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Greetings!

A lot has happened since our last update and many changes have taken place.

Mainly the project lead had to step back due to life and take a break to focus on other things. In that break, data was reviewed, game design plans were tweaked and project foundations were solidified.

The project has now entered a new era. JDWasabi Studios is now known as Jade-Wasabi Studios, and Hungry Whispers shall live on under that banner.

For those (still) interested in seeing Hungry Whispers become a thing, check out our official social media here:

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Lastly, a huge thanks for the support and joining us on this eye opening journey. Here's to kicking ass and making things a reality!

-Wasabi
Phew! Now that the craziness of Readcon is over and that everyone's had a little break you're probably wondering what we're currently doing!

Achievement Update!

First up, it is a great honour that one of our first members of Team Wasabi is the featured artist in the 'Pure Nintendo' magazine! Not only that, Hungry Whispers has been mentioned and it's great to see Project Whispers help jump start wonderful opportunities.  Congrats again Lubrian!

Also some of you may / may not know that I have been working with Grimm Bros for just over a year now writing their game soundtrack! A career aspiration that I've been working towards since I was a kid. Now we're attending Gamescom featuring our game Dragon Fin Soup! It's my first gig and boy is it big.  I wouldn't be in this wonderful position if it weren't for the amazing work of the original Team.  I am determined to see this project through because I'm not going to say no to the potential opportunities this project offers ;D.

Calling new members!

Since my time is very limited I am stepping down in the amount of duties I currently do with this project. So if anyone out there reading this is wanting a project to work on for portfolio purposes do get in touch!

Our main areas are:
• Art
• 3D Modelling
• Animation
• Writing
• Music /Sound design
• Programming
• Game design

But that doesn't mean that I'll exclude other areas like film, acting or voice acting.  I found that pulling off a successful collaboration is like gold dust in your portfolio which is a win-win situation if you ask me!

Hit me up or feel free to pass on my details if you know anyone who's interested ^ ^.  
dA = JDWasabi
Twitter = JDWasabi
email = jadepl[at}gmail.com (replace [at} with @)!

Thanks again for the continued support everyone!
-Wasabi



Meanwhile, the team is working on refining some sprites. © :iconninjaninaiii:
Edit: The winner has been announced ;D jdwasabi-studios.tumblr.com/po…

I'm basically regurgitating what I wrote in my journal so you can read it here :3 jdwasabi.deviantart.com/journa…

tl;dr:
(EDIT) WIN STUFF - Lucky dip prize giveaway thing by JDWasabi

Now to get a 2.5hr nap before catching the morning train to ReadCon! :D

What's everyone been up to the in mean time? Keep an eye out for a Ren'Py teaser demo which I'll release over the weekend :)

-Wasabi
[An update?? From JDWasabi-Studios?? I know, it must be the apocalypse. With ReadCon soon approaching, I wrote this article/ memoir on what it's like working for the company! -Nina]

All nighters. A bloodstream consisting wholly of coffee. Learning to program engines that were so out of your skillset, you had to pull all nighters with blood consisting wholly of coffee just to learn, and get the job done. The life of an Indie Game developer, weeks before a con, is hard.

…or so i’ve witnessed. Because I am a script writer. My job is finished months before, and then my skype meetings are spent giving moral support, laughing at hectic artists, and scrolling down my tumblr dash (…sorry guys). But when the Facebook group pings a notification, it’s more likely than not our frankly insane boss, who’s devoted even more of her dwindling free time on pounding out our first demo for our first game, Hungry Whispers, for our table at ReadCon this July.

This demo is technically not our first; there have been two previous attempts at this Act of the currently five Act game, precisely because of that ominously placed word, “currently”. As an Independent Company, JD Wasabi Studios is an ever changing place in the corner of the internet, depending completely on whoever is free. Entirely volunteer operated, and founded around our boss’s dissertation project, the game is whatever you make of it, working on a “in the name of our portfolios” policy.

We’re all young, generally inexperienced gamemaker-hopefuls, with little free time, infinite desire to see the project through and a thirst to fill out those too-thin Cvs. So when a member gets a job, or their “real life” job gets in the way, the art-style changes. The story changes. The engine changes. It’s annoying, it’s stressful, but hey, I got promoted to lead script-writer, the engine isn’t quite so buggy, (and has upgraded from Renpy to Unity,) and the art is steadily becoming consistent as the artists become an integrated, working team.

At the time of writing, there are currently nine of us “on duty”. With six artists, four admin staff, two writers, two sound designers and two programmers, the nine of us do sixteen jobs. We double (and, in the case of previously mentioned madman boss, JDWasabi, quintuple) up our jobs. Two “officially” two hour meetings a week can, and often do, stretch to four hours, hours more each week are dedicated to “homework”, and then there’s the occasional London meet-up planning sessions. Even for a simple script-writer-come-artist-come-procrastinater like myself, the work can be arduous. But it’s fun. Oh is it fun.

Because our portfolios aren’t the only things we’re developing. Of course, with the project’s motto a very direct “we are a stepping stone to improve our creative skills”, and with the hours like they are, easily forgotten are the final words: “and to see whether we can make something awesome.”

We’re making a puzzle-based, horror visual novel. A clanky, extremely niche genre, but one that showcases our love for our story, for our characters, for our artwork. In the two years I’ve dedicated my life to the game, I’ve tried my hardest to steal the game’s protagonist (pros of being a fan of the game you’re working on: attempted canon fanon,) I’ve rallied with other members for a “Horny Whispers” spin-off, (make of that what you will) and am on chapter five of a fanfiction with a character not yet even written into the game. This may not mean much to the outsider, may indeed inspire the “oh she’s one of those” eye-rolls, but if that doesn’t show we love our game, I don’t know what does.

So is it worth it? Is working hours, unpaid, every week, with people you’ve met off the internet, worth the blood, sweat and tears that goes into developing an Indie Game? We’re hardly Ubisoft, Capcom or Level-5, and maybe our production quality, our feeble team size, our current following shows it. But if some day, somebody completes our game and enjoys it, maybe the life of being an Indie Game developer was worth it. Maybe the inspirational effort people like Jade and the rest of our team will be not only seen, but admired, will rub off on others. It’s certainly worked for me.

And hey, even if Hungry Whispers flops, we’ll still have our Horny Whispers Empire to fall back on, right?

JDWasabi Studios / Hungry Whispers links:

jdwasabi-studios.deviantart.co…

Original Teaser Beta Demo:
Hungry Whispers Teaser Demo by JDWasabi

jdwasabi.deviantart.com/art/Hu…

Hungry Whispers © JDWasabi-Studios 2011-2014

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I've been slowly filling up our Favourites gallery with Team Wasabi member's personal projects! Just sharing the love :heart:. If you're a member of the group and would like to add your work into our Favourites get in touch!

Thanks

-Wasabi

ps We're going into proper hermit mode now! Attempting to get a new demo out in July ready for ReadCon so I want to thank everyone who's been supporting our project and patiently waiting for updates. Nearly there! //dies.

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