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Progress Report

Melrose's Updated Portraits + Extra

Heyo! It's been a while since I've last posted on rmn for TDOP, but here I have some of the updated portraits for Melrose.



Melrose’s old and updated portraits. Never stop drawing, kiddos.

Here's also a map I redid!



I'm gonna eventually change the text, but I still think it's quite an improvement in game.

I also casted all of the characters needed in voice acting call on tumblr. I'm very happy with all of the VAs. TDOP is changing so much, it's very exciting!

Well, that's all I have for now. Thank you for reading!

Miscellaneous

Scrapped CGs

So I'm working on a bunch of new stuff, but I don't really wanna show any of that. So here's a bunch CGs that didn't make the cut!






Horror CGs (Not for the faint of heart)


Some of this artwork is very old.

Miscellaneous

Working on Redesigns



Sorry for the lack of updates, but I am working on redesigning the characters. I don’t want to show too much, but here’s Silas! All of my friends think he’s hot…

Announcement

The Future of The Doctrine of Perseverance

Hey guys! I know I haven’t updated much in awhile so I suppose that is why I am going to be writing this segment here on this blog. I deeply care for this project and want to make it the best it can be, especially for my first game.

To start off, I’ve been working very hard on Chapter one. I do realize that I am taking a while to work on it, and I apologize if this inconveniences anyone. I’m not sure what I should post on this blog as of now because I don’t want to spoil much as I feel like I’ve shown way too many of the maps. Maybe I’ll do some sort of puzzles or something on the blog.

Secondly, I am going to redo the designs for Melrose, Suzetta, Silas, Nodoka, and most likely a couple of more characters. I’m going to redo the art as well because I’ve definitely improved a lot from 2015 and the graphics can be improved heavily. As for the designs, I’m going to redo them because most of them were design in a way to match the looseleaf generator and didn’t have anything to make them unique or interesting. Of course they’ll still keep their original face, they’ll just have different clothing. All of the portraits will probably be redone to give the game a more polished look. This is also why I want to push back the art contest a bit more.

Putting that aside, there is going to be another release of demo but that’ll be wayyyy ahead in the future. Here are some things that I do want to change that were already revealed in the demo (some of these are already mentioned):

  • Dace’s house redesigned. A collectible item will be placed somewhere in the beginning. There will also be more “secrets” or details to find more about the lore.

  • Main characters redesigned.

  • New and improved portraits.

  • Intro credit pictures will be redesigned and will list the voice actors instead of having a super long list that I can’t fit on the screen.

  • I may or may not redesign the first room.

  • Splash screen and some sort of introduction for Magnolia.

  • I’m thinking about commissioning a custom theme for the game. Something that captures the essence of the game.

  • A scene that’ll actually let you know when the demo ends. (I know a couple of people got confused with that at first.)

  • Pieces of the lore scattered about.

  • Maybe a CG at the dinner scene? Hard to say.

  • Possibly more voices.


When I do release the next version of the demo it’s most likely going to be released a couple of months before the final release. To say when that is going to happen, well… that’s ways away. That’s all I have to say for now, if I think of anything else to add then I’ll just edit this post. Thank you following the development of The Doctrine of Perseverance.

Progress Report

Update 11/23

Heyo! It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a progress update! Well, alas tis here! However, there are a few things I need to discuss before I can carry on and that’s the screenshot issue.

I’m sure you guys are probably like “???” reading that, but I do feel as if that I’ve been posting too many screenshots of TDOP. So I’m going to set a limit for two screenshots per half chapter. So in total, four overall. I’m not going to delete past screenshots, but I will post two remaining for the first half of TDOP. Speaking of which…



We have another nameless one! And some of them do have portraits and CGs. There is a particular nameless one in the first half of chapter one that is fairly prominent and… talkative? Hahaha.

Another thing I need to address is my schedule + TDOP. I’m not going to lie, the last few months I haven’t worked on TDOP much. That is mostly because I’m a college student and I work too. I feel like I should work on TDOP when I want to, and I shouldn’t just add content “jus cuz”. So development will be slow, but I am trying my best. I will say that I am going to try finishing the first half of chapter one by the end of January + have Suzetta’s part of chapter one fully written.

Anyways. Let’s talk about the new feature!




Collectibles! Collectible items are items that are found secretly throughout the game. Having certain collectible items will unlock certain areas/room in the bonus area/room. I plan for the bonus room to have three areas, with a character that’ll teleport you to each area. But who is that character?



Magnolia! Just in case if you missed this post, you can click on the link and you’ll get filled in. Of course this isn’t the final version of the bonus room, this is just something that is temporary.

As always, thank you for following the development of The Doctrine of Perseverance!

Announcement

Second Character Reveal

Hello! The most voted character for the second character reveal poll was "The Maid." I'm sorry for not announcing the poll on RMN right away, that was my fault. However! It is time to reveal the character! Without further ado...



“I only had met her father a few times before his arrest. He was more than just a loser and a fraud. He was a thief, liar, abuser… and yet the only person who never saw that side of him was her. She knew, yes, but she denies it even to this day. Why? Because no one else ever showed her that kindness or love unconditionally.”

The second revealed character in TDOP, here is the official portrait of “The Maid” AKA Esther Allemand.

Once the rumors had died down about Walterson Mansion many years after the demise of Helena and Emmett Walterson, Josephine had started opening up positions for maids to work at the renowned mansion. With the amount of hearsay and gossip that spread around the town, it was hard to employ anyone.

This didn’t stop Josephine. The mansion was huge, with the two children and the divorce ongoing at the time, it was too much too handle. So one day, Josephine had gone out to a prestigious private school where one of her cousins worked. She had ran into a young girl and the apparent father of the young girl.

The young girl and her father had been going through struggles lately. The man had lost his job and was going through a divorce as well. Josephine had then proposed a deal: If the young girl worked at Walterson Mansion as a maid, then Josephine would pay for all of the girl’s tuition. They promptly agreed to the deal and Esther became the first maid to work at Walterson Mansion.

No one really knew Melrose like Esther did, not even Melrose’s father. Without Esther’s kindness and warmth, Melrose would have been an extremely different person. Esther will be a prominent figure in Melrose’s chapter.

I hope you enjoyed this small snippet of Esther’s story. Thank you all for following TDOP on RMN and as always, thank you for following the development of The Doctrine of Perseverance.

Miscellaneous

Second Character Reveal Poll!

Heyo! To celebrate the 100+ followers on TDOP's tumblr blog I am having a poll on which character to be revealed next. Here are the candidates:

1. The Girl in Green



“If a place like the Nox was created then there must not be a god, correct? False. I believe god was created solely because of the Nox.”

2. The Young Boy



“She told me that we’d fly away together. But in the end, she flew to the skies and I faded into the ground.”

3. The Maid



“I only had met her father a few times before his arrest. He was more than just a loser and a fraud. He was a thief, liar, abuser… and yet the only person who never saw that side of him was her. She knew, yes, but she denies it even to this day. Why? Because no one else ever showed her that kindness or love unconditionally.”

The poll is here! Voting will end tonight 10 pm CT. Thank you for following the development of The Doctrine of Perseverance.

Announcement

Final Demo Update

The final demo is now here! Instead of giving you the same demo with just a couple of new portraits and a bug fix I’ve also included the following to make the updated demo more interesting. You will need VX Ace RTP which can be found here.

- A small part of Chapter One is now made playable. You will be able to explore some parts of Walterson Mansion. More puzzles, jump scares, and chase scenes are waiting for you.
- Each protagonist has their voice actor/actress present. You will be able to here their noises/laughs/etc!
- More Silas. Sorry.
- And lastly...



This character is shown in chapter one. Her name is still unknown.

Thank you following the progress of The Doctrine of Perseverance! I hope you all will enjoy the new updated demo!

Announcement

Character Reveal



“The best thing about being young is being ignorant of everything around you.”

Since you guys voted her in, here is the official portrait of “The Smiling Girl” AKA Reina Landreth.

Not much is known about Reina, except that she is around the same age of Melrose and Suzetta, maybe a little bit older. She doesn’t know how long she’s been a spirit (a mischievous one) in the Nox, but she seems to know a good amount about it.

When Reina was alive she really fond of pranking people, something that she has kept with her through death. She’s not a fan of religious people either and really… really likes food. Especially rice cakes.

She will prominent throughout Suzetta’s chapters. She will also have a side story that may or may not relate to the true ending. She will most likely have an ending that relates to her and her story.

Thank you for following the development of The Doctrine of Perseverance! I hope you will enjoy Reina as a character!

Announcement

Character Reveal Poll!

Since I officially have 50 followers on the official blog, we can now do the character reveal poll! I will post a dubbed name of the character and then a quote from them. And of course, if you’re new here, feel free to vote as well!

1. The Psychic



“If you die your life will mean even less to me and no one here will bat an eye to mourn you.”

2. The Girl in Green



“Something bad is happening in the Nox… I don’t what or why, but I do know it’s connected to you, Melrose.”

3. The Smiling Girl



“The best thing about being young is being ignorant of everything around you.”


Here is the poll. Voting will end tomorrow around 10 pm CT. Hopefully TDOP will gain much more followers in the future! Thank you so much for following The Doctrine of Perseverance’s development so far!
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