FAQ About SpaceVenture

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

What is SpaceVenture?

It is an adventure game that's currently in development. It was designed by Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe, creators of the Space Quest series (1986-1995). It was crowdfunded on Kickstarter to the tune of $500,000 USD in 2012. It has been in development for 10 years and is as yet unreleased.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Is the game still being worked on?

Yes, it is still under active development. It has not been abandoned.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Who is working on the game?

The Two Guys have not released a full credits list, but we know that the following people are or were actively involved in its development:

Mark Crowe - art, design, programming

Scott Murphy - writing, design

Chris Pope - programming

PCJ - programming

Tyler Drinkard - programming

Ken Allen - music and sound effects

A number of undisclosed volunteers have also contributed to the project. It is not clear how much of their work remains in the final product.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Why is the game so late?

A number of factors have contributed to the delay of the project, too numerous to list comprehensively.

The major factors appear to be:

- The early decision to write their own adventure game engine in Unity.

- A lack of project management, most notably the absence of a project director and executive producer.

- A number of personal issues and tragedies.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Is the project out of money?

Yes and no.

The funds allocated for full-time game development have long since dried up. The people working on the game now are doing so in their spare time for free.

Funds allocated for Kickstarter backer rewards remain intact and untouched, according to Chris Pope.

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Did other people contribute to writing the game?

Yes. Josh Mandel, former designer of Space Quest 6, was brought on board to contribute additional writing. It is unclear to what extent his involvement remains in the final game.

Other team members provided placeholder text and dialogue early in the project, but this was then reviewed and rewritten by Scott.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Is Scott Murphy still involved with the project?

Yes. But with the game's script and dialogue complete, his involvement in finishing the game has been minimal.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Did Scott Murphy program the game?

No. Attempts were made to teach Scott how to program in the custom game engine developed by the team, but these efforts were abandoned. Scott suffers from ADHD and was unable to remain focused to learn the programming and scripting language.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Who is currently actively involved in the game's development?

Of the current team members known to the outside world, we know that the following are actively involved: Mark Crowe (graphics and programming), Tyler Drinkard (programming), PCJ (programming), and Chris Pope (programming).

It is unclear if others are also involved.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

How far along is the game development? What's done and what remains to be done?

Reportedly, all graphics, sound, writing, and voice recording is complete.

Programming the game remains underway. According to the team, the last remaining hurdle is implementing a functional save/load system, which was put off until way late and has caused numerous issues with the game.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Why did Chris Pope delete his social media accounts?

Chris faced online harassment and deleted his social media accounts to protect his family.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Is/was Troels Pleimert, aka The Space Quest Historian, community manager for the project?

No. He was community manager for the Kickstarter campaign's guerilla marketing team of volunteers, the Keronian Underground.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Was Troels Pleimert banned from the Kickstarter page?

No. He faced online harassment and deleted his Kickstarter account to protect his family.

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Did Troels Pleimert tell backers of the project to "f*** off"?

No. He made a status update video about the project and mentioned the Kickstarter's comments section in passing, remarking, "F*** those people." The people in the Kickstarter comments are the ones that were and are harassing team members, as well as other supporters of the project.

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3 months ago | troelspleimert

Did Troels Pleimert make rape jokes?

No. Such claims are part of a targeted harassment campaign. Please see this page for a debunking.

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