it should be illegal not being able to date max, loving this VN btw
A downloadable game for Windows and Android
About the Story
Distant Travels is a sci-fi visual novel focused on the theme of Quantum Entanglement, and the question - can feelings be entangled?
With scars of the past, and recurring dreams that seem as they're about someone you know. And the looming threat of the Endless White consuming the world..
But wait. You're just you. A network tech working a job with little prospects of moving on... Until, there's a job opportunity.
Will this job lead you to a better life or just lead you to feel the same failure you once felt?
More & Credits
There are some wonderful people in the world, and some of the most amazing people have been helping me with this. You're all my dear friends, and I'm happy to have you!
If some of their art or works inspire you, check them out! They're all wonderful people.
Strawberry Cheetah - The main artist of the project, he's been creating a ton of sprites for me, and helping put them all together art wise. Kind beyond what I could ever have imagined.
Drakes - He designed Commander Steel for me. As well as an endless source of inspiration, and meaningful conversations. Keep on being you!
Ven, who mostly hangs around discord. Ven has drawn a few sprites for me so far, and they are all amazing. Keep on keeping on, my Ven!
Camazule, whose proper tag will be coming when it's ready - is making sound for the story. It'll be coming in 0.4 so keep your eyes open.
It's Nicko! - Who kindly both provided feedback on the page layout, and designed the new theme.
An extra mention to LittleLamb, oemors and ISGlitch for their amazing support with the writing.
And finally, there are more people who have done a lot of work helping me proofread and work on grammar, as well as given me input on scenes and works. You're all amazing, and I'm not forgetting you. This list is ever expanding.
Discord & Patreon
And as for the community news, I've opened up a discord server which you may join through this link: https://discord.gg/yPnRPhntPt Feel free to join and chat, just make sure you follow the rules.
And as another note, if you'd like to support the project there is now a patreon page.
https://www.patreon.com/user?u=41504903 This provides no benefit as of yet, there will be a discord role and some minor teasers (Incoming art mostly). And exists purely for those who want to support the project as of now, there is no early version releases there or similar.. I plan on using the income from this to support the artists mainly.
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With the amount of information about space and dimensions, did you research this , google it, or just made it up?
Hm, most of it is stuff I've known since before due to just a general interest, but there's been some research and there's been a lot of inspirations from friends. Randomly dropping a subject like quantum entanglement in a chat can lead to some inspiring conversations. I think most people know more about interesting things than they think.
I think there is something missing here
I teared up quite a bit during Charles' path because so much of what he explained just resonated with me. What you're making is just beautiful, keep up the great work.
I love the new update. Really got to know the characters more.. hope to see more from this project. Good luck!!
Hi GruntSteel I am having a bit of a problem. I downloaded the new update, but it won't start up. I've tried my other VN's just in case it was my computer having problems, but everything else works except this one. I've tried some options, but nothing has been successful.
I'll take a look. It's most likely related to removing the 32-bit game version that came with ren'py 7.4.
Do you get an error or does it just not start at all?
If there is no error could you provide me with a few specifications of your computer?
If you press WIN + Pause / Break in your keyboard you should be able to see a few things like Windows Version and system type (64 bit, 32 bit?) And amount of RAM.
I have a few ideas but need something to hone in on.
Try holding shift as the game tries to start for a first step.
Alternatively, it could also be some corrupt local data.
In the following folder:
There should be one named DistantTravels-<numbers>
You can try deleting that to see if it helps.
Edit: If there is a log.txt or traceback.txt in the game folder could you please send me it? Comments here or discord works.
No I did not get an error it just won't start. All I got was a message from my antivirus saying it blocked a virus as it finished downloading it. I could not find any of the files that you mentioned. and I tried holding shift as the game tried to start. It's honestly alright I can just wait for the next update and see if it fixes it.
I apologize for spamming you, but the issue should now be fixed. Redownload the game and it should work!
Thanks again for letting me know!
It was an issue with the latest Ren'py version, so I ended up downgrading for now.
Hi there GruntSteel
I discovered this game last month and i just love it, i don't see a lot of VNs with space/sience-fiction theme so it's very refreshing. And i like the world story that is built in.
I just noticed on the last update for the laser tag part that when given the choice to "team up with Charles and John" or "play fare", both choices seem to lead to the "team up" part when the laser tag game begins, or maybe i misunderstand the situation ?
There's a small variance of dialogues but in the end i feel like when i chose to "play fare" i end up teaming up with John and Charles
As i just finished playing last update and after choosing between all the characters, i can tell that i absolutly LOVE all of them, but my favoriteS are Mike, Charles and John. God they are soooo lovable, handsome, cute, caring and with their own personnality i can't put them in a top 3 cuz they'll be all at the 1st place. Also the music during the last conversation with the characters is so fitting i absolutly LOVE it
Anyway i'm looking foward to the next update !!
I thank all of the team for this amazing game that will keep being better over time :)
PS : sorry if my english isn't correct all the time i'm a french guy :p
About the lazer tag sequence, I'll be cleaning it up some to make it a little longer and more nuanced in a small version that's coming soon to fix a few issues, it'll also expand the individual scenes at the end of the update and should be coming in the next few days.
Thank you for the kind feedback, I really appreciate it and I'll keep working hard to keep the story interesting.
To be honest when i chose "play fare" i was expecting to team up with Commander Mike and like DESTROY everyone else (well he ended up destroying everyone including me lol).
Buuuuut it's your game so you do what you want i won't complain one bit, more like i'm gonna like it anyway cuz i'm a sucker for good stories like this hehe
I appreciate the input! And I think you're completely right.
By the look of things, there are a few changes incoming for 0.5. Mainly that scene, when playing fair, as well as the very end of the update where you spend some more on-on-one time. They'll be more fleshed out.
Will Max (the dragon) have a route?
Alright this was a great update really enjoyed it great job Grunt! you are doing fantastic keep doing your best and don't give up! Go Grunt you can do this I believe in you!
soooo my anti-virus said it detected a trojan after i downloaded this. should i be concerned?
It is most likely the 32 bit version from renpy 7.4. I'll take it down and do some troubleshooting right away.
Did it give you any name or such?
Update to this; It is a generic error from an unsigned 32 bit .exe that Ren'py 7.4 introduces. You can rest safe, it is a false positive. A version without this is soon coming.
If you'd like to check it out for yourself you can scan the -32.exe and then the normal .exe on virustotal or such.
I'd suggest either redownloading now, or delete the DistantTravels-32.exe file. It is not needed to run the game and simply adds compability with older windows versions.
Who's the panda? Is he going to have a route?
Isn't it a badger? Pandas only have black circles round their eyes badgers have the markings go down their head. Haven't played the update yet since im working through a VN backlog fron when the update broke alot of saves.
John is one of the routes, you get to pick your route properly in this update.
Yeay I'm the first to download the new update OwO
Keep up the good work! Go Grunt!
Just thought I'd make a small comment about the writing for 0.4 being done. Currently in the editing phase.
Keep going! You're doing great! [ Insert wonderful and supportive critiques ] just accept the love and yes.
Yay! I'll be posting something regarding the update soon. Thanks for the encouragement, it works!
Oh and when is the next update due???? I need more!!!!
I have never been so enticed by a demo in my life...what is this sorcery!!!!
AAAAAAHHHH!!!! This is going to be sooo goood!!! I love the Commander already!!!!!
Seriously dude!!! What the hell!!! Are trying to make me obsessed...if you are, its working!!!
There'll be more of all the characters in 0.4 which is just around the corner. There'll be a post regarding it soon. Thanks for the kind feedback, it means a lot!
I really liked the demo I'm hooked and eager for more! Keep up the great work the story is fantastic so far and hope it gets even better from here really love mike and Charles( sorry if i mess up the names i kind of forgot the tiger's name sorry)and nick as well cant wait to spend more time with all three of them! really love the reference of limits that VN Is fantastic as well so nice touch on that! 5 stars looking forward to the future updates you are fantastic and i hope you have a great day truly marvelous work your doing here!
Thanks for playing my game, I'm happy to read all the kind feedback you've given me.
There'll be more personal time with them in the coming update, which will be the final part of the "introduction" sequence of the story.
I'm not really into sci-fi stuffs, but after playing the demo I just got hooked, great work I really love the character designs and the story is beautiful I really like where the story is going
Thank you for the kind feedback!
It makes me happy to read things like this, and I hope I'll be able to keep the story as interesting.
I love the work so far. The commander is my kind of bear. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to updates.
I just finished playing the demo and I'm really enjoying the vn, I will definitely play the next update!
sorry for my bad english im from Brasil
Thanks for playing the game! And thank you for the kind feedback.
The next update is currently in the works, and I'm hoping to put it live soon*ish.
Know your limits
I'll take those limits, and rip them apart.
I'll give you wings instead, and show you how to go beyond the stars.
Played it to the end of the demo. Interesting and I did enjoy going through it. Will be watching for updates for sure.
Thank you for the kind feedback!
I hope to launch the next update early January, fingers crossed.
Hi GruntSteel, would you please consider to create a Discord server and a Patreon? That would help with instant communication between fans, and support this project better!
I'm considering discord, the problem is I don't know if I'd have the time to manage it *and* be social in it.
As for Patreon, it's been on my mind to set something up for the artists helping with all the amazing art. However if so, it'd be a thing without any benefits per se, and just there to give the artists a boost.
I'll think about both, and if so I'll end up launching something in time with the next update (which at this rate should be early January).
Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it.
I'm not seeing the sprites when I run this game. Can see from comments people can see them. Not quite sure how to fix the problem.
Hello! In the current version of the game, the first characters in the intro do not have sprites.
Sprites start appearing part way through the game in 0.3.
StrawberryCheetah has been working hard and I'm hoping we'll be able to have to sprites for all the characters at the start for the next update.
Sorry for any confusion and thanks for trying the game out.
This is amazing so far. I love everything about it ^-^
Hey GruntSteel Coffee or Tea?
I love it so much! I'm so excited! :3
Thank you for give me the opportunity to relate so much with a chracter! the plot twist was amazing and Mike and Charles are so handsome and so..you know..(:3) I'm looking forward to see how the story goes!
Thank you for the kind feedback!
There's a lot of stuff coming up, and I hope it lives up to your expectations
pls more pls
I'm glad I was able to find your VN. I love how you incorporate science into your story. So far really good. All interactions you have with Nick, Mike and Charles were great. I cant wait for your next.
Thank you for the kind words! The next update is in the works, and introduces the last of the main characters.
You fool, you can't escape my presence. Keep up the great work Grunt ^-^, or else 0-0.....
I don't think you need the one in someone in this or am I wrong and this sentence is correct because if it is please explain?
I think you missplaced the apostrophe.
It was AMAZING!
Waiting for more :D
I know UI for android can be a bit tricky to change but the UI at the top (horizontal) is very tricky to tap..... U should consider changing it, like the size or simply the place
Thank you for the kind feedback!
I'll change the layout of it for next update, is there any way you could tell me what device you're playing on so I can try and emulate it in order to make sure the positioning is better before pushing the update?
I think you missed an o in choosing.
Just found out about this game. Really nice. Hope to see more. Good luck!!
The backgrounds are absolutely and stunningly GORGEOUS!
I really love the premise and characters so far. Will definitely be following the project. Good stuff :D
Space Daddy Bear. I approve. >:^)
👀 OK Grunt I see you, gotta add yet another VN to the list of things I'll be awaiting with bated breath for. For those who haven't read it, you should def check it out! It's 🔥👌🔥
Is the only love interest Commander Mike? or is Doctor Charles available too? If so, how can we get on track for Charles route?
There are currently three possible interests. Nick, Commander Mike and Doctor Charles. As for Nick the very start matters some. As for Doctor Charles, you can start by picking him when you're asked towards the end of the day. There will be a lot more of him in the next update. You're not locked into any one route unless you decide to not encourage Nick, which rather locks you out if his route.
If you want to spend a little extra time with the doctor, pick to not encourage Nick. It does however not influence the romance.
Thanks for reading the story!
Will the dragon be a route?
That's an interesting question. He doesn't have a sprite, though...
As of now that's not the plan, but you've given me something to think about..
Finally! Sprites, the thing that everyone has been waiting!