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ive been following the dev diaries for a while and was inspired to make some sprites! i know its extremely presumptuous but if you'd like to use these sprites id be happy to contribute to a cool project. i tried to size them relative to their corresponding sprite. ps: this image was upscaled so the sprites are unusable in this particular image.

I found a half dozen bugs, but I don't think you care at this stage, so I'll stick to broader thoughts:


I really like the new pace of things wearing down. Not only do I feel less annoyed by air cyclers, but it's also clear that different components are becoming an issue at a more even rate, as opposed to always going for the cyclers and coolant, and ignoring everything else. Best of all, it feels more like "maintenance" to me: something you can feel proud of staying on top of, or push off until your ship looks like a beat up mess. My favorite moment this time around was when roleplaying as a space redneck who ended up late on a delivery because he had to keep running back and forth fixing the warp nacelles, only for something else to go wrong when I tried to start them up again.


Stamina is in a weird place at this point. In the first few levels, it's an important element of strategy. You physically can't maintain a whole ship without overexerting at level 1, so you have to pick and choose which components are important, and having to pick up and drop four boxes in a row to get to a clogged air cycler can be a fatal mistake. Later on, your stamina bar gets more lax and time becomes the limiting factor to completing missions effectively. The biggest problem is that if you screw up and run out, your only option is to sit around for a minute and let it regen. I would suggest thinking about how important stamina is to this game, and either factoring it into game balance, or removing the system.


I think there's more you can do with repair missions as "levels" with existing pieces. Because they are optional and don't mess with the player's ship, you might want to look into using creative layouts as puzzles, or even tutorials for less used parts of the player's ships. Examples might be an extra fast zoob on a ship with enough boxes to coral it in with, a ship with a simple problem but a maze of cargo in the way, or a ship where the fuel tanks are pure residue and need draining.


In my experience, the most common case for a component giving off emotion bubbles was in the warp engines, right before warping. In that case, you can't tell what the bubble is referring to, kind of making it useless.

If you go into the suspended animation chamber while still holding miraculum, you get frozen holding it, and wake up with a bag in your hand. Honestly, I would recommend just owning it and making the sprite for the chamber taller so it doesn't clip; doing the rest of the tutorial with a rock stuck to your hands is kind of hilarious.


In theory you could use this as an exploit to get a free second air cycler at the start of the game, but in a single player game I wouldn't be concerned by that.

On my save in 0.1.5, actually a few hours before the latest version update, I had a fairly big game issue. During one of the meteor showers I got into my coolant was smashed, and I had only seen the coolant once before on a derelict ship and never again. Turns out at 60% coolant, practically anything will take you from mid yellow to red. I'd like to suggest making sure that coolant is a much more common addition in shop menus ideally. When I upgraded my ship I did get a coolant refill, but having the option to buy it commonly if needed would be helpful. Enjoying the game.

I believe one of the in-game items you can buy and sell is a refined coolant, though presently I don't recall it's name. It'd be neat if that item could be used for it's intended purpose of topping-up the coolant tank.

I don't suppose you'd accept a friendly writing note? In the opening crawl, if it's a secret mission, why would the galaxy be awaiting it?

I had an odd bug today.  I came across a stranded ship while travelling.  When I went on board, the owner told me they didn't know why their ship wouldn't start.

They then flashed the happy face, thanked me for fixing it, and gave me some money and a hint.  I looked over the ship, and didn't find anything broken.  If I had to guess, the code which picks what parts are broken failed to actually break anything.

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I know I'm a *bit* late with the game name suggestion but I really would like to push this one even though it's probably pointless now.

Spaceporter

Transporter in space but also a play on the word porter aaand the guy who roams inbetween space ports.

It's short, it's punchy and it's crystal clear.

That starstruck word sounds like something on TV that Simon Cowell would be depositing his verbal diarrhea on.

Bug report: I can't travel to one very specific sector on the map (don't know if it helps, but it supposedly has an upgrade unit). All that happens is that the animation for jumping sectors starts then the game freezes, crashes and this was what showed up on the crash reporter:

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ERROR in

action number 1

of Draw Event

for object obj_console:

Variable obj_console.eggx(101253, -2147483648) not set before reading it.

at gml_Script_redrawminimap

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gml_Script_redrawminimap (line -1)

gml_Object_obj_console_Draw_0



I can still play the save file but I just can't travel to that sector. Just that sector though, I can still travel to other sectors.

One comment and one bug report. 

I (as others have found from looking at the comments) find the rate of degradation on the ships system too high. I understand the main gameplay loop is busy work on the ship but by the time personally things break too frequently. By the time I've got everything working I will set a course and within seconds of starting say the piloting minigame I get the red triangle and have to go through the ship and fix everything again. For me there is not enough down time to look through the star system/plan next moves/play the mini game. I am not far into the game either so imagine this only becomes a bigger problem as ship gets more working parts. 

A fix could be that the warning signs don't flash whatever needs fixing until it is in more urgent need of repair. I understand that I can just ignore the red triangle for a bit but I hate it flashing so have to get rid of it immediately. I am sure I am not the only one.


Bug I experienced. I was in the rear end of the ship (no upgrades - picked the bigger slower ship) when something broke rendering me unable to open the doors, basically soft locking me. Reloading the game returned me to cockpit so no great harm done.

I don't have much to say, but I did find 2 more bugs. One was where I cleaning the scoops and suddenly an asteroid hit the exact grid where I was standing. The resulting breach pushed me outside the ship and I could no longer move. I was lucky and could just reload a save but still relatively game breaking. The second happened when I enlarged my cargo platform, which pushed my hydroponics bay (which was on the right side of the cargo platform) one grid space to the right. This would be fine if it wasn't for the fact that the plants growing in the hydroponics bay didn't quite get the memo and stayed in the same grid space where they were before the platform enlargement. The plants still seemed to work, since their animations were playing and they were destructable, but it was still slightly immersion breaking. These are kinda minor but I still thought I should report them.

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So, I have played multiple builds. Most persistent issue in my eyes is that the core gameplay loop isn't fun. I find cleaning / maintaining the ship is very tedious. For the first several versions, I would use the sleep mechanic to just skip until I got the red triangle warning then clean the ship before repeating the process until I got to my destination. Now that sleeping no longer speeds up time, it just puts this issue in sharper relief. 

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I think one of the things I've found annoying is the rate at which the ship degrades. I actually like walking around my ship and repairing it now and then. But I can't enjoy that because everything starts breaking immediately after you fix it. Without the fail state in the game I'm also just running around not caring about stamina, because there's no reason to. 

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At the end of the day, I think the problem is that the gameplay loops are in conflict. In Stardew Valley, if you plant a plant or chop a log, you get get something from it, which you can then use to further your goals of making wine or friends or whatever. 

In Starstruck Vagabond, the objective you're thinking about is getting the ship from point A to B, which it would be perfectly capable of doing if the #$@! air cycles could stay working for five minutes. When you fix them, you just get the opportunity to get back to the game.

I think folks wouldn't mind the fast rate of decay if this was a survival game about keeping the spaceship running for as long as possible, but this is supposed to be a game about doing things WITH the ship, but your ship just happens to be garbage.

I made these three short demos of soundtrack music that I thought could work here... 

I see what YC means in that many moments in-game don't feel like they need music - the ambience of the ship is rich enough. But maybe at some points (like when a new story beat happens), a little tune could fit well.

Anyway, here they are - hope people have a way of trying them out along with the game itself. :) 

Title screen/main theme:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qj_xzbMsij7F-ZMWmuzsi5QJolU1yK7r/view?usp=shari...

Menu/character creation:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15W9l4n5gpVuaHYy-zSUifdNjTOm-uT9v/view?usp=shari...

Occasional in-game background:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cN5G1_dPFi3qo9PCwvWIPMYGDeJyi3uS/view?usp=shari...

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I have a hypothetical way to access the story mode early. 

Because it was mentioned in the "Seed of your pants" video that the only thing locking the content was a single True/False variable, a tool like cheat engine could be used to easily edit the variable and access the content. The hardest part would be the trail and error trying to find the right variable to edit.

I'm not going to try this personally because I have other things to do, but if yall want to have a sneak peak the option is these.

Live long and prosper.

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A macro and a variable aren't the same thing - presumably what he's doing is setting the story code to only be compiled if LOCKFULLGAME is set to 1. In other words, story content is literally not present in the code of the version we get to play. 

Also also, had I not been watching your videos, my first instinct upon finding pea seeds on a planet (right next to grown peas) would be to throw it at every distinct ground sprite or look for a hoe item, assuming you're supposed to grow plants ON THE PLANET, that being where plants grow in my real life experience.

Also, if you're dumb enough to sell your first upgrade unit (which displays on the sell screen as "unknown item") you can soft lock the game to the first system. 

As the ship gets larger (particularly bow to stern), routine stuff like filling the  warp engines then getting back to the bridge starts to take longer and longer. A conveyer belt "turbo lift" upgrade might be handy.

A hull breach can spawn on top of the ship right where the player normally spawns after climbing the ladder. Fortunately the game just awkwardly has the player stuck on the tile for a bit before shunting them out, so it doesn't really impact gameplay much.

I did have an incident where a hull breach in the ceiling didn't appear from outside my ship, but inside the "air being sucked out" effect still played along with audio cue and I was rapidly losing oxygen. That was annoying, although fixed with a ship upgrade.

I was dropping off waste on an uncivilized planet when I received an error and the game crashed. It didn't copy the error like it was suppose to but it was an array out of index. Almost like it was looking for something at [4] index and it wasn't there.


I don't know if rng just isn't in my favor or I'm doing something wrong but it seems that several times while trying to play the "flying" minigame the screen is filled with asteroids to the point they are unavoidable and my ship takes a lot of damage as a result.

I'm not sure if there's a way to refill your coolant without getting a ship upgrade, but it's super annoying to have to deal with half coolant for potentially quite a while (until you can save enough to buy an upgrade & get an upgrade unit). 

I think perhaps offering a "full repair" at planets with an upgrade station that doesn't require an upgrade unit would be good, as it would still be a financial drain of sorts but could fix annoying issues like that, maybe refuel the engines to a neat 100% (instead of having them stuck at 95% and never being completely full), and just generally serve as a way to come back from a series of really bad collisions.


Eventually I lost all of my health so I stopped worrying about stamina, and honestly I had more fun when I just wasn't thinking about it. I would vote for its removal, but implementing eating (which isn't implemented as far as I can tell?) along with the hydroponics bay being a potential steady source of food would be a way to reward players for the first few upgrades.


Also, the collisions in asteroid fields seemed very frequent, to the point of sometimes having multiple in a row that necessitated at least half a health bar of excess work.


Finally, the computer says sleeping restores stamina & passes time, and while I notice it does restore stamina faster I don't notice it passing time faster? Maybe I'm just not very perceptive, though.

Can't you check if a person picked up the quest item every time a player lands on a planet and spawn non  quest loot if they haven't picked up the quest item

New Bug! If you press A really fast right as a notification for a derelict ship shows up, you can freeze the game.

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Found a bug, after you initially return to the ship from collecting the ore it will only let you open the (cockpit) door from a specific corner, I can provide a video if you want 

Just started the latest build (0.1.4) and noticed something. To cut a long story short, by skipping the tutorial, you skip the parts where the dialogue system best guesses what you are

Really enjoy so far! The writing and environmental details are excellent. More of that, please.

I have found that a lot of the text seems to go by quickly. I have a 144 Hz monitor, maybe that has something to do with it? Or maybe I just read slow.

Either way, looking forward to more content as it gets added!

Job Bug:

If you have 3 Job-Mission that are to be delivered to the same planet the 3rd guy/gal will be outside the loading zone and not execpt its luggage. You have to fullfil one of the 2 others' requests and go to your ship and come back for the 3rd guy to now be in the loading zone and except his package.

My guess it has to do with the fact, that you are only allowed to drop stuff in the loading zone and elevator. This code most likely also prevents the drop of to the 3rd guy.

^Also noticed this bug. A simple fix would be to arrange the NPCs vertically instead, which would increase the limit to like 7ish (but block off the western exit to the platform)

Found Bug

After you get your new ship, the first time you get on the ship (after you load the crystals) the ship calls you 'Username' instead of your name.

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ERROR in
action number 1
of Draw Event
for object con_pda:

trying to index a variable which is not an array
at gml_Object_con_pda_Draw_0
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gml_Object_con_pda_Draw_0 (line -1)

Experienced on new ship just waiting while school was going on.  On the planet turning part.

Probably due to the Crew tab bug reported elsewhere.

Bug ?

I had a rumor that in the BLELO sector I can buy a Upgrade Unit at a trading post, but there is only an uninhabited planet.

found bug

in sell menu when you have only one item on the list, pressing up will cause the item to disappear as though you scrolled down, but it cant be made to reappear

What about an espionage mission where a corporation or militant group tasks you with stealing equipment or resources from rival corporations or planets?

What about black market jobs where instead of smuggling stuff out of restricted areas, you smuggle stuff into them.

You’d have to fly stealthily & slowly to be careful or fly quickly to get in and out of restricted space. Maybe you’d use that flying mini game. 

Restricted areas of space would add more danger to space travel, maybe you’d have to adjust course to stay out of militarized zones or risk sneaking or speeding through them to save time and risking getting arrested. 

Just a thought.

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ERROR in
action number 1
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for object con_pda:

trying to index a variable which is not an array
at gml_Object_con_pda_Draw_0
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gml_Object_con_pda_Draw_0 (line -1)


game crashed while I was in the pause menu not really sure what I did though. V0.1.3

likewise, same error message and everything (V0.1.4)

I can replicate this error in 0.1.4 as follows:

1. Open Pause Menu

2. Select "CREW" Tab with Mouse Cursor

3. Move the Mouse to the Text area on the right

4. As soon as the cursor enters the Text area the Game crashes

Confirmed in 0.1.5 as well.

Instead of a player planet perhaps a space station.  that seems more in line with the themes of the game.

When you go to rebind select, when you press the new keybind it auto-inputs select again (or maybe I'm just not hitting the frame-perfect hit & release) and so it throws up the prompt to bind "select" again. Then you're trapped until you hit escape.

Similarly, when binding "back," it instantly takes you out of the keybind menu b/c the game thinks you're inputting "back" when you hit the key to bind it.

Something I noticed when the game starts and you select your save, the transparency of the selection is a bit high, making it kinda hard to read.

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Playing V0.1.3

On a ship with air air cycler fault (Duh system). All air cyclers 100% operational. I hear the sound of air escaping, but no tear inside or out of the vessel and O2 levels don't drop.


Dialog still has references to sleep, even though it doesn't exist anymore.

The emotion icons and the effect they (might) have are not directly clear (to me at least). Perhaps add an entry in the manual about them? Same for the delivery cycles bar - took me a while to notice it.

In the trading post sell menu, when you sell everything on the loading area, perhaps you can directly return to the main menu instead of having to press the spacebar first?

Picked up 2 waste disposal jobs at the same time. All barrels appeared on the dock, but only one of the jobs completed successfully

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Yahtz I just want you to know I too am something of a wordsmith, so I've gone ahead and named the game folder Star Bum.  

I've been playing the 0.1.3 version (I'm enjoying it a lot) and here's a list of thoughts and comments:

-I accidentally took 2 jobs at the same time when calling the galactic freight. I couldn't finnish the second one in time so I had a lot of boxes and nothing to do with them so I just left them in the landing area of a planet and they are stuck there. Would be cool if they were just removed if you run out of time.

-I suppose someone has already said it but the game runs slow on uninhabited planets.

-I know this has been pointed out but there seems to be no penalty for running out of stamina and I don't know if there's a way to lose health. You said it was the only kind of challenge in the game but right now the only challenge is completing the jobs in time. Would be cool if there were other ways to fail aside from running out of time.

-It would be nice if you could  name the spaceship and have the name appear somewhere when you go out to do some repairs or clean.

-I suppose planets are randomly generated but there are a lot of empty platforms.

Regarding variety:

-I like the ship mainteinance but it's always the air cyclers and the liquid. Other things barely break or get dirty.

-I don't know how much work it requires but every star system feels the same. Every system has the same planets with the same stuff and it feels a little bit repetitive.

-I do know you said creating new mechanics is a lot of work but it would be cool to have some variety in the type of jobs you do. Maybe transporting something that's illegal so you make more money but your ship could be registered by police or something.

Well, these are just the thoughts I had while playing but I don't know the direction you want to take. Anyway, as I said, I'm enjoying it a lot and I'm looking forward to next updates.

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