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We are now celebrating The Teacup forum's fourth event, The Teacup Visual Novel Festival 2011, following the traditions of its predecessor from 2010.

Each day, the festival featured a different Visual Novel game release created especially for this event. Please enjoy the variety of Visual Novels offered by our many participants!

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Last year, The Teacup Visual Novel 2010 marked the beginning of what has become The Teacup’s trademark of being an event-based community. Due to the short span of time we had to work with in order to organize the event last year, we kept the details of the event a secret from the public and limited to only the founding members of The Teacup until release month.

This year, we’re starting the preparations for the festival early and making it open to all interested visual novel creators.

The rules of the festival are very simple. Simply indicate your desire to enter your game into the 2011 festival inside this thread. We’re open for entries until one month before the festival (the 1st of July). Basically, the only rule of the festival is that you agree to release your game sometime during the festival month along with the other participants. Please back out at least a week or two before release month if you feel that you can't make it.

The festival will feature one game every day starting from release month and up (the 1st of August, the 2nd of August and so on). All entries must be complete or at least nearly complete as soon as the month before release month arrives in order to give us enough time to decide on the order in which the games will be released.

All entries are welcome at this point. Your game could be a work-in-progress, a game idea that you are planning to work on, or a completed but still unreleased game. Think of the Teacup Visual Novel Festival 2011 as a motivation to get a jump start on some of your unfinished projects, or to start working on a new game.

The Festival is now officially open. Interested applicants may apply here or you can PM one of the mods/admins if you want to enter in secret.

The release month is August.

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Now that we've decided to stop with the monthly releases of BTW, we're planning to make the last volume on the theme "Visual Novel Endings"

Release Date: TBA sometime in December 2010
Please use this thread to ask questions or make suggestions for this volume.

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We are proud to announce The Teacup forum's first event, The Teacup Visual Novel Festival 2010.

Each day, the festival featured a different Visual Novel game release created especially for this event. The games range from 5 minutes to nearly an hour long.

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Tea Lounge / Guidelines: Tea Lounge
« on: February 10, 2010, 04:59:19 pm »
Section Guidelines

1. Please state and introduce the subject in the first post. It would be good for the thread's first post to be as easy to understand as possible, even for those who have no prior knowledge on the subject. Even a simple link to an informative site can be a great help.

2. Please try to refrain from too much cultural jargon, especially if not directly related to the subject. This is a multicultural forum with users from all around the world, which is good to keep in mind.

3. Even if offtopic, posts have to follow the general rules.

Rules

1. Posts that can only be seen as discouraging or rude or that can be seen as personal attacks are forbidden, and a member who posts such will be warned and if necessary, banned. This includes badly written, aggressive critique and offensive intent veiled in thin eloquence: please give your opinions only on those things which you care about. Posts should be in English or have an English translation. Simply, please be nice and polite to other people!

2. Spamming or advertising is forbidden. An exception to the latter is made if the advertised subject is seen as helpful for creators: for example, politely advertising one's project blog is acceptable and to an extent encouraged, as is making a release thread for commercial games or visual novel engines. Spamming also includes members who post too many one-liners or otherwise unintelligent, unhelpful posts.

3. Should you for some reason find that moderative action against you or someone else has been unfair and was not done to support the stated values, please consult an administrator in private. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, even the administration, and it is important to point these out to us.

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Community Discussion / Join #Teacup on Freenode
« on: February 01, 2010, 04:44:49 pm »
Join us at The Teacup's official IRC channel at #teacup on freenode. For general or off-topic chat.

http://java.freenode.net//index.php?channel=teacup
(java based chat client. You can also use your irc client of choice.)

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Development Discussion / Frequently Asked Questions
« on: January 28, 2010, 04:48:31 pm »
As threads come around, many generally helpful threads shall be stored here so they can be found easily.

General
Things you wish you knew before you started.

Engines
Introduction to Visual Novel Engines

Sprites
Tutorial - Spritemaking for visual novel beginners: things and tips to consider

Writing
The Writing Nursery

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Recruitment and Testing / Guidelines: Recruitment and Testing
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:56:11 pm »
Section Guidelines

1. Remember that you are asking for people to contribute their time and energy to your project or promising that you can commit to a project by posting an announcement in this section. Please do not post if you are not serious about making a visual novel.

2. If you are asking for people to contribute to your project, make sure that you have a significant portion of the project ready. Are you sure you will finish your own portion of the project? If your answer was not a confident 'yes', please work on your project until it is and post your recruitment thread then.

Rules

1. Posts that can only be seen as discouraging or rude or that can be seen as personal attacks are forbidden, and a member who posts such will be warned and if neccessary, banned. This includes badly written, aggressive critique: please give your opinions only on those things which you care about. Posts should be in English or have an English translation. Simply, please be nice and polite to other people!

2. Spamming or advertising is forbidden. An exception to the latter is made if the advertised subject is seen helpful for creators: for example, politely advertising one's project blog is acceptable and to an extent encouraged, as is making a release thread for commercial games or visual novel engines. Spamming also includes members who post too many one-liners or otherwise unintelligent, unhelpful posts.

3. Should you for some reason find that moderative action against you or someone else has been unfair and was not done to support the stated values, please consult an administrator in private. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, even the administration, and it is important to point these out to us.

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Development Discussion / Guidelines: Development Discussion
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:55:20 pm »
Section Guidelines

1. Please do not make threads that are not generally helpful to makers. This includes project-specific progress report threads. We strongly advise you to set up a blog or a website and include a link to it in your signature so your progress can be followed and encouraged.

2. Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions before making a new thread.

Rules

1. Posts that can only be seen as discouraging or rude or that can be seen as personal attacks are forbidden, and a member who posts such will be warned and if necessary, banned. This includes badly written, aggressive critique and offensive intent veiled in thin eloquence: please give your opinions only on those things which you care about. Posts should be in English or have an English translation. Simply, please be nice and polite to other people!

2. Spamming or advertising is forbidden. An exception to the latter is made if the advertised subject is seen as helpful for creators: for example, politely advertising one's project blog is acceptable and to an extent encouraged, as is making a release thread for commercial games or visual novel engines. Spamming also includes members who post too many one-liners or otherwise unintelligent, unhelpful posts.

3. Should you for some reason find that moderative action against you or someone else has been unfair and was not done to support the stated values, please consult an administrator in private. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, even the administration, and it is important to point these out to us.

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Completed Visual Novels / Guidelines: Completed Visual Novels
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:53:38 pm »
Section Guidelines

1. By posting your project in the section you agree that it is, as far as you currently know, complete as an individual visual novel experience in English as-is.

2. If your visual novel includes content of a nature that is meant for mature audiences (erotica or graphic violence), please provide an appropriate warning. Doing otherwise will be interpreted as impolite. Mindless pornography is not allowed.

In response to some concerns regarding our rules on pornographic content; based on the admin meeting last April 21, 2010. Everyone unanimously decided to keep the current forum rules regarding erotic content as is.

Regarding what is a "visual novel?" - This is something that we have decided should be dynamic and open to change. It will be an administrative prerogative to disallow certain games that we believe should not be considered as visual novels. It will be a lot more work, but our admins are ready and willing to take up that challenge. Games which have been previously disallowed will form a part of precedence for this forum as to what should be excluded.

As to "mindless pornography" this is also a term that will be defined based on precedence rather than a concrete definition that is set in stone. For now, the admins have decided that the threshold level should be set at games like The Nettestadt Troll which is the maximum level of erotica tolerated here. 

However, we feel that it is better to gradually add a list of what types of games are excluded rather than what games are included to make the rule a bit less restrictive.
Regardless of any prior statement made by any of our admins, for now the controlling rule regarding this is: the following games or those of similar nature are not allowed to be discussed nor posted in the Teacup.

-Rapelay (and basically all of Illusion's 3D sex games)
-Sexual Fantasy Kingdom
-Suck My Dick Or Die
-The Maiden Rape Assault - Violent Semen Inferno
-Virgin Roster
-Polygon Love 2

Images containing explicit content are also not allowed to be shown here. We have to consider the limitations of our host's server and even if it were allowed, it would be impolite to the owner of the lunaen.com domain. Furthermore, the admins themselves do not wish to have discussions of "mindless pornography" (refer to the above examples for a baseline) in the forums.

If you have further inquiries, please do it in a PM to any of our admins so we may discuss it among ourselves. If you are still confused as to whether or not a certain type of game or game discussion qualifies in the teacup based on our rules, please do it in a PM to any of our admins as well.

Rules

1. Posts that can only be seen as discouraging or rude or that can be seen as personal attacks are forbidden, and a member who posts such will be warned and if necessary, banned. This includes badly written, aggressive critique and offensive intent veiled in thin eloquence: please give your opinions only on those things which you care about. Posts should be in English or have an English translation. Simply, please be nice and polite to other people!

2. Spamming or advertising is forbidden. An exception to the latter is made if the advertised subject is seen as helpful for creators: for example, politely advertising one's project blog is acceptable and to an extent encouraged, as is making a release thread for commercial games or visual novel engines. Spamming also includes members who post too many one-liners or otherwise unintelligent, unhelpful posts.

3. Should you for some reason find that moderative action against you or someone else has been unfair and was not done to support the stated values, please consult an administrator in private. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, even the administration, and it is important to point these out to us.

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Community Discussion / General Values and Rules
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:50:18 pm »
Values

This community exists to serve as a creative, encouraging environment for makers of English visual novels. The purpose of this forum is to enhance productivity and creativity by supporting the makers and helping them materialize what they want.

Rules

1. Posts that can only be seen as discouraging or rude or that can be seen as personal attacks are forbidden, and a member who posts such will be warned and if necessary, banned. This includes badly written, aggressive critique and offensive intent veiled in thin eloquence: please give your opinions only on those things which you care about. Posts should be in English or have an English translation. Simply, please be nice and polite to other people!

2. Spamming or advertising is forbidden. An exception to the latter is made if the advertised subject is seen as helpful for creators: for example, politely advertising one's project blog is acceptable and to an extent encouraged, as is making a release thread for commercial games or visual novel engines. Spamming also includes members who post too many one-liners or otherwise unintelligent, unhelpful posts.

3. Should you for some reason find that moderative action against you or someone else has been unfair and was not done to support the stated values, please consult an administrator in private. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, even the administration, and it is important to point these out to us.

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