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About Spaceship!...

Spaceship is a collaborative project by the creative hivemind of Guardian gamesblog's community.

I had been looking for a way to capture the creativity of the talented folks who tune in to our daily posts when I discovered Penguin Publishing's 2006 Wiki novel experiment, A Million Penguins. Around the same time, I accidentally attended a coding dojo, where I was introduced to Inform6, a text adventure programming language that was literally so easy to use that even a codingphobe like myself could grasp it and make something beautiful.

And thus the wikigame was born.

I put out cautious feelers into the community to see if anyone would be willing to dive in, and was almost immediately overwhelmed by the number of people trying to get on board. The result of that sprawling and ambitious first attempt at collaborative game making was Contamination!, a dystopic horror set in modern day rural England, built in the Inform6 language.

After taking a short break and reassessing some of the peaks and troughs of that project, our second project was born.

Spaceship! is that baby. And now, we implore you: fix the engine or die.

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