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Maia is a new god game from indie developer Simon Roth.
Maia is a new god game from indie developer Simon Roth.
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Good morning. About time for another update I'd say!


I've booked a booth at Rezzed! Booth 42 no less, and I'll be showing version 0.42 of the game. I can only assume that such a recurrence of the ultimate answer is a good sign and not a portent of the imminent destruction of the planet.

Launch party.

Did everyone in the top tiers get their invites for the London launch party? There are limited spaces so please RSVP as soon as possible. We also need to crowd source a play-list for the evening or else I'm going to put Babylon Zoo on loop all night.

The venue is right in central London so really easy to get to on the tube, but I can write a short guide if anyone finds the London Underground a bit daunting. Drop me an email if you have any special needs or requests.

Competition time!

Loading Bar, the venue for the launch party, specialises in game themed cocktails, so I'm running a competition to design a Maia themed drink for us to serve at the party. It doesn't need to be alcoholic, but does need to be... imbibable. Post your ideas in the comments below and we'll pick a winner this weekend. The prize is a ticket to the launch party, or if you are already attending, a bunch of really cool space themed goodies.


Posters went out a couple weeks ago. It took absolutely forever to get them all done due to me suddenly becoming a crazed perfectionist. For the UK and Europe they should have already arrived. International ones should also have arrived, but that's down to your countries mail set up. (We had a problem printing the "Medical" posters though, so I'll be contacting the people who wanted those ones soon.)

I meticulously hand rolled most the posters myself and bought extra solid tubes, so hopefully they came through in good condition, but if not, get in touch as I have a few spares I can send out.

The final shipment ended up filling the entirety of a Royal Mail post van.
The final shipment ended up filling the entirety of a Royal Mail post van.

The Game.

After the mess that was February (floods, taxes and a soul destroying week of fixing the game on Intel 3000s) we're back in the swing of things. 0.40 has had a few updates now and is stable so I've started on the features for 0.41, including the most requested (yes really) feature... toilets!

I'm hoping to have 0.42 live on Steam by Rezzed. We are looking forward to and are now very close to getting the native creatures in the game. They are currently in a stage of final visual design. They are going to be very awesome.

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    1. Adam Parkinson on

      You've piqued my curiosity as a programmer... what was the issue with the game running on Intel 3000s?

    2. Simon Roth Creator on

      Probably not live-streamed. Just because it will be a lot of noisy people drinking and playing games, rather than a specific event, like a countdown. :p

      I will film a few bits of it and take lots of photos though!

    3. Søren Bo on

      Will the launch party be live-streamed?

    4. Asmon Lacroix on

      Space Shadow:
      1 part blue curacao
      1 part grenadine
      2 part Vodka
      Mix in some lemon lime softdrink.
      The drink comes out black.

    5. Vexing Vision on

      Designing a drink, you say? Very well, this was going to be my entry to the Towel Day celebration (in memories of the famous Pan Galactic, indeed). It would be fitting to pretest this on a randomly selected group.

      Here goes. For a serving of 8.

      1x Tetrapack of Grapefruit juice
      4x Limes
      1x Bottle of Vodka
      1x Towel
      Some Cayenne Pepper or crunched, dried chilli (don't you dare to use Tabasco)

      For the spirited space crew, one of the most common dangers is a lack of morale and a high risk of scurvy. This vitalizing drink is designed to combat these most common dangers of space travel.

      First, deep freeze the Grapefruit until it is mostly solid. A quick drop outside the space ship will usually do this. Make sure your towel is washed and sanitized, unless you have previously used this in the preparation of the drink. Cut the limes in half, one half per glass. Cool the vodka, but not all the way to -273 C. A frosty 5 C would suffice.

      Liberate the grapefruit juice from its tetra-pack prison. As it is a mostly solid block, this should prove no difficulty to the trained space engineer. Wrap said block into your prepared towel, and start whipping it around, smashing it against solid, sturdy surfaces! This is a great practice to reduce stress, and improve moral. Continue to do so until the grapefruit juice has the consistence of semi-crushed ice.

      Fill the crushed ice-juice into a sizable glass designed to hold such a thing. Experts recommend a holding capacity between 200 and 400 milliliters, though storage requirements may vary.

      Now, squeeze the juice of half a lime into each glass. Any bits of lime will only add the prevention of scurvy, so do attempt to get as much out of this as possible.

      Now, fill with vodka until the vodka tops off the crushed grapefruit juice ice. If the crushed ice was packed too densely, stir gently or briefly make use of the central gravity generator.

      Now, for extra vitality, good morale and zest, sprinkle a pinch of Cayenne Pepper on top.

      Serve with anti-gravity straw.

      Wash towel.

      (In the disastrous case of missing a towel, a repurposing of a more generic ice crushing appliance may also serve, but will reduce the overall effect of health and morale-boosting.)

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      Edd Harwood on

      Space is an inspiration for everything, even drinks... try this:
      The meteor shower
      Fill half a tall glass with chocolate milk,
      slosh in a shot of Baileys,
      swirl in a measure of Goldschläger to add a sprinkle of stars,
      finally the signature - plunk in a handful of Maltesers (or your favourite, roughly spherical chocolate treat)...
      give it a spin...

      Garnish with a rocket shaped straw.

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      Manalishi on

      Don't know about designing a drink, but I'd go for the most obvious one ... Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster !