MAGELAYSIANS; a portmanteau of Mages & Malaysians.
Also a cool new visual novel project, presented by Maru!
Welcome to the world of Magelaysians, where teenagers head out to the 7Eleven at night to buy top-up of their magic quota, only to be shut down by the cashier that "sorry ah bro, out of stock." They flock to the closest pasar malam in search of the latest (illegally obtained) magic spell, coming in the form of a pirated DVD. There’s an oracle over in Pelita who can read your fortune through how your roti canai ends up - everyone calls him boss, too.
And did you think regular Mat Rempits on their bikes were bad? Wait ‘till you see the flying Myvis.
The project is a series of short stories about mayhem, magic, youth and all sorts of things - all using the rich culture and setting of Malaysia as it’s backdrop. As of right now, the project itself has a team of Malaysian-born artists and writers and is currently looking for one more artist - or more, if we can get more writers. The project will be utilising the medium of visual novels, built as a kinetic visual novel in the Ren’py engine.
One of the main things about the project is how much artistic freedom the artists will be given - aside from vague descriptions, the artists are free to do as they wish and interpret characters in any way they want. Are the stories going to be connected in any way aside from sharing the same universe? Maybe so. Maybe not. Who knows.
The first three stories will be released separately. Depending on the response, there may or may not be more. Each story will be free-to-play - as for the amount of play time, it’s currently up in the air.
The team includes:
Interested? Sure you are! Project updates are to come soon; track the #magelaysians tag for further information in the near future. You can also follow each of the team on their twitters for sporadic updates and ideas, all that good stuff. For anyone interested in being on the team, drop a message over to Maru and we’ll talk there. We’re not only looking for artists and writers, but if any musicians or anyone who can do UI design would like to partake, that would be cool, too! Programming would be amazing as well. Spread the word and let’s get this show on the road. Thanks for your interest! :^)
Bonus points if you’re Malaysian and are interested in joining the team! (^: