The Ship: Murder Party - Tenebrious
Take your chance to feedback on our Full Steam Ahead game project, as it sails onto Steam Greenlight.

As we showed on Kickstarter, we’re delighted to consider, react and adapt to reasonable, constructive, comments and want your feedback.
Unlike that forum anyone on Steam has the opportunity to have their say.

So don’t miss out on the chance to get involved in the development process and tell us what you’d like to see in a sequel to The Ship.
The Ship: Murder Party - (Nathan Grayson)

Fun fact: RPS is actually operated in its fun>dane day-to-day fashion entirely from the crowded deck of an upscale 1920s cruise liner. While jovially spinning our thoughts into the most eloquent of wordshapes, Jim, John, Alec, Adam, and I are constantly engaged in a methodical hunt for one other. We like to think that the ever-present threat of death keeps our writing sharp. But finally, I think I’m closing in on my target. Adam, quite simply, has demonstrated that he knows too much>. Look at what he said about the just-announced The Ship sequel – titled Full Steam Ahead - nearly a year ago: “Kick-start The Ship… ‘Full Steam Ahead.’” And sure, I may have rearranged some words to break his maniacally brilliant code, but the point’s still clear as day: Adam must be eliminated. But first, let’s talk about videogames!


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We're elated to launch <a href="">The Ship: Full Steam Ahead on Kickstarter.</a>

Now's your chance to take part; view our entertaining and distinctive Kickstarter video and see the rewards you can reap for supporting the game. Any great ship needs a successful launch and your help to fund this project, however big or small, is invaluable. Become a member of The Royal Society for the Proliferation of Steam, support the project, tell all your friends, and join us to complete with the finished game.

<a href="">Join us, pledge the project, and get set for new adventures as we go Full Steam Ahead!</a>
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The Ship 2

Remember The Ship? You know, the innovative cruise ship-based multiplayer murder game that entertained us back in 2006? It went on to spawn a Hollywood-themed follow-up, Bloody Good Time, and arguably inspired the multiplayer bits of the recent Assassin's Creeds. We thought it had been hit by an iceberg, along (sadly) with developers Outerlight, but it turns out The Ship 2 is unexpectedly plotting a course for Kickstarter.

The game's crowdfunding page will go live on Kickstarter's new UK site on October 31st, which coincidentally is when the site itself is set to launch. Spooky. Despite that, The Ship: Full Steam Ahead will feature on both the US and UK services simultaneously, so you'll be able to pledge in dollars or pounds sterling - but not in Red Dwarf's fancy dollarpounds.

We won't know much about the game until that page sneaks onto the internet, but we do know that the original developers won't be involved - publisher Blazing Griffin bought the rights to The Ship from Outerlight back in 2011. In other news, if you like vague bits of concept art then, hoo boy, are you in luck. The following image offers a very tiny glimpse of what we presume are the new playable characters. They all look a bit... roboty.

The Ship: Murder Party

Place these paddles firmly on your chest and look below to get your end-of-day gaming news fix applied directly to your circulatory system. Dawn of the Reapers is bringing Mass Effect's most notable starfaring conflict to Sins of a Solar Empire, and The Ship's developers are looking to float a Kickstarter-funded sequel.

Sins of a Solar Empire and Mass Effect. Sometimes, just mashing two awesome things together doesn't produce the best results. We don't think this is one of those times. The Dawn of the Reapers mod will allow you to play as the Council races or their enigmatic enemies in one of the best space-based RTS-4X games of all time.
Full Steam Ahead is a sequel to The Ship, a game where you walk around on a boat and try to stab people in secret. Essentially what our last few PC Gamer office retreats looked like. Scottish developers Blazing Griffin have announced a Kickstarter for the follow-up embarking on October 25.
Project Lumoria is a mod that adds an expansive new campaign using assets from that one Halo game that actually came out on PC and people actually cared about. You know, the one that didn't have any numbers at the end. Set in the early years of the Human-Covenant War, the missions have been in development since 2008.
Microsoft is dropping SpaceBux Microsoft Points in Windows 8, embracing the radical idea of just using existing currencies instead of making new ones up.
Mafia is being remade in the GTA IV engine, speaking of porting cool things into other cool things. Chances are, we'll all be quantum dust by tomorrow.
The Ship: Murder Party - (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.


The Ship: Murder Party - 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?
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.


The Griffin.
The Ship: Murder Party - (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…)

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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
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<a href="">Bloody Good Time</a> 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!

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