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Art Challenge (7/9/18): Create a Nekomimi

In celebration of CloudNovel’s 3rd birthday’s Neko Week our next art challenge is…. NEKOMIMI (CAT HUMANOID) WEEK Create yourself or your OC as a NEKOMIMI (cat humanoid)! We want you to draw your character (or yourself) with cat ears and a cat tail! Here are the rules it MUST have 1. Your character must have…
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Art Challenge (7/2/18): Create a Magical Girl

In celebration of CloudNovel’s Magical girl mascot “Princess Sonya” our next art challenge is…. MAGICAL GIRL WEEK Create yourself or your OC as a magical girl! That’s right, we want you to design your character or draw yourself in your own magical girl design. What powers would they have? What kind of magic weapon or…
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Story of CloudNovel (So far)

It was never my intention to make a visual novel engine. If you asked me how I ended up making CloudNovel then we have to go way back in 2012 I was 19 years old and I had an idea for a visual novel called Cafe Rouge. It was a story about a vampire cafe…
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New Logo and Mascot

  MASCOT OF CLOUDNOVEL Introducing Princess Sonya We are proud to present our official mascot character of CloudNovel: Princess Sonya Thanks for reading this comic strip! As thanks for opening this email, here is a code for 750 points (please use it to purchase Princess Sonya from the premium resources store, she costs exactly 750 points): PrincessSonyaLovesYou*w* Click…
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How to Prepare Your Assets So Your You Don’t Go – Oh No! – When It Takes Forever to Load

CloudNovel supports all sizes of projects, tiny, small to big. Some of the biggest games out there have hundreds of megabytes in assets. Very often authors just add images, sprites, audio and then complain when their game is slow or impossible to load. Here’s how to escape the pain of having to fix their assets…
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How to Develop Your Story In 10 Easy Steps (Part Two)

Snowflake method is easy way to break the huge job of writing a novel into small manageable chunks. It’s actually so easy that you can try it out playfully, just for the lulz. Yea, you can thank me later. Take one of the ideas off the shelf and let’s do it! If you missed the…
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How to Develop Your Story In 10 Easy Steps (Part One)

Writer’s mind is an amazing thing. Even when you’re not consciously thinking about your next story, it brews somewhere deep inside. Then it bubbles to the surface and you go, “Hey, that’s a great idea, I’m gonna make a visual novel!” No you won’t, here’s why Next comes the sweet messy daydreaming every author enjoys.…
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How (Not) to Write an Unforgettable Villain

First of all, let’s separate villains from antagonists. In the west, typical stories can’t be told without a villain. It’s a character trait, someone actively being evil. In the east, more often we see antagonist. It’s a role in the story, someone (or something) opposing the character, adversary, rival, competitor. Consider Princess Mononoke. There are no…
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How to Plan Structure of Your Visual Novel

Often young Visual Novel makers come to me and show me their works. Most of the time I have to be a party pooper and tell them their work sucks. Grandpa?! How can you be so cruel. Oh, because they never specify if what they write and make is actually going to be a real…
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