Miss Bullard’s School For Former Ladies released

Quibble Quills’ debut Miss Bullard’s School For Former Ladies was recently released! The game is a visual novel set in Victorian England with elements of romance and suspense. They did a Kickstarter last year and now came through with the final product.

Miss Bullard’s School for Former Ladies is the only Old Continent boarding and etiquette school for women of “unfortunate circumstance”, who are not quite as normal as they once were, but still wish to enter society as convincingly human as possible. 

You play as Lillian Graham, the daughter of a respected trader from the New Continent, who attends the school after fits of nightmares and possessed sleepwalking deemed to have magical origin. While it is unclear what is happening to you or what will become of your humanity, your job is to unravel the mysteries that surround you and the location itself. Separated from society and moved to a new place at such a trying age can be intimidating…but perhaps you will not have to face it alone.

This project was a pleasure to be a part of the whole way through, and I’m happy to see it getting positive responses from the crowdfunding backers. In particular it was great to work with a developer who allowed me to write variations on a musical theme, such as with the boarding school track and romance tracks. I really enjoyed turning the pristine “welcome” track into an intense and spooky final battle! Often game developers think that using the same melody in multiple pieces of music is repetitive and lazy, while when done well it can actually be iconic and add emotional connection because it connects different parts of the story together. Some well-known examples of this are Star Wars and Final Fantasy, where character themes are reused and changed as the story progresses. For me as a melody writer who strives to make catchy themes I was in my element. I also appreciated how the developer listened to me when I had feedback, and I did everything I was capable to give them the soundtrack materials their story needed to be successful. It’s key when a client understands that their success is my success too.

Thanks for a fantastic project, Quibble Quills! I encourage anyone who likes visual novels, period pieces and excellent writing to check this project out. :) The soundtrack is available on my Bandcamp page too.

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