It’s been practically a month since our Discord Server’s Creative Festival server event has ended! Before we celebrated everyone’s creative efforts, we wanted to properly finish-up and release Art Fight Duel, and while it took us a while, now it’s the time to commemorate the end of the festival and our high-scoring Creative Champions for 2020! 🏆
The Creative Festival has been our most successful server event yet, clocking at 37 participants and a community total of 618 points, with all participants keeping a permanent Creative Initiator 🎨 role on the server! 11 participants also made it to at least 20 points,and will keep an additional permanent Creative Hero 🏆 role!
However, four participants raised the stakes even higher and scored a whopping-total of 54 points across all the event, leading to an incredible four-tie! Huge congratulations to Dark, NoovaMulticolors, Tanooki Jon and VampyrOfSwords for being our Creative Champions for 2020 🥇!
Nevertheless, we felt it’d be a bit disheartening to miss the champion commendations for a mere 1-2 points of difference. As such, we also want to congrats Pinballkittyfor the 2nd Place 🥈 at 53 points, and Esmahasakazoofor the 3rd Place 🥉 at 52 points!
All these six members, beyond receiving these incredibly-neat digital art trophies, will get the perk of having a unique color-customizable role up until the end of next year’s festival!Creative Champions for 2020 will also have the additional perk of being pinned to the top of the server (just underneath Server Boosters) as well! Wowie! 🖌️
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this big creative-season! There’s a lot we have to learn from this first Creative Festival and community-server-activity, but it was incredibly fun to organize! Bellow you can find a gallery of some of our favourite highlights (of many) that were submitted for the event, and the final leaderboard with all the participants and points on it!
Thank you to everyone that has participated, and we look forward to surprising you with events like these on our Discord Server, as well as our upcoming games! Cheers! 🐳
The names listed before the points correspond to each participants Discord handle through which they participated in the event!
Calling all artists, developers, writers and creatives! Have you been keeping your creative spirit in check? Because it’s time for the Creative Festival, our brand-new Whales And Games Discord server event, completely dedicated to the Art & Creative category of the server! And it’s going to be our longest-running one yet, taking place all-the-way from July 2nd to the 14th August! That’s a month-and-a-half!
From us and half of the server’s members participating in this years #art-fight, to a point leaderboard where you strive to be a creative hero, it’s the ideal time to get crafty if you haven’t tried any sort of creative activity before! Here’s a full breakdown of what this event entails!
For the duration of the Creative Festival, each day you post something you’ve finished or a work-in-progress piece in one of the Art & Creative channels (#art-fight, #creative-showcase, #wips-and-discussion and #gamedev), you’ll be awarded a point. Post again the next day and get another point. Keep posting daily and they’ll start stacking!
During the event, the Members List will be split into roles of 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 points as well as one dedicated to the highest-score. Those of you who score at least 1 point, get a permanent ‘Creative Initiator’ role. Beyond that, while the 5, 10 and 15 roles are temporary to the event, shall you reach 20 points, you’ll also get to keep a permanent ‘Creative Hero’ role! That’s two permanent event roles in one!
B-B-But! It doesn’t end there! The member with the highest-score of the event also gets to keep an unique ‘Creative Champion 2020’ role! And, it has the perk that the champion can pick their own custom role colour that lasts until next year’s event!
For this edition of the event, points and roles will be attributed manually. We will be checking for posts on these channels and attributing points at 12AM UTC every night! You can check the current standings and who’s leading the leaderboard on the #festival-leaderboard room!
Conveniently, we have also decided to host this event right alongside Art Fight (although we are completely unaffiliated)! For those that are not familiar with the event, Art Fight is a month-long yearly online art-trading game where players are split into two teams.
By drawing original characters (OCs) belonging to players on the opposing team, you score points towards your own team! And they can do the same thing for your characters too to score for theirs! It’s basically gamified art-trading!
For the duration of the Creative Festival, we will be hosting a special #art-fight room so you can show us some of your favourite characters, attacks you’ve made and defences you’ve received! You can also find a list of server members participating in the Pins of the channel so make sure to link yours too!
And, to keep the competitive spirit flaming even while on this server, we also made roles to go alongside the Art Fight teams! On the Pins of the #art-fight channel, you’ll also find a message that allows you to pick your own team!
Thank you to everyone for continuing to showcase their work over on our creative rooms and allowing us to feature their work over on this page!
You might have also noticed that #creative-progress has also become #wips-and-discussion. We thought this made it more clear that the channel was dedicated not only to sharing work-in-progress pieces, but also the ideal space for creative discussion if you want to share tutorials, tablet talk, and more!
And that’s just the beginning of the festival! Over the course of the next few weeks we will also be showcasing our new character sheets and designs. We want to bring to the spotlight characters of the Whaleverse that never really got much of a chance to shine, and there’s a ton more we want to do with them that are in the works!
Get your tool belt ready, get well-seated (unless you have a standing desk) and ready up for a competition-fueled festival and fight! And keep an eye out, because things are only getting heated from here on out!
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Happy 3rd Anniversary, Whales And Games! It’s been three years since we founded our studio and have developed over ten games since! We can’t thank every enough for being part of it!
Going into our 4th year, we want to focus again on games. Primarily, Bunny Splash Casino but we’ll also be developing other one-off projects for Whales And Games such as Roboto Repairaton! We’re also celebratingwith a dedicated server eventand participating in theGDC Relief Bundle helping developers in need!
Happy 3rd Anniversary, Whales And Games! Just a few weeks ago we were celebrating the first anniversary of Whipped And Steamy. Now, mere weeks later, we’re commemorating the three-year milestone of our studio’s founding! 🥂
It’s been one huge adventure ever since we’ve gotten started with Whales And Games, from the time we got started with game jams and academic projects, to kicking off this new year full-time with the studio. We’ve had a lot of highlights over these past years releasing ten different games, supporting our ever-growing community and expanding our cast of characters!
While this year we don’t have any surprise announcements like sudden game releases, we still wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate this milestone! And it wouldn’t be a celebration of ours if we didn’t have some stylized artwork to share! Here’s Whalechan with a bunch of wrapped gifts picked just for you for our 3rd Anniversary! 🎁
Last year, most of our attention was focused on Whipped And Steamy • Cosplay Café, and its aftermath as well as the elusive Colossorama • The Champions Update. However, as you know, the development of both of these projects didn’t go as smoothly as planned. Instead, we felt most of the shine last year was in the footnote details.
However, we feel the actual ‘Games’ part of Whales And Gamescould have gone been better during the past few months, and we feel we could definitely be pushing for more game-related content! This year, we want to make a complete 180-degree turn, and put (almost) all of focus on the games again.
We’re currently getting started with the proper development of the game, and over the next few weeks we will be closing in concept art, key art, finishing off design decisions and getting started with prototypes!
If you haven’t done it yet, follow our new Twitterand Discordfor Bunny Copulation as well be sharing progress on it as they start happening!
While we will be relaying most of our attention on Bunny Splash Casino, we will still continue supporting Whales And Games and making new character-focused art! ✨
In case you haven’t seen some footage of Roboto Repairaton from our social media yet, Roboto Repairaton is both a single-player and couch co-op robot assembly game! There’s a barely functional factory that can mend and fix all kinds of robots, but putting them all into repair assembly is easier said than done! Grab robot pieces across conveyor belts and assemble robots together, but watch out for factory malfunctions! 🤖
Roboto Repairaton will be the first of the game jam games we’d like to get underway this year, and we hope to get even more done as the year progresses! However, if there’s anything that experience has told us from this past year, is to stop promising bogus-dates until we’re absolutely sure. You’ll have to keep an eye out for those!
Like all of our major celebrations, we are also running a small Discordserver event alongside all of this! Participating on it will grant you the Anniversary Guest 🎉 role!
Head over to the #commands channel in the server and leave a nice celebratory message using the !celebrate command to claim it! We have all the instructions over at the server!
We also have some of our games as part of Game Dev World’s GDC Relief Bundle over on itch! Like many other developers, our opportunity to attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco was postponed because of COVID-19 pandemic concerns. While it didn’t affect us as much, a lot of disempowered developers were financially hit hard with travel and visa cancellations. Thus, we wanted to help contribute to ease their woes.
While you could already play them for free, the bundle features our Whipped And Steamy • Cosplay Café, Jazzy Beats, Onigami and Super Sellout, alongside a bag of 163 other goodies including games, assets and music! Bundle donations are purely for charity and will go directly to developers in need to help cushion the impact that the sudden changes across the world have caused!
If you have some extra pocket money around that you’ve saved for having stayed at home, we’d be thankful in the name of all of thegame developer community if you could dedicate some of it to the cause! 🙏
We have a great year on the horizon, and we want to make sure we start the year on the right note and aim to continue helping the world! Over the next few weeks we will be getting development in Bunny Splash Casino and sealing-off Roboto Repairaton for shipping, and we’re looking forward to a year full of pleasant surprises!
Thank you once again for a happy 3rd anniversary and year year, and we hope that you stick along for another one discovering a sea of fun! As always, you can keep up with our Discordcommunity, Twitter or Facebookpage for more!
Finally, remember to wash your hands and stay safe! Cheers! 🐳
Whipped and Steamy • Cosplay Café is celebrating its first anniversary! One year ago we launched an adult game and it’s been a wild ride since. We’re planning on updating it, but decided it’d be better to focus on a new game entirely.
We’re soft-announcing ‘Bunny Splash Casino’ and the‘Bunny Copulation’, our new adults-only game and brand. You can start following its channels on TwitterandDiscord as we get started on the project!
Happy First Anniversary, Whipped and Steamy • Cosplay Café! One year ago, we decided to create a completely different game to those we had done before and took a jab at developing an adult-themed game during the one-month game jam of Strawberry Jam 3.
What resulted from the it was the game we originally called Cosplay Café, an adult-parody visual-novel mixed in with light-management elements. Set in a world where adult media is king, Cosplay Café gave us the liberty to try a whole new level of world characterization and character depth that we hadn’t tried before. Touching on topics normally regarded as taboo gave us a lot of room to explore themes that we felt we’re not often explored in video-games, and opened a lot of opportunities for original writing.
Not only that, but Whipped and Steamy and Cosplay Café have changed us as developers, as a brand and changed the way we look at the strengths and uniqueness of our games. Last year was a very big puzzle in-regards to ‘What’s next?’ but we believe we’ve finally found where we want to go with our projects.
But before we go further, we’d like to highlight the celebratory art we made for the game’s anniversary, of course!
What’s the plan going forward? What’s happening to Whipped and Steamy?
We’ve talked about back in our December Status Report about how we were originally planning on developing updates and expansions for Whipped and Steamy • Cosplay Café, but we unfortunately hit some personal road-blocks that led us to freeze development on the game.
During that frozen-development period, we started considering the future of the game and what we could do with its themes. Whipped And Steamy left us with a taste to explore the adult game genre even further, and we felt the management side of the game could see a complete remake from the ground up to feature even better gameplay.
Taking into account that realization and the different ideas we had for Cosplay Café expansions, as well as feedback we got from the ‘What would you like to see next?’ from the last report, we decided it’d be best to go from Cosplay Café into a completely new follow-up project.
As we started scrambling and putting ideas together, thinking about how we could keep some familiarity between Whipped And Steamy and this new game, we realized that we had already accidentally made the pitch of the game we wanted to make ourselves before. That idea was actually embedded within Cosplay Café all-along!
If you haven’t caught on yet based on the screenshots above and from all the build-up, we’d like to make the ‘soft-announcement’ that we’ve begun working on Bunny Splash Casino!
Soft-Announcing ‘Bunny Splash Casino’ and the ‘Bunny Copulation’!
Bunny Splash Casino is our spiritual-successor to Whipped And Steamy, a full-blown, adults-only, erotic management simulation novel!Bunny Splash Casino was designed from the ground-up with a new emphasis on management and simulation gameplay and featuring an even stronger adults-only label on top. It takes all of the ideas we’ve had for Whipped And Steamy and turns them into an even stronger game.
If you’ve gone through Cheqmate’s story in Whipped And Steamy, you already have some idea of what to expect, and sure enough, Cheqmate will be taking the lead as the main character of this new game. You can even notice her (and Buns Buns) new updated design for Bunny Splash Casino featured in the anniversary artwork! Likewise, given the previous familiarity talk, we also plan to have some other characters and ideas from Cosplay Café appear in Bunny Splash Casino some way or another.
As teased in our Lunar New Year celebrations, this is the game we have planned to be our first commercial game, and we’d like to release it on storefronts (Steam, Itch, …) later down the road. When time is right, we’ll be talking about how we plan to manage demos, roadmap and more. Yet, at this moment, it’s still too early to make any formal announcements.
Given how Bunny Splash Casino is going full hands-on with adult content, we thought it’d be best to subsidize it to it’s own sub-brand. This way, you know exactly what to expect when you look up either.
For that matter, we created Bunny Copulation, our (appropriately named) new brand that will focus exclusively on adult-only media like Bunny Splash Casino. It’s still the same crew you know from Whales And Games but with new channels specifically marked for when nobody’s around!
Despite this announcement, Bunny Splash Casino and the Bunny Copulation are still in their early days. This announcement is more of a ‘Yes, we’re working on something!’ than a full reveal, and we’ll showcase more of the game as it starts taking shape as we’re only now preparing to begin hands-on development.
In case you’d still like very-very-early-access look into what we’re doing, you can follow us on our new dedicated Bunny Copulation Twitterand Discord! Be wary of the ‘Adults Only!’ label on them though! These channels will also be the new place for Whipped And Steamy discussion and art going forward!
What happens to ‘Whales And Games’?
Even with our newfound plans with Bunny Copulation and us beginning development on Bunny Splash Casino, we still want to carry forward with the main Whales And Games branding that we’ve built across the last years.
While our efforts will be focused primarily on developing Bunny Splash Casino, we’re still eager to continue developing other safe-for-work projects! We want to continue participating in game jams, making Whales And Games art, and to continue developing other one-off projects as time moves forward (we do want to make that Trivia game).
In fact, we’re already currently working on improving our Global Game Jam game, Roboto Repairaton, with some few quality-of-life additions, and that one will be coming out soon as well!
As impressive as it seems, our Whales And Games’third anniversary is coming up on March 30th and there is a lot changing going forward. Earlier this year, we finally had the opportunity to start investing into Whales And Games full-time, and we will be going hands-deep (no pun intended) into Bunny Splash Casino development and beyond!
We hope that you look forward to what we have in store! As always, you can join our usual Whales And Games discussion channels over on Twitter and Discord, or if you want to keep up with brand new Bunny Copulation news, you can also join its new respective Twitterand Discord!
Q&A, because you likely have a ton of questions again?