Ambition: A Minuet in Power

Created by Joy Manufacturing Co.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Ambition: A Minuet in Power will be at PAX East 2020!
4 days ago – Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 09:02:42 PM

Mesdames et Messieurs,

I will keep this exciting announcement brief. As some of you may have heard on the various social media channels, Ambition: A Minuet in Power has been selected to be shown as part of the Indie Megabooth at PAX East 2020! This is an enormous honor, and one we're humbled to have received.

If you're attending PAX East 2020 in Boston, MA then please visit our booth (Booth #22048) to play the latest build of the game, and meet the team! We absolutely love meeting our backers, and would relish the chance to speak with any of our first fans about the game.

All the best,

- Luther

Game Designer

Joy Manufacturing Co.

Development Status Updates, and The Young Firebrand
20 days ago – Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 05:00:16 PM

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Greetings, and a belated Happy New Year! Shall we skip straight to business?

Development continues apace with Ambition: A Minuet in Power and our writer is currently in the midst of penning the thrilling conclusion in Chapter 3. Given the various possibilities that can occur during gameplay, this has quickly turned into our most complex chapter, as the game must constantly check for factors like: your personal relationships, the political state of Paris, and whether any of the characters have died during the course of the game (we weren't joking when we said it was a dangerous time). 

Still, these additional complexities will help ensure that the ending for each playthrough feels both 'aware' of the player's decisions throughout the game, as well as help provide a suitably satisfying conclusion for the game.

For example, you generally don't want to end up anywhere like this...

Behind the scenes we're also working on the mundane things like UI improvements, the save system, and all the other little things that are necessary for a game. The nice thing about making a video game is that you get to make everything yourself. The problem with making a video game is that you have to make everything yourself

In this character update, we’d like to introduce your to another possible  love interest: Louis Antoine de Saint-Just! 

Young, political, and full of burning passion, Antoine was a revolutionary firebrand before the revolution had even started. Originally trained as an orator, then living as a struggling playwright, but always a champion of liberty at any cost, Antoine embodies the uncompromising zeal that would later come to define the revolutionary cause. His radical views have put him at odds with many of his more moderate peers in the revolution, but anyone that gets close to Antoine may find themselves in a relationship defined by fearsome passion, and genuine danger.

Thanks for reading our update, please add Ambition to your Wishlist on the Steam or Humble Bundle store, and please give us your thoughts on Antoine in the comments section below!

All the best,

- Luther

Game Designer

Joy Manufacturing Co.

Queen Tier Backers: Character Survey Deadline - February 14th, 2020
25 days ago – Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 10:18:49 AM

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Queen Tier Backers: Character Survey Reminder
about 2 months ago – Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 11:23:23 AM

Hello Queen Tier Backers,

Sending out a quick reminder to everyone to fill out their survey to we can put you (or a friend of your choice) in the game! Please fill out this survey here, so we can get their likeness and personality just right.

If you have already filled out that survey, then worry not! Our team is already working hard, illustrating your character and writing their scenes.

Thanks again for your incredible support!

- Luther

Game Designer

Joy Manufacturing Co.

Development Updates, Music, and The Royal Painter
3 months ago – Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 11:30:13 PM

Mesdames et Messieurs,

We have a quick update for all of you concerning how things are going with our work on Ambition: A Minuet in Power, a preview of some of our music, as well as a write-up on another one of our possible love interests.

As content production continues apace on Ambition, we've wrapped up the core story writing for Chapter 2, and are moving into writing the core story elements for Chapter 3, the grand finale! Of course, this is being done side-by-side with writing all the fun random things that can occur on by chance in the streets and parties of Paris. Why bounce around with the writing like this? Mostly to prevent our writer (me) from burning out. 

While this happens, we also have a fantastic array of music being composed. While it's not the final production version of the piece, we wanted to give you a preview of Fatima's theme. Fatima Shenna was introduced in a previous update, and now you can hear the theme that accompanies our canny dressmaker. 

To quote our composer John:

"Fatima is a fascinating character; a brilliant dressmaker and designer, she provides you with the outfits that allow you to put your best face forward in the thrillingly fashion-conscious Paris.  Her Moroccan heritage is reflected in the choice of solo instrument: the Oud. (A virtual instrument in this early WIP version, but soon to be replaced by the authentic article)."

Tell us what you think in the comments below! 

 In this character update, we’d like to introduce your to our next love interest: Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun.

One of the finest portrait painters of her time,  Élisabeth has been known as Queen Marie Antoinette's personal artist. Close to power, but not necessarily beloved by her peers, Élisabeth has a troublesome history. While her demeanor is calm and dismissive of courtly pretensions, she's lately admitted to feeling listless and uninspired by her own work, and is searching for something to reinvigorate her passions. However, she has yet to find such a thing...

... or such a person.

Those that romance Élisabeth will find themselves with a relaxed woman, connected to power but one who feels conflicted due to the more pernicious elements of the art world. Someone who understands beauty, but also the fact that it has a price. They will also find someone who is utterly sick of being told how to act by those around her.

Thanks for reading our update, please add Ambition to your Wishlist on the Steam or Humble Bundle store, and please give us your thoughts on Élisabeth in the comments section below!

All the best,

- Luther

Game Designer

Joy Manufacturing Co.