Knights of Venus - 37k word Mech WIP - Updated 05/16/24

In the year 2234, humanity… isn’t much better than it is now. Still divided into petty nation-states and private interests, humanity has allowed their spread into the stars to be captured by the whims of the wealthy. This has given rise to a constant state of private war beyond the watchful eye of Mother Earth, where the rich and powerful pay armature pilots to help them get one over on their competition.

On Venus, the greatest nexus of the decadence of space, a new class of mercenary has arisen. These ‘Knights’ are sworn to their noble masters, and exterminate their foes with ruthless efficiency using cutting edge tech. You, of course…

Are not one of them.

Instead, you are one of the lowest rungs of Venusian society, a humble pilot of an Industrial Armature on the surface of Venus. Of course, fate may have other plans in store for you…

Demo

Current Demo (CoGDemos)
Current Demo (Dash)
(37k words prose, 43k with code)

ROs (that are in the game)

Sun “Sunny” Lei (孙雷): Your co-worker turned armature mechanic, Sunny is a generally cheery if acerbic presence. She hasn’t shown any interest in you before, but maybe you can make her notice you?

“David”: Your taciturn and enigmatic handler, “David” (if that even is his real name) provides mission control and serves as your connection to the mercenary world of Venus. Perhaps you could make him see you as more than just another asset?

Diana: A bold and eccentric ‘Knight’, Diana (no last name given) is a soldier of the corporate lords that rule Venus. She may have ruined your old job, but perhaps something new can spark on more even footing?

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Thank you for checking out my game! I’ve been a long time member of the community (check my account creation and that regular badge lmao), and it brings me the greatest joy to finally give back to it. I’ll gladly take any feedback folks have to offer, but I’d especially love to know if there are any points where you wanted to take an action that you couldn’t. I tried to let people make (even stupid) decisions, but I can’t predict everything.

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This should be interesting

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i love killing in the name of my corporate overlords
i love war

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Died on my first choice. 10/10.

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ooh? a new Mecha WIP? sign me the fuck up.

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Mecha fans we’re eating tonight

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tie me to a missile and fire me at the enemies of my corporate overlords, i am ready to die for profit margins

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agreed

congrats on finally getting it out there :partying_face::partying_face::partying_face:

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Been looking forward to this for a while. It’s amazing work, and there’s a lot to look forward to. Mecha renaissance for Hosted Games is on the way…

Some highlights from this chapter, for me at least:

  • Takami! Santiago! No!.. … … … … … … anyway—
  • Realistically, what you’d expect to happen from taking on someone out of your league.
  • Showering best girl with praise
  • Tsar of Life
  • 409 lines of coding paint, courtesy of ChoiceScript’s multichoice

In light of things, I’m leaning towards Phoenix as an armature name: a theme of resurrection to accompany the fiery wings, and near enough to Firebird while being rather less… macabre. As for callsign — well, I rather like the easter eggs, and will probably go with one of those.


Lastly, for any curious readers, here’s a map of Venus if you want to help ground some of the story’s events in Venus’s real geography. The Aphrodite Terra, where we begin, is on the southeast of the map; the Ishtar Terra’s there in the north. It’s exciting stuff.

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@apple where saves

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… Somebody can’t read

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@apple where saves

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I enjoyed it so far. Di is best girl and I will larp with her every chance I can take. And again, I really love the gender options.

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This is so good!!! I desperately want more mecha in interactive fiction, and the writing of this seems to be really high quality so far. I can’t wait to read more as it’s published!

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Really excited to give this a try tomorrow morning, congratulations on publishing it.

I am a firm believer in Sun Lei’s noble bearing though. :relieved:

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if you’re a coward the handler just fluoride stares into the radio instead of describing what you did to attract his attention its funny as hell

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can’t tell if we are trolling or not :nerd_face::point_up:

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Just uploaded a fix, thanks for the spot.

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theyre trolling
however
where saves

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Can’t abandon Sunny and be a coward. 0/10, plz fix.

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