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A Murder In The Public Domain
« on: September 20, 2012, 04:01:21 am »
A while back, for a bit of fun, I started writing a game / visual novel called A Murder In The Public Domain.  A Murder In The Public Domain is a murder mystery game or visual novel built from public domain movies, sounds, pictures, and images. I cobble these all together into a mystery story.  The game follows the adventures of Dirk Caliber and Mary Livingston as they try to solve the murder of her mysterious employer.  The game will always end at a conclusive point but I intend to extend it.  How many times? No idea.  In what direction will the story go?  No idea.  As I find new movies, clip art, images, sounds, and music, I let them guide the story.  Since I'm doing the programming I also expect I'll extend the user interface over time.  How?  No idea, usually it just comes to me.  Hope you 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.

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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, 02:27:15 pm »
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.

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

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Re: A Murder In The Public Domain
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2012, 11:47:48 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.

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Re: A Murder In The Public Domain
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2012, 02:56:24 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 12, 2012, 12:04:11 am »
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:

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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 #5 on: March 23, 2013, 11:39:57 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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Release 1.3.0
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 12:17:33 am »
Release 1.3.0 is now available.

In this chapter Mary must look into her childhood to prepare for the dark man.  There is a problem however, she has no memory of her past.  Who can help?  Dirk and Mary must find someone, anyone, that will point them in the right direction.  Along the way, they meet an other worldly ally or at least the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

I have also converted all the video audio tracks from AC3 to MP3.  You now only need an xvid and MP3 decoder to play the game.

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

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http://murderpd.sourceforge.net/

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Release 1.3.1
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2013, 01:57:31 am »
Release 1.3.1 is now available
It fixes the audio / video delay problem I get in some Linux installs.

 

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