DUDE it's awesome how crazy dedicated you are to your work, I'm like, WOW!! It's been... how long? A couple months? Since Arc 5 part 1? And woah, super excited to see the final product! Spectacular work, keep it up and take as much time as you'd like and take lots of breaks when you need them 🥐😋
Arc 5, Part 1 1/2 Releasing August 18th! a.k.a. whoops Carrot did it again... (this is a problem)
HEY HOOBLAH HEY! It is I, everyone's favorite vegetilian instigator of destruction. I would say "guess what" except that you've all clearly read the title of this devlog by this point in time so I'll just sheepishly say "yeahhhhhhhhh..."
CARROT, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
You are likely all probably thinking.
And. Well. I don't really have an answer to that unfortunately. But hopefully you'll accept this small release as compensation.
I say despite "small" not really being the right word, as the entire reason I'm randomly deciding to have another inter-arc release is because--------
AS ALWAYS I HAVE NO SELF-CONTROL AND THIS THING IS GROWING AS FAST AS MY SPIRALING ANXIETY.
Actual photographic evidence of me working on Arc 5.
OK. I really and truly wasn't planning on needing to release yet another semi-part before the end of this thing. And that's because in my head, what I had left after releasing Arc 5 Part 1 wasn't that much. Like I knew the scenes I wanted to cover, generally what I wanted to happen, etc. and it didn't feel like something that would grip its tight grippy-grips into the crevices of my mind and compel me to spend multiple months on art for a single s-s-s-sequence.
But. THINGS NEVER TURN OUT AS PLANNED, DO THEY?
I knew it had grown slightly when I got done writing it and the word count alone wasn't that much less than what I had written for Part 1. But I still thought. You know. It'll be fine! I planned to write up through the castle sequence, then do all the art and coding, then move on to write the next part /finale, then do all the art and coding. But I got a little stopped up when the art and coding for what I had written expanded exponentially beyond what I had expected (b-b-b-because I just need it to EXACTLY fit what is PLAYING ACROSS MY MIND and PLAGUING ME ON A DAILY BASIS).
LET'S COMPARE ARCS.
- Arc 1: 79 CGs (tho this also includes all the intro/credits stuff, so it's not exactly accurate)
- Arc 2: 62 CGs
- Arc 3: 69 CGs
- Arc 4: 69 CGs
- Arc 5 Part 1: 59 CGs
- Arc 5 Part 1 1/2: 74 CGS?????????????????????????
This is what I mean when I say it went a little off the rails................ *SWEAT*
Part of this is because I decided what this part absolutely needed was a semi-animated cutscene. BECAUSE OF COURSE. This is a great idea, Carrot! Definitely won't take you months to do!!!!!11!!1!! /sar
I just really.
THIS WHOLE SEQUENCE IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. AND ALSO. I KNEW IT WOULD BE IMPORTANT TO OTHERS, TOO. There's just a lot of build-up leading up to a lot of these moments in Arc 5 in general. And I didn't want to like. Let anyone down. Or have anyone be dissatisfied with the outcome. So I've just really been going all out lakdjfas (I mean not that I mind because I personally really like how it's all turned out and am Pleased with it, but).
Actual photographic evidence of me arguing with my inner demons telling me to keep drawing more and more and more.
CGs aren't the only thing tho that went off the rails in this part! There's also a ton of new sprites????? Because why the heck not, as I always say (I never say this). This is actually mostly because one specific character you may or may not be able to name just... just required a lot of sprites... I GUESS BECAUSE OF THE DYNAMIC I WANTED FOR THE SEQUENCES??? Like I wanted there to be a lot of movement and, uh... I don't know. It's hard to explain without showing it wHiCh wOuLd bE a SpOiLeR. So I'll just say that a certain someone is very a-a-a-animated at times.
I just went and counted and he has... 15 different sprites/poses. And a good number of those have multiple variations/various necessary plot-relevant tweaks to them. SIGH. See, this is what I mean. It just. Expands.
whatelsewhatelse OH. THE CODING.
Because apparently this is the section of the game where I decided to just GO A LITTLE BIT RIDONKULOUS WITH THE SCRIPTING AND THE ANIMATION AND THE ACTION SEQUENCES AND LITERALLY SOMEONE NEEDS TO STOP ME.
There are multiple full-blown action-y type sequences that took me frickin' forever and a day to code. Multiple cutscenes. Me randomly deciding to try out various effects for the first time. Me deciding that multiple scenes need to set at least partially to music. Me weeping a deluge of tears because of the onslaught of feels. You know. The usual.
So in general, from the CGs... to the sprites... to the coding... EVERYTHING was taking me a million times longer to complete than I had expected going in. Though the actual word count (33k) will be a little bit shorter than past releases (which are usually between 35k and 40k), I hope that all the other stuff will make up for it for everyone that plays lkasjdfasd
(and also I can only assume I will continue with this trend as I move into the finale -- which is why I expect it will once again take longer than I expect -- why is just another reason why I'd like to get this part out now so people can already play it while I enter the grind once more)
Actual photographic evidence of me thinking about how I'm most definitely going to be creating tons more work for myself in the future.
DID ANYONE ACTUALLY READ ALL THAT RAMBLING?
Let's move on to the cold-hard deets that most people are only here for (i.e., the actual release specs).
As mentioned so eloquently in the title card, Arc 5 Part 1 1/2 (or 5.15 or whatever you want to call it) will release on Friday, August 18th!
It will incluuuuuuuude:
- Approximately 33k words (so around 2-3 hours, tho potentially a bit less if you don't go through all the various choices, since there are more choice-based scenes this time around)
- 74 CGs
- 3 semi-animated cutscenes (one of which is very long... the other two are just short little things)
- 17 new music tracks
- 19 new sprites, along with a variety of sprite edits/variations
- Two buckets' worth of tears
As for specifically what it will include in the timeline of the arc (so you know what to expect), it goes up through the end of the castle sequence, basically up to what I refer to as "The Final Choice," which you'll actually be able to make in the next release, so something something GET READY FOR IT as your various choices throughout the game influence which ending(s) you'll be able to choose from).
I'll be adding a note for this within the game itself and mention again when it releases, but I highly recommend you play Our Fantastic Wonderland (i.e., the Spooktober jam side game) before playing this part. Like. It's not absolutely completely entirely necessary. But. You might get really confused at a certain part (and regarding a certain character in general). So I just recommend it as it will make the experience better and you'll understand the references and more of what's going on better during that part.
On a similar note, I'm thinking of doing OFW countdown art once we reach the week of the launch. I think it would be fun teehee. We'll see.
OK I THINK THAT'S EVERYTHING FOR NOW THOUGH. This whole devlog could have been reduced to that single list above GODDDDD. So I will quit while I'm ahead (or behind).
See everyone for the launch in a few weeks!
Ok I just wanted to end this devlog with something cute LDKAJFSDL
Get Our Wonderland
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IN MY MIND IT'S SOMEHOW FELT LIKE A REALLY LONG TIME SINCE THE LAST RELEASE LOLOLOL
Perhaps because I got used to releasing Arcs 1-4 in a matter of months from each other. So when it started to take so much longer with Arc 5 I was feeling really slow and scared that people would get impatient and leave the project or something ahhhh... 💦
Thank you for the kind words laskdfa I'll be giving myself some hopefully calmer / more peaceful weeks with some breaks after the launch as I slowly start to work on the finale / final part, so I'm definitely trying to be kind to myself despite everything!! LOL Thank you for all your support, and I hope you'll like the next part when it comes out very soon!! 🥰
Great decision, wonderful news, this vn is amazing and it certainly shouldn't be rushed.
LKDJAFLSKDFJASD THANK YOU????? I'm definitely trying my best not to rush. Separately into parts like I have has really helped ease some of the pressure I feel about releasing stuff, which is making sure (I hope???) that I don't slack on any of the things that I really wanna do and that I feel the story needs lkfdajad I hope you'll like the next part when it comes out! 💕
Looking foward to it!! I really love the game so far, especially with how we left things off! Gidget getting the character development they (he?) deserveee(s)!
Ahhhh thank you so much!! I was also really happy with how the end of Arc 5 Part 1 left things lkdjfaslkdf just feels like I get to finally bring a lot of these characters to The Big Moment of so many of their arcs, so it's been a lot of fun (if not slightly nerve-racking to make sure I do things right LOL)
Thank you so much for playing and I hope you'll like Part 1 1/2 when it comes out soon!! 🥺💕
Omg Carrot all of that work is insane eksjdgbskdjgb, please remember to take breaks so as to not burn out (੭ ˊ^ˋ)੭ ♡ * hugs tightly *
Still, it shows how much passion you're putting into your project and I'm just so excited and happy for you!! I can't wait to play the next part and see where the story goes!!
(*ฅ́ ˘ฅ̀*)♡ The story is slowly coming to its conclusion and aaaaahhdjgbhsjk on the one hand I'm super happy about that but on the other hand I'm also sad cause I will miss seeing these characters a lot once the story is completed（ｉДｉ）
I wish you all the best with the release!! I know I sound like a broken record by now but please remember to rest and take time for yourself too ajkfbksjbdg
Sending you big hugs ♡⸜(ˆᗜˆ˵ )⸝♡
KJFDLAKSFDJA I AM TRYING. Tbh releasing this semi-part again is partly me trying to be kind to myself, because it relieves a lot of the pressure from my mind knowing that this part will be out and I can just focus on the very end. I think if I go too long without putting something out the pressure starts to build a lot and I end up feeling very weighed down GUH. So I am looking forward to this release a lot, even if the cause for it is because it's a gajillion times larger than I expected it to be lakdjfad
Ahhhhh thank you though, that really means a lot!! I really hope people will like this part, it touched me in a ton a different ways while making it and I just have a lot of feels about it. I WILL BE SAD TOO WHEN IT ENDS. Though knowing me I'm definitely not going to be letting these chars go anytime soon at least LOL... whether I get started on that remaster I hope to do eventually or some sort of new side game, I will probably jump right into something else once I'm finished hahaha. And maybe also start thinking about a few other ideas I have. But at this point it's still too far away to really think about it lol.
Anyway, thank you again!! I shall attempt to rest. Hopefully can force myself to take at least a small one after release before jumping straight back in to working on the finale 🥺💕
You're absolutely insane omg. we are truly blessed.
KLDJFALKDSJFLAKDSFA NOT SURE ABOUT THAT
B-b-but thank you. I hope everyone will enjoy it ahhhHHHHH 😭💦💕
AUGUST 18th?! "Thank god, it's Friday" INDEED~!!! TIME TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS, FOLKS!!!
Woah, it feels like my birthday even tho' I'm not even an August-born child (but hey, October is KINDA close to August, riiight?).
Honestly, I don't mind you're releasing another update as "Arc 5 - Part 1 & 1/2" or whatever-you-wanna-call it. OW is your passion project after all, and I think it's wonderful (heh) that you're putting in the time and effort that's needed to convey your inner vision! The fact that you continue to experiment with new techniques, like animation, is admirable. That curious and adventurous spirit of yours will definitely lead to more interesting knowledge & skills for your creative toolbox, for sure!
Heck, with the news of "Arc 5 - Part 1 & 1/2"...it's like you gave me two cakes for my so-called "August" birthday. Now, I got "Arc 5 - Part 2" to someday look forward to as well! That just gives me more time with the characters and their shenanigans, so I'm certainly not complaining~
Best of luck to you, Carrot!
PS: Hope your drawing hand is resting well! You're such a hard-working and earnest storyteller, Carrot. Your game's totaled CG count thus far (about ~412 total) is honestly jaw-dropping AMAZE.BALLS!!! Heck, that total doesn't even consider the individual frame counts that'll go into the future animation (and Christ on a cracker, I sweat bullets over the thought)!
Thank goodness Past!Carrot wisely added a Gallery function, cause I'll be damned if I don't get myself 100% Completion!!! Can't wait to see the castle sequence~
I have to say that not only were the cgs plentiful and precise, but the text dialog at the time rhymed, causing me to want to go to the game over and over again to experience the cgs of those conversations instead of just looking at them in the gallery. It's just amazing.
LOLOL I ALWAYS RELEASE ON FRIDAYS. Both because I feel like it's better for players as they're more likely to have free time with the weekend, and also because I need the weekend myself to recover DJFJFJFII Releases cause me much anxiety and tumult LOL
Awww thank you very much for saying that!! I feel like my biggest worry was people being confused and/or dissatisfied that it's not the finale yet 💦 And/or just being annoyed that I can never keep with my plans LOLOL I JUST CAN'T HELP IT. But I do hope people will still enjoy some of the work that went into this. I swear with each new release I do (either for this or a side game) I learn more and more, so I hope to think the general experience of the game is also improving (this is partly why in the future I also hope to revisit the game and try to "remaster" some of the early parts lolol)
And lolol that's true! People will still have the actual final finale to look forward to even after this 🤭
Yeah,,,,,, the total CG count is getting a little bit ridiculous at this point GOD 💦 And I can only imagine what the finale will add to it eventually 😭 I TRY NOT TO PUSH MYSELF. I just have so many Images and Scenes in my mind I want to fully envision djfjdj AND LOL I'M GLAD THE GALLERY IS HELPFUL. It's true that without it you'd have no way of knowing if you're missing any of the CGs 🤣
Ahhhh thank you in general so much for the support! It really means so much!! 😭💕 And I hope you'll enjoy the new part when it comes out!! 😺 (don't ask me why I put a cat here, I felt compelled)
Ah ha, I want to ask about, if there will be the rotating Carrot animation at the starting process in OW, like StLD? Until Arc5 Part1, it still was a static Carrot.
Hahaha the rotating carrot was because I wanted it to look like the carrot was dancing to match the "dancing" theme of StLD! 🤭 (Similar to how I added a little pop up "!" bubble to the carrot for T2A2G). Unsure if I would ever change the carrot for OW...
IM SO EXCITED!!! But fr I knew they were a lot of cgs, but I didnt know it was that many?!? Youre an absolute unit carrot, dont overwork yourself😭
Sobbing I've never been called that before djfjdjdj THERE ARE INDEED MANY CGS. PERHAPS TOO MANY. But I can't help it because when a scene speaks very strongly in my mind I simply must draw it so I can make it appear As Close to My Mind As Possible LOL
ANYWAY THOUGH.. Thank you so much for the support ahhhh 😭💦 I really hope you'll like it!! 💕
*cut to me INHALING entire devlog, cut agan to circling Aug 18 on my wall calendar* Ahh yes, I am Ready To Get Hurt Again™️, why do you ask??
HELP DJDJDJDJDJ omg,,,,,, I feel very shy 🥺💕 THERE'S NOT. TOO MUCH PAIN. maybe. Ok maybe that's a lie. B-but there are also some good/soft/cathartic moments too rjrjrj
I HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY IT AHHHH 😭
DID IT AGAIN
I PLAYED WITH YOU HEA-*
AHEM SORRY SORRY
AJDNSNELSN SO EXCITED FOR THIS !!!
I mean technically I still have "Save the last dance" to snack on BUT since I am on a language trip right now I have others things to do BUT I'LL DEFINITELY PLAY IT AND WILL LEAVE A COMMENT ON IT
"74 CGs" Wow that is. THAT IS A LOT OF CGS OMG ARE YOUR HANDS OKAY
The second art with young Genzou HOLDING THE LITTLE PLUSHIE HE MADE WITH IGGY- Fun fact I remember this plushie for the very specific reason that when Iggy saw Genzou's plushie at his work place/appartement (I don't remember exactly 😭) he was like "oh that make me feel a bit bad cause my plushie is probably rotting somewhere at my parent's" and I was like "Iggy you STUPID"
"It will include (among other ofc) Two buckets' worth of tears" YOUR TEARS OR MINE WHEN I'LL PLAY
THE LAST ART OMG GENZOU AND IGGY I LOVE THEMMMMMMM LYNSIDHEK
Anyways, to sum up, I can't wait to play this new part !!! And leave a whole ass essay about how it made me feel in the comments because I can !!! (No seriously though when I look back on my previous comments I'm like "how the hell did I get the motivation to write all that ESPECIALLY AT 2 AM FOR ONE OF THEM)
HAHAHAHAHA THAT IS INDEED WHAT I WAS THINKING IN MY HEAD WHEN I WROTE THAT
Regarding the state of my hands........... who can say 💦 Tho I benefit from the fact that my art style is not exactly complex so I can draw somewhat quickly and also some of the CGs are relatively simple.
DHSHDHDHD THE PLUSHIES LIVE RENT-FREE IN MY HEAD 😭 God...... I feel like almost in a way they are a good symbol of Genzou and Iggy's dynamic in general, and the one tangible piece of what they once had that Genzou will never truly be able to let go. Cuz in my mind at least they were inseparable until everything that happened.
BOTH OF OUR TEARS (MAYBE) (WHO CAN SAY) I already cried a few times working on it, at least,,,,,,,,,, 🥺💦
HHHHHHH I'LL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AHHHH. I loved your comments so much I love hearing people's thoughts and feelings about the characters and story so so much fjdjdjd I hope you'll enjoy it!!! I feel very strongly about many of the things that happen.... GOD. Thank you so much for all your support 🥺💕
IM SOS EDIXDTEDDOMGMGGG OMG GGIMM SO ECXCITED
You are a legend, my dear carrot. Take breaks as you need them, don't burn yourself out, and otherwise take care of yourself. I've found to first please others, I have to take care of myself - 'cuz otherwise my brain is mush and I'm little use to anyone. :D
Also, I can't wait to see all the different permutations of The Final Choice. Given how your previous works' endings have had the theme of "how well can you read people", I'll be interested to see how all the various choices combine. Certainly better than the "press one of 4 buttons" approach!
(Just noticing that I write chinese at first in this reply..)
I'm hoping that the choices based on these Arc's will affect more than just who Iggy ends up with, but also how far together they go. I'm seemingly asking for too much, as long as Iggy and Genzou can be happy together in one of the endings that's good enough for me, preferably Orlam can come out of it, Gidget can hold on to her heart more easily, Bucks can be free and be happy with Hunar and Saydie at the same time, I want a good ending.
A LEGEND, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT DJDJDJD but thank you 😭💕 I am indeed trying to keep myself in mind, as well. I think it doesn't help though when I feel happiest when working on stuff related to The Game but these things also do occasionally tire and burn me out sometimes. But then if I stop working I feel somewhat sad because it's what I love to do ..... SIGH. It's a delicate balance perhaps 💦
ANYWAY. The final choice won't be SO complex mostly because I didn't really design this with a typical Choose Your Own Adventure mindset, rather a Players Can Gently Guide Certain Parts of It in the The Direction They Prefer fhfhdjd The main ending will always be the same as the story itself has always been leading towards one goal, but some stuff leading up to it and some epilogue stuff will be a bit different based on the choice you make -- and which options you're given will depend on a culmination of all the choices you've made throughout the game. If that makes sense. AT ANY RATE. I hope it'll be ok for ppl gdgfhf In my mind at least the actual ending/finale will be the crux/ main outcome but Iggy's final choice just provides more flavor LOLOLOL
Well. I still have to write it all tho so this is just the current conjecture in my head at least 🤣💦
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS but also WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF?????????
LMAO I CAN'T HELP IT THE STORY SPEAKS TO ME AND I MUST HEED ITS CALL AKSDJFASLKDF
Just like what I said in twitter, Carrot again supprised me! Well the Part1 1/2's release is kind of expectable indeed, since I have read ALL Carrot's tumblr and twitter blogs so I know there was a thinking of "Part3" nearly a month ago.
Actually for everyone who loves this game, we will all very glad to see this, no one will be mad at it.
Ok but it's truly awful that I again can't play it in the first second cuz I have a contest in Aug 18th and 19th, and it has drive me crazy these days. Awful I can't meet the guy I love in the first time.😢😭Genzouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! Iggy's little cocoon, my important and necessary cocoon...
LOL I WAS HEAVILY HINTING THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. I hope people are still excited about it though 🤣💦 I just figure since the finale will like me take longer than expected, as well (like everything else in this arc), it'd be good to get this part out so people can play it!
dklajfldskf I hope you'll enjoy it whenever you have the chance to! 🥰
Yayyy I'm looking forward to it!!
LET'S GOOOOOOOOO I HAVE THE DATE NOTED DOWN IN MY CALENDAR LET'S GO
also I'm sure nobody's mad at you for making Act 5, Part 1/2. I think nobody would even be mad if you made Act 5, Part 1/2.5a v. 0.1 or whatever.
HAHAHAHAHAHAH GODDDDDD imagine me like 5 years from now and I'm still releasing parts of Arc 5 I would literally sob I PROMISE THERE WILL TRULY ONLY BE ONE MORE AFTER THIS AND IT WILL BE THE FINALE AT LAST 💦
Gosh I'm like brimming with excitement to release this though fhdjdjd 🤭💕