The Development of ‘Sweet Tea Casting Call’
Hey all! I promised you a dev story, so here it is.
It’s been 4 years since I published Perfect Chemistry. Since then I’ve graduate from school, changed jobs twice, and gone through so many life-things that the world is a completely different place. Meantime, I’ve been chipping away at various otome visual novels, but I didn’t seem any closer to finishing. After starting Contrary over…for the fourth time, I needed to shake things up and get my motivation back.
It was October of 2015. (No, that’s not a typo.) I wanted to put my sprawling fantasies aside and try to wrap my hands around something manageable. So I went back to the drawing board and dreamed up the initial plot line for Sweet Tea Casting Call. Of course, I got it in my head to make it a Thanksgiving themed game…partly because I needed a deadline and partly because nobody really does Thanksgiving themed movies or games.
I wrote the thing up, coded up the UI and tested it. All I had left was the three bonus epilogue scenes to write up. But I didn’t. I decided to shelve the project for a year for reasons unknown.
But a couple of weeks ago, I decided to bring it back. I played through it, and it’s no masterpiece, but it made me laugh. So I decided it was time to dust this one off and share it with the world. After more than a year, Just Jen in Sweet Tea Casting Call makes its debut.
Now, what makes this really ironic is this post here: https://elekctrafied.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/the-development-of-perfect-chemistry/
Apparently for as different as the world is…not much has changed.
I’m not going to try to guess what’s in store for Elekctrafied Productions. Because I’ll be wrong. But what I can say is that, for better or for worse, writing and visual novels are one thing that I keep coming back to over and over again.