Loop – The Distress Call. A science-fiction game that pays homage to science fiction and narrative games

Loop is an interactive science fiction story that unfolds through dialogue and choices made in real-time. We’ve combined the best elements of video games and sci-fi novels to create a futuristic, suspenseful, thrilling, and immersive experience unlike any other mobile game out there.

When we started working on Loop, all we had in mind at the time was a genre: “visual/interactive novel.” One of the stories in the sci-fi/fantasy anthology I’d just finished producing with some friends was a psychological thriller set in space called “Loop” (available through DragonScript); told from the perspective of an unnamed Ensign in a series of journal-like entries and reports. Drawing inspiration from a text-based game called Lifeline— and our collective long history of hours logged on old-school MUDs and complex, story-centric games like Mass Effect— the beginnings of Loop were established. We just didn’t know exactly where it would take us.

mass effect 3The game trilogy that influenced Loop – The distress call
Credit: BioWare

Through nearly five years of writing, development, brainstorming, and creating in-game systems from scratch, we’ve crafted a game that’s evolved into something far more than the simple, text-based sci-fi MUD we originally thought Loop would be. There’s an entire universe fleshed out and presented in trappings both familiar and unknown; with technologies and dilemmas that seem frighteningly possible within the near future.

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Highlights from 2019 – 4th Quarter

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Top Question and Answer:

The top question also has the top voted answer. It was Why did George Lucas set Star Wars in the past instead of the future? asked by TheAsh says Reinstate Monica and answered by Valorum.


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Top Viewed:
The top viewed question was Do Mandalorians truly never remove their helmets? which was asked and answered by JakeGould


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Most Controversial:
The most controversial question of the quarter was Which predictions of The Rise of Skywalker: Darths & Droids Bingo were correct? asked by b_jonas and answered by Adamant.


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There were 20 bounties awards for 3325 rep.

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2020 – A year of alien invasions

If movies set in the future are any indication of reality (and I think we can safely say that they are) 2020 is going to be a bleak year for humanity.  

Edge Of Tomorrow: Live Die Repeat (2014)

This movie actually concludes in 2020, with an ongoing war with alien oppressors from 2015. If you haven’t seen it on the news it is probably because of liberal bias. At least we have mech-suits.

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Help Keep The SFF Blog Running

It’s about time for annual bills for running TheSFFBlog.com to start coming in.

These costs are all privately funded by CreationEdge (Grayson Lei

gh), and he’s started a GoFundMe to help offset some of those costs.

Check out the GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/SupportTheSFFBlog

Now, to be clear, the continued existence of TheSFFBlog.com is not dependent upon the fundraiser meeting its goal. It’s merely an easy, transparent way for readers to help with costs. There’s no expectations attached. And there will _never_ be ads used to offset costs.

For ease of reading, the full text of the fundraiser is below.

Update: 2020 is fully funded, and use of funds are tracked on the Funding Paper Trail page. Donations are being accepted for future costs, but at the current moment I encourage people to donate to another cause, such as Australian Wildfire Relief, Puerto Rico Earthquake Recovery, a creator’s Patreon/Ko-Fi, etc.

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