Space Game General All-Platform Thready Discussy Thing :)

The PDF version is available online a few places, but having the original printed version is certain special!

Exactly, now it can sit with the rest of the collection.

That’s badass.

I just wish I had the box itself. I usually don’t keep boxes, but now I’m on the lookout for a new one.

That said, these have been INVALUABLE during my streams of the game.

Is the training manual background info for the universe or is it game specific?

A bit of both really. It goes through the games 8 tutorials and also has a tips and tricks section for the game in general.

Crossposted from the Play-This-Indie-Thread:

I just tried the new game from Sokpop, called helionaut, and I think it’s pretty remarkable.

If you haven’t heard of Sokpop, they’re a Dutch “video game collective” that has a unique development model: They release a new game every two weeks. They’re all sold for $3 each on itch.io (and I think now all or most are on Steam?), but you can also subscribe to them on Patreon for $3 a month–thereby getting them all half price.

As you can imagine, the games are often pretty light and lack the amenities of more fleshed out projects such as tutorials and slick UI and tons of content. But they’re almost always creative and interesting for at least half an hour, and a few are true gems.

Anyway, helionaut is definitely in the latter category, and much more involved than many of their offerings. It’s an explore-the-galaxy game–kind of a slap-dash No Man’s Sky–where you fly your ship to other planets to get resources that let you build tools and upgrade your ship. I’m not sure how deep it goes yet, but it’s obviously goes deeper than you’d expect for a game made in mere weeks. I kept being surprised at the breadth of interaction that opened up to me, and the evident (if at first mysterious) set of gameplay systems for tracking down ship parts scattered across the galaxy. There’s even an intro cinematic, which I can’t remember any Sokpop game having.

The Sokpop “house style” can take some getting used to and I’m sure is not going to be beloved by all. But don’t be fooled by the 3D pixellated sketchiness into thinking this is amateur game dev night. I predict that with their quick-churn model, Sokpop is going to hit upon more than a couple quirky masterpieces in the future. And maybe helionaut is the seed of one of them!

Nice find! Thanks!

Sokpop is dutch for sock puppet.

Does Battlecruiser 3000 allow you to launch fighters? IIRC Starshatter too. Though I’m not 100% sure they can fly without human directing them.

When is Elite Dangerous going to add what really matters? Blockchain?

They both do, yeah.

@BrianRubin Drox Operative 2. Or Avorion?

Kinda not fair, Avorion is a finished, mature product, DO2 has a long way to go before being finished. What are you in the mood for?

Is DO2 playable now? I loved the first one.

It’s playable sure, but it’s buggy and unbalanced and such. It’s still in early access. That said I’ve had a ball with the hours I’ve put into it.

If you loved the first one, the second one should make you happy. It’s pretty much the same game with some new stuff and some QoL features, even at this “early access” point.

Hey friends, welcome to another week of spacey gaming y’all! This week, I take a look at the recent-to-Steam top-down spacey MMO, Star Sonata 2!

Moving on from pre-recorded content, here’s this week’s streaming schedule (please remember, all times are Pacific). Please recall we’ve now moved to a 6 AM Pacific start time:

  • Monday - 6:00 AM-9:00 AM, Star Fleet II: Krellan Commander stream.
  • Tuesday - 6:00 AM-9:00 AM, Tesla Force stream. 4:00 PM-6:00 PM, a rambling, no-topic live podcast recording.
  • Wednesday - 6:00 AM-9:00 AM, Mass Effect 3 stream.
  • Thursday - 6:00 AM-9:00 AM, Something ate my Alien stream. 4:00 PM-6:00 PM, Dying Light co-op LAN Party!
  • Friday - 6:00 AM-9:00 AM, Freespace Fridays continues as we finish our campaign in Descent: Freespace using the FSPort and then move onto Silent Threat Reborn! I know I keep saying this but seriously last week I had a PC problem that’s now been fixed, so HOPEFULLY we’ll be able to do a stream this week. ;) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Discord movie night, this time showing the Tom Cruise sci-fi extravaganza, Oblivion!
  • Saturday - 6:00 AM-9:00 AM, Evil Democracy: 1932 stream.
  • Sunday - 6:00 AM-9:00 AM, Far Cry 2 stream.

You can watch any of these streams live on Twitch, and you can see all of our planned upcoming streams and events on our calendar, as always!

In this week’s op-ed, I talk about how much I love the grind, and yet how much it’s kicking my butt! ;)

That’s it for this upcoming week, my amazing friends. Hope to see y’all on a stream or something!

Hey friends, for nearly the past year, I’ve been striving to be a full-time streamer, but that will be put on hold as I start a new gig on 7/1. It’s remote, so I’ll still have time to stream, I’ll just be pulling back on the hours and the variety a bit (you can read in detail about the changes here). In order to save myself time and mental energy as well, I’ll no longer be posting here each week about what’s coming up as well. You can see this on our calendar as well as keep an eye out on social media for updates and changes to things. Thanks so much for supporting me this past year, and I hope to see y’all on a stream or in a comment somewhere.

Wish you well with the new adventure!