The Ship is a murder mystery multiplayer! Please read our State of the Game announcement.
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Release Date: Jul 11, 2006

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"A great game in the Source Engine which has a very interesting multiplayer mode with a pretty decent Singleplayer mode to match, worth to get in a sale."

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June 11

State of the Game

Ahoy Shipmates!

Here at Blazing Griffin we’ve been watching the developments surrounding Valve’s refund policy announcement with interest (as have most indie devs). While there have been concerns raised about the policy, we believe the spirit in which it is intended is ultimately good for the games industry.

With this in mind, we’ve decided for The Ship: Murder Party that it is important that we re-iterate the state of the game and the wider franchise. We’ll keep this announcement up to date with new developments – the intention is that it contains the information you need to know before you decide whether to buy or not.

Technical Issues
As a studio we are always open to suggestions and welcome any constructive criticism from our players.

Unfortunately there are a few technical issues with the game and these can’t be fixed in its current incarnation. The reason they can’t be fixed is when we acquired the rights to the game in 2011 it didn’t include a technical licence to make changes using the Source Engine (which the game is written in).

We’re open to suggestions from players about our games and happy to implement good ideas or even make simple fixes – not being able to do it is an incredibly frustrating situation for us as well!

There are summaries of the issues and fixes for them on the forums, but the key ones you might want to know about are:
  • In-game server select doesn’t work. But this isn’t a problem because it’s still possible to connect to servers via the Steam client > View > Servers > The Ship. Here you can find and save servers as normal. You can still host LAN games and there are several other methods of adding servers manually posted on the forums.
  • Game doesn’t run. For a very few players, the game doesn’t work at all (although some players have found workarounds for this). Our hope is that Valve’s refund policy will now give you the option to try it out and see how things work on your machine.

Again, if we possibly could resolve any of these issues we would, but the cost of the licence to even begin doing so is more than it would cost to rebuild the game from scratch. Being a small studio, it's just not a viable option for us.

Players
You can see from Steam Charts how active the game is. There are usually a good number of active servers available and through busy periods such as the holidays and sales there are usually more people setting up new servers and posting the details on the forums.

Modding
There is a Ship SDK available and support via Valve’s developer site. You can make new maps for the game. No other modding options are supported.

There are a number of players working on new maps and have an interest in modding. This is something we’re keen to begin having a conversation about with players, and while we’re not making any promises about modding support, please drop by the discussion on the topic and let us know what you think.

If there's enough interest there, we can certainly look at helping out.

The Ship: HD
Yes, you read it right.

You might be wondering why you’ve not heard anything about this yet? The reason for that is that this is the announcement!



We’ve begun work on The Ship: HD (which as the name suggests will be a high definition version of The Ship: Murder Party multiplayer game) and it is expected to be released early 2016. Even better, we’ll now have complete control over the code base so the issues with the existing game won’t affect the HD version and we’ll even be able to make the odd improvement or two.

We are fortunate to have been joined by two former employees of Outerlight (the developer of original HL2 mod, The Ship and Bloody Good Time) – Jason joined our team last year as Technical Director and Neil joined our team just this week as Lead Programmer. It’s fantastic to have their input on the project and we’re really excited about where we’re heading with it.

The reason we’re talking about this just now is that in the spirit of transparency, it might be information you need to make a decision about whether or not to buy The Ship: Murder Party - some people may want to wait until the HD version comes out next year.

If you do – that’s fair enough. We hope you keep up to date with what we’re doing (check out our newsletter) and we’ll see you next year!

For everyone else, we hope you try out the original game – it’s a lot of fun! And what’s good for you, is definitely good for us! We’re a pretty small studio here and having just gone through a growth spurt to be able to take on The Ship: HD project, we are reliant on the revenue generated by The Ship: Murder Party to move forward with it.

All purchases contribute to funding the HD project and we are very appreciative of this support from players – we're sure many of you have waited a long time for more ship-related things to happen! So as a thank you for those supporting us with purchases of the existing game (now and historically), there will be a discount for existing players when we launch The Ship: HD.

Over the next few months we'll be releasing more information about The Ship: HD project - stay tuned! In the meantime, if you have anything to say about any of this, please drop by the forums - we're happy to chat about it.

And here's the teaser trailer for The Ship: HD:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mAk-O67VcA

Thanks for taking the time to read this rather lengthy post!
- The Blazing Griffin Team

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January 12

Looking for the servers?

The simple way to find a multiplayer server is via the Steam Client > View > Servers > The Ship. Hey presto, you're done! :)

Here's a more detailed way of adding a server manually: http://steamcommunity.com/app/2400/discussions/0/613940477638201994/

On behalf of the team at Blazing Griffin, we hope you enjoy The Ship.

We have a couple of other games on sale this week that you might be interested in:

The Nightmare Cooperative
A quirky little turn-based rogulike puzzler, currently reduced to £1.67 / $2.03.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/310070/

Gentlemen!
A frantic local coop game, currently reduced to £1.74 / $2.49.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/253570/

Also our new roguelike meets space-RTS:

Distant Star: Revenant Fleet

http://store.steampowered.com/app/335830/

- the Blazing Griffin team

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Reviews

“its gameplay and design draw on everything from Poirot to Quake, with even a slightly unhealthy dose of The Sims thrown into the mix - but the game is much more than the sum of its well worn parts”
8 – Videogamer

“Unlike a lot of its hybrid predecessors, this multigenre multiplayer game really is something completely different. While the game draws on identifiable sources such as Quake, The Sims, and Clue, it mashes these elements together with a few new ideas to create an innovative experience that doesn't play like any of its inspirations.”
8.3 – Gamespot

“the game twists around the Clue formula to make it a little more interesting. Instead of having to uncover a killer, The Ship makes you the killer. The main gameplay mechanic revolves around finding your target, called your quarry, and breaking their face as stealthily as possible. To do so there are plenty of lethal odds-and-ends to wield, and even some environmental traps. It's certainly a quirky take on first-person gaming, but it's an entertaining one once you get the hang of it.”
7.4 – IGN

About This Game



Please read our State of the Game announcement: http://steamcommunity.com/gid/103582791430084264/announcements/detail/194000194554609687

For PC gamers who enjoy multiplayer games with a bit of intelligence, intrigue and ingenuity, The Ship is a murder mystery alternative to traditional FPS multiplayer games. Each player is given a Quarry to kill - and must evade their own Hunter in the process, all set on board a series of 1920s art deco cruise ships.

The Ship is owned by the mysterious Mr X and as one of many 'lucky' recipients of a free ticket you arrive on board The Ship to find there's a catch to your luxury cruise. You are coerced into a brutal Hunt to indulge Mr. X's fantasies, under threat of death for not only yourself, but also your family. Your only chance to save yourself and your family is to play the Hunt and win.

Combining stealthy multiplayer action and a needs system, The Ship is a truly unique gaming experience.

This package includes a tutorial, The Ship Single Player, which introduces you to some gameplay mechanics and storyline, and The Ship Multiplayer where you can hunt and be hunted by other players.

System Requirements

    Minimum: 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX 8 level graphics card (1024x768), Windows 2000/XP/ME/98, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection, DirectX 9.0c
    Recommended: 2.8 GHz Processor, 1024MB RAM, DirectX 9 capable Graphics Card (1024x768), Windows 2000/XP/ME/98, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection, DirectX 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
219 of 273 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
I was in TeamSpeak with a couple of my friends and one of them was my quarry.

My quarry went and hid inside one of the toilets. After a while he wanted to leave, but there was a random guy blocking his exit.

So I looked over the shoulder of the random guy and shot my friend in the face with the Blunderbuss.

I shot him straight back onto the toilet, and the random guy walked in and ♥♥♥♥♥♥ on his corpse.



10/10.
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105 of 115 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
1. Played the tutorial and though "Meh, I should be good"

2. I play the Singleplayer Campaign

3. I find a Tommy Gun in the first cupboard I look in

4. I think "Sweet, a Tommy Gun >:D"

5. I find my Quarry sitting in a chair, sleeping

6. I decide to shoot the Quarry with the Tommy Gun I found

7. I wanted the best accuracy so I right click to attempt to aim down the sights of my Tommy Gun

8. I realise that you cannot aim down your sights

9. The gun flies out of my character's hands faster than the bullet would've travelled

10. My gun collides with my Quarry and somehow kills my Quarry

10/10 Would use unrealistic throwing abilities and physics to kill my Quarry again.
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378 of 518 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
I literally stabbed George Bush in the face. Great game to play with friends, especially if they're playing as George Bush. Exceptional George Bush stabbing simulator. Would highly recommend to George Bush. I'm gonna say its a 9 out of 11. 9/11 George Bush.






George Bush.





Also shot Tony Blair with a tommy gun. Good times
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173 of 225 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Guard see umbrella in your hand
You are arrested

11/10 game of the year
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151 of 229 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
>Be me
>Buy The Ship
>Find a server
>Guy looks at me
>I look back
>He pulls out a baseball bat
>I pull out a kukri
>He kills me
>I be sad
>I find tommy gun
>I find guy again
>He looks at me
>He pulls out a baseball bat
>I pull out a tommy gun
>I shoot him 30 times
>Guy becomes sad
This game is deep.
Edit: It's a very fun game, though. It's original, balanced and overall very solid. Servers are a bit empty though. I really would suggest you get it.
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