New bits of my text adventure

I have had a bit of a restructure of my text adventure(Interactive Fiction). I rcently discovered some old stuff that I had previously been working on stored on a floppy disk. Needless to say it was a chore getting the data off but I recovered snippets from a story I was working while I was at college.

Here is a revised version, using naming from the current Utopiana game, of something I had done to do with the story I found.

{22/10/2250 @ InfoNet News – Utopiana to launch next week}

Monday sees the launch of the first interstellar ship; the UTC Utopiana. A secret joint venture between Ishiguna Heavy Industries (Stock ticker IshHI) and the United Terran Council, the Utopiana is the first ship to use the new Space Fold Drive (SFD). Developed by a team, lead by Dr. Robert Nobel, at Ishiguna’s London based High Energy Lab the drive is claimed to make interstellar travel finally possible.

In a press conference last year Dr. Nobel announced that a trip to our closest star system, Alpha Centuri, would take around 110 years with conventional drive technology. However, technical data first revealed at the conference showed a test of the new drive was conducted 10 years ago, in secret, on a small unmanned shuttle and it arrived in just two and a half years. It was then speculated that if applied to a conventional ship it would take just 4 years to reach the closest star, Proxima, in the Alpha Centuri system. It had also been announced at the conference that the space frame, primary hull and most of the primary systems of such a ship, the Utopiana, had been completed and finalization of the drive installation were about to be completed.

News of the impending launch has caused Ishiguna stocks to skyrocket. There is also talk of the sister ship to the Utopiana, the Kamila, nearing final conventional drive testing.

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{19/5/2252 @ InfoNet News – Utopiana fails to phone home}

Ishiguna Heavy Industries and the UTC have released a press statement in which they reveal that the Utopiana, the first interstellar ship of its kind, has failed to send a scheduled progress report. They assure the public and family of the crew that the Utopiana is fine and is likely still in lowspace transit.

Dr Nobel form London based Ishiguna High Energy Lab, the team that developed the Space Fold Drive (SFD), has explained that “While in lowspace (A form of subspace) the Utopiana cannot communicate with Ishiguna or the UTC central command. They have to drop back into normal space in order to send a signal that everything is ok and even then, depending on any number of factors, it can take two weeks to receive the ok signal and that they have returned to lowspace.”

However an inside source at the UTC has revealed that the two week communication window ended last week. They also revealed that the captain of the Utopiana, Captain Cole, had expressed minor concern over fluctuations in the SFD’s primary power supply in a previous report.

The UTC Chairman, Mr Shiguri, has responded to this claim by saying “We are aware of the current rumours been peddled by certain news organisations.  May I first state that there have been no concerns over the primary drive power supply. That Captain Cole had, in fact, noted that during their entire trip there were no minor or major concerns over the safety of the ship or its crew and that everything was working as it should. Finally I will add that publishing false information, based on supposed inside sources, without first checking these details with us is nothing more than scaremongering and amateurish at best.”

Regardless Ishiguna stocks (Stock ticker IshHI) have taken a hit with a decrease of 5% in just 24 hours. With a further 10% projected in the coming days if nothing is heard from the Utopiana within the next week. The Kamila has also had its SFD drive test halted until next Tuesday further adding to investor tensions.

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{19/5/2262 @ InfoNet News – Utopiana lost, ten years later}

Ten years ago today all communication with the Utopiana had been lost. When a routine status report had failed to be received speculation had started about her fate. Some theorized that on return to lowspace from the previous report she had exploded. Some think that she failed to return to normal space in the first place. Others feel she is dead in space after the primary fusion reactor failed. The truth, however, will never be known.

Within a month of the confirmation that Ishiguna Heavy Industries and the UTC had declared the Utopiana lost, Ishiguna would near enough be bankrupt. Their stock lost 89% of its value almost overnight with investors pulling out faster than they got in. The Kamila had been mothballed and their Ishiguna High Energy Lab was closed immediately. Dr Nobal retired due to declining health and has not been seen since. Finally the entire board had been fired and replaced and the company restructured.

Meanwhile UTC Chairman Shiguri denied any involvement in a cover-up yet resigned his position in the council. 3 years later he would be brought before a court amidst allegations of gross misconduct regarding the Utopiana and his actions during his term in office. He would again appear in court a year after to face charges of sexual misconduct against an intern and embezzlement of UTC funds, however he committed suicide before a verdict could be reached. Since this happening the UTC has issued a formal apology to the families of the Utopiana crew and offered substantial compensation packages.

The new UTC Chairman, Mr Jackson, has released the following statement.

“We will never forget the Utopiana. She was a symbol of hope and prosperity for humanity. A fresh start in new and uncharted worlds. We will never forget the shameful acts committed by a select few as they tried to sweep this incident under the rug. I vow that nothing like this will happen again.

We must not let the incident stop us from exploring what is out there in the bigger universe. Even now we research new ways of reaching out and taming those stars. The spirit of exploration, the spirit the Utopiana embodied, still lives on and it is only a matter of time before we travel the deepest parts of space again.”

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Now this provides me with a interesting thought. Should I continue with the Utopiana game as it is. Or should I merge it with the story, named Starburst Project, and create a new Utopiana game?


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