Yes, yes I’ve been watching Minion’s Quest. http://www.illwillpress.com
It’s a week farther down the line, and a half-dozen backgrounds later, Academy Daze is looking better, with a playable prototype(without art) all debugged, I can tell my three readers (or is it four now?) that it’s about time to start plotting the next project.
In this case, there are two on tap: A followup to Polymorphic’s first release, Mobile Food Madness, and a sequel to Academy Daze.
This one will be Katnip Kapers, and fishy is safe in his aquarium this time. Instead, Inukun steals Nekochan’s catnip mouse, and it’s up to our Heroine to get it back. Wacky hijinks are sure to about with a whole new (and expanded!) catalog of devices to make Inukun’s life miserable, as well as those to try and get Mousy back. Much fun and grand zaniness will be had.
In the Academy Daze sequel, Deep Space, we’re going to advance the Academy Daze storyline and get a little further into the world that surrounds Stryker Academy and the future of the cadets, old and new alike.
We’ll get to see some of our old favorites, but this time, the focus isn’t on them.
Meet the crew of USS Discovery- The Starship Operations crew to match Alex’s Ground unit.
Joyce “Joy” Elliot- Our MC. Age 19. She’s been dreaming of going into Space since she was a very little girl. Today, she gets her wish… Complete with some extra excitement.
Miranda is short, Perhaps 154cm(5’1), and weighing in at a whopping 50kg(110lbs) She’s well-built without being overly muscular. She’s large enough in the chest and hips to never be mistaken for a man, but not big enough to create back and hip problems. Red hair in a pixie-bob cut, and bright green eyes. No freckling.
Alyssa Morrison- Age 22, Chief Engineer. She’s been with this ship on a regular basis since the day her keel was laid, and knows every duct, cable and switch that’s ever been installed. Complete Eidetic memory.
Alyssa is a traditional Size Zero, although she’s not quite as flat/straight. 181cm(6′) and 61kg(135lbs). She’s too busty to make an effective fashion model, which would have been her first choice. Lucky for Miranda, I say. Hair is honey-blonde, worn in a long ponytail. Eyes are brown, with a gold fleck in the left near the iris.
Takahiro Nigase- Japanese by birth, and a distant cousin of the Strykers. Age 19, Ship’s Navigator. Withdrawn and spacey on his best day, but a superior mathemetician. In the simulator, was able to deal with everything the Testing Crew could throw at him. This is his first time with the Prime crew: His counterpart suffered a nasty head injury three weeks ago, and still hasn’t awakened. While grateful to be on the Prime crew, would much rather not have arrived here the way he did.
Takahiro is a slightly pudgy, short man of 156cm(5’2) and 145lbs(66kg). He’s well-muscled across the chest, but not as much as you start looking southward. He has dark hair in a high-and-tight cut, and dark eyes, typical for pure-strain Japanese.
Amelia “Amy” Sage- Age 21, Ship’s doctor. Like most doctors, has a dislike for ‘action’ and is easily disturbed by tales of combat derring-do. Gets along well with the Combat Group. May or may not have a thing for Jinjiro. More on this later.
Amy is trim and muscled, but not grotesquely so, standing 166cm(5’6) and 54.5kg(120lbs). She keeps her auburn hair shoulder-length, and her yes are a brilliant blue
Robert Young- Age 19, Communications specialist. Has a gift for languages, and is looking for the Holy Grail: A language with no affinity to any language on Earth. Learned ExoSpeak as a child- One of a small handful of Humans ever to do so.
Robert is our “pet” bodybuilder. He’s spent far too long in the gym and it shows. At 173cm(5’9) and 110kg(242lbs), he’s huge and mostly fat-free. He is shaved bald, bespectacled, and green-eyed. Nobody knows what his hair color is… He has no body hair of any kind. He swears it was an accident.
Olivia “Katt” Shinma- Age 19, Exotic, Helmsman and hotshot fighter pilot. There’s nothing her helm can’t do, and she’s not making a secret about it. Sports a collar with a little bell on it, claiming it reminds her of Dear Old Dad. Not huge about having to work with Nigase, but will tolerate it for Capt Elliot.
Olivia is an exotic, and therefore has a few appearance-related things outside the Human norm. She’s 169cm(5’7) and 55kg(121lbs), with very long hot pink hair and feline yellow eyes(normal pupil).The collar should be black, with a silver or gold bell. If we want to throw them for a loop, change the color back and forth just because.
Darren Jackson- Age 20, Science Officer. Dark-skinned Exotic, has issues with keeping his head together in a stress situation… And then fails to understand when he should be stressed out. Enjoys studying any and everything, and is forever spouting various bits of useless trivia.
Darren is your stereotypical lab-coat geek with the glasses and the pocket protector. The tallest at 186cm(6’1) and 73kg(160lbs), he’s a rail. His clothes seem to just kind of hang off. Unkempt brown hair and brown eyes that only light up if there’s someone listening to his random trivia or he’s got a new puzzle to work on. He seems to always be running a million miles a second, and is nearly never without food nearby.
This group is smaller, and has much less in terms of required assets. With seven characters and only three outfits apiece, I’m hoping the sprite artists won’t want to kill me in the face quite so much. I know they were in some shock after they saw the original spritelist for AD. Sometimes the issues with space travel pay off. There are four total supporting characters, and three of those are going to die as the game progresses. The last one, well it needs to die too, but that’s not a guarantee. Sometimes being the antagonist has it’s upsides.
With that, I think I’m going to wander off and stop talking before this turns into a TL;DR situation.
Until next time!
Okay, I lied. I have one more project series I’m doing research on: Tales of the Rusty Dagger. It’ll be a series of Fantasy projects connected to Academy Daze in a rather surprising way… You’ll see when we get there.
Until next time!