Episode 8 - Visual Novel Tropes

October 20, 2017

Hi, folks!

We're back again to talk about tropes and cliches in visual novels with our guest, rvnester. 

Topics Covered

0:00 Host and Topic Introductions

0:18 Guest Introduction and Interview

2:11 - Most Frequent Tropes/Cliches? Are they Necessary?

6:45 Character Archetypes

9:15 Comedic Romance

11:08 H-Scenes

16:31 Tropes aren't inherently bad

22:12 True Routes

24:12 Comedy

25:40 Pacing, Padding, Use of Slice of Life Moments

35:07 VNs that Avoid Common Tropes

49:07 News

1:05:09 Shill Segment ft. OJ191

1:08:38 Outro

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Episode 7 - Popular Visual Novels

September 18, 2017

Hi, folks!

We missed a month there with hectic schedules all around but episode seven is finally ready. This time, we talked about popular visual novels and what makes them popular with our guest, Cornetto Man. 

Topics Covered

0:00 Host and Topic Introductions

0:30 Guest Introduction and Interview

3:35 Ways Visual Novels get Popular with Majority of Readers

25:57 Ways Visual Novels get Popular with Hardcore Readers

33:06 Why certain Visual Novels aren't more popular

50:53 News

1:05:36 Shill Segment feat. jis33785

1:07:48 Outro

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Episode 6 - Rise of Kickstarter

July 20, 2017

Hi, folks!

Our apologies for being a little late this month but the next episode is here at last! This month we try not having a guest to see how the format works with just us three. The topic is the effect of Kickstarter on the visual novel industry!

Topics Covered

0:00 Host and Episode Intros

0:25 Concept of Using Kickstarter for VNs

5:27 Kickstarting Previously TLd VNs vs non-TLd ones

13:30 Kickstarters just for Physical Releases/Merch

20:52 Execution of Well Known Localization Kickstarters

44:36 Use of Kickstarter for EVNs (English Visual Novels)

58:17 News

1:11:17 Shill Segment w/Karifean

1:14:04 Closing

 

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Episode 5 - Visual Novel Genres

June 15, 2017

Hi, folks!

We're back again to discuss genres in visual novels with our guest, Veleon.

Topics Covered

0:00 - Host and Topic Introductions

0:17 - Guest Introduction and questions

1:22 - Genres that will be discussed

1:35 - Why certain genres are over/underrepresented in the market

9:57 Horror genre discussion

14:51 Mystery genre discussion

18:04 The most popular/highest rated VNs on vndb

21:45 Connection of Genres and Length of a VN

23:18 Multiple Route Mystery Discussion

34:30 Fantasy genre discussion

40:28 Science Fiction genre discussion 4

42:09 Example VNs from Major Genres

1:00:15 VN News

1:05:28 Shill a VN feat. fuwante0

1:07:17 Outro

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Episode 4 - Translation Quality

May 15, 2017

Hi, folks!

This month our topic is all about translation quality with our guest, John Hooper (also known as GundamAce) of Lemnisca!  Regrettably, technical issues irrecoverably destroyed a great talk we had about honorifics, and we were unable to reconstruct it in time, so if you notice that we don’t talk about those, we’re sad about it too!

Topics Covered

0:00 - Host and Topic Introductions

0:37 - Guest Introduction and questions

8:36 - What makes a good English translation?

10:36 - Adapting jokes and puns

18:44 - Preserving intent and style

25:45 - Translators as writers

31:00 - Literal vs. Liberal

36:00 - Advice for the aspiring translator

43:00 - Official Translations vs. fan translations

52:40 - Japanese companies and the West

56:44 - VN News

1:03:18 - Shill segment feat. Zonijo

1:08:01 - Outro

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Episode 3 - Gameplay in Visual Novels

April 15, 2017

Hi, folks!

This month our topic is visual novels with gameplay with our guest, InvertMouse, developer of the Unhack series and the upcoming visual novel, “The Last Birdling.”

Topics Covered

0:00 - Introductions: Hosts, Topic, and Guest

0:49 - The line between VNs and games

14:14 - Where does gameplay begin?

23:34 - Why have gameplay in VNs in the first place, and what makes gameplay good or bad?

48:53 - Can gameplay attract gamers to VNs?

59:41 - VNs News

1:04:01 - Shill a VN feat. Nakenashi

1:06:25 - Future of the shill segment, and giveaway info

1:08:16 - Outro 

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Episode 2 - Kinetic vs Choices

March 15, 2017

Hi, folks!

This month our topic is kinetic visual novels vs. visual novels with choices with our guest, Avebone.

Topics Covered

0:00 - Host Introductions

1:18 - Topic Introduction w/ guest Avebone

1:44 - The Presence of Choices in VNs

15:40 - Kinetic VNs

29:01 - True Routes

39:17 - Unique Choice Systems

52:37 - VNs News

1:01:29 - Shill a VN feat. AngeTime

1:04:27 - Outro

Fact Check

Maeda Jun wrote the common route scenes with the Natsume siblings, Masato, and Kengo; Rin's route; Saya's route; and also Refrain in Little Busters!  (According to VNDB)

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Episode 1 - English Visual Novels

February 16, 2017

Hi, folks!

This month we talk about English Visual Novels with our guest, Nai, who is developing the English Visual Novel, "When The Shutter Stops."  

Topics Covered

0:07 - Intro and brief description of the podcast

0:46 - Nai - "When the Shutter Stops"

8:27 - Stigma surrounding English VNs

32:05 - Steam Direct and what it means for English VNs

46:26 - Nai's growing devtalk community on the Discord server

51:11 - Survey of some VNs news topics

1:03:35 - "Shill a VN" segment

1:05:04 - Outro

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