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  1. I am very glad this is a consideration. A knock on some adventure games (though not really a serious complaint of mine) is how slow you're forced to move around. I loved how you could run in Sierra's QFG games. I also like how Laura Bow runs at the end of Dagger of Amon Ra (makes the action and drama more believable), and I wish you had been given the option to do this whenever you want... but I suppose then her running at the end wouldn't have had the same specialness and therefore wouldn't have resulted in the same heightened suspense.
  2. Here is a variation of a phrase I've seen on size XXL shirts, so it's not necessarily original, but it's cute: "Our food is worth the weight." The saying I've seen on XXL shirts is: "Fast food is worth the weight." Also, I could maybe come up with satires of famous American fast food slogans (eg, "finger lickin' good" "yo quiero Taco Bell" "I'm lovin' it"), but people outside of the U.S. wouldn't get them, right? So that's kind of tricky.
  3. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    Musically, you are right that you mentioned that. I don't always carefully read everything before commenting, even though I should. Sometimes I just hurriedly post without reading all the other responses. Also, I now see "admin" icons next to some people's names. I didn't see those yesterday. Just to let you guys know, Corey Cole wrote the following on Kickstarter today: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transolargames/hero-u-rogue-to-redemption/comments "SpaceVenture is way behind schedule (more than us), and way over budget (I don't know how much, but I can do the arithmetic), but they are still working hard on it." Maybe someone should send him a link to the new FAQ post here. Previously he had posted similar comments about other Kickstarters as he sought to defend himself against criticism from backers. In fact, it was such comments from Cole, as well as responses to those comments, which prompted me to come over here and ask for the clarification. I wasn't even part of those online conversations... I just read through them after the fact. So, if you're wondering who or what could be fueling such rumors, there's one possibility. Not saying he's doing it maliciously, but he certainly has a bigger platform than most backers, and he has been saying this stuff for a while. Earlier he also mentioned how he had talked with other leaders of "big" Kickstarter campaigns and he said he thought going back to Kickstarter for more money would be a good way to solve money problems, something I think is a terrible idea. Such comments caused me to put one and one together and come directly here the other day. It's possible that I'm interpreting all this wrong, but I just wanted you to know the perception of this backer (me) in case others are led to think similar things.
  4. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    No problem! I sometimes write in a harsh-sounding way, and I hope no one takes it personally. I like the FAQ post, but I think a few things should be made clearer. I understand that it points out that most information is taken from a previous Kickstarter update. I also see that it was posted by pcj. Is pcj on the development team? Perhaps his title or affiliation should be included somewhere in the post. Here has been my confusion: I found this forum through a link on the "Two Guys" site. At first, I thought this was the official project discussion page. Then later I thought it was mostly just Space Quest fans posting, then I realized that some people were actually working on the game. I literally know no one here personally, so when people starting throwing out first names sometimes I don't know whom they mean. (I think, "Gareth, wait, what, who?") I have done literally all of my posting from my tiny 4-inch iPhone, which doesn't always lend itself to opening up multiple windows or researching this person or that person. Anyway, all I'm saying is that maybe certain people's affiliations or involvements could be made clearer. People could link to that FAQ sticky whenever they see someone (on here or using Kickstarter or some other forum or social media site) unclear about the status of the project. And I like how it links directly to a Kickstarter post... maybe, in part, as a way to say, "hint, hint, this is where you can find more updates with even more info about the latest developments." I would just maybe consider making sure that people know that the FAQ post is an official statement of some sort and not just some random person's summary of an official update available elsewhere. I usually look at this forum using the defaul "mobile" view, which doesn't list titles under the screen names. I just switched to "full" view and saw that pcj has "site admin" under his name. See, I didn't know this. Maybe this info (or his official title in this project) could be included in the text of the post. Some people I got to pledge for this Kickstarter are just people I've known for a while who used to love SQ games and were interested to play another like them... but I'm fairly certain they had not been involved with the fan community for the series ever or even knew one existed. In conclusion, just remember that not everyone is as tuned in as the regulars here. Update: I just saw that "programmer" was listed by pcj's name! It doesn't show this in the mobile version!! I don't know who I'm talking to on here half the time. Whoops! Anyway, I definitely think this info should be in the actual post's text, so that people on phones and other mobile devices wouldn't be confused like I was. Basically, I've always come on here and just yelled out my question or point and figured that there would be some SQ or SpaceVenture expert here who would know the answer or had connections to someone on the team and could find out.
  5. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    I'm sorry for being argumentative. Beyond the issues mentioned regarding communication to backers, I'm really not that concerned about (and am actually sorta impressed) about what has been shown of this project. That's really the truth. I'm on you guys' "side" (if there are even sides), just so you know. When I complain about not hearing from Mark/Scott, etc., it's not because I personally need to hear from them. I'm just thinking about how it would appear to other people. Don't understate the laziness of people and their inability to read all updates, etc. You just have to be patient with people who aren't as "in the know" as people here. Imagine returning to the Kickstarter page after years and not feeling like reading everything... it's easy to imagine someone in this situation saying, "where the hell is the damn game and what have you done with all the money?!" It helps to be nice, even if what they're mad about doesn't make any sense to you. It reminds me of a situation like this: you walk up to a store clerk at a counter late at night and ask what time they're closing, then the clerk says, "if you had been listening you would have heard the last 20 announcements that we are closing in 10 minutes, and our hours are clearly marked on the door if you had bothered to look. Sheesh." That annoys people, even if the clerk is technically correct. I just say it's good in some situations to bite your tongue and answer straightforwardly like pcj did. I'm sure there are going to be irate people (for whatever reason) in the Kickstarter comments from here on out, especially when it comes time to mail out rewards.
  6. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    Something else that occurred to me: Jane Jensen, Al Lowe, Josh Mandel and Corey Cole all have addressed backers on Kickstarter, on a sort of regular basis, after funding goals were reached. And those are just the Sierra veterans. Non-Sierra veteran Kickstarters are the same. The people who made the pitches and whose names were used to sell the campaigns don't just go silent after the fundraising campaign ends. So I hope someone here will concede that I do have a good point in saying that it is strange for the actual Two Guys to not be heard from in updates. :-) But I'm not gonna hold my breath waiting for anyone here to agree with me. I also think hearing from them on there would strengthen the bond between them and fans. What I would like to see (in an update) is a picture of the Two Guys working on the game. Or maybe a picture from a group meeting, if and when the team meets in person. Not something from a convention. I would like to see something like this because I think it would improve backer perceptions even more. Armikrog and Tex Murphy Kickstarters did this sort of thing.
  7. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    Anyway, about people being concerned or "paranoid" about the game's funding situation, I think it has to do with how late the game is. Also, there were times when we didn't hear much regarding progress updates. I did read the latest update and remember thinking it was good. To say that people shouldn't have backed in the first place if they are still concerned now seems kind of harsh. It doesn't matter if the updates say they aren't out of money. A lot of people will still be skeptical. It's not like they would have no reason to be concerned. I personally am not still concerned about the funding, but I have wondered why we haven't really seen or heard from the "Two Guys" at all. They are why people backed. It has just seemed weird to me. Like they are being hidden. I would have thought they would have wanted to communicate with people through updates, at least occasionally, to tell people how swimmingly things are going. Am I the only one who has felt this way? All these scenarios went through my head when I tried to imagine why we weren't hearing from them. I'm afraid to say the things I thought for fear it will piss off people, so please understand these are just crazy ideas that went though my head and they have no basis in fact. I wondered if they were feuding, if someone wasn't well, if a principal was not involved in the development anymore and they didn't want it to be known, if there were differences of opinion as to the direction to take, etc. Maybe it's just me who ponders this stuff. It just doesn't seem like it would be too burdensome or distracting for them to say *something* on there now and then. I don't think those imagined scenarios are likely now, after having read more, though, but my mind will sometimes jump and imagine the worst in order to explain things that seem odd. So, yeah. That's pretty much it. If any of you happen to run into one of the two guys in the near future, you should perhaps suggest that maybe it might be nice for backers to hear from them.
  8. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    Well, hmm. I actually only came here because I was concerned we might see another Kickstarter or "surprise" from the Two Guys, based on things I read. I have this site bookmarked on my phone, so I came over here to find out. And I was happy to learn that that won't happen. That was kind of really my only point in thinking to visit here. Didn't mean to upset the group here. As for expecting people to do their research before asking questions, okay! Sorry, I guess I'm lazy. Oh, well. And not everyone is going to read every update or bother to Google something before asking questions. If you think it's acceptable giving people attitude when they ask questions you hear all the time or that you think they should be able to find the answer to on their own, okay! I believe that will needlessly annoy people. If you guys are going to be team members or whatever the heck this group is (fan club? development team members? I don't quite get it), you are going to have to get used to answering the same questions over and over. This site doesn't seem to be drowning in new posts, anyway, and maybe you should be happy that people think to post here at all, even if you think the questions are dumb.
  9. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    Who are these handful of people making unfounded insinuations about what money is left? I see concern about this project in several forums, and I don't think the people wondering are trying to spread misinformation. I believe that people are legitimately concerned. To suggest that Scott and Mark "not give a toss" about the fact that many backers are wondering if the game is dead or in serious trouble reflects an unfortunate tendency to attack skeptical people rather than try to do a better job of reassuring backers. For the record, I am now convinced the development is okay financially. I believe some of you people forget that not everyone follows this particular project as closely as you do. You are going to have to say the same things over, and over, and over, so get used to it. The pissy attitude isn't going to help your cause. You sound like those people who scream at new forum users, "that question has already been answered a million times in the FAQs! Can't you read?" And I apologize for getting pcj's name wrong. That was not intentional. Anyway, you guys want to defend the fact that Scott and Mark never make a peep on the Kickstarter page. I think it's a mistake. Would writing a few paragraphs to backers every other month really be impossible? I think not. Most other Kickstarters have their main designers posting updates now and then. In all honesty, I had never heard of Pope before this. I suspect most hadn't. We backed because of Scott and Mark. The game was sold on their reputations.
  10. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    I just now read your response. I had only see the pcjr one. What do I keep going back to? I'm sorry that I don't read this forum very often. Yes, Chris probably has mentioned it, but maybe I wanted confirmation. I'm sorry I don't live and breathe the goings on here. I kind of have other things going on, and I only think to check up on this once in a blue moon. And what role do you play again? I'm sorry that you have to answer the same question over and over. Actually, that's just too damn bad. Now I'm sorry I even wrote a complimentary message saying that I appreciate the hard work. Lol. Maybe you are on edge or feeling pissy, but excuse me for caring enough to check in here. And another thing: maybe it just doesn't carry as much weight if it's coming from Chris, no offense to him, and should instead come from one of the leads. Maybe that's why people are still wondering about this. Yeah, maybe I do gloss over the blah, fluffy updates. But I know I would sure sit up and pay attention to something from Scott or Mark directly. Have a nice day.
  11. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    As for the money set aside for voiceovers, there are so many very competent, professional actors who aren't celebrities and whose asking fees won't break the bank. I work in Hollywood and know that there are many, many people needing work. And, really, there's great talent all over. I just think that finding "names" for the cast should be the least of your concerns. It's all about the writing and the humor.
  12. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    I just want to say that I really respect the team for hanging in there, plowing away and staying determined to get this done. All of the art, animation and music I've seen and heard has been excellent and has been better than I expected. I don't know what the writing or gameplay will be like exactly, but I don't have any special reason to worry about it. I just hope they don't go soft/safe with the comedy, but instead hark back to the style of humor in SQ4. My main criticism is with the frequency and substance of the updates and not really hearing from the main designers, that I know of, for long periods. I think I read somewhere on here that Scott Murphy is on Twitter all the time, so maybe I have missed a lot, since I am not a Twitter person. But I think it is odd that we are not hearing from them more. I think some jittery people would feel more reassured hearing from them. It's like when our country is attacked. We want to hear from the guy in charge, the president, immediately and live from the Oval Office, speaking calmly, confidently and showing that he is in control, as he explains the measures he is taking for defense or counterattack. Basically, I think it would be great to see and hear from the captains of SpaceVenture on a more regular basis. I can sympathize with Chris Pope, since it seems like he has a difficult job being the guy having to maintain a smile, standing outside closed gates, trying to placate an anxious crowd wanting to see the work going on behind the gates. And it probably doesn't help that he wasn't as well known to people as the Two Guys. So bravo to you all for working hard to deliver what was promised. To be able to say, "we said we'd build this if you funded our Kickstarter, and we did it," will be huge. So what if it's a little late. If you guys pull this off, it will be a win for the ages.
  13. I agree with the comments saying some updates have been wanting. The updates have sometimes been too blasé and fluffy. Also, it's not good idea to call the critical backers "morons" or to say you'd like to swear at them. Pessimism about the project is more than understandable. But the latest update was encouraging! So maybe it's only going to get better from here!
  14. Gary Owens is dead

    Very sorry about Gary Owens. Please don't try and get some celebrity to replace him just because you think you have to. Find the right voice, whether it's from a well-known person or not. Please don't overdo the "sarcastic" delivery. A big, sarcastic personality could wear thin quickly and kill the whole experience.
  15. What's up with SpaceVenture?

    Things are looking impressive. Can a representative from SpaceVenture say categorically that you aren't out of money? It would be terrible if you guys did what the Coles did and claim that the game is coming in the fall and then shortly thereafter announce that you're broke and beg for more donations. It would hurt your credibility terribly. As long as the thing gets done and you keep us updated (and are honest with backers), it should all end well.
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