Monday, August 31, 2009

Reviewer (and Writers!) Wanted

If anyone's up for it, could someone write up a review of the Web Trial of RKS Freudenstachel? Thanks.

Actually, I wouldn't mind having another writer for the RKS blog. Any takers?

Friday, August 28, 2009

zaku6's Doujinshi Now Available at Melonbooks

You're probably tired of hearing about it, but since this thing still continues to allude us, I'm posting about it anyway. It's RKS news, after all, and it's not like there's anything else to talk about until the 31st. Anyways, Melonbooks is now selling Fukurou no Youni Himawari. I don't think these guys do international shipping either, but I think there are courier services that work with them, so... uhh... Yeah. Just throwing this out there.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

zaku6's Doujinshi Now Available at Comic Toranoana

I'm not sure when this went up, but zaku6's RKS H-doujinshi is available for purchase on Toranoana's website. Unfortunately for most of you and definitely me, the store does no do international shipping, and I don't know of any couriers I can get it through. In addition, the doujinshi is completely absent from the internet with a single fake posted on Winny, so this is literally nigh impossible for me to get a hold of. If any of you Schwer readers happen to know of a service that we can get this through, please let us know. Thanks a bunch!

Edit: Oh yeah, two of the preview pictures are Tia x Freu and a random picture of Trauare. Remember, the link is NWS.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

More Let's Play from ReisenMell

ReisenMell is at it again with even more storyline bastardizations!

The amount of work that goes into these videos is impressive, really. I have to hand it to her. So yeah, check it out if you feel like it!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Freudenstachel C76 Demo Gameplay

To any and all curious, here's a video of the C76 demo in action. Thanks to the Anonymous commenter in the last entry for bring this to my attention. There's another video up there, but this one appears to be by Daddy, the one who brought the C76 demo bugs to [erka:es]'s attention, so I'm willing to trust this one over any other.

I really like Freu's new voice.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Freudenstachel C76 Demo Patch

For those of you who happen to have the C76 demo for whatever reason, a patch has been made available on the RKS Freudenstachel Download Page. It fixes the various bugs that were found by a few of the testers. Only a matter of time before the downloadable trial is released!

Note: Please keep in mind that this only affects the C76 demo, not the C75 demo.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Let's Play RKS with Johnny Truant

Schwer reader Johnny Truant, the guy who brought you sexy Grolla and sexy Freudia, has provided KreuzChannel with his first Let's Play video. Check it out, and then head on over and give him some feedback. I assure you. It's hilarious.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Post-C76 [erka:es] Update

[erka:es]'s latest diary entry puts the release of the Web Trial edition of Freudenstachel at 8/31, which is about two weeks away, and just as it was with the C75 Trial, there are already a few bug reports. The opening stage is finally playable, but replays for it don't work. Also, part of the picture for the continue screen is missing. Not sure how that happens, but [erka:es] plans to have these and any other bugs fixed in a patch they will release before the downloadable trial comes out. We shall see what happens!

Chinese RKS Translation

Interesting news has come my way. There are a group of people in China who are big fans of the RKS series as well, and they're working on translating the game into Chinese. I was actually contacted through KreuzChannel by the same person who uploaded the Chinese fanart to pixiv. Unfortunately, due to political issues involving China, leozx and his fellow RKS fans cannot access Schwer and Schwer Alike or parts of YouTube, so on their behalf, I'm going to share the two example screengrabs they sent me.

In the first screenshot, Grolla is telling Spiritia "It's clear that our battle is over, even though you cheated and used a Cross Tank." They seem really excited about the project, because, like us, we want to expose the glory that is RKS to more people by making it accessible in their native language. As we spread the story through our English patch, they wish to do the same their Chinese patch. When the project is done, they will be making a website showcasing it. Of course, it'll be downloadable there, I assume.

I will inform you all of any developments as I receive them. I'm really happy for these guys, and I hope that they are able to increase the fanbase on their end as well. We'll keep you posted.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Freudenstachel Demo Upon Us!?

As pointed out in the previous comments, there's a new diary entry at the [erka:es] website. Mostly Comiket stuff, it seems, as they're selling some copies of RKS and giving away Freudenstachel demos. It would appear that, according to WOMI and the screenshot provided in the entry, they've remade some of the stages, and hopefully after Comiket, the demo will be available for download. Best news I've heard all year! So with patience shall come awesome. Someone should send us a review of the new demo when it gets released. It'll give me material.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

zaku6 and Other Art Stuff

I received an e-mail response from zaku6, and we have been given permission to provide an English translation of his upcoming H-doujinshi as long as we do not provide the doujinshi in its entirety, so in accordance with a request made by zaku6 himself, the final plan is that Schwer and Schwer Alike will be providing high-quality versions of the pages with text on them, and that is it. Do not expect or ask for high-quality raws of the entire thing, because you won't get them from here, and as with Rosenkreuzstilette itself, do not discuss methods of getting it for free. I've been informed that a digital version of the H-doujinshi will be available for purchase at Tora no Ana some time after Comiket, and I will provide a link and purchase tutorial when that comes around. Also, there's a link to zaku6's website over on the right. It definitely falls under NWS territory, so be forewarned.

Justin is still ruining pixiv with his pictures (I refuse to call it art), but in spite of that, a few neat things have come up, including this really pretty picture of Spiritia, Freudia, and Lilli that appears to be done by a Chinese artist. There's also a Super Robot Wars Z parody picture of Zorne if you're interested.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Casting Call for Spiritia

I have started a thread for an open audition casting call for Spiritia. Just throwing it out there. I've actually gotten a submission for this part, and I have to say that the girl in question did a pretty good job. I hope I get more talent like her. ASK YOUR FRIENDS OR SOMETHING.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

RKS Dub Project

I wanted to post about this when I got a little further with it, but this is probably the best way to get there. That's right. I want to dub Rosenkreuzstilette.

I have posted an interest check thread over at the Voice Acting Alliance Forums to see if I find suitable voice artists for the game. I am also turning to you, Schwer readers. If you or anyone you know would like to be involved in this project and are actually willing to put forth semi-professional effort into it, I ask you to sign up for the VAA forums and post in my interest check thread. I have faith that this could turn out wonderfully, and it's the one last step to make before RKS gets a total English version.

Actually, there is one other thing. Now that things have died down a bit, Darkside and Zeppy will be going back over the RKS and RKSG scripts, because I think we can do better. I would like to release a final v2 translation patch that we can all be happy with. In fact, if you would like, play through our English patch and tell us what we did wrong. We will potentially take your feedback to heart and use it to better the final script.

Oh, and here's a little work-in-progress:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Let's Play RKS with RabiEnRoll

Devout Megaman fanboy RabiEnRoll/Kilgamayan, the guy who previously posted a one-life clear video series of Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert, is now doing a No Cross Tank Buster Duel Let's Play of the Rosenkreuzstilette with Spiritia.

There's the first video. I'm sure you can figure out how to watch the rest.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rockin' Android is trying to get Rosenkreuzstilette.

According to articles at GamaSutra and Siliconera, the doujin game localization company Rockin' Android announced that they are going to attempt to get the license for Rosenkreuzstilette and release it. Rockin' Android has something of a negative reputation among doujin game TL groups, as many of them claim that they are making profit off of work that is not theirs. With Rosenkreuzstilette, there is nothing to do, as the game is available for us to purchase already, and a TL patch, complete with some graphic changes, all for the better, has been provided by Darkside and Zeppy. I have sent Rockin' Androids an e-mail in an attempt to confirm their plans for Rosenkreuzstilette's release, and if it is indeed something they wish to pursue, then we will work from there. We shall see what happens.

To Whom It May Concern

I will only say this once: I will not be providing a raw of the zaku6's H-doujinshi here on Schwer and Schwer Alike. Do not ask me for it. Do not even think about bringing it up. I will also provide absolutely nothing that comes from or with any version of the Rosenkreuzstilette game, including the game itself. If you want the doujinshi, I will provide a link to a service that will allow you to purchase it once it becomes available after Comiket 76. If you want the game or anything that comes with it, there is a nice little link to your right where you can buy it. Thank you for your time.