It’s time for another profile! Last time we showed you   Hero, the game’s protagonist  . Let’s take a look at one of  Date or Die ’s contestants! 
  Mesmer  is charming, sociable, and always flawlessly dressed. The young, handsome man is something of a celebrity - he is a   mentalist  , although he also performs dazzling stage magic on occasion. His natural easygoing and friendly nature have helped propel him to stardom, with multiple TV specials and sold-out stage performances. While he often seems bashful and humble about his skills in interviews, he becomes a different person while in his element, performing incredible mental feats with amazing precision and control while simultaneously managing to make it all look effortless. Can such a sharp mind survive the deadly game of  Date or Die , or will this be the trickster’s final act? 
  FUN FACTS ABOUT MESMER:  
  His signature seafoam green hair color was an accident - he tried to dye it blue when he was a teenager, but loved the color so much he’s kept it ever since. 
 Out of all the contestants, he’s the best at karaoke. Even if he’s not a particularly great singer, you will  never  see a more heartfelt and enthusiastic rendition of an   ‘N Sync song   in your life. 
 He first took an interest in mentalism when, at his sixth birthday party, he hypnotized the professional hypnotist his parents hired. Just to see if he could. Another parent was taking video and the footage went viral, jumpstarting his life in the spotlight. 
 Like we said in Hero’s post, the  Date or Die  contestants can’t remember their own names, instead going by whatever nickname The Host assigns them.  Mesmer  is because he’s… well, mesmerizing! (But it also comes from physician   Franz Mesmer  ’s theory about animal magnetism.) 
  As usual, the beautiful art above is done by art team member   Julian  . You can follow the    Date or Die  dev blog   to learn more or   Twitter   for updates about the game! 

It’s time for another profile! Last time we showed you Hero, the game’s protagonist. Let’s take a look at one of Date or Die’s contestants!

Mesmer is charming, sociable, and always flawlessly dressed. The young, handsome man is something of a celebrity - he is a mentalist, although he also performs dazzling stage magic on occasion. His natural easygoing and friendly nature have helped propel him to stardom, with multiple TV specials and sold-out stage performances. While he often seems bashful and humble about his skills in interviews, he becomes a different person while in his element, performing incredible mental feats with amazing precision and control while simultaneously managing to make it all look effortless. Can such a sharp mind survive the deadly game of Date or Die, or will this be the trickster’s final act?

FUN FACTS ABOUT MESMER:

  • His signature seafoam green hair color was an accident - he tried to dye it blue when he was a teenager, but loved the color so much he’s kept it ever since.
  • Out of all the contestants, he’s the best at karaoke. Even if he’s not a particularly great singer, you will never see a more heartfelt and enthusiastic rendition of an ‘N Sync song in your life.
  • He first took an interest in mentalism when, at his sixth birthday party, he hypnotized the professional hypnotist his parents hired. Just to see if he could. Another parent was taking video and the footage went viral, jumpstarting his life in the spotlight.
  • Like we said in Hero’s post, the Date or Die contestants can’t remember their own names, instead going by whatever nickname The Host assigns them. Mesmer is because he’s… well, mesmerizing! (But it also comes from physician Franz Mesmer’s theory about animal magnetism.)

As usual, the beautiful art above is done by art team member Julian. You can follow the Date or Die dev blog to learn more or Twitter for updates about the game! 

 We’ve been a bit quiet lately, but rest assured we’re still hard at work! To tide you over until our next character reveal (coming soon!), take a peek at this sketch of The Host, the villain responsible for placing Hero and the other Date or Die contestants in their life-threatening predicament! 
 This was done by art team member   Julian  !

We’ve been a bit quiet lately, but rest assured we’re still hard at work! To tide you over until our next character reveal (coming soon!), take a peek at this sketch of The Host, the villain responsible for placing Hero and the other Date or Die contestants in their life-threatening predicament!

This was done by art team member Julian!

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One of the Indie3 panels I was self-aware enough to watch live was Solon Scott’s interview with Arden Ripley about her upcoming game, Date or Die! Their discussion eventually worked its way around to talking about visual novels and games writing in more general terms, and how to write a protagonist who at once functions as the player’s ambassador in the game world and a fully-formed, individual character in their own right:

’[I]t’s really challenging, but fun, writing a protagonist who is their own character whilst still trying to give the player choices and options and stuff. I don’t want them to feel like they just don’t have any say in what’s going on at all, but at the same time I don’t want them to be able to say things that are wildly inconsistent with Hero’s character, because that just makes her a bad character and then the player doesn’t have any fun with that if their character is inconsistent and all over the place. That’s no good for anyone. […] Usually in some games you might get an option where you can say something nice to someone or be a jerk to somebody, and Hero’s not a jerk. She’s just not that kind of mean person. But what you might be able to do is accidentally pick an option where Hero says something insensitive or thoughtless, as opposed to her actively antagonising anybody. So it’s about how you approach making options for players that are meaningful whilst making her a consistent character.’

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 Today, let’s get to know the……………. HERO… of our game ;) 
 The protagonist of  Date or Die  is  Hero , an enthusiastic and brave young woman. She wears her heart on her sleeve, and rarely sees a point in hiding or lying about her emotions, trying her best to always be open and honest. While she has a kind heart and is supportive and empathetic to people around her, she also never hesitates to defend herself or call out other people’s bullshit. She’s clever and resourceful - qualities she hopes will keep her alive long enough to find a way out and escape! 
  FUN FACTS ABOUT HERO:  
  She’s really,  really  into MMORPGs, even though she doesn’t play other types of games much. It’s difficult to find one she hasn’t at least tried out! 
 She has a tendency to swear a lot, which usually isn’t a big deal, except for that one brief summer where she worked as a camp counselor with 10 year olds. 
 She can dance very well, and often does so in her apartment when she’s excited about something. 
 The cast of  Date or Die  can’t remember their own names, and are given nicknames by the Host… why did he pick this one for her? 
  Beautiful art by   Julian  ! Follow the    Date or Die  dev blog   or   Twitter   for more updates on the game!

Today, let’s get to know the……………. HERO… of our game ;)

The protagonist of Date or Die is Hero, an enthusiastic and brave young woman. She wears her heart on her sleeve, and rarely sees a point in hiding or lying about her emotions, trying her best to always be open and honest. While she has a kind heart and is supportive and empathetic to people around her, she also never hesitates to defend herself or call out other people’s bullshit. She’s clever and resourceful - qualities she hopes will keep her alive long enough to find a way out and escape!

FUN FACTS ABOUT HERO:

  • She’s really, really into MMORPGs, even though she doesn’t play other types of games much. It’s difficult to find one she hasn’t at least tried out!
  • She has a tendency to swear a lot, which usually isn’t a big deal, except for that one brief summer where she worked as a camp counselor with 10 year olds.
  • She can dance very well, and often does so in her apartment when she’s excited about something.
  • The cast of Date or Die can’t remember their own names, and are given nicknames by the Host… why did he pick this one for her?

Beautiful art by Julian! Follow the Date or Die dev blog or Twitter for more updates on the game!

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HEY ARTBLOG now that the project i am SUPER STOKED TO BE A PART OF has gone live i can share a little bit of the work i’ve done on it!

the idea of doing a logo-ish thing was pretty daunting for me, but i think in the end the design we went with has the exact FUNKY FRESH tone we went for: a little 60’s dating show, a little flavor of love, and a LOT of murder. i can’t wait to show you more!

 Hi! I’m   Arden   and I want to announce my next project! 
  Date or Die  is a visual novel about love, mainstream media, and not fitting into the perfect image of what the latter considers the former to be. It’s a project I’ve been pouring my heart and soul into, and I’m really, really excited to be able to finally talk about it! 
 Ten strangers wake up trapped in an outrageously large mansion - there are no exits and they can’t even remember their own names. A mysterious man, referring to himself only as the Host, tells them all they’ve been chosen to compete on a reality TV-style dating game show called  Date or Die , a twisted competition where being eliminated means death! The Host promises that the contestant who can best all the show’s challenges will not only get out alive, but will be introduced to their soulmate.  
 You play as a young woman who the Host mockingly nicknames “Hero” - can she outwit him and convince the other trapped, scared contestants to band together and escape, or will Hero play right into the Host’s hands and battle to the death in the name of love? It all depends on your choices! 
  Date or Die  features a diverse, engaging cast of characters for the player to get to know and love, and then rips them away from you because I want to drink your tears! It’s been very much inspired by TV shows like  Flavor of Love  and  The Bachelor  and games like  Danganronpa  and the  Zero Escape  series. 
 My team is wonderful -  Julian  is providing beautiful art and  Jacquelyn  is coding for me. It’s being built in  Ren'Py , and it will release in  2015 ! Oh my god! I’m so excited! 
 For more updates, please follow this blog or the official Date or Die twitter account. Or both, if you really want! We’ll be posting a lot of exciting stuff soon, including looks at the character’s you’ll be meeting, so please look forward to it!

Hi! I’m Arden and I want to announce my next project!

Date or Die is a visual novel about love, mainstream media, and not fitting into the perfect image of what the latter considers the former to be. It’s a project I’ve been pouring my heart and soul into, and I’m really, really excited to be able to finally talk about it!

Ten strangers wake up trapped in an outrageously large mansion - there are no exits and they can’t even remember their own names. A mysterious man, referring to himself only as the Host, tells them all they’ve been chosen to compete on a reality TV-style dating game show called Date or Die, a twisted competition where being eliminated means death! The Host promises that the contestant who can best all the show’s challenges will not only get out alive, but will be introduced to their soulmate. 

You play as a young woman who the Host mockingly nicknames “Hero” - can she outwit him and convince the other trapped, scared contestants to band together and escape, or will Hero play right into the Host’s hands and battle to the death in the name of love? It all depends on your choices!

Date or Die features a diverse, engaging cast of characters for the player to get to know and love, and then rips them away from you because I want to drink your tears! It’s been very much inspired by TV shows like Flavor of Love and The Bachelor and games like Danganronpa and the Zero Escape series.

My team is wonderful - Julian is providing beautiful art and Jacquelyn is coding for me. It’s being built in Ren'Py, and it will release in 2015! Oh my god! I’m so excited!

For more updates, please follow this blog or the official Date or Die twitter account. Or both, if you really want! We’ll be posting a lot of exciting stuff soon, including looks at the character’s you’ll be meeting, so please look forward to it!