TOO MANY SANTAS CASTING CALL

ATTENTION: We are now casting models for our upcoming visual novel, Too Many Santas (working title)—a Christmas-themed dating sim where you try to hook up with six different Santa Clauses. (And before you ask, they are all the real Santa Claus.)

As with our other visual novels, we are planning to use photographs of real-life people for our character portraits. And that means we want you. Yes, you!!

Specifically, we want you to take photos of yourself so we can use them in the game. Like this:


Examples of character portraits. (Here’s what it looks like in the final game.)

Below, I’ve listed the roles we are currently casting for. If you’re interested in portraying any of these characters, please e-mail paulmfranzen AT gmail DOT com with:

  • The role you’d like to portray
  • A picture of yourself (any picture is fine)
  • A quote for how much you’d like to be paid

If we decide to cast you for a role, further instructions will be provided. Payment will be provided upon my receipt of the final photos. Casting will continue until all the roles are filled, or until I give up and just play all the characters myself, wearing different wigs.

Please note that each role requires multiple “expressions” (e.g., happy, grumpy, playing with a cute kitty and loving it), so if we cast you, we’ll need at least one photo per expression.

BIPOC especially encouraged to apply!


Deleted: All roles are currently filled! More to come!

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Oh, a Podcast! #51: Weird Roles (feat. Huw Miller and Timothy Mark)

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In this month’s episode!

  • Internet Court is coming out on April 6th!!
  • Huw Miller and Timothy Mark join us to talk about their characters in the game
  • Casting decisions (or: “Hey, that’s a nice hoodie!”)
  • Improv in Internet Court
  • Janky camera setups
  • Michael’s college TV sitcom
  • $5 VR headsets
  • Goths at Disneyland
  • Nancy Drew drama
  • Paul’s “Gamedev Search of the Day”s

All this, plus Tim tells a story about going camping with legendary game designer Tim Schafer! You won’t wanna miss it!

Slurp Knead: Ace Attorney Oh, a Podcast!

  1. Slurp Knead: Ace Attorney
  2. The Book of Good and Bad
  3. Weird Roles (feat. Huw Miller and Timothy Mark)
  4. I Like My Nonsense
  5. Epic Beard Wish Fulfillment

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, Michael is @arglefumph, Huw is @the_huwmiller, and Timothy is @BidiotBales.

Our theme song is “Cigarettes and One-Night Stands” by 5thavenueband, and it is licensed under under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Oh, a Podcast! #49: Epic Beard Wish Fulfillment

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In this month’s episode!

  • The SpongeBob musical
  • Michael’s haircut
  • Michael’s “kid friends”
  • Signing up for COVID vaccine trials
  • Laughing at jokes you don’t remember writing
  • Dubs
  • Internet Court’s menu design
  • Adding last-minute dumb things to games
  • Young Trucy Wright
  • Paul’s tired of thinking

All this, plus I cut out like 10 minutes of us trying to remember plot details from Apollo Justice. YOU’RE WELCOME!!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Our theme song is “Cigarettes and One-Night Stands” by 5thavenueband, and it is licensed under under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Oh, a Podcast! #48: How to Draw Anime Santa

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In this month’s episode!

  • Glitter
  • NaNoWriMo hacks
  • How not to confuse your future self
  • Background animations in VNs
  • Jenny LeClue
  • Naughty and nice decisions
  • How many Santas is enough Santas?
  • Joey Joey and the Good Good Boys
  • Coding for kids
  • Legacy of Dragonholt and room-escape games

All this, plus how to hook up with Santa! You won’t want to miss it!!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Our theme song is “Cigarettes and One-Night Stands” by 5thavenueband, and it is licensed under under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Oh, a Podcast! #47: The Cats of Cat President 2 (feat. their owners)

 

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In this special edition of Oh, a Podcast!:

  • We have three guests in the (virtual) studio: Anne Sullivan, Abigael Williams, and Rin J—aka the owners of Mr. Biscuits, Fe.Line, and Queen Fabulousa!
  • The real-life purr-sonalities of the Cat President 2 cats
  • Where these cats came from
  • 2 for $10 cat deals
  • Should Paul get a cat??
  • How many cats should Paul get.
  • How we made the cat owners deeply uncomfortable
  • Cats and the pandemic
  • The origins of the weird [censored] cat on the title screen
  • Skulls

All this, plus whether golden retrievers ever really grow up (they do not). You won’t want to miss it!!! Especially if you like cats!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow ALL of us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, Michael is @arglefumph, Anne is @annetropy, Abigael is @asgardianmead61, and Rin is @SirLadySketch.

Oh, a Podcast! #44: Cat Fingers

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In this month’s episode!

  • Making games is fun(?)
  • Cat President’s word count
  • What’s next after a game is “finished”?
  • How cats wear jackets
  • Do cats have goatees?
  • Cats with tats
  • Testing text-based games
  • Games with time loops
  • Time-travelling toilets
  • MURDER MAN

All this, plus how to accessorize like a bad boy! It’s educational! SO LISTEN.

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Oh, a Podcast! #35: The Oregano Trail

 

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In this month’s episode!

  • Are steak fries even French fries?
  • Why you shouldn’t work with other people
  • 46-minute mysteries
  • Outtakes
  • Pride and Prejudice (and Murder)
  • Candidates for Cat President 3
  • Voting in Oregon and New York
  • Francy Droo: 12 O’Clock in Boston
  • Games you shouldn’t play after oral surgery
  • The tragedy of Mario Kart on the Wii U

All this, plus Michael dunks on the DS! You won’t want to miss that, probably.

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Oh, a Podcast! #8: Beard Cat

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It’s bright and early on a Monday morning! …But it doesn’t have to be. Take this podcast journey with Paul and Michael, and forget all about that pile of work that’s threatening to take over your entire life. Here’s what’s on tap this month:

  • We’re making Michael figure out how to do pixel-art
  • Point-and-click verb interfaces!
  • What even is “full-screen”?
  • Updates on Francy Droo 2, Awkward Steve 2, and Who Am I?
  • PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR GAMES ON STEAM GREENLIGHT!!!
  • Dealing with footage that’s too awkward for Awkward Steve
  • Very special editions of Sweet Valley High
  • What would a procedurally generated visual novel be like?
  • Michael spills the beans on The Worst High School Reunion Ever
  • The two times Michael and Paul have actually met in person

All this, plus absolutely no tax talk! We promise! Please enjoy our podcast.

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Games discussed in this episode: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Spheres, Thimbleweed Park, Tales of Monkey Island, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Final Fantasy VI

Oh, a Podcast! #7: Kids Love E-Mail

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It’s Oh, a Podcast! #7! Michael ran out of games to write and Paul’s been doing hush-hush contract work, but here’s what we can and did talk about:

  • How Paul picks up contract proofreading work for games
  • The mistakes hidden object games were making ten years ago
  • More about estimated tax payments!!
  • We’re working on an FMV legal thriller (tentatively) called “Internet Court”!
  • Localizing noodles into hamburgers
  • Cat President’s value as an educational tool
  • Michael is performing science experiments on his beard.
  • Paul has a LOT of thoughts about save features in games.
  • The unexpected and frustrating things that happen right before you release a game
  • PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR GAMES ON STEAM GREENLIGHT.

All this, plus NO SERIOUSLY, PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR GAMES ON STEAM GREENLIGHT!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Games discussed in this episode: Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Professor Garfield: Fact or Opinion?, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~, LEGO Batman, The Pagemaster, Radiant Historia