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A Murder In The Public Domain
« on: September 04, 2012, 11:18:42 AM »

Hi
I'm thinking it's a bit presumptuous for me to post here because I'm certainly not a writer.  I'm a programmer that has always been a fan of mysteries.  A while back, for a bit of fun, I started writing a game / visual novel called A Murder In The Public Domain.  The idea was to build a murder mystery game from public domain movies, music, sounds, images, and clip art.  The story revolves around Mary Livingston and Dirk Caliber.  Mary reaches out to the P.I. Dirk when her boss is killed.  I'm hoping you might enjoy it.



I've released this game open source GPLv3 so it's free to anyone and everyone.  I'm currently releasing in Windows and Linux and I expect to make a Mac release fairly soon.  It's a continuing story and I'll be adding more releases / chapters.  There are third party applications and codecs required for the different operating systems.  These are also free and described on the web page or in the instructions of the game itself.

Here are the links:

Download:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/murderpd/

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http://murderpd.sourceforge.net/
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Re: A Murder In The Public Domain
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 11:38:17 AM »

Release 1.2.0 is now available.  In this chapter Mary and Dirk must solve the jewel theft and murder on the Occident Express.  They meet a new powerful character that knows of Joseph Leed's murder and seems to know of Mary's past.  A powerful character, but is she an ally?  The writing flowed easier this time and I like the direction the story is moving in.

I had some fun and changed the mechanics of the sprites so they now follow a random path onto, off of, and across the backgrounds.

Here are the links:

Download:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/murderpd/

Web page:
http://murderpd.sourceforge.net/
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Re: A Murder In The Public Domain
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2012, 08:54:02 AM »

Release 1.2.1 is now available.  This is a minor release to make the early Mary Livingston conversations more in line with how her character is evolving.  I also tied up a couple of loose ends in the Crustacean Cove murder.  I usually won't create a release for such a small amount of changes but this time I thought it improved the game enough to make it worth while.  I also added a fun little whirly flashback avi where appropriate.

Download:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/murderpd/

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http://murderpd.sourceforge.net/
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Re: A Murder In The Public Domain
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2012, 06:39:12 PM »

Here's a film clip of some game play:
http://youtu.be/eez0ABuaSN4
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Re: A Murder In The Public Domain
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2012, 09:16:47 PM »

Release 1.2.2 is now available.  I've made this a minor release because there is no more additional story.  There is, however, major changes to the user interface.  I've added the << Previous button.  This button, or pressing the Backspace key, will move the game to the previous scene.  I've added the Next >> button.  This button behaves the same as clicking the left mouse button, or pressing the Spacebar or Enter key.  The user can now accelerate through sounds, songs, and videos in the same way that they accelerate through a conversation.

Here's some new screen shots:


Here are the links:

Download:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/murderpd/
Web page:
http://murderpd.sourceforge.net/

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Re: A Murder In The Public Domain
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2013, 08:57:57 PM »

Release 1.2.3 is now available.  I've added a new trivia user element.  Now at places in the story you'll be asked to answer multiple choice trivia questions.  The questions are about the movies, songs, or anything else I might have dreamed up.  This release fixes a bug that causes an intermittent crash during videos in Linux.

Here's a screen shot of the new trivia element:

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