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Missing Stars September Update

Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well! We’re coming at you with your monthly dose of Missing Stars Act 1 progress and oh boy, do we have a lot of news for you wonderful fans! So let’s talk about that. 
Firstly, about Act 1 progress: We’re very happy to say that we are approaching the ¾ mark in terms of writing. Once that is done, all we need to  do is edit said scenes and program them into the game. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s all said and done. We’ll have to play the game to perform what Hamadyne calls a "master edit". This is done to make sure that we catch any mistakes missed during the initial edit, check for any continuity errors, and that no routes have been snuck in (Sorry Ela, Sofiya and Irene fans.) 
While we work on the game, we also have plans to update our web presence. The website is a touch out of date, so we'll  be doing a lot of tidying up on that. We also have plans to update the main Missing Stars website with updated bios of our characters, mo…

A Brief History of Privatgymnasium St. Dymphna

Originally established as an all-boys Catholic school, Privatgymnasium St. Dymphna (formerly known as the Ignatian College of St. Dymphna) was established in 1858 as means to cultivate the talents of young, but troubled, youth. Jesuit educators started by taking over an old, yet otherwise abandoned, Baroque monastery situated outside of Vienna and converted it into a boarding school. Victims of wars, survivors of tragic accidents, and orphans were often taken in as students as a means to help them heal from whatever afflicted them, as well as give them a quality education. By the mid-1880s, the rising popularity of psychological analysis led to the college begin admitting more psychologically troubled students and hiring interested professionals who would offer to study and help treat their students alongside their schooling. Soon after, it was decided that the college take in female students as well, creating one of the first co-ed elite boarding schools in Europe. The school functio…

Psychiatric Hospitalization and What it is Like

(Content warning: This article briefly mentions suicide.) Written by Fia, Medical Consultant for Somnova Studios
As someone who has been hospitalized three times as well as worked in an inpatient unit for people with developmental disabilities at one point, I felt like I would be the best to talk about psychiatric hospitalization and what it is like. There are a lot of myths surrounding psychiatric hospitalization and I want to give a more realistic view of what it is like. I won’t deny that being hospitalized isn’t a fun experience, but if there is anything I would like people to take away from this article is that psych wards are more boring than scary. 
You can be hospitalized either voluntarily or involuntarily. With a voluntary hold, you can technically leave at any time as long as you can prove you are not a danger to yourself or others. Even if you decide to leave, the process of getting you discharged can take a couple days. With involuntary holds, you can only be held there usua…

Missing Stars August Update

Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well. We’re coming at you with our regularly-scheduled update for Missing Stars so that we can keep you informed of our progress for Act 1. 

At this point, we have 44 scenes programmed into the game. This includes writing, sprite direction, and scene direction. As of this writing, our current word count at this point is at about 123,000 words.To put that into perspective, that is approximately the length of about 2 full routes from Katawa Shoujo. Compared to a real-world novel, J.R.R Tolkien's The Return of the King has 134,462 words, making Missing Stars quite the read once it's all finished. We hope this explains why we’re taking so long to get Act 1 out. Our largest focus has always been on the writing quality and ensuring the programming of these scenes looks consistent. 

We apologize for delays for July's Mental Health Blog post . It will be out soon next week however! 

That's all we have for you this month! Thank you all so much…

Missing Stars July Update

Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well. We’re coming at you with our regularly-scheduled update for Missing Stars so that we can keep you informed of our progress for Act 1. 
In order to give context to how much progress we’re making, here’s a breakdown of how Act 1 will unfold: Erik will transfer to St. Dymphna's.Erik will meet all of the route girls. Depending on the choices you make, you'll get points towards a specific girlEventually, you will get to make a choice as to which girl Erik will hang out with for the Gala event at the end of Act 1. Depending on the choices you made previously, the girls available to you will change. It's at this point where the routes officially split. After that, the Gala takes place and Act 1 ends there. Act 2 begins shortly after with the girl you ended up with.
We are happy to report that a lot of progress has been made on the writing aspect of Missing Stars as we’re at the point of branching out into specific routes which will be much…

Missing Stars June Update

Hello everyone, hope you're doing well. We're coming at you with our June update for Missing Stars so that we can keep you informed of our progress for Act 1.

What we focused on this month was going through our code and streamlining it in order to make it more efficient and help run the game better. What we did to achieve this was we took some commands that were 6-7 lines long that popped up throughout the game's code and shortened them to 1-2 lines. This was done not only to streamline the code, but make sure it was easier to read and sort through when adding in scenes, as well as make troubleshooting to solve any bugs that pop up a lot easier. On top of that, we have programmed in a number of scenes into the game and are continuing to make progress on that front.

Some users on Discord were asking abut how tall (or short) some of our cast members are. By popular demand, here's a relative height chart of our core cast for Missing Stars!

And that is all we have for you …

The Importance of Maintaining your Mental Health

Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well. As some of you might know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. One topic we wanted to bring up is why mental health is just as important as physical health, and the barriers we have in society that prevent people from receiving the treatment they need.
As we talked about in a previous article, the public’s perception of mental health is continuing to improve and head in the right direction. However, one thing that needs to be addressed is recognizing when we need help. In today’s society, whenever most people experience a decline in mental health, they initially dismiss this, thinking “Oh it’s just a rough patch, I’ll be fine. Most people have it worse than I do.” As time goes on, however, their mental health may continue to decline. Even at this stage, many are reluctant to seek any help until they hit rock bottom. This is most likely due to the fact that there still is a negative perception of mental health, especially when it comes to se…

Missing Stars May Update

Hello everyone, hope you're doing well. We're coming at you with our May update for Missing Stars so that we can keep you informed of our progress with Act 1.

The biggest thing we focused on this month was art asset organization. Now all of our artists, writers, editors, and programmers are all on the same page as to what assets we need and don't need for Act 1. It also makes sure we avoid any duplicates of assets. Now as some of you are aware, April has been the dreaded exam season. Since a few of our team members are in school, their focus was on school this month. Now that its ending, we should have more of our writers and editors available for the upcoming sprint and continue to make progress on the remaining scenes for Act 1.

Here is a sneak peek of some concept art for Natalya and Sofiya in their Gala dresses.

That's all we have for you this month! Once again, thank you all for your continued patience and support. We're working as hard as we can to get Act 1 re…