Beloved Octoblood™ Junkies,
The talented team of Ghost in a Bottle imagineers continues to work on the world's first and most authentic Octopus City simulation demo. The demo is about 80% complete in terms of content and coding, and is an important milestone for the overall product. Octofans will have to wait a little more than expected to get their feelers on the demo, but it will definitely be worth the wait as they'll finally be able to experience novel mechanics such as the spin dash and a large variety of octopus puns. If you're wondering why this is taking a long time, please remember that Ghost in a Bottle industries is led by an incompetent team of baboons who are trying to play Pokemon at the same time. We see good progress overall, but sometimes they spend all day running around in circles instead of adding more purple shades to Kaf's room.
Time in Cephalopolis
One of the systems we've been working on is the NPC scheduling system. As we mentioned in the Kickstarter pitch, almost each NPC in Octopus City has their own schedule. Time progresses in Octopus City, and while there is no visible distinction between day and night because of the setting, people still go to sleep and places are open at different hours. Time is represented by a 12 hours clock divided into four periods (morning, afternoon, evening, and night). A full day in Octopus City is about 1 hour of real time, but this could change in the future. NPCs can have different schedules and activities for each period. Furthermore, there is a distinction between even and odd days, allowing for some rotation in NPC schedules. Some events and schedules are triggered every X days, allowing for regular festivals and dynamic events.
Time doesn't usually advance during story quests and dream segments, although NPC schedules might still be important for triggering them. You can always advance time by sleeping or playing arcade games. While Kaf can stay awake for a few days, sleep deprivation has negative consequences and might cause Kaf to eventually pass out. Sleep debt is accumulated over time, but there are still ways to stay up longer (e.g. coffee). Sleeping in the wrong place could get Kaf robbed or arrested, and the combined effects of sleep deprivation, guilt, and Octoblood addiction can have severe effects on Kaf's health.
So please be considerate and handle your Kafkaryan with care. If you stay up for days and then wake up shirtless in the Robot Graveyard then you've got nobody to blame but yourself.
Bonus: Kaf's Sprite in Hama Beads by Marina