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Today I have two new free kinetic novels for you! Both games are Japanese legends and are relatively short. Red Ogre and Blue Ogre is something for children, but it has a certain message. Ghost Fall has some light horror elements and it’s a little bit scary. Both KNs are nice for reading in your break or something; you can play them in your browser:

Red Ogre and Blue Ogre
Ghost Fall

The stories are from Kudo Masahiro. Happy reading!

roseVeRte News

Cafe0As some of you may have noticed already; dUpLicity ~Beyond the Lies~ and Café 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid~ by roseVeRte are now available on Steam. Furthermore, I’m happy to announce that I’m going to translate East Tower into German as well. This game is an episodic comedy visual novel and it is about a mysterious new attraction in a theme park. That should tide us over while we are waiting for the Café 0 sequel: Café 0 ~The Sleeping Beast~. If you like you can give the games a positive rating on Steam. Me and roseVeRte would be glad if you do! :)

Café 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid~ on Steam
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Don’t forget to check out the latest otome game by roseVeRte; How To Take Off Your Mask. It is set to be released in spring 2015 in English and Japanese and who knows … maybe there will be a German translation in the future! :)

Pre-order Raven Poison

English 707x1000It’s time! The third installment of the Raven-Saga is set to be released on January 19, 2015 and that means half-time for Abigail and Corvus. Rave Poison – Forever damned is a little bit longer than its predecessor and some of the open questions will be answered. Here is the blurb:

„Abigail Willows‘ world is shattered. Just when she thought everything would turn out well, the blazing inferno longed for her again. Death seems to follow her every step, and she starts to wonder if she can even stand a chance against destiny. Once a witch, always a witch. It is about time for another trip into the dark past to learn more about the mysterious family Winterberg. The phantom lifts his masquerade, but for which side fights this inscrutable being? Abigail realizes that she cannot save everyone and she feels forced to make an unmoral decision.“

You can pre-order the book here! More information on the official site here.

Bachelor Thesis

http://i2.wp.com/cdn.grin.com/images/cover/e-book/287646_big.jpg?w=640My bachelor thesis Forms and Functions of Multimodal Storytelling in Story-based Video Games is now available for everyone who is interested. The eBook was already released by GRIN Publishing GmbH and the printed version will follow soon. Among other things, I analyzed the games The Walking Dead by Telltale Games with regards to its moral functions and The Elevator by Cyanide Tea with regards to its depiction of religious beliefs. I also looked at other story-based video games briefly. If you are interested in such kind of things, you can view the work or an excerpt here.

Price: $ 15.99
Pages: 35
ISBN (eBook): 978-3-656-87979-4
ISBN (Book): 978-3-656-87980-0

http://i2.wp.com/penguin2.webd.pl/kuba/images/mimsy/logo.png?resize=261%2C261The Mims Beginning is a game by Squatting Penguins Team. Of course, the German translation was done by my, while the localization group MoonCreative has provided additional languages. In the simulation game you have to take care of a herd consisting of small, orange beings; the Mims.

The game already got some good reviews, and is now available as an early access game on Steam. You can find more information on the official website.

The Silver Fox wishes you a Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas! I wish all of my readers, players, friends and relatives Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Now is the time to recall the bygone year and prospect the new one. Many things did happen, but unfortunately, many things did not. Legend of the Silver Fox is far from being finished, but here’s to hope it’ll see the light of day in 2015! Also, many translations are still not released, which personally annoys me; not only because of the lost time, but also because I know that many visual novel fans wait for those games. :(

But enough of the negative stuff!

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My eBook series, the Raven-Saga, started and it is selling better than I expected. Thanks to everyone who supports the series. I publish the book series on my own and that’s why I’m even happier that it was a successful start. By the way, you can get the first book on Amazon for free over Christmas; just click here and download it. You can expect the remaining episodes in 2015 and … even more! I cannot tell exactly what just now. ;) Furthermore, two of my short stories got released in anthologies (German only, though); „Eins mit der Natur“ in Eine Feder für Wölfe (published by Swantje Berndt and released in the Weltenschmiede Verlag) and „Monster“ in Bunte Augenblicke (published by the Autorentreff Bad Camberg and released in the Verlag Edition Winterwork). Moreover, there are great new book projects coming for me to edit next year; among other things an adaption of a well-known, German video game. I’m really looking forward to it!

TranslationsWhispering Willows
Concerning upcoming game translations, it’s also going well. Since a few months, I’m part of the localization group MoonCreative; we localize video games for various gaming systems into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Polish and more. That means I get to translate many more well-known games into German like Whispering Willows. But of course in my free time I’ll keep doing translations for visual novels; regardless of whether they are free or commercial. Though, please note that (also partly because of my indignation about the unreleased translations) those works, which I get paid for, take priority. I have to pay my bills as well. Even more video game news? Yes! However, like always I’m not allowed to reveal much. As a matter of fact, some of my translations will be released on Steam, iOS, Android, and PlayStation in 2015. As always I’ll announce  all new infos on here and on Facebook as soon as I can tell you more.

CoverMy own video games
To Kill A Black Swan was released this year and even though it did not get the same resonance as This Is Where I Want To Die did, feedback was mostly positive. For 2015, I intend to release the last Sleepless Night. Part 3 will be darker, longer, and combines elements from both its predecessors. Furthermore, all open questions will be answered. Legend of the Silver Fox will hopefully be finished and a new visual novel should make enough progress so I can present it to you. What’s more, I’m also working on a RPG, which I hinted at here and there. ;)

That’s it from me for this year! I was able to work with great authors, translators, and developers in 2014, and all things considered it was a good year. I’m looking forward to read from you; how was your year, do you have good resolutions for the new one?

Cheers
Marcel

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JUJU is a jump ’n’ run game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC by Flying Wild Hog. Together with the localization group MoonCreative we translated the game into several languages; of course also into German.

JUJU is a funny game for the whole family and offers many colorful levels, secrets, and cool boss fights. Take a look at the product page on Steam: *click*

More information, screenshots, and Videos on the official website: Official website

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Lost Echo is a point-and-click adventure by KickBack Studios for iOS and Windows Phone. I translated the game into German and the new version with the German localization is already available for iPhone and iPad. In the game, you have to solve puzzles, investigate places, and interact with people in order to find Greg’s girlfriend Chloe.

“In the near future Greg’s girlfriend Chloe mysteriously disappears in front of him. He starts a desperate search for her. What happened? Why does no-one else remember her?”

Lost Echo is set in a futuristic world and the places are gorgeous to look at. Also, the soundtrack fits perfectly to the futuristic setting. Check out the game, you can buy it for $2,99 on the AppStore! There is also going to be an epilogue at some point, which I’ll probably translate as wells!

As you may have noticed there have been barely news about Legend of the Silver Fox. The reason is simple: There are no news. Which means the game will probably not be released in 2014. At the moment, I’m not sure it’ll be released at all. I’m not satisfied with my writing anymore and I literally scrapped about 20,000 words. The people who played it did not seem to like it or gave no feedback at all (which is a pretty bad sign).

And I know the reason for this: I haven’t been honest. The writing I did for this game did not come from my heart; I may know the story in my head but I was not sincere in terms of the writing for most of the part. I invested so much and I know you guys have been waiting for this game a long time, but I’m actually not sure if I CAN finish it. I kind of have a writer’s block when it comes to Legend of the Silver Fox and I don’t want to write something which I wouldn’t consider sincere. If I were to do such a thing, I would not be able to say: This is it. This is how I wanted the game to turn out in terms of writing.

I may need another writer or MUCH more time to finish it. Just don’t expect the game anytime soon. If you are a writer and want to help me out please contact me. I could really use some help with this game. As it is now, only the demo is finished. There is hardly any more content in terms of writing (anymore).

If you ask me, a visual novels is an art form that relies to a great extend on the writing and especially on the quality thereof. In contrast to my other works, I cannot claim that LotSF meets my standard and expectations anymore. I hope I’ll have more pleasant new for you soon.

English1200x1697You can now preorder the German version of Raven Tears – Lost by Midnight on Amazon! The Raven-Saga enters its second round and it’s getting much darker. More horror elements await you and the volume is much longer due to popular demand.

Description:
“The young witch and former time traveler Abigail Willows finished high school and now the college stress is knocking at her door. However, that is not her only problem. Her feathered friend Corvus Raven is unable to go out into daylight and to crown it all he lost control over his human form. Abigail learns about the scale of her witch powers and that way hurls herself into one disaster after another. What does her mysterious mother have to do with all of this? And will she be able to save herself and those few people she loves in time?”

You can preorder the German version here! So you can start reading on November 12! I’m trying to have the English version ready in November as well. More information on the official site here. A huge thanks to everyone who has supported me so far. I’m very happy that you seem to like the story, and I even have more great surprises concerning the future of the series. I’m only going to say: It’s something international fans can look forward to! ;)

What is next? A movie adaption? A TV series? Hollywood did not call just yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as possible! :D