Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

I desperately want to play with that tassel.

I’m incredibly proud to announce that Indie Royale has finally graduated. I haven’t the foggiest idea of what it’s actually graduated from>, but it has one of those fun dangly tassel hats now, so that means it’s probably smarter than me. Before it goes off and writes the next great American novel while aboard a rocket of its own construction made from inferior American novels, however, it’s putting more indie games on sale. Six more of them, in fact – including the debut of retro-themed zombie-blasting RPG Dead Pixels. “But wait,” you might say, tossing around high-level math like some kind of graduate-school-bound indie bundle, “that’s only one> game; where are the other five?” Be educated after the break.

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Community Announcements - Tenebrious
Hello dear players,

The Griffin is in a business-like mood today - the sun is shining, the birds are tweeting, and a small (but no doubt vital) power transformer is being built outside the office to the sound of jack hammers and bucket lifts. Why, with the window open it almost feels like we’re building it, too. :)

Overcome with such auditory delights, awash in stack-overflows, excess coffee, and the turn-of-the century, post-expressionistic poetry that is indie game development, our thoughts have once again turned to discount wares and unashamed self-promotion. How might we find more players, more funds and more hugs?

(Ahem) But wait, is this a crassly edited pastiche of Pulp Fiction I can hear in the background? Why, yes…yes it is…


JULES: Mm-mm-mm. You know what they call indie games bundled with The Ship in France?
BRETT: No.
JULES: Tell ‘em, Vincent.
VINCENT: Indie Royale.


Yes, dear reader. THE SHIP is to appear ON INDIE ROYALE, and not just in France.

Woo-hoo! And we even decided to hold the cheese.

The funds we hope to raise are vital to our company growth and continued endeavours, so if you have yet to cross polo mallets in 1920s ocean going luxury, or even if you have, and want a whole load of other, awesome, indie games for a few, shiny shillings, then this is the bundle for you!

So go, fly, sneak or otherwise locomote towards the link below and get yourselves a wodge of warm, indie goodness with that fresh, new-baked smell of home-cooked bundling. Mm-mm-mm.

And if you don’t believe this anthropomorphic carnivore - claw on heart, no wing-pinions crossed - when it hints that (1+LOTS)/LOW PRICE = GOOD, then here’s what Indie Royale have to say:

“Indie Royale is an indie game bundle website that offers up multiple top-quality indie titles every two weeks for you to purchase at seriously silly prices. All you need to do is pay the price stated - or pay more - and the games currently featured will be yours to keep forever.”



So that’s:

Indie Royale

Multiple top-quality indie titles

The Ship

Seriously silly prices.

Sans cheese

Go. Fly. Locomote.

Here: http://www.indieroyale.com/



The Griffin.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Death is alive again

Bargain King Lewie Procter alerts me to new that the new owners of Half-Life mod-gone-pro The Ship are offering a Christmas present to existing owners of the comedy assassination game. And yes, they do openly admit it’s also “a transparent attempt at some shameless marketing”, which makes it an even easier pill to swallow. Basically, if you’ve bought (or decide to buy) The Ship at any point between its release in 2006 and the end of the current Steam Winter sale, you’ll be gifted two bonus copies of the game to give to anyone of your choosing. If they then activate it, they too get a free bonus key to giftify to someone else. It’s like a chain letter, but with activation keys for an agreeable multiplayer videogame about silently murdering toffs on a 1920s cruise liner. (more…)

Community Announcements - Tenebrious
Hello, dear players.

If, like us, you're looking forward to a visit from a figure in red(1) then we have good news: it's that time of year, again, where an anthropomorphic expression of great jollity and insane generosity can be seen flying high above the streets and houses, delivering presents to all good game players everywhere.

I am, of course, talking about the CHRISTMAS GRIFFIN.

Hush, listen... Is that a flutter of snowy wings? The scratch of claw on tile? The merry jingle of free gift keys?
It is, indeed! Casting around the office for a suitable gift this year, we came up with chairs, an anglepoise lamp, and carpet tiles - all good, until we tried to wrap the darned lamp...

So we've decided to gift digital.

In an effort to thank some of those who've bought the ship over the years (as well as a transparent attempt at some shameless marketing) we're giving two free game keys to any person who has bought a copy of The Ship on Steam, EVER, EVER.(2)

So at some point today, if you've been a Ship customer, have a look in Steam under Games/Manage Gifts and Guest Passes. In there, you'll find TWO FREE COPIES of the game you can send to friends and, if they activate their free copy, they get ANOTHER free copy.

Now my brain hurts with all this 'recursive freeness', but in short, we're giving you a gift to give away, while trying to spread The Ship like a 1920s flu virus or an Art Deco snowball.

So there you go.

And should you wish to thank the Christmas Griffin, just leave a small sherry and a pound of rump steak by the tree.

Happy Christmas, one and all!

The Blazing Griffin Team.

(1) No, not Julia Roberts

(2) Up to and including the end of the Steam Winter Sale 2011
Community Announcements - Subs
Bloody Good Time is coming to Steam and XBLA soon.


Welcome to Hollywood! The home of fame and fortune!

That's what the flyer said anyway. The reality hasn't proven quite so fruitful. All you need is one shot, and you'll do whatever it takes to get it.

Fortunately for you, the notorious Director X has arrived in town! This well known Horror movie producer always manages to astonish his audience with the realism of his scenes.

But 7 other hopefuls are also in the running, so you're going to need to prove your worth if you're to hit the leading credits. What they and you don't know is that Director X finds his realism in true actions films with real blood and real manhunt.

Be prepared to run for fame and succeed at any cost. or die trying!
Sep 4, 2010
Community Announcements - Subs
Looking to play The Ship but don't know where to find players?

Look no further than The Ship is ALIVE.

Keep The Ship alive and join this group.
Nov 27, 2008
Community Announcements - Subs
Avatars have been added to the group page including one for each of the World Leaders.
Community Announcements - Subs
We have released an update which fixes the Quarry Update issues you've all been asking us to fix.

Quarry updates are now back to the old system in normal game modes by default.

You can also now use some server options to set up things as you wish.

Look out for a couple of other cool fixes too.

Head over to theshiponline or the Steam forums to find out more.

Enjoy! :O)
Oct 24, 2008
Community Announcements - Subs
The Ship Complete Pack is only $4.99 this weekend only!
Community Announcements - OL
Today, on the 24th of October 2008, The Ship has been updated with a patch containing new content, code and gameplay updates! The is is the first patch we've done for a while but we think you're going to like it!

We have created a new set of characters: the World leaders, including some of the most well known political figures who have or still do strut their stuff on the world stage... To play using these new characters you'll need to download the World Leader patch first. This is free of charge to everyone who already owns the game and will happen automatically when you try to launch the game from Steam. If you're new to The Ship, there's a special offer purchase price for the weekend, ending on Sunday. Look on Steam to find out more. If you don't already have Steam installed, visit www.steampowered.com to find out more about Steam.

Once you've launched the game, select one of the World Leader game modes to play with the new character set. We've also created a brand new Ship: Krassin, the icebreaker. It's a luxurious but frosty place to play at murder...

All new players of the Ship: if you purchase this weekend and experience any problems, please visit our forum where we have an excellent troubleshooting FAQ which should solve any issues, should you experience any! You can also find the game manual and other tips on gameplay on this site.

Happy sailing!
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