially. :D  It's also worth noting that like always, we've made sex toys easily expansible and made it easy to support modding for custom sex toys. One of the goals for the coming months is finishing the mod interfaces for all the various systems that don't currently have them. 

I think this blog post has gone on long enough, so...

Thanks for all your support!

o7

ThaumX







Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mammoth


I hope this innuendo was obvious enough, I was debating adding a shadow on the wall there...

So this is the usual update to talk about what we're planning to add to AW this month. Sadly, February is a shorter month and I have to do a little travel due to my wife's surgery, though we should still have a nice version 32 release for you at the beginning of March. :D  I'm going to try out creating a list this time to see if it makes covering what we'll be adding a bit easier to write and read... Here goes!

Body Portraits
I plan on adding some new variations to body portraits, probably something to do with muscle tone or fat. I hope to keep adding slowly to the body portrait each month until it gets sufficiently representative. For those that are curious, we're planning on doing skin tones too, though that will be one of the last things we do. It'll be much easier to make skin tone variants if all the assets are done at once, which is why we're saving it for the end.

Main Story Questline
I'll be doing a good amount of writing this month to continue the main story. First I'm finishing up the in-the-lab conversation dialog for phase one, then I'll be writing phase two, the phase two dialog, and the wrap-up and possibly the intros into phase three. Phase two involves some... unique activities to gather the required materials, so should be fun. Depending on how things go with sex writing and my speed in general, I'm planning to spend any extra time on the phase 3 quest and dialog.

Sex Writing
It's past time for me to start writing some improved content for the general sex system. I'm planning on focusing initially on heavy editing of existing content, then moving on to adding in more risky/pregnancy kink content. Depending on how well things are going, I may start adding new variations to actions, or I may return to the main story stuff. 

Sex Toy System & Sex Toys
Besty's main project for the month is finally getting sex toys into the game. This includes toys that can be used/worn inside and out of sex and with devices like sex machines in the home. It also includes things like chastity devices and fun little remote devices like this one:

The sex toy system and the relationships/dating expansion are pretty much the last remaining mechanical elements of the game. There are of course some minor improvements, balancing, and such things, but those usually make up a small portion of a release... The big thing will be content over the coming months, and even the work on relationships will involve new relationship content. It's pretty exciting, I think.

Other Stuff
We'll be doing the usual bug fixing and minor improvements to code of course. There will probably also be some small events or other content added to the game, they make for a good change of pace to keep from getting burnt out on one thing. As an example, I've started completing some of the map actions that thus far have been incomplete, such as the downtown park or parking garage.


That's pretty much it for this month's plans, it's shaping up to be a fun release!

As always, thanks so much for all your support; it wouldn't be possible without you.

o7

ThaumX

Change

It's been a while since I have talked about the future, so I figured it'd be a good time to remedy that. Perhaps everything goin...