I’m back from an adventure up the West Coast of the US. Yan and I drove from San Francisco to Seattle stopping at a variety of lovely towns along the way. It’s always good to get away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai in order to stimulate the creative process.
At Powell’s in Portland I managed to pick up two books by CG Jung which were influential to the first two Alice games – but I’d somehow managed to lose track of – “The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious” and “Psychology and Alchemy.” And I was able to meet and talk with RJ Berg about narrative, design, production, and business. Finally I had some very interesting talks with a large platform/publisher in Seattle… but can’t say anything about that other than it helps us move a step closer to making “Alice: Asylum” a reality. Exciting stuff!
While I was away Joey sent along some new images and I’ve replied to her in the message below.
As always, we’d love to hear your feedback and ideas.
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Oct 31st, 2017
This new version of the Cat is great. I think this gets very close to what the fans had in mind when they talked about putting some fur on him.
For the Bargaining stage… I am still uncertain about where this will take place. I’ve been thinking about it daily and reading the feedback from fans but nothing really sticks just yet. It does seem the area should be one which clearly represents the pain and suffering taking place within Alice’s mind. It’s this pain she’s willing to bargain in order to be rid of. So we could imagine an area of Wonderland being punished/injured en masse by some force of nature or other widespread damaging effects.
Imagine a place in Wonderland where it never stops raining – and the characters melt if they get wet.
Or a place where the sun no longer shines – and all the (talking) plants are dying slowly from lack of sunlight.
These sorts of events could represent the pain Alice is suffering – and her mission to restore things to normal is an analog to her bargaining her way out of that pain. Ultimately, whatever the mission, it must fail. I’ll think about an area where this would make sense – and I’ll discuss with the fans. Then get back to you.