Nearing the Finish Line for To Trust an Incubus

Hello Everyone!

Some amazing things have been happening!  First off, our game, My Magical Demon Lover will go on sale on Steam October 2nd.

Also available right now on Itch and Manga Gamer 
Also available right now on Itch and Manga Gamer

If you’re logged into your Steam account you can see the coming soon page here:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/864130/My_Magical_Demon_Lover/

This is HUGE NEWS for To Trust an Incubus!

MMDL was one of the adult titles held up by the new adult filters Steam was building for their store.  The background on the issue is long and complex, but what you should know is that we submitted MMDL to Steam on May 15th 2018 and had no idea if/when the title would be accepted.  I thought we might not have TTAI on there in time to deliver rewards!  But they backlog is over!  Adult titles are being allowed in.

Caveat:  MMDL is not as “adult” as TTAI.  You won’t see any wangs or butts or wangs going into butts, but lots of sexual content is implied in the text and images.

We are going to attempt submitting TTAI to Steam without censorship.  If that works out, great!  If not, we’ll censor and create a patch.  My hope is that we can get TTAI through in 3 weeks so you can get your Steam keys in November as promised.  If there’s any kind of delay our back up is Itch.io.

WE WILL DELIVER THIS KICKSTARTER ON TIME!!!  Digital rewards in November, Physical rewards in December.

Our Progress

We have all the art for the game complete except for six images that constitute the after-ending / incubus spouse scenes for the Vald and Saji routes.  I’ve given an ultimatum to our last two spouses to help us craft their scenes.  The game will not be delayed if they don’t get their info to us in time.

My awesome programmer Vivichibi is testing the preliminary Saji route right now.  It’s just as huge as the Vald route, meaning it’s double the size of the Devi and Harsi routes.  I’m going to test things after she does, then you’ll get this FINAL BETA hopefully by the 23rd.

There is A LOT more voice acting in this beta.  We have over 7,000 lines done out of around 13,000 lines or more total.  Thanks Steve Warky Nunez for busting your butt!  Thousands of lines come in every day.  You’ll get to enjoy some sextacular moaning in one of Saji’s sex scenes.

Seriously guys–it’s SOOOOOOO much hotter now that you can hear the characters voices.  I really underestimated how much great voice acting could add to our game.  I’m actually happy we made the Full Voice acting stretch goal!  (Even though it added an asstastic amount of work for everyone…!)

You are getting 3 minigames.  Yes, I wanted to do one per route, but we’ve run out of money (not including the money I have saved for the last six images, the voice acting, the physical rewards/shipping, and the programming–I’m very meticulous with budgets).  The three games we have are super fun and challenging!  Please remember: we never hit the minigames stretch goal so this was a bonus to begin with.

What does all our hard work add up to in the end?  Here are your totals:

  • 35 Endings!  THIRTY-FIVE!!!  Can you believe that?!
  • Over 150k words. The game is hugetastic. In fact…
  • The Cheat Map is over 100 pages!!!  (Thanks to our awesome editor Emily for creating it, because Vivichibi and I were too danged busy!) It includes a clickable index to get to whatever part you need.
  • 50 Steam Achievements!!
  • 3 Minigames!
  • Over 200 CGs
  • 17 Original Songs for the Soundtrack

You guys got us $47k on this Kickstarter and we put almost every penny toward giving you the most awesome, satisfying, sexy, romantic, funny, angsty, story-rich game possible.

The month of October is our time to finish the voice acting, get those last images and scenes nailed down, and test, test, test!  By the end of the month we should be ready to submit the game to online outlets (we hope, but you will get it in November no matter what).

The Kickstarter/Coffee Rewards

So you have the game info, how about the other stuff?  The Harsi ebook is finished and the Devi ebook is being written right now.  I have a schedule to get all four ebooks done throughout October.

The Cheat Map has been tackled by our awesome editor and is almost complete.

I’ll be getting the files for the Soundtrack together in October.  The songs are finished, but I want to add in some of the best lines from the game between each track.

The Art Book is at the printer right now for the physical copy.  They’re saying I should have the books by October 8th.   The Digital Art Book is much longer than the 64 page physical Art Book since why not? I’m finishing that up now.

Everyone entitled to a Personalized Voice Message from one of the game characters who turned in their surveys has had their message added to the master script for the voice actors to record.  PEOPLE:  Get your surveys back by the end of this month!!  Otherwise you might be stuck with a message from me.  :p

If you supported the game through Buy Me a Coffee, and signed up for ‘All Digital Rewards’ then you got a survey emailed to you a few days ago. Two emails came back as undeliverable.  These people are going to have to reach out to us to get their rewards.  If this is you–COMMENT!  We need your info to make sure you get your rewards!

Seriously, if we get a last minute request in October it’s possible the actor in question has already finished their lines and been paid.  We can’t call them back to the studio after that.  Turn in your surveys ASAP.

Stealing ViviChibi's Pic Since Her Camera Better Than Mine 
Stealing ViviChibi’s Pic Since Her Camera Better Than Mine

We have the Key ChainsMouse Pads, and Dakimakura in hand.  On the back of that dakimakura is Saji, btw.  I’m sorry I can’t mail it to you guys bit by bit.  The shipping amount you paid was for one package, and I need to get the physical copy of the game and all the other rewards in hand before I can ship.

I had to order minimum quantities of all these items from China, so there will be some leftovers.  As I said, I’ll give you guys first crack at them before letting Warky sell them at conventions.  I think I’ll have 5 dakimakuras and 6 mouse pads when it’s all said and done, but I’m not sure yet.

I am making the buttons myself, I’m waiting for final surveys before creating the badges, I’m making the adult post cards myself, and I’ll order posters soon.

SO, there’s your update!  Beta-Testers will get another update with the Saji Route, and basically almost the entire game, in two days.   🙂

Three Routes out of Four Complete!

Hi Everyone!

Today we sent out the beta game of the Vald route to relevant backers of the Kickstarter and people who bought the chance to play the betas on our Buy Me a Coffee page.

This is our 3rd beta.  The Devi, Harsi, and Vald routes of the game are mostly done, leaving only the Saji route left to go!  We are adding voices and finishing the after ending scenes for the people who bought the right to marry an incubus.  Everything is going on schedule for us to release the game in November!

For Kickstarter backers who got physical rewards we have been ordering them!  Check out the mouse pad:

And we have line art done for the dakimakura.  Backers are getting Vald on the front and Saji on the back!

We also have the Incubus Key Chains in hand!  All four designs were delivered to us in June.

Sorry to everyone who missed a chance to get the physical rewards during the Kickstarter.  We still thought you might enjoy the artwork.  🙂

We are determined to have To Trust an Incubus on Itch by November!!  The we’ll have all the physical rewards of our game delivered to Kickstarter backers in  December.  This is what we promised.  We want to be known as the game company who always delivers our games on time.  🙂  Our first game, My Magical Demon Lover was promised to the Indiegogo backers in May of 2018.  We delivered it right on time!!  We’ll do the same for To Trust an Incubus, too.  🙂

Being the one company who always delivers their Kickstarter rewards on time might just make us famous.  😉

The Harsi Beta of To Trust an Incubus is Coming Soon!

The first beta game containing the Devi route was given out to Incu-Betor backers from the Kickstarter and ‘All Digital Rewards’ backers from our Coffee Page!  Now the Harsi Route is coming out for all our Beta Testers!  This is more than half of the game.

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If you missed the To Trust a Incubus Kickstarter you can still play the beta game if you get the ‘All Digital Rewards’ donation perk!  You can also sign up to get the game when it’s released, or the Game, Art Book, and Sound Track.   (Physical perks are closed).

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The First Beta of To Trust an Incubus Went Out Last Week!

We’re cruising along on To Trust an Incubus, our flagship game that raised $47,217 on Kickstarter.

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On June 8th, 2018, our first beta of the game went out to relevant backers, specifically all backers who choose the ‘Cuddly Incubus’ tier or higher, and all backers who choose the ‘Digital Rewards Only Side Package’ either on Kickstarter or through Coffee here.  You can still play the beta if you donate for the Digital Rewards only on Coffee!!

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The Devi route was mostly complete, but has already been edited heavily through feedback from our testers!  Thanks guys!  The next beta should include voices for the portion of the game that made up the Demo game and another route of To Trust an Incubus.  There is four routes in all and we’ve already got one done!

In addition to the first Beta Game we’ve also distributed the Backer Only Digital Poster and have ordered the key chains.  We’ll keep plugging along on this!

To Trust an Incubus is still on schedule for a November 2018 release.  We’re hoping we can even get it out earlier.  🙂

Thanks to everyone who has supported us!

 

My Magical Demon Lover Available on Itch

At long last we have our yaoi visual novel out on Itch!  Steam is coming soon.

Play the FREE DEMO Here!


Buy it on Itch Here!

Purchase the Cheat Map, Art Book, or Soundtrack By Itself Here!

Want to know when it will be out for Steam?  Sign up for our Newsletter!

Tristan dreamed of being a wizard his entire life, but has no idea what it will cost him. He’s the great grandson of the wizard who protects his village and the first one to show any affinity for magic in three generations.

After waiting fiveever for his great grandfather to take him as his apprentice it’s finally happened! He’s been summoned up to the tower where his great grandfather watches over the village. But it’s not what he expects…

Percival has no intention of mentoring him. He’s eager to leave for a smutty vacation from his village-protecting duties. Tristan needs to take over, and that means picking a mentor from three demons Percival lined up for him.

The demons will give Tristan the magic he needs to become a wizard, but for a price! …His butt.

Fortunately these demons love humans and really want to connect with one. Tristan has a chance to fall in love with one of three demons, but which one will he chose?

Spicy Ecchi Content + A Yaoi Fantasy Story + A Dash of Comedy = My Magical Demon Lover, a ‘mature players’ dating sim that puts the wannabe wizard Tristan with his choice of three hot demons.

Three sultry routes, 50,000 words, and 10 endings! Choices matter and there’s a high replay value. Pick correctly for maximum love, wizarding skills, and sexy times!

Includes an original sound track and over 50 computer graphics to illustrate every spicy scene!

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Everyone thought Tristan was going to be the worlds next greatest wizard. But then he graduated from school, never got summoned to be a wizard, and became a loser. After years of shitty work in a shitty tavern his ship has finally come in! Tristan wants to be a wizard more than ever now.

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Percival is Tristan’s perverted great grandfather who became immortal at fifty. He’s protected the village for 100 years.  He feels he’s due for a vacation, and Tristan is just the guy to cover for him while he takes off to the Pleasure Realm.

Harse lost his beloved in the underworld and is incapable of loving another demon. He wants to be with a human and learn to share his love again. He’ll be a kind, loving, and gentle mentor–but he’s all seme (a top).

Karn is looking for a human to dominate into submission. As the most powerful demon of the underworld he can give Tristan the strongest magic–but it’s going to be rough! Karn is versatile and can be either seme (top) or uke (bottom).

If Tristan isn’t interested in sex with a demon he might want to pick Soren, who doesn’t want sex. What he wants instead, however, is a little weird…  When he does have sex Soren is all uke.

Play the FREE DEMO Here!


Buy it on Itch Here!

Purchase the Cheat Map, Art Book, or Soundtrack By Itself Here!

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How our Yaoi Bara Visual Novel Kickstarter Made Almost $50,000

This is Yamila, owner of Y Press Games.  When I decided to make a massive Kickstarter project for our game To Trust an Incubus I looked at similar Kickstarters and used them to estimate how much we might make.  This is a flawed method because you have no idea what creators had in place before they launched.

I really wish someone had bared their soul about a Kickstarter similar to mine so I could have had realistic expectations about our potential.  I’ll leave this here for other people who are starting yaoi, bara, or visual novel Kickstarters and are thirsty for knowledge on how to make their efforts at least as successful as ours.

Here is what we had for the To Trust an Incubus Kickstarter, which ended today, April 21, 2018, with $47,212.

Before We Launched:

  • We researched which ideas would be the most viable and profitable and tweaked our concept to emulate an extremely successful similar Kickstarter.  (Just Yaoi wasn’t going to get us the money we needed–bara was more marketable and something I’m just as passionate about.)
  • We built the Kickstarter page as soon as we had the main game image, which was just our sprites on a background design, 4 months before we launched.  It was incomplete, but showed the art and story.  We continued to build it more and more as we got ready to launch.  I started to promote and build buzz for the Kickstarter, getting comments and followers on Kickstarter.
    • Advance Discovery got us 7% of our funds, or $3,303.00
  • We built a web site for our company and game.
    • We got $2,986 direct from our WordPress web site.
  • We made a long demo comprising 30% of the game and ended on a cliffhanger.
  • We had a professional, enticing, and beautiful game trailer with animation and characters’ voices.
  • We teased that the Kickstarter was coming through our social media.
  • We booked advertising on Starfighter.com for $340.
    • This ad got us $1,578.  It was a much poorer return than I expected.
  • We sent out press releases a month in advance, but it seems like a few days in advance would have been better because most venues were online and didn’t need such a long lead.  Boy Culture, Stevivor.com, TwoHappyCats, Queer SciFi, Doujins.com, and LewdGamer ran the story out of the dozens we contacted.
    • Queer SciFi got us $1100
    • Lewd Gamer got us $75
    • Others may have got us sales too, but were not in the referrers

After We Launched:

  • We posted on forums all over the place.
    • LemmaSoft got us $207
    • Aarin Fantasy got us $150
    • 4Chan got us $25
    • Fireden got us $25
    • Reddit got us $25
    • Others may have got us sales too, but were not in the referrers
  • We blasted our social media regularly.  I have a SUBSTANTIAL social media presence after building up Yaoi Press since 2004.  Most of the sales that came from social media didn’t show in referrers.  I know it was helpful, however, because I always saw new backers after I did a social media blitz.  Here’s what I had in my arsenal for this Kickstarter:
    • The Yaoi a Go Go Facebook of 146,000 Followers run by a kind friend who helped me.
    • The Yaoi Press Facebook of 10,000 Followers
    • The Yaoi Prose Facebook of 2,400 Followers
    • My Author Page with 700 Followers
    • The Y Press Games Facebook with 600 Followers
    • My Facebook Author Group with 193 Members
    • Assorted relevant groups open to promotion.
      • Facebook got us $2573
    • The Yaoi Press Twitter with 9,000 Followers
    • The Yaoi Prose Twitter with 3,250 Followers
    • The Y Press Games Twitter with 400 Followers
      • Twitter got us $1202
    • The Yaoi Press Tumblr with 1,600 Followers
    • The Yaoimila Web Comic Tumblr with 500 Followers
    • The Y Press Games Tumblr with 200 Followers
      • Tumblr got us $532
    • The Yaoi Press Google Plus with 3,300 Followers
    • The Y Press Games Instagram with 200 Followers
    • The Yaoi Press Pinterest with 550 Followers
    • The Gaijin Manga Deviant Art with 61 Watchers
  • I sent three newsletters.  I have over 5,000 Subscribers.
  • I did a Thunderclap
  • I posted the demo on Itch.io.
    • I saw $50 in backers referring directly from there.
  • I was featured on the Top to Botm Podcast
  • We ran the Kickstarter for 60 days and made $25,663 in the first 30 days and $21,549 in the last 30 days.  (Don’t go for shorter Kickstarters if your project is viable and is expected to be a winner.  Just being present on Kickstarter will get you 35% of your funding.  People search for stuff to back on this platform, so the longer you’re there the better.)
  • We spent a total of $1,900 on advertising, including Facebook, Starfighter, Twitter, Google Adwords, and $75 on two of those scammers who email you after you start a Kickstarter, buying one of your perks to make you like them, taking your money and doing nothing for you.  Don’t respond to any direct marketing, even if they buy a perk. They’re just going to refund it later.
  • We encouraged people to promote our social media by offering to strip chibis of four of our characters.
    • EDIT 6/24/2019 – It seems the best way to get backers to help promote your Kickstarter is ask them to post a sentence with the short link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, and to tag you in the post.  Then you offer to thank them in a future update.  Also tell them which tags to us for each platform.
  • We commented frequently and had 30 updates, building a rapport with backers.  Many of them stepped up to help with promotion because they got to know us.  (We introduced our team in Kickstarter updates).  We also did not lose many backers when we ran into a problem that jeopardized the project.  Being honest and having a good rapport saved us.
  • We had bitchin’ rewards, including the chance to marry one of the characters for $1000 (this sold out).
  • We Promo swapped with the Lovenuts Patreon.  I promoted their Patreon in a Kickstarter update and they promoted my Kickstarter in an update on their old Kickstarter for Sentimental Trickster.  (Doing this also helped me find a very knowledgeable new friend.)
  • I promo swapped with a popular Bara deviant artist.  He promoted our Kickstarter and I will be promoting his Patreon soon.  (This gave us at least a $2000 boost)
  • I contacted YouTubers to get them to play our demo.  Many did!  Some backers told us they were sent by YouTubers.
  • I contacted YouTubers to share our Trailer.  One of them did.
  • Our most sought after Stretch Goal, Full Voice Acting, was the next one to get on the last 2 days of our Kickstarter.  People upped their pledges and helped us get backers to hit this goal.  We went up $9,000 in the last 48 hours.  I’ve included our pledge chart below.

I think that’s all we did, but I’ll update if I remember something else.  Here’s our top 20 Kickstarter referrers:

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Here’s our pledge chart:

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