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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:55 am 
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Hi!

So I've made a reasonably large (broad but shallow is how I'd put it) parser game set in space. It's called Superluminal Vagrant Twin, and you can play it here on itch.io.

(There's a download link for the .gblorb story file on the left-hand side - I will be uploading the story file to the IF Archive eventually.)

Galactic-sized thanks to my fourteen beta testers, each of whom left an indelible mark on this game. None of them have seen this very latest version, and any remaining bugs or issues are entirely my own fault. Post here and let me know if you find any problems (spoiler tags would be nice).


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:45 am 
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Hurrah!

As one of the said beta-testers, I'd just like to chime in - this game was fantastic. A wonderful sense of space (in every sense).


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:54 am 
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Wonderful game! I also enjoy the css styling.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:44 pm 
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So, I read this post and clicked through, thinking that I'd give the game a brief look.

Several hours later...

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>score
You gained 11 out of 12 achievements and visited 46 worlds in 217 jumps.

>talk to twin
"So, you got an Imago Republic visa, won the respect of the amalgs, saw the inside of Hardshell, met a molonk, entered the Orphanage, visited a world of cats, caught an alien sea creature, got a badass implant, commanded a crew of four, won an orbital race, caught a bounty... but we still need to catch all the bounties..."

You sigh. Really? Does that one last lousy thing really matter that much?

>read ship's log
VISITED WORLDS

Diasporan Commonwealth
Pearl, Storm+, Khamsin, Cygnet+, Nereus, Skadi, Autark

Imago Republic
Venter+, Zhao+, Jaenisch+, Koltsov+, Diallo+, Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Source 4

Network
Xanadu, Hub+, Panopticon+

Amalg
Junkbucket*, Athena*

Other Worlds
Boony, Hardshell, Lonely Rock+, Haven, Sheol, Jarland+, Unity, Splinter+, Gossamer, ERX Beta, Sirona*, Orphanage, Jag, Franklin, Amarok, Chimera*, Volund, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

Still need to find Natalya.

Edit: Figured it out shortly after posting this and reached the ending. Very nicely done.

Having lots of fun with this. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:17 pm 
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Yay! I won't make vlaviano's mistake, since I don't have time tonight, but I'll definitely check this out soon. I love Pacian games!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:35 pm 
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I played this. I love this. Thank you. I think it might already be one of my all-time favorites.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:01 pm 
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I can't find the cats! Can anyone help? (Or Natalya, for that matter)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:19 pm 
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marfi wrote:
I can't find the cats! Can anyone help? (Or Natalya, for that matter)

General hint:

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You've been discovering new destinations as the game has mentioned them. Can you infer the existence of any unmentioned destinations?

More explicit hints courtesy of Szymon:

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"Some people say that humanity originated on Pearl, but I ain't got time for that nonsense. Everyone knows we came from... uh... ya know, that planet. I forget the name..."

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"Ya know, I wonder why they call it Source 3?"

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"Terrible shame about ERX Beta being left alone like that, ain't it? Maybe when it's finished grieving it'll be able to make another ERX.."

Comment on puzzle design (mild Curses and Hadean Lands spoilers):

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Cf. inventing rituals in Hadean Lands and looking up Meldrews in the history book in Curses. This is a tried and true puzzle pattern where one is collecting pieces of information and must infer the existence of one that isn't explicitly given based on the ones that are. I usually feel clever when I make that kind of leap, so I think it's an effective pattern.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:19 pm 
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Thanks! I, uh, forgot a planet. Now done!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:47 pm 
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hi, need some hints?

i've got two buyers i can't satisfy with the items i have:

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Potential Buyers:
pressure chief (Surface of Jarland) -- wants something to go around sealing gaps
xDreamQueenx (Surface of Xanadu) -- wants a story

Cargo:
a Martian gem, a crystallised idle fancy and some confidential research


any ideas? thanks!


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