There’s a lot going on in the world of The Book of Gray Magic, a lot of stories to be told, and a lot of people quite busy with their lives that we will never be able to show.
The fact is that some stories have taken more precedence than others. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to tell those stories.
Take, for example, Aelfnod, a failure as a Witch, but a prodigal Paladin. As he assumes his position as Head, he has finally found his place in all aspects of his life. He is successful; the position provides no small measure of wealth, and it seems that, for once, he has everything he could want.
Everything except for someone to share it all with.
If we reach $6,500, Ithaqua Labs will add the story of Aelfnod’s romance to Pale Spectrum. This will add an entirely new perspective to the three existing, primary perspectives in Pale Spectrum as well as an entirely new branching route where Aelfnod gets the chance to meet a man, possibly fall in love, and have his own adventures as he acts as Head of the Paladin Order.
With the inclusion of Paypal Backers, we have officially reached an amazing $5,500! That means Pale Spectrum will include full voice acting! 😀
Brilliant Shadows is now available on itch.io for those who do not want to go through Steam!
Every Kickstarter/Backerkit backer who asked for Windows, Mac, Linux or Android versions (not Steam keys, which have already been sent out) should have received an email from Sita.email@example.com with an invitation to view a Google Drive file.
That is what we’re using for the DRM Free version of the game for now, as we are still waiting to hear back from a distributor.
Inside is your Brilliant Shadows game! Install and enjoy, and let us know if you have any problems by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get it figured out!
The next job to be done is to complete the Art Book and compile the Sound Track for those tiers! More news on those to come in the next few days. :3
-Sita and Nyo of Ithaqua Labs
Greetings! Since there seems to be a lot of confusion about this, I’m going to make a little update for our Kickstarter backers.
As of right now, 11/4/15 at 11 am MT, Brilliant Shadows is ONLY available via Steam key, sent to you via email, per information from your Backerkit.
Some backers may have put Windows when what they really wanted was a Steam key. This tier should have been called Windows(NOT STEAM) and we learned our lesson! Sorry about that. If you would rather a Steam key, send an email to email@example.com with info we can look you up with on backerkit and we’ll take care of it.
In the mean time, we are still waiting to hear back for our (NOT STEAM) DRM free copy distribution.
The Android copies of the game should be available later today, and we’ll send those copies out asap.
Besides that, we’ve gotten some truly lovely reviews over on Steam and couldn’t be happier about it!
We’ve had a few patches to update typoes, and a patch to fix an issue that was making some people crash. Typoes will be continued to be fixed as we receive/see them.
Brilliant Shadows – Part One of the Book of Gray Magic is now officially up on Steam!
This visual novel is 57,023 words long, averaging from 3 to 5 hours of game play.
There are 3 unique endings, as well as a few larger game branches.
All spoken lines are fully voiced, and it features an extensive original soundtrack with 25 awesome songs.
Plus, the main character is a lesbian necromancer that specializes in dead plants!
It’s now up on the Steam store page, and everyone who got Steam keys should be able to play with no issues. If you put down Windows/Linux/Mac rather than Steam key, but would prefer it be playable on steam, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll swap you from that to a Steam key.
In the mean time, we’re working on getting the outside-of-Steam games set up to finish giving everyone their copy of the game.
Soundtrack and Art book coming soon as well!
After much hard work Brilliant Shadows will be officially released in under an hour!
Plugging it into Steam and getting the Trading Cards/etc set up for it was quite an experience. It was a crunch for time!
That being said, we did get some very nice feedback from the Beta testers, so hopefully typoes and things of that nature will be at a minimum. If you find anything, feel free to let us know at Ithaqualabs@gmail.com and we’ll patch it up as soon as we can!
The Windows Steam version should be working without any problems. We tried to get the Mac/Linux ones up as well, but do not have easy access to either system. If you have trouble launching it for those platforms, give us a few days and we’ll hopefully have it figured out.
The DRM free versions are still in the works! I am currently in the process of contacting GoG to get it hosted there. The Art Book and the Sound Track will be after that!
I just got finished sending out all of the Steam keys, so have a great weekend, a great Halloween and have fun in general!
Brilliant Shadows has officially moved into Beta testing. We’re missing about 30 voice lines from the game which we’re still waiting on, and the credits need to be coded, but that’s it!
I am still aiming for the end of October for release, barring no unexpected complications, and that’s if we get those last voice lines which have been a source of stress for me!
I have also been working on refilling the website with useful information since the server it was hosted on exploded shortly after completion last time… Well, I backup Bril Shads every time I work on it, guess I should have done the same for the website.
Another few cgs have slipped into the game, finishing the art needed with a rank of: Everything I Wanted To Add! which is pretty sweet.
See you around Halloween, hopefully!