And now, to interrupt the dramatic tension I’ve been building, a little something you all have probably forgotten that you asked for. A glimpse into Laemul’s past when he was a high and mighty Mystick for the court of Kivalia.
We have been at this for a long time now, and using Daz Studio for animation is adequate, but we needed much much more than it could deliver in order to do justice to Zona’s world. So we have ported all the Daz character assets into Unreal Engine, and Brian is finding that this is not only more realistic than we could have realized before in Daz, but also so much faster that he has accomplished more in six weeks than he did in six months before – maybe more. For myself I could not possibly be more pleased. This is a huge game changer!
This little teaser is a taste of what we will be making the series look like. It’s just the prelude to the opening scene where Mentl comes upon the Urtts. In 2021 the real stuff begins.
Until then, judge and compare the previous efforts to what Brian’s doing now.
Enjoy, and don’t forget, the patrons on Patreon.com/jedraft are going to see more sooner and enjoy additional benefits and rewards as well!
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There are however, some ways to defeat this, as detailed in the video here:
One of my favorite webcomics is “Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic” (https://www.yafgc.net/). Its creator, Rich Morris is a telented professional who has been creating these delightful fun, engaging and funny long form fantasy comics for years. At long last he’s got himself a Patreon site so that we can give back a little for all the free stuff he’s put out there. My Zonaphiles will recall when he did the portrait of Zona and Mentl, and now as part of my Patreon-age, he’s doing a finished portrait of my choice. And I chose Ipola. The prelim sketches see below.
I cannot urge you strongly enough to support art, and support artists, and support this artist and his art.
Frigging finally, after hours and hours of solitary toil to make a visual novel/game of Zona (including an abortive attempt to export it which meant I had to practically recreate it from scratch) I have a 0.01 beta version as a demo. It is short and a bit rough around the edges, but I hope you all have fun with it.
Set in the master bedroom of the Hollywood mansion right after their engagement party, it’s where Zona confesses to her new silver-bonded Mentl the one thing that she has been keeping to herself forever.
In a way, this returns Zona to her origins in the adult find-your-path books she was created for, as the visual novel medium is just a higher tech version of that. Also, it’s very dirty. Definitely NOT safe for work.
I think of this as a “proof of concept” for one more product and direction we can take the characters and reward my wonderful Zonaphiles. Frankly, I think she lends herself to this medium pretty handily.
A one dollar patronage at patreon.com/JEDraft gets you access to this and much more!
My people, this is a global ecological emergency. *All* of us need to pitch in as best we can.
So if it helps you get motivated, then Zona, Mentl and all their friends are willing to bare it all for you to get the resources where they’re needed. Send me an email with a forwarded receipt or screen grab of an Australian 10 dollar (or above) donation and we’ll send you a nice sexy pic of the “Challenges of Zona” character of your choice.
I chose these two organizations as being the ones that will help the wildlife and the people, but I am willing to accept any proof of (recent) donation to any accredited relief organization dedicated to assisting with the fight against these horrific bush fires Down Under.
I’m a Californian, and I have seen my share of nasty wildfires, even more and worse in recent years. The Australian fires make anything I had to be evacuated from seem like a grease fire in my kitchen. If you think you are safe from the effects of this disaster because you live on the other side of the world, think again. This is worse than any fantasy world-beater my imagination could come up with. I have given and will give again.
For those of you who just like to click:
I’ve given and will give again next paycheck. How about you?
Just at the moment, we’re temporarily stalled on the animation project. So we’ve taken advantage of the lull to revisit the Gen 8 model of Zona, and I think this time, even more than last, we’ve hit it on the head. So Brian came up with a couple of pinups of her of which this is a closeup. If you want to see more (much more) become a Patreon patron at https://www.patreon.com/JEDraft
That’s right – from now through August 14th, all new rewards will be unlocked for all Patreon patrons of The Challenges Of Zona! This will give our one dollar Erogenians a taste of what they’ve been missing, and hopefully encourage others to become patrons and sample our best stuff!
And as for you others who have already given above and beyond, have no fear. August and September we will have a Double Rewards promotion with biweekly Sexy Stuff, Throwbacks and other goodies to reward you for your patience and generosity.