Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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Room 41

by ShellfishGames - Compo Entry

Room 41 is a chat room. Go in there and find out what's going on. The less spoilers the better. Please be aware though that this project may be offensive and disturbing, so brace yourself.

Seriously, don't read any further. All you need to know about the game is that you have to click into the input bar at the bottom to type stuff, enter to send your message. Follow the existing discussions and make sure to react when somebody mentions you, so look out for your name. Enjoy!

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Room 41 is an interactive experience running directly in the web browser. I wanted to try something else for once and took some inspiration from WttMH and several modern "text adventures". It was my intention to make the player feel uneasy about the situation and be unsure of whether what's going on or not is supposed to unfold that way.
Everything stated in the chat room is purely fictional and your choices (obviously) don't have any effect on real people. On top of that the threats you might feel from certain virtual characters are also purely fictional, and although I gave my best to make it seem "more real than it should", this was purely to benefit the experience.

I honestly have no idea if this actually works, or if people just find it funny or cringeworthy, so let me know.. :D

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Oreolek says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:43am

So meta. I'm not sure if I like this game or it's useless piece of clockwork skullcrackery.

adrian09_01 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:23pm

another chatroom game on this jam. not as fun as OneRoom sadly.

TitoMakaniJr says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:27pm

I really enjoyed this entry. It was very different than everything else I have played. As far as being funny or cringe I think it is a situation where you get out what you put in. I enjoyed my time reading the chat and responding in my own ways. I wonder if there were other people in there with me? That would be the only thing to make it more enjoyable is to have other people actually respond to my comments since they were widely ignored haha. Anyways it felt like something you might find on an episode of Black Mirror which I for sure am down with. Good job with the game dood!

kamranwali says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:27pm

What a weird chat room. People saying they got my IP, knows the place I am in (Only the county) and the browser I was using. These are not special. Not sure what the game was about.

Almax27 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:40pm

Nice game to play while playing other games :D

blackbird806 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:45pm

WOw that's ... disturbing, I think you should try this concepet with more choices/interactions and with another story.
But it's clrealy original.

Mouch says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:15pm

Wow, I really liked this entry, we also thought making a game with a chat room would be very fitting to the theme, but we didn't know what to do with this approach.
I guess you don't really have the possibility to make decisions in the game, which is a point that should be part of the game, but two times I thought I had. I suggested the name "AnusLicker" and it was very fun to see the game changing the name to "analFan" XD and when the second person was killed, I wrote "Saw" into the chat and she was killed with a bone saw. Coincidence? I don't know, I guess I have to play it a second time.
I really enjoyed it, great use of the theme!

I think it would be very interesting and maybe fun (for you), it the game would send the entire chat history to you after each playthrough, so you can see what the players wrote.

Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:07pm

Thanks for the feedback guys, glad (some of) you enjoyed it.

@TitoMakaniJr I actually thought of that webcam episode from the latest season a few times. Can't say Black Mirror didn't influence me in some way. :D

@Mouch no coincidence, you can actually pick the weapon in the end. Although there really are just three actual endings. They will react to more stuff though, e.g. when you try not to kill the person at all.
I actually wrote a relatively complex system of how the bots react to what you say, but lacked the time to actually use that system to a better degree. There's one bot who'll reply to you if you mention him (@<hisname> in the chat), also there's one in the beginning trying to talk to you who will, to some degree, react to your replies. Also the bots react to each other dynamically. I guess about half of all messages are scripted, the rest is spontaneous nonsensical banter by the generic bots inhabiting the room. :)
Maybe I would have gotten more done, had I not spent over 3 hours on that nickname generator.

Junber says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 9:30pm

i never saw someone tell a story with a chatroom. very awesome idea to the theme

abcdef65g says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 3:53am

Great entry! Very different game, both creative and a little unsettling. My suggestion would be to make the bots more responsive, that would increase the feeling of how real the consequence of your actions might be.

Also, I'm curious as to the 3 possible endings!

NoobDude29 says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 9:45am

Its a cool concept, i got what was happening in that chat room.

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