Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's everyone!

If you have a special someone then I hope you can spend a happy day together. Of course Valentine's is just another Tuesday really, so it isn't so important if work or whatever is keeping you apart - what matters is being happy when you are together.

If you're single today, then I hope you can find some romance in Newlife. The game's many lonely bachelors are waiting for you to walk into their dreary lives and fill them with passion and romance. Go show them that you're the lovely young lady they've been dreaming about!

Newlife 0.4.4

Hello everyone!

Newlife 0.4.4 has been released. Early-access Patrons can find it in the creations section here. The changelog is below.

The previous version is now public. You can download it using the links on the right-hand side of the blog. The public version's changelog is here.

As usual, saved files & templates from older versions probably won't work with newer ones. 

For new players - just use one of the links to the right to get a zipfile containing Newlife. Once unzipped, you'll see a folder containing .jar and .exe files. Either one of these will run the game. 

For either version you'll need to have Java installed. A lot of programs use Java so you might well already have it. If the jar shows up as an unrecognised file type, then you probably don't. In that case you can get it from http://www.java.com/
The exe should tell you if you don't have the right version on your computer, but you'll still need to install java to run the game.
There's a guide for new players here which includes some troubleshooting tips for installation & downloading.

This version adds a new relationship status along with events that let you reach it. I hope you can all have a very special moment with your Newlife boyfriend!

Major changes & additions:
  • Added a new relationship status.
  • Three new scenes, across two events.
Minor changes & bugfixes:
  • Fixes to text issues. Thanks to Der Kittin Kampf, Jayjay78, OrangeJuice, Nemo, Alliterative Acolyte, Max Musterman and Molly Bubbs for reporting problems they found.
  • Added checks for the infertile trait in the endgame scenes, as suggested by Primer.
  • Fixed a bug reported by Ulo Nimbus where discovering pill sabotage on the same turn that your date ends didn't let you respond to it.
  • Relaxed the arousal requirements for the blackjack makeout forfeit leading to sex.
  • Fixed a bug reported by Brian W on Patreon where men you'd had sex with in a party were still eligible to play sexy games, only to quit the game as soon as it starts.
  • Added references to having had anal sex to the character description, as suggested by Megh and jayjay78.
  • Renamed the 'advanced' character creation tab to 'cheats and customisation'. This is now available in the non-patron version as long as the player has completed the game at least once. However, only the customisation options (personality weights, starting clothes & game length) can be chosen – the cheat options are disabled in the non-patreon version. See here for how to access this without completing the game first.

Enjoy the new version, and let me know if you find any bugs! 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Another update on the next version's progress

Hi all! 

The code & writing for 0.4.4 is done, but I want to do some more testing before release - I found a lot of bugs already even though I've only done a first pass so I definitely am not confident enough to put it online tonight. Unless things go horribly wrong, it should be out tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are some teasers for what you have to look forward to in 0.4.4:



 And of course... intimacy!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Progress Update

Hi all,

Been struggling with a migrane today and general sleep issues this week so progress hasn't been great, but I'm getting there bit by bit.
If all goes well I expect the next release to be Sunday night. If it goes less well then perhaps Monday or Tuesday.
I'll try to get another post out with some screenshots in the next day or two once I move onto final testing. This particular chunk of work will be split over 2 releases: the next one which has the groundwork for it and 3 new scenes, and the one after which will have another 3 scenes - probably that'll be a smaller and thus faster release as it can build on what's been done in 0.4.4.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Changes to cheats in 0.4.4

Hello everyone!

Following some discussion with the Inner Circle followed by a vote with all the Voter Patrons, I've decided to change how cheats work in Newlife. From the next version (0.4.4), the customisation half of the cheats menu will be available in the public version. The cheats half will still be disabled.

Here's a screenshot of how this will look, taken from the development version:

To encourage new players to get their first experience with the game using the default (and, in my opinion, best) settings this will only be available once a player has completed the game at least once. I'll put up instructions once 0.4.4 on how to circumvent this restriction for players who've completed the game in older versions before this was tracked. The patreon version also won't have the restriction - I assume that most patrons are not playing the game for the first time.

This will be run for a trial period of a month or two, at the end of which I'll have a look at the numbers and decide whether to keep it as an ongoing thing or not.