I whiled away about three more of the wee-small hours of the morning last night on various games, made it to ports I hadn’t discovered yet on my first night of beta-gaming and tried a few of the other backgrounds and hired a few different officers.
It is apparently lucrative to sell curios to the University, and that gave one of my brave captains who was lucky enough to find a few the supplies to try venturing out towards the East where I discovered just how manic the Terror menace really is. It was like being at the end of a Call of Cthulhu game where nearly everyone has gone mad and your own character is sure that they haven’t… The menace cards fly pretty thick and furious, and also seem to pause your play and by the time I managed to un-pause myself to try and make it the last few yards back to Wolfstack Docks the next card would pop up and pause me again… It would be nice if these cards popped up at a slightly less frenetic pace, although atmospherically it certainly contributed to a growing sense of dread and anguish… That particular captain lost all hands literally seconds away from docking in a frenzy of zailors flinging themselves overboard. Maybe they thought the docks were close enough to try swimming.
I managed to gather more supplies due to a sudden presence of giant crabs in one of my play-throughs (I think in all of my other play-throughs I had only encountered one heading away from me that I couldn’t catch) and in that game I felt slightly less pressed for initial supplies (although once the initial stampede of giant crabs subsided there were no other zee-monsters to be found). I also had the "gift" of supplies/fuel encounter pop up in another play-through so I took it, although I lost all hands before I could discover the consequences for accepting such largess. Perhaps that was just as well.[li]
Combat went much better for me this time around as I had managed to more correctly interpret the little boxes and even managed to claim a pirate ship with a prize crew once!
I’ll send in bug reports after work because there were a few times I had the Gazetteer freeze up on me while docked at various ports and I could only access it again by launching and re-docking. Also there seem to be some issues with the Legacy system.
All in all I am immensely pleased with how the game is going so far and I fear for my sleep schedule.