Expedite This: The Curious Expedition Teaser Trailer

One of my favourite books is Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky’s study of “fifty islands I have not visited and never will.” Each spread has a clean hand-drawn map on one page and a story about the island opposite. Some of the stories tell local myths, some are factual, but all are treated with the same significance. The result is a book filled with beautiful, often haunting stories of mutinies and shipwrecks, Soviet listening stations, unknown diseases, and dangerous expeditions to the edges of the world.

The Curious Expedition seems considerably lighter in tone, less filled with sehnsucht for lives not lived, but it does spark in this brief trailer below some similar sense of adventure, of visiting far away lands, of probably unintentionally destroying those far away lands. I am looking forward to this videogame – a “roguelike expedition simulation set in the 19th century.”

To properly mimic the feeling of stumbling upon uncharted places, Curious Expedition is procedurally generated. You travel across a worldmap with your party of historical explorers and scientists and make decisions in your encounters with native tribes. Those explorers – the likes of Nikola Tesla, Mary Kingsley and Levi Herzfeld – each have special abilities which will help you in your dealings. For example, I’m pretty sure Tesla has electric weaponry, which seems useful since the game also features dinosaurs. Marie Curie apparently has an “X-Ray gun”, which likely won’t end well.

Curious Expedition is being made by two people is apparently due to launch an alpha sometime this year according to its development blog. Yes, the first paragraph of this post was barely relevant to the game but I wanted to tell you about a book I like.

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10 Comments

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    Lexx87 says:

    Just bought that book for myself – sounds absolutely great thanks for linking it Graham would never have come across it myself.

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      JiminyJickers says:

      Haha, me too. Sound fascinating, can’t wait for it to arrive.

      • gi_ty says:

        This very much seems like my kind of read, sadly I can’t find one available stateside :-(

        Edit: oh jeez link above (rightly so) links to amazon uk, now I feel rather foolish. Thanks for the recommend!

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    Harlander says:

    Both things mentioned in this article sound pretty interesting.

  3. Gap Gen says:

    Marie Curie apparently has an “X-Ray gun”, which likely won’t end well.

    True dat. I live close to one of Marie Curie’s old lab, and apparently in 2000 they noticed it was full of radioactive waste and had to demolish it and get the French atomic agency to come and remove everything down to 2m of soil.

  4. tikey says:

    There is a worryingly lack of Warren Spector in that cast.

  5. Kempston Wiggler says:

    I love how the video is from the future.

  6. Oneiromancer says:

    I just registered to say that I own a copy of Atlas of Remote Islands and it is indeed a fascinating read. I picked it up at some “Museum of the Weird” in Culver City, CA a few years ago.

  7. wu wei says:

    There needs to be some way to use the save from this to seed a new Clockwork Empires game.