May 15, 2017
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!
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
April 15, 2017
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.”
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
March 15, 2017
This month our topic is kinetic visual novels vs. visual novels with choices with our guest, Avebone.
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
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)
February 16, 2017
This month we talk about English Visual Novels with our guest, Nai, who is developing the English Visual Novel, "When The Shutter Stops."
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