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The Weight of a Soul (03-05-2018)
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In a world of arcane mysteries, a young doctor's apprentice unravels a conspiracy most grim.

Content warning: This story includes graphic imagery and morbid themes.
A desktop computer with a JavaScript-enabled web browser is recommended for playing this game.

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The Weight of a Soul is a story set on Solphos, three years after the events of the Golden Reckoning. It's a text adventure game featuring Marid, the girl from The Guiding Light. It isn't finished yet -- far from it -- but you can play through what I have so far and see what's up.

Open the webpage to begin. You play the game by typing commands. More information is available with >help.

Comments and criticism appreciated. If you find any bugs or editing errors, please report them in this thread.

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YMtC: My Deck of Many Things | NGA Masters | 2 | 3 | Roses of Paliano | Duel Decks: War of the Wheel | Jakkard: Wild Cards | From Maral's Vault | Taramir: The Dark Tide
Solphos: Solphos | Fool's Gold | Planeswalker's Guide | The Guiding Light | The Weight of a Soul
Game design: Pokémon Tales | Fleets of Ossia: War Machines | Hunter Killer | Red Jackie's Run


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YMtC: My Deck of Many Things | NGA Masters | 2 | 3 | Roses of Paliano | Duel Decks: War of the Wheel | Jakkard: Wild Cards | From Maral's Vault | Taramir: The Dark Tide
Solphos: Solphos | Fool's Gold | Planeswalker's Guide | The Guiding Light | The Weight of a Soul
Game design: Pokémon Tales | Fleets of Ossia: War Machines | Hunter Killer | Red Jackie's Run


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Oh my God, I am so looking forward to this! :D

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Seliunca's dialogue is very ominous, given the incipit...

I'm afraid I'm not inventive enough in these games, I had to replay it to see the reactions Raven spoke about. Other than that I second OL's comment, I'm sure I'll love the finished work; other than exploring Marid's character, I think this game will do a lot to establish how Solphos' everyday life feels, and as you probably know I'm a sucker for worldbuilding.

Thank you for sharing!

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The format of YMtC and the Expanded Multiverse.
YMtC: My Deck of Many Things | NGA Masters | 2 | 3 | Roses of Paliano | Duel Decks: War of the Wheel | Jakkard: Wild Cards | From Maral's Vault | Taramir: The Dark Tide
Solphos: Solphos | Fool's Gold | Planeswalker's Guide | The Guiding Light | The Weight of a Soul
Game design: Pokémon Tales | Fleets of Ossia: War Machines | Hunter Killer | Red Jackie's Run


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(and a touch of :confused:, but mostly :panic: )

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Okay, got past the opening scene (failed, btw).

I can't help myself but open and close the refrigerator again and again, hoping there's something in there worth eating this time.

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Still checking that refrigerator, seven minutes later.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:51 pm 
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Okay, got past the opening scene (failed, btw).

I can't help myself but open and close the refrigerator again and again, hoping there's something in there worth eating this time.

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Still checking that refrigerator, seven minutes later.

For some reason, my first go-to verb in the game was "hum." I was surprised the game recognized it. I was more surprised by the one point in the game where it "worked."


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Still trying out different things. Can't think of the word where people grab someone from behind with chloroform, so I can't attack The Oracle, but I'll come back to that eventually. Decided to undo going to sleep and wander around town.

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EDIT: Aaaaaaaand that's three suicide attempts foiled.

EDIT2: I'm surprised at how much music there is in the game.

EDIT3: restarted, and I tried to clean the emancipation grill. That was funny. I WILL find where "taste" actually works.

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May have found a glitch


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Re: laughing: Duly noted. See, this is why I need crazy lovable playtesters like you lot.

Re: tasting: Try tasting the food that the patrons are eating.

Re: standing: The game interprets "stand" as a synonym for "get up", "get off", "exit", etc. If you aren't sitting in anything, that translates to "go outside", which is why that happened.

I'm working on the next act of the game, and it's a big one with lots of exploring. Watch this thread around the beginning of December.

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YMtC: My Deck of Many Things | NGA Masters | 2 | 3 | Roses of Paliano | Duel Decks: War of the Wheel | Jakkard: Wild Cards | From Maral's Vault | Taramir: The Dark Tide
Solphos: Solphos | Fool's Gold | Planeswalker's Guide | The Guiding Light | The Weight of a Soul
Game design: Pokémon Tales | Fleets of Ossia: War Machines | Hunter Killer | Red Jackie's Run


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Alright! I lost track of the page of the shop talk thread where this was linked. Now I'll check it out for sure.

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Yeah, I don't think I plan to implement the various unnecessary bodily functions. Or body parts, for that matter.

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Solphos: Solphos | Fool's Gold | Planeswalker's Guide | The Guiding Light | The Weight of a Soul
Game design: Pokémon Tales | Fleets of Ossia: War Machines | Hunter Killer | Red Jackie's Run


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Or body parts, for that matter.

How young is Marid? She drinks wine, but I remember her being rather young for that kind of content.

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Oh my God, CKY, this is so cool! It takes me back to playing interactive fiction games in my dorm room, late into the night. :D

Now, I'm unfortunately pretty awful at said games, so everyone else here has already managed to delve way deeper into the world than I managed on my first go round, but I just love the atmospherics that you've created. I pretty much felt like I was in blind panic in the operating chamber -- every time I mistyped a verb or something, I was screaming inside my own head, "no, you idiot, you're running out of time!"

Anyway, I can't wait to see where you go with this. I think it is insanely cool!

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I kept trying to stab things with my scalpel, but I never found anything that let me do it.


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How young is Marid? She drinks wine, but I remember her being rather young for that kind of content.

Marid is 17 in this story.

I just love the atmospherics that you've created. I pretty much felt like I was in blind panic in the operating chamber -- every time I mistyped a verb or something, I was screaming inside my own head, "no, you idiot, you're running out of time!"

All part of the master plan...

Thanks for the praise!

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YMtC: My Deck of Many Things | NGA Masters | 2 | 3 | Roses of Paliano | Duel Decks: War of the Wheel | Jakkard: Wild Cards | From Maral's Vault | Taramir: The Dark Tide
Solphos: Solphos | Fool's Gold | Planeswalker's Guide | The Guiding Light | The Weight of a Soul
Game design: Pokémon Tales | Fleets of Ossia: War Machines | Hunter Killer | Red Jackie's Run


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