GamingWe've released The Darkside Detective, our game jam title that we've designed while travelling the world, AMA!
Aug 8th 2017 by SpookyDoorway • 59 Questions • 2729 Points
Hey everyone! I'm John a 25 year old over the Road Truck Driver! Been doing this for as long as has been a legal for me to do so (close to five years now!) I live and breath my work, I have no home to speak of except of course the road! Ever had a question for a trucker? Wanna know what we are thinking while you blow our doors off going down the highway? Well give it a whirl here :)
My Proof: https://imgur.com/gallery/kLVIt
I'm back and will be answering questions as they come in :) I've got nothing better to do so fire away I'll answer so long as there is one asked! This has been a blast thanks so much for those who have participated so far!
What valuable lessons have you learned from making DD that you will carry forward into future games?
Fascinating AMA. I'm much older than you, but when I was little we'd gesture to truck drivers to honk their horn. And much to our delight, they always did! I don't see that anymore. Is it just too dangerous? I mean it's a pretty loud horn probably for emergencies only? Thanks for this AMA! Edited.
In reality, plan early for save systems, steam integration and other non-gameplay specific systems. Games take longer to make than you'll think and make less money. Make a game that survives streaming.
Kids are so plugged into their screens these days no one pumps anymore... When I see it I honk. :)
My girls scared the shit outta me the other day. Got a trucker to honk. v proud! No idea where they learned it
Twin Peaks and X-Files are clear influences, but was anything else? There are little references to things, but anything generally?
is it at all possible to live a healthy lifestyle on the road and not gain weight and if so how would one do it? do truck stops sell enough vegetables/protein snacks meals etc for it to be viable and could you get enough exercise each day in your routine?
Blackadder, An unhealthy interest in the occult, Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, growing up in a haunted house, American Gothic, the 80s and 90s, The Outer Limits, the X-Files episode where they take not-Frankenstein to see not-Cher.
It is possible, but super hard, I haven't always been successful, I have finally started to get my weight undercontrol and down, I've lost 30 pounds so far, but we live such sedentary lives behind the wheel. The truck stops are full of garbage, I wish they would carry produce, but I have a refrigerator and shop at a Walmart once a week. I've got some cooking supplies and try to cook for myself as much as possible.
Hi guys! Love your game, I laughed out loud way more than I expected to! What was the writing process like when dealing with such a high density of jokes? Also, do you have any other funny game recommendations?
thanks. my guess would be to try and restrict yourself to as low carb a diet as possible ie nothing but protein and vegetables and maybe try and do pushups and run around your truck for 20min or so a day if you have time? good luck
We'd do a first pass on the conversations that were needed to complete a case, then iterate on those. Once the story worked, Dave would go back through the case and add in the other conversations. Again, those would be iterated on until we were happy with them. Then we'd playtest with the public, and edit over time. Essentially, he'd write something not funny, then rewrite it over and over until it was.
As for games, Tracey says Book of Unwritten Tales. Paul says Super Time Force. Ben suggests Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist. Chris suggests Avairy Atourney.
Also super strict portion control, when I park in the evening I get out and walk the parking lot, most places have it measured and I try to do about a mile and a half. Which I know isn't much but I got super unhealthy and have to start somewhere.
South Texas Gulf Coast
As a Houstonian, wut?
Barrys 0-3 Lyons (1 abstain) Viscount 1-3 Toffeepops King 1-3 Tatyo
Ben was too American for this poll.
The southern gulf coast in Texas... Corpus Christi, some amazing charter fishing.
Were there any shows/movies/games that came out while you were in production that made you think you were on to a winner with the occult theme?
(The popularity of Stranger Things springs to mind)
What's your pay? I'm curious if you have money in savings due to no housing cost or buy things associated with houses.
When Twin Peaks, X-Files and Ghostbusters came back we knew we were onto something. Stranger Things and Thimbleweed Park's appearance were good for letting us know a new IP would work in that vein.
I make about 55,000 a year currently I'm due for a raise that will bump me to about 59,0000 with the way my miles have been running. I have a nice little nest egg, diverse investments, and Plenty of money set aside for my travels. I don't use credit cards, and have poor credit to start with I'm planning on trying to build that a bit in the future. But as I'm single and have no home I can be fairly liberal with my money... But I'm not.
I've never heard of you guys but that's a good thing!
What makes your game stand out? I'm sure you're very proud of it, but should I buy it?
Congrats! That's really great. I am trying to start exercising myself. I don't need to lose weight, but I am weak and have no stamina. :)
We don't know. We can't make all your life choices for you. What to wear, what to eat, which patch of darkness to stare into contemplating your existence. It'd be exhausting.
We're too biased to answer you honestly, but the game has 96% on steam from 156 reviews and 4.5 on gog. It's reviewed well. Don't trust us, trust the others.
Just stay off the second floor I hear the Dragon Pox are very catchy
I see the game is on Steam and GOG. How long before I see it on the Switch? or even just a very big iPad?
We're investigating The Switch at the moment. Mobile ports planned too, but timeline unsure right now.
Only in my brain
Can you Tell us about all the chicks you hooked up with around the world ?
Do you have a favorite state to drive through? Do you have family at who's house you ever crash?
Food update from Tracey:
*Banh Mi in Vietnam
*Nasi Goreng in Indonesia
*Every piece of street food in Thailand
*Hokkien Mee in Malaysia
*Kottu roti in Sri Lanka
*Pasteis de nata in Portugal
*Fried Artichoke in Rome
*Satay in Singapore
*Doner Kebabs in Germany
*Super Duper burger in the US
I love driving in Utah, especially the southern part by Canyonlands and Moab, although the prettiest stretch of highway in the US is i70 east leaving Utah going through the Colorado Vale
My license lists my parents address I pop in and say hi every now and then but for the most part it's just me and my rig.
Has the dark side detective ever been in love? Would he date a ghost? Would you date a ghost? If so, what's the most attractive kind of ghost?
My pops is OTR, too. The guy loves his job. Always gone, of course.
Where's the real money in trucking? To clarify, is it in fueling, many years of doing it, etc?
Both Dooley and McQueen have been in love. One of them currently is. They have never dated ghosts, but they've lots of time to try. Maybe they'll get the chance some day.
I would date a ghost. Ghost attractiveness is subjective.
When I find it I'll let you know :P i do alright but I'm not rolling in the dough. From what I hear Over size and Heavy Haul is where it's at.
Curious, what type of rig do you drive? Dry van, reefer, flatbed, etc? Do you run independent for bokers or with a company?
I run for a mega carrier and have since day 1. Currently I'm in a '16 Freightliner Cascadia, I haul dry van, I'm dedicated to our automotive division, I haul mostly MOPAR parts. I have done reefer in the past
Ever want to drive a truck in the UK? Got my artic license here, but always interested in having a go in an American truck haha
YES all the time totally want to drive Europe looks so challenging
Has your truck ever broke down? What is the procedure for getting such a large machine recovered and repaired?
Sure I've lost tires here and there, radiator hoses, fan belts, you figure I drive more in a year than the average person drives in about four. That's a lot of ware and tare on the truck. My company has a department dedicated to breakdowns. And it's similar to breaking down in a car... The equipment is just bigger.
I'm leaving for training with prime early September, I have a couple questions. Firstly: what are the options for internet service otr? I'm an avid gamer, and plan to bring my beloved pc along for the ride(after training of course.) Are these 4g jet packs at all good? Do truck stops have considerable WiFi? And secondly, how often do you find yourself with a day off that you can do with as you please?
I love gaming. But internet OTR is expensive as balls, check out AT&T'S jet pack services. Be careful with that gaming out here though friend. When you're done for the night you should probably spend time exercising. Then going to bed to do it all again, I know it sounds awful, I love to game too, but it's just a word of advise.
As to down time. Some drivers have more some have less. My account keeps me pretty busy, but I generally burn my hours weekly so I have to shut down for a 34 Hr. Reset, which they will teach you about in training.
One more piece of advise. Learn what you need to in school pass the test get the license. Then throw everything you learned in school out the window. Cause it's got dick to do with actually truck driving. YOU KNOW NOTHING learn, pay attention. Seriously that licesne doesn't make you a truck driver. :) Once you go to train feel free to message me with any questions you may have.
Your username... Is it hard to not drive Fri night through Saturday night? The company accommodates this?
My username is a movie reference not a reality for me personally
Best random place that you have stopped and it surprised you, not what you expected it to be good or bad?
Loretta Lynn's Country Kitchen, thought it would be some second rate tourist trap dinner. Turned out to be an old school world class southern/soul food buffet. God it was good.
I've always wondered what is it like living in a truck? What do you do in your free time?
Also what model is the truck? :]
Living in the truck is, well like living in any tiny home. I don't own a lot of stuff. In my free time I reddit, crochet, watch Netflix and travel :)
I'm in a 2016 Freightliner Cascadia evolution.
I don't have a problem with Class A RVs idk about other drivers, I find it a bit concerning that you don't need any special license to drive those monsters. And there are definitely some people who shouldn't be driving them.