The 7DRL Challenge is nearly half over, and Space Explorer is still more or less on track. Today was my first full day of production, and I feel like some really solid progress was made.
You can now fly around from system to system and uncover their secrets. For each secret you research, you will get paid a tidy sum. Some secrets are worth much more than others, namely the kind that your sponsor (Planetary Exploitation Inc.) can use to turn a profit! I mean, science is great and all, but it's hard to argue with the almighty dollar!
There are several components missing, such as the "encounter" system (which is really key for the whole experience). I hope to have most of those bits up and running by the end of tomorrow, so I can start working on content and balance in earnest. Oh, and audio... I always forget about that.
In my brief (nearly non-existent) research into similar games, I stumbled upon a little gem called "Strange Adventures in Infinite Space". The game bears a remarkable resemblance to Space Explorer... at least from the online reviews I have read. I refuse to play the game lest it sully my pure artistic vision, but I will definitely pick it up once the week is over. Looks like a great game!