Ludum Dare 30 — August 22nd-25th, 2014 — Theme: Connected Worlds

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A Ludic Proof of the Difficulties Inherent in Finding a Proper Skull

by JackDegree - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Get your academic career going. As an archaeologist, try to make the discovery of a lifetime. And see how far reaching your analyses can be.

(Hint: there is no good ending)

08/27: Fixed a typo (missing word in link) as signaled by player Retl.
09/06: Fixed a typo as signaled by player Dining Philosopher.

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dadman says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 3:17pm

I feel like this needs a bit more explanation as to what you're going for before I could enjoy it.

JackDegree says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 6:04pm

Ok, I added some information to the description. :)

pjimmy says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 6:32pm

it's certainly uncanny

Mr.Cassels says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 6:41pm

took me way to long to realize that I was swapping perspectives, maybe add a note in the description?

DDFranky says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 6:45pm

Clever game and really interesting story. Also, a lot of text and branching for a game made in 48h!

Aglavra says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 6:45pm

I liked this interactive story. I played it several times, before I noticed your note about "no good ending" :)

JackDegree says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:48pm

@Mr.Cassels: I'd rather have people discover it, maybe next time I'll try to make it more evident though.
@pjimmy: I like that adjective, so I'll take that as a compliment?
@DDFRanky & Aglavara : Thanks guys!

Adjotur says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:26pm

Glad I found this. Always love a text based game. At first I didn't know what was going on but after I figured out what was going on it seemed pretty awesome.

GrooveMan says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:33pm

I dig the premise! And I always love me a bit of Twine. The colour choice is definitely appropriate for the concept, but I think subtle changes in BG and font colour (which you can do in Twine on a room-by-room basis) would do wonders for both making the switches between perspectives clearer, and make the changes in scene more immersive. Keep experimenting!

markusfisch says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:38pm

Interesting game. Took a few plays until I understood. Nice text adventure!

JackDegree says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:17pm

@Grooveman: Thanks! Definitely will look into that!

CaptainNakou says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:02pm

Very deep. Very special. I like it. Not the funiest thing i've seen but one of the most interesting concepts.

bobrocks says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:07pm

I went home thinking of my mediocre career! Nice take on the classic text adventure!

Aug 27, 2014 @ 3:25pm

Don't see a lot of these on here! I liked the odd synergy (antergy?) between the researcher's efforts and the hunter's. Clever stuff.

esayitch says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 3:31pm

I liked the concept a lot, especially it's originality. The duality was very well-done. It is not something I would normally play, but I can see its merits ;)

Snoother says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 4:17pm

Very interesting. Took me a bit to get it, but when I did it became quite impressive. Definitely one of the best entries I've played so far.

Retl says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 7:12pm

"Spear make hunt_choice"
I think I might have broke something just then. :B

Anywho, I found it a neat game. Only played it once through. I didn't even know about Twine until now, so it was neat to see that put to use.

JackDegree says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:24pm

@Retl Oh, thanks, I'll look into that right now and see how I can fix it.

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

madmaw says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 11:32pm

I thought this was really well written

eott says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 4:38pm

It's good to know that text adventures are still alive and kicking.

vogon101 says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 5:35pm

Nice idea

Vainglorious says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 12:55am

I do like the swapping of perspectives on this. Very well done.

Sep 2, 2014 @ 10:20pm

Nice, I was afraid I got stuck but it seems you just have to dig around for a few identical days. The dialogue seems very well-written to me, the colors/design could have used some work. I'd like to point out another typo, "meditations meditations" on one page.

Chris says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 1:37am

I found the metaphor created via the perspective shifts effective, although jarring (and alienating) at first. I would have liked to get know to know the main voice first before it gets corrupted. I love the use of 'fictional facts', they give a great sense of character and place. This could also be a great area for expansion, I suggest looking at the way Borges uses these 'so-boring-they-must-be-true' tidbits of information to flesh out the world, and thinking how could your medium do it better. Great stuff.

JackDegree says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 1:37pm

Thanks Chris, I had actually read some Borges in the week before LD, and I'm pretty sure it had some influence on this. I will definitely be trying to do more elaborate/developped stuff in the future.

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