Now on itch.io

As of now, you will find all of my games on itch.io. This has several advantages for me, but also for you. For me it’s easier to upload all games there and keep them updated. (Furthrmore, I don’t have to overload my Dropbox.) And you can always download the latest version of my games.

If you really liked a game or if you just want to support me, you can give me a “tip” on itch.io; the games will still be free, though.

All visual novels have been updated again so thanks to the latest Ren’Py version, they should run more smoothly and be more compatible. I have also fixed some small things. Have fun reading!







Sleepless Night REMASTERED – Announcement

Sleepless Night REMASTERED

It’s been three years since the original Sleepless Night was released. The game was developed in just one month. In the following years, there’ve been many translations, ports for smartphones, a sequel, a spin-off, and other things are planned.

Today I’m happy to announce Sleepless Night REMASTERED. With new HD background art (1920×1080), an improved soundtrack, a new GUI, a list with all endings, music room, gallery, more translations, and more surprises. If the game lands on Steam, you can also look forward to achievements and trading cards!

There will be no changes to the story. So as I said, it’s just going to be an improved version of the original game, and it will be available for a small fee. It’s the Sleepless Night I always wanted to have and I hope the fans will like the improvements as much as I do.

I cannot really tell when Sleepless Night REMASTERED will be released. A majority of the improvements is done already, and there are just some small things missing. However, this will not affect the third and last game of the series. Sleepless Night 3: Nocte Illuni will (hopefully) be released this year, and it’ll be completely free at first!

What else would you like to see in Sleepless Night REMASTERED?

Christmas Greetings and 2015 Prospects

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!

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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.

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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

JUJU – German Translation

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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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Legend of the Silver Fox – News(?)

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.

The Future of Sleepless Night

I have some great new ideas for the Sleepless Night series, but I wanted to ask you first what you would be interested in. Please note that everything is purely hypothetical, and this is not an official confirmation that those projects will actually be realized (except Sleepless Night 3).

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In the past, I would often experiment with the RPG-Maker; however, none of those games were ever released. I would like to try to create a Sleepless Night RPG game. I don’t know yet if it’s going to be a 1:1 copy of the visual novels, or a new story of Haru. Would you like to play a role-playing game, in which you play as Haru, fighting against the shadow monsters, raising levels, learning skills, and rescuing your friends?

Sleepless Night novel adaption
At the moment, I’m writing very much. Among other things I’ve written a lot for the Sleepless Night series (for the third installment and possibly other projects), so I thought it might be interesting to combine the whole Sleepless Night series (that is part 1, 2, 3 + side stories) into a novel, amplify it, and release it as a ebook. That way you could read the ending of the story earlier and you wouldn’t have to wait for the release of the last game. Also, there are going to be additional scenes.


A little idea about Shizuka’s and Kazumi’s background story as a kinetic novel. It could be another mini-episode of the Sleepless Night series, similar to Midnight Chaos, and would offer background information that will make you understand Shizuka and her intentions better.

The third installment makes progress, and I already thought about how the gameplay is going to work, and how the ending should be. However, it is going to be the biggest Sleepless Night game, and will not be released before 2015. Of course, it will be free like the rest of the series. Beforehand, however, I want to release Legend of the Silver Fox.

What would you be most interested in?

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To Kill A Black Swan

To Kill A Black Swan

To Kill A Black Swan is a short murder mystery visual novel about a detective, a yoga course attendant, a grieving wife, an obsessed cleaner, a “bro”, and a bitchy friend. To Kill A Black Swan is not your average whodunit, nothing is as it seems to be, it is all about superficiality (and beneath the surface it has an important message to tell.) TKABS was created for the 2014 Indie Game Development Contest and is available for free. The title is inspired by To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, but it is an original story.

Features:
* original detective story
* custom soundtrack
* hidden object game elements
* in-game map of the city
* English and German

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Please read this story if you enjoy novels. Please read it if you don’t.
Because reading eliminates ignorance.

Midnight Chaos – Release

Midnight ChaosMidnight Chaos is available now. Have you drawn  fan art? Wrote fan fiction or a review? Everyone who contributed something to the Sleepless Night series can get the game for free. Just send me a message and tell me which OS you want the game for. More information about this kinetic novel here.

Those who do not want to draw or write something, can also mention the Sleepless Night on their blog, in a YouTube video or on social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).

EDIT: The game is real, it’s no April Fools’ joke. Sorry if that caused misunderstandings. That would’ve been just cruel; asking people for fan art and fooling them. 😀

Midnight Chaos – Announcement

Midnight Chaos

Midnight Chaos is a short kinetic novel and part of the Sleepless Night series. It is highly recommended that you play Sleepless Night and Sleepless Night 2: Ladies’ Night(mare) beforehand. This story focuses on what happens in that time when the protagonist from Sleepless Night is asleep and the girls from Sleepless Night 2 are having their ladies’ night. It’ll throw some light on the events from the two games and is some sort of prelude to the third and final Sleepless Night game. You will meet old friends and new enemies.

What is Haru up to now? His friends are in danger, and he has to make an important decision. The true villain shows up and threatens Haru and all the people he loves. Can Haru find his friends in time to warn them? Will he find the answers in Shizuka’s house, or in the forest?

Since Midnight Chaos is a thank you to the fans of the series, I wanted to make it available who support the Sleepless Night series in some way. If you’ve created fan art, fan fiction, a translation of one of the games, or something else or have provided me with resources for the games and/or helped me with programming/art/testing, just send me a message and I’ll send you a link to the full game once it’s released. Of course, you can also create something new, it doesn’t have to be super complex, just something small is good enough. I’ll post fan art and other things on my website and link to a page of yours if you want.

Sleepless Night 2 – Soundtrack Release

Sleepless Night 2 Soundtrack

As of today, the official soundtrack of Sleepless Night 2 is available in the Onlineshop! The digital soundtrack includes all 8 tracks as MP3 files at a total length of 5:21. If you want to support me and my upcoming video game projects, you can buy it for just $1,95. All proceeds will be used for the development of upcoming games. You don’t have the soundtrack of the first Sleepless Night game? No problem! If you buy both soundtracks at the same time, you’ll get a 50 % discount!

Tracklist:
1. Ladies’ Nightmare [0:42]
2. Daylight [0:38]
3. Souls (aka Natsumi’s Theme) [0:47]
4. Damnation [0:27]
5. Disco Of Doom [0:22]
6. All Alone Late At Night (aka Midori’s Theme) [0:57]
7. Music Box Of Death (aka Shizuka’s Theme) [0:31]
8. Shadow’s Return [0:56]

 

To the Onlineshop!