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Nanako
Nanako
Posts: 526

12/16/2017
The thread title are the words that i involuntarily uttered upon finding this thing



See it off to the left? It looks like a tackety ship, but it has tentacles. It was firing a three-shot spread of undulating black projectiles, not unlike blobs of oil. Sadly i mistimed the shot and didn't capture that.

I died on the third salvo, without ever learning its name or purpose

Encountered it somewhere to the west of the L&S Nature reserve (on the winchester-facing side). Very close by actually, might have been within its circle of influence.
anyone else seen one of these?

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Nanako
Nanako
Posts: 526

12/16/2017
Oh my, i killed it!

I reloaded and went back to the same spot, it was there again. But this time it seemed to have spawned inside a rock and was stuck. I wasted no time exploiting this bug by blasting at the little part of it still poking out

Spoilers below:



I went for the third option, success on searching for valueables


Honestly, i still have no idea what that was. It seemed a bit tougher than a normal ship

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Nanako
Nanako
Posts: 526

12/16/2017
map location where i found the thing
https://i.imgur.com/rIGIchU.png

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Sam Stephens
Sam Stephens
Posts: 73

12/17/2017
Nanako wrote:

Honestly, i still have no idea what that was.



Congrats on killing it! I believe that this enemy type was mentioned on the Failbetter podcast. I could tell you what I know in a private message if you're okay with minor spoilers?

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Nanako
Nanako
Posts: 526

12/17/2017
humm, so there's more to learn? best not tell for now, i like surprises Big Grin

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http://community.failbettergames.com/topic25687-a-design-for-engines.aspx
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Sam Stephens
Sam Stephens
Posts: 73

12/17/2017
Fair enough. smile May all manner of thing be well with you!

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Anchovies
Anchovies
Posts: 423

12/17/2017
Excuse me? Three-shot spread? Why do the NPC locomotives get cooler weapons than us upset

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illuminati swag (Benthic)
illuminati swag (Benthic)
Posts: 135

12/17/2017
The Guests were the 300,000 pound stretch goal for Sunless Skies, I'm surprised but impressed that it's been implemented to some degree already. Here's the text for the stretch goal:

The Guests are recent arrivals to the High Wilderness. They keep to the skies, avoiding ports. Some say they are cunning; others that they are shy. Some say they are drawn to mirrors. Probably best to turn yours to the wall, just in case.

The Guests crave the particular warmth associated with places that have been lived-in - they like stoves, and keepsakes, and knicknacks. A wriggling colony of them will fill a locomotive like a snail fills its shell. Be careful. That Windward Company trader that refuses to answer your signal might be hosting a writhing community of Guests, growing ever-more frantic for a new home as theirs grows cold.
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Nanako
Nanako
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12/17/2017
Anchovies wrote:
Excuse me? Three-shot spread? Why do the NPC locomotives get cooler weapons than us upset

iknorite? its really nasty too, was hitting for about 16 damage, and the spread pattern seemed somewhat randomised so they were hard to dodge

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Anchovies
Anchovies
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12/18/2017
illuminati swag (Benthic) wrote:
Be careful. That Windward Company trader that refuses to answer your signal might be hosting a writhing community of Guests
Ooh, I really would like this scenario to be possible in-game. Remember how the peaceful NPC ships in Sunless Sea could only be interacted with by combat? It might be cool to see a "signal" ability, which would provoke on-screen non-hostile locomotives to pull alongside ours and open a little interaction page. Buy up to one unit of supplies and/or fuel (or larger amounts and one or two sorts of trade good, for larger locomotives), trade a story (salon-stewed gossip, tale of terror, zky-ztory, vision of the heavens) for a random other story, maybe get a little terror reduction. Some sort of incentive to not attack peaceful NPCs on sight, and a way for Guests to lure us in...

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Nanako
Nanako
Posts: 526

12/18/2017
Anchovies wrote:
illuminati swag (Benthic) wrote:
Be careful. That Windward Company trader that refuses to answer your signal might be hosting a writhing community of Guests
Ooh, I really would like this scenario to be possible in-game. Remember how the peaceful NPC ships in Sunless Sea could only be interacted with by combat? It might be cool to see a "signal" ability, which would provoke on-screen non-hostile locomotives to pull alongside ours and open a little interaction page. Buy up to one unit of supplies and/or fuel (or larger amounts and one or two sorts of trade good, for larger locomotives), trade a story (salon-stewed gossip, tale of terror, zky-ztory, vision of the heavens) for a random other story, maybe get a little terror reduction. Some sort of incentive to not attack peaceful NPCs on sight, and a way for Guests to lure us in...

I want this so much.
Have you played A House of Many Doors? It's pretty great for this. Every monster and enemy ship opens a little storylet that explains their motivations, and sometimes offers opportunities for peaceful trade or to avert combat. It works amazingly well to inject some narrative into things

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http://community.failbettergames.com/topic25687-a-design-for-engines.aspx
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FailbetterFuzz
FailbetterFuzz
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Posts: 143

1/9/2018
Brilliant! This was exactly the reaction we were after.


Nanako, remember when you asked a while ago on Steam if one of our updates contained any new enemies? My reply was sort of *cough* no new beasties *cough cough*.


Technically it wasn't a lie, since that's a Guest infected Tackety, haha, but we wanted to keep this on the quiet so it was a (nasty) surprise. We like scaring our players like that.

I'm looking into the 'beasty spawning in rocks' situation. Be aware that while it's rare, they've also been known to become trapped in the in-game messages that appear as you approach ports too.
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a Nice Friend
a Nice Friend
Posts: 105

1/10/2018
Enemies getting tangled up in words is one of the best bugs I've ever heard of.

Text collision should totally be a thing in the law-free parts of the high wilderness.

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Six Handed Merchant
Six Handed Merchant
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1/10/2018
Agreed, text collision (for both player and enemies) in the law-free parts of the high wilderness, or at some other key point, would a beautiful mind-breaker.

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A Parliament of Hounds
A Parliament of Hounds
Posts: 33

1/10/2018
Triple agree with this - I want to get tangled up in a run-on sentence, escape pursuers by swinging around the tail-end of a 'voluminous' or 'simpering'.
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Malcolm Harris
Malcolm Harris
Posts: 35

1/10/2018
Nanako wrote:

I want this so much.
Have you played A House of Many Doors? It's pretty great for this. Every monster and enemy ship opens a little storylet that explains their motivations, and sometimes offers opportunities for peaceful trade or to avert combat. It works amazingly well to inject some narrative into things



Have you posted any longer writeups of your thoughts about AHoMD online? It's a fascinating game that makes for a lot of interesting comparisons with Sunless Sea.
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Lord Alexander Alderman
Lord Alexander Alderman
Posts: 32

1/11/2018
Something I find odd about them is that they fire black oily blobs at you as their attack, and the Guests appear to be small black blobs that huddle together and make themselves look like a larger creature. So are they flinging themselves at you as their attack?
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Nanako
Nanako
Posts: 526

1/12/2018
Malcolm Harris wrote:


Have you posted any longer writeups of your thoughts about AHoMD online? It's a fascinating game that makes for a lot of interesting comparisons with Sunless Sea.

I really should, and i've been meaning to. I have talked about it extensively, but much of that has been in personal conversations with friends. It's a breathtakingly vast and well written game, though it sadly suffers from flaws in the interregnum. Bland exploration, bugs aplenty, slowpaced combat. It's got a lot of flaws, but they're well worth suffering through for the sweet narrative goodness hidden within.

I've been meaning to write a review, but my steam account doesn't technically own a copy. Though i have created at least five sales through evangelizing about it

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http://community.failbettergames.com/topic25687-a-design-for-engines.aspx
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Ludovide
Ludovide
Posts: 33

1/13/2018
I’m going to voice my support for text collision. But only as a shocking surprise in the far edges of elutheria. Or when your terror gets too high. Something that is exciting to discover.

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FailbetterFuzz
FailbetterFuzz
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1/24/2018
A Parliament of Hounds wrote:
Triple agree with this - I want to get tangled up in a run-on sentence, escape pursuers by swinging around the tail-end of a 'voluminous' or 'simpering'.


👏 I guess this would suit our beautifully sinister style wouldn't
edited by FailbetterFuzz on 1/24/2018
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