Untitled Small Games Club - Suggest Games and Vote on What We Play

Hell yes, this is a great idea and I’m here for it!

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I approve of this concept [but the games I could think of to suggest have already been suggested], so I am in to opine.

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So it sounds like people are interested, I’m just going to try and kick if off for February with a poll for which game to play! Here’s a quick summary of the 5 options (all with free access to the game)

Name Link Price Suggested by Platforms Length? CWs
Duloga https://snack.itch.io/duloga Free/PWYW Arlo Windows, Mac, Linux 5-15 minutes Police violence/brutality
Darkula https://www.locomalito.com/darkula.php Free gunstar Windows ?
A Bewitching Revolution https://colestia.itch.io/a-bewitching-revolution Free/PWYW Alice Windows, Mac, Linux 1 hour
Beeswing https://jackspinoza.itch.io/beeswing Free/£3+ vehemently Browser 1-3hours Death
Lockheart Indigo https://harmlessgames.itch.io/lockheart-indigo Free/PWYW blzzzrrttt Windows, Mac 3+ hours?
  • Dulogo
  • Darkula
  • A Bewitching Revolution
  • Beeswing
  • Lockheart Indigo
  • Wait wait, don’t start yet because…

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That lost option I’ve included as a way for people to flag if they think we should delay starting, iron out some detail or take some other kind of format. Please use that if you think there’s anything to be discussed first, I’ll look into any votes on that (feel free to DM if you don’t want to post it publicly)

But otherwise, I think on Monday night we can declare what game we’re going to play for February 02/2020 and set up our first official thread. Feel free to participate as you’re available!

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I commented this on the Discord but my only note is that CWs for Duloga for police violence/brutality and length of the game itself can take roughly 5 to 15 minutes to complete.

I’ll add that if you are not aware of the situation in Manila and the regime ruling over the Philippines a lot of the text and/or the gameplay might not hit well with you (which is fine) and I’m not going to explain the game’s content, but I will say that the raw simplicity of Duloga really captures the way in which the regime (and a lot of its supporters) think killing people is the simplest, easiest and most effective solution to solve many of the longstanding problems in the Philippines.

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Just stopping in to say I love this idea and am totally in!

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Alright, looks like our winner for February is A Bewitching Revolution

Check it out here: https://colestia.itch.io/a-bewitching-revolution

And post questions and comments in the February thread here:

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Hey, I wanted to pitch Where the Water Tastes Like Wine for a future month.

It’s a really writing focused game about stories and how they get shaped, how the world interacts with stories, and what they mean to people. It’s set in the Depression in the United States, and takes place across this entire country, from end to end. You’re a weird skeleton vagrant hitchiking across this gigantic (really, gigantic) country, telling stories and hearing stories, and hearing those stories again, only different this time. It’s beautiful. I think it’s definitely something in conversation with KR0, too.

I think it can mostly fit the bill of this club for the following reasons:
It got seriously overlooked when it came out. I’m sure some folks in the Waypoint community have played it, but I doubt that many- I’ve hardly heard any talk about it even here.
It’s on Game Pass, so it could be gotten semi-free-like. It’s on consoles now, too, I believe.
It’s huge - it covers the entire United States, which as previously mentioned, is lorge - but I don’t think there’s any need to “complete” it to talk about it. It’s about all the stories you find along the way. Sure we might all start at the same point (I think), but there’s no path - some may go straight west, others might follow the trains or the highways to hit big cities. In my play I’ve traveled the Deep South. There is technically some end state, I believe, but from my play I don’t believe there’s a strong need to get there to have meaningful conversations about this game.

I hope maybe folks will find that interesting for March or April - I’m super into this month’s game!

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Thanks for the suggestion Forrest!

For March we’ll stick with another free accessible games and then choose from some paid games in April.

Speaking of March! I’ll put up a poll for choosing our next game in the last week of February. Before then, feel free to suggest any games you’d like to be considered. Optionally, you can offer info about length, CWs and why you think it would be interesting. But even if you just want to post a link or title, that’s fine!

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March is coming to us soon, so it’s time to pick our small game for that month. As with February we’ll be sticking with games that are freely available for people.

Name Link Price Suggested by Platforms Length? CWs
Dulogo https://snack.itch.io/duloga Free/PWYW Arlo Windows, Mac, Linux ?
Darkula https://www.locomalito.com/darkula.php Free gunstar Windows ?
Beeswing https://jackspinoza.itch.io/beeswing Free/£3+ vehemently Browser 1-3hours Death
Lockheart Indigo https://harmlessgames.itch.io/lockheart-indigo Free/PWYW blzzzrrttt Windows, Mac 3+ hours?

Place your votes her, voting for as many of the games as you’d like, the poll will automatically close on midnight at the end of February.

  • Dulogo
  • Darkula
  • Beeswing
  • Lockheart Indigo

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Feel free to post suggestions for future games in this thread too, or notes about why you’re excited about any of these existing options.

And don’t forget to check out the thread for A Bewitching Revolution if you haven’t yet.

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And we have our winner for March, it’s Beeswing!

Head on over to this thread for discussion about the game:

But feel free to continue posting here with suggestions for next month.

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Relevant to this!

Anyone interested, especially if you might not normally afford it, feel free to grab your itch.io copy. I’ll be including the game in next month’s poll so it could very well be our April game.

EDIT: On that note, if anyone else sees a giveaway for a game they’d like to suggest (particularly if there’s normally a financial barrier to entry), feel free to post here so that people can access it for next month.

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Subserial Network is also currently available for free until the end of the month. :slight_smile:

I’d sadly recommend against this game, since the lead developer has been accused by multiple people of abusive behavior towards them. I don’t want to bog this thread down, but I’ll share sources through PM to anyone (and remove this post if so desired).

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It’s nearly time again for the small games club (even though I haven’t finished and posted about Beeswing yet), so first we have to vote for next month’s game!

Name Link Price Suggested by Platforms Length? CWs Played
Dulogo https://snack.itch.io/duloga Free/PWYW Arlo Windows, Mac, Linux ?
Darkula https://www.locomalito.com/darkula.php Free gunstar Windows ?
Lockheart Indigo https://harmlessgames.itch.io/lockheart-indigo Free/PWYW blzzzrrttt Windows, Mac 3+ hours?
One Shot https://store.steampowered.com/app/420530/OneShot/ €10 idkicarus Windows, Mac 4-8 hours
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine https://dimbulbgames.itch.io/where-the-water-tastes-like-wine Was available free/Part of Game Pass/$20/€20 Forrest Windows, Mac, Switch 17 hours, but doesn’t require “completion” to discuss

I have included a couple paywall suggestions this month, but there are still freely accessible options (and one of the paywall choices was freely available for a time). You can vote for multiple options, and all voting is anonymous. So feel free to abstain from the paid options when voting if you’d rather, as a freely accessible game may still win the vote.

  • Duloga
  • Darkula
  • Lockheart Indigo
  • OneShot
  • Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

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And don’t forget to check out the thread for Beeswing if you haven’t yet, the game is short enough that you can still finish it for March!

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Hey, for future reference, how do we feel about games that are considered abandonware? I recognize it might go against our intent with the club (contemporary independent games), but there are a few that piqued my interest.

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If the game can be run easily by people, I’m certainly up for it as an option.

Supporting devs is an original goal of the club, but it’s not a barrier to suggestions.

Open Sorcery is an interactive fiction game I’d thought about pitching for this, and it’s also being given away now!

It’s a game about an elemental firewall (“a fire elemental bound with C++ code to protect a network of people and places”) that gains sentience. Lots of blurring between magic and tech.

Been, y’know, busy and tired with stuff, but I want to give Beeswing at least one more play session; the last time I tried it didn’t seem to want to load.

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Until this Monday, Lucah: Born of a Dream is available to claim for free. Normally, it runs for about $15. I think this would be a great pick!

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Star Fetchers is a gem that does dark comedy exceptionally well. It’s a free prologue to an upcoming game and took me 2.5 hours to finish. Content warning for blood and dismemberment, though.

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And so April’s winner is Where the Water Tastes Like Wine!

I hope anyone who needs it got the free copy from before, though it is no longer available. It is on PC game pass, so if you have Windows 10 that only costs €1 for your first month, and €4 after that. But if anyone needs the full version to access this, I’m also happy to pay for a copy for someone, just DM me to request. If anyone else wants to offer this, feel free to post as such or DM me about it if you’d rather be somewhat anonymous.

But for next month, we’ll be back to all freely accessible games anyway. Please suggest more free games in the mean time. Thanks to the above folks for those great suggestions. I won’t be putting the two paid access ones in the poll for May, but they can come up in a future paid month.

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