The Thing v2.4 Release

We’re finally here now Captain! The long overdue v2 expansion of the game is ready; free for you all to enjoy. I’ve attached some system spec guidelines and some other key notes I think people should read before downloading the game.

Disclaimer

This ‘Traditional Style’ Sci-Fi RPG is a “Non-Profit” Fan Made game based on the events after the 1982 movie “The Thing” created by John Carpenter. It is in no way endorsed by John Carpenter or Universal Studios and shares likeness only in name. In my eyes it is the same as drawing a picture of a popular character and posting it online for all to see. I funded this game with my own money and I do not generate any revenue from ModDB or the ads displayed on my website (which I also pay for). If there are grounds for an issue with copyright then I am willing to take responsibility for that and make the appropriate changes where needed to resolve the issue. The Majority of the content (music, artwork, code) in the game is either licensed for use, originally created or credit is given where due for work used in ‘Free’ projects.

Now that’s out of the way I just want to say that I hope you enjoy the game and any constructive feedback or general comments you can give me would be great. I think that this tested my mettle at times but I’m happy with the final product. YouTube user Sadonrii who did a let’s play of my game before has kindly agreed to play more of the game; you can see that below if you are unsure of what to expect. (Spoiler Warnings)

System Specs

Since the v1 there have been massive improvements to overall performance. I believe the game will run on a wide range of Windows Computers now and the v2 tanks far less in comparison to the v1. Below are the recommended specs based on those provided by the RPG Maker Team. (Official Specs)

OS: Windows XP or later
CPU: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
RAM: 512MB RAM
Storage: 400mb

You can delete your old v1 copies as the v2.4 is treated as a new game. Please note that previous saves will not work with the v2.4.

Download

Mediafire Link:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/wmi235kzqrhvc6k/The_Thing_2_RPG_%5Bv2.4.1%5D.exe

ModDB Link:

http://www.moddb.com/games/the-thing-2/downloads/the-thing-2-rpg-v241

Good luck Captain, we’re counting on you…

Thing 2 RPG November Update #2

Hello Captain, It’s been a busy week and even the release of Fallout 4 hasn’t hindered me! (Well not that much…)

In the last week I have been adding new graphics to the game, little extra touches like a pool table, new corpses and little extra bits like that. Jose has been busy handing work into me and we are close to the end now. We even put some time into a secret mini-game in the game which I’m sure you’ll find fun.

As promised I did make a video although It took me a few attempts as I didn’t really know what to show off, I didn’t want to spoil too much and I’ve already talked about v2 features as it is. Below is the video tease for Prequel Mode, View it on YouTube and read the description to find the voice actors credited.

I’ll post a recap of the v2 features as we get closer to the end. As for release November looks unlikely but I’m trying to get stuff done. My main concerns are with work contributed by others but sometimes people are busy I get that. I’ll keep you posted but I hope you don’t mind a December release, I want to release the v2 update/expansion as intended not half-done.

Work Left To Do / In Progress:

Voice Acting; when a developer is lazy and skips voice acting in favour of text there is good reason. It requires a whole extra scope of balancing, quality control and management that is purely cosmetic and while enhances the experience logically doesn’t add anything gameplay wise. There is 1 character left to record and 6 left to edit & get retakes. I started VA casting in August but wish I had started sooner as it has taken more time than expected. It’s not fair on the other voice actors if I release v2’s Prequel Mode half-voiced.

Macready’s Story; There are 3 parts to making this, the first (in progress, nearly done) is the sprite tiles and graphics. Jose has created most of what I need now and once that is all setup we can move to part 2.

Part 2 involves me putting the content in game. The plan is that you find Macready in Story Mode and he tells you about US Outpost #31 THEN he tells you about what happened after. I’ve got it planned so you take control of Macready and experience a choose your own adventure short story as told through his eyes. The multi choice elements will affect the outcome of his story and what happens afterwards. In the transition back to Story Mode he will set you a few tasks (general rpg quest stuff) and you will help him resolve any unfinished business at US Outpost #31.

Finally Part 3 is the “Art Assets” or Artistic Cut-scenes that are used to display parts of the story that are too difficult to sprite or more impressive in art format. Theres around 30 of these and they will take Jose some time to finish so during Part 2 I can leave “placeholders” where the art will go making it easy to drop them in once completed.

Simply put the only work on my end involves creating MacReadys content in game (2 weeks tops, its already written/planned out) and testing Prequel Mode with full audio (To iron out any issues or bad audio, 1 week). Outside of that I have nothing to do but play some more fallout…

As a side note the game is a lot more difficult now, general life expectancy of the average NPC has fallen significantly.

You’re welcome!
Richard

Thing 2 RPG November Update #1

Captain! October was a slow month and we’re a little behind but a good portion of work was turned in at the last minute so let’s hope we can make that release deadline!

Work Complete / New Features:

Major Bugfix (I hope). I’ve removed a script that allows enemy summoning/spawning and replaced it with a less fancy but still effective approach. I believed that this script was responsible for not only enemy battle graphics remaining in battle when dead but was the cause of one significant and annoying game crash where RPG Maker would just, well… crash. It’s only happened to me a handful of times (for some reason especially at the medi-center in original mode) but it was annoying. Hopefully this fatal flaw is now resolved. I think the issue was the game didn’t know how to dispose of the spawned units and there was likely conflict with other scripts.
The game audio has been lowered for the most part across the whole game. This decision was made because the voice acting was hard to hear. I think I have struck a better balance now.
General changes and fixes have been made to the game and I am mostly personally responsible for testing game modes to make sure they work now.
Several new game sprites have been added to the game which include several more pop culture references and weirdness on my part…
Finally Jose has redone ALL the existing backgrounds in the game in a more updated style.

Background 01

Background 02

Work to Do / In Progress:

Voice Acting. I have good news and bad news. Good news I have edited over 600 files which are now placed in the game. I worked with amateurs and professionals so the quality is a bit mixed but I hope you all appreciate the effort and added immersion it brings.
More good news is that 1 more character is near completion 2 just need some retakes and 5 have just been handed in to me which I need to edit for game use.
The Bad news is that there is still 1 character left to do, one of the important story characters but I have someone trying to resolve that for me so I’m hoping that this doesn’t cause any delays and it can be complete this month.
MacReady’s Story. We have just started on sprite work for this, once that is done I will move away from testing and work directly on this. I will finish this in November BUT there are 30 art images that the story requires which is quite heavy work to get done in the month so I’m going to see what sort of timescale Jose needs for this. I’m hoping it can be done this month but I feel these images make MacReady’s mutli-choice story more immersive and personal as he’s a core character to the film.
Generally all I have to do is test things and fix things mostly. Survival Mode is being testing right now but Prequel Mode (voice acting/audio balancing test) and MacReady’s addition to Story Mode need testing when work outside my control is complete.

Steam Update

I fall into the category of a fan based game which Steam doesn’t really accept. I think largely it would be due to the grounds of “copyright”. The main issues I can see would be the games name and names of characters potentially. In the v2 a lot of the movie and 2002 game audio has been removed and replaced so that is no longer an issue but in short it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be accepted onto steam as it would likely bring me unwanted complications.

Release Date

I still want to say this month, November 2015. I will do my best to give weekly updates from this point as we move closer but 2 things hang in the balance of affecting the release. One is the last voice actor (sounds like an indie movie) and the other is the big old 30 art images I need after Mac’s sprites are done. At worst you can expect December as I really don’t want this to go into 2016. I’ll do the best I can to smooth things along and I’ll play every card I have left to try and get this November release going. I should have a video for you in next weeks post of prequel mode in action. I really hope it’s worth the wait.

Thanks,
Richard

Thing 2 RPG October Update

Greetings Captain! It’s now October so here’s the update on the status of the v2 update of the game. It’s early in the month so I’m having to anticipate the timing of a few things..

Work Complete / New Features:

I’ve tweaked a lot of stuff in the game, there is a lot of balancing that needs perfecting but as of now it’s a lot better in comparison to the v1 game.
The game is still being tested by certain individuals and I am working on the various feedback I get where possible, the latest build released privately was the v2.2 which included the addition of the special enemy variants and a lot of the features I mentioned in the September Update.
Facility Survival (Survival Mode) is also now complete. It’s a 25 floor simulation that focuses purely on the combat side of the game. It took me a lot of effort to beat it, it’s not easy. Originally you could only save every 5 floors but I now have the option to save at the end of each floor to help counter the sometimes random punishment the game deals out. This has been the BULK of my workload last month. It took longer than expected but I enjoy the new survival mode compared to the old one. It also features a level based on US Outpost #31 with all 12 characters from the movie lovingly redesigned by Jose.
Enemy Art/Battle Graphics are all complete thanks to Jose and we have moved on to designing new battle background art assets for the ship story. His style is different to Shinn’s and I’ve had more budget to use this time around for more “realistic” backgrounds.
4 New Title Screens have been created for the game.

Title 7

Title Screen 7 of 9, Blake leads his motley crew away from the crashsite

Title 8

Title Screen 8 of 9, Blake and Faraday’s Bogus Adventure featuring old man Whitley

Work to Do / In Progress:

As for me I just have testing and tweaking to do really. The only real work left is MacReady’s Story but that’s not going to be too time consuming. What will take up a lot of my time is editing the audio from the voice actors…
In terms of Voice Acting I’m still trying to fill 2 more roles and am awaiting work to be sent in for 12 characters. It’s dragging out a lot and I hoped it would of been done by now, I dislike micromanaging and chasing people up but I’ll keep on it. Due to time constrictions I have decided not to pursue voice acting for MacReady’s style but will retain the art direction I wanted.
For Artwork Jose is currently creating backgrounds for me, after this I am going to get him to fix and update some of the game sprites (I’ve added new characters/changes since he last did it) and then he needs to create sprites, graphics and artwork for Mac’s story as well as voice one of the characters for me.

Spectres 2

Jose’s more realistic background style/approach for Prequel Mode.

Ship Lab

Outbreak!

Release Date and other information

I want to get video footage for the v2 uploaded asap but with missing art assets and VA work it’s selling the game a bit short. As for release I’ve said November a few times and I want to deliver on that but I’m very pessimistic about work that is outside of my control such as the Voice Acting. I also want to deliver a good experience, overall its so much better than the v1 in terms of efficiency and extra content. I’ll do my best to get the voice acting finished up this month, edited and in the game but I don’t want to rush Jose. So I’m going to say November but don’t hold me to that :)

On a side note there’s a lot of RPG Maker Games featuring on steam lately (most are very expensive) but I was wondering how much interest there would be if this game was released on steam (It would still be FREE) or do people just prefer to get it via ModDB and mediafire?

Thanks,
Richard

Thing 2 RPG September Update

Greetings Captain, here is the latest declassified report on the progress of the Thing RPG 2 v2 update. Intel indicates the enemy may be preparing for you Captain…

Work Complete / New Features:

The majority of the artwork for the ship story/prequel mode is now complete. All that remains is the battle backgrounds and some sprite changes.
Voice acting is nearly complete! I just have to chase up a few people and find replacements for 4 drop outs.
A lot of balancing is going on in the game and the enemy is well prepared for you now, they’ve been vastly improved across the board and the game difficulty has increased quite a bit. I play the game on normal and am trying to find a balance that I like, so far the death/infection ratio is somewhat punishing but fair for what I expect of normal difficulty. Your troops better be prepared, only the strongest will survive.
Enemies have some new skills and abilities. They also have more access to grenades and medikits so let’s hope you make them critical shots count.
There are a few new “surprises” in the game, along with the things that pop out of crates there are:
1) Enemy Surprise spawns; In some areas there is a random chance that things will spawn. It’s not so common that it’s annoying or over done but it can make gameplay a bit more interesting.
2) Enemy Reinforcements; US Captains can call for backup in battle and in some parts of the game battles will “chain” so you won’t get breaks in between them.
3) Enemy Assaults; Sometimes and at key plot points the enemy will ambush you with 3 waves of “chained” battles so you better make sure you are prepared and make use of the “party” command in battle.
I’ve added new weapons to the game such as bullpup rifles, the AutoMag, RPK-74 and some other weapons.
I’ve also added lots of new relic weapons which you will find useful, some of these are quite obscure like the MARS pistol for instance. There is also a Plasma Revolver because why not?
I’ve added even more weapon mods to the v2 weapon mod system, there’s a lot of interesting combinations.
Crafting has been looked at, the engineer crafting is improved a lot and the medic/doctor has new options now. Scientists can also craft stims with “Scrap Meds” which are also used by the medic/doctor.
The Save Menu has been updated to show you what features you have unlocked. I couldn’t fit the survival rewards or Blake’s notebook progress on there but they are not as important.
I mentioned before in the comments that enemies now gain “traits” in battle, there is one for human soldiers that gives them a critical bonus which has given me some bitter defeats.
Attempts to improve the way Auto-battle handles itself haven’t been very good, to compensate a script by HIME now remembers your last actions so you can essentially spam attack more efficiently. It also improves the navigation in combat.
I’ve added a whole bunch of extra side missions and content to the games story mode with new locations and characters.
The game menu has been “cleaned up” (Below) and is easier to navigate.

Cleaned up menu.

Work to Do / In Progress:

I am currently building the survival mode, I went through a few different ideas for this but have ultimately settled on a facility with 25 floors to clear (having varied objectives for floors) I’ll let you know how this turns out but every 5 floors you complete unlocks a new weapon to be used in the game. It should be finished by the end of this month.
Then there is the matter of several new sprite updates and minor bits of artwork which Jose should have done by October/November.
Other than updating the game guide/walk-through (which I can do post-release) there is just the inclusion of MacReady and his little choose your own adventure story. I hope to start on this in October but it includes a lot of additional sprite-work for Jose to do and that takes time.
Then there is voice acting which I hope should be done by October.

Other Stuff:

I’ve got the game build currently marked at v2.2 and am still in the progress of testing and changing lots of stuff in game. As it stands I think the game itself is going to be about 40-50 hours worth of game-play if you play across all the modes at least once. I’d be interested to see what happens if anyone goes over the 99 hour mark as I’m not sure how RPG Maker deals with that :P

I hope to release a promo video for v2 content, mainly prequel mode/ship story as I put a lot of work into that and I hope people enjoy it. I’m just waiting on some art and voice acting before I go ahead and record any footage for it. I guess the game also needs a v2 trailer as the current trailer is somewhat outdated.

Finally….

Captain! We just received some new Intel on enemy units in the field. It seems they have updated their soldiers equipment and it looks like you won’t know what you might encounter in the field;Merc Random 01Merc Random 02Merc Random 03

The Mercenaries won’t just be carrying SMG’s anymore captain, looks like they’ve been busy…
(Gen Inc and the US Army will be getting updated and more randomized soldiers too)

Expected Game Release: November 2015
Thanks for your patience,
Richard

Thing 2 RPG v2 Quick Update 04/09/15

Just a quick post on the status of the Thing 2 RPG v2 build. I’m still working on it and I’ve added a bunch of new stuff since my post in August but I’m waiting on Artwork and Voice Acting to be completed before I make a full post on here and ModDB as I would like to upload a video with the next post of some of the v2 gameplay.

The Plan is still for a November release, despite Xcom-2 being delayed (removing the incentive and challenge from my life) and I’m confident that artwork and voice acting will be done in that time. Work on my end will be complete on time it’s just a matter of waiting on the others. I’m balancing the game a lot, I want to make it more difficult so you have more use for NPC’s instead of just carrying around 40 guys who do nothing.

I’m still eager to finish so I can start on a new commercial project and I’m glad people are patient and still interested in the game. It’s been a challenge for me and I’m glad to have gone back to make the game itself a lot better and playable. I’m currently updating the games survival mode into something new although I’m indecisive about it and once Jose has “caught up” I can start with MacReady’s long overdue addition to the game. The hardest task on my end is writing the online guide/walkthrough but I can do that post-release as the game title screen now has an option to go direct to the walkthrough.

Bare with me I’ll have a full post and video for you soon;
Keep Watching the Skies!
Richard

Thing 2 RPG August Update

Summary of updates to the game since the last post (All Killer, No Filler… well maybe some)

Work Complete / New Features

New Enemies The Pilot and the Spitter. The Pilot is a creature cut from the 2011 Thing Movie (Thanks Sadonrii) and the Spitter is just something that me and Jose made to be annoying and bombard you with well, spit.
The Ship Story (Prequel Mode) is now complete. Cody Ball helped me write this little short that turned into a much bigger story. Set aboard a ship you play as a researcher and when someThing found in the ice is brought aboard and thaws out bad things happen. Set before Original mode and ties into Story Mode. Features timed elements and a lot of artistic scenes and even my own home made audio.
Blake’s Notebook. This feature is available in story mode, Blake will give you his notebook full of information about events that have unfolded. However you can collect research notes in the game to unlock concept art with little supportive text and descriptions about each creature Jose helped me make for the game.
Quintel’s Update. In the summer of 2014 I created a community for Story Mode that you can help and features as a hub for many game side quests and additional content. I have expanded on this story further to give it an alternate ending scenario and features more locations for the game.
Tape Saving. The game now has a difficulty option of having to use “Cassette Tapes” to save the game. No more save scum.
US Captain improved. The US Captain now has a lot of new skills to buff his allies and can call for reinforcements making him more of a mini-boss fight than just there to shoot at you.
Enemy Perks/Going into cover. When the first turn of combat is engaged the enemy (Military) will “spot” the player and some of them may gain the cover status (increasing their defense). Other enemies will also reveal little icons by their names which will indicate various traits or perks they have. an example of this is a little red skull with a cross-hair which indicates that enemy has a +15% CRI chance and might be more dangerous than his generic allies. This varies enemies a little and makes combat more challenging and varied.

Pilot

Above, The Pilot (Middle) and The ‘Spitter’ enemy type.

Work to be Do/In Progress

I am replacing some of the existing audio. I am going to remove spoony’s voice as well as any audio from the 1982 movie and the majority of audio from the 2002 video game (such as Blake’s actual voice). I will re-record what I can with voice actors but I feel that it is best to have as much original content in the game as possible.
On the subject of recording, work has begun with Voice Acting for Prequel Mode and its going well. However I still need more help with this so if you are interested in VA work (paid) you can audition here.
I am also updating the in game mods/attachments again with the help of Blak Dragon to include more variety and I may include a second accessory slot as he mentioned it doesn’t make sense to wear a backpack but not glasses. It’s more an issue of balancing the game and having effective choices with impact.
Mercenary Update: For Story Mode I am including a small Mercenary outpost with a variety of tasks and trading opportunities. Like Quintel’s community it is all optional content and a brief distraction from the story.
MacReady update: MacReady will still be getting his own story included in Story Mode. It will be told through a combination of flashbacks (as MacReady telling the story to the player and as the player seeing the story as MacReady) which will involve some multi choice scenarios (choose your own adventure). This will tie up into a neat little package where you help him and go back to US Outpost #31 to finish off what he started…
Ship Artwork is nearly done and going well, got a lot of lovely artwork to help depict some of the scenes thanks to Jose.
With the improved game performance and the redundancy of the “Lite Build”. Blak Dragon has offered to test the games enhanced lighting. Will keep you posted on how this turns out.
Gen Inc Titan: This may seem a little ridiculous but we are adding a secret mechanical cybersuit into the game as a gen inc project that you have to fight. It’s a throwback to 80’s films like Terminator and Short Circuit and nothing to do with me playing a lot of Xcom, not at all.
Finally I am going to replace the games survival mode (although the old one can still be accessed from the test map). The new mode will let you play as Gen Inc and you will be given ‘missions’ by the Gen Inc board. It will revolve around building up a squad and small base management features, again totally not xcom.

Notebook

Above, Blake’s Notebook: A collection of notes and concept arts. The UI was designed by Christie Shinn and the script code itself is by Mog Hunter.

A bit of bad news now I have to delay the release of the v2 update until October, maybe even November. So please bare with me while I try my best to get everything done in time and test what I can where I can.

Finally a big thanks to everyone whos been involved with the project and thanks to all the help and support I have received.

Richard

April Update

Post Update

Summary of updates to the game since the last post:

Work Done/Changes:

Game is harder, units have lower hp values and lower sp values (but sp costs have been reduced).
Infection chance increased by 1-2% depending on enemies, makes a significant difference in casualties.
Starvation and Fever/Cold Exposure work in the game and offer additional challenge.
Minor bug fixing and spelling corrections.
Updated all the sprite graphics for NPCs (as shown in featured image)
Additional artwork added to the game for side-bosses.
Enemies are stronger and faster than before so AGI value plays more effect on your units.
Altered SP regen and healing abilities to be more valuable to you.
Medical items have been changed to reflect the new hp decrease and are more valuable to you.
Added additional side quests to story mode (some are newgame+ exclusive)
Added extra skinsets as game rewards
Solo thing enemies have additional attacks and provide more challange.
Flares actually run out after 12 minutes or so.
Starvation can occur every 6-10 minutes in the game to a random member (of the first 7) of your party.
Fever can occur from cold exposure (when outside) which varies depending on weather/daylight to a random party member (of the first 7)
Fever can also be inflicted by enemies which acts like a sickness condition. (No hp loss but decreased stats)
HIT, EVA and CRI now appear in the equip menu screen (At long last!)
Tutorial is remastered.

Work to Complete:

Map the Ship story areas
String together the areas and create the events and story for it
There is a base story for it but need to work on player decisions and alternate routes/endings
Aiming for voice cast and am optimistic will have enough time/money to complete this task
Finish the online walkthrough and guide (can do post v2 release)
Scrapped plan for MacReady to have his own Extra Content story, want to include him in Story Mode “retelling” the events of what happened to him after Outpost #31 in a interactive comic book style way. Again optimistic that I have enough money for this and am indecisive about a full voice cast or just 1 voice as MacReady telling the story.

I’m currently mapping the ship story, its the most boring part. I want to release this update for the game in September so I can focus on other projects and hopefully study in a programming language. I’ve debated about releasing the game on steam (for free) but I’m not entirely sure how that process works out. I assume when most people see the engine as “RPG Maker” they turn their noses up at it xD

Mata Ne!

Looking towards the Future

So I made a game, What happens now? Well other than trying to round up the funds to invest in a good computer (Not even at software yet, great!) I can’t say I’m exactly sure what I should be doing. As everyone knows “Underwear + ? = Profit” but what is “?”? I have given it some thought and my general plan of action is to team up with a friend and try and make something in Unity together (Baby Steps!) hopefully this “Something” will be fairly decent and sell-able (Apps, Steam etc). As for now I guess I just have to clear my head of anxiety and take actions for myself, I am in the process of thinking of ideas for a game as well as doing some side work (DLC) for my recent (only) release (Thing 2). If anyone stumbling across this happens to be in the games industry or has any helpful hints on how someone can get started on the right path I’d appreciate useful comments.

Anyway asides from my deranged ramblings and general pessimism I thought I’d write a few things about the work and ideas I’ve come up with.

Next Project, Goals:

I don’t really wanna say too much but I’ve sort of got this idea in my head that with my friend we will make a horror game. Lately I’ve been playing quite a few horror games and I find that for the most part the majority of them are not scary and too easy. I think its important for a game to keep tension throughout but I know this can be difficult especially with horror games being somewhat predictable, having “set events” and easy retries. Also I find that the survival aspect is watered down a lot too in these modern games. I’m not that old really (I’m not that young either) but I had a Play Station One as a child (PsX) and I remember how horrifying and scary games like Resident Evil, Silent Hill & Alone in the Dark actually were. While I’m sure there are older games on older platforms with probably the same effect those are the games I remember always being unable to play, even my older (late teens, early 20’s) relatives at the time struggled to get to the grips with the sheer horror. In the last 15 years with the advances in film and graphics those horror games have lost a lot of their original effect. I guess the ambition is to bring back that old school horror. (I admit the Silent Hill 2 HD Release was pretty scary, minus the bad voice acting and certain graphics) Its somewhat of a challenge but I’m willing to try and take a crack at it, keeping that tension is the key element without being cheap with over the top gore or jump scares.

The Thing 2 v2.0 Updates & DLC

I’ve been mulling this over in my head for a while. Sometimes I question if it is worth it, I didn’t reach my personal ‘Download’ target and I never actually received that much feedback but I am glad for the somewhat 600+ people who downloaded and played it. Anyway I’m still in the prep stages but I have come up with a bunch of ideas for improvements to the game as well as additional content that explores other parts of the story. For starters the crafting system needs sorting out which is a messy, long and frustrating task (Puts me off a bit) as well as there needs to be some changes to the exp system and new features like enemies bursting out of crates. I did have a lot of fun coming up with Story DLC and Extra Content DLC however and I would like to list some of my ideas.

Story Mode; “Mining Outpost”: I had this idea that there was this old outpost taken over by Gen Inc staff who had defected from the company. In this way they start their own settlement (as the Captain has the FieldBase). Over time various people and misfits would settle into this location and it would offer the player a “community” to interact with and support over the course of the story. It also shows that sense of not being able to survive alone.

Extra Content; “Pierce’s Lost Story”: There are some parts of the story where Pierce goes off on his own and I have written quite a few plot elements that tie together nicely and also effect / crossover with other stories (so everything makes sense).

Extra Content; “Thing Mode”: This would be the mode where you play as the thing entity and have to escape your containment. Once escaped you would be able to grow in mass/strength by assimilating others and be able to hide out among the humans. This story ties into the events of Avery’s, Pierce’s, Charlie Teams, Orton’s and Whitley’s Stories while aiming to create a different experience.

Extra Content; “Alaska Based Story”: I’ve thought about maybe having a shipment or something arrive in Alaska which effects a remote community (of which you are either staying or live there). It would be like a short story based on the story that I read for the Redwood falls video game. I probably overkill it with the tie ins and miscellaneous references sometimes.

Extra Content; “Who Goes There?”: I was thinking about a game where you are human and its sort of like murder mystery/broken sword type game where you have to play detective in order to find out who is human. This would involve you making (potentially wrong) decisions based on random evidence found in your search of the area. I was thinking about US Outpost #31 as a setting as I’m quite familiar with the character personalities. It would be interesting, probably not very action packed though. Cluedo on steroids.

Even if I don’t follow up most of these ideas I had fun working on them at least. If there is much of a demand for certain additions / modes / functions in The Thing 2 RPG then I will be happy to oblige.

Thanks for Reading, it was nice to express my ideas.