Once you have it downloaded and unzipped, run “Blood Princess Game.exe” within the “Blood Princess Game” folder.
If you want to play in full screen, press F1 upon loading and check “Launch in Full Screen,” then quit and restart.
Use the arrow keys to move
Spacebar for Action/Confirm
Esc/Insert for Menu/Cancel
To save, press Esc/Insert and go to “Save” at the bottom of the menu. (I highly recommend saving just before completing the nosen herding! (I mean, the game is only 10-20 minutes long, but depending on your luck, a certain battle can either be the easiest thing in the world or a rage quitter if you forget to save 😅 ))
Here are some screenshots!
It’s a bit silly, and there’s maybe only one line of text from the actual manuscript.
I created in this in RPG Maker VX Ace, using either assets included with the pack, including Game Character Hub, or free ones I found online. The only thing I created from scratch were the character faces for Khalida and Lake, which I already had lying around.
Here’s a sneak peek at the creation process:
Above, you’ll see the most complicated event map. A lot of these things aren’t visible when you first enter the screen. I had a grand ol’ time setting up the switches. </sarcasm>
This event, just above the spirit well, is maybe the most complicated one. It only appears after you trigger another event, it switches party members, changes the screen color…
THIS particular event gave me so much grief. It’s a conditional event that displays certain text as you advance in the quest.
And for funsies, this next image is the whole map.
In hindsight, I probably could’ve made the whole desert a single, huge map, but I was teaching myself as I went 😅
Eliope only shows up for a second or two, so here’s a pic of the cutie’s sprite.
Also, I threw in a reference to Avatar: The Last Airbender and Persona 5. See if you can catch ’em 😛
(If, while playing, you think, “Wow, you dork!” my job here is done.)
Ah, Wind Scene. Also known as the overworld music from 600 AD in Chrono Trigger. And for me, the most nostalgic song of the entire game. Yes, even the main theme song. Even Schala’s theme.
Check out my most recent favorite rendition by Malcolm Robinson:
It makes me go like this:
I love this song so much I need to write an essay about it.
Chrono Trigger is one of my favorite games. It was the game that inspired me to write when I first played it all those years ago. I love the plot, I love the characters, I love the world, I love the sprite artwork… siiiiiigh. Although it’s now over twenty years old, I still think it’s practically a perfect game. I even played finished it again just a few weeks ago. On New Game Plus. Within three days. Because NG+ OP AF.
For those of you who’ve never played Chrono Trigger, go play it!!
Anyway, Wind Scene. Allow me to offer some backstory.
In Chrono Trigger, you play as a young man named Crono, who’s excited for the Millennial Fair. He’s to meet his best friend, Lucca, an inventor (and honestly, one of my earliest fictional role models). At the fair, he bumps into a cute young lady who calls herself Marle, and she asks him to show her around.
However, once they reach Lucca’s invention, Marle’s pendant reacts to the machine and sends her off into a wormhole. Oh no! Heroic-yet-silent Crono offers to go after her. He finds himself in a strangely familiar land, where…this song plays. Wind Scene.
Now, little me was SPELLBOUND.
When you play as the silent protagonist, you’re just as confused as he is. As familiar as the surroundings are, no one knows about this “Millennial Fair,” an evil sorcerer is terrorizing the land, and all you want is to find the pretty blond girl and go back home. Then you find out that your best friend sent you 400 years into the past! And Wind Scene is perfect at capturing that feeling. The wonder of wandering your hometown in the past! Not knowing how you got there! Having to ask for help in pubs with a bunch of scary drunk people, all by yourself! The mystery of Marle’s heritage! And of course, saving the world by traveling to various timelines to protect the future, and you aren’t even aware of this yet.
Listening to Wind Scene and having all that nostalgia flood back to me is the most amazing feeling, and I wish I could pass on this fluttery feeling of love. But nostalgia develops in a certain time and place. For those of you who hadn’t grown up with Chrono Trigger, all I can do is share my words, a powerful song, and urge you to play it, yourself.
(Go play Chrono Trigger! The DS version is available from GameStop, Walmart, and eBay, among other places.)
I write young adult fantasy, and for this year’s Pitch Wars, I’ll enter a YA historical urban fantasy currently called “The House with Two Faces.”
It takes place in San Francisco in the winter of 1920. Women all over the country had just gained the right to vote, booze was outlawed, and skirts were a-shortenin’.
Here’s my ~Novel Aesthetics~, including a mockup cover that I made for Wattpad in the hopes of attracting beta readers.
Comp Titles: Diviners and Iron Cast
In my MS
Interracial heterosexual couple
Interracial lesbian couple
Cute little old man
I also made a “dream cast” for funsies. Normally I don’t do this, but I was looking for reference pictures for drawing and went a little overboard, heehee.
What I Do
When I’m not daydreaming up new stories, I voice act, draw, sew, and play video games. While I don’t play video games as often anymore, my favorite genre is still JRPGs such as Final Fantasy. Chrono Trigger is probably my all-time favorite video game, as it’s what inspired me to write in the first place. (In fact, the main character of my self-published YA fantasy trilogy The Cycle of the Six Moons is a teenage gamer!) I’ve also come to be a pretty big fan of The Legend of Zelda series. In recent years, I’ve come to enjoy action-adventure games such as Uncharted, Bioshock, and Dishonored. (Wait, are those considered action-adventure…?)
It was through my love of video games that I discovered voice acting. Video games back in the day *old man voice* didn’t have voice acting, so I came up with the characters’ voices in my head. Then one day, I got a mic and game footage and put my voice to the video! Woo! (You can get a taste of some of my “voice acting” through the Cycle of the Six Moons voice-acted book teasers I’ve created here.)
I also draw and sew, but those are more fun hobby-kinda things than things I’d consider a money maker. They make me happy, but I don’t think they’re thaaat good to sell, yunno? 😅
Speaking of money, I’m a clerical sub for the school district. I don’t think I can suffer through a permanent full time job, so I love the flexibility of the hours as a substitute. Working with the schools means 1) SOMETIMES I GET TO WORK IN THE LIBRARY!!! 2) I get to find out what kids are reading! 3) I even get a foot in the door for mentoring a creative writing class!
My Writing Process
I spend a lot of time daydreaming. I write extensive outlines, including a chapter-by-chapter synopsis, character biographies, a glossary of terms and places… It’s not until I feel like I’m bloated with so much information that I’ll burst that I finally pen the first word.
Well, “pen.” I used to write by hand until I started collecting way too many (but super cool and pretty!) spiral-bound notebooks. I had to have a certain standard when it came to my novel-writing notebooks. Spiral-bound, thick enough pages that the page beneath wouldn’t be embossed, college ruled…yeeeah.
I usually prepare for a session of writing by making some tea 🍵 Gotta have my tea!
I write almost everything digitally now. ‘Cause, you know, physical space is finite.
As a Mentee
I consider feedback carefully. I think nonstop about an issue, so I’ll usually have a plan of attack by the next day. Since I have such a flexible work schedule, I work through revisions pretty quickly. Although I take writing seriously, I like to have fun during the process. I’m not married to my words, and I always appreciate any kind of improvement. I’m also incredibly grateful 😘 I’ll probably be so thankful for your help that I’ll constantly give you shoutouts and gush about you all over social media, like I do with my artist friend, Brandon (who’s open for commissions btw 😂)
What I’d Like in a Mentor
Someone supportive yet fierce. Someone who’d gush over the story but also say, “This part needs work, and I think this might help.” Someone knowledgeable in the market and the genre. Someone who’ll go to a cat cafe with me and chat over tea and fur babies 😘
I’m heteroromantic asexual.
I’m allergic to dogs, penicillin (but I’ll eat bleu cheese 😂), and nuts. Funny story about the nuts, actually…
I’m pescatarian. Can’t live without sushi 😱 OR CHEESE, DUDE. OMG.
I live smack between San Francisco and Sacramento, and I actually muuuch prefer Sacramento 😅 The drive is so much less stressful. I can’t go to SF without friends 😥
I love pulling readers into a false sense of security, SO THEN I CAN MESS WITH THEIR EMOTIONS! AHAHAHA!!! 😈
Thanks for reading! ❤️ Best of luck, everyone!
Now, here’s a teaser from The House with Two Faces 😀
My next big fantasy, “Blood Princess” (working title) will require a full world map 😉 So, decided to make one from scratch.
Now, I’m no geologist, but I know just a taaad about continental drift.
I started with an oval of the world, drew some fault lines, and then had some land mass bleed out onto the earth. Things begin to drift, collide, create mountains and continents, leaving islands in their wake…
I know I wanted a big “main” continent, so there it is smack in the middle, while the smaller continents are there on the sides. I’m not sure if I gave the world enough water, though
Taking the poles and equator into equation, I painted in some deserts, icy wastelands, forests, mountains, and it’s good to go!
Suuure, I could have just painted any old land mass and gone with that, but I thought doing it in a somewhat more scientific way would be more fun 😀
Eventually, I’ll fill out a fair portion with land marks and cities, but for now…hey, it’s a map of the world!
Here’s a gif of the process 🙂
Of course, you can do this in a much more low-tech, kid-friendly way with some construction paper, scissors, and glue 😀 Use some blue paper as the sea, cut about 1/3 the size out of green paper, cut a jagged outline for pangaea, cut that up, and rearrange over the sea for your own world map!
I asked my amazeballs artist buddy Brandon Lacey (who designed The Cycle of the Six Moons cover art, check ’em out here!) to come up with some character concept for an upcoming high fantasy “Blood Princess” (working title).
Here are two main characters, Khalida and Lake (with Astra).
Khalida is, well, a princess. A chubby–albeit beautiful–princess. Lake is her mentor who has an animal familiar named Astra. In the exercise below, I wrote her as a “falcon,” but I’m open to changes since, again, this is all very early concept. Brandon drew her with some beautiful plumage, which I am aaabsoooluuutely fine with.
I think Khalida’s design was easiest for both of us to come to an agreement. The fiery colors just work for her.
Lake’s colors took some playing with, but I like the result here 😀
As a writing exercise centered around the word “hot,” I wrote this fun piece that, in some way, will probably end up in the final story.
Steaming, jasmine foam trickled down the sides of Lake’s body onto the hot stone slab beneath him. He nearly inhaled a mouthful of bubbles when the attendant splashed cool water over his back. The shock rejuvenated him with all the energy he needed for the nighttime festivities ahead. Lake’s pulse quickened as he mentally rehearsed his performance with Astra. His golden falcon shimmered beneath the bathhouse’s geometric dome ceiling, and her amber eyes blinked lazily as she watched the cloud of soap disappear from her master’s head.
Fully rinsed, Lake ran his fingers over his exfoliated arms. His skin was reddened from all the scrubbing, but it was smoother than he could ever recall. However, the delights were his only, as soon enough, his ceremonial robes would cover every inch of his body.
“Let us dry off in here,” he called to Astra. She swooped down from the ceiling and into the hot chamber next door.
Once he left the washroom, the water on Lake’s body began to evaporate. He threw on his sheer under robes, which immediately stuck to his skin. As he smoothed out the wrinkles and fastened his belt, Astra rose to the ceiling to gulp cooler air. Lake would have to hurry back to his quarters before the heat overcame him and he would want to take another bath.
Thinking of the crimson robes hanging in his wardrobe, Lake waved to his falcon. “Come, Astra.”
A high voice gasp came from above. “Lake, it is you!”
Already startled from a girl’s voice, Lake slipped on the tile when he saw stubby, tan fingers folded through the holes of the geometric ceiling. A pair of large, emerald eyes peered back at him.
“Your Highness!” Lake sputtered.
This time, heat of embarrassment washed over him. He covered himself as modestly as he could, scrambling back to the washroom and out of the princess’s sight. Astra remained by the ceiling of the hot chamber, munching on a newt that Khalida had slipped her. Khalida’s giggles echoed into the room, and the bemused attendant watched Lake with a dripping bucket in hand.
“Your Highness!” Lake spat, more sternly this time. “Do you realize how improper this is?! To climb the men’s bathhouse! To see me in such a state!”
A giggle rang in each of Khalida’s words. “What are you going to do? Tell my mother?”
Lake’s voice deepened gravely. “How much did you see?”
“Oh, Lake, I told you, the only birthday gift I wanted from you was to see your face. I knew you were handsome! Come out so I can see you again.”
Lake could feel his whole head swelling with blood. Anyone could see through his sheer robes, but the princess was so naïve that maybe the only thing she cared about seeing was his face.
The attendant inched closer to him, wearing an expression that said, “Is that Princess Khalida?” Lake nodded to him.
“A very happy birthday to you, Your Highness,” Lake called to her. “Now, please, would you allow me some privacy so you may see me again fully clothed? And please take caution in climbing down the roof.”
Khalida giggled. “Certainly! Thank you, Lake! I’ll see you later.”
The men stood in silence as Khalida blew a kiss at Astra. They heard rustling in the trees overhead as Khalida jumped off the roof and climbed out of sight.
Lake exhaled all the air in his lungs and slouched forward. The under robes adhered so closely to his drenched body that bubbles formed beneath the cloth. Lake started to peel the robes off and told the attendant, “I need another rinse.”
Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game.
The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this!
Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe.
Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood.
The House with Two Faces is nearing its final edits before I send it off to agents, BUT I’d like some feedback and more polish 😉 So hello beta readers!
I’ve narrated and uploaded videos of me narrating the first three chapters, which I hope is enough to entice readers and literary agents into reading more. Check ’em out below and let me know if you’d like to read ’em!
(I’ve actually already received and implemented feedback, so the samples I’ll send out won’t be exactly the same as what’s below.)
Throughout February, I created mockup covers for my next book, The House with Two Faces (which I guess I should abbreviate to HTF, like I did with CSM). For the first few days, I kept adding and changing things, then added and changed more covers.
Here’s what the first poll looked like:
1, 3, and 4 got the most votes. A lot of people chose #1, I suppose because of its adherence to the title and its simple vector style which is similar to The Cycle of the Six Moons covers. But I wanted to make sure that this book has nothing to do with CSM, so I wanted to stray away from that.
I still liked #2, though, mostly because of how it has to do with “magic!” and those who actually read the synopsis made good points about the second cover.
So then, instead of narrowing down the results, I offered a bunch of alternatives.
In the end, it came down to 3 and 4.
So I offered even more alternatives by making #1 look more art deco with the corner pieces and the font, and I liked the red I added to her face, so I added that to #2.
BUT IT WAS STILL MISSING THE MAGICAL ASPECT. So then I did THIS
And I really liked #3 because of magic and 20s buuuut still, the votes were super close between #1 and #2.
I gathered 357 votes total.
That put #1 at 44%, #2 at 38%, and #3 at 18%.
#1 was preferred by high school and middle school students, as well as girls.
#2 was preferred by people my age and older, as well as boys.
So, in the end, I guess we’re going with this one.
Which is actually my least favorite cover ’cause I just don’t prefer photographic images of faces on covers 😅
Anyway, this isn’t a “final mockup” cover. It’s just what I’m going to use when I post the first three chapters on Wattpad so I can get beta readers 🙂
lFrom the YA Panel “Local Writers Tell All” at the Suisun City Library on January 21.
Meet local authors Adelle Yeung (The Cycle of Six Moons), Jess Flower (RedBird), and book blogger Jesalin Belk (Blogging Everything Beautiful) to talk about books, writing, and following your dream of becoming a writer. They will share their insights about how to write for young adults, and their experiences with self-publishing books and blogs.