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Remember the Space Quest series from Sierra's duo the Two Guys From Andromeda? Well they are back & making a brand new SpaceVenture™!
10,809 backers pledged $539,767 to help bring this project to life.

Meet Url, Check out the Scrapyard, and see some cool videos of Ace's ship!

Posted by Two Guys From Andromeda (Creator)
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Hey everyone! It's time to get caught up on some of the goings-on within the SpaceVenture project! We've had a pretty eventful last couple of months as we have worked out the majority of the bugs we were having with the first third of the game along with moving into newer territory with the rest of the game. 

AN INTRODUCTION TO A NEW CHARACTER

Meet Url (Pronounced as Earl). This little fella is someone you'll come in contact with during your time at Nurb's Landing. The concept art you see below was sketched by Mark Crowe, and we have a 3D model of him that is currently in progress. 

 A LOOK INTO THE SCRAPYARD

So we've told you since the beginning that Ace has a friend named "Scraps", who just so happens to own a scrapyard. A decent little chunk of the middle of the game will include some time well spent in this area. In fact, without spoiling much, I'll confirm that you'll need to piece together some pretty important items using some of the objects you'll find there. The polished artwork for the scrapyard scenes are still a work in progress, but I did want to show you some of the concept art.

 Want to take a closer look at that crane you see off in the distances?

Does this crane model remind you of something you might have seen in a Sci-Fi movie from your past? If it doesn't, it might be time for you to get caught up on some 1980's Sci-Fi flicks!

PILOTING ACE HARDWAY'S SHIP

Probably one of the most exciting things I get to share with you all during this update is the fact that we've made some big leaps forward in terms of how the navigation of Ace's ship works. Whether you're a fan of taking matters into your own hands, or your less inclined to anything that remotely resembles an arcade sequence in an adventure game, we're gonna have you taken care of. 

Last time you saw this garage, it was empty, but not anymore!

 Here is a screenshot of Ace's ship coming in for a landing.

 And here is a video of the landing/takeoff of Ace's ship!

 And lastly, this is how things look while navigating Ace's ship through space!

Let me also say that all of these videos are still considered early testing of controlling Ace's ship. Things can and probably will change. Let me reiterate to you out there that will be concerned about arcade type sequences in SpaceVenture, there is nothing for you to worry about. We are working on a great balance for the game.

As for the release of the game goes, things are still on track for 2015! I'll give more info on that as I have it in a future update.

CONCEPT ART VOTING

Some of you backers out there qualify for getting to vote on some of the game's artwork. We aren't gonna set an exact date on that just yet, but I did want you to know that it's coming up. Be on the lookout for a future update mentioning how this is all gonna work! :)

EPISODE 18 OF THE BI-WEEKLY PODCAST BY THE SPACE QUEST HISTORIAN

The universe might implode at the sheer awesomeness of having three illustrious fan game developers, Guy From Andromeda Mark Crowe, SpaceVenture composer Ken Allen and Westwood composer Frank Klepacki all in the same podcast episode. But that's exactly what's happening here. Get ready for two hours of pure unadulterated nerdy space fun as we take a closer look at three retro style fan games -- The Lost Chapter, Replicated and Decision of the Elders -- complete with commentary by all three developers, along with some added incentives to play Replicated by our resident Professor Jess. Serena Nelson gives her lowdown on her favorite supporting character, and Mark Crowe talks about the inspiration behind Roger's crew in Space Quest V. There's also more fun to be had at Priapic Mountain Games' CEO, Pete Toleman, and Josh Henry continues his epic fan fiction tale "Quest for the Two Guys From Andromeda." And, as a special treat, our music pal Ken Allen sits down for a chat with the composer for Westwood's Legend of Kyrandia and Command & Conquer series, Frank Klepacki. 

LISTEN IN ITUNES or THE RSS FEED HERE

 Download Space Quest 0: Replicated here: http://wiw.org/~jess/replicated.html Watch Professor Jess and the Historian play Space Quest 0: Replicated here: https://storify.com/TorbenFrost/decaffeinated-jedi-and-the-space-quest-historian-p Download Space Quest: The Lost Chapter here: http://frostbytei.com/space/ Download NAGI, the AGI emulator for Windows here: http://www.agidev.com/projects/nagi/ Download Space Quest -1: Decision of the Elders here: http://www.tonundtext.at/downloads/DOTE.zip

Thanks for all of your support everyone!  

Chris Pope a.k.a your humble local intergalactic SpacePope

An update about BUGS! Oh and our new debug console, new inventory UI, Milo, new scene, and more!

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Hey everyone! I'm excited to bring you some updated news on how things are going with SpaceVentrure! We have definitely not been idle. The team has been very focused on moving forward and getting things done. 

BUGS, BUGS, and MORE BUGS!

One of our biggest pushes as of late is to stabilize our most current build. We made a big three week push to knock out some issues we've had with certain scenes of the game. As we are moving into the 2nd and 3rd portion of the game, this is very important so that the same bugs don't keep cropping up in the later scenes. Not that dealing with bugs is the most exciting thing to do in the game development process, but I did want you all to know that we are pushing that hard.

OUR NEW DEBUG CONSOLE

Some of you keep asking for some under the hood stuff, so here you go. Recently, we had one of our programmers(Patrick Johnston) create us a debugging console that would help in turning needed things on and turning unneeded things off while we play tested the game. One good example of this is when we are play testing a scene in the game and in order to solve it, we need a specific piece of inventory or another situation is where we might need to jump scenes quickly or flag a function on or off. We had ways of doing this in the past, but with this console, life is much nicer :)

NEW INVENTORY UI

We're also very excited about how our inventory UI is coming together. One thing we are really trying to push is intuitiveness on SpaceVenture. The old inventory UI was located at the bottom of the screen and all you had to do is move your mouse cursor down to the bottom and it would appear. The problem with the old inventory UI is that it took up a lot of space that could be put to better use in game play.

See below:

We've created a small icon that (at the moment) appears in the upper left hand corner of the screen. You can move your cursor over it and the inventory springs to life. Don't worry, there will be more than one way to get into the inventory. But with this method, we've freed of major real estate at the bottom of the screen. 

Check out this small video I made demonstrating it: 

Please ignore the fact that the icons are so big when you click on them, that will eventually be modified.

THE BABY MAN GETS LIT UP

One of my favorite characters in SpaceVenture is little guy named Milo. He's a tricky little sucker and he plays a major role in the goings on within the game. Is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? Is he a baby? Or is he a man? Or is he a baby man? Time will tell. 

Mark was working on lighting effects for Milo. He put together a fun little video show casing what he was working on.

A NEW SCENE TO SHARE

You guys already know that the scenes for the 2nd and 3rd portion of the game are in the works, but I wanted to share with you a scene that will show up in both portions of the game. Keep in mind, it's still a work in progress and is without polish. 

This is Scrap's garage, where Ace will often need to visit for different reasons. You might notice a couple of things are blurred out, but there is a really cool reason for that ;)

SEASON 2 OF THE SPACEQUEST HISTORIAN PODCAST HAS STARTED

That's right folks, the SpaceQuest Historian has returned and has put out the first episode for your listening pleasure. See below.

EPISODE 13 OF THE BI-WEEKLY PODCAST BY THE SPACE QUEST HISTORIAN

“Fandom Through The Ages”

DESCRIPTION: 

It’s time for more podcast mayhem from the Space Quest Historian. Join him on a trip down memory lane as he recounts the genesis of on-line Space Quest fandom, ably aided by someone who was actually there from the beginning: Prof. Jess Morrissette, owner of the first-ever Space Quest fan site, The Virtual Broomcloset. 

 You’ll hear from Chris Pope (the SpacePope) on what’s going down with team SpaceVenture. Also, get the scoop on the Space Quest III soundtrack with input from composer Bob Siebenberg, music editor and sound effects maker Mark Seibert, and fan musician James Mulvale. 

 Listen to all of James’ SQ3 cover tunes here: https://soundcloud.com/spacequest/space-quest-3-intro Listen to the original SQ3 soundtrack as composed and performed by Bob Siebenberg and Mark Seibert: http://www.spacequest.net/archives/sq3/soundtrack/ Oh, and Pete Toleman’s in there, too.

How to listen?

LISTEN IN ITUNES or the RSS FEED HERE

You can also check out the SQ Historian website here: http://spacequesthistorian.com/

SAN DIEGO COMICON GOERS

Hey everyone, I'll be going to SDCC again this year and have always enjoyed meeting you all. Unfortunately Mark and Scott will not be making it out this year, but hopefully next year.

If you're coming out to Comicon, be sure to come by and say hi! I'll be announcing my location at different times. The best way to find me is by following me on twitter: http://twitter.com/thechrispope or shoot me a friend request on facebook: http://facebook.com/thechrispope

I'll also be carrying around the SpaceVenture collectible keycards. We give those out to the different Space Quest/SpaceVenture fans we meet in person. 

 A SHOUT OUT TO OUR FRIENDS AT INFAMOUS QUESTS

Our buddies at Infamous Quests released their new game "Quest for Infamy" a few days ago and all you Sierra fans out there will most likely love it! So please go check it out here: http://www.infamous-quests.com/

 Thanks for all of your support everyone!

Chris Pope a.k.a your humble local intergalactic SpacePope

Release & Project Status as of June 6th

Posted by Two Guys From Andromeda (Creator)
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We are aware that there are a lot of questions from you, our backers, regarding when SpaceVenture is going to be released as well as made available for sale. There are many opinions and feelings, varying from the extremely harsh to the quite patient, though ultimately all wanting the same thing; the highest quality SpaceVenture possible. Some want it yesterday, and some have advised us to “take the time you need to make the best game you can." We have worked hard to not abuse this encouragement.

We are very sensitive to the entire range of feelings. We ultimately intend to deliver to you the best game possible. We can hurry and release a gaming experience we aren’t as happy with, something we would be afraid and certain would be a let-down to you, or take the extra time to give you something we will feel good about in both our hearts and guts, a game worthy of your backing and patience.

We have avoided giving an official release date due to many major unexpected challenges we have encountered as we’ve progressed through the development process of the first new game by our new company. Everyone who has ever worked on a first project of any kind, and especially a game in a new environment, knows there are ‘growing pains’, especially with that very first one. We don’t want to delve into a laundry list of details. If you would like a taste of the issues mentioned in the past please feel free to read our October 16th update.

Having said all that, we have decided to give a soft estimated release time period of 9 months to a year from now without going into detail on why things have moved slower than each and everyone of us has wanted. That means if everything goes more smoothly than the first third, and we see absolutely no way it won’t, we expect to be done by March of next year. We will not let the game suffer due to being pushed by a hard deadline. Know that first and foremost, we are shooting for an adventure game the type of which we offered and for which our fans asked, an ‘old-school adventure with new tech and design lessons learned’ game you backed through Kickstarter and PayPal.

We know without any doubt this release estimate will frustrate most of you and infuriate others, but because of our passion for this game and adventures in general, we stand fully behind this decision. As we have said in the past, we have one shot at making the game great. That one shot will determine the future of the company.

Here is a breakdown of where things stand currently:

FULL GAME COMPLETION  

  • The story is complete.  
  • Most storyboards and a good deal of concept artwork done for the full game are on Mark’s wall.
  • 1/3 of the game is mostly complete with polish. That includes artwork, game play mechanics, music/sfx, and narrative/dialog. (Please note that this has been a our major learning curve, and the achievement of this will definitely speed progress on the rest of the game. SO many lessons learned here!) 

 ARTWORK/ANIMATIONS

  • We have very polished artwork for 1/3 of the game and some scene artwork completed for the rest of the game. Although Mark is mostly involved in polishing artwork, he is also overseeing a couple of our artists working on scenes for the rest of the game along with animations and cutscenes.
  • Most of the animations needed in the game for Ace and Rooter are completed, something that’s a larger feat than most would think.
  • All non-Ace and Rooter animations are added and working in 1/3 of the game.

 AUDIO/MUSIC 

  • Almost all sound effects and music have been completed for 1/3 of the game. 
  • The music is as complete as it can be at this point. 

VOICE RECORDING

  • At this time no voice-over has been recorded for the game. Dialogue is fluid and we intentionally wait until as late as we can to book our talent and studio time. We are planning to go to the studio in three different recording sessions. The first recording session is coming up. We’ll post more details on that hopefully soon, As with the art, for each part of the game we will schedule our talent and studio time as late as is possible because, as we learned years ago, the dialogue also evolves for the better. 

 PROGRAMMING

  • Of all the items listed in this update, programming is the one that has contributed the most in causing the project to move as slowly as it has. As mentioned in the October update, we had to design almost all the tools needed to make SpaceVenture ourselves since Unity has been in the past especially a ‘one size fits all games’ game engine. The good news there though is that we have been able to make very good progress now that the tools we needed are nearly complete.
  • We have a code base foundation that will be used for the entire game and as well as whatever we do in the future. We’ve essentially built our wheel.

FUTURE KICKSTARTER UPDATES 

  • In the past, Chris has tried his best to provide unique updates on the 1st and the 16th of each month. This was a decision made with the best of intentions but in reality is sometimes difficult to execute without becoming annoying to some because, even though there is always some progress, there’s not always something with a high-enough drool-inducement factor worth sharing, and we don’t want to give away too much in the updates. Chris will post updates as achievements warrant, to let you know we have something new and exciting or relatively interesting, or when something’s just too cool to not share. We will do our best to give you a clear view of the status of the project. 

In Summary: 

There have been many challenges and setbacks that have slowed progress. Yes, there are things we should have anticipated, but also many we couldn't. No matter how many games with which one is involved there will always be hard lessons along the way. These can be humbling. There have been many moments of frustration, even more for us than most of you. We’ve encountered and surmounted many hurdles, but such is the way of game development, as well as life in general. We are (almost all) merely human. With the exception of one team member, we’ve each had family health care issues that have impacted our performance and progress. Nonetheless, we will continue to push forward fueled by your enthusiasm, from those who've backed us from day one to those who've just recently become aware of what we are doing, and by our team's passion for the game and our excitement over what is ahead. Through all of that we absolutely believe we'll be proud of SpaceVenture, and you will enjoy the end result. 

Thank you all for your support. 

Guys From Andromeda LLC 

Scott Murphy, Mark Crowe, and Chris Pope

<Now donning helmets, protective exo-armor, bracing for impact>

May 16th Update: The Script, The Narrative Editor, and The Animations!

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Hey there beloved backer buddies! It's time for another look at whats been happening on the SpaceVenture front. I've got some things to tell you about as well as something cool to show you. To start with, let's talk about what has been going on these last couple of weeks. 

THE SCRIPT AND NARRATIVE EDITING

First off, Mark and Scott have been huddled together polishing up the script. You may recall in a previous update that I mentioned we're planning to go into the studio for some VO recording soon. That is getting closer and closer and we're aiming for June to hopefully get in there and get some awesome voice acting recorded. In order to get the script in an easy to follow fashion for our voice actors, a bunch of new changes have gone into our narrative editor that is used for putting in dialog to the game. On top of a face lift it has received a lot of love in regards to making it much easier and user friendly. We're planning to demo some of how our narrative editor works for you guys in a future update!

Here is a small sneak peek image of the narrative editor. Don't judge a book by it's cover, there is more to this thing than you can see in this image ;) And just a warning, a lot of text on the screen is not finalized, some of it is place holder.

The narrative editor works directly with our game engine(Unity). We can very easily create objects in game that Ace can interact with and have them show up in the editor which allows us to add customized text to the objects as opposed to having to program the text directly on to the object from within the engine. This also means that game text can be changed very quickly on the fly.

MORE ABOUT ANIMATIONS

So another big focus has been the continued push to get Ace doing all kinds of cool and needed animations in game. The list of needed animations is getting shorter and shorter as every day passes. I asked Mark to put together a little video reel demonstrating some of the animations that Ace can perform. What Mark sent back is sure to have you choking on your Keronian made orat flavored jelly beans!

We are still working on a delivery date. We are not ready to give one yet. Please continue to be patient. Many people have made it VERY clear that they want to know when the game will be released. Don't think for a second we aren't aware of that. We know some of you are frustrated. We are working as hard as fast as we can, but are also working for a very high quality product that we know you're gonna love. As soon as we are ready to give a release date/estimated release date, we'll get it out to you, I promise! :)

Thanks for all of your support everyone!  

Chris Pope a.k.a your humble local intergalactic SpacePope

May 1st Update: Sound design for the Nostrodomus explosion

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Hey everyone! We are super excited about all the positive feedback involving the last update, which featured Nurb's Landing. I'm really hoping to show you some more epic scenes like that in the near future. 

Before I get into the goings on I wanted to say this. Just so everyone knows, we are working on a delivery date. We are not ready to give one yet. Please continue to be patient. Many people have made it VERY clear in our comments that they want to know when the game will be released. Don't think for a second we aren't aware of that. 

Please just stay tuned. We know some of you are frustrated. We are working as hard and fast as we can, but are also pushing for a very high quality product that we know you're gonna love. On the flip side, we are very focused and will NOT let anyone or anything cause us to put out a half baked product. The dates we are considering for release may not be as far out as some of you think. As you can imagine, we have one shot to make an amazing game. SpaceVenture will set the bar on quality for future games we try to release, and we aim to make it great and to leave you all wanting more!

The last couple of weeks we have made progress on some pretty cool things. A major push on Ace animations have been made as of late and we can now animate Ace doing everything from climbing walls and tip toeing around corners to dancing gangnam style if we want! We've also made major progress on some tricky puzzle work in the game. The Saving/Loading system for SpaceVenture has also gotten some love and it's coming together nicely.

Ken Allen, composer from Space Quest 4 along with many other Sierra titles, not to mention our sound engineer and music composer for SpaceVenture has put together some really cool stuff for me to share with you on this update!

Remember this explosion scene we showed you awhile back?

Ken spent some of his own personal time putting together a video of himself walking everyone through how he went about doing the sound design for that scene. This video is very informative and gives you a look into how he goes about picking the right sounds for the different scenes in the game. 

We hope you enjoy his little tutorial! :)

Thanks for all of your support everyone!  

Chris Pope a.k.a your humble local intergalactic SpacePope