The Abugida Effect - Episode 3 - A Cry For Help

@juicynight_player
I have plans for a CG in the next episode that is gonna be good. Hint: Tight clothes.


You know, I’m kind of embarrassed doing this, but I DID find my old DeviantArt collection from my 2007 account that has long been deleted. I guess I saved backups of everything awhile ago in case I ever wanted to…check them out again.

I’ll share some of it because maybe people will get a laugh. I haven’t seen most of this stuff in at least 10 years. I won’t share all of it because it is truly awful.

Most of these “works of art” are from around 2010. It’s almost entirely memes or fan art of anime or Homestuck. There’s also a comment I got from a pretty popular fat artist which people might get a laugh out of. Imagine if I stuck with art after 2011 instead of doing whatever I did until now.

None of my art back then was fat fetish or fetish-y at all, besides one I found but it’s so bad I don’t even want to share it. I’m really cherry picking here.

Anyway, here are some highlights:

ALOT of Bad Old Shit, you have been warned

ben throttle
It’s Ben Throttle from Full Throttle. I like the LucasArts adventure games so it makes sense I’d draw a Ben.


Andrew Hussie meme I guess.

double down maaaaaaaaan
double down armstrong
double down equius
double down L
double down murray
KFC’s Double Down was a meme in 2010.


Homestuck stuff I vaguely remember.



I read the Umineko VN so there’s quite a bit of that. I recreated some scenes here that I liked. (I still like those scenes.) Jessica’s father cracks me up here. Look at that face. I’m still awful at drawing fingers.


TF2 Soldier, I think I did this the same time as the Ben Throttle one.

vriska armstrong


Dumb crossover shit.


Art practice? The arms on the right don’t look that bad. I like how I drew Luffy. I think the face in the middle is suppose to be someone from Gunnerkrigg Court. Gunnerkrigg Court is still going by the way that’s a really good webcomic. Otherwise more Homestuck and anime, this time Gurren Lagann and One Piece. I have even more One Piece scraps but they’re literally scans from my notebook and look awful, this was the only digital scrap I saw.


hOnK hOnK mOtHeRfUcKeR


Clothes practice?

These next ones are pretty edgy with blood/gore and dark themes so I’ll spoiler blur them just in case. I want to share them though because I think they’re some of the lasts ones I did before I stopped drawing. The line art isn’t the worst.

More Umineko and Homestuck fan art, this time with some kind of sacrifice theme. I don’t know what I was going for, but I don’t remember being particularly happy during that time of my life. I actually colored the Rosa one. They’re not great, but I kind of like them.

Lastly there’s some comics, I’ll share two. You’ll need to open them in another tab because they’ll appear really small otherwise because of the large vertical resolution, at least for me.


I appear to be copying the Cyanide and Happiness style here, probably because it’s easy to draw.

I think I actually did this in 2014, but I definitely didn’t do anything in 2012 or 2013 so just a spur of the moment thing I guess. If you’re confused this is me making fun of the main character in the Secret Game VN, which is a remake of the Killer Queen VN. If none of that means anything to you then don’t worry about it. Besides Killer Queen none of the VNs are in English still which sucks because Rebellions is very good in my opinion.

Anyway, I saved the best one for last, and you’ll see why…

It’s an Umineko comic! Wow, surprising!


Genji with that :y face at the end…man…

If you’re wondering, the :y face that the Commander makes in Abugida is 100% a reference to Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff. So in a way the MSPA Homestuck has never left me.

The reason why I saved this one for last is because I did get a comment from a certain someone on it:


I thought it was very funny that Kip would even look at my dumb shit.

I could keep going, but I should really stop there’s far more than I thought there would be. Like holy crap. I’m done.

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Just finished the new chapter, great stuff as always. Liking the slow burn with the WG, and the budding relationship between Mira and Veska. The various antics with the P-Team are fun too, with their differing levels of enthusiasm and unique personalities (P-Squad? P-Group? P-Something or other, I forget).

One point of criticism, the auto-scrolling text goes by really fast. I’m a pretty fast reader (if I do say so myself), but even I can only take in the first line of text at that speed, so for a full text box like in the XO’s interrogation scene I only catch a glimpse of what’s being said before it moves on and is lost.

Typo Report






All of these should be “supposed to”

nutritional needs

XO’s side walking sprite has a black bar at the top of it, but I didn’t screenshot it in time.

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@Wulf_Diomhaireachd
Yeah, I’m sure no problems will befall Mira in the process. In case people are curious, the stuff involving Veska and Mira in Ep3 was my initial barebones idea for the game back in June 2023. Everything else kind of spurred from there, and it took a bit of time to even get to the original idea of the story which at its core is suppose to be about weight gain. Oh my god, I said “suppose to” without thinking about it, we’ll get to that…

General P and the “P-Team” as he calls them are there to enable the inflation fetish, while also hopefully being funny characters in their own rights. P himself is a combination of the main character from Dig Dug (Taizo Hori, maybe a Kissy character will show up?), Super Sentai shows aka Power Rangers, and the P-Balloons from Mario. While writing Ep2 something that happened inadvertently is I realized I had actually created Team Rocket from Pokemon so I started to roll with that more.

About the auto-scrolling text: I can try to slow it down, it’s hard for me to gauge if people can read it in time when I already know what they’re going to say. I admit I may have abused the auto-advance text a lot recently, but I think it’s important for some parts and for dramatic timing. I’ve also been thinking about finding a plugin to enable a backlog. It seems silly for a narrative-heavy game to not have a backlog that would let you easily read anything you missed, while still keeping the dramatic timing. I can try to put a backlog function in for the future.

Thanks for the typo check again. I don’t think anybody has ever pointed out to me the difference between “suppose to” and “supposed to” in my life, I guess that shows the kind of people I’m around. It’s like when you pronounce a word incorrectly your whole life until someone who actually knows finally corrects you. I also find it kind of funny how many times I said “suppose to” incorrectly in Ep3 just to rub the point in.

I did notice the XO’s sprite is messed up, but I couldn’t figure out how to fix the sprite sheet so I just went “eh fuck it”. I’ll figure it out eventually. There’s quite a few “custom” sprites at this point. Most are still edits of Phantasy Star sprites, but I really like how some of them look and I think I’m getting better at spicing them up a bit. I wanted to draw at least one custom sprite from scratch for Ep3 which is one reason why the meeps exist (the milly were edits of ChuChu Rocket). I even drew some face portraits for the meeps which I probably didn’t need to do, but I felt like it so whatever. I want to start differentiating more and more from the default Phantasy Star style.


Anyway…

Itch tells me stats about stuff like views and downloads which are pretty interesting. From what I can tell the Ep3 update was at least twice as popular as the Ep2 update, if not triple(!). I found that kind of surprising and wasn’t expecting a big jump like that.

Before I finish Ep4 I’ll release an update that fixes the issues in Ep3 that Wulf has mentioned as well as maybe some extra stuff. As usual I already have an outline in mind for Ep4, but I don’t know when I’ll finish all of it. I’m going to try to actually finish the whole thing this time even if it’s longer than 30 minutes, which is very likely. In other words, if my motivation remains the same I don’t expect to finish until May or June at the earliest.

Have a preview of Mira with her hair down being upset about something:
Mira_clothes_WIP

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She’s upset she wasn’t allowed a 2nd dinner

The backlog sounds like a good idea, would certainly let you strike the balance between dramatic effect and readability. I forgot to mention earlier, but it’s really cool seeing how your art style has progressed over the years whilst still maintaining the same overall feel to it. And still much better than my art skills (or lack thereof lol). The facial expressions in particular convey so much emotion, especially in the comedic scenes.

Abugida_Update_Impressed

Episode 3 - A Cry For Help Minor Update:

  1. Fixed typos in Ep3 as well as the XO sprite.
  2. Added a backlog using Lunatlazur’s plugin. Press PgUp or scroll the mouse wheel up to open it. I rewrote the intro a little to reflect this.
  3. Added a new scene to Ep3. It involves Miranda.
  4. Added a short preview to Ep4 with a new title card.
  5. Small graphical changes to some CGs.

I would still like to update some of the older face portraits. I’ve done a little for Mira but not the other OG people.

EDIT:
I 100% fixed the XO sprite but somehow it reverted itself?? So I’ll just upload it again.

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