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I must be doing something wrong - my first captain isn't dead yet.

 

Although more by luck - the game crashed on what should have been a game over; restarted in the previous port and I managed to limp home with only minor cannibalism on the way.

 

And then I survived two voyages without weaponry after accidentally throwing my deck gun overboard and not realising it. Don't ask.

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I spoke too soon - just lost my first captain. What was really spooky is that I died on my real-life birthday (albeit back in 1888).

 

But I saw loads of places. Is it possible to view any kind of chart in this? The controls on Switch are obscure, to say the least.

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There is indeed a map, which gets filled in as you explore. I'm amazed you've got so far without it! Dunno what the Switch controls are though. If I remember right, you lose some of your map 'vision' when you die, so some areas you'd previously filled in will go blank again.

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9 hours ago, smac said:

I spoke too soon - just lost my first captain. What was really spooky is that I died on my real-life birthday (albeit back in 1888).

 

But I saw loads of places. Is it possible to view any kind of chart in this? The controls on Switch are obscure, to say the least.

 

 

..... happy birthday?

 

There's a map that you can use to see where you've been but I think aside from some locations it's procedurally generated so it varies. I've only played it on PC so don't know the controls on switch, sorry.

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Ah, no, not yesterday - I meant my captain's obituary text told me I had died on my IRL birthday back in 1888. Felt for a creepy moment like the attention of an ancient god was on me...

 

But no, it's juuuuuuuuust a weird coincidence. Isn't it?

 

Bloody hell, there's a map? I travelled to the surface, right across the sea to the East, to the North, along the South shore, had an almost full lieutenant roster, romanced one of them, and visited a dozen islands or more. Without a map.

 

Ugh, yes, they have guide for the pS4; it's the touchpad for that....

 

Edit: Minus! It's the minus button on Switch. + to pause. Most of mine is still dark - but I had reached all the way across the map and back at least once (I used the 'correspondent' legacy to inherit the chart; I thought that would keep locations the same, and it seems to have preserved all that I charted).

 

I was also running at 100% terror at the end - that's what killed me. I was running without a light to keep fuel consumption down. That was a bit of a mistake, too, eh?

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  • 6 months later...
  • 7 months later...

Having bought this (in a pack with Slain and Snakeybus on the Switch for about £4) a while back, I made a start a couple of weeks ago and somehow I’m 50-odd hours in already. Bloody hooked.

 

Think I’m nearing completion though, and would have finished ages ago if I hadn’t sold all my Searing Enigmas without realising they were 1) necessary to get a Dread Surmise and 2) bloody rare.

 

Shouldn’t have used all my secrets on upgrades either. Tch.

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I got deep, deep* into this at the start of the year. Proper notebook filled with trade routes and discoveries. Kind of went overboard** in wringing every last drop out of the story but I enjoyed the writing and the sense of place so much. Ended up putting over 150 hours in and I did pretty much everything you can do, but I still think about going back to it just to soak up the atmosphere of the world. I have to say though, that Zubmariner completely breaks the balance of the game, and once you're able to start farming flukes the economy goes to pot.

 

*sorry

 

**not sorry

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I totally missed this at the time. If I’m interested in dipping in…

 

a) Play seas first? I’ve read that although skies is bigger it’s also a bit more accessible and there’s no huge story reasons?

 

b) Are either held back on Switch at all? Are they better on Steam or Big console?

 

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25 minutes ago, moosegrinder said:

You tried Sunless Skies yet?

 

I put a few hours in but even though I was excited to go into it, I probably shouldn't have done so immediately after polishing off Sea. Everything that worked a little differently bothered me (a ridiculous criticism for a sequel, I know), and while the combat in Sea was hardly the slickest experience I found Skies to be a bit too chaotic. It is absolutely beautiful though. It's been majorly updated since I played it, with a lot of apparent QoL stuff, so when I swing back to playing slower games it'll be near the first in line for sure.

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